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By Carol Lunn (on 11/10/2016 @ 10:35:32, in Funding Opportunities, read 87 times)
We would like to alert you to the availability of the National Science Foundation (NSF) solicitation for the FY 2017 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program, and an informational webcast to be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During the webcast, the solicitation in use for the FY 2017 MRI competition (NSF 15-504) will be discussed, and MRI program officers will interactively answer questions submitted by the online audience. Information on the MRI competition and instructions for accessing and registering for the free webcast is available through the MRI program website link (http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/). Please spread the word!

The deadline for MRI proposal submissions is 5:00 p.m. (proposer’s local time) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Those interested in submitting proposals are encouraged to carefully review the solicitation, available through the program website link above, and to participate in the webcast.

Summary of the MRI Program: The MRI program is intended to strengthen the nation’s academic research capabilities by providing opportunities to develop or acquire a research instrument. The MRI program catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation’s scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 10/27/2016 @ 11:59:11, in Funding Opportunities, read 104 times)
This is a notification that Louisiana EPSCoR has released the following funding opportunities:

1) LINKS with Industry and National Labs (LINK)

2) Travel Grants for Emerging Faculty (TGEF)

3) Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

4) Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM) Seed Funding

For more information regarding these programs and to access the RFPs, please visit their website, https://web.laregents.org/.

This was sent in an email to all faculty/staff on October 27, 2016.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 9/16/2016 @ 15:59:05, in Funding Opportunities, read 87 times)
The Louisiana NASA EPSCoR program is now accepting proposals for both of our Research Infrastructure Development (RID) award programs. Our Research Award Program (RAP) solicitation is open and proposals will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The Travel Awards Program (TAP) is a year-round opportunity and they are accepting proposals on an on-going/ funding-available basis. Brief descriptions of each program is available below, and complete, current guidelines for each can be found attached on their website. Please read the guidelines carefully, follow the current instructions, and use the current forms. Use of outdated instructions or forms may result in proposals being rejected without review.

Research Awards Program (RAP)

The RAP sub-program is designed for those researchers who have made a NASA contact and are ready to take the next step of initiating a small project. This could involve almost any type of NASA relevant work, such as utilizing a specific NASA facility, employing NASA expertise, or building upon previous NASA work (akin to technology/knowledge transfer) or working with a NASA group on problems of common interest. In all cases, the Louisiana researcher must have the support of a NASA researcher and include a plan for developing a research partnership. The goal here is to develop larger, longer-lasting collaborative projects that can transition to the next level. Proposals for Single Institution Projects (SIPs) and Partnership Projects (PPs) will be considered.

Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Travel Awards Program (TAP)

The Travel Award Program (TAP) offers travel support for Louisiana researchers to interact with NASA counterparts and investigate possible collaborative efforts. The key to building better ties with NASA R & D is to foster researcher-to-researcher communications and this sub-program is designed to foster such communication. Awards will support the travel of a Louisiana researcher to interact with potential collaborators or program managers at NASA centers, NASA HQ or, if necessary, scientific conferences.

For more information visit their website: http://lanasaepscor.lsu.edu/current-solicitations/

 
By Carol Lunn (on 9/13/2016 @ 10:48:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 86 times)
The National Science Foundation’s Highest Honor: 2017 ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 21, 2016

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, to receive the award. For details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria please visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp.

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF's FastLane system at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/index.jsp

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to waterman@nsf.gov.

This email was sent to all faculty and staff on September 6,2016.

 
The Department of Defense (DoD), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2016.3 and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 2016.C, solicitations are now open for the pre-release time period, During the Pre-release period, proposing firms have an opportunity to contact topic authors by telephone or e-mail to ask technical questions about specific topics.

IMPORTANT DATES and DEADLINES

August 26, 2016: Pre-Release solicitation opens

September 26, 2016: Solicitation opens for submission of SBIR and STTR proposals.

October 26, 2016 Solicitation closes to receipt of proposals at 6:00 AM ET

 
By Carol Lunn (on 7/1/2016 @ 11:53:02, in Funding Opportunities, read 173 times)
An email was sent to campus today announcing the re-opening of the LaSpace K-12 & Outreach Program. Proposals submitted under old guidelines will not be considered for funding so please review the updated guidelines. Guidelines are posted on their website: http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php

Program Requirement Highlights

• This is an open program, so proposals may be submitted for consideration at any time.

• Projects will be considered as funds are available, and they expect to make approximately 3-4 awards each year.

• Funding for individual projects is expected to range from approximately $1000-$5000.

• A strict cost-match is not required, but some match will review more favorably.

• All invoices and a final technical written report must be submitted to the LaSPACE office within 30 days of the project end date. Photographs and copies of all papers, presentations, and posters generated should be shared with LaSPACE as they occur and collected/referenced in the final report.

Proposal Submissions

• Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to laspace@lsu.edu.

• Proposals will be reviewed as received and decision letters will be released as soon as possible. In addition to being selected or declined for funding, LaSPACE management might also offer a contingent-award based on a required modification. One of these three types of decision letters will be released typically within 30 days, but no later than 90 days from proposal submittal.

