Science Policy & Funding
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.
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The latest SIAM Washington update is now available.
News from the Hill
- FY 2014 Appropriations: Full Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2014 Defense Bill
- FY 2014 Appropriations: House Passes FY 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill After Debate on Controversial Amendments
Federal Agency News
- Budget Update: White House Issues Guidance to Federal Agencies on FY 2015 Science and Technology Priorities
- NIH Funding Opportunity: Big Data Centers of Excellence
- NIH: NIH Releases Big Data RFI on Development of Analysis Methods and Software
- NIH: NIH Encourages Institutions to Promote Wider Use of Individual Development Plans by Trainees
- DOD Funding Opportunity: DOD Releases FY 2014 MURI BAA
- DOD Funding Opportunity: Office of Naval Research Releases FY 2014 BAA for Young Investigator Program
- Administration Update: President Obama Announces Nominees for NSF Director and OSTP Leadership
Read the full report here.
Letter from Henry Warchall, Deputy Division Director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Thomas E. Everhart (California Institute of Technology) and Dr. Mark L. Green (University of California, Los Angeles), chair and vice-chair of the National Research Council committee that authored the report The Mathematical Sciences in 2025, will present the report’s findings and recommendations at a special event to be held at the National Science Foundation on Monday, September 23.
The Mathematical Sciences in 2025 examines the impact of research and training in the mathematical sciences on science and engineering, on industry and technology, on innovation and economic competitiveness, on national security, and on other areas of national interest. The report further assesses the current state of the mathematical sciences and explores the changes needed for the discipline to maintain its strong position and to maximize its contribution to the nation in 2025.
The report and its companion volume Fueling Innovation and Discovery: The Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century were produced by the Committee on the Mathematical Sciences in 2025 of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies.
Drs. Everhart and Green will speak on the committee’s findings and recommendations on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm in Room 110 of the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22230. The presentation will be preceded by a reception at 2:00 pm in the same location. Preregistration is not required. Please circulate this message to colleagues who may be interested.
Please join us to hear firsthand from the authors of this forward-looking report.
Funding Opportunity: DOD Releases FY 2014 MURI BAA
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – August 19, 2013
On August 19, the Department of Defense (DOD) released its fiscal year (FY) 2014 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the popular Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. MURI is one of DOD’s cornerstone university research programs, supporting basic research projects at the intersection of multiple scientific disciplines in areas of interest to DOD. DOD indicates that it will award a total of up to $250 million for MURI projects in FY 2014. While the BAA was released through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) also partake in the program. Each of the service branch research offices administers specific topic areas within the BAA (see below). Researchers submit proposals directly to the office responsible for the topic area to which they are responding. Read the rest of this entry »
In August 2012, SIAM conducted an NSF-funded workshop on “Modeling across the Curriculum,” with the aim of increasing math modeling in undergraduate curricula, developing STEM high school courses based on math, as well as assessing and improving college STEM readiness. The report from the workshop, which is now available, focuses on what SIAM and its membership can do in collaboration with other applied mathematicians and computational scientists, in addition to the use of existing and new NSF programs to help achieve improvements in STEM education.
The main actions recommended by the report include increasing math modeling in undergraduate and K-12 curricula by developing modeling and applied mathematics courses, identifying strong and successful approaches to modeling curriculum, developing content and teacher training material, engaging experts for mentoring, and building an awareness campaign for educators.
In addition, the report recommends developing a repository of materials for all levels of mathematical modeling instruction and understanding, including course lesson plans, articles, books, websites, videos, problems, and contests.
The complete discussion and conclusions from the workshop are available on the SIAM Reports page here: