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By Carol Lunn (on 7/1/2016 @ 11:53:02, in Funding Opportunities, read 267 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 313 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 276 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.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 1/12/2016 @ 11:53:20, in Funding Opportunities, read 417 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 398 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 457 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.

 
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