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ENE Memo June 16, 2014

From the Head: 6/16

A BIG Week for ENE!

This week ENE will have a BIG presence at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition in Indianapolis. It is also the first week of Summer Transition, Advising and Registration or STAR, where the academic advising team will be welcoming the next cohort of First-Year Engineers. 

Many of the ENE faculty and graduate students will be running workshops and presenting their research at the conference, while faculty, staff and graduate students will be staffing the ENE booth in the Exhibition Hall. Building on our initiative in 2012, the ENE display is part of a cluster of booths that we organize on behalf of the Engineering Education Research and Innovation community and features many universities and programs. If so inclined, you can follow the action via the ASEE blog or see the Purdue video clip on ASEE TV at Websedge.


Monroe Community College (New York) students visit the ENE booth at Sunday night's Exhibition Hall opening reception (left), while other ASEE attendees visit with each other in the Engineering Education Research and Innovation Lounge.

This year STAR has some new features; students will get one-on-one academic advice while the parent who accompanies them to campus will have their own separate program. In addition the students will have time to inspect displays for the various engineering disciplines and programs at Purdue. The aim is to give them information that they can start to use to explore their choice of degree program. International students have access to Virtual Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR), Purdue's online course for new undergraduate students who do not attend in person. STAR runs from June 16 to July 11 with approximately 90 FYE students being advised each day. 

You know it is summer when the front lobby is full of eager students who are slight dazed and bewildered. It will be different without the assortment of parents and family members in tow.  



Calendar: 6/16

Summer 2014

  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June16-July 11: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 16: ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS B098
  • 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
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • 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: 6/16

In the News

The visit from KFUPM faculty for workshops with ENE faculty received media coverage from WBAA Radio. The web story is HERE.

Kudos: 6/16 Meagan Pollock for successfully defended her dissertation, "Multiple Case Study Analysis of Young Women’s Experiences in High School Engineering." Anne Lucietto for successfully defending her dissertation, "The Role of Academic Ability in Choice of Major and Persistence in STEM Fields." James Huff for successfully defending his dissertation, "Psychological Journeys of Engineering Identity from School to the Workplace: How Students Become Engineers among other Forms of Self."

Funding Opportunities: 6/16

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) The MMS Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for the SBE sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences. Deadline: September 2

NSF/Intel Partnership on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy (CPS-Security) The goal of this partnership between NSF and Intel is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that ensure the security of current and emerging cyber-physical systems, taking into consideration the unique challenges present in this environment relative to other domains with cybersecurity concerns. Specifically, this solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of cybersecurity, privacy, and cyber-physical systems, and to transitioning its findings into engineering practice. Preliminary proposal (only required for Ideas Lab-developed proposals) due July 29; Full proposals due October 28.

NSF US-Japan Big Data and Disaster Research (BDD) This joint solicitation aims to address two specific challenges: 1) capturing and processing the data associated with disasters to advance capabilities for disaster modeling as well as situational analysis and response modeling; and 2) improving the resilience and responsiveness of emerging computer systems and networks to facilitate the real-time data sensing, visualization, analysis, experimentation and prediction that is critical for time-sensitive decision making. Proposals submitted under this solicitation must describe joint research with Japanese counterparts who are requesting funding separately under the JST solicitation. Deadline: September 8

NIH Pioneer Award Program (DP1) This initiative complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator’s research program or elsewhere. Deadline: October 10

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2) This award initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The initiative complements ongoing efforts by NIH to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators. The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award initiative is a component of the High Risk – High Reward Research Program of the NIH Common Fund. Deadline: October 17

USDA-NIFA Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP) The objective of the HHP is to foster work through USDA/NIFA with the land-grant universities in the Cooperative Extension System to assist with implementation of the federal priorities for “Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action” by specific contributions to Educate the Public About Healthy Homes. Deadline: July 7

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator Areas of Interest include: Platinum Group Metal-free catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies; Fuel cell-based electrochemical conversion devices for stationary energy storage; Completely innovative hydrogen production and delivery technologies; Breakthrough, reversible hydrogen storage materials that operate at hydrogen pressures of 350 bar or less; and Hydrogen infrastructure (manufacturing solutions for low-cost, standardized skid-mounted hydrogen fueling stations; and game-changing business models/financial approaches to address infrastructure costs). In addition to the above areas of interest, this Incubator FOA is open to applications that aim to bring to market a novel, non-incremental technology that facilitates the FCTO targets and goals in any area of fuel cell or hydrogen fuels deployment. Concept papers due July 7; Proposals due September 3.

ED National Resource Centers (NRC) Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies or Foreign Language and International Studies Program The NRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education and consortia of such institutions to establish, strengthen, and operate comprehensive and undergraduate foreign language and area or international studies centers to serve as national resources for (a) teaching of any modern foreign language; (b) instruction in fields needed to provide full understanding of areas, regions, or countries in which the modern foreign language is commonly used; (c) research and training in international studies and international and foreign language aspects of professional and other fields of study; and (d) instruction and research on issues in world affairs that concern one or more countries. Deadline: June 30

ED-NIDDR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs): Technologies to Enhance Independence in Daily Living for Adults with Cognitive Impairments The RERC must focus on innovative technological solutions, new knowledge, and implementation strategies that enhance the independence and self-management of adults with cognitive impairment. Applicants must specify the target populations or subgroups of adults with cognitive impairments that they intend to focus on and identify the setting or settings for which they intend to develop technologies: Home, community, or workplace. Letters of Intent due July 10; Proposals due August 4.

NASA Fellowships for Early Career Researchers The Early Career Fellowship program was established to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. Proposers who wish to become Early Career Fellows must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within seven calendar years of the year of submission of their research proposal. Proposals may be submitted at any time through 3/31/15.

Susan G. Komen Foundation Susan G. Komen has recently announced RFAs for the following programs: Career Catalyst Research Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, and Graduate Training in Disparities Research Grants. Pre-Applications due July 17; Invited applications Due November 20.

American Academy in Rome Rome Prize The Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies. Deadline: November 1

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.

**Effective immediately, the OVPR’s limited submission internal review process will no longer require letters of intent (LOIs). Instead, competitions will require only a preproposal (unless otherwise stated). As with current practices, preproposal templates will be posted on the limited submission website and will be tailored to reflect the review components of the actual proposal.**

Limited Submission: American Heart Association Strategically Focused Hypertension Research Network The intent of this initiative is to support a collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will lead to new approaches, to improve the prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension. A Center may be intra- or inter- institutional. Additionally, collaboration is encouraged with social and behavioral scientists, health policy experts, and other experts to identify programs that effectively modify an individual’s lifestyle in a fashion that unequivocally reduces the risk and severity of hypertension. This RFA embraces a Network “Center” concept. Therefore, each Center will include several components: a designated Center Director, three synergistic projects related to the topic of hypertension, and a research postdoctoral fellowship training component. For this opportunity, Purdue may lead only one application.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by June 18.
  • Sponsor deadlines: Letter of Intent due August 1; Center proposals due November 3.

Limited Submission: NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12) The purpose of the IRACDA Program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and through mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. For this opportunity, Purdue is allowed to submit one application.

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.

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.


NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the Epidemiology of Drug Abuse (R01) Publication of the reissued FOA is expected on September 8, 2014, and the first due date will be October 5, 2014.

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