FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Program

FHWA issued a Broad Agency Announcement (DTFH61-16-R-00036) for the Exploratory Advanced Research Program to conduct research that addresses

  • Computation Methods for Analysis of Mobile Device Data,
  • Behavioral Science and Experimental Economics Approaches for Transportation, and
  • New Methods in Simulation

Proposals are due by October 14, 2016.

More information is located at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1e0c1bbde5c88669a3902a10544aee3a&tab=core&_cview=0.  Thank you.


David Kuehn

Program Manager

FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program

(202) 493-3414




Innovation Grant proposals due Sept. 30

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit innovation proposals by Friday, Sept. 30, to present at the Oct. 6 Miner Tank event. The Missouri S&T Innovation Team helps create and promote an innovative campus by empowering the university community with the resources needed make a difference. Let your innovative idea be the next big thing. More information is available at innovate.mst.edu.

See article in eConnection


State Department Science Fellowship Program

see notice $75,000

Most of the foreign policy issues faced by the U.S. Department of State have a scientific or technical component. This fellowship is intended to enhance the S&T capacity of the department by enabling at least one scientist annually to work at the department’s Washington, DC headquarters for a one-year term. This is a unique opportunity for a scientist to contribute scientific and technical expertise to the department and raise awareness of the value of scientific input. In turn, scientists broaden their experience by interacting with policymakers in the federal government and learning about the foreign policy process.


Environmental Sustainability

see notice $300,000

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. Thesesystems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.

There are four principal general research areas that are supported:
– Industrial Ecology: Topics of interest in Industrial Ecology include advancements in modeling such as life cycle assessment, materials flow analysis, input/output economic models, and novel metrics for measuring sustainable systems. Innovations in industrial ecology are encouraged.
– Green Engineering: Research is encouraged to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure. Many programs in the Engineering Directorate support research in environmentally benign manufacturing or chemical processes. The Environmental Sustainability program supports research that would affect more than one chemical or manufacturing process or that takes a systems or holistic approach to green engineering for infrastructure or green buildings. Improvements in distribution and collection systems that will advance smart growth strategies and ameliorate effects of growth are research areas that are supported by Environmental Sustainability. Innovations in management of storm water, recycling and reuse of drinking water, and other green engineering techniques to support sustainability may also be fruitful areas for research.
– Ecological Engineering: Topics should focus on the engineering aspects of restoring ecological function to natural systems. Engineering research in enhancement of natural capital to foster sustainable development is encouraged.
– Earth Systems Engineering: Earth Systems Engineering considers aspects of large scale engineering research that involve mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, and other global scale concerns.

All proposed research should be driven by engineering principles, and be presented explicitly in an environmental sustainability context. Proposals should include involvement in engineering research of at least one graduate student, as well as undergraduates. Incorporation of aspects of social, behavioral, and economic sciences is welcomed.


BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)

see notice  $100,000

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this BD2K R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nations biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.


Student Funding Opportunities through NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium

Dear Department Chairs and Faculty,

Please see the attached memo regarding available student funding opportunities through the NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium.  Pass along to fellow faculty and students in your department that may have an interest in this funding opportunity.

Applications are due September 2nd, 2016.  

Thank you!
Kimber Crull
Sr. Communications Coordinator, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology



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.

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”).

EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology

see notice 

S&T is looking to the startup community to bring wearable technologies to first responders. Building on the success of itsEMERGE Accelerator Pilot last year, S&T continues to mobilize innovators to help first responders whose difficult and grueling job requires them to carry outdated and heavy equipment.

With EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology, we want to enable today’s firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians to communicate seamlessly with fellow responders, to survey a scene in advance, and to track their health status as they put themselves in harm’s way.

Estimating the Value of Truck Travel Time Reliability

see notice $300,000

The objective of this research is to develop an improved framework for truck freight reliability valuation. The framework should include the methodology, modeling assumptions, analytical techniques, and tools developed in NCHRP Report 824 in order to assist transportation professionals and decision makers in the evaluation of proposed roadway infrastructure and operations investments.
The research should address a wide range of issues related to the truck freight reliability valuation framework