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ENE Memo: May 5, 2014

From the Head: 5/5

Giving Our Best

During the Purdue Day of Giving last week, not only did ENE win the $3,000 award for Most Unique Photo with Day of Giving Logo, but we were also 7th in the league table of overall giving. (At one stage last evening we were running in 6th place). So we are both imaginative and punching above our weight yet again. 

Our primary focus in the Day of Giving was on First-Year Engineering (FYE).  While I recognize that there was one particular friend of ENE whose generous gift gave our total a major boost, nevertheless this result demonstrates that there are lots of Purdue supporters out there who value what we do in ENE and especially in FYE and want to help us.

On behalf of the school, I want to thank all those who gave to this campaign. We honor your gifts by giving of our very best each day in everything we do in our various roles in ENE.

I also want to thank Becky and Mike for organizing the ENE campaign as part of the Day of Giving.


Calendar: 5/5

  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • 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

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS B098 
  • 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
  • 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

Kudos: 5/5 Lee Rynearson for receiving the Purdue Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award. Lee was the lead graduate teaching assistant for ENGR 141 and 142 this year and will be a Future Faculty Fellow for ENGR 141 and 142 next year. Nick Fila, Justin Hess, Morgan Hynes, Paul Mathis, Matt Ohland, and Mariana Tafur who played for the intramural softball championship team, the Pterodactyls. Captained by Nick, the squad had an undefeated record in three games including the championship game, scoring a total of 40 runs in only 13 innings. Two games were stopped early due to the "mercy rule", including the championship game. The team allowed its opponents to score only 8 runs total.

Funding Opportunities: 5/5

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB) The goal of the Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB) solicitation is to advance knowledge for new concepts for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems using decision frameworks for selection among alternative building system designs. This solicitation replaces NSF 13-544, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR) Planning Grants.  An individual may appear as PI, co-PI, Senior Personnel, Other Personnel, Consultant, or elsewhere in the proposal budget in no more than one proposal submitted.  Deadline: July 24.

NSF Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS) All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Population and Community Ecology, Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of proposals aimed at synthesizing a body of related research projects conducted by a single individual or a group of investigators over an extended period. Deadline: August 1

DOD-DARPA Innovative Systems for Military Missions This solicitation seeks system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems. Executive summaries accepted at any time through 1/9/15.

USDA-NIFA Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program  NIFA requests applications for this program for FY14 to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. Deadline: May 30

ED Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.

  • Scale-Up Grants  Notice of Intent due May 13; Application due June 24.
  • Validation Grants  Notice of Intent due May 13; Application due June 24.

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: USDA-NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education  For FY 2014, the RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based, outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach, that provides individuals and families with: Information as to the value of good health at any age;  Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: DOL Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program The TAACCCT program provides capacity-building grants to spur innovation and the development of model training programs at America’s community colleges and universities. The overarching goals of the program are to:

  1. Increase attainment of degrees, certifications, certificates, diplomas, and other industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers to better prepare workers eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program and other adults for high-wage, high-skill employment or re-employment in growth industry sectors;
  2. Introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion, and other outcomes for TAA-eligible workers and other adults; and
  3. Demonstrate improved employment outcomes.

The program allows two types of applications: Single Institution Applicants and Consortium Applicants.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as a Single Institution.  Because Purdue was funded last year, we are ineligible to lead a Consortium application.  However, Purdue may apply as a member institution (subcontract) in other consortium applications. 

  • Internal deadline: Contact by May 5 if interested in a Single Institution proposal.
  • Sponsor deadline: July 7

Limited Submission: NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards (U01) The NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program will support proof-of-concept centers (Hubs) that facilitate and accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into commercial products that improve patient care and enhance health. The REACH Hubs will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage technologies within the NIH’s mission by providing:

  1. Infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies,
  2. Funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies),
  3. Coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development (including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management), and
  4. Skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism. Establishing public-private partnerships and providing additional non-federal funds will be critical for success.

For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

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.


Clarifications to the NIH and AHRQ Policy for Application Submission This provides clarifications regarding the resubmission policy announced last week.

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