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Update: SIAM Committee on Science Policy

SIAM’s Committee on Science Policy (CSP) held its regular Spring meeting on March 28 and 29 to meet with key decision-makers at federal agencies and in Congress to better understand the environment for research and to influence congressional legislation and federal programs related to applied mathematics and computational science.  The committee met with representatives from various units within the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to learn more about the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, discuss new research initiatives, and provide input on issues of concern to the SIAM community.   Read the rest of this entry »

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NSF Cultivates the Science and Engineering Industry

Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)

The Division of Mathematics Sciences within NSF helps to build strong synergistic relationships between the mathematical sciences and many other NSF-supported tracks through the Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII). The MSII aims to encourage new research collaborations in the mathematical science communities and between other scientists and engineers working in NSF-supported research areas.

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FY 2017 Budget Request: Programs in Applied Mathematics & Computational Science

From Lewis-Burke Associates LLC:

President Obama released the last budget request of his Administration on February 9th. The budget proposal nominally adheres to the top defense and non-defense discretionary spending levels agreed to by Congress in the fall of last year. However, the White House is relying on mandatory spending, which requires Congress to pass legislation to make these expenditures outside of the yearly appropriations process, to fund additional priorities in a flat budget environment. While the new initiatives and policy priorities provide the research and education communities a rallying point for advocacy, this mandatory funding will almost certainly not be embraced, since Congress would have to enact new taxes and designate the revenue specifically for the purposes of funding these programs. Read the rest of this entry »

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NSF seeks graduate research fellowship applications and reviewers

From the NSF:

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  The program provides up to three years of support, including an annual $34,000 stipend, for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.  In the years 2013 through 2015, GRFP awards in the mathematical sciences were given to students who earned baccalaureate degrees from the 99 institutions listed below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Updated program solicitation for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

From the NSF: 

An updated program solicitation for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is now available on the NSF site

Full Proposal Deadline Dates are as follows:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Let policymakers know why STEM conferences are important!

Anyone who has ever been to a scientific or technical meeting knows the value of attending one: advancing research; learning about the latest in the field; networking with peers and other professionals; finding collaborators, students, and mentors; and participating in scientific discussions, to name just a few of the benefits.

While we know of the many and varied advantages of scientific meetings, it’s time to convince federal policymakers of the same. Since 2012, federal science agency employees and contractors have been subject to significant regulations and burdensome approval processes stipulated by government-wide policies. It has been shown by the Government Accountability Office and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that this has reduced overall conference participation by scientists and researchers at government agencies.

In order to help spotlight this issue, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has launched a campaign to elicit anecdotes that highlight the important role of STEM conferences from participants such as yourself. This is part of a larger community advocacy to loosen conference travel restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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NSF Unsolicited Proposals for Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD)

From the NSF:

Dear Colleagues:

The explosion in the availability of health- and disease-related data from biological, biomedical, behavioral, social, environmental, and clinical studies is creating new opportunities for collaborative research. Innovative methodology for visualization, modeling, and analysis of biomedical big data is imperative to address the challenges posed by complex data structures such as images, networks, and graphs, missing and sparse data, and complex dependence structures and interaction effects.

One of the critical application areas at the interface of the biomedical and data sciences is precision (or personalized) medicine. The goal of precision medicine is to develop a targeted treatment (or prevention) regimen that takes into account unique characteristics of an individual such as genetic makeup, environmental factors, and lifestyle. Achieving the goal of precision medicine will require combining data across multiple formats and developing novel, sophisticated mathematical, statistical, and computational methods that facilitate high-confidence predictions for individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM joins call to action for American Innovation Imperative

Philadelphia, PA–SIAM today joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed “Innovation: An American Imperative,” a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators.  It underscores the findings—and warnings—contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American DreamRead the rest of this entry »

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Updated NSF funding opportunity in Big Data program

From the NSF: 

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

The full proposal deadline date is May 20, 2015.  Read the rest of this entry »

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DARPA issues solicitation for Fast Lightweight Autonomy program

From DARPA: 

DARPA aims to give small unmanned aerial vehicles advanced perception and autonomy to rapidly search buildings or other cluttered environments without teleoperation.

Military teams patrolling dangerous urban environments overseas and rescue teams responding to disasters such as earthquakes or floods currently rely on remotely piloted unmanned aerial vehicles to provide a bird’s-eye view of the situation and spot threats that can’t be seen from the ground. But to know what’s going on inside an unstable building or a threatening indoor space often requires physical entry, which can put troops or civilian response teams in danger.

To address these challenges, DARPA issued a Broad Agency Announcement solicitation today for the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program. FLA focuses on creating a new class of algorithms to enable small, unmanned aerial vehicles to quickly navigate a labyrinth of rooms, stairways and corridors or other obstacle-filled environments without a remote pilot. The solicitation is available here.

The program aims to develop and demonstrate autonomous UAVs small enough to fit through an open window and able to fly at speeds up to 20 meters per second (45 miles per hour)—while navigating within complex indoor spaces independent of communication with outside operators or sensors and without reliance on GPS waypoints.

Read full details about the UAVS envisioned for troops in urban missions.

The complete solicitation and other details are here.

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