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The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe.
 
The three programs accepting applications are:
 
·          The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
 
·          The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. More information about CCI and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/cci/.
 
·          The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. More information about the VFP and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/.
The SULI, CCI and VFP programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Please
share this information with potential applicants, as well as faculty or principal investigators. 
 
Thanks very much for your help.
 
Cindy White
Program Manager
Office of Science/Workforce Development
U.S. Department of Energy

By Admin (on 11/17/2014 @ 13:09:33, in ORSP Announcements, read 31 times)
 

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Issues Call for Research Proposals

About $27 million will support research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident on Gulf ecosystems, public health

RESTON, VA – The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) will award approximately $9 million per year for the next three years to support research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident on the Gulf of Mexico. The new program, RFP-V, is the second GoMRI initiative to fund research by individual investigators or small teams of researchers.

GoMRI is a ten-year research initiative established in 2010 by a $500 million commitment from BP. GoMRI is administered by an independent Research Board, which consists of 20 experts in science, research administration, and public health. The Research Board evaluates research proposals following the merit review guidelines of the National Academies of Science and with procedures similar to those used by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

“The Gulf of Mexico is a remarkably rich and complex environmental system,” said Dr. Rita Colwell, Chairman of the GoMRI Research Board. “Identifying and unraveling these biological and oceanographic complexities requires a focused and long-term commitment. We are pleased that GoMRI is able to facilitate research that is helping to inform our understanding of these interactions.”

The RFP-V program will award grants ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000 per year. GoMRI supports research in five thematic areas:

  1. Physical distribution, dispersion, and dilution of petroleum (oil and gas), its constituents, and associated contaminants (e.g., dispersants) under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air-sea interactions, and tropical storms.
  2. Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant system and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems.
  3. Environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes, and organisms; and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  4. Technology developments for improved responses, mitigation, detection, characterization, and remediation associated with oil spills and gas releases.
  5. Impact of oil spills on public health including behavioral, socioeconomic, environmental risk assessment, community capacity, and other population health considerations and issues.

Research applications to the RFP-V program must address questions that will increase our knowledge of at least one of these five themes.

Individuals and teams interested in applying for research support under the RFP-V program must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 PM Eastern time on December 15, 2014. Full proposals will be due by March 13, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be announced around November 13, 2015, and that most grants will run from 2016 through 2018. All RFP-V program requirements and guidelines are available on the GoMRI Web site.

By Admin (on 11/14/2014 @ 16:22:52, in Funding Opportunities, read 14 times)
 

Reminder: Louisiana Sea Grant is soliciting applications for out Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).  The application deadline is December 3, 2014.  Please see the message below for full details.

Dear colleagues:

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is soliciting applications from interested undergraduate students and faculty mentors at all Louisiana universities and colleges. UROP, established in 1992 by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, offers the Louisiana undergraduate community funding to support hands-on research experiences in marine and coastal resource issues. Previously funded projects have dealt with topics such as coastal ecology, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental engineering, and genetics. 

A maximum of ten projects will be funded for the March 2015 to December 2015 period; each faculty member will receive up to $2500 to cover student wages, supplies, and necessary travel.  Both student wages and academic credit may be earned concurrently if the policies of your institution allow this practice. Full-time undergraduate students at all Louisiana colleges and universities are eligible. 

A written final report of research accomplishments and findings is required.  Students are also encouraged both to present their findings at university forums, state, regional, national and international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  Louisiana Sea Grant may provide limited travel funds to UROP students to attend these events should a student’s abstract be accepted for presentation.

Applications will be accepted until 3 December 2014. An Application Form and complete information can be found at the UROP website (click following link) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Please share this information with any of your colleagues/students who might be interested in UROP. Contact me if you require more information.

Best regards,

Matthew Bethel

Assistant Executive Director of Research

Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
By Admin (on 11/14/2014 @ 16:21:25, in ORSP Announcements, read 21 times)
 
ORAU is pleased to provide the information below regarding an opportunity available to all institutions. This notice is a service to ORAU Sponsoring and Associate Institutions.  Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

Introduction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows.

Qualifications

Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences that have completed three years of major coursework may apply. Chemistry and biology majors are preferred, although highly qualified candidates from other science majors may be considered. Must be able to comply with safety and security requirements before or upon reporting to CDC.

Application Process

The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  The application is available at: http://orise.orau.gov/cdc

To be considered, please send all application materials, including the application, a current resume, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation, to CDCrpp@orau.org by January 16, 2015. Please reference CDC-NCEH-2015-0002 in all communications.

For further information contact

Daniel Parker at (770) 488-7854 or DParker2@cdc.gov.

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/dls/orise.html

or DeAnna Copeland at (865) 574-7134

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

university.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

 
By Admin (on 11/14/2014 @ 16:19:31, in Fellowships, read 42 times)
 

FY2015 NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals (RFP), which requests proposals from Louisiana researchers for possible submission to NASA by the Board of Regents. This RFP is being issued in anticipation of the release of the FY2015 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) to allow proposers sufficient time to prepare applications. Proposers must submit a notice of intent before a preproposal will be accepted. Notices of Intent (required) are due on November 24, 2014; pre-proposals are due on January 5, 2015.

