Archives for February 2016

Walmart: U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund


Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors (“USCM”) are pleased to release a second Request for Proposals for 501(c)(3) organizations and public universities that are instrumentalitiesof a state government interested in receiving support for applied researchfrom the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund (the “U.S.Manufacturing Innovation Fund”). The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund, a collaboration among Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and USCM, is focused on the development of U.S. manufacturing, with the specific goal of making it more feasible and competitive to make consumer goods in the U.S.

Though this is not an exhaustive list of possible challenges, the U.S.Manufacturing Innovation Fund has selected a list of manufacturing focus areas that hold significant potential to turn the tide in favor of U.S.manufacturing for many consumer products. The U.S. ManufacturingInnovation Fund will provide grants in support of Projects advancing innovative solutions to key challenges that have the potential to:
– Lower the cost of making consumer products in the U.S.
– Lead to broader innovation for overall manufacturing processes
– Jumpstart innovation leading to commercialization of new manufacturingtechnologies in selected focus area industries
– Ultimately drive job creation within the U.S.

The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund has prioritized textile manufacturingactivities for funding in 2015 – 2016.

The obstacles prioritized by the U.S. Manufacturing Fund for the current cycle are as follows:

Weaving yarn into fabric is an important step in the value chain for textile products. Though weaving operations make use of automated looms and other machinery, the process involves several steps. Setting up the machinery and transferring the material between steps can drive labor intensity, making low labor – cost countries more attractive than the U.S. Further automating the weaving process would bring costs down and make weaving a more attractive proposition in the U.S.

Fabric dyeing
Fabric is dyed before being transformed into a final product. Current dyeing techniques are water and energy intensive, and produce wastewater that needs to be treated before being discharged. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation would like to promote the development of environmentally aware dyeing alternatives that make the process viable and cost-effective in the U.S. while satisfying regulatory and legal requirements. This approach is consistent with Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to sustainability as well as investing in American jobs

Cut and sew
Companies currently rely mostly on manual cut-and- sew processes to turn fabric and other components into textiles and apparel. Because these processes are relatively complicated, and because individual products feature unique designs and therefore require flexibility in manufacturing, there are limitations on the extent to which existing technologies can automate the process. The introduction of more sophisticated, flexible automation technologies would make it more cost-effective to cut and sew these products in the U.S.

NSF and NIST (limited submissions):Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights


The National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is calling for the advanced manufacturing research community to unite in the establishment of the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights (the “Consortium”). NSF is the program lead and is solely responsible for administration of the solicitation and the resulting award. NIST, acting on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, is the program co-sponsor with NSF and provides financial and administrative support to NSF. The Consortium will:
– Embrace all fields of advanced manufacturing, including emerging areas and areas overlapping with other disciplines.
– Serve as a catalyst and enabler for and give a voice to the national advanced manufacturing research community in shaping the future of advanced manufacturing.
– Consider issues, challenges and opportunities facing U.S. advanced manufacturing, and source novel and unanticipated perspectives on technology priorities that can inform both the broad advanced manufacturing community and agency work.
– Provide a resource for rapid response expert advice to help inform cross-cutting federal research and development initiatives in advanced manufacturing. It is anticipated that these responses might be provided within from several days for simple informational items to several months for more complex issues.
– Serve as an intermediary for the Administration in soliciting the input of the broader manufacturing community and supply chains on technology strategies.

In fulfilling its roles, the Consortium will:
– Enable the advanced manufacturing community to communicate to a broad audience the myriad ways in which advances in manufacturing will create a brighter future and encourage the alignment of advanced manufacturing research with pressing national priorities and national challenges.
– Facilitate the generation of visions for advanced manufacturing research and education and communicate them to a wide range of stakeholders.
– Provide flexible mechanisms that allow single or multiple federal agencies to sponsor and participate in studies of specific agency interest.
– Respond to federal agency requests and identify key technology challenges facing the private sector.
– Convene experts from U.S. industry and academia to consider issues, challenges, and opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
– Form focus teams to “deep dive” into particular technology areas.
– Engage experts from the private sector (industry and academia), with the support of and participation from federal agency leadership.
– Provide input to the federal government and engage with advisory committees and groups consistent with law and regulations, as appropriate for a body that is not chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

The Consortium may also be tasked with organizing and conducting activities that incorporate community outreach, such as advanced manufacturing national summits or regional workshops. It is expected that Consortium activities will employ, leverage or be co-located with events of other study groups, regional/national trade associations, or professional societies when it is efficient to do so. Activities can also be undertaken in cooperation with Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, to provide focused industry expertise from and visibility to the Institutes.

