Archives for March 2016

UM IDIC program put on hold

UPDATE: After discussions between UM System personnel, Campus Research Officers and Interim President Middleton, the decision has been made to put the current round of the Interdisciplinary Intercampus Funding Program (IDIC) on hold until we have a better understanding of the program impact and our budget situation. We hope to be able to reinstate the program in the future once the budget picture is more clear and the campus and system funding priorities have been established.

This decision does not impact the current round of the FastTrack funding program. The deadline to submit a FastTrack proposal is March 21, 2016.

Click here for more information on FastTrack.

Ashley Berg
Funding Programs Coordinator
University of Missouri System
(573) 882-1714

Details on all UM internal research funding programs is available at this site.

Ozarks Biomedical Initiative – Feb 27 Symposium


Sajal Das, Christopher Spencer, MD (PCRMC), and Stephanie Markovina, MD (Washington University). Over 60 PhD’s from S&T and 20 MD’s from PCRMC/Bond Clinic/Mercy Clinic/Washington University were in attendance last Saturday in the research alliance between Missouri S&T and PCRMC.

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Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion Conducting Solids (IONICS)


The Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion Conducting Solids (IONICS) program seeks to enable transformational electrochemical cells by creating components built with solid ion conductors that have a wide range ofdesirable properties including low ionic area-specific resistance (ASR), high chemical and electrochemical stability, high selectivity, good mechanical properties, etc. through innovative approaches to overcome tradeoffs among coupled properties. It also seeks to develop and apply methods for processing of solid ion conductors and their integration into electrochemical devices. Components built with solid ion conductors, especially separators, have the potential to serve as enabling platforms, as demonstrated by the wide application of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) ceramics and perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) polymers (e.g., Nafion).

The IONICS Program Categories focus on specific electrochemical cells with high impact for the energy sector whose commercial potential will be significantly enhanced with improved components built from solid ion conductors. The Program Categories include:
1. Lithium (Li) ion conductors that enable the cycling of Li metal without shorting
2. Selective and low-cost separators for batteries with liquid reactants (e.g., flow batteries)
3. Alkaline conductors with high chemical stability and conductivity
4. Other approaches that could achieve the IONICS Program Objectives.

A key requirement of the IONICS program is the creation of manufacturable components with dimensions comparable to that used in a practical device, in order to ensure that technical challenges associated with large-area processing are addressed. The required area depends on the application, but is in the range of tens to one hundred square centimeters. A second key requirement is that the cost of materials and processing is sufficiently low to allow for the broad adoption necessary for significant energy impacts. Creating low-cost components built with solid ion conductors will require pushing the boundaries of processing methods, especially for inorganic materials. ARPA-E encourages the formation of teams that include the competence to address large-area fabrication and low-cost processing.

ARPA-E expects that common technical themes will be present across the Program Categories. These themes may include, but are not limited to, polymer/inorganic composites, chemistries that realize high stability, processing methods for large-area and thin inorganic solid ion conductors, polymer and polymer composite morphology engineering, self-forming mechanisms, and others. ARPA-E expects that the realization of the aggressive targets of the IONICS program will require input from communities such as solid state ionics, polymers, ceramics, material mechanics (especially at interfaces), functional glasses, organic and inorganic chemistry, computational approaches across a range of length scales, and process engineering and scale up.

talk: Mathematics of the Cytoskeleton

Dr. Deitmar Oelz, research associate at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, the fourth and final candidate for the open Missouri S&T mathematics position, will give a talk titled Mathematics of the Cytoskeleton, on Thursday, March 3, from 4 to 5:15 p.m., G5 Rolla Building.

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Reminder of deadline for FAST TRACK: University of Missouri funding: Fast Track Phase I

UM System has announced the Fast Track Phase I solicitation.  We may submit four (4) proposals.  The deadlines we will be following to conduct the internal review to select the four proposals that will go forward are:

Intent to submit a proposal (PI name and Title of Proposal e-mailed to Monday, March 7, 2016

Submission of two-page white paper and presentation slides (maximum of 5 slides) e-mailed to Monday, March 21, 2016

Oral presentation of proposals: Week of March 21, 2016

FYI, UM System’s deadline for receiving the full proposal is Friday, April 8,2016.

Best Regards,

The Office of Sponsored Programs Team


The University of Missouri System has a variety of funding programs available to eligible faculty. Below is a program currently accepting proposals:WHAT: The FastTrack Phase I funding program provides proof of concept or gap funding for faculty members focused on technology development, testing, or prototype construction, and/or to conduct specific market research. This evaluation may lead to industry collaboration, licensing, the formation of a new company, or the abandonment of the technology for commercial application.Funds are not to be used for basic research but to evaluate the commercial potential of existing research.

WHO: All tenured/tenure-track Faculty and full-time Ranked, Non-tenure-track Research Faculty are eligible to apply.

WHEN: Proposals are due to your campus representatives by Monday, March 21, 2016.

For information on the submission process, click here.

Click here for more information on FastTrack.

Ashley Berg
Funding Programs Coordinator
University of Missouri System
(573) 882-1714