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ENE Memo: November 24, 2014

From the Head: 11/24

Being Entrepreneurial

On Saturday morning, John Martinson, who did his Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue, received the Pinnacle Award from President Daniels. This honor is given to people who donate $1M or more to Purdue. John Martinson’s initial gift to Purdue was to support INSPIRE, our Institute for Pre-College Engineering, back in 2006 and 2007 when it was just getting started. His generous funding supported the INSPIRE teacher professional development program built around a model of delivering the training in the school district aided by having teacher-in-residence. His gift also enabled early attempts to get teacher learning materials online via the PBS Teacherline. More recently he made donations to support EPICS and the Women in Engineering programs.  

On Friday, we had a chance to show John Martinson the work that INSPIRE is now doing, Monica Cardella and the INSPIRE team set up a display of educational outcomes and products in Wang Hall. John Martinson was very taken with the progress made and the future directions planned, and was very pleased that his initial investment had helped enable this. He was particularly taken by the Engineering Gift Guide; he even promoted it to the members of the President’s Council when he received his award on Saturday.

The interesting twist in this story is that John Martinson made his money supporting entrepreneurs through founding Edison Partners, a New Jersey based venture capitalist partnership nearly 30 years ago. Thus he was very interested to hear that ENE is looking at ways to take an entrepreneurial approach to getting the products of our research into the hands of practitioners to have a greater impact. I explained that this was the focus of the recent meeting of our Industrial Advisory Council and that ENE has an entrepreneurial spirit.

It turns out that several of the companies the Edison Partners have recently invested in are in publishing and online learning, with a focus on K-12 and teacher professional development. So we are hoping that this might lead to the development of a mutually beneficial relationship with one or more of these start-ups as a means to get the work of INSPIRE to a much larger audience.

This story should encourage each of us to be more entrepreneurial; to actively explore ways to make a bigger impact through getting our bright ideas and the fruits of our research out to the wider world to make a difference. If these endeavors also provide a source of additional funds to support future research and outreach, then this is even better. 


Calendar: 11/24

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 5: Faculty return
  • Jan. 12: Classes commence
  • Jan 16: Staff Meeting, TBD, 8:30-9:30am   
  • Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Day
  • Feb. 18: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • April 8-15: Research Week: Celebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall, 4:30pm
  • April 7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm   
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 11/24


Celebrate our faculty members' diverse impact on education, scholarship, engagement and disciplines.

Phillip C. Wankat, Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering


Thursday, December 11, 2014
3:30 p.m. presentation, ARMS B071
4:30 p.m. reception, ARMS B071

Helping Young Children and their Families to Discover Engineering Delights

INSPIRE has developed an “Engineering Gift Guide” that features toys, games, books, movies and apps for mobile devices for a variety of ages focused on engaging young girls and boys in engineering. In addition to the selected items, the guide includes suggestions on finding other engineering-themed gifts. They also have created a “Parent’s Guide” that shares ways parents can help their children learn about engineering. Both guides are available online at

Cookie Exchange & Holiday Party

The ENEGSA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Cookie Exchange and Holiday Party on Saturday, December 6, at the Purdue Village Community Center. The event is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and we have the venue until 3:30 pm. Stop by anytime you are available! Traditionally, attendees have been asked to bring two dozen cookies or servings of dessert to share at the event, and in exchange, are able to enjoy everyone else's cookies and bring some home for later. The ENEGSA will provide hot chocolate and other light refreshments. Looking forward to seeing you and your family there!
The address for the Community Center is: 50 Nimitz Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Kudos: 11/24 Xingyu Chen on successfully defending her PhD dissertation, The Composition of First-Year Engineering Curricula and Its Relationships to Matriculation Models and Institutional Characteristics. Jacqueline McNeil on successfully defending her PhD dissertation, Engineering Faculty Views of Teaching Quality, Accreditation, and Institutional Climate and How They Influence Teaching Practices.

Funding Opportunities: 11/24

The MURI is currently open:

Whitepapers are due November 24 and full proposals are due February 23

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC)  The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and Intel is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that promote research in VEC technologies, taking into consideration the various challenges present in this field. This solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of VEC technologies, and to transitioning its findings into practice. Deadline: February 20

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Collaboration Between United States and European Union Robotics Researchers In order to stimulate collaboration between US and EU robotics researchers, this DCL announces NSF's intention to provide supplemental funding to existing Robust Intelligence and National Robotics Initiative awards that are focused on robotics. Interested proposers should contact their NSF Program Directors to determine their eligibility. Supplemental funding requests will be due on January 1, 2015, with a suggested project start date of April 1, 2015.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the NSF/GEO/OCE – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) of the NSF and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) are pleased to announce a US-Israel collaborative research opportunity. Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of NSF/GEO/OCE and BSF programs. Deadline: February 15

DOE Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovations Selected teams will conduct applied R&D in real world houses, develop and implement solutions to three inter-related core technical challenges which are necessary to meet the program goals for both new and existing homes. Core technical challenges include: A) high performance, low risk building envelope assemblies and systems to achieve low heating and cooling loads; B) optimal comfort systems (HVAC and distribution) for low-load homes; and C) high performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies for low-load homes.  Concept papers due December 12; Full applications due February 4.

