Archives for January 2016

ONR: Minerva Research Initiative

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The Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department’s intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve itsability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of Defense. The Minerva program aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.

The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to the five (5) topics and associated subtopics listed below. Innovative white papers and proposals related to these research topics are highly encouraged. Detailed descriptions of the topics can be found in Section IX, “Specific Minerva Research Initiative Topics.”
I. Identity, Influence, and Mobilization
Culture, identity, and security
Influence and mobilization for change
II. Contributors to Societal Resilience and Change; Governance and rule of law; Migration and urbanization; Populations and demographics; Environment and natural resources; and

III. Power and Deterrence; Global order; Power projection and diffusion; Beyond conventional deterrence; and Area studies.

IV. Analytical methods and metrics for security research

V. Innovations in National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation
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NSF: Data Infrastructure Building Blocks

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The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerateinterdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data.

DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve.

Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. The projects should stimulate data-driven scientific discoveries and innovations, and address broad community needs.

This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards:
1. Early Implementations are large “at scale” evaluations, building upon cyberinfrastructure capabilities of existing research communities or recognized community data collections, and extending those data-focused cyberinfrastructure capabilities to additional research communities and domains with broad community engagement.
2. Pilot Demonstration address advanced cyberinfrastructure challenges across emerging research communities, building upon recognized community data collections and disciplinary research interests, to address specific challenges in science and engineering research.

Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBs is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals that have broad, interdisciplinary interest. PIs are encouraged to refer to NSF core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted initiatives on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight as to the priorities for the relevant area(s) of science and engineering in which their proposasl may be responsive.

It is strongly recommended that a prospective PI contact a Cognizant Program Officer in the organization(s) closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain whether the the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.


Invitation from Fort Leonard Wood

The Fort is holding periodic lunch-time lectures and has invited the campus community. If anyone is interested please let Tupper know so that access can be arranged.

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Change in research leadership

It is announced publicly in eConnection that Dr. Krishnamurthy will return to MAE and leave his duties as Vice Provost Research to a yet-to-be-named successor. The change is effective Monday January 25.

Operations at the Office of Sponsored Programs will continue uninterrupted with Paula DeLong directing operations.

MITRE Challenge: Countering Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Prize money. Two phases:

  • Phase 1: Paper Evaluation. Interested participants must submit a white paper outlining their approach and a Participant Agreement. White papers and signed Participant Agreements are due by February 7, 2016.
  • Phase 2: Live Flight Evaluations. MITRE will host a live flight assessment of systems in the Fall of 2016 and determine the Challenge winners.

See full details here.

Technology Transfer and Economic Development Newsletter

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CPS EAGERs Supporting Participation in the Global City Teams Challenge

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Dear Colleague:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched the 2016 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC; see with a kickoff meeting on November 12-13, 2015, in Gaithersburg, MD. This meeting brought together city planners and representatives from technology companies, academic institutions, and non-profits with the aim of fostering teams that will contribute to an overall vision for Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) – effectively integrating networked information systems, sensing and communication devices, data sources, decision-making, and physical infrastructure to transform communities by improving quality of life, environmental health, social well-being, educational achievement, or overall economic growth and stability.

NIST’s GCTC builds upon the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) longstanding investments in cyber-physical systems (CPS). NSF established the CPS program in 2008 to develop the principles, methodologies, and tools needed to deeply embed computational intelligence, communications, and control, along with new mechanisms for sensing, actuation, and adaptation, into physical systems. The NSF CPS program, which today includes the participation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Institutes of Health, has funded a strong portfolio of projects that together have pushed the boundaries of fundamental knowledge and systems engineering in core science and technology areas needed to support an ever-growing set of application domains. CPS investments are enabling systems that are central to emerging S&CC infrastructure and services, including in areas such as intelligent transportation systems (ground, aviation, and maritime), building control and automation, advanced manufacturing (including cyber-manufacturing), healthcare and medical devices, and the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Dependability, security, privacy, and safety continue to be central priorities for the program in pursuing the vision of a world in which CPS dramatically improve quality of life. Along the way, the CPS program has also nurtured a vibrant CPS research community.

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), NSF is announcing its intention to fund EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support NSF researchers participating in the NIST GCTC, with the goal of pursuing novel research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical devices that will have significant impact in meeting the challenges of Smart and Connected Communities. Researchers must be members of, or be seeking to establish, GCTC teams that build upon the results of previous or active NSF-funded projects, and must provide evidence of active team membership and participation as part of the submission. [Note that, while this DCL is aligned with NSF’s broader efforts in Smart and Connected Communities (see, a key requirement for this DCL is active participation in a GCTC team.] Proposals should emphasize the fundamental research inherent to the real-world problems being addressed; the manner in which the proposed solutions will be adopted by one or more local communities; and the potential challenges with respect to both research and deployment. Successful proposals will quantify the magnitude of potential societal impacts; and will result in transformative, long-term benefits rather than incremental advances. Finally, proposals must address why the work is appropriate for EAGER funding (see details below), including what key risks will be mitigated to facilitate future high-reward advances and why the timing of the project will maximize the potential for success.

The deadline for submission of EAGERs is April 1, 2016, but earlier submissions are encouraged, and decisions will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Submission of EAGER proposals will be via Fastlane or EAGER submissions should follow the NSF’s Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) II.D.2 (see (As noted in the GPG, EAGER is a funding mechanism for supporting exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially “high-risk/high-reward,” for example, in the sense that it involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.)

An investigator may be included in only one submission in response to this DCL; if more than one is submitted, only the first one will be considered.

For further information, please contact the cognizant CPS program directors:

Jim Kurose
Assistant Director, CISE

Pramod Khargonekar
Assistant Director, ENG

NIH Workshop

On January 13 Dr Meg Bouvier met with 48 researchers and provided a clinic on getting research money from NIH. A short interview was conducted immediately following  the workshop.

NSF: Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems

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Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that humanity determines how society can best integrate across thenatural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services.

Factors contributing to stresses in the food, energy, and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution. These interconnections and interdependencies associated with the food, energy and water nexus create research grand challenges in understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future. There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges.

The FEW systems must be defined broadly, incorporating physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), social/behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber elements. Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone.

It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge and novel technologies to solve the challenges of scarcity and variability.

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.

The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:
1. Significantly advance the understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
3. Enable research that will lead to innovative system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems; and
4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium – understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus – how it is likely to affect the world, and how humanity can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies – National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others – to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support.

Corps: Innovative Water Efficiency and Water Resilience Initiatives

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Proposals are sought for evaluations and demonstrations of innovative technologies that will improve water efficiency, conserve water resources, and improve resilience of water delivery systems. Federal agencies arerequired to meet stringent water conservation targets mandated by Executive Order. In addition, the Army has set challenging goals for Net Zero Water attainment at installations. Products/methods/techniques that will improve overall water efficiency or reduce reliance on potable water sources are of interest. These include but are not limited to: water conservation and ultra-efficient plumbing fixtures and controls, smart landscaping, smart irrigation controls, rainwater and stormwater collection and reuse systems, condensate capture and reuse systems, water efficient energy technologies, graywater reuse systems, wastewater recycling, decentralized wastewater systems, theliving building concept, distribution system leak detection, drain line transport issues, and net zero water. In addition, proposals are sought for products/methods/techniques that will improve the resilience of water delivery systems and reduce the risk of loss of water services due to economic dislocations, depletion of natural resources, and natural or man-made disasters. Proposals are also sought for products/methods/techniques which will facilitate cost effective, reliable, and sustainable water support to deployed forces in underdeveloped regions of the world.