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University of New Orleans faculty member John Renne has been named a committee chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Renne, associate professor of planning and urban studies and director of the Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute, will chair the Transportation and Land Development Committee for a 3-year term.

"This committee is a leading forum of experts that sets a national agenda on the topic of transportation and land use planning," Renne said. "Given the economic recovery and a renewed interest in cities, transit and sustainable development, I am very excited to be taking over this committee at such a critical time in our nation's history."

Renne's research focuses on sustainable transport, real estate, land use and transportation planning with a focus on transit-oriented development, travel behavior and emergency transportation planning for vulnerable populations. He has co-edited two books, "Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future" and "Transit Oriented Development: Making It Happen."

Renne also serves as the chair of the New Orleans Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee to the City Council and he served on the founding board of Bike Easy, New Orleans' nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. It is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council, a private nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.

By Carol Lunn (on 4/9/2014 @ 14:42:02, in ORSP Announcements, read 11 times)
 
The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform the natural hazards engineering research community of two forthcoming program solicitations anticipated to be issued by the National Science Foundationís (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, between April and June 2014, for the following: (1) operations of natural hazards engineering research infrastructure for FY 2015-FY 2019 and (2) research on multi-hazard resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure. NSF does not intend to provide additional information beyond this DCL until the program solicitations and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions are issued, as those will be the official issuances for these competitions and take precedence over the information in this DCL. The anticipated due dates for full proposals submitted to these solicitations will be 90 days following the publication date.

Operations of Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for FY 2015-2019

NHERI will be an NSF-supported multi-user facility operating earthquake engineering and wind engineering research infrastructure. The NHERI solicitation will replace solicitation NSF 13-537, George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019 (NEES2 Ops), to broaden support for natural hazards research infrastructure. NEES2 will now be recompeted as part of the larger NHERI.

Research on Multi-hazard Resilient and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure

Interdisciplinary research is needed to advance the fundamental engineering science base for our nationís next generation civil infrastructure (e.g., buildings and other structures) to achieve lifecycle performance goals for multi-hazard resilience and sustainability. Such research involves the integration of research on single- and multi-hazard resilience of civil infrastructure with research on sustainable civil infrastructure such as green design, construction, maintenance, operations, and deconstruction for recycle/reuse; alternative energy resources and efficiencies for civil infrastructure; and sustainable construction materials. This research may use NHERI experimental facilities and cyberinfrastructure resources when operational. This solicitation will replace solicitation NSF 13-544, NEES Research (NEESR) Planning Grants, and support up to 10 awards.

The entire announcement is available online: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14054/nsf14054.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

By Carol Lunn (on 4/7/2014 @ 15:49:58, in Funding Opportunities, read 11 times)
 

Here is a description and the link to the website: http://www.cs.uno.edu/~golden/intensive-ia-training.html

An NSA/NSF funded, two-week, intensive training program in cybersecurity for high school teachers will be held at the University of New Orleans from July 7 - July 18, 2014.  This training is funded by the GenCyber program and participation is by invitation only, but is free for invited participants, with lodging and travel (as required) and meals paid for by the grant.  The training will be provided by Prof. Golden G. Richard III, Director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) and Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans.  The goals of this program are to increase cybersecurity awareness and expertise among high school teachers, to facilitate integration of cybersecurity topics into high school curricula, to increase awareness among students of the importance of cybersecurity and associated career opportunities, and to increase enrollment in cybersecurity at the University of New Orleans and other universities nationwide.  The latter goal is primary and supports a clear need for increasing the number of high school students interested in cybersecurity, to meet huge demands in both the public and private sectors for well-trained cybersecurity professionals.

Teachers attending the training can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity, to prepare them to transition their experiences and the materials they receive into their classrooms.  Participants will receive a complete set of the instructional materials from the training, including Powerpoint slide sets, lab exercises, activities, etc. and are encouraged to use these materials to introduce aspects of cybersecurity into new courses or existing courses in science or technology.

