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ENE Memo: May 23, 2016

Calendar: 05/23/2016

Spring 2016 

Summer 2016

  • June 6-10: INSPIRE Summer Academy (for K-2nd grade teachers), Wang Hall.
  • June 13- July 8: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 13-16: MEP Summer Workshop, ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm) and Wang Hall (TBD)
  • June 20-23: MEP PREFACE Workshop, ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm) and Wang Hall (TBD)
  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • June 30-July 14: PALS Summer Workshop, Wang Hall
  • July 6-Aug 5: MEP-MITE Academic Bootcamp,  ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm)
  • July 11-Aug 12: Early Start Engineering program
  • Aug 11-13:  3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

News and Information: 05/23/2016

Spring Fling

Spring Fling, the annual appreciation event for faculty, staff, graduate student staff and retirees, is set for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday (May 25) on Memorial Mall.

Participation in Bingo, Zumba, disc golf, yard games, the Food Finders Food Bank Food Drive and the bloodmobile does not require registration.

The bloodmobile will be present 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Mall Drive west of Stewart Center. Faculty and staff that want to donate blood can schedule an appointment online. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Collection barrels for the food drive, sponsored by Food Finders Food Bank and the Purdue University Retirees Association, will be by the newsstand in Stewart Center and by Starbucks in Purdue Memorial Union from May 9 to May 25.

Funding Opportunities: 05/23/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NIH Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences  The purpose of this FOA is to invite qualified researchers to submit grant applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques.

  • R01  Deadline:  October 5
  • R21  Deadline:  October 16

NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)  With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, CISE will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. Deadline:  August 10.

DOD-DARPA TRAnformative DESigns (TRADES)  DARPA is soliciting innovative ideas to transform design, enabling designs that are unimaginable today. DSO is specifically interested in fundamental research to develop new mathematics and algorithms that enable full incorporation of new materials and fabrication methods in design. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in design. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. Deadlines:  June 1 – Abstract; July 26 – Full proposal.

NASA Early Stage Innovations (ESI)   This ESI Appendix challenges universities to examine the theoretical feasibility of new ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel, and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable. It is the intent of the STRG Program and this Appendix to foster interactions between NASA and the awarded university PIs/teams.  Deadlines:  June 3 – LOI; July 1 – Proposal.

NEA Research Labs  The NEA Research Labs seek to support a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Each NEA Research Lab will define a research agenda, conduct a research program to implement that agenda, and prepare reports that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of three areas of special interest to the National Endowment for the Arts:  1.The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being; 2.The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning; 3.The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.  Deadline:  July 12.

USAID and the Private Sector:  Partnering for Impact  The APS invites private businesses, financial institutions, chambers of commerce, industry associations, private grant-making foundations, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and other private-sector organizations to identify and suggest ways we can work together to address key challenges in the developing world in a manner that advances our respective interests and objectives. In addition, the APS invites and encourages other types of organizations, including but not limited to prospective implementing partners, to engage and work with private sector partners to identify critical development problems and develop initial ideas about how we might work together to solve those problems. Deadline:  November 18 for concept papers.  Full proposals by invite only.

Mazda Foundation Grants Mazda Foundation awards grants promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research.  Application Deadline: July 1

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.

Limited Submission:  W. M. Keck Foundation   The W. M. Keck Foundation’s Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program seek to support high-risk/high-impact projects in fields of biological science, physical science, and engineering. Eligible projects should meet all the following criteria:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Medical projects should be platform-based – not disease specific
  • Falls outside the programmatic priorities of public funding agencies (correspondence reflective of such will strengthen a preproposal at internal review and is required by Keck)
  • Demonstrates that Keck is essential to the project’s success

Keck does not fund:  therapy and/or clinically-oriented projects, drug development, diagnostic test development, immunological studies, projects with a specific disease focus (such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, etc.), or translational research.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 6:  Preproposal due to EVPRP
  • Monday, June 13:  Reviewer rankings due to EVPRP

Sponsor Deadlines:  November 1, 2016 (project discussion period July 1 – August 15).

Limited Submission: Searle Scholars Program  The Searle Scholars Program seeks to fund high risk, high reward projects from candidates in their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning on or after July 1, 2015.  Applicants should be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, or related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.  Those in other fields including engineering, physics, psychology, and nutritional science may be eligible provided the project has a strong life science focus (see past awardees on the Searle website). For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 13:  A one-page summary of the candidate’s research and a full CV should be submitted.  (Please indicate if you are competing for Pew, Searle, or both.)
  • Monday, June 20:  Rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline: September 30

Limited Submission: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Pew has invited Purdue to submit one candidate to their 2017 program. Eligible candidates must hold a full-time appointment (starting no earlier than July 15, 2013) as an assistant professor in medicine or biomedical sciences with the former area being liberally defined as “contributors in science relevant to human health”. Previous awardees encompass a range of disciplines including:  biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioengineering, immunology, pharmacology, and biophysics.   Previously unsuccessful Pew candidates are eligible to reapply to the foundation but only two attempts are allowed.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 13:  A one-page summary of the candidate’s research and a full CV should be submitted.  (Please indicate if you are competing for Pew, Searle, or both.)
  • Monday, June 20:  Rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline:  July 15 – candidate nomination deadline; November 1 – application deadline.

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.

DOE Notice of Intent:  Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing  The resulting Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to be a Department of Energy supported Institute participating in the interagency National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in June 2016.


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