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ENE Memo: December 1, 2014

From the Head: 12/1

The 2 Minute Rule

In his book, Getting Things Done, David Allen offers some simple but very effective advice.

When “stuff’ lands on your desk – or arrives in your email inbox – ask two simple questions; “What is it? and “Is it Actionable?”

If it is not actionable then get rid of it right way – in the trash or maybe in the someday or reference file. This latter option can be a trap that leads to an excessive build up of clutter (material for the annual clean up).

If it is actionable, then ask – “Will it take than 2 minutes?”

If yes, then get it done immediately. (If no, then delegate or defer it).

This is a very effective way to keep on top of the neverending stream of incoming "stuff” and the resultant clutter - provided you are disciplined enough to do it every time. I find this a constant struggle!

A corollary of this wise advice is that if you want a busy person to respond to you quickly and make a decision, do everything you can to design your request so that it is immediately actionable. For example, include all the relevant information so that they do not have to get other data in order to make a decision. Make sure the draft is complete and needs little editing. Of course there are sometimes other matters that the decision maker has to take into consideration that are beyond your control and/or considerations that you are unaware of, but which make the decision a non-trivial one.  

So while it does not guarantee a quick response, making requests immediately actionable tips the odds in your favor. 


Calendar: 12/1

Fall 2014

  • Dec. 4: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Dec. 6: ENEGSA Cookie Exchange & Holiday Party, Purdue Village Community Center (50 Nimitz Drive on campus), 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Dec. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Dec. 11: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 590 Presentations, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Dec. 11: Special Celebration of Career of Phil Wankat - RESCHEDULED TO SPRING SEMESTER, date and time TBD
  • Dec. 15: 7th Annual YouTube Extravaganza, ARMS 1028, 9:00-10:00am
  • Dec. 21: Commencement

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 5: Faculty return
  • Jan. 12: Classes commence
  • Jan 16: Staff Meeting, TBD, 8:30-9:30am   
  • Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Day
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • April 8-15: Research Week: Celebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall, 4:30pm
  • April 7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm   
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 12/1

Ohland DLRC director finalist

Matt Ohland is one of four finalists for the position of director of the Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC) at Purdue's Discovery Park. Each candidate will give seminars on their vision for the future of the DLRC. Matt's presentation is Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 9-10 a.m. in DLR Room 131. The search committee invites all faculty and staff to attend these seminars. The full list of candidates and seminar dates and times is HERE.

Wankat Faculty Colloquium Series presentation rescheduled

Phil Wankat will present "Engineering Education: personal reminisces on where it has been and where it is going" as part of the College of Engineering's Faculty Colloquium Series. Phil is the Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering Education, and is the immediate past director of the undergraduate degree program for ENE. Phil's presentation is being rescheduled for the Spring 2015 semester. The date and time are to be determined.

Kudos: 12/1 Jennifer DeBoer for presenting last week at the SNIS Incubator Workshop Higher Education in Emergencies.

Funding Opportunities: 12/1

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Genealogy of Life (GoLife) The goals of this program are to resolve the phylogenetic history of all life’s diverse forms and to integrate this genealogical architecture with underlying organismal and environmental data. Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and strategic integration of various types of organismal and environmental data with phylogenies. Deadline: March 25

NSF Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) The goals of this program are to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters, and to broaden consideration of natural hazards independently to the consideration of the multi-hazard environment within which the constructed civil infrastructure exists. The ENH program replaces the annual George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) research (NEESR) program solicitations; as well as supports research that has previously been supported under the Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering Program (HMSE) and the Geotechnical Engineering (GTE) Program.  Deadline: February 17

NSF Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE) This program replaces Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering (HMSE) program. The overall goal of the SAE program is to evolve sustainable structures, such as buildings, that can be continuously occupied and/or operational during the structure’s useful life. The SAE program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering that enables holistic approach to design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, repair and end-of-life disposal of structures. Deadline: February 17

NSF Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)  As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study.  Deadline: February 23

NSF Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise:  Statistics and Surveys – R&D, U.S. S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce  The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the NSF is responsible for the collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting and dissemination of objective, statistical data related to the science and engineering enterprise in the U.S. and other nations that is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers and the public. NCSES welcomes efforts by the research community to use NCSES data for research on the science and technology enterprise, to develop improved survey methodologies for NCSES surveys, to create and improve indicators of S&T activities and resources, and strengthen methodologies to analyze and disseminate S&T statistical data. To that end, NCSES invites proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, workshops, experimental research, survey research and data collection and dissemination projects under the above program.  Deadline: February 18

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SIIN) NSF is partnering with the European Research Area (ERA-NET) to issue the SIIN call to encourage joint U.S.-European collaborations focusing on the environmental and health effects of manufactured nanomaterial (MNMs) in 4 topic areas:

  1. Exposure assessment,
  2. Fundamental aspects underlying toxicity mechanisms,
  3. Effects of MNM on human health, and
  4. Environmental impacts of MNMs.

