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ENE Memo: July 4, 2016

Kudos: 07/04/2016

... to Michael Loui and Renata Revelo for their recent publication, "A developmental model of research mentoring" in the July 2016 issue of the journal College Teaching.

News and Information: 07/04/2016

Reportable Outside Activities

A gentle reminder to faculty and staff that they must disclose their Reportable Outside Activities for 2016-2017 fiscal year through the online disclosure system.

Once a member of the faculty or staff submits a form, the appropriate department head will receive an email message informing him or her that action is required.  After the department head recommends approval or denial of the request, the Unit Head (or his or her designee) is notified and is able to review the submission and recommendation. Individuals may check the status of their form and will receive electronic notice of action taken by the Unit Head.

All exempt faculty and staff whether part-time or full-time, are required to submit a form before they engage in any Reportable Outside Activities. At the beginning of each fiscal year, employees also must report all activities in which they continue to participate, even if previous approval was granted. If an individual completed a form for activities in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, that information will prepopulate the 2016-2017 disclosure form and may be revised as necessary.

Faculty and staff report outside activities in accordance with the Conflicts of Commitment and Reportable Outside Activities (III.B.1) policy, which is available at

To assist faculty and staff in determining what needs to be reported, the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance provides a list of frequently asked questions at


Calendar: 07/04/2016

Summer 2016

  • June 13-July 8: Final week of STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 30-July 14: PALS Summer Workshop, Wang Hall
  • July 6-Aug 5: MEP-MITE Academic Bootcamp,  ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm)
  • July 11-Aug 12: Early Start Engineering program
  • Aug 11-13:  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, 9:00-4:00pm, Wang Hall
  • Aug 18: Orientation for New ENE Grad Students, 8:30am-5pm, WANG 3501  
  • Aug 19: University / GradSchool Orientation for all grad students (TBD) 
  • Aug 22: Classes begin
  • Aug 25: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly) 
  • Aug 26: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
  • Aug 31: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Aug 31: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 5: Labor Day
  • Sept 7: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 14: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 24: Family Day
  • Sept: 25/26: Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Sept 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 28: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:20, WANG 3501
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 14: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD
  • Oct 15: Homecoming
  • Oct 20/21: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Oct 26: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • Nov 2: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:20, WANG 3501
  • Nov 10: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium, 3:30-5:00pm, ARMS Atrium
  • Nov 11: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 16: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:20, WANG 3501
  • Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving
  • Nov 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • Dec 10: Classes End
  • Dec 18: Commencement

Funding Opportunities: 07/04/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

Internal coordination required: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Program This program provides grants of approximately $750,000 over four years for young, tenure-track faculty in the chemical and life sciences for projects that “represent a departure from current research directions rather than extensions or expansions of existing programs.” Of particular interest are proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should not have been in a tenure-track position for more than three full years. Furthermore, applicants can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total. Letters of intent are due to Beckman by August 15. Full applications are submitted only by invitation. Although this program is not a limited submission, applications do require the signature of both the dean and the president or provost. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships is assisting the Offices of the President and Provost by reviewing the submissions, editing as needed, and then securing the president’s/provost’s approval to submit. Due to this, we have an internal deadline of August 1 for application materials as described in the attached document.

DOD-DARPA Dispersed Computing DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of algorithms and protocols for mission-aware computation and communication across broad-scale, physically dispersed computing infrastructure. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Deadline: September 7

DOD-Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) BAA for Basic and Applied Research The goal is to provide the American Warfighter the best equipment for the best price through research, development and engineering in the areas of: Combat Feeding Equipment and Systems; Combat Ration Research and Development; Warfighter Systems Technologies; Shelters and Life Support technologies for Contingency Basing; Airdrop - Advanced Personnel and Cargo Airdrop Systems; Textile Technologies; Modeling and Simulation; Neuroepidemiology; Warfighter Advanced Technologies; and Technology Enabled Capability Demonstrations. White papers accepted through 2/28/20.

ED American Overseas Research Centers Program The American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program provides grants to consortia of institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or operate an AORC that promotes postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies. AORC grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program. Deadline: August 4

Gates Foundation Development of Innovative Technology to Measure Individual Dietary Intake This initiative is seeking an organization, or consortium of organizations, to develop and evaluate improved methods to measure food and nutrient intake using innovative technology to overcome the many limiting factors of current methods. Possible examples of such technology include enhanced imaging methods to measure food intake and, possibly, appropriate image recognition software to identify individual food images and convert food intake to nutrient intake. We seek innovative methods that will be suitable to address some of the specific challenges encountered in LIC settings, such as lack of electricity or alternative power sources, poor lighting, unreliable internet connection and dietary practices that include shared food plates. Concept notes due July 22; Full proposals due upon request.

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: DOD-DARPA TRAnsformative DESign (TRADES) The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the DARPA is soliciting innovative ideas to transform design, enabling designs that are unimaginable today. DSO is specifically interested in fundamental research to develop new mathematics and algorithms that enable full incorporation of new materials and fabrication methods in design. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. The TRADES program is a single phase, 48-month effort addressing two independent but collaborative Technical Areas (TAs). In TA1, Design Technologies, several performer teams will explore and develop new mathematical and computational foundations that can transform the traditional design process. In TA2, Design Testbed, a single performer will provide a software integration platform to TA1 performers, creating a common resource for collaboration and sharing of prototype implementations. As part of the Design Testbed, the TA2 performer will host exemplar problems as test cases through which DARPA will measure the progress of the TA1 performers. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only applications to one Technical Area (but may submit multiple applications within that technical area).

Internal Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, July 6: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Wednesday, July 13: Reviewer rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline: July 26

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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