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ENE Memo: April 28, 2014

Calendar: 4/28

Spring 2015

  • April 28: ENGR 131 Presentations, ARMS B098, 11:30am-12:30pm. Project: "Imagine the Purdue Memorial Union in 100 years from Now"
  • April 29: College Facilities Master Plan Presentations, POTR 234 (Fu Room), 10-11:30am and 3-4:30pm
  • April 30: College Facilities Master Plan Presentations, POTR 234 (Fu Room), 1-2:30pm
  • April 30: Purdue Day of Giving, all day
  • April 30: President's Forum, PMU South Ballroom, 8-9am. 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, WANG, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2015

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS B098 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS B098 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Seattle Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Seattle Engineering Education Futures
  • June 15 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS B098
  • August 4 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

News and Information: 4/28

Purdue Day of Giving: April 30

The Purdue Day of Giving, a 24-hour, online event, will focus on student affordability and accessibility, among other areas. It also will feature Web-based social media components to engage donors. The day's theme is "Opportunity Granted." For its part, ENE is raising funds specifically for the First-Year Engineering Program (#PurdueFYE). Although, donors may choose to support the School in general.

In addition to traditional giving, all units taking part in the Day of Giving are eligible to win incentive grants during specific hours, such as the most gifts from international donors (9am and 10pm hours) and 43rd original tweet using #PurdueFYE and #PurdueDayofGiving. A complete list of hourly challenges is HERE.

Please help ENE by promoting #PurdueFYE on the Day of Giving. A direct link to our giving webpage will be provided soon.

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committe are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

College of Engineering Facilities Master Planning Forums

As part of the College of Engineering’s strategic growth planning, the SLAM Collaborative has been working with the Schools, Divisions, and Units across the College to develop a facilities master plan.  This effort is wrapping up, and I would like to invite you to participate in a presentation forum where SLAM will be sharing a high-level overview of their findings concerning the College’s current and future space needs, focusing generally on the campus north of State Street.

There will be three forums and each will take place in POTR 234 (Fu Room):

Tuesday, April 29, 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, April 29, 3:00- 4:30pm

Wednesday, April 30, 1:00- 2:30pm

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to all of you across the College that have contributed to this effort.  I would like to extend a special thanks to the College of Engineering Master Planning Committee and the Master Planning Steering Committee for assisting in bringing this project to fruition.

I hope you will be able to attend one of the forums.  Best regards,

Robert J. Frosch, Associate Dean for Resource Planning & Management, College of Engineering

Kudos: 4/28

... to Heidi Diefes-Dux on being awarded a Fellowship with the Center for Teaching Excellence for the next two years. Her fellowship work will be centered on faculty development. Carlene Quirk on winning the Rose Award. The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board at Purdue is honoring Carlene as someone who "promotes leadership and community involvement as well as supports students and organizations on campus."

Funding Opportunities: 4/28

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: FY15 Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Program for the Directorate For Engineering The purpose of this DCL is to announce an increase in the minimum CAREER award size for the Directorate for Engineering beginning in the FY15 competition. The minimum CAREER award size, including indirect costs, will total $500,000 for the 5-year duration. This increase applies only to CAREER proposals submitted to programs in the following Divisions in the Engineering Directorate: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); Electrical, Computer and Cyber Systems (ECCS); and Engineering Education and Centers (EEC). Deadline: July 22.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)  The MSII activity encourages and supports new research collaborations among mathematical scientists and other scientists and engineers working in NSF-supported research areas of high national priority by: facilitating DMS co-review and co-funding of multi-disciplinary research collaborations involving mathematical scientists; providing leverage for investments of non-DMS NSF programs in projects that include mathematical scientists; and providing a uniform mechanism through which collaborative research teams involving mathematical scientists can request DMS co-review. Deadlines vary by program.

NIH Special Topic Research Education Course: Exploring Auditory and Vestibular Biology (R25) This funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. Applications are encouraged to develop a research skill development course that will expose participants to research tools and methodologies focused on auditory and vestibular research approaches. Deadline: July 30

NIH Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for graduate training programs in Big Data Science, for the expressed purpose of training the next generation of scientists who will develop computational and quantitative approaches and tools needed by the biomedical research community to work with biomedical Big Data in the biomedical sciences. Additionally, there is a Revision version of this program to add a Big Data Science track to currently funded T32 institutional training grants.  Deadline: July 28

ED-IES Special Education Research Grants  Through this program, the Institute seeks to expand the knowledge base and understanding of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. Letters of Intent due June 5; Applications due August 7.

DOS FY14 FOA for Global Innovation Programs to Help the Humanitarian Community Better Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the Protracted Phase of Refugee and Conflict-related Displacement This call for submissions deals only with proposals for globally-relevant capacity building, research, assessment or evaluation projects that will strengthen the international community’s ability to reduce and effectively respond to GBV, rather than building the capacity of a specific or single organization or project. To maximize global reach, activities should involve multiple locations and, when possible, multiple partnersDeadline: May 15

Samsung Global Research Outreach Program Samsung is seeking novel ideas in the following broad research themes:  Sensor Technology, New Display, Machine Learning & Recognition, Next Generation Computing, Next Generation Web, Big Data & Network, Security, Functional Material, OLED Material, Next Generation Battery, Energy Harvesting, and Design & Service.  Deadline: June 12

Kendal Charitable Funds Promising Innovations Grant  Kendal Charitable Funds is seeking proposals for promising innovations that will transform the experience of aging. They are interested in ideas that can enhance the lives of an aging population through services, research, and/or developing new understandings and awareness of issues and opportunities.  Letters of Intent due June 9; Applications due August 1

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.

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. 


OVPR Workshop:  Overview of the NSF CAREER Program The Office of the Vice President for Research will host a workshop for untenured faculty in all disciplines who are interested in developing a proposal for the NSF CAREER competition on Thursday, May 1, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in Stewart Center, Room 322 (Please note the date change from the one originally announced in the Dimensions of Discovery).  Richard Buckius, Vice President for Research, and Sue Grimes, Assistant Director of Research Development Services, will present an overview of the CAREER program and discuss key points to consider when writing a proposal.  Lunch will be provided so pre-registration is required at the link above.  The deadline to register is Monday, April 28th.  Information about the CAREER program may be found here.   

NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16 , following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The subsequent new application need not demonstrate substantial changes in scientific direction compared to previously reviewed submissions, and must not contain an introduction to respond to the critiques from the previous review.

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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