Archives for February 1, 2016

Economics – Working Longer

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Americans are working later in life, delaying retirement for a variety of reasons. While some continue working by choice, others need to remain in the workforce for financial reasons. Regardless of their motivation, the result is that people in the United States are working beyond what conventionally is thought of as retirement age. While most studies related to this issue have focused on how individually based factors such as health status, pension plans, and financial incentives influence the decision to retire, relatively little is known about employment patterns, obstacles to employment, or the ensuing economic impact. The Foundation’s Working Longer program began grant making in 2010 to expand and deepen our understanding of aging Americans’ work patterns. The goal is to understand (a) employer practices by industry and sector; (b) obstacles to continued employment of older Americans; and (c) the economic consequences for both individuals and for the federal budget.

Dear Colleague Letter: Veteran’s Research Supplement (VRS) Program

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NSF recognizes that veterans represent a potential underutilized workforce for the U.S. science and engineering research and industry communities. Many veterans are transitioning from active military service to civiliancareers and exploring education options through the post-9/11 GI Bill. At a time when the U.S. is challenged with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce shortage, NSF is exploring alternate pathways of veterans’ engagement into STEM fields.

This Dear Colleague Letter continues the VRS program to engage veterans in engineering research. The ENG IIP and EEC Divisions are now accepting requests from their active grantees for the Veterans Research Supplement. The proposed VRS will afford veteran students, veteran teachers, or veteran community college faculty an opportunity to participate with active IIP and EEC grantees to conduct industrially relevant research in order to gain a deeper understanding of engineering. Veterans receiving a VRS will intern with any of the following active awardees or affiliated member companies supported by IIP and EEC:
1. Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)
2. Engineering Research Center (ERC) university leads and partners
3. Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science (RET)
4. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites
5. Engineering Education Research (EER) grantees
6. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grantees
7. Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II grantees
8. Partnerships for Innovation – Building Innovation Capacity (BIC) grantees
9. Partnerships for Innovation – Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) grantees
9. Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) grantees


United States Special Operations Command 16.1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

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The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) seeks small businesses with strong research and development capabilities to pursue and commercialize technologies needed by Special Operations Forces (SOF). The USSOCOM Program Executive Officers (PEOs) submitted the topics to the USSOCOM SBIR Program Manager (PM) as topics that may transition to an acquisition Program of Record or Concept of Operation. In turn, the USSOCOM SBIR PM submitted the topics to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the DoD 16.1 SBIR solicitation.

USSOCOM SBIR 16.1 Topic Index

– SOCOM16-001 Alternative or Redundant Global Positioning System Navigation
– SOCOM16-002 Environmentally Stable Portable Point of Care Blood Analyzer
– SOCOM16-003 Next Generation Identity Management Technologies / Tools
– SOCOM16-004 Optically Transparent Tapered Resistive Films
– SOCOM16-005 Wide Bandwidth High Frequency Digital Radio


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) 16.1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

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DARPA’s mission is to prevent technological surprise for the United States and to create technological surprise for its adversaries. The DARPA SBIR Program is designed to provide small, high-tech businesses and academic institutions the opportunity to propose radical, innovative, high-risk approaches to address existing and emerging national security threats; thereby supporting DARPA’s overall strategy to bridge the gap between fundamental discoveries and the provision of new military capabilities.