Archives for May 26, 2016

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.

NIH submission tips from Meg Bouvier

TIP #3
Are reviewers not “buying” the mentoring plan on your K submission?

You are not alone. It may be the number one criticism I see on K Summary Statements.

Reviewers know that mentors are busy, harried people and despite their best intentions, their mentees are not at the top of their list of priorities. Write an excruciatingly detailed mentoring plan: On what day/time will you and your mentor meet weekly to discuss your project? During which four months will you meet with your entire advisory group to discuss your progress? In which month will you give your entire team an annual one-hour formal presentation? Your advisory group should provide written feedback to you at least once per year—and you should provide it for them as well. I find this two-way evaluation language plays very well with reviewers.

DOD: Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program;

Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PHTBIRP), the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) and the Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program

Cognitive Resilience and Readiness Research Award


Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

Clinical Trial Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Qualitative Research Award

Translational Research Award


Gulf War Illness Research Program

Gulf War Illness Epidemiology Research Award

New Investigator Award

NEW! Clinical Partnership Award

NEW! Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award

NEW! Treatment Evaluation Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (



Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( and (2) application submission through (  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and


eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance.  A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the application submissions associated with them.  eBRAP will validate application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.

NIST to underwrite university cyber education

CYBER-ED: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide up to $1 million in grants for cybersecurity education and workforce development. The grants are in collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s “Skills for Business” initiative and will support the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. “Effective partnerships will focus on organizing employers with cybersecurity skill shortages to join with educators to focus on developing the skilled workforce to meet industry needs within the local or regional economy.” Applicants, including institutes of higher education, must be non-profit organizations located in the United States or its territories. Read more here.

from ASEE


UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY RESEARCH CENTERS and Historically Black Colleges and Universities are among favored items in the House defense appropriation bill for 2017. While sums recommended for basic research are close to what the Pentagon sought, House members did some tinkering. The extra $5 million for Army-funded University and Industry Research Centers is specifically for “materials in extreme dynamic environments.” The Air Force’s University Research Initiatives also get $5 million more than was requested. Bumping up HBCUs by $12 million to $23 million, the appropriations panel said it “remains concerned about the long-term development” of the STEM workforce pipeline for underrepresented minorities. It urges a “focus on increasing the participation of minority students through engaged mentoring, enriched research experiences, and opportunities to publish, present, and network.” See the committee’s report.

from ASEE public affairs


Interesting discussion in the beltway. from ASEE public affairs


An idea put forward in 2014 by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has made its way into the Senate Armed Services Committee’s defense policy bill. It would set up a matching Manufacturing Universities Grant Program to support new  manufacturing engineering education programs at the undergraduate or graduate level or enhance existing ones. Criteria for the competitive awards include significant involvement by industry in instruction and research and the likelihood that, within three years, programs can be sustained with non-federal sources. Defense contractors are eligible if, among other things, they develop research partnerships with service academies.