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ENE Memo: April 21, 2014

From the Head: 4/21

Being the best that we can be 

This past week three members of our ENE community - a graduate student, a staff member and a faculty member - have each been recognized for significant professional achievements;  

  • Amy Van Epps received the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Library Division of ASEE,
  • Tammy Hare received her certificate of achievement in the Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE) program,  
  • Tamara Moore received her PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) from President Obama at a White House ceremony

ENE is an extraordinary community; our commitment to excellence continues to be recognized locally, nationally and globally.   

As we look to the future, my hope is that one of the hallmarks of ENE will be a continued commitment to strive to be the very best that we can be in what we do in all facets of our School. 

What we achieve in the future will be influenced by the academic environment at Purdue. In turn, this will be shaped in the immediate and maybe longer term by the choice of the new Provost. So I encourage you to pay close attention to the shortlisted Provost candidates. Please review their vitae, listen to their public presentations (live or online) and provide feedback to the search committee. While the final decision rests with President Daniels, we can all have a voice in the process.   

While the academic environment is important, the planetary environment is foundational to everything we do. This Tuesday April 22 is Earth Day. You can participate and thereby help our ecosystem to be the best that it can be through a number of activities at Purdue spread across this week. Earth Day is now linked to that more traditional, annual celebration of care for our planet, Arbor Day. 


Calendar: 4/21

  • April 21: Provost candidate presentation, Dr. Cato Laurencin, University of Connecticut, Fowler Hall, 9:30am.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 25: ENE Research Seminar, Dr. Jian Lin - "Engineering Education in China - Reform and Research," ARMS BO71, 4:00-5:00pm
  • April 30: President's Forum, PMU South Ballroom, 8-9am. The security feedback panel will present its report and recommendations following the Jan. 21 shooting on campus.
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 1: ENGR 132 Game Night, ARMS B098, 7-9pm
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS B098, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS B098 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS B098 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 16 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS B098
  • August 8 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

News and Information: 4/21

Research Seminar Series

Monica Cardella's ENE 595 class will present "Analyzing Data for Research without being Overwhelmed" Thursday, April 24, from 3:30 to 4:20 in ARMS B071. Video data provides a wealth of information, but requires hours of research time. Find out how to make the most of your time with video data. Presenters are: Lee Rynearson, Nicholas Fila, Brianna Dorie, Tamecia Jones, Antonette Cummings, Justin Hess, DeLean Tolbert & Anastasia Rynearson. More information is HERE.

Shiva Haghighi Memorial Scholarship

Thank you to all who donated to the Shiva Haghighi Memorial Scholarship fund. A donation of $250 was made from those who gave from ENE.

Kudos: 4/21

... to Tamara Moore on the presentation of her PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) at the White House by President Obama. Şenay Purzer on her election to the governing board of the Research in Engineering Education Network (REEN). She will be representing the North America zone. Amy Van Epps on winning the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Library Division of ASEE. In addition to her service, she was recognized for enthusiasm and mentoring new engineering librarians. Tammy Hare for graduating from the Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE). ACE is a professional development program that requires a two-year commitment and attendance at all weekly sessions.

Funding Opportunities: 4/21

Selected Funding Opportunities:

Purdue University Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Awards<> Thanks to support provided by a recent generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Global Policy Research Institute requests the submission of proposals which will catalyze the teaming of humanities and social sciences faculty members with colleagues from the natural sciences, engineering or technology fields to address the kind of large scale, public policy problems referred to by the White House as “21st Century Grand Challenges.” These grants are intended to support the development of proofs of concept rather than complete programs of research. At least one PI must hold a primary appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and project teams must include at least one Purdue-based STEM researcher.  Deadline: June 30

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)<>  This program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.  The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals. Science Learning+ Planning Proposals due July 10; AISL Proposals due November 14.

NSF GeoPrisms Program<>  GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) will investigate the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Deadline:  August 1

NSF Earthscope<>  The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. This Solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that make use of capabilities and/or data provided through the EarthScope Facility to further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope.  Deadline: August 25

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution<> NSF seeks to explore new norms and practices in the research community for software and data citation and attribution, so that data producers, software and tool developers, and data curators are credited for their contributions.  The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program invite collaborative workshop and exploratory research (EAGER) proposals in the following areas: Citation and attribution, and Measures of impact.  Deadline: June 10

NIH Leveraging a Recovery Act Resource to Accelerate Research on Neurodevelopment (R01)<>  This FOA aims to stimulate the broader research community to utilize a resource funded through ARRA to generate and evaluate hypotheses about the complex interrelationships and multi-directional influences among genetics, brain maturation, neurocognitive function, and psychiatric symptoms during development. This FOA is a strategic effort to disseminate this data resource and accelerate research on neurodevelopment and trajectories of risk for mental illness.  Deadline: September 3

