UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  April 21, 2013

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         Faculty Workshops: BRAIN, Big Data, and now Drug Discovery and Design

·         Federal Budget Update

·         Research Development & Grant Writing News

·         NIH Funding presentation

·         New NSF Summary Report of Social Science Research Benefits

·         Spotted Towhee



Faculty Workshops: BRAIN, Big Data, and now Drug Discovery and Design


My office has been hosting several workshops with the goal of bringing together faculty with common research interests from different departments.  At the workshops, faculty are asked to give brief overviews of their research to initiate collaborations.


Workshops are scheduled for:

·         BRAIN research: Monday, April 22nd from 1:30 – 3pm in the University Office Building, Room 219. http://doodle.com/x7dt9ne5iszzkeri#table

·         Big Data: Monday, May 6th  from 1:30 – 3pm in the University Office Building, Room 220. http://doodle.com/474a33emms358psg#table


It’s not too late to sign up using the corresponding doodle pool.  If you are interested in a topic but can’t make the date, please add your name to the corresponding doodle poll so we can keep you informed.  If you are attending and want to present a PowerPoint, please get it to Jennifer.Jazquez@ucr.edu.


A new workshop is proposed on Drug Discovery and Design. The date is not set. If you are interested, fill out the doodle poll at http://doodle.com/3wdn3tynyynny7fa



Federal Budget Update


UCR has developed a relationship with Lewis-Burke Associates to monitor federal research trends and budgets and to help network with research funding agencies.   Lewis-Burke has prepared a detailed summary of the President’s proposed budget.  I was intending on writing a summary but that might leave out an agency or a detail important to a faculty member.  Therefore, I am attaching the rather lengthy report.  For the most part, the proposed budget is good news with increases to NSF, US Department of Energy Office of Science, USDA/NIFA, NEH and NEA.   The increases to NIH are minimal.  While one can expect the funding numbers to change as it works its way through Congress, it is still useful to see new initiatives that agencies are proposing to get as much advance information as possible on possible new programs.


One major change is that NSF will be getting a large increase in funds for education programs at the expense of cuts in other agency programs in this area.  Two new programs are

·         NSF Research Traineeships (NRT): NRT builds on the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.  NRT would be supported at $55.1 million in FY 2014 to “encourage effectual innovation and design of graduate programs to support opportunities within specific disciplines.”

·         Catalyzing Advances in Undergraduate STEM Education (CAUSE): CAUSE is a new program with proposed funding of $123.1 million in FY 2014 that aims to maximize the impact of NSF’s undergraduate education activities and build the future STEM workforce through: improved learning and learning environments, broadening participation, and increasing institutional capacity.


Note that the attached reports are for UCR internal use only.  They may not be forwarded to colleagues at other institutions or professional associations.  Lewis-Burke can help set up meetings at agencies to discuss programs or initiatives.   However, faculty members are asked to coordinate contacting them with me to keep UCR in the loop.  I have limited travel funds to faculty that are interested in visiting agencies to learn more about programs.


For other budget analysis see

AAAS: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2013/0410_rd-budget.shtml

APLU: http://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=4450


To read the agencies budget documents, see


NSF: http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2014/index.jsp

DOE Office of Science:


NIH:  http://officeofbudget.od.nih.gov/br.html

NEH: http://www.neh.gov/files/neh_request_fy2014.pdf

USDA/NIFA: http://land-grant.org/docs/FY2014/NUM-14.pdf


Research Development & Grant Writing News


UCR has also subscribed to a newsletter from Academic Research Funding Strategies.   It is available on the web at http://research.ucr.edu/OrApps/SP/Info/GrantWriting/GrantWritingNews.aspx.  I’m attaching a copy here.  This report also should not be shared outside of UCR.



NIH Grants and Research Resources presentation

Karine Le Roch recently hosted a NIH Grant officer, Glen McGugan, to give a presentation on NIH Grants and Research Resources.  That presentation is available to UCR researchers on the web at




New NSF Summary Report of Social Science Research Benefits


The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a summary report "Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Addresses National Challenges," that provides examples of the ways in which NSF-funded, basic, social and behavioral science research bears on national security and economic interests.  As you may know, there is continued skepticism among some in Congress as to the value of federally supported social science research. See http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127535&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click for examples of the impacts of NSF funded social science research.


Spotted Towhee

I have a pair of spotted towhees that have been visiting my house the past few months.  They are usually pretty reclusive, staying in the underbrush, but some sunflower seed has coaxed them out.


Spotted Towhee

(click to enlarge)




Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Professor,  Computer Science & Engineering

University of California, Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521



Assistant:  Jennifer Vazquez