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ENE Memo: March 3, 2014

From the Head: 3/3

Safety First

Please join me in congratulating the ENE Safety Committee on winning the Presidential Safety Award for 2014! This is a significant acknowledgement for ENE's safety efforts. Committee members, Patrick La Petina (Chair), Jeff Huddleston, Jim Whitford and Rick Womack will receive the award at the Radiological and Environmental Management's Annual Safety Chair meeting March 5.

Safety is everyone's business, so I would very much like to have representation on the ENE Safety Committee from faculty and students. Accordingly, I invite any faculty members and graduate students who would like to join the committee to contact me or Patrick.

Great work team!

Well-deserved recognition.


Calendar: 3/3

  • Mar 3: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Mar 6: Graduate Students meet with Head, TBD, 1:30-2:30pm.
  • Mar 6: ENE Research Seminar, Anna Douglas, INSPIRE - “Examination of Factors Associated with Engineering Identity Development Among Elementary Students,” ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 12: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 13: ENE Research Seminar, Isabel Jimenez-Useche, Post-Doc, ENE,  ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 13: Science on Tap, Lafayette Brewing Company (upstairs), 6:00-7:00pm.
  • Mar 17-21: Spring Break
  • 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 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98.

Kudos: 3/3 the Engineering Education Safety Committee for winning the Presidential Safety Award for 2014 in recognition of the School's safety efforts. Committee members will receive the award at the Radiological and Environmental Management's Annual Safety Chair meeting March 5.

... to Matt Ohland being appointed as a Professorial Research Fellow in Engineering Education of Central Queensland University. This formalizes a relationship that includes research collaboration, mentoring and professional development of CQU academic staff, grant writing, and engagement. An important expectation of the position is the facilitation of PhD / postdoc exchange between US and Australia (CQU as well as other institutions). Phil Wankat and Frank Oreovicz on the second edition of Teaching Engineering available January 15, 2015, from Purdue University Press.

... to Matt Ohland, Nichole Ramirez, Russell Long, and former ENE postdocs Valerie Lundy-Wagner and Marisa Orr on publication of a paper "Gaining Access or Losing Ground? Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students in Undergraduate Engineering" in the March/April issue of the Journal of Higher Education.

.. to Phil Wankat, Bill Williams & Pedro Neto on publication of a paper “Engineering education research in European Journal of Engineering Education and Journal of Engineering Education: citation and reference discipline analysis” in EJEE 39(1), 7-17. Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, an undergraduate research assistant in INSPIRE’s UPRISE program, for speaking at the Annual President’s Council Dinner in Naples, FL. Brittany talked about how getting a scholarship to attend Purdue has opened up opportunities for her, such as research in ENE, study abroad, and preparation for graduate school. Her talk helped raise funds for other student scholarships.

News and Information: 3/3

Safety Committee

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

ENE Research Seminar

This week's Research Seminar features Anna Douglas, INSPIRE Postdoctoral Research Assistant, presenting: “Examination of Factors Associated with Engineering Identity Development Among Elementary Students.” The weekly seminar series is held Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:20pm in ARMS B071.

Science on Tap (part of the ENE at 10 celebrations)   

Date: March 13

Place: Lafayette Brewing Company (upstairs),

Time: 6:00-7:00pm.

Speakers are Monica Cardella and Senay Purzer  Engineering at Home, Schools, Museums and Beyond

Please invite your friends and neighbors to come and find out some of the ways we are making an impact – in this case through helping to change the community conversation about engineers and engineering.

This is a fun social event: ENE is paying for the food! (You have to buy your own drinks)

Please come and support your colleagues and have a good time. (The forecast is for 50F) 

New Fridge

ENE has purchased a new fridge for the kitchenette in ARMS 1300 area. Enjoy this new amenity but please be mindful of other fridge users. The granite countertops are on the way!

New Photocopiers (soon we hope)

We are exploring ways to acquire new color and B/W photocopiers for the ARMS 1300 area. This involves paperwork and a justification to the Purdue bureaucracy so we will all have to put up with the current ones for a little while longer while this all gets processed.  


