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Updated March 17, 2010--Lockheed Martin Research Initiative Solicitation for FY 2010
Updated January 25, 2010--NSF Announces Major Research Instrumentation Solicitation for FY 2010
The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. The internal campus deadline for preproposals has been set for February 22, 2010 with final proposals due at NSF by April 21, 2010. Detailed guidelines may be found at the following websites:
FY2010 program: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10529/nsf10529.htm
General information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/
An institution may submit up to three proposals: two proposals for instrument acquisition or development, plus a third solely for instrument development. NSF would like to especially stimulate development of the next generation of research instrumentation by encouraging submissions that target instrument development. Duplicate proposals submitted to another NSF instrumentation program are not eligible.
As mandated by Congress in the America COMPETES Act:
- Cost sharing of 30 percent submitted by Ph.D. granting institutions is required.
- The maximum award size for is $4 million, for both instrument acquisition and development proposals.
Potential cost sharing components should be identified as part of the initial summary budget in the preproposals submitted for the campus selections. Please note this is a significant amount in most proposals and the campus component of this matching is not in any way guaranteed. The final campus nominations will be contingent on formal commitments for the appropriate cost sharing. A formal letter of commitment from the institution confirming availability of funds for cost sharing is also required.
Another NSF restriction includes that "an organization may submit or be included as a partner or subawardee in no more than three proposals." As such, proposals for which another institution is involved, either as the lead or partner/subawardee, must be submitted for consideration at the UIUC campus level. Any UIUC selection that involves this type of external collaboration is also contingent on the analogous selection of the joint proposal by the other institution.
Preproposals for the campus selections will be judged on NSF criteria of intellectual merit, broader impacts of the proposed activity, and integration of research and education. In addition, identified campus and college priorities will be considered, as well as the likely impact on general campus needs (accessibility to users and uniqueness of resources should be addressed explicitly). Also, required will be (1) a major element pertaining to math and science education; (2) a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project; (3) a plan for mentoring of postdoctoral researchers associated with the project; (4) an appropriate management plan; and (5) consideration of the "NSF Broader Impacts Review Criterion," please see:
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, NSF 09-1, was issued on October 1, 2008 and is effective for this solicitation:
In addition, the NSF Grant Proposal Guide has been updated, effective October 1, 2007. Please note especially the following notice regarding transformative research and the impact on the revised NSF Intellectual Merit review criterion:
Grant Proposal Guide:
Review criteria (Section III.A): http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf08_1/gpg_3.jsp#IIIA
Considering the multi-disciplinary and cross-campus aspects intended in these proposals, the colleges will be asked to pre-review and rank proposals submitted from faculty within those respective units. In addition, the review panel for the campus selections will be comprised of faculty of the colleges representing investigators submitting proposals.
Other related information includes:
Description: The goals of the MRI program are to:
- Support the acquisition or development of major state-of-the-art instrumentation for research, research training, and integrated research/education activities at organizations;
- Improve access to and increase use of modern research and research training instrumentation by scientists, engineers, and graduate and undergraduate students;
- Enable academic departments or cross-departmental units to create well-equipped learning environments that integrate research with education;
- Foster the development of the next generation of instrumentation for research and research training; and
- Promote partnerships between academic researchers and the private sector.
Total Funding: The total funding anticipated for the program is $90 million, to be distributed to approximately 150 awards. Of this funding, up to $40 million will go to awards between $1 million - $4 million.
Cost Sharing: PhD granting institutions and non-degree granting institutions are required to provide 30 percent cost-sharing from non-federal government sources. (For instrument acquisition proposals, that is 30 percent of total eligible project costs; for instrument development, that is 30 percent of the total equipment hardware cost. Manufacturers' discounts may not be designated as cost sharing.) A letter of commitment from the institution confirming availability of funds for cost-sharing is required. The minimum and maximum award amounts listed above represent NSF's contribution to the project and do not include the institution's cost sharing.
Eligible Institutions: U.S. institutions of higher education, U.S. research museums, U.S. nonprofit research organizations, and consortia of U.S. institutions of higher education. Proposals for instruments to be located at a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (such as a DOE national lab) must be submitted by consortia.
Instrumentation that is NOT supported:
- Proposals are NOT allowed to support the acquisition of computer networks used for general-purposes; general laboratory equipment or assorted instruments that do not share a common or specific research or research training focus; instrumentation used primarily for standard science and engineering courses; and renovation or modernization of research facilities.
- Proposals are NOT allowed to support for the acquisition of instrumentation to be used in medical research and medical education or in the conduct of disease-oriented research. Proposals in the area of bioengineering are allowed.
A 5-7 page preliminary proposal, as well as a summary budget and a vita of the P.I., are required for the campus selections. Please submit 3 copies of the preproposal to room 404 Swanlund Administration Building (attn. Howard Guenther) by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22. Hand delivery of hard copies is encouraged and a written receipt should be obtained at the time of submission. Delivery via campus mail is discouraged. Submission via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) will also be accepted and an electronic confirmation of receipt will be provided.