Files associated with this RFP can be found on the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Office of Sponsored Programs website (http://web.laregents.org/) and on the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR website: http://lanasaepscor.lsu.edu/?page_id=268. This RFP, the notice of intent form, the pre-proposal template, and the budget form are all available to download. Additionally, a number of critical supporting documents have also been posted to the Louisiana NASA EPSCoR website page linked above. These include the official NASA EPSCoR CAN from last year, a full list of abstracts for winning proposals from the last two years, a comprehensive listing of research priorities across NASA Mission Directorates and Centers, the current space technology roadmap, and a structural breakdown of the space technology areas. Additional resources will be posted as/if they become available, including the NASA EPSCoR FY2015 solicitation.

By Admin (on 11/5/2014 @ 12:39:35, in Funding Opportunities, read 23 times)
 

The Louisiana Board of Regents’ EPSCoR Program Office invites you to attend

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing:

A Statewide Industry-Academia Workshop

 

Hosted by the University of New Orleans

November 7, 2014

11:00 AM to 7:00PM

Loews Hotel, New Orleans

Attendees will include representatives from a variety of companies within the Louisiana manufacturing sector, and university researchers from all over the state who have expertise relevant to the sector. 

 

Attendance is free but registration is required; discounted parking at the Loews Hotel is $10.00.

Click here to register: http://orsp.uno.edu/epscor-workshop

By Carol Lunn (on 10/24/2014 @ 14:49:53, in Workshops, read 29 times)
 

My office, with the support and involvement of Crystal Ellerbe, Director of Federal Affairs, is planning to sponsor a coordinated trip to Washington D.C. with a group of researchers whose expertise is relevant to the Office of Naval Research (ONR).  The trip will, in part, entail attendance at ONR’s conference, Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO on February 4th and 5th of 2015.  Attending the ONR Future Force S&T EXPO with prepared ideas and project overviews will allow UNO researchers the opportunity to hone those ideas while developing vital connections with ONR program officers.  But participants on this trip will also be expected (and assisted) to plan and carry out visits to other funding agencies and program officers in the D.C. area, thus maximizing the overall utility of the trip.

As you can see by perusing the EXPO website, the priority ONR topics will be:

·         Assure Access to Maritime Battlespace

·         Autonomy & Unmanned Systems

·         Information Dominance - Cyber

·         Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare

·         Expeditionary & Irregular Warfare

·         Platform Design & Survivability

·         Power & Energy

·         Power Projection & Integrated Defense

·         Warfighter Performance

So if any of these topics are related to your research, and you see ONR (and other DoD) programs as potential funding sources for your work, you should consider applying to be a part of this trip.

UNO researchers interested in being considered for inclusion in this trip must submit the following to VPResearch@uno.edu by October 23, 2014:

·         2 or 3 white papers (3 pages maximum for each) describing research project ideas relevant to Department of Defense funders (at least one should be specifically relevant to ONR)

·         Description of any current connections with ONR or other DoD program officers (please provides names and programs if possible)

·         A brief description of any close collaborators (industry and/or other universities) tied to your research relevant to this conference

·         Answers to the following questions:

o   Are you able and willing to commit to a trip to Washington D.C. for 4-5 days in early February of 2015 (inclusive of the conference dates of 2/4-2/5)?o   Will you commit to coordinating with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to prepare/hone white papers, visit plans, and communication strategies in advance of the trip?

o   Will you commit to participating in debriefing and problem-solving meetings with other trip participants during the trip?

o   Will you commit to leveraging the connections and information obtained on the trip to apply for external funding to support your research?

After receiving these pieces of information from interested faculty, we will determine who will be invited to make the trip.  At that point, invited researchers will be notified and we will begin coordination and preparation for a successful trip.  Slots will be limited, so please make sure that the materials you submit make a clear case for how your research can benefit from this investment.

I look forward to seeing your submissions by October 23.

By Admin (on 10/17/2014 @ 15:52:30, in Funding Opportunities, read 42 times)
 
The Office of Research is pleased to invite you to the Inaugural Summer Research Program Presentation.For several years the Office of Research has operated competitive internal grant programs for researchers; now we are providing them the opportunity to share their research and scholarly activities with the campus. There are currently two summer research internal grant programs:

1.
The Stimulating Competitive Research (SCoRe) program is to enhance researchers ability to successfully competed for extramural sponsored research funding.

2.
The Creative Endeavor Opportunity (CEO) program is to provide support to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. The proposals for both of the programs are modeled on Board of Regents grants.  That way, once researchers have completed the internal grant process, they have a foundation to use when applying for a Board of Regents grant.

Most of the researchers who received a summer research award this past year will present their findings to the campus at this event. Attached is the agenda, which lists when faculty will present and provides their home department. Also attached is a flyer listing some of the research titles.

I hope you can stop by, even if only briefly, to discover some of the research and creative activities taking place on our campus. Here is the time and location of the event:

Date:  Friday, October 10, 2014

Place:  UC, Room 211B, Innsbruck B

Time:  1:00 pm — 4:30 pm

By Admin (on 10/6/2014 @ 14:35:37, in ORSP Announcements, read 44 times)
 
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