Funding Opportunities: 3/3

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  In FY 2014, SBE and EHR will partner to support SBP research proposals that will contribute to the overall understanding of the positive and negative factors impacting the participation of underrepresented individuals in STEM education and careers.  Scholars with research proposals that contribute to the Science of Broadening Participation should submit proposals to the most relevant programs of the SBE Directorate.  Deadlines will vary by program.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees This letter invites current CAREER awardees to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group. Further, the letter gives instructions on how to apply and other relevant policies and requirements.  Deadline: April 1

NIH Development of Software and Analysis Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit development of analysis methods and software in the four topic areas of data compression/reduction, data visualization, data provenance, and data wrangling as part of the overall Big Data to Knowledge initiative. While this FOA is intended to foster new development, submissions consisting of significant adaptations of existing methods & software are also invited. Deadline: June 19

NIH A Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions  This FOA seeks to build the science of family-centered self-management (FCSM) in chronic conditions. Although benefits are associated with FCSM, little is known about which FSCM strategies work most efficiently and for whom, what measures are needed to capture meaningful short and long term outcomes, how FCSM varies across developmental life stages (young to older adult) and what methods are best for disseminating effective FCSM strategies to sustain health and support health care.

  • R01  Deadline: June 5
  • R21  Deadline: June 16

NIH Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)  This FOA seeks applications that propose to use a common conceptual model to develop behavioral interventions to modify health behaviors and improve health outcomes in patients with comorbid chronic diseases and health conditions. Specifically, this FOA will support research in primary care that uses a multi-disease care management approach to behavioral interventions with high potential impact to improve patient-level health outcomes for individuals with three or more chronic health conditions.  Deadline: June 5

USDA-NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Program – Organic Transitions NIFA requests applications for this year’s program to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities in program areas.  Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and organic systems that integrate plant and animal production. Deadline: April 4

USDA-NIFA AFRI Water for Agriculture In FY14, NIFA initiates this new challenge area to address critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context.  The program will focus on developing solutions for water management that link food, water, climate, energy, and environmental issues. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision-makers, public and private managers and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. Letter of Intent due April 17; Application due August 13.

NIST Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grants  NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2014 under the following programs: Material Measurement Laboratory; Physical Measurement Laboratory; Engineering Laboratory; Fire Research; Information Technology Laboratory; NIST Center for Neutron Research; Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology; Office of Special Programs; and the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. Fire Research Deadline: March 31; Deadline for all other programs: June 2

DOE Scientific Discovery through Ultrafast Materials and Chemical Sciences DOE announces its interest in receiving applications from small collaborative groups for support of combined experimental and theoretical efforts to advance ultrafast chemical and materials science. The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate application of the new ultrafast science capabilities utilizing x-rays, VUV, and other lower frequency sources. Letters of Intent due March 17; Application due April 21.  

DOE Integrated Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Research and Development The Geothermal Technologies Office seeks research projects that will facilitate a better understanding of physicochemical conditions to optimize subsurface engineering and stimulation methods, as well as assess and better understand the evolution and sustainability of a reservoir during long-term operations. Concept papers due March 21; Full applications due April 30.

DOE Improved Reliability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems (See attached)  The purpose of this announcement is to advance the reliability, robustness and endurance of low-cost solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology suitable for ultimate deployment in equal to or greater than100 megawatt electric Integrated Gasification Fuel Cell or Natural Gas Fuel Cell systems capable of ≥97% carbon dioxide capture.  Deadline: March 31

ED The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program This program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively—(1) integrate standards-based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthen standards-based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Notice of Intent due March 27; Applications due April 28

DOJ Investigator-Initiated Research: The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative  This wide-ranging initiative will bring together the nation’s best minds to research the root causes of school violence, develop technologies and strategies for increasing school safety, and provide pilot grants to test innovative approaches to enhance school safety across the nation.  The range of research questions and methodologies available under this solicitation is very broad.  Deadline: May 20

Organic Farming Research Foundation OFRF is pleased to announce that funding is available to fund research projects on any agricultural production, social, economic, or policy-related topic of concern to organic farmers or ranchers.  OFRF offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities.  Deadline: May 15

APDT Foundation 2014 RFP The mission of the APDT Foundation is to provide funding for applied scientific research on dog training and behavior and to further increase the knowledge base of the dog training profession. The APDT Foundation will support academic research in a field related to behavior analysis, ethology and cognition.  Deadline: April 1

American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grants  The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  1. Understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being;
  2. Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony;
  3. Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world; and
  4. Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.