HHS-FDA Development of Realistic In Vitro Studies to Assess Robustness of Dose Counters/Indicators in Metered Dose Inhalers (U01)<> The goal of this study is to develop clinically relevant in vitro studies to assess robustness of dose counters/indicators in metered dose inhalers (MDIs) representing the actual-use/misuse conditions. Deadline: June 1

DOD Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)<>  The ASSURE program supports undergraduate research in DoD relevant disciplines and is designed to increase the number of high-quality undergraduate science and engineering majors who ultimately decide to pursue advanced degrees in these fields.  The ASSURE program aims to provide valuable research opportunities for undergraduates, either through ongoing research programs or through projects specially designed for this purpose.  DoD executes the ASSURE program collaboratively with the NSF through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program.  Deadline: August 27

DOD-CDMRP Lung Cancer Research Program<> Three programs have been released under the FY14 program: Career Development Award, Clinical Exploration Award, and Idea Development Award.  Pre-applications due June 3; Invited applications due September 17.

DOD-CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program<> Five programs have been released under the FY14 program: Clinical Translational Leverage Award, Investigator-Initiated Award, Ovarian Cancer Academy Dean and Assistant Dean (Leadership) Award, Early-Career Investigator Academy Award, and Pilot Award.  Pre-applications due June 3; Invited applications due mid-August.

DOE Water Power Manufacturing<> This FOA addresses the application of advanced materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to the development of new hydropower technologies. Applicants should propose to design an integrated hydropower turbine generator system that applies advanced materials and/or additive manufacturing techniques and produce a prototype unit at an appropriate scale to enable in-water performance testing in a laboratory environment. Concept papers due May 9; Full applications due June 24.

DOE Novel Crosscutting Research and Development to Support Advanced Energy Systems (Click here to view Pdf and DE-FOA-AAA1095: DOE is seeking applications that propose concepts and technologies that will make significant and cost-effective progress toward achieving step-change benefits for electric generating units and industrial plants that use fossil fuel. Specific Areas of Interest are detailed in the FOA.  Deadline: May 21

DOJ Social Science Research on Implementation, Dissemination and Translation<> This solicitation seeks proposals to examine how scholarly research influences criminal justice implementation practices through dissemination and translation. NIJ proposes two distinct research activities under this solicitation: incorporating the use of research in policy decisions, and a translational criminology research fellowship.  Deadline: June 9

ED-IES Education Research Grants Program<> Through the Education Research Grants program, the Institute seeks to improve the quality of education for all students through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

ED-IES Statistical and Research Methodology in Education<> The Institute is interested in the development of practical statistical and methodological tools that can be used by the majority of education researchers to improve the designs of their studies, analyses of their data, and interpretations of their findings. For the FY14 competition, the Institute has two categories of projects: (1) regular grants and (2) Early Career grants for early career researchers. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

ED-IES Education Research and Development Centers<> The Institute supports national R&D Centers that are intended to contribute significantly to the solution of education problems in the U.S. by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system, and ultimately, student achievement. For FY14, the Institute is competing two new R&D Centers: National Center on Developmental Education Assessment and Instruction, and Research and Development Center on Knowledge Utilization. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

ED-IES Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy<> The Institute has established the new Collaborations Program to support research done through close collaboration with practitioners and policymakers through the partnering of researchers with state and local education agencies. The joint research of the partnerships is to address education issues that occur from pre-k through postsecondary and adult education and affect typically developing students and/or students with or at risk for disabilities. Grants will be made under three topics: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research; Continuous Improvement Research in Education; and Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies. Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

DHS BAA for Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) for the Radiation Awareness and Interdiction Network (RAIN)<> This announcement is seeking proposals for a new capability for high-confidence, high-precision detection, identification and localization of vehicle-borne radiological or nuclear threats in free-flowing traffic.  Deadline: May 15

USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management<> Feed the Future Innovation Labs are long-term, multi-disciplinary applied research and capacity-building efforts to address the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. Managed by U.S. universities, Innovation Labs support students and researchers in the U.S. and around the world to work with leading scientists in seeking scientific solutions to overcome hunger and poverty, while building the capacity of the institutions with which they collaborate. The IPM Innovation Lab, for which applications are requested by this RFA, will engage U.S. university capacity to conduct research on integrated pest management (IPM) and address key issues related to the adoption of IPM strategies and technologies by smallholder farmers and other beneficiaries of USAID assistance.  Deadline: June 24

USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program <>  NIFA requests applications for FY14 to support the development of educational outreach curricula, workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises. Deadline: June 12

