UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  April 23, 2014

Michael. Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         Bruce LaMattina, Visiting DOD Funding Consultant: May 6 & May 7

·         Updated NIH Resubmission Policy

·         Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data  Science (T32)

·         Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award: Internal  Deadline, May 21

·         SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program: June 12, 2014

·         Hooded Oriole and Blue Grosbeak

Bruce LaMattina, Visiting DOD Funding Consultant: May 6 & May 7

Bruce LaMattina, a former Army Research Officer program officver officer will be visiting UCR on May 6th and 7th. He’s a DOD funding expert who possesses extensive knowledge in understanding the specific criteria the DOD is interested in, the proposal process, and the success metrics. Almost 100% of the pre-proposals he has assisted faculty with have been invited for full proposals and 50% of the DoD young investigator proposals have been funded.  He’s worked with the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) as part of their gap analysis team that’s used to develop BAAs. During his visit at UCR Bruce will be providing two presentations as an opportunity to mentor any faculty interested in attending. Please RSVP by visiting the links corresponding to the seminars you’re interested in attending below by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 2nd.  The survey also has a space to indicates times you are available to meet with Bruce to discuss your ideas for a DARPA, AFOSR, ONR, ARO, IARPA, CDMRP or DoD Young investigator award.


·         Tuesday, May 6th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Winston Chung Hall, RM 443

“DOD Funding For Physical Sciences and Engineering: Opportunities & Strategies”

RSVP Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KSYJWCL


·         Wednesday, May 7th, 11:30–1:30 PM, SOM Research Building, Room 321

“DOD Funding for Medicine Life Sciences”

RSVP Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KNTVWRS

Updated NIH Resubmission Policy

NIH has announced a policy change on resubmission of grant applications. While the new policy still allows a single resubmission per application, ideas that were unsuccessfully submitted as a resubmission (A1) may now be presented in a new grant application (A0) without having to substantially redesign the content and scope of the project. –   See the NIH policy http://1.usa.gov/P8caVG  or  Sally Rockey’s blog (http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/04/17/blog-on-nih-policy-notice-14-074/#)

Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data  Science (T32)


NIH has published an RFA for Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) Institutional Training Grant. If interested in applying, please contact me.

The long-term goal of the BD2K initiative (http://go.usa.gov/KH9Q) is to support the advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of Big Data in biomedical research. To address the growing need and opportunities for skilled researchers to fully utilize the vast amount of heterogeneous biomedical Big Data, a series of BD2K FOAs have been designed to provide support for: 1) development of a sufficient cadre of researchers skilled in the science of Big Data; and 2) elevation of the general competencies in data usage and analysis across the biomedical research workforce. The portfolio of BD2K training activities will include opportunities for the full spectrum of scientists, from students to senior faculty, from developers of methods and tools to investigators who need to use Big Data tools.

Due to the multifaceted challenges faced in meeting the opportunities provided by Big Data, the following principles were taken into account in designing the set of BD2K training FOAs:


Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award: Deadline, July 4 at 4PM CT

The Brain Research Foundation has invited the University of California, Riverside to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2015 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The objective of the program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.


To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of studies and brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential.  The grant period is for two years in the amount of $150,000. The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit. 


Please note that BRF will only accept a single LOI per institution so a deadline of May 21 for a limited submission application at http://research.ucr.edu/ord/limitedsubmissions.aspx

To learn more about the Brain Research Foundation, 
see http://thebrf.org/
To view the
updated guidelines visit website, see http://thebrf.org/Grants/Scientific+Innovations+Award

SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program: June 12, 2014


The GRO Program is SAMSUNG's (Samsung Electronics & affiliated Samsung companies) academic research collaboration platform. The GRO program annually invites world-class university researchers to submit innovative research proposals to foster collaborative relationships. Selected proposals will receive financial support for one year ranging from USD $70,000 to $100,000 including overhead. In some cases, larger awards may be possible for especially outstanding proposals. Awards may be renewed up to three years, based on research outcomes and necessity for further research partnership driven by SAMSUNG.


All eligible applicants should submit application forms by June 12, 2014 for proposal screening. Only research proposals submitted through the GRO online submission site will be accepted.


2014 GRO Program is seeking proposals in twelve (12) research themes Collaboration on the special subjects is actively sought, but other subject submissions are welcomed because innovation has no boundaries.


Samsung is seeking novel ideas in the following broad research themes:

                               Sensor Technology

                               New Display

                               Machine Learning & Recognition

                               Next Generation Computing

                               Next Generation Web

                               Big Data & Network


                               Functional Material

                               OLED Material

                               Next Generation Battery

                               Energy Harvesting

                               Design & Service


Under the research themes, there are forty (40) special subjects this year.  Each special subject has a detailed Call for Proposal on the GRO homepage.


To learn more about the 2014 GRO, please visit:




Hooded Oriole and Blue Grosbeak

The hooded orioles have returned to nest in the Riverside area. This one dropped by my yard last Sunday.


Hooded Oriole

(click to enlarge)


The Blue Grosbeak is a migrant that also had a brief visit to my yard.


Blue Grosbeak


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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:  Johanna Bowman