Keck Foundation: local suspense Jan 12

The W. M. Keck Foundation: The Keck Foundation strives to fund projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact in two areas: i) medical research; and ii) science and engineering research.  Research must fall outside the mission of public funding agencies and demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.  We may submit four concept papers in each area during the pre-application counseling period.  If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, please email your one-page concept paper to me at vpr@mst.edu by Monday, January 12, 2015.  The attachment provides more information on this funding opportunity, concept paper requirements and other deadlines.

Materials Innovation Platforms: local suspense Dec 29

National Science Foundation: The Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program is intended to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program.  We may submit only one (1) proposal.  If you are interested in responding to this solicitation, please submit your intent (PI name and Title of Proposal) to me at vpr@mst.edu by Monday, December 29, 2014.  The internal review deadlines will be established if there is more than one team interested in pursuing this opportunity.  FYI, NSF’s deadline for receiving the full proposal is Monday, March 2, 2015.

and the survey says …

Paula DeLongPaula DeLong passes her thanks to the 39 people who provided answers in the survey of research technical and administrative staff. The committee of Jason Cox, Santosh Mishra, Harry Djunaidi, Steve Tupper and Paula have pulled some clear conclusions from the survey on workload, compensation, training, recognition and trust. These conclusions get studied in the next quarter under OSP 2020 to identify resources and design improvements.

Friday Report 12/12/2014

Pivot at S&THere are Steve’s picks of things that were announced this week and could effect either you or one of your colleagues that you nudge into action. As always these are culled from PIVOT.
  • Young Faculty Award (YFA) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The 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.
  • Select Topics in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Office of Naval Research (ONR) Topics in this notice are designed to address research and technology gaps in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology in ONR’s current program portfolio.
  • Science Technology and Society (STS) National Science Foundation Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) This program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines.
  • Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development National Science Foundation (NSF) This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in the United States’ institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.
  • Research Program Keck Foundation W.M. This program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.

Spotlight on ISC

The Intelligent Systems Center (ISC) performs basic and applied research to develop generic methodologies and tools (both software and hardware) that can be applied to a wide variety of real-world problems, and to address technology and related issues in developing intelligent systems for manufacturing and energy applications. The Center consists of five research thrust areas and has state-of-the-art research facilities distributed across the Missouri S&T campus. For more than 25 years, ISC has been working with government agencies and industrial companies to meet their needs. ISC is affiliated with four national research centers: the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologiesthe NSF ERC for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systemsthe NSF I/UCRC on Intelligent Maintenance Systems, and the NSF I/UCRC on Net-Centric Software and System.

Integrated Systems Lab at EMSE

A Glossary

Research administrators deal in a language that bridges from campus to federal government processes in management, accountability and compliance.

Melissa Chambers  offers her glossary to the campus research enterprise for those times when it isn’t quite clear what is being said in the  small print of solicitations and proposals.  Glossary of Terms

 

Friday Report 12/5/2014

Here are a few interesting proposals that have popped this week:

 A joint solicitation from NSF and Intel seeks proposals to be considered for both NSF Grants and Intel Agreements (i.e., Contracts, Grants or Gifts). Intel Agreements contain provisions for possible direct, on-siteparticipation in research by Intel researchers-in-residence. For the purposes of this program, visual computing deals with the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of visual information through the use of computational resources and tools. Experiential computing involves the use of computing architectures and applications to enable and/or enhance compelling human experiences. Proposals responsive to this solicitation should seek to improve core capabilities in this emerging field and make advances to relevant areas. Suggested focus areas include but are not limited to: Computational Photography, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, Augmented Reality, Image and Video Understanding, and 3D Scene Understanding. Proposals may only be submitted by universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Proposals will be considered for funding within their project classes: (1) Small VEC Projects, with total budgets ranging from $500,000 to $1,000,000 for durations of three years; (2) Medium VEC Projects, with total budgets ranging from $1,000,001 to $2,000,000 for durations of three years; and (3) Large VEC Projects, with total budgets ranging from $2,000,001 to $3,000,000 for durations of three years. Full proposals are due February 20, 2015.
 This funding opportunity announcement, in support of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, aims to support planning activities and the initial stages of development ofentirely new or next generation brain imaging technologies and methods that will lead to transformative advances in our understanding of the human brain. Eligible organizations include higher education institutions, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, governments, and others. NIH intends to commit an estimated total of $3.2M to fund 6-8 awards. Application budgets are limited to $300,000 in direct costs in any project year, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 3 years. Letters of intent are due February 18, 2015.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) The 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 NationalSecurity challenges and needs.
National Science Foundation (NSF) This solicitation seeks proposals to be considered for both NSF Grants and Intel Agreements (i.e., Contracts, Grants or Gifts). Intel Agreements contain provisions for possible direct, on-site participation in researchby Intel researchers-in-residence (RinRs).

Talk: Bright and Dark Sides of IT

Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, Ph.D., Professor of Business & Information Technology, will be giving a 20-minute talk on “The Bright and Dark Sides of IT/IS Use and their Relations with Neuroscience” on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. in Fulton 107.  You are invited to attend.

Fiona Nah

Proposal Development Workshop for Large Team and Center-level Grants

OSP invites you to register for a half-day workshop starting at 8:30 am on Friday January 9 2015 Interactive Proposal Workshop: Pursuing Large Team and Center-Level Grants @ Bertelsmeyer Hall Room 110H. The workshop presenters are Dr. Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies and the Vice Provost Research Dr. K. Krishnamurthy. The event includes lunch which will focus specifically on industry engagement and how to leverage the office of the VPR.

Space is limited to 35 so please register as soon as practical by email to vpr@mst.edu asking us to save you a seat.

Two Proposal Development Workshops

Proposal Development Workshop for Small Teams and Single PI

OSP invites you to register for a day-long workshop starting at 9:00 am on Thursday January 8 2015 Hands-on Proposal Writing Workshop: Pursuing Single-PI and Small Team Grants @ Havener Center Missouri Room 207A. The workshop presenters are Dr. Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies and the Vice Provost Research Dr. K. Krishnamurthy. The event includes lunch which will focus specifically on preparing an NSF CAREER proposal which also serves as an analog for other federal young investigator programs.

Space is limited to 35 so please register as soon as practical by email to vpr@mst.edu asking us to save you a seat.

 

Two Proposal Development Workshops