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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/17/2011 @ 08:10:36, in ORSP Announcements, read 1198 times)
ORSP Research Administrator, Liz Gordon, passed away last Saturday. For those of you that worked with Liz you know that she was both extremely knowledgeable about NIH funding and incredibly helpful with faculty in the preparation and submission of proposals. She also ran our Summer Research Program. Liz was kind and thoughtful of those around her. She will be missed. A formal announcement to the faculty/staff will be made soon.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/16/2011 @ 10:33:34, in Funding Opportunities, read 1090 times)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies. Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 19, 2011 on the following topics: * Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children * Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges * The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication * Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies * Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection * Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce/ We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message. Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health challenges.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/15/2011 @ 14:43:05, in Workshops, read 1144 times)
NSF Biology held an outreach session at UNO from 1-5 pm on Monday, March 14th. The first session was led by Elaine Washington and was targeted towards Sponsored Research Officers, associated administrative staff and PIs with limited knowledge of fastlane. The second session was jointly led by NSF Program Officers in the Biology Directorate (Richard Rodewald, Carol Burdsal and Nicola Anthony) and provided an overview of PI funding opportunities in biology within the Foundation. Thanks to those at NSF for coming to UNO. We are currently arranging a visit from the US Department of Education. Stay tuned for details.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/3/2011 @ 09:20:10, in Board of Regents, read 1224 times)
The results are in for the Pilot Funding for new research (PFUND) program at the BoR EPSCoR. UNO had 4 of 6 proposals funded. Congratulations to Drs. Laivaux (BIOS), Laird (PSYC), Tarr (CHEM) and Zhu (CSCI).
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By Admin (on 3/3/2011 @ 09:12:55, in Oil Spill, read 1793 times)

Below is a new funding opportunity with EPA related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  This is NOT the RFP from BP that we have been waiting for.  Note that while the research is science/engineering related there must be an effective community outreach plan.  If you are interested in applying for this funding EITHER for the science/engineering OR the community outreach, please let me know and I will try to put a team together to submit a proposal for this project.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 Title: Environmental Impact And Mitigation Of Oil Spills

 URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_oilspill.html

 Open Date: 02/28/2011  -  Close Date: 06/22/2011

 Summary:  As part of the federal government's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a $2 million Congressional appropriation for a grant or grants for "a study on the potential human and environmental risks and impacts of the release of crude oil and the application of dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures listed in the National Contingency Plan Product List (40 C.F.R. Part 300 Subpart J)." To implement this appropriation through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA is seeking applications proposing to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills.

The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures

("dispersants/agents/measures") with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/agents/measures on the environment. Applicants must also submit a community outreach program plan, the objective of which is to help impacted Gulf Coast communities effectively participate in the study and use its results. To achieve this objective, the applicant should work collaboratively with affected communities to identify significant risks posed by oil spills to human health and the environment, obtain their input in the design of a study to help the communities address these challenges, and provide technical assistance to them so that they can use the results of the study.

Applicable Category(s): Grant/Fellowship Announcements

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/2/2011 @ 08:53:44, in Board of Regents, read 1383 times)
UNO had one of only two projects to be included in the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR FY2011 proposal. The proposal entitled "Integrated information processing and networked management for aircraft trajectory-based operations," from Dr. Rong Li of the Electrical Engineering Department was selected based upon external reviews by the BoR. Congratulations Dr. Li.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/24/2011 @ 14:18:48, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1243 times)
My earlier browsing of the NSF Webcaspar database of research expenditures was prompted by an email one of our programs received that suggested it was in the top 100 of federal research expenditures for its discipline in 2009. That prompted me to search the database. According to that database and our NSF Expenditure Survey for 2009 UNO has three programs in the sciences and social sciences in the top 100 of their discipline: Sociology (#58), Chemistry (#59) and Earth & Environmental Science (#61). These three programs had more research expenditures last year than any other Louisiana university (by discipline). We also had two other programs that were in the top 200 and had more research expenditures than any other LA university: Psychology and Electrical Engineering. Congratulations one and all.
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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/24/2011 @ 09:01:34, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1153 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 1249 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 1175 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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