Updated December 17, 2009--ARPA-E Announces Fellows and Program Manager Opportunities
The new ARPA-E Fellows program will have two classes – Senior Fellows and Fellows. - Senior Fellows are expected to have a PhD and three or more years of work experience in energy innovation.- Fellows will be recent PHDs, postdoctoral researchers, and recent graduates with less than three years of work experience.- The ARPA-E Fellows are expected to have strong technical backgrounds and deep expertise in at least one energy technology field.- The Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis. - The fellowships will be for no more than two years.- Candidates for program management positions at ARPA-E must have a PhD degree in a scientific or engineering field, a minimum of six to eight years of relevant experience in energy technology, and experience in technology transfer.
To apply for the Fellows programs, candidates should submit to ARPA-Eemail@example.com an updated CV, a one-page statement of interest describing their relevant experience and expertise, and a description of the energy topic/project in which they would have the strongest interest in working in as an ARPA-E Fellow.
To apply for program manager positions, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief preliminary description of a new ARPA-E program concept that they would propose to run to: ARPA-Efirstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no deadline for the submission of these materials; the opportunity is open until otherwise specified by ARPA-E.
Additional details of these two initiatives follow.
Dr. Arun Majumdar became the first director of ARPA-E this past October. ARPA-E was created in the America COMPETES Act to support high-risk, high-reward transformational research to develop innovative energy technologies. The agency received its initial funding totaling $400 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), and recently issued a request for research proposals for the second round of funding.
Dr. Majumdar must also organize the new agency. As part of that effort, on December 7th he announced the creation of the ARPA-E Fellows Program. The fellows will support the ARPA-E program managers and investigate promising areas of research for the agency. The fellows will be expected to work with researchers and innovators to develop proposals for high-impact ARPA-E research areas; prepare energy technology and economic analyses; and make recommendations to senior DOE managers. ARPA-E focuses on the full cycle of developing new energy technologies, including scientific research, technology prototyping and development, and commercialization.
Senior Fellows at ARPA-E must have:
- Three or more years of work experience in energy innovation after earning a PhD in an energy-relevant scientific or engineering field;- A passion for energy technology R&D;- An interest in working in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced energy technology-focused environment;- Strong analytical and research skills and an ability in creative thinking;- A record of distinguished scholarship and publication; and - Experience and knowledge of technology commercialization (desired, but not required).
To be selected, Fellows at ARPA-E must have:
- A recent PhD (less than three years) or in rare cases, be working toward a PhD in an energy-related scientific or engineering field;- A passion for energy technology R&D;- An interest in working in multi-disciplinary, fast-paced energy technology research-focused environment; - Strong analytical and research skills and a demonstrated ability for creative thinking; and- A record of distinguished scholarship and publication.
Fellows will be selected through a competitive process, will be full-time federal employees, and will be offered a competitive salary. Applications should be sent to: ARPA-Eemail@example.com.
Dr. Majumdar also seeks candidates to serve as program managers who have the vision to identify highly promising areas where investment of ARPA-E funding may result in the development and deployment of new, transformational energy technologies. Candidates for program managers should:
- Be available to serve an initial three-year term; ARPA-E will consider IPAs (assignments pursuant to the Intergovernmental Personnel Act) for individuals from universities and non-profit organizations;- Have a strong vision for specific program areas in which ARPA-E should invest;- Have a PhD in a science or engineering field and six to eight years of relevant experience in energy technologies;- Possess deep technical and industry knowledge in at least one specific area complimented by a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on energy issues. A list of especially relevant energy-technical backgrounds can be found in the announcement at: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/JO.html; and- Outline their strong experience in both program management and technology transfer.
To apply to join ARPA-E as a program manager, candidates are to submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief preliminary description of a new ARPA-E program concept that they would propose to run to: ARPA-Efirstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated October 13, 2009--Vodafone Foundation Wireless Innovation Project
The Vodafone Americas Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project, a competition to identify and reward the most promising advances in wireless related technologies, which can be used to solve critical problems around the globe. Proposals will be accepted from October 5, 2009 through February 1, 2010, with the final winners announced on April 19, 2010 at the annual Global Philanthropy Forum in Redwood City, CA, one of the Wireless Innovation Project's nonprofit partners.
