Archives for June 2016


We have a lot to be proud of at Missouri S&T in environmental stewardship and much of that is thanks to the consciousness of the Miner students, staff and faculty. But even positive attitudes aren’t enough and the heart of the effort is the Environmental Management System.

Does this have anything to do with research?

You bet it does because investigators are expected to think through every aspect of their projects to include the implications to the environment.  But you don’t have to do that alone — contact Donna Kreisler for help thinking through various hazards and risks and to leverage the many in-place remedies.

Donna Kreisler, Environmental Health Professional I (573) 341-6441

Spotlight: Experimental Mine

A special feature of the S&T campus is the presence of a mine used for educational and research purposes. It also serves each fall as a fund raising site with the Halloween Haunted Mine. Learn more about this ‘not at every campus’ feature at this site.

It also served as a set for some shows of the Detonators.

image from Five of the Coolest College Labs

Opportunities to Develop High Performance, Economically Viable, and Environmentally Benign Technologies to Recover Rare Earth Elements (REEs) From Domestic Coal and Coal Byproducts

see PIVOT notice      $1,000,000

As part of its continuing investigation, DOE is seeking financial assistance applications for projects to quickly develop bench-scale and pilot-scale projects for recovering REEs from coal and coal byproducts as follows:

Area of Interest 1 (AOI 1) – Bench-scale Technology to Economically Separate, Extract, and Concentrate Mixed REEs from Coal and Coal Byproducts including Aqueous Effluents.

Area of Interest 2 (AOI 2) – Pilot-scale Technology to Economically Separate, Extract, and Concentrate Mixed REEs from Coal and Coal Byproduct Solids.

The proposed technology should be designed and developed for eventual deployment within the United States to provide reliable and competitive domestic sources of REEs.

3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

see PIVOT notice     $355,000

3DEP was developed to respond to needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is issued to facilitate the collection of lidar and derived elevation data for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The BAA continues the USGS’s long-standing approach to elevation data acquisition through a combination of contracting through the USGS Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC) and partner acquisitions. The BAA is meant to provide increased visibility to these existing processes for data acquisition partnerships to the broadest stakeholder community possible.

National Endowmnet for the Arts Research Labs

see PIVOT notice     $150,000

In recent years, the NEA’s research portfolio has focused on yielding new knowledge about the value and impact of the arts. Through a new program, the NEA Research Labs, the organization seeks to support a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization(s) (Cooperator) to undertake the program.

Each NEA Research Lab will define a research agenda, conduct a research program to implement that agenda, and prepare reports that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of three areas of special interest to the NEA:
1. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being
2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning
3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

NEA anticipates that a sustained engagement with these topic areas, and with the corresponding research questions, will have distinctive benefits for the arts community, but also for sectors such as healthcare, education, and business or management.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant Program – Water for Agriculture Challenge Area – Water Availability for Diverse Agricultural Uses: The Right Water for the Right Place and Time

see PIVOT notice      $5,000,000

The program will focus on developing solutions for water management that link food, water, climate, energy, and environmental issues. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision-makers, public and private managers and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. NIFA’s approach will link social, economic, and behavioral sciences with traditional biophysical sciences and engineering to address regional scale issues with shared hydrological processes, and meteorological and basin characteristics.


Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

see PIVOT notice  $175,000

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one’s first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one’s independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one’s career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.


Development of Transactional Data Specifications for Demand-Responsive Transportation

see Transportation Research Board notice     $250,000

The objective of this research is to develop technical specifications for transactional data for entities involved in the provision of demand-responsive transportation (see Special Note B). The technical specifications should build on the framework presented in Table 2 of TCRP Web-Only Doc 62: Standardizing Data for Mobility Management,, but should recognize changes that have occurred since the completion of this research and emerging trends. This research should be a collaborative effort that engages stakeholders, including public, private, and nonprofit entities; software developers; and academics.

NIH: Open Mike

Just released the next edition of a periodic newsletter from Dr. Michael Lauer NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, serving as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program.  See his blog called Open Mike.

How Many Researchers?

Grant Renewal Success Rates: Then and Now

How New US Overtime Provisions Will Affect Postdoctoral Researchers


National Security Cyber Assistance Program (NSCAP) Industry Day Forum 2016

National Security Cyber Assistance Program (NSCAP)
Industry Day Forum 2016 Save the Date!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Industry Forum Day
NSCAP Industry Day Forum 2016
19 July, 2016 1000-1200hrs
2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701

Dear Industry Partner,

The National Security Cyber Assistance Program (NSCAP) will be hosting an Industry Day Forum to provide a briefing on the Vulnerability Assessment Service (VAS) pilot program. The main objective of the VAS pilot is to identify and accredit companies qualified to provide on-site VAS to NSS owners and operators. Additionally, NSCAP will introduce the UK Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers as NSA/IAD operating partner for Cyber Incident Response Assistance.

To register for this event, please send your contact information to the NSCAP Program Office at

If you have questions regarding the VAS Accreditation Criteria see the NSCAP website at: or contact the NSCAP Program office at