Archives for March 7, 2016

NIST: Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grants Programs


The EL Grant Program provides financial assistance consistent with the EL’s mission to support research in the following fields: machine tool and machining process metrology; advanced manufacturing; intelligent systemsand information systems integration for applications in manufacturing; structures, construction metrology and automation; inorganic materials; polymeric materials; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC & R) equipment performance; mechanical systems and controls; heat transfer and alternative energy systems; computer integrated building processes; indoor air quality and ventilation; earthquake risk reduction for buildings and infrastructure; smart grid; windstorm impact reduction; applied economics; and fire research. Financial support may be provided for conferences, workshops, or other technical research meetings that are relevant to the mission of EL.

EL’s Grant Program promotes the development and dissemination of advanced manufacturing and construction technologies, guidelines, and services to the U.S. manufacturing and construction industries through activities including measurement science research, performance metrics, tools and methodologies for engineering applications, and critical technical contributions to standards and codes development.

Proposals on product development and commercialization are not considered responsive to this FFO.

All applications submitted must be in accordance with the program objectives listed below.
a. Applied Economics Office. The office provides standardized methods, economic models, training programs and materials and expert technical consulting in support of resource allocation decisions and uses techniques such as benefit-cost analysis, life-cycle costing, multi-criteria decision analysis and econometrics to evaluate new technologies.

b. Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program. The program’s primary objective is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas of critical national priority by anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs for cyber-physical systems, such as smart grid, in ways that enhance economic prosperity and improve the quality of life.

c. Materials and Structural Systems Division The primary objective is to collaborate with or conduct research consistent with the division’s programs in the areas of structures, inorganic materials, and polymeric materials (including safety, security, and sustainability of building and physical infrastructure, service-life performance of building materials, and construction cycle time reductions).

d. Energy and Environment Division. The primary objective is to collaborate with or conduct research consistent with the laboratory programs in areas related to measurement science needed to enable Net Zero High Performance Green Buildings.

e. Systems Integration Division. Measurement science and standards are important to facilitate solutions to systems integration problems in themanufacturing sector. A primary objective is the development of mathematically sound, model-based, integration standards and new science-based methods and tools for validating compliance to those standards.

f. Intelligent Systems Division. The primary objective is to collaborate with or conduct research consistent with Division programs and research in measurement science for intelligent systems.

g. National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program. The primary objective is to collaborate with or conduct research consistent with the laboratory programs in the areas of windstorm and coastal inundation impact reduction (including engineering for extreme winds, storm surge, and tsunami).

h. Disaster and Failure Studies Program. The primary objective is to collaborate with or conduct research consistent with the laboratory programs in the areas of disaster and failure studies.

DARPA: Young Faculty Award (YFA)


The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department ofDefense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the researchcommunity who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues.

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in physical sciences, engineering, materials, mathematics, biology, computing, informatics, andmanufacturing of interest to DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Biological Technology Office (BTO) and Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). Further detail regarding technical areas of interest can be found in the Technical Areas topics list. Proposals that fail to respond directly to a Technical Area will be considered nonresponsive.

Proposals responding to this RA should clearly describe the DoD problem being addressed, the current state-of-the-art technology, new insights to address the problem, a credible research plan and schedule, and critical, quantitative milestones to be pursued over each 12 month phase. Proposers should familiarize themselves with and address the Heilmeier Catechism in responding to this RA.

Army: Fuel Cell Technology Advancements


Proposals are sought which address the following research areas for stationary fuel cell technology:
1. Development of an advanced technology base
2. Innovative or lower cost manufacturing, packaging, and assembly processes
3. Balance-of-plant components
4. Advanced field demonstrations of pre-commercial systems

NSF: Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP)


The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the processing and mechanical performance of engineering materials by investigating the interrelationship of materialsprocessing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications.

Materials processing proposals should focus on manufacturing processes that convert material into useful form as either intermediate or final composition. These include processes such as extrusion, molding, casting, deposition, sintering and printing. Proposed research should include the consideration of cost, performance, and feasibility of scale-up, as appropriate. Novel processes for the production of nanoscale materials (nanotubes, nanocrystals, etc.) are of interest. Process optimization studies without a fundamental scientific contribution are not supported.

Research proposals related to mechanical performance should be driven by a targeted application(s). Structural materials that, in service, bear mechanical load are of interest. These include materials such as metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials, ceramics, hybrids and cement, intended for applications ranging from the microscale (e.g., MEMS) to the macroscale (e.g., civil infrastructures). Research related to the deterioration of performance during service (e.g., corrosion and degradation) is also of interest.

In some cases, the performance of functional materials is also of interest. This includes materials that possess native properties and functions that can be controlled by external influences (e.g., temperature, light and pH) as well as responsive materials (e.g., piezoelectric, chromogenic, shape memory and self-healing). Research proposals on performance of electronic materials to be used for energy storage or conversion (e.g., fuel cells, batteries and PVs) are not appropriate for the MEP program. One exception to this would be for proposals related to multifunctional (versus a single function) material performance that include a consideration of mechanical performance. Proposals on this topic are encouraged.

Research plans driven by scientific hypotheses are encouraged. Material structures across length scales ranging from nano to meso to macro are of interest. Research on materials in the bulk or in special configurations such as surfaces or interfaces is appropriate as are research proposals related to surface engineering or tribology. Analytical, experimental, and/or numerical studies are supported. Collaborative proposals with industry (GOALI) are encouraged.

Proposals related to additive manufacturing, laser processing or bonding/joining processes are welcome in CMMI and should be submitted to the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) program, even if the focus of such proposals is on the materials for those processes. Proposals addressing the manufacture (scale up, quality, reliability, etc.) of nanoscale materials, structures, devices and systems should be submitted to the Nanomanufacturing (NM) program. Proposals addressing atomic/molecular scale synthesis or thin film synthesis (as opposed to manufacturing) are not appropriate for the MEP program. Research proposals on electronic materials to be used for energy storage or conversion (e.g., fuel cells, batteries, PVs) are not appropriate for the MEP program unless there is new science being proposed about manufacturing processes for these materials.Research on the mechanics of solid materials should be directed to the Mechanics of Materials (MoM) program. Investigators with proposals focused on design methodological approaches and theory enabling the accelerated development and insertion of materials should consider the Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program. In response to the Materials Genome Initiative, there is a special initiative for research on a combined theoretical and experimental approach to accelerate materials discovery and development; such proposals should be directed to the Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer Our Future (DMREF) opportunity.

NSF: 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 advancedmanufacturing research community to unite in the establishment of theConsortium 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 AdvancedManufacturing 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. advancedmanufacturing, and source novel and unanticipated perspectives on technology priorities that can inform both the broad advanced manufacturingcommunity and agency work.
– Provide a resource for rapid response expert advice to help inform cross-cutting federal research and development initiatives in advancedmanufacturing. 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 manufacturingresearch with pressing national priorities and national challenges.
– Facilitate the generation of visions for advanced manufacturing researchand 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 advancedmanufacturing 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.

DOE: Energy Materials Netwrok

The Energy Materials Network (EMN) is an enduring national lab-led initiative that aims to dramatically decrease the time-to-market for advanced materials innovations critical to many clean energy technologies. Through targeted consortia offering accessible suites of advanced R&D capabilities, EMN is accelerating materials development to address U.S. manufacturers’ most pressing materials challenges.