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ENE Memo: May 12, 2014

From the Head: 5/12

Marking the end of the Academic Year

This week marks the end of the academic year, with grades due on Tuesday and commencement exercises this weekend. Engineering now has two commencement ceremonies, one for Graduate degrees only at 1pm and one for Undergraduate degrees at 3:45pm on Sunday May 18.

Also this week, we are having our traditional end-of-year ENE Advance on Thursday, May 15. Staff and faculty will gather at 9:30am to celebrate achievements this past year and look to the future. In the afternoon faculty will meet to review the year and plan for a Strategic Advance to be held in the week before classes in August.  

This transition from the academic year to summer also is marked by Spring Fling (May 22) as we approach the Memorial Day weekend.

This has been an extremely busy and often stressful year, aggravated by a very long winter. This next week or two is a time to step back, reflect on and celebrate what has been achieved in the academic year. This summer is going to be a critical time of preparation for 2014/15. All the more reason to make the most of this time of celebration and recognition of achievements this past academic year.  


Calendar: 5/12

  • May 14: College of Technology/Polytechnic Institute Presentation, ARMS B098B, 11am-1pm.
  • May 15: ENE Advance, ARMS B098, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18: Commencement
  • May 22: Spring Fling, Memorial Mall, 11:30am-4pm.

Summer 2014

  • June 11-13: Various international visitors  
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS B098 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • 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 20: ENE Strategic Advance 

News and Information: 5/12

Welcome Sarah Allard

Please welcome Sarah Allard as a new First-Year Engineering Advisor.  Sarah takes up her duties today (Monday, May 12) and will be located in ARMS, Room 1348.  Sarah earned her Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.  Sarah has spent the past two-and-a-half years as a live-in residential advisor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  In her former position, Sarah provided academic advising to 150 first-year students.  Prior to her position with Miami of Ohio, Sarah was a Resident Director at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Please drop by her office and say hi to Sarah. 


Funding Opportunities: 5/12

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Wireless Innovation between Finland and US (WiFiUS) Proposals are solicited for joint US-Finland foundational and transformative research in the area of wireless networking. Reflecting the funding priorities of each participating NSF division as well as those of Tekes and the Academy of Finland, this program seeks research projects on novel frameworks, architectures, protocols, methodologies and tools for the design and analysis of robust and highly dependable wireless networks, including cognitive radio networks.  Deadline: August 1

NSF/Multi-Organizational ERASynBio Joint Call for Transnational Research Projects: Building Synthetic Biology Capacity Through Innovative Transnational Projects  To encourage bottom-up creativity and innovation from the synthetic biology community, applications are encouraged from any area of research that fits within the ERASynBio definition of synthetic biology: “Synthetic Biology is the engineering of biology: the deliberate (re)design and construction of novel biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes, that draws on principles elucidated from biology and engineering.”  Deadline: July 3

NIH Disseminating and Implementing Evidence from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice Using Mobile Health Technology (R21) This FOA invites applications for developmental research projects on using mobile health technology to facilitate the dissemination and implementation of findings from patient-centered outcomes research into clinical practice.  Deadline: August 4

ED-IES National Research and Development Center for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth Specifically, the Center will conduct a focused program of research that includes the following: 1) An exploratory study designed to provide an in-depth analysis of gifted and talented programs serving elementary and/or middle school students in at least two or three states or school districts; 2) An impact evaluation to examine the educational impacts of a gifted and talented program that shows the most promise for improving student outcomes, based on findings from the exploratory study; and 3) Leadership and outreach activities designed to engage policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in discussion of strategies and review of evidence on how best to meet the needs of and improve outcomes for gifted and talented students from traditionally underserved groups, and to disseminate the Center’s research to the wider public. Letter of intent due May 29; Application due July 22.

ED-IES Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring Through this program, the Institute provides support for an integrated research and career development plan for investigators in the early stages of their academic careers who have established an interest in special education research, with the ultimate aim of launching independent research careers focused on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with or at risk for disabilities. The award will provide support for research and career development that includes training under the guidance of an experienced mentor(s).  Letter of Intent due June 5; Application due August 7.