Deadline: April 1

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation The mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease.  The foundation has multiple RFPs currently open.  Deadlines vary by program.

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.

Limited Submission: DOE Bioenergy Technology Incubator  This program seeks to advance all aspects of the bioenergy supply chain, from feedstock supply and logistics to conversion processes, which are not currently supported in a substantial way under the Bioenergy Technologies Office.  Potential incubator projects are expected to be at TRL level 2 (technology concept and/or application formulated), level 3 (analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept), or level 4 (component and/or characteristic proof of concept).  Please see the FOA for additional information on this opportunity.  The awards will range from $500,000 to $2,000,000 for a period of 12 to 24 months.  For this opportunity, cost sharing is required at 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects.  DOE will hold an informational webinar on March 3. Registration is required here.   Purdue is limited to only one application as lead organization but may be involved as a subcontracted partner on multiple applications.

  • Internal deadline: Monday, March 10, Preproposals due to the OVPR (see attached template; no LOI due to short timeline)
  • Sponsor deadlines:  March 31 – Concept Paper; May 23 – Application. 

Limited Submission: DOE Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Composite Materials and Structures  This opportunity is part of DOE’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) which seeks to revitalize American manufacturing and support domestic manufacturing competitiveness. The technical topic area for this Institute is low cost, energy efficient manufacturing of fiber reinforced polymer composites. The Institute will target continuous or discontinuous, primarily carbon and glass fiber systems, with thermoset or thermoplastic resin materials. These types of composites are foundational technologies that are broadly applicable and pervasive in multiple industries and markets with potentially transformational technical and economic impact. Target applications under this FOA include advances in:  vehicles, wind turbines, compressed gas storage, and other applications as details in the FOA.  One award is expected in the range of $35M-$70M over five years.  For this opportunity, cost sharing is required at 50% (minimum) of the total project cost.  Purdue is limited to only one application as lead organization but may be involved as a subcontracted partner on multiple applications.

  • Internal deadlines: Monday, March 10,  Preproposals due to the OVPR (see attached template; no LOI due to short timeline)
  • Sponsor deadlines:  April 22 – Concept Paper; June 19 – Application. 

Limited Submission: HHS-CDC National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injuries (U54) The purpose of this center is to:

  1. Serve as a leader to facilitate prevention efforts and activities;
  2. Provide or enhance efforts to prevent injuries occurring to children who live on, work on, or visit farms, or are associated with other agricultural activities that pose a risk to children;
  3. Establish linkages and partnerships with the agricultural community to facilitate childhood agricultural injury prevention;
  4. Identify, disseminate, and facilitate the use of state-of-the-art information and programs to prevent childhood agricultural injuries;
  5. Provide recommendations, which incorporate input from the diverse stakeholders within childhood agricultural safety and health, for guiding childhood agricultural injury prevention efforts; and
  6. Conduct research to improve the safety and health of children who live on, work on, or visit farms.

The Center would accomplish its purpose by:  enhancing the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of individuals, groups, and community-based organizations; establishing links and partnerships with agricultural communities to facilitate childhood agricultural injury prevention; and by identifying, disseminating, and facilitating the use of state-of-the-art information and programs to prevent childhood agricultural injuries. Important goals include evaluation of intervention effectiveness and translation of these interventions into a variety of agricultural workplace settings. For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, March 3:  Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Wednesday, March 26:  Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, March 31:  Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.
  • Sponsor deadline:  May

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. 


NIST Presolicitation Notice for the Establishment of a FFRDC in Support of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence  The FFRDC will provide scientific and engineering support needed to carry out the research and engineering agenda set by NIST. This will include engaging in, assisting, and contributing to the support of scientific activities and projects for developing practical cybersecurity solutions composed from commercial components; and performing and engaging in research, engineering, and technology transfer/integration services for trustworthy information systems to the U.S. Government.  NIST anticipates posting the official RFP on or approximately 16 days after the date of publication of this notice (notice dated Feb. 20th) on the FBO webpage.

2014 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration  Registration is now open for the 2014 seminar in Baltimore, MD on June 25-27th.

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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