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ENE Memo: November 23, 2015

From the Head: 11/23/2015


This week many of us will be traveling to visit family for Thanksgiving. I ask that you please take care as you do so.   

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step back, to reflect and to take stock; a time when we remember and appreciate the things that really matter, thank those on whom we depend and put life into perspective.

So in spite of all the craziness of travel, the stress of preparing, the gastronomic overload and recovery and the online shopping, I hope everyone has a chance to get a genuine break from the grind of the semester, and return safely and refreshed.


News and Information: 11/23/2015

Adverse Weather Procedures

If adverse weather conditions necessitate that a wind chill, snow or ice emergency be declared for the West Lafayette campus, special procedures pertaining to classes, operations, parking, pay and/or attendance will become effective.

Call for 2016 College of Engineering Award Nominations

Michael Loui, Chair of the ENE Faculty Development and Recognition Committee 

For the College of Engineering’s faculty excellence awards, criteria and nomination forms are available under “Faculty Awards” at
There is no limit on the number of nominations for these awards, which are due on January 28, 2016. The committee would be pleased to assist you in preparing nominations for these awards.
For college and campus teaching awards, nominations must come from the departments and schools. Criteria and nomination forms are available under “Teaching Awards” at
In ENE, we have adopted a procedure that requires a brief “pitch.” Each nominator will submit a one-half to one-page “pitch” to nominate someone for an award. The nominator will explain the reasons why the nominee meets the award criteria and outline a plan for assembling the complete nomination package. The plan should identify the evidence that the nominator would gather, including the names of potential writers of supporting letters (typically more than the required number of letters). The ENE Faculty Development and Recognition Committee will evaluate the pitches and notify nominators in one to two weeks. Each nominator for a successful pitch will then have about four weeks to assemble a nomination package.
College of Engineering: Potter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
Nominations due at the College of Engineering: February 11, 2016
Pitches due via e-mail to Michael Loui ( January 8, 2016
Campus: Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award
Nominations due at the College of Engineering: January 19, 2016
Pitches due via e-mail to Michael Loui ( December 4, 2015
Campus: Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Nominations due at the College of Engineering: December 3, 2015
In 2015, ENE Professor Matt Ohland won the Murphy Award. If you plan to nominate someone for 2016, please let me know as soon as possible by e-mail to
I will later announce opportunities to nominate faculty members for ENE school-level awards.

Calendar: 11/23/2015

Fall 2015

  • Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: Final ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Dec 3: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • Dec 20: Commencement, 9:30am, Elliot Hall of Music
  • Dec 22: Grades Due
  • Dec 24-Jan 3, Purdue Recess

Spring 2016 (please note faculty and related meetings are on Thursday mornings during this spring)

  • Jan 4: Faculty return
  • Jan 11: Classes begin
  • Jan 15: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 18: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 24: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • Feb 25: Faculty Meeting 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 10: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 14/19: Spring Break
  • March 31: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council  
  • April 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 13-15: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Funding Opportunities: 11/23/2015

Phase II PRF International Travel Grants (for travel dates between January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016.

Submit to Cindey Hayes, by Wednesday, December 9

These funds are to assist research and tenure-track faculty members in scholarly attainment by providing a portion of the travel costs to those who will have an active role (presenting papers or serving as officials) at a RECOGNIZED International meeting.  Examples of non-eligible travel:  Travel to international conferences where you will have no active role (only attending); Travel to meetings convened to discuss research programs; Travel for teaching purposes (overseas university guest lecturer; teaching a course at an international university, etc.); Travel to sabbatical destination.

The award amount for all grants will be up to $2,000.

The amount awarded can be used for ALL APPROVED TRAVEL expenses up to the amount of the award - awards are no longer restricted to transportation expenses only.

Research and tenured or tenure-tracked faculty members must continue in residence on either an academic-year or twelve-month appointment in the following fiscal year to be eligible for a given year's PRF International Travel Grant.

These funds are for INTERNATIONAL travel only.  Trips to Canada, Mexico or Puerto Rico are treated fiscally as domestic travel and are eligible for direct funding from departmental general funds.

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’s Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program These programs 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
  • Falls outside the programmatic priorities of public funding agencies (correspondence reflective of such will strengthen a preproposal at internal review and is requested 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. Grants range from $500,000 to $5 million but are 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, December 7: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please specify the program – S&E or Medical).
  • Monday, December 14: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline:  May 1, 2016 (project discussion period with Keck runs January 1 – February 15)

Limited Submission: NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) The emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing  solicitation is on research on new manufacturing processes and methods to overcome the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials and nanostructures and their integration into nanodevices and nanosystems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within sustainability and environmental, health and safety guidelines. Proposals should target nanomanufacturing processes with a clear commercial relevance, and should consider addressing key aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain of nano-scale building-blocks to complex nanostructures to functional devices to integrated systems. Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

  1. A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanodevices or nanosystems to be manufactured have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  2. A clearly identified set of research issues requiring science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the manufacture of high quality nano-enabled products in large quantities and at low cost; and
  3. A compelling research plan with clear objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

Proposals are also expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing and related areas. Since Scalable Nanomanufacturing research will involve addressing multiple scientific challenges, an inter-disciplinary approach is strongly encouraged. Disciplines could range from mathematics to the physical sciences to engineering. While not required, collaborative activities with industrial or small business companies are welcome and collaborations in which industrial partners develop industrially relevant test-beds where university and company researchers can experiment and interact are encouraged. It is advisable that such firms be consulted early in the proposal preparation process and that their intellectual contributions be clearly explained in the proposal. For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead organization. There is no limit on participation on proposals where Purdue is not the lead.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, December 7: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 14: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline:  February 16

Limited Submission: NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) This solicitation seeks novel research approaches to the formation of STEM researchers who are committed ethical academic and research practices and to the cultivation of institutional cultures that value, expect, and reward academic and research integrity.  It is directed towards research that addresses the formation of ethical STEM students, faculty, and researchers at all levels, through a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.  CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following:

  1. What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice?
  2. Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?

Factors to consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula and memberships in organizations that stress social responsibilities and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work. Proposals can be submitted as either Standard Research Grants or Institutional Transformation Research Grants.  Institutional Transformation Research Grants should have a senior member of the administration (Provost, VP, and/or President) serve as a PI.  For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead organization.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, December 7:  Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 14:  Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline:  February 16

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.


NSF FAQs for Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) and Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/CISE/SaTC – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity

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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