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Visit this page periodically to keep up-to-date with the latest ECAS Research events. If you are interested in attending any of our events, please contact us. You can also view past events.

Help the National Science Foundation think outside the box; enter the NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education. Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by NSF. It's an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering. 

Entries will be accepted through October 26, 2018. For more information, including entry instructions, eligibility, rules, and judging criteria, please visit the NSF 2026 Idea Machine website.  

Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity

Fostering the growth of a globally competitive and diverse research workforce and advancing the scientific and innovation skills of the Nation is a strategic objective of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Nation's global competitiveness depends critically on the readiness of the Nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and NSF seeks to continue to invest in programs that directly advance this workforce. 

As part of this effort, a supplemental funding opportunity is available in fiscal years FY 2019 and FY 2020 to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities and has historically encouraged principal investigators (PIs) to include such activities in research proposals to NSF. 

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes new funding opportunities at NSF to ensure graduate students are well prepared for the 21st-century STEM workforce. Supplemental funding requests may be submitted at any time but no later than May 1, 2019 (for available FY 2019 funds) and May 1, 2020 (for available FY 2020 funds).

NSF ERA Forum Webinar – September 26, 2018 1:00-2:30 PM ET

You are invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on September 26, 2018 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time. To participate in this Forum, please Register Now

The topics for this forum will be the new Research.gov   Proposal Preparation and Submission Functionality for Collaborative Proposals, the New Award Notice, and Branding Options for the Consolidation of Research.gov and FastLane. 

For more information about the NSF ERA Forum Webinar, please visit the DIAS/Policy Office website at https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/era_forum.jsp. This Forum will have a limited number of spots. Please register early and feel free to rally in groups for the WebEx session.

Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference – Registration Will Open September 6th

Registration for the Fall 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will open Thursday, September 6th at 12 PM EDT on the conference website

The event will take place November 8-9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Intercontinental New Orleans. The registration fee is $425. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants. 

It is anticipated that this event will reach capacity very quickly, so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot. In the meantime, please check the website for a preliminary agenda, and information about the conference venue, hotel room options and travel logistics. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to: grants_conference@nsf.gov, or call 703.245.7562.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Solicitation. 

Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 15, 2018. 

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/

September 19-20 NIH Workshop co-hosted by Congressman McKinley and WVU

Over the past several years, Congress has supported significant increases for the National Institutes of Health. To help ensure that institutions across the State of West Virginia, including Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) are fully aware of new and existing NIH initiatives and programs, U.S. Congressman David B. McKinley, has invited National Institutes of Health officials to the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center on September 19th-20th. 

On September 19, Congressman McKinley will kick off the visit at West Virginia University (WVU) Health Sciences Center (HSC) at approximately 1:00. During the afternoon, NIH Institute Directors will share their missions and visions and have an opportunity to learn about some of the major health research initiatives underway at WVU HSC and Marshall University. September 20th will be reserved for a series of presentations and workshops at WVU HSC that will include a general session on major NIH initiatives and a number of breakout sessions on relevant topics, with the anticipated time being from 8-3:00. This is truly a unique opportunity for West Virginia institutions of higher education to learn from, and interact with, NIH officials. 

Additional information will be forthcoming but please reserve these dates on your calendar if you plan to attend.

Important NSF Information on Harassment

Please see the changes to the NSF policy on harassment. Policy changes include  Important Notice No. 144,  which states that the NSF will not tolerate harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, within the Foundation, at grantee institutions, field sites or anywhere science is conducted. NSF has taken steps to help ensure research environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering our policies, guidelines and communications so that institutions clearly understand expectations and individuals understand their rights. 

For more information please see the following link.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Proposers Day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The Proposers Day will be held on August 8, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The event will be held via a webcast only. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast.

Additional information regarding this SN can be found at the link below. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-SN-18-64/listing.html 

For specific questions regarding this SN, please send email to YFA2019@darpa.mil.

