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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/15/2011 @ 14:43:05, in Workshops, read 1658 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 1755 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 2326 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 1901 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 1693 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 1626 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 1764 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 1668 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 2046 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 1595 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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