 
Dawnbreaker administers the DOE’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program. The program’s goal is to support the DOE’s efforts to increase SBIR/STTR Phase I grant applications from, and ultimately make more awards to, small business concerns owned by women, minorities, and all small business concerns located in underrepresented states. For the purpose of this program, the DOE has classified among others Mississippi and Louisiana as under-represented states.

The core premise of the program is to identify under-represented SBC’s and provide comprehensive assistance with the preparation of their SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals such that they will be compelling to the DOE reviewers. The DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is designed to augment assistance efforts by universities, state organizations, and other associations. Importantly, the services are offered at no charge to qualified small businesses. This includes university faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who do not have a small business now, but will have one at the time the award is granted.

A brief description of the Phase 0 Assistance program can be found at: http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/webinarfiles/DOE_Phase_0.pdf

As part of the outreach efforts for the program, You are invited to a webinar on June 22nd at 2pm EDT. The webinar will consist of an information presentation followed by a Q&A session and should take no more than an hour. Please feel free to extend this invitation to attend to others as well.

If you do decide to attend the webinar, please register here: http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/webinar.php?ec=GulfCoast.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 4/29/2016 @ 08:50:40, in Funding Opportunities, read 184 times)
The LaSPACE REA (Research Enhancement Awards) Program is now open. The revised guidelines have been posted to the LaSPACE website for download at http://laspace.lsu.edu/. Please take note of the details listed below.

Program Summary

• The overall goal for this Program is to effectively utilize the resources available through LaSPACE as incentive for faculty and students:

1) to develop research competitiveness

2) to develop new research projects or directions, and

3) to foster collaborations among the campuses, as well as with NASA centers and/or other federal laboratories and with the business/industry community.

• The REA Program is separated into two component parts or subprograms, The Research Facilitation/Initiation Subprogram and the Visiting Researcher Subprogram.

• Only tenure-track or research faculty at the level of Assistant Professor or higher affiliated with LaSPACE campuses are eligible to apply. In cases where support is requested for visiting scientists, the application must be submitted by, and be the responsibility of, a LaSPACE institution faculty member.

• All invoices and a final technical written must be submitted to the LaSPACE office within 30 days of the project end date. Photographs and copies of all papers, presentations, and posters generated should be shared with LaSPACE as they occur and collected/referenced in the final report.

• Guidelines have been revised. Proposals must follow the current guidelines and utilize the current forms. Proposals submitted under previous guidelines/outdated forms will NOT be reviewed.

Proposal Submissions

• Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to laspace@lsu.edu by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Important Dates:

o Proposal Release Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

o Proposal Due Date: Monday, June 20, 2016

o Anticipated Award Announcements: Late July 2016

o Anticipated Period of Performance: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

 
By Carol Lunn (on 4/6/2016 @ 10:27:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 176 times)
LaSPACE's three major direct-support student programs, the Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA), the LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA), and the Minority Research Scholars (MRS) programs are available and are due May 30, 2016. They have revised some of the requirements and restrictions, have updated all of the standardized forms, and have clarified proposal format and structure. Proposals submitted under old guidelines will not be considered for funding. Summaries of each program and guidelines will also be posted on the LaSPACE website: http://laspace.lsu.edu/rfp/index.php).

About the GSRA Program The Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA) program is designed to augment the lower than average compensation levels available to promising graduate students on LaSPACE campuses and, thereby, 1) retain more U.S. students for graduate study at consortium institutions, 2) promote diversity, and 3) assist in dissertation research. The GSRA supplement is $8,000 for a 12 month period and can be used for augmenting the student stipend, to defray dissertation related research expenses, and promote student research presentations at national meetings. Cost share on the award is required as is a final technical report. Applications are judged on the basis of aerospace relevance of the research and overall relevance to LaSPACE research and human resource development objectives. Three to five GSRA awards each year.

About the LURA Program The LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA) Program is directed at undergraduate science and engineering students who are interested in space/aerospace science and technology. The intent of the LURA program is to supplement and enhance the undergraduate academic curriculum by providing the science/engineering student with a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences. A LURA project will be a joint effort between a faculty researcher, who serves as mentor and project Principal Investigator, and an undergraduate research assistant. Awards are for $6000 over one year with no match requirement. The majority of the funds (¡Ý$5k) are to be distributed directly to the student.

About the MRS Program The intent of the MRS program is to supplement and enhance the undergraduate academic curriculum of traditionally underrepresented students by providing a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences with significant financial support going directly to the student, as well as opportunities for professional development. An MRS award is set at $6 k per student for a 12 month period and is used for a supplemental student stipend (>$5K) plus travel/fees for a professional experience for the student, with a minimum amount available for research supplies (<$500). A joint application is submitted by both the student and the faculty mentor.

 
The LaSPACE Minority Research Scholars (MRS) Program is directed at undergraduate STEM students interested in space/aerospace science and technology, and who are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering professions. According to the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) report “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” women, persons with disabilities, and three racial/ethnic groups—blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians—are considered underrepresented in science and engineering because they constitute smaller percentages of science and engineering degree recipients and of employed scientists and engineers than they do of the general population.

The intent of the MRS program is to enhance the undergraduate curriculum by providing the student with a hands-on, mentored research experience relevant to space sciences with significant financial support going directly to the student. This project will be a joint effort between a faculty researcher, who serves as mentor and project Principal Investigator (PI), and an undergraduate researcher.

 
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