NSF: Solid State and Materials Chemistry


This multidisciplinary program supports basic research in solid state andmaterials chemistry comprising the elucidation of the atomic and molecular basis for material development and properties in the solid state fromthe nanoscale to the bulk. General areas of interest include but are not limited to innovative approaches to design, synthesis, bulk crystal and/or film growth, and characterization of novel organic, inorganic, and hybridmaterials, as well as liquid crystal materials and multi-component material systems exhibiting new phenomena and/or providing new scientific insights into structure/composition/property relationships in the solid state. Relevant topics include original material design principles, new approaches to assembly or crystalline material growth, characterization of new material phenomena or superior behavior, investigations of surface and interfacial effects on material system structures and properties, and unraveling the relationships between structure/composition (e.g. self- or program-assembled materials, crystalline material growth, and nanostructured material systems) and properties (e.g. charge, ionic, thermal or spin transport, exciton diffusion, chemical reactivity and selectivity, etc.). Development of new organic solid state materials, environmentally-safe and sustainable materials, and fundamental studies of novel material and material systems for efficient energy harvesting, conversion and storage are encouraged. The SSMC program works closely with other programs within the Division of Materials Research (DMR) and in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and Engineering (ENG) directorates to accommodate the multidisciplinary nature of proposal submissions.

AFRL: Dynamic Materials and Interactions


The objective of the Dynamic Materials and Interactions portfolio is to develop fundamental scientific knowledge of the dynamic chemistry and physics of complex materials, particularly energetic materials. The portfolio focuses on energetic materials science and shock physics of heterogeneous materials. Research supported by this portfolio seeks to discover, characterize, and leverage (1) fundamental chemistry, physics, and materials science associated with energetic materials; and (2) fundamental shock physics and materials science associated with complex, heterogeneous materials. The research will be accomplished through a balanced mixture of experimental, numerical, and theoretical efforts. This is required for revolutionary advancements in future Air Force weapons and propulsion capabilities including increased energy density and survivability in harsh environments.

Basic Research Objectives:
Research proposals are sought in all aspects of the chemistry and physics of energetic materials with particular emphasis placed on chemistry-microstructure relationships and the exploitation of fundamental shock physics in heterogeneous materials. Efforts that leverage recent breakthroughs in other scientific disciplines to foster rapid research advancements are also encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Mesoscale experiments, and associated models, to understand initiation in energetic materials;
– Predictive processing-structure-property relationships in energetic materials, including reactive materials by design;
– Detonation physics, particularly the steady state reacting front propagating in energetic materials;
– High strain rate and shock response of polymers, composites, and geologic materials;
– Shock loading and mechanical response of energetic crystals;
– High energy density materials that overcome the CHNO limitations, including scale-up techniques required for gram-scale characterization of materials;
– Bridging length scales in energetic and other heterogeneous materials.
Energetic materials research is critical to the development of next-generation Air Force weapon capabilities. The energy content and sensitivity of these systems are influenced by the energetic materials utilized. Research areas of interest emphasize the characterization, prediction, and control of critical phenomena which will provide the scientific foundation for game-changing advancements in munitions development and propulsion.


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NETL: Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research


The objective of this Announcement is to enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s energy infrastructure through innovative RD&D cybersecurity solutions. This includes electricity generation,transmission and distribution as well as the production, refining, storage and distribution of oil and gas in accordance with DOE’s energy infrastructure role defined in Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21). Solutions should be interoperable, scalable, cost-effective advanced technologies and techniques that do not impede critical energy delivery functions, that are innovative and that implement common methods and best practices.

This Announcement includes five (5) Topic Areas. Only applications that specifically address Topic Areas described in the following section will be accepted under this Announcement.