A draft list of the topics that will be covered during the training is available.  These include:

o A Broad Introduction to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

o Social Engineering

o Digital Forensics

o Malware (Computer Viruses, Worms, etc.)

o Network Security (Defending Networks, Penetration Testing)

o Cryptography

o Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity and Important Prerequisite Training

Requirements for Participation:

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

o Commit to full participation in the program, which runs from July 7 - July 17, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.  Remote or partial participation is not possible in this pilot run of the program.

o Seriously commit to integrating cybersecurity topics into new or existing courses in science, technology, or computing.

o Commit to prepare and submit a detailed report, within one year of the end of the training session, describing the steps taken to integrate cybersecurity topics into their high school's curricula, outcomes, perceived student interest, etc.  This feedback is essential and will be used to tune future editions of the training program.  A small financial incentive will be provided upon  submission of this report.

o Submit a signed letter from their principal, on school letterhead, which illustrates strong support for the teacher's participation in this program and for the goals of the program.  This letter should be scanned and emailed to Professor Richard via golden@cs.uno.edu.

o Prepare a formal application.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM.

Reasonable travel expenses, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed for invited participants.  Full details will be provided if you are invited to participate.  Please feel free to email me at golden@cs.uno.edu if you have any questions.

By Admin (on 4/4/2014 @ 13:21:57, in Workshops, read 12 times)
 

PRE-PROPOSAL WORKSHOP

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014:

Educator Professional Development Solicitation (EPD)

 NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 Omnibus NASA Research Announcement for Educator Professional Development (EPD).

A pre-proposal workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:00pm EST.

To participate in the workshop follow the instructions below.

To join the web conference:

  Click this link Educator Professional Development Web Conference.

To join the conference call:

  Dial 877-449-9072, and enter 8125991 for the participant passcode.

 If you have questions about the solicitation or process you can send them to EducProfDevFAQ@nasaprs.com. Depending on the subject matter, questions received might be addressed during the conference call.

 It is important that you check back prior to the workshop for additional or updated information.

By Admin (on 3/28/2014 @ 14:36:55, in Workshops, read 16 times)
 

New Slate of UNO Research Recognition Prizes

For implementation during FY2014

(prizes to be awarded in Fall 2014)

 UNO is committed to excellence as an urban, research university.  The concept of research at UNO is a broad one, encompassing creative advances in the science, social sciences, and engineering, as well as scholarly achievements in the education, business, the humanities, and fine arts.  Recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our faculty is essential to maintaining a healthy atmosphere of creativity and innovation—elements crucial to a thriving research university.  Attached are descriptions, criteria, and processes for three new recognition prizes within the domain of research and scholarship, slated to begin in 2014.  Two of these new prizes (the Research Excellence Prize and the Early Career Research Prize) are nomination-based; the third (the Competitive Funding Prize) is based purely on grant success and the calculations will be made by my staff. For more information, please review the attached guidelines.

 For the nomination-based prizes, please consider nominating a worthy colleague and/or working with your department chair to secure a nomination for yourself. Nominations should be sent to ORSP@uno.edu no later than May 16, 2014 in order to be eligible, but may be submitted any time between now and then. Awardees will be announced in Fall 2014.

 On behalf of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Research Council, and myself, we appreciate all that our wonderful researchers do to advance the mission of UNO and to make the learning experience of our students infused with creativity and knowledge creation at the vanguard of the many fields represented at UNO.  We look forward to reviewing the nominations and joining together to celebrate the success of our faculty.

GUIDELINES FOR THE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Research Excellence Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for UNO Research Excellence Prize must be associate or full professors in one of the academic departments.  Faculty who have received a Research Excellence Prize in the last five years are not eligible (the award initiates in FY14, so this rule is not applicable until FY15). Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding and sustained record of creative and scholarly activity and on his/her status among experts in the respective field.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements, and a list of the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of six off-campus experts in the nominee's field.  If the nominee's work is interdisciplinary or subdisciplinary, the relevant fields or subfields of the referees should be clearly indicated.  Do not request or send such recommendations.  If needed, they will be solicited by the Research Council from names on the list and from other appropriate sources.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


GUIDELINES FOR THE EARLY CAREER RESEARCH PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The UNO Early Career Research Prize is a recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their award, and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation as the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).   Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Early Career Research Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for the UNO Early Career Research Prize must be assistant professors at the time of the award in one of the academic departments and must have passed their third-year review.  Faculty who have received a prior Early Career Research Prize are not eligible. Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding record of creative and scholarly activity.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements and future objectives.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


  GUIDELINES FOR THE COMPETITIVE FUNDING PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Competitive Funding Prize is a recognition for the UNO researcher who, as a Principal Investigator (PI), has achieved the highest of amount of competitive funding awards in the past fiscal year.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Normally, only one UNO Competitive Funding Prize will be awarded per year.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development reserves the right to deviate from this norm and award fewer or more than one Competitive Funding Prize in a given year, if circumstances warrant the deviation.

