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By Carol Lunn (on 4/6/2016 @ 10:27:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 248 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 (ˇÝ$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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 1/12/2016 @ 11:53:20, in Funding Opportunities, read 395 times)
NASA plans to release the next appendix of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System” on January 19, 2016. We are contacting you to ask that you forward this announcement to your member universities for distribution to interested faculty and graduate students.

The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system (http://psi.nasa.gov). This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from past and current physical science International Space Station flight experiments. In this way, the NRA promotes rapid, multiple investigations resulting in more scientists participating in ISS research. The next call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of March 17, 2016. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The typical awards will be $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

A synopsis of the NRA has been posted on Federal Business Opportunities at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c95ebe2324eff60041013d1751948288&tab=core&_cview=0

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 1 pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2015. To participate, navigate to https://nasa.webex.com/ and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 996 952 357 / meeting password: $psicbp15. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-6272 and enter the conference passcode: 144973#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to msfc-dl-psi-support@mail.nasa.gov. For additional information, see the PSI website.

Upcoming events connected to this NRA:

Jan 19, 2016 – Release NRA Appendix B

Jan 26, 2016 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Feb 9, 2016 – Notices of Intent Due

Mar 17, 2016 – Proposals Due

May 27, 2016 – Announce Selections

 
By Carol Lunn (on 1/12/2016 @ 11:41:50, in Funding Opportunities, read 383 times)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 MegaWatt Ventures competition. Apply today with your cleantech idea or startup!

MegaWatt Ventures is an annual business competition for university teams and other early-stage startups to compete for $50,000 to launch and grow their cleantech innovations into a successful business.

For more program requirements and restrictions visit our website here: http://megawattventures.com/competition/participant-expectations/

Participating teams will receive the following benefits:

• The grand prize winner receives $50,000 to fund the launch and growth of their cleantech startup company

• The top 10 finalist teams participate in a virtual training program geared for cleantech entrepreneurs

• The top 3 finalists of the MegaWatt Ventures pitch competition are invited to compete for an additional $50,000 through the national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy

• Event attendees receive one-on-one networking opportunities with industry leaders, venture capitalists, angel investors, technology scouts, experienced entrepreneurs and mentors, and others in the cleantech community

• All applicants receive application assistance from the MegaWatt Ventures team All questions can be directed to: dayle@megawattventures.com.

Informational Webinars

Sign up for one of our upcoming webinars to learn about application requirements, timeline, event details and ask us questions:

January 14, 2016 1:00-2:00 PM EST

January 18, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM EST

January 21, 2016 10:00-11:00 AM EST

Register here!

 
This proposal submission is limited to one per institution. If you are interested in applying for this grant, please submit the UNO Limited Submission Programs Checklist. The checklist is attached to this email and is also available on the Proposal Development page. For full consideration to be UNO’s single proposal, please submit the limited submission form to research@uno.ed by December 1, 2015.

For complete details, here is a link to the program: http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505263&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

Here are highlights for the program:

DUE DATES

Letter of Intent Deadline Date: January 11, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 4, 2016

SYNOPSIS

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. A jurisdiction is eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs if its level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent of the total NSF research and related activities budget for the most recent three-year period. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2016, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on two topics: 1) Understanding the Brain; and 2) Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems.

A single proposal is submitted for a project. Support for non-lead collaborating institutions should be requested as subawards. Separately submitted collaborative proposals are not allowed. Each participating EPSCoR jurisdiction must have at least one co-PI on the project.

 
The deadline for this program has been extended until Monday, October 5th. The original announcement is below.

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The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty’s ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity and it is expected that a SCoRE award will result in a proposal being submitted to an external funding agency. Funding priorities include collection of preliminary data, planning and writing of grant proposals for external funding, maintenance of laboratory activities while preparing for a new area of research, and the purchase of research equipment. As a rule, the SCoRe award will not be used for on-going support of existing projects for which outside funding might reasonably be expected. Funding can be requested for graduate student support, undergraduate assistance, up to one month of PI regular salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $20,000.

