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ENE Memo: July 7, 2014

Calendar: 7/7

Summer 2014

  • June 16-July 11: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • July 16: College of Engineering Graduate Picnic, Memorial Mall, 4-7pm
  • July 16-17: Office of Future Engineers' Engineering Refresh, HAMP 1144, 8:15am-3:30pm
  • August 8: ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

Fall 2014

  • August 18: Faculty return
  • August 20: ENE Strategic Advance
  • August 25: Classes begin
  • August 28: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Student Chapter Callout (ME 1015), 6pm
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Oct. 29-30: Graduate School Open House
  • Nov. 6-7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 21: Commencement
  • Late Fall: ENE Research Facility Opens, Wang Hall

News and Information: 7/7

INSPIRE on the move

INSPIRE will be undergoing several moves over the next few months. Last week, INSPIRE moved from Grissom to a temporary space in Armstrong, then Physics 201 & 202 (Terri Sanger along with undergraduate & graduate researchers) and Armstrong 1301 (Elizabeth Gajdzik). In mid-August, INSPIRE will move to the fourth floor of Wang until the new ENE research space is ready in Wang 3.

Kudos: 7/7 Michele Yatchmeneff for successfully passing her preliminary defense. Michele's research focus is on understanding the motivation of Alaska Native students in taking the high school STEM courses necessary to enroll in a STEM major at university. Elizabeth Gajdzik and Terri Sanger for their leadership (and countless hours spent) in moving INSPIRE out of Grissom. INSPIRE will be in ARMS 1301 and PHYS 201 & 202 until mid-August.

Funding Opportunities: 7/7

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education LSAMP Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education proposals should be designed to create and study new models and innovations in STEM teaching and learning to enhance the understanding of the underlying issues affecting the differential participation and success rates of students from underrepresented minority groups; add to the research knowledge; and inform STEM education practices and interventions. Broadening Participation Research proposals should describe evidence-based research studies that contribute to understanding the participation of and successful outcomes for underrepresented groups in STEM. Deadline: October 17

NIH Enriching the Hematology Research Workforce through Short-term Educational Experiences in Emerging Science Research Education Program Grant (R25) This FOA encourages the development of creative educational activities with an integrated focus on Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences. This initiative will maximize the scientific value of established research resources by providing an opportunity to acquire advanced targeted scientific tools for the enhancement of a career in the field of blood research. Graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty, are all eligible and hereafter referred to as participants. Deadline: October 13

DOD-Army BAA for New and Innovative Ideas for Space and Missile Defense Technology White papers/proposals submitted should include new ideas for advanced and innovative concepts as well as prototype hardware and software for current and emerging space and missile defense science and technology. The SMDC conducts space, directed energy, missile defense, cruise missile defense and related technology research and development. White papers accepted through 6/22/15.

NASA Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research (PSTAR) This PSTAR program solicits proposals for investigations focused on exploring the relevant environments on Earth in order to develop a sound technical and scientific basis to conduct planetary research on other solar system bodies. The PSTAR program is a science-driven exploration program that is expected to result in new science and operational/technological capabilities to enable the next generation of planetary exploration. Step-1 proposals due July 25.

U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research & Development Research Programs BARD supports mission-oriented cooperative agricultural research projects of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. Proposals are expected to deal with an agricultural issue or problem and yield tangible results that could be implemented within a reasonable time after completion of the project. Cooperative research entails active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. Deadline: September 15

Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation Grants The foundation funds the following categories: Laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D); Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects; Design and development of assistive technology for people with SCI/D; and Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers in the field of spinal cord research. Deadline: September 2

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the EVPRP 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 EVPRP will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science The goal of this program 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. Partnerships with inner city schools or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The maximum request is $500,000 for a duration of up to three years. For this competition, Purdue may submit three proposals. Please note that the principal investigator must hold a faculty appointment in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer Science.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, July 28: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, August 4: Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.
  • Sponsor deadline: October 6

Limited Submission: DHS Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center will conduct research and education to enhance the resiliency of the Nation’s critical infrastructures and the businesses and public entities that own and operate those assets and systems. The research will provide a better understanding of the complex business of risk management in the context of potential catastrophic disruptions to infrastructure operations. DHS expects this Center to develop tools and analyses that infrastructures owners and operators and policy makers can use to increase the resilience of critical infrastructures. Applicants should identify and propose the types of infrastructure systems and locales that will provide a better understanding of how cyber, public and private infrastructures are dependent upon each other. The selected systems should also allow stakeholders to study and identify scalable and generalizable solutions that are applicable to multiple locations. The Center should propose a research program that includes real-world pilots, demonstrations, and evaluations that are appropriate for the types of communities and infrastructures identified, and that enable application to multiple scales. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as a Center Lead. However, DHS is running a parallel opportunity for Center Partners to solicit additional projects for potential addition to the COE. This parallel opportunity follows the same agency deadline but does not limit the number of applications from an institution.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by July 14 if you plan a Center Lead proposal.
  • Sponsor deadline: September 23

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. UDO lists funding opportunities here.


NSF Proposal Review Trends for Mentoring Activities A recent article from Inside Higher Ed details more stringent NSF proposal review trends when it comes to describing how a researcher will mentor his/her students. Mentor or Risk Rejection, by Colleen Flaherty, describes instances where proposals have been rejected for not providing sufficient details on how the mentoring will take place and how successful mentoring will be assessed. To read the full article, click the link above.

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) solicitation to be issued soon The next PIRE solicitation will be issued within the next 2 weeks. There will be a preliminary proposal phase followed by a full proposal phase in this upcoming competition. Awards will be made in the August-September 2015 time period. All prospective PIRE applicants can attend a webcast that will be held on July 29, between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm (Eastern Time). The PIRE webcast can be accessed here. An announcement will shortly follow the PIRE solicitation with details about the Purdue internal competition, assuming this year’s solicitation limits Purdue’s number of applicants as it has done in the past. Details regarding Purdue’s internal competition process and deadlines can be found here.

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