DOI Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Program (DWPR)<> The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research that will have national significance and where the benefits of the technology will be widespread. Those research priorities are: research and pilot studies conducted at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility; development and evaluation of flexible use systems for treating waters of significantly varying salinities; and pilot studies treating agricultural return flows containing elevated levels of total dissolved solids and selenium.  Deadline: May 14

National Pork Board Spring 2014 Request for Proposals<>  The National Pork Board is soliciting research proposals dealing with animal welfare, human nutrition, pork safety – pre-harvest, pork quality, and swine health – PRRS.  Deadline: May 21

Limited Submissions:
Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to<>. Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

**Please note that there is a new template for LOIs located on the Limited Submission webpage<>.**

Limited Submission: DOE Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development (R&D) University Consortium<>  The objective of this FOA is to leverage the field R&D expertise and intellectual capital of domestic universities to advance MHK technology in the U.S. in the following strategic opportunity areas: device and/or array operation and maintenance logistics development; high‐fidelity resource characterization and/or modeling technique development and validation; distributed application device development and techno‐economic studies; array‐specific component technology development; array performance testing and evaluation; and novel cost‐effective environmental monitoring techniques and instrumentation testing and evaluation. Each applicant must propose at least two domestic universities as part of the total Project Team. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as lead institution but may collaborate on multiple proposals.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact<> by April 21.
  • Sponsor deadline: May 30

Limited Submission: ED-IES Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences<> These training programs aim to increase the capacity of the education research community to carry out the type of research funded by the Institute’s research grant programs and the capacity of education practitioners and policymakers to use the results of this research in their practice and decision making. For FY14, the programs being funded include three training topics: 1) Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences, 2) Methods Training for Education Researchers, and 3) Training in Education Research Use and Practice.  The second two topics are not limited.  However, the first topic, Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program, is limited to only one application per institution. For FY14, Predoctoral Training Program grants will be awarded to institutions of higher education that create cohesive graduate programs in which predoctoral students will graduate within a traditional discipline (e.g., economics, psychology) and also will earn an Education Sciences Certificate. The proposed training programs should be interdisciplinary and involve a number of academic disciplines.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact<> by April 21.
  • Sponsor deadlines: Letter of Intent due June 6; Application due September 4.

Limited Submission: HHS-NIOSH Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (U01)<> NIOSH is soliciting applications to conduct agricultural injury and disease research. While emphasis will be placed on proposals in the areas of forestry and logging vulnerable populations and research to practice efforts, any application associated with occupational safety and health concerns in this work sector will be accepted. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one proposal as lead organization.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact<> by April 21.
  • Sponsor deadline: June 9

Limited Submission: DOE Biological and Chemical Upgrading for Advanced Biofuels and Products<>  EERE seeks diversification of the Bioenergy Technologies Office portfolio to include a variety of chemical and biological upgrading technologies for the production of a suite of hydrocarbon fuels, fuel intermediates and chemicals (beyond ethanol) to be produced in an integrated fashion from biologically or chemically derived intermediate feed streams, such as but not limited to cellulosic sugars, lignocellulose derivatives, lignin, cellulosic alcohols, bio‐solids and biogases. Topic Areas are as follows: 1) Process development and optimization of a single unit operation for the upgrading of chemically or biologically derived intermediates to fuels and products, and 2) Process development and optimization of multiple unit operations for the upgrading and separations of chemically or biologically derived intermediates to fuels and products. There is a limit of one application per topic area as a lead institution.  Awards will range from $1M to $3.5M over three years and a cost share of 20% of the total project cost is required.  Due to the short deadline, we request faculty submit modified versions of the concepts papers in lieu of our typical LOIs and preproposals.  See the attached document for instructions.

  • Internal deadline:  Internal concept papers due April 23.
  • Sponsor deadline: Concept paper due May 1; Full application due June 13.

Limited Submission:  NSF Earthscope National Office<>  This solicitation calls for proposals to establish a community-based EarthScope National Office. The Office will foster and support integrated science, education, outreach, and related activities for the EarthScope program; facilitate and coordinate EarthScope scientific planning and education and outreach activities; facilitate collaborative research; and when necessary, form scientific responses to “events” in EarthScope topics and/or regions of interest.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one proposal as lead organization.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact<> by May 5.
  • Sponsor deadline: September 26

Funding Resources:

The OVPR website includes a link entitled Funding Resources<>. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts.    Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts<> link.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at:

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office.  UDO lists funding opportunities here<>.


DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA on Clean Energy Supply Chain and Manufacturing Competitive Analysis for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies<> It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE eXCHANGE in May 2014.

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