Deadline: January 16

NIH Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences  This FOA is intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies.

  • R21  Due February 16
  • R01  Due February 5

DOD-ONR Select Topics in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology This opportunity is launched under the current FY15 Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (ONRBAA15-001). The ONR is interested in receiving proposals on the following research topics:

  1. Self-Assembly Error Detection and Analysis in Complex DNA Nanostructures;
  2. Electric Field Assisted Sintering of Ceramics; and
  3. Low Cost, Large Area Processing of Silicon Based Thin Film Solar Cells.

White papers due December 11; Applications due February 26.

ED Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program: Stepping-Up Technology Implementation The purpose of this priority is to fund cooperative agreements to: (a) Identify resources needed to effectively implement evidence-based technology tools that benefit students with disabilities, and (b) develop and disseminate products that will help a broad range of schools to effectively implement these technology tools.  Deadline: January 20

DOS Global Chemical Security Engagement Activities The goal of this project is that the recipient will successfully develop and implement a project that advances the CSP mission by: Prevent, Detect, and Disrupting Chemical Attacks; Securing Weaponizable Chemicals, Expertise, and Infrastructure; and Developing and Strengthening Chemical Security Standards.  Deadline: February 13

DOS Global Nuclear Security Engagement Activities The Partnership for Nuclear Security works to promote a self-sufficient nuclear security culture, ingrained in partner countries’ nuclear technical communities by encouraging responsible science and nuclear security-related best practices. Requested projects broadly fall into one of three categories:

  1. Insider Threat Mitigation;
  2. Applied Nuclear Security Culture; and
  3. Nuclear Security Train-the-Trainer Initiatives.

Deadline: February 13

DOS Global Biosecurity Engagement Activities BEP generally funds activities in three priority pillars and has a focus on long-term sustainability:

  1. Increase biosafety and biosecurity through technical consultations, risk assessments, and training courses that develop expertise to create a sustainable culture of laboratory biorisk management;
  2. Focus on infectious disease detection and control and strengthening the capacity for public and veterinary health systems to detect, report, and control disease outbreaks; and
  3. Focus on scientific engagement to enhance global health security and foster safe, secure, and sustainable bioscience capacity through joint scientific collaborations designed to help prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats.

Deadline: February 13

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at  For any case in which the number of preproposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: NSF Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) The focus of this MIP is on developing new bulk and thin film crystalline hard materials.  The MIP program seeks 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. Through the user program, MIPs provide regional/national access to existing and new instrumentation, techniques, materials, software, modeling and simulation tools, data, databases and other resources to the broad scientific community. Platforms reside at institutions where the appropriate infrastructure, including laboratory, common space, and sharing of equipment already exists to assist in the proposed research and add value to the MIP user facility. MIPs also have plans for acquisition of new equipment, tools, and supporting technologies that will position and maintain the facility at the frontier of the proposed materials research. Tools (or the suite of tools) acquired or developed through a MIP award are novel and/or unique and go beyond the scope and scale of those tools that are acquired through other NSF modes of support, such as the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. The complexity and challenge of activities addressed by this program require a transformative approach to discovering and developing new materials, predicting and optimizing properties of these materials, and informing the design of material systems. MIPs are inherently interdisciplinary and support efforts that span across the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering.  The scientific experts assembled at a Platform are also available for collaboration with and consultation by external users of the MIP. It is expected that proposed projects will be directed by a team of at least three Senior Personnel with complementary expertise in fields related to synthesis/growth/processing, characterization/testing, and theory/data/computation/simulation. Awards range from $10M-$25M over five years with a possible five year renewal. An institution may submit only one proposal and individuals may appear as senior personnel on only one MIP proposal.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, December 22: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 29: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline: March 2

Funding Resources:

The EVPRP 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. 


NSF’s Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Updated  The guide contains NSF’s Grant Proposal Guide and Award and Administration Guide.  The updated version goes into effect December 26, 2014.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Removal of deadlines for program solicitations within the Surface Earth Processes Section of the Division of Earth Sciences in the Directorate for Geosciences  Following the January 2015 deadlines, new solicitations will be released that remove specific deadlines.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Sudden Death in the Young: Population-Based Studies (U01) The FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2015, with an expected application due date in the summer of 2015.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the BRAIN Initiative: Short Course in Research Tools and Methods (R25) The FOA is expected to be published in January 2015 with an expected application due date in March 2015.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the BRAIN Initiative: Short Courses in Computational Neuroscience (R25)  The FOA is expected to be published in January 2015 with an expected application due date in March 2015.

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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