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ENE Memo: December 29, 2014

From the Head: 12/29

New Year Resolutions

As we approach the New Year, a time when traditionally we make all sorts of resolutions to improve aspects of our life, we need to be realistic about what is feasible. The American Psychological Association (APA) offers some helpful advice on how to make such resolutions stick.

While APA advice is aimed primarily at supporting desired lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, the five simple steps would seem to apply equally to how we can make improvements at work.

  1. Start small
  2. Change one behavior at a time
  3. Talk about it
  4. Don’t beat yourself up
  5. Ask for support

As we enter 2015, it is my hope that we will strive to continuously improve the ways we work together, resolving to exhibit behaviors that support all of us to be successful and which build up ENE collectively. Keep these five simple steps in mind.  

Be safe.


Calendar: 12/29

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 5: Faculty return 
  • Jan. 6: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan. 12: Classes commence
  • Jan 15: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm   
  • Jan 16: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 8:30-9:30am   
  • Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan. 20: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan. 21: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan 22: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Jan. 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan. 29: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan 29: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb 3: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 4: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 5: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb 10: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview
  • Feb. 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 18: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 19: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb. 25: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • March 4: Graduate Students meet Head, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 5: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 12: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • Mar 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm   
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

Funding Opportunities: 12/29

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN) This solicitation launches the NSF’s next phase of research in the Science of Learning (SL). The goals of the SL Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrated research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. The Program is designed to support projects that – due to the activities supported and their interdisciplinarity and integrative breadth – do not fit into existing NSF programs. Letter of Intent due February 6; Proposal due March 18.

NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity FY15 The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2015. Deadline: April 9

NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. There are four tracks available:

  1. Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track;
  2. Teaching Fellowships Track;
  3. Master Teaching Fellowships Track; and
  4. Research on the Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention of K-12 STEM Teachers. Deadline: March 17

NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) The CC*DNI program invests in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Deadline: March 24

NSF Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) The CRISP solicitation seeks proposals with transformative ideas that will ensure interdependent critical infrastructure services are effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe, and secure. Successful proposals are expected to study multiple infrastructures focusing on them as interdependent systems that deliver services, enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in infrastructure research. To meet the interdisciplinary criterion, proposals must broadly integrate across engineering, computer, information and computational science, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Deadline: March 20

NSF Antarctic Research The Antarctic Sciences Section supports research that expands fundamental knowledge of the region as well as research that relies on the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as a platform from which to support research. Antarctic fieldwork will only be supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. Deadline: April 15

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Biomedical Data Science Training Coordination Center (U24) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for a coordination center that will narrow the gap between the availability of biomedical big data and the ability of biomedical scientists to effectively utilize such data accurately, effectively, and efficiently. Achieving this goal requires:

  1. Bringing together individuals involved in training and career development programs to network and share experiences; and
  2. Engaging individuals developing open educational resources in meaningful dialogue to ensure that the resources they develop will be freely available and easy to access by the broader biomedical community. Deadline: March 17

NIH BRAIN Initiative: Short Courses in Computational Neuroscience (R25) This FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. This FOA will support short courses to facilitate the development of a sophisticated cadre of investigators with the requisite knowledge and skills in computational neuroscience perspectives and techniques for analyzing and interpreting complex, high-dimensional neuroscience data to advance the BRAIN Initiative. For the purposes of this FOA, computational neuroscience encompasses theoretical neuroscience, computational and mathematical modeling of neural systems, and/or statistical perspectives and techniques. Deadline: March 18

DOD-DARPA Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems (EQUiPS) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of Uncertainty Quantification methods for large-scale DoD systems. The EQUiPS program will provide a mathematical framework and tools for the propagation and management of computational uncertainty from different sources in the modeling of complex scientific and engineering systems. Abstract due January 15; Proposal due February 25.

DOD-DARPA Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of minimalistic high-speed aerial navigation in cluttered environments. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science or systems. The FLA program will explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that enable new classes of minimalistic algorithms for high-speed aerial navigation in cluttered environments. Deadline: February 5

DOD-ONR Applied Research in Quantum Information Science The purpose of this applied research topic is to identify, understand, and resolve key issues associated with the operation of a free space optical quantum key distribution (QKD) system that functions in a maritime environment including the development and maturation of algorithms, protocols; and methods that resolve these issues; determine the performance of and demonstrate the capability of these algorithms, protocols and methods in order to understand their benefits and limitations; as well as to identify and provide technical solutions for performance barriers associated with supporting technologies such as single photon sources, detectors, and adaptive optics, needed to support operating in the context of a free space optical QKD system in the maritime environment. Deadline: February 24

USDA-NIFA AFRI – Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (AFRI-ELI) This program was formerly known as AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program. The program provides fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences. Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship applications due February 11. Undergraduate Research & Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships LOI due February 18; Application due May 6.

USDA-NIFA Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 NIFA requests applications for the Minor Crop Pest Management Program – Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) for FY15 to provide safe, effective, and economical pest management solutions for minor agricultural use and use on specialty crops. The IR-4 program will fund two types of projects: IR-4 project headquarters and regional IR-4 centers. Deadline: February 18

EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program The purpose of this program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Deadline: March 6

DOC-NIST Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP) NIST is soliciting applications to support significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants. Abbreviated applications due February 3; invited full applications due May 5.

NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities These NEH grants support national or regional training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. Deadline: March 10

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: NIH Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC)(P30) A Core Center Grant is an institutional award to support centralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. By providing intellectual leadership, advanced technologies / methodologies, and supporting community engagement, a core center is intended to enhance the ability of scientists working in the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that will translate into advances improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: ED Student Support Services Program (SSS) The purpose of the SSS Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities. The support services should also foster an institutional climate that supports the success of students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application per campus or per “different population” (see page 5 of the program announcement for population definitions).

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by January 5 stating which campus/population your program targets.
  • Sponsor Deadline: February 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.


DOD-AFRL Notice of Intent to announce a competition for a Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHEMI) A solicitation is anticipated to be released in February 2015. A Proposer’s Day is also planned for February, 2015; the exact date and location will be confirmed in the solicitation release.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA entitled FY15 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding DOE intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement, number DE-FOA-0001201, entitled FY 2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement in the January or February 2015 timeframe.

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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