Category Archives: Sponsor Agency

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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.

 

 

 

NIH cancels study sections

NIH has cancelled all study sections this week and next. This means that no study sections will be meeting before October 25.

By cancelling all CSR study section meetings from October 1 through October 18, NIH:

  • Cancelled over 170 meetings
  • Notified over 4000 reviewers
  • Postponed review of over 8600 applications*

All October application deadlines are being rescheduled to November.

*Preliminary NIH analysis.

Investing In Science To Focus On Innovation

The acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering said that to meet the Defense Department’s 21st century security objectives, its science and technology funding will focus on innovation and industry.

CybersecurityIn remarks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 14th annual science and engineering technology conference, Alan Shaffer said mitigation, affordability and surprise technology lay the foundation for the DOD’s science and technology commitments.

Read entire article here.

Energy Department Launches Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

Last week, the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new effort focused on growing American manufacturing of clean energy products and boosting U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through major improvements in energy productivity.
The CEMI’s investments include the recently announced SunShot Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat) program, a $15 million funding opportunity to reduce the manufacturing costs of solar energy technologies and demonstrate cost-competitive, innovative manufacturing technologies that can achieve commercial production in the next few years.

Read more….http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/solar/newsletter/detail.cfm/articleId=362

Priorities of Science Committee Republicans on DOE Science, NASA, NIST, NOAA, and NSF

A good indicator of the views of House Science Committee Republicans on the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation can be found in a eight-page document submitted to the House Budget Committee. “Views and Estimates; Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Fiscal Year 2014” provides insight into the positions of twenty of the twenty-one committee Republicans on these agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Transportation.

Read more…..http://www.aip.org/fyi/2013/056.html