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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/24/2011 @ 09:01:34, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1144 times)

I was analyzing the federal research expenditures by discipline for 2009 which is available from the NSF Webcaspar database.  The expenditures in medical and bio-medical related fields is an order of magnitude more than the other disciplines.

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/23/2011 @ 14:03:34, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1231 times)

There has been increasing use of technology readiness levels (or TRLs) in conversations with funding agencies and in solicitations for funding.  There are several definitions of TRLs, but in the US the most common is the DoD definition, which is given below.  Typically at a university we do basic research (or research and development) which is TRL 1-2.  As we begin to develop more projects that are related to economic development or the new SPAWAR contract, we'll begin to see more projects at TRL 5-6.

 

Technology Readiness Levels in the Department of Defense (DoD)(Source: DoD (2006), Defense Acquisition Guidebook)
Technology Readiness LevelDescription

1. Basic principles observed and reported

Lowest level of technology readiness. Scientific research begins to be translated into applied research and development. Example might include paper studies of a technology's basic properties.

2. Technology concept and/or application formulated

Invention begins. Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. The application is speculative and there is no proof or detailed analysis to support the assumption. Examples are still limited to paper studies.

3. Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept

Active research and development is initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology. Examples include components that are not yet integrated or representative.

4. Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment

Basic technological components are integrated to establish that the pieces will work together. This is "low fidelity" compared to the eventual system. Examples include integration of 'ad hoc' hardware in a laboratory.

5. Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment

Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so that the technology can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include 'high fidelity' laboratory integration of components.

6. System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment

Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond the breadboard tested for TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology's demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high fidelity laboratory environment or in simulated operational environment.

7. System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6, requiring the demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment, such as in an aircraft, vehicle or space. Examples include testing the prototype in a test bed aircraft.

8. Actual system completed and 'flight qualified' through test and demonstration

Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.

9. Actual system 'flight proven' through successful mission operations

Actual application of the technology in its final form and under mission conditions, such as those encountered in operational test and evaluation. In almost all cases, this is the end of the last "bug fixing" aspects of true system development. Examples include using the system under operational mission conditions.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/23/2011 @ 12:57:16, in Funding Opportunities, read 1151 times)
LAST CHANCE! This Friday, February 25th, is the last opportunity to register for the one day grant writing seminar to be held at Xavier University on March 25th. Attached is the seminar schedule. There is an $80 fee for the workbook. This fee will be paid by the Office of Research for anyone who meets the definition of a Principal Investigator; attached is the PI Eligibility IMD. If you would like to attend, please click this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwgatxu and complete the registration. Seminar materials will be ordered from the list that is generated through the registration survey. This email was sent to all faculty/staff.

Attached File:  Xavier Schedule_GrantWriting.zip

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By Admin (on 2/18/2011 @ 13:19:41, in Board of Regents, read 1351 times)

The Louisiana Board of Regents has announced a new funding program, Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN).  Proposals are due April 18th.

The OPT-IN program is designed to support faculty in their efforts to collaborate with private sector industrial/business entities.  Two types of awards are offered:

Category I (Research Focus) Award

  • Provides funding for one year
  • Cash match from industry sponsor(s) is required
  • Single or multiple investigators are allowed;

Category II (Commercialization Focus) Award

  • Provides funding for one year
  • Funding is to be used for prototype development, which can result in the commercialization of a product, or formation of a spin-off company
  • Requires a letter of support from the PI’s Department Chair, Dean of the College, or Center Director that would reflect commitment of time and effort to achieve the goals of the proposed project
  • Single or multiple investigators are allowed

Financial Considerations

For Category I Awards, the minimum award is $10,000 and the maximum is $50,000.  LA-EPSCoR funds requested must include cash match provided by the industry/private sponsor(s) according to the following guidelines:

·         For industry/private sponsors based in, or having a presence in Louisiana (e.g., branch office, laboratory, or production facility), the minimum requirement is $1 in cash match for each $2.50 in LA-EPSCoR funds requested. 

·         For non-Louisiana industry/private sponsors, the minimum requirement is $1 in cash match for each $1 in LA-EPSCoR funds requested.

