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ENE Memo: March 24, 2014

Calendar: 3/24

  • Mar 27: ENE Research Seminar, Norman Fortenberry, ASEE Executive Director - “Engineering Faculty for the 21st Century – Innovations with Impact,” ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 28: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109 8:30-9:20am. 
  • Mar 31: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 3: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • April 4: 12th Annual Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence banquet, Four Points by Sheraton, 6:30pm.
  • April 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE Open House 
  • April 10: ENE Research Seminar, Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of Minnesota, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, Senay Purzer's ELO Research Group, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 16 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98
  • August 8 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

News and Information: 3/24

ENE Research Seminar

This week's Research Seminar features Norman Fortenberry, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) executive director, presenting: “Engineering Faculty for the 21st Century - Innovators with Impact.” The weekly seminar series is held Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:20pm in ARMS B071.

Funding Opportunities: 3/24

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Youth Violence:  Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental Basic Research  This letter is to alert all basic social and behavioral science research communities of the NSF’s interest in receipt of proposals that will enable a better understanding of the contributing factors, causes, and consequences of violence perpetrated by and against youth. Research responsive to this letter would advance the basic theories and methods to improve our understanding of the contributors to youth violence and to its reduction. The Foundation is especially interested in research relating to destructive violence as opposed to harm as a regrettable byproduct of other experiences or activities (e.g., contact sports). The interest spans both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.  Deadlines vary based on program.

NSF Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)  This year, the solicitation invites two types of proposals:  "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. All proposals must address critical challenges for big data management, big data analytics, or scientific discovery processes impacted by big data.   A high level of innovation is expected in all proposals.  Deadline:  June 9.

NIH Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01)  This initiative aims to address biomedical research areas in biomedical computing, informatics, and Big Data science through the early stage development of new software, tools and related resources, as well as the fundamental research (e.g., methodologies and approaches) leading up to that development.  Deadline:  June 5.

NIH Extended Development, Hardening and Dissemination of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics and Big Data Science (R01)  The goal of this program is to support the extended development, maintenance, testing, evaluation, hardening and dissemination of existing biomedical software.  The proposed work should apply best practices and proven methods for software design, construction, and implementation to extend the applicability of existing technologies in biomedical computing, informatics and big data science to a broader biomedical research community.  Deadline:  June 5.

NIH Temporal Dynamics of Neurophysiological Patterns as Potential Targets for Treating Cognitive Deficits in Brain Disorders  This initiative encourages applications to test whether modifying electrophysiological patterns during behavior can improve cognitive abilities. Applications should use experimental designs that incorporate active manipulations to address at least one, and ideally more, of the following topics:

  1. In behaving animals, determine which parameters of neural coordination, when manipulated in isolation, improve particular aspects of cognition;
  2. In animals or humans, determine how particular abnormalities at the cellular or molecular level, such as specific receptor dysfunction, affect the coordination of electrophysiological patterns during behavior;
  3. Determine whether in vivo, systems-level electrophysiological changes in behaving animals predict analogous electrophysiological and cognitive improvements in normal humans or clinical populations; and
  4. Use systems-level computational modeling to develop a principled understanding of the function and mechanisms by which oscillatory and other electrophysiological temporal dynamic patterns unfold across the brain (cortically and subcortically) to impact cognition.
  • R01  Deadline:  June 5.
  • R21  Deadline:  June 16.

NIH Partnerships for Diagnostics to Address Antimicrobial Resistance of Select Bacterial Pathogens (R01)  The purpose of this FOA is to solicit research applications for projects focused on development and/or production of diagnostics that will enable rapid, sensitive, specific, culture-independent detection of high-priority antimicrobial-resistant Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. This FOA is focused on select healthcare-associated bacteria where resistance compromises effective treatment, including: Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter species and extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli. Applications must include a Product Development Strategy and demonstrate substantive participation by at least one industrial participant.  Deadline:  June 19.

NASA-ROSES Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science (H-TIDeS)  The H-TIDeS program seeks to investigate key Heliophysics science questions by addressing the best possible

  1. Science and/or technology investigations that can be carried out with instruments flown on suborbital sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons, CubeSats, commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles, or other platforms;
  2. State-of-the-art instrument technology development for instruments that may be proposed as candidate experiments for future space flight opportunities; and
  3. Laboratory research.

Deadlines:  June 13 – Step 1 proposal; August 15 – Step 2 proposal.

NASA-ROSES Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research  Future planetary research associated with solar system exploration requires the development of relevant, miniaturized instrumentation capable of extensive operations on lunar, asteroid, and planetary surfaces throughout the Solar System. This 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.  Deadlines:  July 25 – Step 1 proposal; September 26 – Step 2 proposal.

NASA-ROSES Remote Sensing Theory for Earth Science  The objective of this program is to support fundamental scientific advances in remote sensing theory and radiative transfer, including advancement of retrieval algorithms to be used for space-based remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, cryosphere, land surface, and/or Earth interior.  Specific areas of interest include:  theoretical algorithm advances, data “fusion”, and advanced corrections.  Deadlines:  July 15 – Stage 1 application; November 1 – Stage 2 application.

DOD-DARPA Laser UV Sources for Tactical Efficient Raman (LUSTER)  DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the field of UV laser technology that will enable enhanced detection and discrimination of specific biological and chemical compounds using Raman spectroscopy. Abstract due April 11; Proposal due June 25

DOE Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science  DOE announces its interest in receiving applications for theoretical and computational research relevant to the U.S. magnetic fusion energy sciences program.  The specific areas of interest are: Macroscopic Stability; Confinement and Transport; Boundary Physics; Plasma Heating & Non-inductive Current Drive; and Energetic Particles.  Letter of Intent due April 25; Application due June 19.

USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)  The intent of the SCRI program is to solve the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. Deadlines:  April 11 –LOI; June 20 – Invited Application.

USDA-NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative  The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. Deadlines: April 11 – Notice of Intent; May 8 – Application.

DOT Safety Center for Excellence: Rural and Surface Transportation  The primary mission of the Center is to facilitate training and educational exchange, as well as provide technology transfer and deployment to practitioners to improve the overall understanding of roadway safety data and analysis, safety effectiveness evaluations, and investment decision making in the areas of rural safety and surface transportation safety. The focus of the Center is rural road safety for State, local and Tribal road owners and their stakeholders. A secondary and much smaller portion of the Center’s mission will be to conduct research supporting rural safety and surface transportation safety.  Deadline: April 14.

John Templeton Foundation  The Foundation accepts Online Funding Inquiries twice a year. Full proposals are by invite only. Core funding areas include:

  • Science and the Big Questions   Divided into the following areas:  Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Human Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, and Science in Dialogue.
  • Character Virtue Development   Focused on the universal truths of character development in human nature.
  • Freedom and Free Enterprise   Supports research and education programs in the topic area.
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius   Provides funding to identify and nurture young people who demonstrate exceptional talent in math and science.
  • Genetics   Funds research that leads to major advances and studies on how this will empower individuals.

Deadline:  Online inquiry – April 1; Invited proposal – September 2.

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.

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.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Submission of I/UCRC Proposals in Response to NSF 13-594 in Areas Related to Engineering, Biology, and Cellular Biomanufacturing  To foster collaborations between industry and academe in the fields of engineering biology and cellular biomanufacturing, including synthetic biology, NSF welcomes and encourages proposals in response to NSF 13-594 in these areas.

NIH Notice of Adjustments to May 25 – 28 Grant Application Due Dates

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue a FOA titled Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange by the end of March 2014.

The March issue of Research Development and Grantwriting News is now available.

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