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ENE Memo: July 22, 2013

From the Head: 7/22

There is an exciting opportunity opening up for our research endeavors in ENE. It demands our immediate time and attention.

With the growth in engineering, the university is looking at ways to accommodate the additional faculty, their graduate students and research facilities. The college is simultaneously developing a master plan for future facilities and making plans for refurbishing existing buildings around the engineering precinct. A large part of Wang Hall (across Northwestern Ave.) will be used as a "swing space" to house groups as various buildings are refurbished over coming years. Wang Hall is slated to open in summer 2014.

Two of the areas they plan to refurbish in fall 2014 are Grissom and part of Potter. This will mean that in summer 2014, INSPIRE and the various ENE research labs in Potter will move to Wang Hall.    

The opportunity exists for Wang to become a home for these and other ENE research laboratories and graduate students. So rather than moving there on a temporary basis and then moving back, we may only need to make a single move. We thereby have a chance to create a world-class, flexible, interdisciplinary research ecosystem for ENE and our collaborators. This would be a showpiece for engineering and Purdue and a major attractor for future faculty and students. Such a cohabited place would enable us to both enhance the unique identity of groups like INSPIRE while simultaneously growing additional themed clusters and fostering serendipitous interactions and cross-fertilizing ideas and methodologies and such like. It would be a fit-for-purpose environment in which to grow organically as a dynamic, emergent, and non-siloed community.

There are many unknowns and numerous matters still to be worked out before we have the final shape of this opportunity. Indeed it was only last Friday that the Board of Trustees approved the leasing of Wang Hall for use a swing space, and this usage still needs approval from ICHE and the state governor. Nevertheless, we need to begin to work immediately with the project planners and building designers so that time-critical decisions can be made in the next few months. It will be an intense time but well worth the effort.  

At the ENE Faculty Advance on August 13, faculty and research staff will have an opportunity to imagine what such an engineering education research environment (collaboratorium) could be like. There will also be an opportunity early in the semester for the needs and ideas of graduate students to be considered as we brief the designers.    

We have the collective vision, and now the opportunity, to imagine a special "place" that will be a beacon of innovative thinking in designing spaces that foster an interdisciplinary research community comparable to that at the d-school at Stanford. Indeed we can write the next chapter of the book on creative, collaborative spaces. 

If we invest our collective energies and enthusiasm now into this opportunity, we could enter our second decade in a "great place" (both literally and metaphorically). Let's grasp this opportunity with both hands and run with it!


Calendar: 7/22

Fall 2013

  • Aug 13: ENE Faculty Advance
  • Aug 14: BGR lunch
  • Aug 14-16: ENE PhD orientation
  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Sept 28: Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebrating 60 Years of FYE at Purdue
  • Oct 20-22: ABET Site Visit
  • Oct 21-25: Green Week at Purdue (Think! No Impact)
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 14: Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Education Education at Purdue

Spring 2014

  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE / Open House and Research Exhibition

Summer 2014

  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 7/22

Ohland, Long, et Matt Ohland, Susan M. Lord (University of San Diego), Michelle M. Camacho (University of San Diego), Catherine E. Brawner (Research Triangle Educational Consultants), Richard A. Layton (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), Russell A. Long, and the late Mara H. Wasburn (Purdue University) on receiving the Vetter Research award for exceptional research committed to understanding the intersectionality of race and gender. The team project "The Effect of Climate and Pedagogy on Persistence: A Longitudinal Study of Women in Undergraduate Engineering Programs" was funded by an NSF GSE grant. Their quantitative findings show that women persist at the same rates as men, but that women who leave do so at different points in the curriculum, and leave for different destinations. They found differences by the intersection of race and gender and that institutional effects were large for some race-gender combinations.

News and Information: 7/22

From Amanda Jackson: Business Office Launches Personnel Recognition Program KUDOS

The College of Engineeing and DFAs (Jason, Kim, and Andrew) want business office personnel to show appreciation for each other and the outstanding work we provide for each other through our new KUDOS program. Submit a name from one of the business offices of CoE and description of how they have done an exceptional job, gone out of their way to help, or continually provide superior customer service. We will be sending out the recognition awards on a regular basis. You are free to submit at any time and as often as you like to the Qualtrics link provided:

Funding Opportunities: 7/22

Selected Funding Opportunities

CDC National Center for Construction Safety and Health Research and Translation (U60)  An applicant is encouraged to consider holistic, trans-disciplinary approaches for high quality applied research, outreach and partnerships, prevention, intervention, research translation and research-to-practice, and program evaluation for continuous improvement and impact assessment. In cooperation with NIOSH, the implementation and diffusion of innovative, evidence-based solutions that address pressing problems in construction safety and health is expected. Deadlines: August 1 – LOI; August 30 – Application.

DOD-Air Force 2014 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)  The Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) supports young scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in fields such as: energy, power and propulsion, materials interactions in extreme environments, aero-structure interactions and control, hierarchical design and characterization of materials, space architecture and protection, thermal control, mathematical, information and computer sciences, biology, behavioral sciences, plasma and quantum physics, theoretical and experimental physics, microwave and photonic systems, information and signal process, and materials-processing techniques. Deadline:  September 15.

