Science Policy & Funding
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – January 29
On January 26, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague Letter entitled “Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education.” NSF will be hosting three ideas labs in March and April on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the areas of engineering, biology, and geosciences. Applications are due February 4.
NSF Ideas Labs bring together a group of participants with expertise in a relevant area to work in teams over a five day, intensive workshop to develop proposals. Following the workshop, select teams will be invited to submit proposals to a competition for funding. Ideas Labs generally involve 20-30 participants who are assisted by scientists with relevant expertise and a team of facilitators. Ideas Labs provide an opportunity to form new multidisciplinary collaborations and gain real-time iterative feedback to improve proposal ideas.
Each of the disciplines involved in the Ideas Labs have outlined their priority workforce development needs in the Dear Colleague Letter. The biology Ideas Lab will focus on giving students mathematical and computational skills, the engineering Ideas Lab will focus on social equality in engineering education, and the geosciences Ideas Lab will focus on broader access to undergraduate courses for diverse populations. Read the rest of this entry »
The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) strongly encourages mathematicians and statisticians to participate in the 2014 NSF activity Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF).
DMREF is the main program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness , a national materials initiative. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” It integrates all aspects of materials design, including materials discovery, development, property optimization, systems design and optimization, certification, manufacturing, and deployment, with each employing the toolset that is being developed within the materials innovation infrastructure. The toolset will integrate synergistically advanced computational methods and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental techniques, aiming to revolutionize the approach to materials research and engineering.
DMREF comprises well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). For further details and participating divisions please see NSF 14-020, the broadly aimed Dear Colleague Letter about DMREF in fiscal year 2014 . As described in that Letter, success in the initiative requires a collaborative, synergistic, iterative approach that shows interactions among theory, computation, and experiments. This approach is the central principle of MGI. DMREF proposals will be reviewed jointly by the appropriate participating divisions. Adherence to the aims and principles of MGI will facilitate this joint review.
New DOE Funding Opportunity: Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualization at Extreme Scale 2
From the DOE:
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity in Computer Science entitled “Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualization at Extreme Scale 2”. This announcement is open to universities, industry, non-profit organizations, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), including the DOE National Laboratories. Please share this with your colleagues.
From the NSF:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the third year of a national materials initiative, Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF). DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” As a national initiative, MGI integrates all aspects of the materials continuum, including materials discovery, development, property optimization, systems design and optimization, certification, manufacturing, and deployment, with each employing a toolset to be developed within a materials innovation infrastructure. The toolset will synergistically integrate advanced computational methods and visual analytics with data-enabled scientific discovery and innovative experimental techniques so as to revolutionize our approach to materials science and engineering. Read the rest of this entry »
From Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
On November 14, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released it solicitation for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The YFA program “aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DOD) and National Security challenges and needs.” DARPA is interested in cultivating a pipeline of scientists cognizant of the mission requirements of the DOD war-fighting community, thus ensuring uninterrupted innovation for defense technologies. To be successful, proposals to the YFA program must clearly describe the DOD problem addressed by the research and “the current state-of-the-art technology, new insights to address the problem, a credible research plan and schedule, and critical, quantitative milestones to be pursued.”
For the purposes of this solicitation, young faculty are characterized as “untenured Assistant or Associate Professors within 5 years of appointment to a tenure-track position at a US institution of higher education or equivalent at a non-profit science and technology research institution.” Read the rest of this entry »
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News from the Hill
- Policy Update: COMPETES Reauthorization Moves Forward in Both the Senate and House 1
- FY 2014 Appropriations: Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached
Federal Agency News
- DOD: DARPA Releases RFI for Brain Research Tools Program
- NIH: National Institutes of Health Releases BRAIN Initiative Interim Report
- OSTP: White House Grand Challenges Update
- Policy Update: NSF and NIH Issue Guidance to the Community Following Government Shutdown
- Defense: Defense Science Board Releases Study on Future DOD Technology Needs 9
- DOE: Office of Science Names New Head of ASCR
SIAM and DC
- SIAM Signs on to Non-Defense Discretionary Sign-on Letter 11
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide a learning opportunity to explore the intersection of science and policy. Fellows bring a common interest in learning about science policy and a willingness to apply their training in new arenas. Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in congressional offices and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. region.
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships is pleased to announce the launch of a new program area. The Big Data & Analytics program track will focus on a broad range of policy making and implementation challenges by applying analytical skills to data and trend analysis issues from infrastructure, technology, quality control, and presentation, to security, integrity, and ethics. Anticipated placement opportunities include any federal agency in Washington, D.C. that partners with the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships®. The program is open to applicants who hold a doctoral level degree in any scientific, social science, health/medical or engineering discipline.
Application deadline for the 2014-15 fellowship year is November 1. To learn more about the S&T Policy fellowships please visit the AAAS fellowships page.
Undergraduate seniors planning to pursue graduate study and beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. The program provides three years of support for graduate study that is in a field within the NSF’s mission and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree.
Please view details on the NSF site.
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 5, 2013 for mathematical sciences applications
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.
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To implement President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Working Group has identified nine high-priority research areas. The agency is expected to release funding opportunities with $40 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funds. The BRAIN Working Group submitted its interim report September 16 to the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) identifying themes as core principles for the BRAIN Initiative, as well as high priority research areas for NIH funding in FY 2014. The interim report’s identified research areas are the areas the Working Group recommends NIH invests in now. The final plan (to be released June 2014)is expected to outline a longer, decadal vision with collaboration opportunities, timelines, milestones, and cost estimates for achieving the overarching goal of understanding and mapping the human brain. Read the rest of this entry »
The American Mathematical Society has applied to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funds to permit partial travel support for U.S. mathematicians attending the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014) August 13 – 21, 2014, in Seoul, Korea. Subject to the award decision by the NSF, the Society is preparing to administer the selection process, which would be similar to previous programs funded in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.