The proposal must be in one of the five emerging growth sectors for Louisiana as identified by the Board of Regents statewide Master Plan Research Advisory Committee (MPRAC). The five MPRAC areas are: advanced materials and manufacturing; clean technology & energy; coastal and water management; digital media and enterprise software; life sciences and bioengineering. Interdisciplinary approaches may be favored.

The forms and guidelines are available on the ORSP IGP SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/igp/default.aspx

 
By Carol Lunn (on 9/25/2015 @ 12:07:02, in Funding Opportunities, read 442 times)
The FY2016 LA NASA EPSCoR Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP), which requests proposals from Louisiana researchers for possible submission to NASA by the Board of Regents is now available. This RFP is being issued in anticipation of the release of the FY2016 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) to allow proposers sufficient time to prepare applications. Proposers must submit a notice of intent before a pre-proposal will be accepted. Notices of Intent (required) are due on October 14, 2015; pre-proposals are due on November 25, 2015. It is anticipated that a selection will be made by the end of December.

Files associated with this RFP can be found on the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Office of Sponsored Programs website (http://web.laregents.org/) and on the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR website: http://lanasaepscor.lsu.edu/?page_id=268. This RFP, the notice of intent form, the pre-proposal template, and the budget form are all available to download. Additionally, a number of critical supporting documents have also been posted to the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR website page linked above. These include the official NASA EPSCoR CAN from the last two years year, a full list of abstracts for winning proposals from those last two years, a comprehensive listing of research priorities across NASA Mission Directorates and Centers, the current space technology roadmap, and a structural breakdown of the space technology areas. Additional resources will be posted as/if they become available, including the NASA EPSCoR FY2016 solicitation.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 9/18/2015 @ 15:52:25, in Funding Opportunities, read 410 times)
The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty’s ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity and it is expected that a SCoRE award will result in a proposal being submitted to an external funding agency. Funding priorities include collection of preliminary data, planning and writing of grant proposals for external funding, maintenance of laboratory activities while preparing for a new area of research, and the purchase of research equipment. As a rule, the SCoRe award will not be used for on-going support of existing projects for which outside funding might reasonably be expected. Funding can be requested for graduate student support, undergraduate assistance, up to one month of PI regular salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $20,000.

The proposal must be in one of the five emerging growth sectors for Louisiana as identified by the Board of Regents statewide Master Plan Research Advisory Committee (MPRAC). The five MPRAC areas are: advanced materials and manufacturing; clean technology & energy; coastal and water management; digital media and enterprise software; life sciences and bioengineering. Interdisciplinary approaches may be favored.

The forms and guidelines are available on the ORSP IGP SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/igp/default.aspx

 
The 2016 design competition is looking for innovations in crafting NASA exploration strategies that expand our knowledge and leverage resources as we extend our presence into the solar system. We encourage you to involve your undergraduate and graduate students in this competition, which gives them the opportunity to: interact with NASA and industry experts; develop relationships that could lead to participation in other NASA student research programs, and infuse concepts and data from RASC-AL into NASA human exploration program planning.

Teams that are selected will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate participation in the 2016 RASC-AL Forum held in Cocoa Beach, Florida in June.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to respond to the following themes:

- Crew-tended Co-orbiting ISS Facility

- Lunar Ice-Trap ISRU Mining, Processing and Storage Infrastructure

- Crewed Mars Moons Mission

- Earth-Independent 1G Space Station

For your convenience, here is a list of important dates:

- November 9, 2015: Notice of Intent deadline

- January 17, 2016: Abstract deadline

- February 5, 2016: 1st down-select is made

- March 18, 2016: Mid-Project Review

- April 1, 2016: 2nd & final down-select is made

- June 20-23, 2016: 2016 RASC-AL Forum

For complete information on the 2016 RASC-AL Engineering Design Competition please visit the RASC-AL website at http://rascal.nianet.org.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 3/13/2015 @ 14:29:51, in Funding Opportunities, read 312 times)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2015 Internal Grant Programs (IGP). Eligible UNO faculty and research employees 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.

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support up to one month regular salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit (FY 15 fringe is 43% and FY 16 is projected to be 44%). Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards. The forms and guidelines are available on the ORSP IGP SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/igp/default.aspx

Deadline for submission of applications: March 20, 2015

 
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