International Opportunities through Fulbright

Faculty members interested in learning about opportunities with the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program can attend an informational presentation given by Sophia Yang, a Fulbright Program Officer.
The presentation will be held from 12:00-12:50 p.m. on March 29th, 2018 in W-170 Benson building. (Light lunch to be served).
The presentation will be followed by one-on-one interviews (from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m.) with Ms. Yang.
Faculty members may sign up for Ms. Yang’s presentation as well as one on ones: Fulbright Seminar – Faculty Sign Up
Encourage interested students to attend a student Fulbright session from 2:00-2:50 p.m.: Fulbright Seminar – Student Sign up

NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

“The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. CICI seeks three categories of projects:
1. Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure: These awards seek to secure the scientific workflow by encouraging novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire scientific CI ecosystem;
2. Collaborative Security Response Center: This single award targets the development of a community resource to provide security monitoring, analysis, expertise, and resources Research & Education (R&E) cyberinfrastructure staff, regardless of physical location or organization; and
3. Research Data Protection: These awards provide solutions that both ensure the provenance of research data and reduce the complexity of protecting research data sets regardless of funding source.”
For more information, go to this link NSF CICI

Research Area: NSF

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

“The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS activity is designed specifically to attain the following goals:
1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system of systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
3. Enable research that will lead to innovative and integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems solutions to critical FEW systems problems;
4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system of systems, through education and other professional development opportunities.
Education. The Goals of the Consortium are:
Outcome 1: To demonstrably contribute to the development of the STEM Workforce with programs, projects and activities that are in direct alignment with NASA’s stated education strategic goals, missions and with her defined outcomes, objectives and PART measures.
Outcome 2: To attract and retain students and teachers in the STEM disciplines who have a solid understanding of the subject material.
Outcome 3: Conduct an Informal Education program to form strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal providers leading to an expansion of the nation’s future STEM workforce through awareness of the mission of NASA and the promotion of STEM literacy”.
For more information, go to this link INFEWS

Graduate Student Proposal Writing Series

Finding and securing research funding is increasingly important.

This series will introduce graduate students to the grant proposal writing process and provide tips and best practices for securing that first research fellowship or grant.

8 March: Overview of the Grant Proposal Process
13 March: Finding Funding with Online Tools
15 March: Internal and External Funding for Graduate Students
22 March: Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Faculty: Make sure your graduate students know about this opportunity!
Graduate Students: Signup by following the links in the events column to the left!

More information.

DoD Minerva Initiative Visit Campus

The Department of Defense Minerva Initiative’s co-director, Dr. Lisa Troyer, will be on campus Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

The research and development budget for the Department of Defense is $72.83 billion dollars (well eclipsing NSF’s $6.53 billon, and even Health and Human Services’ $32.71 billion). If you would like to learn more about funding for your research from the Department of Defense, plan on attending the Minerva Initiative Funding Seminar.

Dr. Troyer’s current assignment entails assisting the US Army in developing its basic research program in the social and behavioral sciences. In this capacity, she serves as the Army’s point-of-contact for the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative aimed at assisting the government in learning from and supporting the work of social and behavioral scientists to better serve the nation and world. She is also tasked with identifying and facilitating outstanding collaborative research initiatives among the US Army and single investigator faculty, university research groups, and public and private sector laboratories.

Updated information.
There will be two meetings, one for faculty at 12:00 PM in WSC 3223, and one for graduate students at 2:00 PM in WSC 3222.
See the event tabs to the left to sign up.