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ENE Memo: January 5, 2015

From the Head: 1/5

Spring 2015

This promises to be a very exciting semester. Commencing this Tuesday we will be hosting a series of prospective faculty candidates, as we continue to grow the capacity of ENE to fulfill our full potential. In February we move and consolidate our research operations to level 3 of Wang Hall. Having a purpose designed and integrated research facility is one of the most significant developments in our short history. Decisions will be made on selecting the next cohort of graduate students. A number of the First-Year Engineering students will be undertaking design projects with industry sponsors and the MDE capstone class will be designing emergency shelters in association with local industry. We celebrate an Outstanding Alumni on February 25, mark your calendars.

So while it may feel very much like winter today, this Spring Semester promises to be time of new growth, of achievement and celebration and of hope for a brighter future.


Calendar: 1/5

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)

News and Information: 1/5

Discovery Park seeking Chief Scientist

Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the job of Chief Scientist and Executive Director of Discovery Park, Purdue’s interdisciplinary research hub established to foster broad partnerships for research and education. The position will report to the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.  Responsibilities include building upon Discovery Park’s foundation of excellence which has enabled high-impact research that crosses traditional academic boundaries.  The Chief Scientist and Executive Director of Discovery Park will work closely with the faculty and deans to help catalyze Purdue’s many strengths and build on its legacy of interdisciplinary research with global impact and public-private partnerships. More information is HERE.

January Technology Workshops

Faculty and staff can get an overview of Purdue’s new Web conferencing tool, WebEx, learn the basics of Blackboard along with recent changes to the course management system, and find out how to edit and publish video by registering for ITaP’s series of technology workshops and webinars in January. Workshops begin Jan. 8. Registration and additional information on the workshops are HERE.

Funding Opportunities: 1/5

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

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

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.

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

Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center Pilot Project Program (See attached) The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center (IADC) is soliciting proposals for pilot projects from investigators who want to develop research on Alzheimer disease, frontotemporal dementia, or other neurodegenerative dementias. Applications pertinent to mechanisms of memory and learning, cognitive aging, genetics, imaging and biomarkers, networks and systems, are welcome, as are study proposals related to the delivery of health care services. The purpose of an IADC pilot grant is to allow an investigator to obtain preliminary data leading to extramural funding. The commitment to apply for extramural funding and publish results is a requirement of this program. Prior experience in research on AD or neurodegeneration is not required to apply for support. Letter of intent due February 2; Application due February 20.

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: NIH Centers for Common Disease Genomics (UM1) The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) seeks to fund a collaborative large-scale genome sequencing effort to comprehensively identify rare risk and protective variants contributing to multiple common disease phenotypes. This initiative will explore a range of diseases with the ultimate goal of undertaking variant discovery for enough different examples of disease architectures and study designs to better understand the general principles of genomic architecture underlying common, complex inherited diseases; understand how best to design rare variant studies for common disease; and develop resources, informatics tools, and innovative approaches and technologies for multiple disease research communities and the wider biomedical research community. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: NIH Centers for Mendelian Genomics (CMG) (UM1)  With this reissuance of the CMG program, NHGRI intends to achieve the following specific objectives. First, the program will aim to discover as many genes that bear causal genetic variants ("causal genes") for human Mendelian diseases and non-disease Mendelian traits ("Mendelian conditions") as possible, using genome-wide sequencing and other complementary genomic approaches at the funded centers, and through collaborations with clinical and genetic researchers worldwide. Second, the program will aim to enhance the chances of success in causal gene discoveries by improving sample solicitation strategies, discovery approaches, study designs, data analysis methods, and costs and efficiency of the discovery pipelines. Third, the program will aim to enable others to discover more causal genes by disseminating the methods, tools, and other resources that will be developed under this FOA. Finally, the program will facilitate common interests-based collaborations and avoid unproductive duplication of efforts on causal gene discoveries, through worldwide coordination. At a higher level, NHGRI intends that these activities will lead to insights on what methods, scale, and infrastructure will be necessary to discover all or most of the causal genes for human Mendelian conditions, and bring the field forward toward this goal. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: NIH-NIAMS Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Centers (P30)  The Resource-based Centers will provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services, and/or resources to groups of investigators conducting research on skin biology and diseases, enabling them to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively, with the broad overall goal of accelerating, enriching, and enhancing the effectiveness of ongoing basic, translational, and clinical research and promoting new research within the NIAMS mission. 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. 

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System  The FOA is expected to be published in January 2015 with an expected application due date in Spring 2015.

NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration The dates for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland are set for May 6-8, 2015.

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