Category Archives: Funding

This is a very broad category that includes how sponsors are prioritizing and distributing their funds (historical and future strategies) and solicitations (near or far term) that may be of interest to ASU faculty.

NSF Day at ASU

ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) was pleased to host the National Science Foundation (NSF) on December 5, 2013.

ASU began as a teacher’s college. Since the turn of the century, we have evolved to become a leading institution of research and discovery. In fiscal year 2013, over 11 hundred ASU investigators submitted proposals requesting $1.25B in funds. In that same year, almost a thousand investigators received $321.5M in award obligations. And last fiscal year our research expenditures reached $405M, up from $343M the year before. While these are impressive numbers, it has always been our local and global impact that matters most.

ASU faculty and their research are regularly featured in leading peer reviewed journals; our students are nationally recognized for their innovation and entrepreneurship and academic achievements; and ASU is internationally ranked for the quality of our education. We connect with teachers and students across the state in order to find ways to improve education and experience in the classroom. At the same time, we send highly sensitive instruments to the moon and Mars to characterize its atmosphere and geology. As you know, this is not possible without continued federal funding, and in particular, funding from the NSF.

Two of these presenters are returning to ASU. Dr. George Gilchrist credits an introductory zoology course taught by Dr. Ronald Rutowski as his inspiration for pursuing a career in biology.  Dr. Marjorie Zatz has continued ASU’s comittment to public service, joining NSF in 2012. While at ASU, she held many leadership positions, but was noted for her dedication to students and researchers in the School of Social Transformation.

We also welcomed Dr. Pat Knezek, a leader among astronomy professionals; Dr. Russ Kelz, who has worked tirelessly for many years at NSF to improve earth sciences instrumentation and facilities; Dr. Beth Mitchneck, a ADVANCE program advocate and faculty member from our neighbor down south; and Dr. Weisong Shi, a rising star in computer science and a very recent addition to NSF.

Preparations began several months earlier, after a call from George Wilson, Legislative Specialist at the NSF, to Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Senior Vice President of OKED. They culminated in delivery of 300 folders to an empty ballroom:

20131204_211512_resizedWhich was then filled with over 250 attendees from across Arizona’s educational landscape:

20131205_105933_resizedIt was a great success and dovetails with our next event, the NSF Proposal Clinic on January 9, 2014, where investigators will learn crucial tips and tricks for their NSF proposals from a very experienced grants writer.

 

 

 

NSF is coming!

We’ve been working all week: cross checking reservations, emailing confirmations, printing and collating! It all comes to fruition tomorrow.

Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development is pleased to be hosting the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their NSF Day on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Memorial Union on Tempe’s campus from 7:30am until 4:30pm. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to become more familiar with NSF policy and funding priorities. Almost 300 people will be coming from across the southwest to learn more about the NSF. It will be an exciting time for all!

For more information on the NSF, check out the following sites:

NIH Peer Review

If you apply to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), you need to follow Dr. Sally Rockey’s blog.

Last week, she brought up the continuing improvement of Peer Review. It rehashes the previous two years of work, but the topic is always timely. Of interest, is the in-depth analysis provided by the first comment.

http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2013/06/06/another-look-at-enhancing-peer-review/

NIST Announces Plan to Sponsor First Cybersecurity FFRDC

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) address industry’s needs most efficiently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced its intention to sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

The FFRDC mechanism will allow a nonprofit organization to support the NCCoE, which was established in partnership with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County in February 2012. Today’s announcement in the Federal Register* is the first of three required, and will be followed by a solicitation for proposals to manage the FFRDC in the fall of 2013. This will be the first FFRDC solely dedicated to enhancing the security of the nation’s information systems.

The NCCoE is a public-private collaboration that helps businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure by bringing together experts from industry, government and academia to find practical solutions for today’s most pressing cybersecurity needs. Last week, the center announced formal partnerships with 11 private industries.**

Read entire article here.

Review of President’s Budget Request

Centurion Research Solutions analyzed the President’s budget request and identified key areas for agencies interested in pursuing federal government contracts, e.g. VA, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare IT.

Watch the short video here.

You can access the fiscal year 2014 Presidential budget request here.

If you are an ASU staff or faculty member interested in a copy of the Centurion report you can request one from trista.taylor@asu.edu or log in to Centurion and request a copy.