Funding Bulletin - November 15, 2002 (Vol. 11, No. 41)
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance fosters invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in higher education. NCIIA accepts proposals for course and program and advanced E-Team grants on behalf of member colleges and universities around the country. Course and program grants support development or strengthening of courses and programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. E-Teams are groups of students, faculty, and industry advisors who join forces to create technologically innovative, commercially viable products that lead to the development of successful entrepreneurial ventures. Advanced E-Team grants support the development of a new product or venture from the idea stage to prototyping and preparation for commercialization.
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The U.S.-Egypt Board on Scientific and Technology Cooperation is offering a new grants program to support short junior scientist development visits by American scientists to Egyptian institutions, and Egyptian scientists to American institutions. Priority areas include: biotechnology; standards and metrology; environmental technologies; manufacturing; information technologies; energy and other fields such as geology, anthropology, new materials, nanotechnology, economics, and social sciences. (FR 08/06/02)
The Agriculture Department is inviting applications to stimulate and enable colleges and universities to strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness and promote links among two-year and other higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Two funding categories are secondary school projects that improve the teaching of agriculture science or agribusiness in any grade 9-12; and associate degree-level (two-year postsecondary) education projects that improve the teaching of agriculture science or agribusiness. CFDA #10.217
Sensors for high temperatures (1000 oC), harsh environment applications represent a significant research and development challenge. New uses of high temperature materials or advancements in materials science are needed to develop the basis for novel in-situation or at line micro-sensing systems to monitor gases commonly present in coal and coal-derived syngas applications. Sensor materials and platforms capable of detecting one or more of the following are of interest: Nox, Sox, CO, H2, O2, CH4, NH3, mercury, and arsenic. DE-PS26-03NT41634-04
AFSOR, in conjunction with the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astroautics (AIAA), announces a program to promote the education of future spacecraft systems engineers, at the university level, motivate/sustain related research on targeted technologies by focusing on the development of small satellites (nanosats) or flight experiments, and inspire the interest of students, below the university level, for careers in space. The primary outcome of individual projects funded under this program is the design, fabrication and functional testing of a nanosat. The AIAA will sponsor a program competition developed to select a small number of nanosat designs, for space launch and operation, from the universities chosen to participate. AFSOR-BAA-2003-2 (FR 11/04/02)
41-6 Support for Environmental Streamlining and Environmental Stewardship to Improve Transportation Planning and Project Development (NCHRP)
The objective of Project 25-25 is to provide flexible, ongoing, quick-response research on environmental issues in transportation. This research will be designed to develop improvements to analytical methods, decision support tools, procedures, and techniques employed by practitioners to support statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, programming, and development. The project panel has selected four initial study topics for FY 2003. These studies are: 1) Synthesis on Data Needs for Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Documentation; 2) Transportation Impacts and Smart Growth Initiatives; 3) Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Land Development Impacts of Transportation Improvements; and 4) Environmental Stewardship Best Practices, Policies, and Procedures for Roadside Operations and Maintenance.
41-7 Trade-Off Function for the Combined Effects of Noise and Temperature on Human Comfort and Performance (ASHRAE)
The objective of this study is to quantify the combinations of conditions chosen by humans when they must compromise between uncomfortable levels or quality of noise and the air temperature at different levels of discomfort. An additional aim is to determine whether these compromise conditions are optimal for performance as well as comfort. The preferred compromise level between noise and thermal stress should be experimentally determined by allowing subjects to take interventions in which altering one parameter automatically alters another. Applying this method, subjects will determine their preferred compromise setting under the trade-off conditions to which they are exposed. Based on each individual's preferred setting, the group average compromise level can be estimated. 1128-TRP
41-8 Method-of-Test for Identification and Quantification of Organic Acids on Desiccants so as to Determine Refrigeration System Chemical Condition (ASHRAE)
The objective of this project is to develop a dependable Method-of-Test to identify and quantify organic acids that have collected on desiccant materials in filter-driers in refrigeration systems. This information will prove valuable to owners, manufacturers, and services personnel to determine overall and continued health of refrigerating systems. 1240-TRP
The PAESMEN Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (I.e., women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the Nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Only one nomination per institution is allowed. The single nomination may be for an Invitation Award or for an Institutional Award, but not for both. Please contact Ted Knous, 532-6195, firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 1, if you wish to make a nomination. NSF 03-503
The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), announce their interest in receiving grant applications for new research to develop a better scientific basis for understanding exposures and risks to humans from low dose and low fluence radiation. Topics of high priority include endogenous oxidative damage versus low dose radiation-induced damage, radio-adaptive responses, bystander effects, and individual genetic susceptibility to low dose radiation exposure. Research should employ genome-wide or proteome-wide high- throughput screening methods whenever possible, and priority will also be given to the use of three-dimensional biological models. DE-FG01-03ER03-07
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites planning grant applications for the development of Cancer Research Centers in a variety of organizational settings. The purpose is to expand the scientific, geographic and demographic diversity of the Cancer Centers Program of the NCI by encouraging research-oriented organizations to develop the qualities of a strong cancer research center and become competitive for a Cancer Center Support Grant. Cancer center planning strategies may focus on a specific research theme (e.g. diagnosis, therapy, epidemiology) or integrate a broader spectrum of research that may include the basic, clinical, prevention and control, or population sciences. PAR-03-022 (NIHG 11/08/02)
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications from qualified institutions for Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. NIA invites both new teams of investigators and continuing centers (funded under AG-97-005) to apply. The long-range objectives of the Roybal Centers are to improve the health, quality of life, and productivity of middle-aged and older people, through: 1) facilitating the translation of what we have learned about aging processes from the basic behavioral and social sciences (including human factors) to practical outcomes, including new technologies, for the benefit of the aged; and 2) stimulating new use-inspired basic research in the behavioral and social sciences. AG-03-002 (NIHG 11/01/02)
The Department of Education has reopened and broadened its FY 2003 competition for new awards to improve and strengthen modern foreign language and area studies. The absolute priorities have been changed to invitational priorities, allowing a wider range of topics than would have been considered under the initial announcement. CFDA 84.017 (FR11/08/02)
The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), in cooperation with UCLA's four Ethnic Studies Research Centers- American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center- offer fellowships to postdoctoral scholars in support of research about these groups. Generally, appointments are for a 9-month period beginning September 1 or October 1. Those appointed as visiting scholars will have completed their doctorate more than five years ago and will currently hold tenure-track positions in academe.
The East Asia Summer Institutes (EASI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective locations, and orientation to the culture and language. The primary goals of EASI are to introduce students to East Asia science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August and are administered in the United States by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with co-sponsorship by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NSF 02-174
The Education Department is seeking fellowship applications to enable financially needy students with superior ability to pursue graduate study in selected fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Fields range from creative writing to music, foreign languages, economics, folklife, ethnic and cultural studies and public policy. (FR 10/11/02)