Archives for May 2016

Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practice

NCHRP Interest Group-

Announcing new synthesis topics to be done by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) under Project 20-05, Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practice.  We have increased the consultant fee to $45,000.  Please note that the deadline for receipt of consultant letters of interest is close of business, Monday, August 15, 2016.

If you are interested in being considered as a consultant, please visit our website for further information, 

Note that consultant letters of interest must be submitted electronically through the portal at this web address- Letters of Interest Web Portal

The topics are as follows:

Project Number Project Title
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-01 Practices for Preventing Roadway Departure Crashes
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-02 Tack Coat Specifications, Materials, and Construction Practices
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-03 Corrosion Protection for Extending Steel Bridge Service Life
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-04 Staffing for Alternative Contracting Methods
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-05 The Use of Trenchless Utility Pipe Installation and Replacement Techniques Under Highways to Minimize Traffic Disruption and Other Direct and Indirect Costs
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-06 Integrated Transportation and Land Use Models
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-07 Investment Prioritization Methods for Low Volume Roads
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-08 Connected Work Zones – Integrating Technology into Work Zones, Vehicles, and Equipment to Improve Worker, Driver, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Safety
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-09 Integration of Roadway Safety Data from State and Local Sources
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-10 Survey of State Practices on Aggregate Quality Requirements for Pavements
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-11 Practices in Two-way, Two-lane Traffic Control
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-12 Inertial Profiler Certification for IRI Measurements
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-13 Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-14 State of Practice of State DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Analyzing Data for Managing Transportation Performance
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-15 Determine the Value of Multimodal Projects Versus Added Capacity Highway Projects


Jon Williams

Program Director

IDEA and Synthesis Studies

Transportation Research Board of the

National Academies

500 Fifth Street NW

Washington DC 20001

Ph 202-334-3245
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Cell 202-607-6279

NIH submission tip from Meg Bouvier

TIP #4

Is your target clinical population represented on your planning committee?

If so, that’s a good thing—your target demographic will have a greater voice in the design of the project.

Up until a few years ago, most of you would have had representation of your target clinical population on your team. So for example, if you were conducting a study on Latinos, you might have had a project manager who was Latino in order to ensure community buy-in. That won’t cut it anymore. You now need representation on the planning committee. That’s a good thing—your target demographic will have a greater voice in the design of the project. So borrow the lessons from Community-Based Participatory Research and make sure your research subjects are represented on your planning committee—be they diabetics, African Americans, breast cancer survivors, sedentary individuals, parents of kids with ASD, thoracotomy patients, or any other research population.

Top Ten Universities for federal research

This graphic is interesting. Please note none of our technological research university peers is on this list.  source: ASEE

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Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative

see PIVOT notice — $12,000,000

The DOT hereby requests applications to result in awards to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety,efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. These model deployments are expected to provide benefits in the form of:
– reduced traffic-related fatalities and injuries;
-reduced traffic congestion and improved travel time reliability;
– reduced transportation-related emissions;
– optimized multimodal system performance;
– improved access to transportation alternatives, including for underserved populations;
– public access to real time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information to make informed travel decisions;
– cost savings to transportation agencies, businesses, and the traveling public; or
– other benefits to transportation users and the general public.

This competitive advanced transportation and congestion management technologies deployment grant program will promote the use of innovative transportation solutions. The deployment of these technologies will provide Congress and DOT with valuable real life data and feedback to inform future decision making.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) will host an Informational Session regarding this Funding Opportunity focused on the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative. This session will be conducted as a virtual forum and will focus on specific topics to help potential applicants gather additional information and ask specific questions.

Participation in this session is not mandatory in order to submit an application under this solicitation. Potential applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to gather information regarding this specific funding opportunity.


Grants from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC)

see PIVOT notice

The Commission is an independent federal agency established by Congress in 1975 to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.

JUSFC Values
– Engage the next generation of US-Japan managers
– Support innovation
– Promote partnerships and collaboration
– Demonstrate the importance of the US-Japan relationship JUSFC

Funding Priorities
1) Exchanges and Scholarship
2) Global Challenges
3) Arts and Culture
4) Education and Public Affairs

Spotlight: Academies

Did you know that Missouri S&T lists eight academies? See site.


Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Program


The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)disciplines at leading universities worldwide.

The long-term goal of the program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in STEM disciplines thus contributing to the socio-economic development of their home countries and regions. Grant recipients are selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents. Ultimately they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

Next Generation Electric Machines: Enabling Technologies


Manufacturing is the use of energy, equipment, information, services, and capital to convert raw materials, components, and parts into goods that meet market expectations. As an economic sector, manufacturing generates 12 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs 12 million Americans. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) makes research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) investments in advanced manufacturing process and materials technologies.

These technologies are foundational, pervasive, and promise crosscutting industrial applications and impact in reducing industry’s energy footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as supporting the global competitiveness of clean energy products. By targeting the development of energy-related advanced manufacturing technology, AMO’s work can create completely new supply chains and stimulate significant economic growth and job creation. AMO’s Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program is an RD&D effort leveraging recent technology advancements in power electronics and electric motors to develop a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed, integrated MV drive systems for a wide variety of critical energy applications. Improvements to these systems can be realized through the application of key enabling technologies, such as wide bandgap devices, advanced magnetic materials, improved insulation materials, aggressive cooling techniques, high speed bearing designs, and improved conductors or superconducting materials.

Through this development program, NGEM will facilitate a step-change that enables more efficient use of electricity, as well as reduced drive system size and weight, developing lasting capabilities for motor material development, design, and analysis that are cost-shared with industry stakeholders. This specific Financial Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is focused on advancing three key enabling technologies that can take the development of electric machines a giant step further by addressing significant reductions in three major categories of energy losses in an electric machine. The FOA leverages on recent technical advancements made in nanomaterial research, 6.5wt% siliconizing process in electrical steel manufacturing, and improved in-field performance of high temperature superconductor technology to realize the complete vision of developing a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed electric machines for a wide variety of critical energy applications.

Global Collaboration: GRO Program

see PIVOT notice

The Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program is an important part of growing SAMSUNG’s academic research engagement and collaboration platforms. World-class researchers have been annually invited since 2009 to propose novel research ideas and to work with SAMSUNG’s R&D teams to foster technological innovation.

2015 GRO Program is seeking proposals in 24 research themes. Other themes are also welcome.
– IoT
– Next Generation Computing
– Machine Learning & Recognition
– Natural Language Processing
– Neural Processor
– Artificial Intelligence
– Autonomous Driving
– Software Engineering
– Robotics for Human Augmentation
– Security & Privacy
– Data Analytics
– Sensor Technology
– 5G Mobile Applications
– System Arch. for Storage & Memory
– 2D Materials/Devices
– Next Gen. Sensors & Detectors
– Energy Harvesting
– Inorganic Photonic Materials
– Functional Material
– Organic Materials
– Microbial Conversion Materials
– Nano Structuring
– Material Informatics.

Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Program: Stepping-Up Technology Implementation


The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Program 1 are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be ofeducational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

The purpose of this priority is to fund cooperative agreements to: (a) Identify resources needed to effectively implement evidence-based technology tools that benefit students with disabilities, and (b) develop and disseminate products that will help a broad range of schools to effectively implement these technology tools.