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ENE Memo: March 30, 2015

Calendar: 3/30

Spring 2015

  • March 30: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 31: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 2: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 3: Staff Meeting, WANG 3501, 8:30-9:30am
  • April 6: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 9: ENE Research Expo for College of Engineering Advisory Council, Wang Hall, 6-7pm
  • April 13: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 13: ENE Research Open House for ENE Industrial Advisory Council + Grad Student Service Awards, Wang Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • April 14: ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm includes ENE Awards 12:30-1:30pm.
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 27: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 28: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 3/30

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committee are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Kudos: 3/30 Matt Ohland on receiving the Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Ana Rynearson on being selected to attend the Harvard Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon) this summer. ENE alum Jeremi London (PhD 2014) on her new position, assistant professor of engineering at Arizona State University.

Funding Opportunities: 3/30

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI)  This DCL invites proposals to fund conferences that identify needs for advanced computing infrastructure in support of future computational research as well as the role the NSF should play in providing such support in the time frame 2017-2020 as well as longer term. NSF is looking to fund five to ten conferences in response to this Dear Colleague Letter.

NIH Cancer Research Education Grants Program (R25)  The over-arching goal of this NCI R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. Applications are encouraged that propose innovative, state-of-the-art programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients, in accordance with the overall mission of the NCI. Deadline: May 25

 USDA-NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extensions Competitive Grants Program – Methyl Bromide Transition NIFA requests applications for FY15 to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase-out. In FY15, applications are sought for the following project types: Integrated Projects, Extension-Only Projects, and State of the Commodity Projects.  Deadline: May 4

HHMI/Gates Foundation/Simons Foundation Faculty Scholars Program .  The program provides grants to outstanding, early-career scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological programs.  Scholars will apply molecular, genetic, computational and theoretical approaches to fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology. Those conducting research at the interface of the biological and physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply as are physician scientists and others studying biological questions emerging from and applicable to global human health problems, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and other diseases that disproportionately affect individuals living in low resource settings. Clinical trials and research on health education, health care delivery, or health services are not eligible fields. Eligible faculty must hold a PhD and/or MD; be tenured or in tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher; have more than four, but not more than ten, years of post-training, professional experience (starting no earlier than 6/1/05 and no later than 7/1/11); and be a PI or Co-PI on at least one active, nationally competitive grant (with an initial term of two or more years) sometime between 7/1/13 through 7/1/15.  Scholars are required to devote at least 50% of their total effort to the direct conduct of research. Deadline: July 28

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.

NOTE: The website listing internal deadlines for limited submissions has changed.  Please bookmark the following:  

Limited Submission: HRSA Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)   HCOP supports national efforts to diversify the health care workforce by funding projects to expand and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of this grant program is to: 1) promote the recruitment of qualified students and adult learners, including veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds into health or allied health professions programs; 2) improve retention rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds ; 3) improve matriculation and graduation rates; and 4) provide opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: DOE Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors  This FOA is focused on developing medium voltage integrated drive systems that leverage the benefits of state of the art power electronics (i.e., wide band gap devices) with high RPM, high power density and energy efficient megawatt class electric motors in three primary areas: (1) chemical and petroleum refining industries; (2) natural gas infrastructure; and (3) general industrial applications.  Cost sharing of a minimum of 20% of total project costs is required. An informational webinar to give applicants an overview of standard procedures regarding the EERE Office and FOA process will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by March 30.
  • Sponsor deadlines:  Concept papers due April 16; Full applications due June 3.

Limited Submission: NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The IUSE: GEOPATHS program invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).  For this opportunity, Purdue may serve as the lead institution on only one proposed project, but may serve as the non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by April 13.
  • Sponsor deadlines:   LOI due August 14; Application due October 5.

Limited Submission: NEA Art Works  "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. NEA wants to achieve the following four outcomes through the projects supported: Creation – the  creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; Engagement – public engagement with diverse and excellent art; Learning – lifelong learning in the arts; and Livability – the strengthening of communities through the arts.  Purdue may only submit one Art Works or Challenge America proposal.

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

DOD Notice of Intent to Publish Announcement for Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (RFT-IMI) A solicitation is expected to be released in mid-April 2015 with a Proposer’s Day to follow shortly thereafter (exact date and location will be announced later).

CDC-NIOSH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention (U54) The FOA is expected to be published in July 2015 with an expected application due date in November 2015.

CDC-NIOSH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42) The FOA is expected to be published in May 2015 with an expected application due date in November 2015.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development EERE plans to issue the FOA in the March 2015 timeframe via the EERE Exchange website.

USAID Presolicitation Notice: Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers Activity The RFA is expected to be available for the public in the next few weeks.


Workshop: Overview of the NSF CAREER Program The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in Stewart Center, Room 310. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships is hosting the workshop for untenured faculty in all disciplines who are interested in writing a proposal for the NSF CAREER program.  Sally Bond and Sue Grimes, co-assistant directors in Research Development Services, will present an overview of the program and provide guidance on how to write a competitive proposal. Lunch will be provided so pre-registration is required by April 16 at the link above.

NSF FAQ about the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2015 and 2016

NSF FAQs for Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) Solicitation

Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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