DOD-Army BAA for Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA)   DFBA consists for two operational entities:  Defense Forensics Science Center and Biometrics Identity Management Activity. Forensic research proposals should focus on the creation of new and improved field or laboratory functional capabilities that result in faster, more robust, more informative, less costly, or less labor-intensive recognition, identification, collection, preservation, and/or analysis of forensic evidence. Biometric research proposals should contribute to biometric applications or operations, including military functions such as combat identification (friend, foe, or neutral), offensive operations (intelligence support to targeting), force protection (physical access control), detention operations, civil-military operations (track target members of a population), personnel recovery and identification, and recognition and recovery of human remains. Deadline: This BAA is open continuously through June 30, 2015.

NASA Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)  The Human Research Program consists of six areas: Space Radiation, Human Health and Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Behavioral Health and Performance, Space Human Factors and Habitability, and International Space Station Medical Project. This research announcement covers all aspects of research to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration, and to ensure safe and productive human spaceflight. Deadline: September 4.

NEH 2013 Media Makers Grant Program  Deadline: August 14.

Development Grants - Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.

Production Grants - Production grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.

NSF recently posted funding opportunities through Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and partnering directorates   These programs offer multiple project sizes and configurations. Please see RFP for more details on each opportunity and deadlines.

  • Computer and Network Systems (CNS):  Core Programs
  •  Information on Intelligent Systems (IIS):  Core Programs
  • Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
  • Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

NSF/NIH/USDA-NIFA/BBSRC Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)  The goal of the EEID program is to support important and innovative research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. Research is expected to be an interdisciplinary effort that goes beyond the scope of typical studies funded by the standing programs of the partner agencies. They should bring together such areas as anthropology, computational science, ecology, epidemiology, evolution, food science, genomics, geography, global health, mathematics, microbiology, plant science, population biology, sociology, physical environmental sciences, systems science, and veterinary medicine. Research within EEID is expected to generate rigorously characterized and tested models that are of value to the scientific community, but also may be useful in decision-making. Deadline:  November 20. 

NSF Dear Colleague Letter - FY 2014 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity   The SusChEM initiative addresses the interrelated challenges of sustainable supply, engineering, production, and use of chemicals and materials. In FY 2014, the participating divisions are Chemistry (CHE); Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); Materials Research (DMR); Earth Sciences (EAR); and the Materials Engineering and Processing program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI).

Proposals are welcome from either multiple or single investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by the different participating divisions are strongly encouraged. Deadlines:  based on participating division’s existing deadline.

NIH Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)  NIGMS encourages innovative applications for the development of new or improved instrumentation for biomedical research. Projects should propose tools that can be used by a wide range of biomedical or clinical researchers, and not limited to a specific organ or disease. Deadline: October 10.

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.

Limited Submission:  CDC - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers This FOA will support a network of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) to conduct applied public health prevention research including behavioral interventions, environmental, or systems-wide solutions and strategies that address major causes of disease and disability. The funding will be used to:  1) Support the development of a comprehensive prevention research center with the key elements of infrastructure and administration; community engagement, partnerships, and technical assistance; communication and dissemination; training; and evaluation; and 2) Support one applied public health prevention research project in one of three broad categories to address an evidence gap in public health research. There is a limit of one application per organization.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edy by July 29
  • Agency deadlines:  August 9 – LOI; September 16 – Application

Limited Submission:  USDA-NIFA Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk 4-H Military Partnership Program  NIFA is seeking applications from institutions that can demonstrate their capacity to develop statewide grantee capacity and deliver programs for military-connected, youth, and families; have a proven track record of sustaining military-connected youth programs; are integrating CYFAR into Extension programs; and are able to provide program, evaluation, and technology support.  Funds may be used to contribute to the existing Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) or to form a new CoP focused on the needs of military-connected youth. Applications must come from Cooperative Extension and only one application is allowed per institution.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edy by July 29
  • Agency deadline:   August 8

Limited Submission:  NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

The RET program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities. PIs must be faculty from Engineering, Computer and Information Science, or Engineering Technology. Purdue is allowed to submit up to three site proposals as lead.

  • Internal Deadlines: 
  • Monday, July 29: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, August 19: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, August 26: Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.
  • Agency Deadline: October 7

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.

NEW!  The July issue of Research Development and Grantwriting News is now available at:

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office.  UDO lists funding opportunities here.


OVPR WORKSHOP:  Overview of Services of the OVPR and SPS  The Office of the Vice President for Research along with Sponsored Program Services will host a workshop on August 20, 2013 entitled “Overview of Services:  OVPR and SPS”.  The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for new faculty to learn more about Purdue’s policies and processes related to the development, submission, and management of research proposals.  Topics to be covered include:  electronic submission and tracking systems, budget preparation and review, facilities and administration rate (F&A), industrial contracts, award management, project reporting, and research compliance, including human research subjects, animals, rDNA, financial conflicts of interest, export controls, and grant to protocol reviews.

The workshop will be held on August 20 from 11:30AM-1:30PM in Stewart Center, room 218AB. Lunch will be provided so registration is required at .  The deadline to register is Friday, August 16.  (Please note that the date was changed from August 22 to August 20).

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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