Write Winning Grants seminar to be held October 4th

This fall, the WVU Research Office will once again offer Write Winning Grants, a one-day grant-writing seminar, on Thursday, October 4, 2018

The seminar will be held in the Okey Patteson Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center. Write Winning Grants has been highly rated by past participants, and the Research Office strongly encourages attendance by anyone who hasn’t participated in the past (though all faculty are welcome!). The seminar will be a full day (8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) of grant-writing activities and refreshers, with lunch and light refreshments provided.

All interested faculty should  register by 11:59pm, Monday, September 10 at the following link:  https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eaievtoDPbzv5dj

Please note, if you register and do not attend the seminar, the respective department will be charged.  If you register and attend, the college will cover the cost of your attendance.

Any questions can be directed to Deanna Messenger ( Deanna.Messenger@mail.wvu.edu), point of contact for the event.

DARPA - Request For Information - Confidence Levels for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Confidence Levels" for the Social and Behavioral Sciences The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is requesting information on new ideas and approaches for creating (semi)automated capabilities to assign "Confidence Levels" to specific studies, claims, hypotheses, conclusions, models, and/or theories found in social and behavioral science research. These social and behavioral science Confidence Levels should rapidly enable a non-expert to understand and quantify the confidence they can have in a specific research result or claim's reliability, reproducibility, and robustness.

For more information, click here.

New WVU Institutional Repository Going Live

The WVU new Institutional Repository (IR) is getting ready to go live, and needs some faculty work to populate it. The Research Office and the Libraries are looking for faculty to work with now so that we will have some great work to showcase when we launch broadly. 

Interested faculty members would work with the scholarly communications librarian, Ian Harmon, to deposit their work into the repository. In addition to data sets and articles, the IR can also accept audio and video files, photos, etc. so ALL scholarly work can use this resource. If you are interested in learning more about putting your work into the IR, please contact Ian Harmon in the libraries for more information. We would love to see faculty from diverse units use this resource.

Register Early & Save for Fall 2018 NIH Regional Seminar in San Francisco, CA

Could you benefit from learning more about applying to NIH and our policies, processes, and resources? Do you know colleagues, whether they be faculty, research administrators or trainees at your institution who might also benefit? If so, then consider attending the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration taking place in San Francisco, California – October 17 -19, 2018. 

Register by June 22 and save while Early Registration rates are still available. 

The 2-day seminar offers a unique and valuable opportunity to interact with hundreds of your peers, while spending time learning the latest NIH grants policy and process information first-hand from over 65 NIH & HHS program, grants, review and policy officials. In addition to choosing from 6 concurrent sessions during the seminar, you will be able to make appointments with presenters for 15 minutes chats during a time called, “1:1 Meet the Experts”. 

 For more information click here.

Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense (I-Corps @ DoD)

The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications from current/recent DoD awardees on basic research topics to receive mentoring and funding to accelerate the transition and commercialization of the funded research. 

The I-Corps @ DoD program is designed to support the acceleration of basic research innovations from qualifying institutions by providing Principal Investigators (PIs) and students with training and mentorship in customer discovery and the commercialization process. 

The goals of this program are to spur the transition of fundamental research with potential defense relevance to the marketplace, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students, faculty, and other researchers to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. 

There will be three outcomes of the I-Corps @ DoD program: 1) a clear go/no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan to do so, and 3) an understanding of what kind of minimum viable product demonstration would be required by key partners and customer segments. Informal White Papers due: 8 June 2018. Applications Due: 6 July 2018 by 4:00pm local Durham, NC time.

Click  here for the full program announcement.

FY 2019 NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The full text of the Announcement will be posted on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com. In anticipation of the upcoming CAN release, NASA WV EPSCoR Committee invites pre-proposals from eligible faculty for the FY 2018 NASA EPSCoR program (due no later than June 22, 2018) 

West Virginia may submit a package containing one proposal requesting up to $750,000 in federal funds for a three year period. A cost share of at least 50% from non-federal sources is required. For more information, please visit the following  link.