ED Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program  Under this priority, grantees must “scale up” and evaluate models designed to increase the number of gifted and talented students from underrepresented groups who, through gifted and talented education programs, perform at high levels of academic achievement.  Notice of Intent due May 21; Applications due June 24.

USDA-ERS Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research  The Center will facilitate new and innovative research on the application of behavioral economics theory to healthy food choice behav­iors that would contribute to enhancing the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers.  The Center also must devote a substantial portion of its efforts to factors that would facilitate healthy and cost-effective food choices by participants in (a) the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and (b) the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  Notice of intent due May 30; Application due June 30.

DOC-NIST Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs  NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY14 under the following programs: (1) the Material Measurement Laboratory; (2) the Physical Measurement Laboratory; (3) the Engineering Laboratory; (4) Fire Research; (5) the Information Technology Laboratory; (6) the NIST Center for Neutron Research; (7) the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology; (8) the Office of Special Programs, and (9) the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program (EPT-2)  As the interactions between people and animals intensify, driven by increasing human populations, the spillover, amplification, and spread of new, deadly zoonotic disease threats will increase steadily in the coming decades.  The goal of this project is to employ the strengths of universities to prepare the “One Health” workforce in core competencies and skills for preventing, controlling, detecting and responding to zoonotic diseases.  Deadline: June 11

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources  This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities.  Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials.  Deadline: July 17

Spencer Foundation Lyle Spencer Research Awards: Advancing Understanding of Education Practice and Its Improvement  Successful proposals funded under this initiative will fall into one of three broad categories: 1) Studies that focus more or less directly on teaching and learning processes themselves at the classroom level; 2) Studies that pay attention to the larger policy and institutional environments within which educational transactions take place; or 3) Studies that help develop research tools that can support advancing the kinds of research the foundation has identified.  Letter of Intent due June 12; Invited essays due September 23; Invited full proposals due January 7.

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: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM)  This program provides institutions with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable academically talented but financially needy students to enter the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal from each college that awards degrees in biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, geosciences, engineering, and technology areas associated with the preceding fields. The PI must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of these disciplines.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, May 19: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, June 2: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, June 9: Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline: August 14

Limited Submission:  W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program  The Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program seek to support high-risk/high-impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm.  Eligible projects fall outside the mission of public funding agencies. Grants range from $500,000 to $5 million (typically $2 million or less). For this opportunity, Purdue may submit one application for Phase I consideration under each program. Full proposals are accepted in Phase II by invitation only.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, May 19: Letters of intent due to the OVPR (please specify the program – S&E or Medical).
  • Monday, June 9: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, June 16: Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor Deadline: November 1  (project discussion period July 1 – August 15).

Limited Submission: American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes This program will provide crucial support to individuals focusing on innovative ideas and transformational approaches that will lead to ground‐breaking discoveries in diabetes prevention, treatment and cures.  The program will consider applications directed toward topics relevant to the prevention, treatment and cure of all diabetes types (type 1, type 2 and gestational), diabetes‐related disease states (obesity, pre‐diabetes, and other insulin resistant states) and diabetes complications. The program intends to attract individuals with a broad range of expertise in various science and technology disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing and engineering, to the field of diabetes research.  Purdue is allowed only one nomination. The nomination can be in either of the two available Pathway award types: Initiator or Accelerator Awards.

Internal Deadline:  Contact by May 14 (Please specify to which program you are interested in applying).

Sponsor Deadline: July 1

Limited Submission: HHS-HRSA Bridging the Word Gap Research Network The purpose of this program is to support the creation of an interdisciplinary research network for scientific collaboration, with a focus on research designed to improve understanding of early language exposure and vocabulary acquisition for children from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds and of effective interventions to address them. The Network should include researchers across a range of disciplines reflecting attention to the health and development of the child and family.

Internal Deadline:  Contact by May 14

Sponsor Deadline: July 7

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. 


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Community Input on Future NSF Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program

DOE INCITE Leadership Computing  INCITE is currently soliciting proposals of research for awards of time on the 27-petaflops Cray XK7 “Titan” and the 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q “Mira” beginning CY15. INCITE seeks research enterprises for capability computing: production simulations – including ensembles – that use a large fraction of the systems or require the unique leadership-class architectural infrastructure for high-impact projects that cannot be performed anywhere else.  Deadline: June 27

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