DOE Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) 2015 The BUILD FOA seeks to improve the competitiveness of American universities to conduct building energy efficiency R&D, develop strong industrial partnerships, and improve manufacturing education. This FOA makes available competitive, 2‐year, cooperative agreements for USA‐based university teams to research and develop innovative building energy efficiency technologies. Teams of engineering and business students will develop and work toward commercializing building energy‐efficient technologies or approaches. Teams may develop a technology, software, or a manufacturing process with direct application to residential, multi‐family and/or commercial buildings in the USA, with significant primary energy savings potential. Concept papers due December 19; Full applications due February 11.

USAID BAA for Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)  The objective of PAEGC is to support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of Clean Energy Solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. Such solutions are those that integrate clean energy technologies and innovative business models to: (i) Enhance agricultural yields/productivity; (ii) Decrease post-harvest loss; (iii) Improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues; and/or (iv) Increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses - while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries.  Concept notes due February 12; Full applications due upon request.

DOC-EDA Accelerating Industry-Led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development  EDA seeks a non-profit “national partner” that will work with a Federal team led by the Department of Commerce, to launch a learning exchange to identify, promote, and expand upon successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development. The learning exchange is a mechanism to identify, understand, and elevate best practices, facilitate peer learning and deepen knowledge, spark replication and advancement across regions, and inform the long-term public investment in talent development. Deadline: January 9

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 The Keck Foundation seeks to support high-risk/high-impact projects in fields of biological science, physical science, and engineering.  Eligible projects should meet 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; Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development; 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.  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 15: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 22: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline: Phase I proposals due May 1, 2015 (Keck’s project discussion period January 1 – February 15).

Please note: Keck offers these programs twice a year with the review process for the previous round overlapping the opening round of each subsequent competition. In the past, Keck has pulled an application from a previous round forward to the current round – making Purdue ineligible to submit another application for that round. In this event, any internally selected candidate will automatically become Purdue’s selection for the subsequent round, provided he or she still meets all of Keck’s eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission: NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites positioned across the nation. A Coordinating Office will then be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure of user facility sites. The ultimate selection of user facility sites will include capabilities and instrumentation addressing current and anticipated future user needs across the broad areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The selected individual sites will have autonomy in their operation and management, but will be required to act in concert with a Coordinating Office that will be separately competed and chosen at a later stage. Some sites may choose to partner with facilities at regional or smaller institutions that would bring specific capabilities for users and benefits to student training. The overall collection of selected sites and their capabilities will provide users with cost-effective access both to the specialized tools, processes, and expertise to support complex multi-step fabrication at the nanoscale level for structures, materials, devices, and systems, as well as to the associated instrumentation for characterization, analysis, and probing at these dimensions. The program aims to make these capabilities broadly available to the nation’s researchers in academe, industry, and government to help catalyze new discoveries in science and engineering and to stimulate technological innovation.  An institution may submit only one individual site proposal either as lead or partner.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, December 15: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 22: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadlines: February 2 – LOI; April 3 - Proposal

Limited Submission: NIH Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13) This program, through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, provides support for health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia.   The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance existing academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities; and (3) develop long-term collaborative Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation.  Purdue is limited to one application for this opportunity.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, December 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline:  January 29

Limited Submission: The International Foundation The Foundation supports projects that promote sustainable development in agriculture, education, health, social development and the environment. They do not fund programs within the U.S. nor does the Foundation set geographical boundaries in international grant making. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and are made on a one-year basis.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application per calendar year. 

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, December 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline:  Proposals are accepted at any time but limited to one application per calendar year.

Limited Submission: Feminist Review Trust  The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that help transform the lives of women. The primary focus areas for 2014 international applications include:  violence again women, disabled women and girls, and financial literacy and business skills.  For this call, Purdue is limited to one application.

Funding Resources:

The EVPRP 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: Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) The deadline for topic idea submission is December 19.

The November issue of Research Development and Grantwriting News is available here. 

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