Archives for January 2016

ONR: Collaborative Science Program (CSP)

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The program provides financial support for international workshops or conferences in order to achieve specific goals, listed below:
1. Planning cooperative science and technology (S&T) programs with researchers inthe Naval Research Enterprise (NRE)
2. Identifying and discussing outstanding S&T issues in areas of Department of Navy interest
3. Developing long term relationships between the Department of the Navy and international science and technology sponsors
4. Maintaining ONRG connectivity with the international scientific community in the focus areas outlined in the Naval Science & Technology Strategic Plan

Funds are intended for support of workshops, conferences or conference sessions that make a clear contribution to the advancement of Naval relevant S&T.

Presentation at RMERC “Sonic Velocity Testing”

Graduate presentation at Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center

Jan 29th 2016 3:30 -4:20 pm

Presenter: Ms. Barbara Rutter PhD Student of Dr. C Johnson, Explosives Department

Title: Sonic Velocity Testing

Abstract: This study discusses how a prototype was built to measure the sonic velocity in powdered explosives. The sonic velocity of an explosive is a benchmark to determine if the explosive deflagrates or detonates; however, little work has been done to determine this value for powdered explosives. This paper discusses the results of the initial prototyping tests where two known mediums, air and water, were used for validation. The prototype did record the sonic velocity within the known velocity ranges of air and water; however, a few depths did not fall into this range. This prototype could be used for test granular materials.

Contact: Kathy Morris|Rock Mechanics & Explosives Research Center
Missouri University of Science and Technology
1006 Kingshighway, Rolla, MO 65409-0660
ph: 573-341-6036
fax: 573-341-4368

seminar “Measuring Designer’s Cognitive Process”

from eConnection at S&T

Dr. Ganyun (Grace) Sun will present a seminar titled “Measuring Designer’s Cognitive Process” at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in Room 140 Toomey Hall. Sun is a faculty candidate for a Best in Class — Smart Living area position at Missouri S&T. The campus community is invited to Friday’s seminar.

Are you doing methanol research?

International and Cultural Affairs would appreciate any faculty who are currently doing research that involves the use of Methanol to contact Susan Potrafka.   They are working a letter requesting sponsorship of students to Atlantic Methanol Production Company located in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa.

SUSAN POTRAFKA ASSISTANT DIRECTOR 104 Norwood Hall Phone:(573) 341-4091


Updates on Addressing Rigor in Your NIH Applications

As NIH moves ahead with implementing measures to enhance rigor, transparency and reproducibility in NIH-supported research, I’d like to give a brief update on these efforts, and highlight some important timeline changes for implementation in applications for institutional training grants (T), institutional career development awards (K12), and individual fellowships (F).

To briefly recap, in October, NIH announced updates to the application instructions and review criteria for most research grants and individual mentored career development awards. These updates instruct applicants to address four key areas NIH deems important for enhancing rigor and transparency in research: 1) the scientific premise forming the basis of the proposed research; 2) rigorous experimental design for valid, robust, and unbiased results; 3) consideration of relevant biological variables; and 4) authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources. My October blog post, “Bolstering Trust in Science Through Rigorous Standards,” describes the rationale behind the changes and the steps NIH has taken to engage the community in these efforts.

For the January 25, 2016 application due dates, the updates apply to most NIH research grant applications, with some exceptions, as described in the October NIH Guide notice. We also announced requirements to address rigor in individual mentored career development award applications submitted after January 25, 2016. In addition, Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) for these programs must also address rigor if they are submitted on or after January 25.

As you consider how to address rigor in your NIH applications, I would like to remind you of resources that should help along the way. Your first stop should be the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) web page on rigor and reproducibility, which links to a variety of resources from OER, and across NIH. For example, you might want to watch our NIH staff training module. While this tutorial was initially created for NIH program officers and scientific review officers, it provides lots of content that would be useful to you too–including a general policy overview on rigor and transparency, as well as updates on the changes to our grant applications and review language.

We also recently extended the timeline for implementing rigor and transparency policy changes for institutional training grants, institutional career development grants, and individual fellowships. We recognized that applicants to these programs would require significant time and resources to design substantive instructional plans and new curricula to ensure the in-depth training in rigorous experimental design for trainees and fellows. This is especially true given the breadth of different training and career development programs funded across NIH. As early as fiscal year 2017, we will be asking applicants to include plans for instructing trainees and fellows in rigorous experimental design (stay tuned for future NIH Guide notices). As you start to think about future applications, you may wish to review some different approaches for addressing experimental design and reproducibility in curricula and training. For example, NIGMS recently issued a funding opportunity to support the development of “Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility.” You can review summaries of the awarded projects on NIH RePORT. NIGMS has also compiled award abstracts describing predoctoral training curricula on their website. We also recognize that each grant application will need to develop specific instructional material that matches the specific area of training and research.

Way to go Von Richards

Another S&T star professor has been honored.  See article in S&T News.

Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles – Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII)

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This solicitation seeks proposals from organizations interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement or other assistance agreement for the purpose of establishing a state-of- the-art, end-to-end, sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in support of Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles manufacturing technology. The Government reserves the right to award other assistance instruments, if deemed in the best interests of the Government.

This announcement is to solicit proposals in order to establish a Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute that will serve as a public-private partnership between government, academia and industry to address the spectrum of manufacturing challenges associated with this technology, from design to end products. The Institute will provide an unprecedented capability to rapidly and flexibly produce end-item prototypes based on the use of validated computational design tools, a robust knowledge management system, and working within a collaborative infrastructure. These design tools and pilot manufacturing capabilities will be integrated to supportmanufacturing process improvements, maintain a community repository of design and performance data, and validation testing to improve current and develop new industry standards. The RFT-MII public-private partnership will be used to train a new workforce through educational outreach programs as well as workforce training and re-training to enable this new manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy.

SEED Solicitation (Federal and Non-Federal) – Weapons Systems and Platforms – Solvent-Free Processes for Organic Synthesis of Military-Relevant Energetic Materials

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The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to develop innovative synthetic approaches to produce energetic materials and their precursors that will eliminate or drastically reduce hazardous waste streams from the nitration processes that are widely used in manufacturing energetic materials. Typical nitration processes of aromatic compounds, amines, and alcohols to produce C-Nitro, N-Nitro or Nitrate ester based energetics involve large quantities of strong acids (sulfuric and nitric) and produce large quantities of hazardous wastes. Solvents used in the preparation of these compounds are contaminated with the energetic material, hazardous reagents, or reaction by-products and are not easily recycled. In addition, typical nitration reactions require rigorous temperature control and are therefore energy intensive processes.

Proposals should focus on one of the following processes:
– Synthesis of an aromatic/heteroaromatic nitro compound (e.g. TNT, DNAN)
– Synthesis of a nitramine (e.g. RDX, HMX, CL-20)
– Synthesis of a nitrate ester (plasticizer) (NG, TMETN, etc. or nitrocellulose)

Proposals also will be considered for more broad-based research to develop the fundamentals of synthetic methodologies as related to energetic materials with no specific targeted compounds. Proposed methodologies will need to be innovative and need to go beyond the previously investigated methods of recycle and reuse of solvents/reagents. This could include solid phase synthesis for aromatic nitration, nitramine, nitrate ester formation, or oxidation of amines to nitro groups.

In the past, SERDP has explored electrochemical and biological methodologies as well as hybrid pathways involving combinations of synthetic biological and organic synthesis to produce energetic materials or to explore novel nitration pathways. Proposers for this SON should focus on methods that minimize or eliminate solvents and that do not involve biological or electrochemical methods.

NASA: Unmanned Aircraft Control and Non Payload Communication Systems

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The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to conduct a shared resource project that will demonstrate and support the further development of UnmannedAircraft (UA) Control and Non Payload Communication (CNPC) Systems.The prototype to be developed will provide a basis for validating and verifying proposed CNPC system performance requirements. This project will demonstrate a complete CNPC system, including interfacing to a ground-based pilot station, transmission of CNPC data to/from more than one ground station, and on board reception and transmission of CNPC data on more than one UA. The project will include the development of both ground and airborne CNPC radios. The development and successful demonstration of this complete CNPC system has the potential to greatly stimulate further development and deployment of such systems on civil unmanned aircraft.Specific potential public benefits from this cooperative agreement include improved safety ofunmanned aircraft; through improved communication systems, data link technologies and protocols, and operating procedures. These improvements are intended to lead to more a complete development of relevant industry and government standards,leading to more rapid and coherent development and deployment of new CNPC systems for unmanned aircraft. As defined in this document, a CNPC Radio shall consist of the transmit and receive electronics, data i/o interface, antenna interface, and electrical power interface.

NSF: Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)

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The ECCS Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) Program is now the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program. Proposal submissions to this program will still use the same program code of PD 13-7607.Proposals already submitted to EPAS will be automatically transferred to EPCN.

Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest include energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. In addition to single investigator projects, EPCN encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that benefit from active collaboration of researchers with complementary skills.

Areas covered by the EPCN Group (Abed, Baheti, and Werbos):
1. Control Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems
2. Networked Multi-agent Systems
3. Cyber Physical Systems Modeling and Control
4. System Theory for Biology and Medicine; Modeling of the Brain
5. Control and Optimization in Buildings, Transportation, and Robotics
6. Adaptive and Intelligent Systems; Neural Networks
7. Energy Harvesting, Storage Devices and Systems
8. Solar and Wind Energy and Integration of Renewables with Grid
9. Monitoring, Protection and Cyber Security of Power Grid
10. Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines
11. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles; Integration with Grid
12. Policy, Economics, Consumer Behavior and the Power Grid
13. Quantum, Molecular and High Performance Modeling and Simulation for Devices and Systems (QMHP) (Dr. Paul Werbos)