Archives for August 22, 2016

DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)

see notice  $500,000 DoD

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 of Defense (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 research community 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, and manufacturing 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.

Air Force Visiting Scientist Program

see notice (6 month program) – Bring one of your military colleagues to campus …US Air Force

The Air Force Visiting Scientist Program provides outstanding Air Force scientists and engineers the opportunity to conduct full-time, hands-on research-related work in leading U.S. university and industry laboratories for a period of up to 179 days on a temporary duty status funded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Upon completion of the assignment the researcher returns to his or her Air Force laboratory. The university or industrial laboratory provides a letter of invitation, and makes facilities, equipment, and resources available. The host laboratory must be located in the United States. Typically the researcher is an Air Force scientist or engineer, at least at the GS-13 level or its military equivalent. The applicant must write a project proposal, preferably not to exceed 10 pages, but of sufficient depth and scope, so that it can be evaluated by the scientists at the participating organizations. Hands-on laboratory research-related work is an essential program element. The traveler is required to submit a written report detailing his or her experiences and results of the project at the completion of the TDY. In addition, the traveler may be required to give a seminar presentation at the Air Force laboratory or at AFOSR and to provide feedback for purposes of program assessment.


National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)

See notice   $3,278,500. DHS

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) seeks to mitigate earthquake losses in the United States through basic and directed research and implementation activities in the fields of earthquake science and engineering. The NEHRP program supports the mission area of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review titled “Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience,” as well as the national preparedness goal of mitigation, as provided in the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8).

Reduce the risks to life and property from future earthquakes in the United States through the establishment and maintenance of an effective earthquake hazards reduction program.

1. Promoting the implementation of research results;
2. Promoting better building practices;
3. Providing assistance to enable individual, organizational, and community resilience;
4. Supporting the implementation of an earthquake education and public awareness program;
5. Developing approaches to coordinate earthquake hazards reduction measures with measures for reducing hazards for other natural and technological hazards (“multi-hazard design”).