The table below illustrates the funding ratios.

 

Category I

LA-EPSCoR Award Amount

Louisiana Industrial Sponsor Cash Match required

Non-Louisiana Industrial Sponsor Cash Match required

Minimum award

$10,000

$4,000

$10,000

Maximum award

$50,000

$20,000

$50,000

For Category II awards, LA EPSCoR will award funds up to a maximum of $20,000. Cost sharing from industrial/private entities is encouraged, but not required.

Approximately $300,000 is available in FY2011 to fund the OPT-IN program. 

Award dollars for both categories may be used to support students, travel, and the purchase of scientific equipment and supplies.  Faculty and postdoctoral researcher salaries are not allowable expenses.  Any scientific equipment requested must have a strong justification included in the project description.

More details can be found on the Regents website at this link:

http://web.laregents.org/2011/01/26/new-rfp-opportunities-for-partnerships-in-technology-with-industry-opt-in/

This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/18/2011 @ 11:45:27, in Board of Regents, read 1086 times)
I attended an EPSCoR meeting yesterday at the Board of Regents. As many of you know, EPSCoR is a national program where federal funding agencies are required to set aside part of their funding for EPSCoR states that receive a disproportionate share (low) of the funding from that agency. Louisiana is an EPSCoR state for most federal agencies. We discussed possible future topics for the BoR Industry-Academia meetings. Four possible topics are biomedical, digital media and software development, coastal and renewable energy. The new BoR program called OPT-IN was discussed. I will be sending a separate email on that topic. No word yet on the DOE EPSCoR announcement. I made a presentation on current efforts to have a proposal ready for the BP RFP whenever it is issued.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/16/2011 @ 16:16:30, in SPAWAR, read 2220 times)
I just returned from Charleston (SSC LANT) for the kickoff meeting regarding our newest contract vehicle. The intent of the vehicle is jointly go after BAA funding that is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, (advanced development and prototypes). Areas of interest are emerging technology enablers: enterprise research, assisted decision making, predictive analysis, advanced networking, advanced communications, autonomy and human systems interface. I'll be working over the next few weeks to set up a process of identifying those BAAs and involving faculty in seeking funding through this contract vehicle.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/14/2011 @ 09:02:18, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1203 times)
We are currently working with IRDM (Institutional Research and Data Management) and SPA to prepare the NSF Expenditure Survey. The survey is used by most people to rank research universities. Historically the UNO numbers were included in the LSU System numbers. Unfortunately when people referred to the LSU numbers it was often not mentioned that UNO was included in those figures. NSF now requires that each campus with a Chancellor be reported separately so UNO will now have its own listing. We are working to ensure those numbers are as accurate as possible.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/9/2011 @ 14:17:30, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1120 times)
The ORSP executive staff and I just watched a webinar from SRA International on Research Capacity Building. It's part of a series of webinars we have subscribed to related to our research enterprise. Our research capacity is our ability as a campus to undertake research and disseminate the results effectively and efficiently. The webinar pointed to four fundamentals to capacity building: infrastructure, administrative services, incentives and our resource base (money). ORSP has been working to increase our capacity by funding specific projects to improve our research infrastructure (animal lab renovations, lab build-outs and computer room expansions). We have also increased research incentives including the summer research program, return of overhead to the colleges and centers/institutes. We also have worked to improve our administrative services that we provide to the faculty. Soon we will be conducting a survey to find out other areas we can improve in. I hope you will take the time to fill out the survey so we can get your ideas and feedback.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/7/2011 @ 09:11:32, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1180 times)
The Coastal Sustainability Consortium (CSC) is growing. In addition to the four principal university members, UNO, LSU, Tulane and ULL, the CSC now has seven Affiliate Members: LaTech, Loyola, McNeese, Nicholls, Southeastern, SUBR and Xavier.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/2/2011 @ 15:26:12, in Internal Grant Program, read 1347 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the opening of competition for the 2011 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. Please check the sharepoint site at https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/ for details and required forms. Deadline for submission of applications: SCoRE and CEO: February 14, 2011 SUE: February 21, 2011
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