Topic Area 1 – Detect Adversarial Manipulation of Energy Delivery Systems Components
Topic Area 2 – Secure Integration of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Resources
Topic Area 3 – Continual and Autonomous Reduction of Cyber Attack Surface for Energy Delivery Control Systems
Topic Area 4 – Supply Chain Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems
Topic Area 5 – Innovative Technologies That Enhance Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector

Department of Defense Bone Marrow Failure Research Program

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Bone Marrow Failure Research Program

Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16)

The FY16 Defense Appropriations Act provides $3 million to the Department of Defense Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP) to support innovative research committed to advancing the understanding of inherited and acquired bone marrow failure diseases.  As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research and Development and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT &E) appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The BMFRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications.  The FY16 BMFRP Program Announcement and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism are anticipated to be posted on the website in February 2016.  Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

Idea Development Award – Pre-application due March 29, 2016

Established Investigators:  Investigators at or above the level of Associate Professor (or equivalent) are eligible to apply.

Early-Career Investigators:  Investigators at the level of Assistant Professor, Instructor, or Assistant Research Professor (or equivalent) and less than 10 years from their terminal degree (excluding time spent in medical residency, or during family medical leave) at the time of application submission deadline are eligible to apply.

  • Supports innovative ideas and high-impact approaches based on scientifically sound evidence in order to move toward the vision to understand and cure BMF.
  • Strong BMF research team.
  • May include relevant preliminary data.
  • Clinical trials will not be supported.
  • Pre-application required.

Full application submission by invitation only.

  • Maximum funding of $330,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs)

Period of performance not to exceed 2 years

All applications must conform to the final Program Announcement and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website.  Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal,  The application package containing the required forms for the award mechanism will also be found on  A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) website ( prior to the pre-application deadline.  Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal,  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcement is released.  Requests for email notification of the Program Announcement release may be sent to  Email notifications of funding opportunities are sent as a courtesy and should not be used as a sole source of notification; applicants should monitor for official postings of funding opportunities.

For more information about the BMFRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Help Desk


Five Takeaways From the 2017 Defense Budget

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From  DEFENSE E-BRIEF National Defense – 2/15/2016

By Sandra I. Erwin

The Army’s pivot to Europe, cuts to the F-35 joint strike fighter and partisan disagreements over war supplemental spending have been the attention grabbers of the Pentagon’s 2017 funding request. As the dust begins to settle after last week’s budget release, a deeper dive into the spending plan reveals five key trend lines of particular interest to the defense industry.

1. A Shift to Conventional Warfare, but No Buildup

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter cast the 2017 budget as one that positions the military to dominate potential nation-state rivals like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Still, the Pentagon’s procurement accounts are taking a haircut. …..

2. No Reason to Panic Over Procurement Bow Wave

It is a recurring alarm that is sounded with every budget request: Too many weapons systems are projected to ramp up production at the same time, creating a fiscal bubble that would bust the Pentagon’s finances. The Air Force, for instance, is poised to begin full production of the F-35, a new bomber and a refueling tanker, all at the same time it is scheduled to replace aging intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles…. .
3. The Third Offset Is Real, But Change Will Be Slow

The Pentagon’s push to unleash a new wave of innovation — known as the “third offset” — will include investments in directed energy, hypersonic weapons, robotics, undersea systems, cyber warfare and other cutting-edge technologies. McCord estimated the 2017 budget proposes $3.5 billion for these initiatives. Although that is a small fraction of the defense budget, it is a significant step as Carter tries to reshape the military …..
4. Aging Platforms Are Here to Stay

The highest priority in the 2017 budget, military officials have stressed repeatedly at every opportunity, is the combat readiness of the force. That means personnel, operations, maintenance and training expenses take precedence over acquiring new equipment. Military officials have accepted that reality and intend to continue to update and remanufacture Cold War-era weapons systems for the foreseeable future….

5. Budget Outcome Depends on Speaker Ryan

What happens next in the budget process is the subject of much speculation in Washington. Republicans — congressional defense hawks and some presidential contenders — have blasted the budget proposal as inadequate. Meanwhile, House fiscal hawks — known as the Freedom Caucus — are calling for a do-over of the October budget deal which they believe is $30 billion too large….

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Lecture: Friday, Feb. 19

Learn about stochastic differential equations at a guest lecture

Dr. Wenqing Hu, postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, will present a guest lecture titled “Stochastically Perturbed Geodesic Flows on Lie Groups” at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Room G-5 Rolla Building. The event is sponsored by the mathematics and statistics department.  from eConnection

Lecture Monday Feb 15

Dr. Xinghui Zhong, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah, will present a lecture titled “Discontinuous Galerkin Methods: Algorithm Design and Applications” at 4-5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in Room G-5 Rolla Building.

notice from e-Connection