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ENE Memo: February 29, 2016

From the Head: 02/29/2016

Welcome Anne DeLion

Please join me in welcoming Anne DeLion to the ENE community as an Instructional Support Coordinator. Anne has a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue including a year studying abroad at the University of Bristol in the UK. Anne worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for seven years. She also has experience as a software compliance engineer in a pharmaceutical company and as a mathematics instructor. Her arrival means we now have a full complement of staff in the Instructional Support team, to better serve our ever growing number of FYE students. Anne takes up her duties this Tuesday, March 1, and she will be based in the OPS Center, part of the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory.


News and Information: 02/29/2016

Be Prepared for Severe Weather Procedures

Purdue is located in a region of the United States that is susceptible to dangerous weather events such as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety, describes procedures for severe weather in this memo

IRB Training 

A CoeusLite training for Purdue research faculty and staff is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 26) and two times next week. Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Coeus staff will demonstrate how to submit a new Institutional Research Board (IRB) protocol application through CoeusLite, followed by a question-and-answer session and one-to-one assistance on submissions.

The training workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Feb. 26 (F): 8:30-11 a.m., Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, Room 143AB.
  • March 2 (W): 8:30-11 a.m., Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, Room 143AB.
  • March 4 (F): 8:30-11 a.m., Krannert Building, Room G021.

Registration is needed. Register for CoeusLite IRB trainings.

Group trainings may be requested by sending an email to, or calling the HRPP office at 765-494-5942.

Winter Recess for 2016-17

The Board of Trustees approved for 2016 the addition of a three-day winter recess on Dec. 27-29 for faculty and staff on all Purdue campuses. The three days are in addition to approved University holidays already scheduled on Dec. 23, 26, 30 and Jan. 2.

Calendar: 02/29/2016

Spring 2016 

  • Feb 29: Purdue Prospective Faculty Workshop, Burton Morgan and PMU
  • March 1: Purdue Prospective Faculty visit ENE, ARMS and Wang Hall, 2-4:30pm.    
  • March 3: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • March 4: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • March 10: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 11: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • March 14/19: Spring Break 
  • March 24: ENE Primary Committee (Assistant cases), 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • March 25: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, Wang 3501  
  • March 25: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • March 31: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 1: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 4: ENE Primary Committee (Associate cases), 2:00-5:00pm, WANG 3501
  • April 8: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council  
  • April 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 15: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards  
  • April 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 22: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 29: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 13-15: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 02/29/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. Deadlines: BIO, CISE, EHR – July 20; ENG – July 21; GEO, MPS, SBE – July 22

DOD-Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Funding Opportunities ARI is requesting white papers and proposals related to the following topics:

USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program The HEC Grants Program is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate or master’s degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences education and first professional degree-level education in veterinary medicine (DVM). HEC projects provide funding to eligible applicants to help ensure a competent, qualified and diverse workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system.   Deadline: April 22

USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program The Professional Development Program provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system. Deadline: April 6

EPA Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services The EPA seeks applications for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being.  Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices.  It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. Deadline: April 21

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations This program fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges.  They are accepting applications on the following six topics until May 11:

  • Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors to Inform Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies and Services
  • Develop Novel Platforms to Accelerate Contraceptive Drug Discovery
  • Design New Analytics Approaches for Malaria Elimination
  • Accelerate Development of New Therapies for Childhood Cryptosporidium Infection
  • Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas

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 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students. Disciplines supported include:  biological sciences (except medicine & other clinical fields); physical sciences (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials sciences); mathematical sciences; computer and information sciences; geosciences; engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines.  The program supports three types of projects:  Strand 1 – Institutional Capacity Building (targeted to two-year/community colleges); Strand 2 – Design and Development.  Strand 2 further consists of two types of projects: Type 1 – Single Institution; and Type 2 – Multi-Institutional Consortia.

Strand 2 - Type 1 (Single Institution) projects may not exceed $1M for five years. The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the STEM areas listed above. Multiple department within the institution may be included but a single PI must accept overall management responsibility. Of the total amount requested, at least 60% of the funds must support scholarships. In addition, funds should be requested to support the adaptation and implementation of existing high quality evidence-based academic and student support activities; the investigation of factors or evidence-based academic and student support activities to determine their effectiveness in recruiting, retaining, and graduating students in STEM; and the management and evaluation of the project.  Proposals may also include a focus on student transfer.

Strand 2 – Type 2 (Multi-institutional Consortia) may not exceed $5M for five years. The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the STEM areas listed above OR a researcher whose expertise is in institutional, educational, or social science research in higher education.  At least 60% of the total requested amount must support scholarships to academically talented low-income students. In addition, funds should be requested to support the adaptation and implementation of a common set of existing high quality evidence-based academic and student support activities; the investigation of factors or evidence-based academic and student support activities to determine their effectiveness in recruiting, retaining, and graduating students in STEM; and the management and evaluation of the project.

For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. Projects with a PI who is an educational or social science researcher do not count against the limit on the number of proposals submitted by an institution.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, March 21: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, March 28: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline: May 16

Limited Submission: NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. The initiative aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status. Additionally, the initiative is discussed more in this Dear Colleague Letter

In FY16, NSF seeks proposals for Design and Development Launch Pilots to catalyze the formation of NSF INCLUDES Alliances. The Design and Development Launch Pilots are pilot projects that represent bold, innovative ways for solving a broadening participation (BP) challenge in STEM. The Launch Pilots will be funded for up to two years, for a maximum of $300,000. Successful pilots will deliver models or prototypes for collective efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in all fields of STEM.  For this opportunity, Purdue may lead only one Launch Pilot proposal. 

  • Internal deadline: Contact by March 7.
  • Sponsor deadlines: April 15 – Preliminary proposals; June 24 – Full proposals (by invite only).

Limited Submission: NIST National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institute Awards  The Institutes bring industry, academia, Federal laboratories, and Federal, state, and local governments together to: address challenges in advanced manufacturing; assist manufacturers in retaining or expanding industrial production in the United States; and address precompetitive industrial problems with economic or national security implications. The Institutes have a predominant focus on a manufacturing process, novel material, enabling technology, supply chain integration methodology, or another relevant aspect of advanced manufacturing. A proposed Institute in any area of advanced manufacturing will be considered so long as it does not duplicate the technical scope and programs of existing federally funded Institutes within the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and technical focus area(s) that are identified within any in-progress Institute funding opportunity announced by a federal agency. 

Institutes are expected to leverage non-Federal sources of support to promote a stable and sustainable business model without the need for long-term Federal funding. An Institute’s budget and plan to achieve sustainability will: (1) maintain at least a 50% cost share on a per year basis from non-federal sources over the lifetime of the award, (2) include realistic strategies to increase revenue in the later years of the award period to ensure financial self-sufficiency, (3) recognize that the Federal financial assistance provided to the Institute shall decrease after the second year of funding for the Institute and continue to decrease thereafter in each year in which Federal financial assistance is provided, and (4) be independent of Federal NNMI Program funding within five (5) to seven (7) years of when financial assistance to the Institute is first awarded.  For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead. There are no limits on participation as a sub-awardee or unfunded collaborator.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, March 7: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.  NOTE:  template requires department head acknowledgement of cost share commitment. 
  • Thursday, March 10: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP
  • Sponsor deadlines:  April 20 – Required pre-application; July 22 – Full applications (by invite only).

Limited Submission:  NIH Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25) The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. This FOA encourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with Biomedical Engineering tracks/minors. This FOA mainly targets undergraduate students but may also include first-year graduate students. Courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion are especially encouraged. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.


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