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ENE Memo June 23, 2014

From the Head: 6/23

ENE Leadership Appreciated

Many attendees at the ASEE Conference last week in Indianapolis commented very favorably on the leadership demonstrated by our school in setting up the Engineering Education Research and Innovation (EER&I) Lounge in the Exposition. The lounge certainly took on a life of its own as folks inhabited it and used it in many unplanned and sometimes curious ways.

More generally several international visitors commented on the very collaborative climate amongst the various engineering education schools and centers and gave considerable credit to ENE for helping to foster this spirit of community.  

As the largest engineering education department we have an obligation to be generous in how we support this community. We must do this with humility and a long term perspective for future of engineering education research and its interplay with educational innovation and change.

This community is at a critical point in its short history. Our collective future will not be a simple ramping up of what we have done thus far; doing the same but more of it. The world of higher education continues to change. The future of the funding environment that we have relied upon for much of our growth and success is not clear. The challenges we faced over the past decade and have overcome will be replaced by new ones.

Our future is bright. There are unlimited opportunities for us to seize in realizing the enormous potential of our research and scholarship to contribute the improvement of pre-college learning (in formal and informal settings), to learning for undergraduates, graduate students and professional development of faculty and staff and to reimagining learning in industry.

As a community we must envision the next decade of engineering education based on research and scholarship. We must do this NOW and with a sense of urgency and a renewed commitment leadership.


Calendar: 6/23

Summer 2014

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
  • 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: 6/23

Kudos: 6/23 Mel Chua, Cole Joslyn and Julia Thompson for receiving the ASEE Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division's Best Paper Award for "Engineering and Engineering Education as Spiritual Vocations."

Funding Opportunities: 6/23

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (PHY) The Division of Physics supports physics research and education in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. Topics consist of: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Quantum Information Science; Education and Interdisciplinary Research. Deadlines vary by topic.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: FY15 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 FY15, 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). Deadlines vary by topic.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: International Collaboration Opportunities related to the NSF Investments in Understanding the Brain NSF has recently established a Foundation-wide effort to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology, and workforce development. NSF is interested in promoting international scientific cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations across international borders. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to identify existing NSF funding opportunities that are available for U.S. researchers working in cognitive science, neuroscience, and other related areas of brain research and technology development to enhance their research through international collaboration. Deadlines vary by program.

DOD-AFRL Armament Technology BAA Research areas consist of the following topics: Weapon Airframe Systems Technology; Bioprincipic Sensors, Information Processing, and Control; Autonomous Target Recognition; Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation Technologies; Advanced Scene Generation; EO/IR/LADAR Component Research; Navigation and Control Technology; Modeling, Simulation, & Analysis of Advanced Weapon Concepts; Target Vulnerability and Weapon Effectiveness; Weapon/Target Mechanics; Damage Mechanisms; Fuze Research; Munitions Energetic Materials; Facilities and Equipment Enabling Micro Munitions and Advanced Energetics; Multi-Function, Multi-Mode Radar; Revolutionary Research; STEM for Education Outreach; and Weapons Autonomy Technology Research. White papers accepted through 3/31/15.

DOD-DARPA Defense Sciences Office-wide BAA This BAA invites proposers to submit their basic or applied research concepts with the potential to enable revolutionary improvements in one or more of the technical areas listed below: Physical Sciences; Mathematics; Transformative Materials, Supervised Autonomy; Novel Sensing and Detection Enabled by New Science; and Complexity. Executive summaries accepted through 5/1/15.

USDA-NIFA Sun Grant Program The purpose of this program is to provide a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and subcenter region with a grant to support a North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Center and a Western Insular Pacific Subcenter. A Sun Grant Center or Subcenter will use 75 percent of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bioproducts research priorities. Deadline: July 9

DOT Enhanced Prediction of Vehicle Fuel Economy and Other Vehicle Operating Costs The vehicle operating cost equations currently in use are based on equations developed by Zaniewski, et al., in a 1982 study, making them very outdated. This project will produce an up-to-date model of vehicle operating costs that can be incorporated into highway benefit cost tools. Given estimates of the impacts of a highway project on vehicle speed and pavement condition, the model will allow prediction of the impacts of highway improvements on the fuel consumption and other components of vehicle operating costs. Deadline: July 15

ED Language Resource Centers The Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program provides grants to institutions of higher education or consortia of these institutions for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the Nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects. Deadline: July 9

NEH Media Projects These projects provide funds for the development and production distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public. Deadline: August 13

  • Development Grants
  • Production Grants

Mathers Charitable Foundation Grants The Foundation is primarily interested in supporting fundamental basic research in the life sciences. Support is provided for specific projects from established researchers at top universities and independent research institutions within the United States. No specified deadlines.

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants This program accepts proposals with a total budget of $50,000 or less. The program is organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics the Foundation believes have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement: Education and Social Opportunity; Organization Learning; Purposes and Values of Education; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and Field-Initiated Proposals. Deadline: August 28

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.**

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.


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