Updated October 13, 2009--New MURI BAA announcement
White papers due Friday, 11 December 2009
Full proposals due Tue, 2 March 2010
White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics (1) through (10) should be submitted to The Office of Naval Research:
(1) Optical Metamaterials
(2) Adaptive Cognitive Maps for Autonomous Systems
(3) Non-linear Mediums Converting Frequencies of Propagating E/M and Pressure Waves
(4) Biofuels: Microbial Communities, Biogeochemistry and Surface Interactions
(5) Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Electro-Active Polymers for Dielectric Energy Storage
(6) Reasoning for Image Understanding in Uncertain Environments
(7) Fundamental Study of High- and Low-K Dielectrics for III-V Electronic Devices
(8) Provably-Safe Perception-Based Control for Autonomous UAS Operations around Complex, Unstructured Terrain
(9) Dynamical Systems Theory in 4D Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
(10) Hyperspectral, Radar and EO/IR Signatures in the Littorals
White papers and Full proposals addressing the following topics (11) through (20) should be submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR):
(11) Novel Catalytic Mechanisms for the Chemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Energy-Dense Liquids
(12) Third Order Nonlinear Optical Organics
(13) Fundamental Processes in High-Temperature Gas-Surface Interactions
(14) Propagation of Ultrashort Laser Pulses through Transparent Media
(15) Superconducting Semiconductors
(16) Human-Machine Adversarial Networks
(17) Biologically-Engineering of Adherent / Spectroscopically Interrogated Microstructures
(18) Control of Information Collection and Fusion
(19) Stable Metrics for Global Inference in Social Networks to Predict Collective Behavior
(20) Solid State Cooling
White papers and full proposals addressing the following topics (21) through (30) should be submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO):
(21) Neuronal Behavior in Primary Blast
(22) Identifying and Extracting the Mathematical Signatures of Prokaryotic Activity in DNA; Developing a Theoretical Foundation for Predicting DNA Stability
(23) Tomography of Social Networks of Asymmetric Adversaries
(24) Adaptive Perception and Agile Autonomy in Severe Environments
(25) Structured Modeling for Low-Density Languages
(26) Directed Self-Assembly of Reconfigurable Materials
(27) "Atomtronics": A generalized electronics
(28) Bio-Electronic Templates for Interfacing to the Nanoscale
(29) Ion Transport In Complex Heterogeneous Organic Materials
(30) Defect Reduction in Superlattice Materials
Updated October 12, 2009--NSF I/UCRC Call for submissions
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP)
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)
Campus Deadline: 11/09/2009
Responsible Office: Howard R. Guenther, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
416 Swanlund Administration Building
601 East John Street
All (and only) UIUC LOIs for Planning Grants must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR, attention of Dr. Howard Guenther, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research) by 5:00 p.m., November 9, 2009. This is the internal UIUC deadline necessary to meet NSF's national deadline of January 1, 2010. Full proposals for Planning Grants or FullCenter applications must be submitted via FastLane or Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. proposer's local time, March 6, 2010. However, all collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system. (NSF 09-565; replaces NSF 08-591)
Updated September 16, 2009--UIUC Provost's Health and Wellness Initiative
The Health and Wellness Initiative (HWI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, invites applications for seed grant funding.
The goal of the Seed Grant Program is to support the development of large multi-investigator project grant applications. Up to three grants of $50,000 each will be awarded. The awards are for a 12-month period. Funds may be used for proposal preparation, pilot testing, staff assistance, travel, equipment, and supplies.
The HWI Seed Grant Program follows a two-stage application process. Brief proposals are due by Friday, October 30, 2009. After review, up to six applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be due by Friday, January 8, 2010.
The Health and Wellness Initiative is a campus-wide initiative that seeks to facilitate and support health research addressing health promotion across the lifespan; health maintenance and independent living for those with potentially life-constraining conditions such as aging, chronic physical and mental health challenges, and full participation of individuals with disabilities.
The Initiative's goals are to 1) bring together scholars from a wide range of units, 2) expand capacity of health and wellness research at Illinois through innovative work, new partnerships and large, multi-investigator efforts, and 3) position Illinois to secure external support for innovative scholarship in the health and wellness arena. For more information about the Seed Grant Program contact Michele Guerra or click on the link below:
Updated September 15, 2009--Dept. of Homeland Security Workforce Development Program
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a solicitation for education activities that support the creation of a homeland security science and technology (S&T) workforce.
- The program will fund projects for "Researching, Creating, Developing, Deploying and Evaluating Innovative Educational Tools, Approaches and Resources to Advance the Intellectual Basis for a National Homeland Security S&T Workforce."
- Projects must include education activities relevant to DHS areas of strategic interest; the solicitation lists 16 broad areas, including explosives detection, social sciences, biological threats, and others. DHS subject matter experts will be closely involved in evaluation and funding of proposals in their areas.
- It is required that proposals include efforts to train and attract historically underserved and underrepresented populations to science and technology careers relevant to homeland security. The levels of education that may be addressed include K-12, undergraduate and graduate, post-doctoral, and continuing and informal education. In addition, DHS is interested in the transfer of results from the DHS Centers of Excellence to the U.S. population.
- White papers will be evaluated on a rolling basis until February 28, 2010, when the program announcement closes. The number of awards will be determined by DHS funding availability.