 

CRITERIA

                The calculation will be based on the official award notice of finalized budget from the sponsor(s) in the prior fiscal year.  Multiple awards to the same PI will be added together to determine the value used for the prize determination.  The following examples are offered to clarify the criteria.

 

Example 1

·         NSF award of $200,000 for each of 5 years ($1 million total)

·         Award notice provides authorization for the entire amount

·         The entire amount ($1 million) will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (there will be no additional amount from this award used in the calculation for subsequent years unless a supplemental award budget is granted)

 

Example 2

·         NIH award of $200,000 for year 1 and the possibility of 4 additional years

·         Award notice provides authorization for year 1 only

·         Year 1 budget of $200,000 will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (any future funding within the grant will be counted in the year it is awarded)

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will review the tabulations of external awards provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and may request additional information or review if there are questions of fact or proposed extenuating circumstances.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.

By Admin (on 3/24/2014 @ 14:45:59, in ORSP Announcements, read 20 times)
 

Summer Research Programs 2014

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2014 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty and research employees are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. The forms and guidelines are available on the Summer Research Program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx

There are two available summer awards:

1.             SCoRe (Stimulating Competitive Research)

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. 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 summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $12,000.

2.             CEO (Creative Endeavor Opportunity)

The goal is to provide support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. Each proposal will be evaluated for its potential impact on the faculty member’s discipline, as well as its contribution to the faculty member’s development as a researcher, teacher and scholar in a specific field of knowledge. This funding could be used for as much as one month regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research support, or subventions (page charges, book subventions, theatre/music/art productions) or some combination thereof. Cap: $5,000

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support regular summer salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate (41%) is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications:  March 24, 2014

Dates for funds to be used:  

Day after spring academic appointments end: May 17, 2014  

Day before fall academic appointments begin: August 10, 2014

Final Report Due: October 1, 2014

By Carol Lunn (on 3/21/2014 @ 15:07:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 24 times)
 
Request for Proposals for the second round of the FY13 -14 Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT -IN) program. This LA EPSCoR program seeks to facilitate partnerships between science and engineering faculty and business/industrial entities. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Thursday, May 22, 2014. The last day to answer questions about this RFP is Thursday, May 8, 2014. Please distribute†widely
to interested parties. The RFP (in PDF) and the required forms (in Microsoft Word) are also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://web.laregents.org/.

https://web.laregents.org/2014/02/24/opportunities-for-partnerships-in-technology-with-industry-opt-in-second-round-2/
By Admin (on 3/7/2014 @ 23:42:50, in Funding Opportunities, read 50 times)
 

Summer Research Programs 2014

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2014 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty and research employees are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. The forms and guidelines are available on the Summer Research Program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx

There are two available summer awards:

1.             SCoRe (Stimulating Competitive Research)

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. 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 summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $12,000.

2.             CEO (Creative Endeavor Opportunity)

The goal is to provide support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. Each proposal will be evaluated for its potential impact on the faculty member’s discipline, as well as its contribution to the faculty member’s development as a researcher, teacher and scholar in a specific field of knowledge. This funding could be used for as much as one month regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research support, or subventions (page charges, book subventions, theatre/music/art productions) or some combination thereof. Cap: $5,000

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support regular summer salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate (41%) is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications:  March 24, 2014

Dates for funds to be used:  

Day after spring academic appointments end: May 17, 2014  

Day before fall academic appointments begin: August 10, 2014

Final Report Due: October 1, 2014

Attached File:  ORSP.Internal.Summer.Research.Grant.2014.zip

By Admin (on 2/28/2014 @ 16:21:36, in Funding Opportunities, read 32 times)
 
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