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UPDATED: NSF EPSCoR Track 2: Call for pre-proposals and idea papers Water/Food/Energy Nexus, or, Understanding the Human Brain

Solicitation of UM Idea Papers and UM Round 1 Pre-Proposals
for NSF’s EPSCoR Track-2 Funding Opportunity for Research in
The Water/Food/Energy Nexus
or
Understanding the Human Brain

NSF- FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities

August 18, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

It is critical to provide sustainable and economical energy systems on a scale sufficient to power all of society's needs. The development of clean energy technologies is an important step in that direction as it addresses the interrelated challenges of producing safe and responsible energy sources while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and minimizing the impact on the environment.

Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TAT) at the University of Mississippi

In summer 2014, a URS Corporation-led team of 40 university and industry partners won a 5-year umbrella government contract to conduct technical services related to defense systems. The specific areas of interest are: Weapons Systems Survivability/Vulnerability; Advanced Materials; Autonomous Systems; Non-lethal Weapons and Information Operations; Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, and Interoperability (RMQSI); Energetics; Military Sensing; and Directed Energy.

NSF Temporary/Rotator Programs

NSF offers opportunities for scientists, engineers, and educators to join NSF as temporary program officers, called rotators. "Rotators make recommendations about which proposals to fund; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research; and mentor junior research members. As a rotator, you will be in a prime position to collaborate with others and increase your visibility as you survey the entire breadth of U.S. and international science, engineering, and education in real time.

NSF-CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)

Program:  The Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Research Infrastructure (CRI) program within the National Science Foundation (NSF) drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research.

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) 2014-15

The PIRE program supports fundamental research in all areas of science and engineering that are supported by NSF (including education research in any area that NSF supports) and that involve an international collaborator from any country in the world. Unlike in previous solicitations, there will be NO thematic emphasis for this year’s competition.

Key Dates (2014-15):

Call for UM Technology & Policy Expertise Related to the Use of Electromagnetic Spectrum

In anticipation of joining a consortium to compete for federal grants and contracts addressing the increasing national demand for the use of electromagnetic spectrum, the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is inventorying UM experience, expertise and/or interest in technologies, experimentation, and/or policy development related to the use of spectrum(s).

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation’s Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry 2014

The Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program. This program provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow.  The postdoctoral fellow is usually not already identified nor in the principal investigator's lab at the time of application.

Coffee Chat with W.K. Kellogg Foundation Program Officer 8/13

RSVP to Iris McKenley (iam@wkkf.org) by Friday Aug. 8 to attend this Aug. 13 conversation about healthy kids and food at the Koinania Coffee House in Jackson, MS. Click here for details.

Call for Nominations for UM Faculty interested in serving as Interim Director of Mississippi NASA Space Grant Consortium

With the impending retirement of UM Professor of Chemical Engineering Dr. Peter Sukanek, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs is seeking nominations (including self-nominations, endorsed by faculty member’s chair or dean) of UM faculty members interested in becoming Interim Director of the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC).

Over six months, the selected candidate will work with VCRSP to develop a 5-year strategic vision for the MSSGC, and present that plan to the full MSSGC for endorsement.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

Solicitation of Individual and Organizational Nominations

The UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) seeks pre-nominations by August 25, 2014, of UM individuals or organizations for the PAESMEM honorific awards program.

New Graduate Tuition Rate for Proposal Budgets

Effective immediately the new rate for graduate student tuition on sponsored project proposals is $3,501 per full-time (9 hours) student per semester.

These rates are posted on the Current Rates and Codes page of the ORSP website.

 

(updated 7/15/2014)

 

Resilient Communities and Economies (RCE) along the Alabama and Mississippi coast

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is soliciting proposals by 4 p.m. Central Time, August 7, 2014, for one- or two-year research projects to address Resilient Communities and Economies (RCE) along the Alabama and Mississippi coast. Up to $65,000 of federal funds can be requested per project, and a non-federal match of 1 dollar for every 2 dollars of federal funding is required.

EPA- Systems-Based Strategies to Improve The Nation’s Ability to Plan And Respond to Water Scarcity and Drought Due to Climate Change

Program:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications that use a systems approach to investigate how drought, climate change, and land use practices impact the quality and availability of surface and groundwater sources nationally. EPA is also interested in research that will help communities anticipate, plan and adapt to these new climate scenarios in the future.

Searle Scholars Program

UM and UMMC nominees solicited for the 2015 Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, for research projects in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

Register Now for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium

The 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium, entitled Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge, will be held September 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. This event will bring together SEC scholars for the purpose of critically reviewing the body of knowledge that could guide the development and implementation of an effective national effort to markedly reduce the percentage of the American population that becomes overweight or obese.  

First in the World Grants for Higher Education

Solicitation of UM Idea Papers and Pre-Proposals for U.S. Dept. of Education’s
First in the World Program-Development Grants
Federal Register Volume 79, Number 95, CFDA Number: 84.116F

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 2014

The NSF due date for the 2014 REU proposals is August 27, 2014.

UM faculty members considering an REU proposal are encouraged to notify your ORS Program Development Specialist by May 19th (or as soon thereafter as possible) so that we can help identify resources to inform your proposal.

NSF CAREER Proposals due July 21-23, 2014

The NSF due dates for the 2014 CAREER competition are July 21 (BIO, CISE, HER); July 22 (ENG); and July 23 (GEO, MPS, SBE).

Eligible UM faculty members considering a CAREER proposal are encouraged to notify your ORSP Program Development Specialist/Research Advocate by May 19th  (or as soon thereafter as possible) so that we can help identify resources to inform your proposal. 

The full NSF solicitation can be viewed here: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

Race Scholars, Educators Sought for NSF NRT Proposal

Vice Chancellor for Research Alice Clark, Graduate Dean John Kiss, Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs Don Cole, and other University leaders are evaluating the feasibility of developing a race-relations-themed proposal to the NSF Research Trainee Program (due date: June 24, 2014).

NIH Centers for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (CANPIT) (U41)

The goal of this initiative is to improve upon and strengthen technologies and methods used in natural products research.  The CANPIT is expected to overcome existing research limitations by developing and/or adapting cutting edge, innovative approaches and technologies that will have significant impact on the chemical and biological investigation of natural products.

NIH RFA-OD-14-001: Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers (BDSRC) (P50)

Research centers to develop and apply cutting-edge, trans disciplinary approaches to the study of botanicals with relevance to human health, that are found as ingredients in dietary supplements. Should integrate a range of relevant disciplines, expertise, and models to elucidate the interactions between complex botanical products and human biology. The long-term goal is to support development of the preclinical data required for optimal design of clinical research on botanical products.

NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) 2014

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution.

BElgium WAllonia REsearch Fellowships

Program:  The BElgium WAllonia REsearch (BEWARE) Fellowhips offer the possibility for highly skilled researchers to perform a research stay in Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels) and benefit from the expertise of innovative SMEs, research centers or universities. This program is co-funded by the European Commission through the COFUND program of the Marie Curie Actions.  All research fields are eligible but the research project must demonstrate an innovative aspect and/or enable technology transfer.

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