UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  August 16, 2014

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         NSF Science and Technology Centers

·         TEDxRiverside:  Oct 16, 2014

·         NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

·         NSF: Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research

·         NIH: How Do Multi-PI Applications Fare?

·         DOE: Web-based Portal for Research Findings Dissemination

·         DOE: Early Career Research Program

·         NSF: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

·         CAL-BRAIN Delays

·         Yellow-crowned Bishop


NSF Science and Technology Centers


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the solicitation for the next round of Science and Technology Centers (STC).  STCs support complex research and education projects that require large-scale and long-term awards. 


UCR can ONLY submit 3 proposals as lead. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEADING ONE, PLEASE LET MICHAEL PAZZANI KNOW ASAP.  There is no limit on the number we can participate in as subawards from other universities.


·         This is a 5 Year award with a total of up $24M ($4M the first year and $5M subsequent years).  NSF intended to award 4 grants.   Many Centers are renewed for an additional 5 years.

·         Centers are often lead by a PI who has a track record of NSF funding for 6 or more grants, including some grants above $1M.  The lead university often involved 4-6 faculty most of whom already have some NSF funding.

·         Centers usually involve 2-6 other universities including a minority serving institution.

·         An international collaboration is often included.

·         To give an idea of the scope of a NSF STC, the existing centers are listed below

o   Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)

o   Center for Multi-Scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (MMAP)

o   Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (Center for E3S)

o   Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE)

o   Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)

o   Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction

o   NSF Center for Layered Polymeric Systems

o   Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)

o   NSF Science and Technology Center: Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems

o   Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information

o   BEACON: An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action


If there is not critical mass in your area and you are interested in participating in a center led by another university, consider contacting prominent researchers at other universities and mentioning UCR is one of the few strong research universities that is a Hispanic Serving Institution.


Preliminary Proposals:  Preliminary proposals are required and are due December 11, 2014


·         The complete STC solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14600/nsf14600.htm.

·         Complete details of the STC program, including information on past awards, are available on the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/programs/stc/ .


TEDxRiverside: Oct 16, 2014


TEDxRiverside will be held Oct 16, 2014, from 9AM to 5PM at the Fox Performing Arts Center.  Talks will include two UCR alumni

·         Richard Schrock, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry

·         Steven Breen,  Pulitzer Prize Winner, Editorial Cartoonists from San Diego Union Tribune


Additional Speakers or Performers include Grammy Award Winner Melissa Manchester, Garner Holt, CEO of the company that does animatronics for Disney, Former NSF player Kermit Alexander, Performance Artist Gregory Adamson.


Rebeccah Goldware and I have been planning TEDxRiverside with a group from the local community and the organizers of TEDxUCR.  Details at http://www.TEDxRivesride.com  Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster on August 21.  Groups of 5 or more may purchase tickets from Rebeccah Goldware at goldware@ucr.edu


Free tickets are being provided to 500 high school students to encourage them to become the next generation of innovators.


We can always use help publicizing and getting sponsors. Contact Rebeccah or me if you have ideas.  Unfortunately, because UCR is a sponsors and TED rules prohibit speakers from sponsors, no UCR faculty re featured, but we have arranged for two prominent alumni to speak.

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program


The National Endowment for the Humanities in the United States and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., DFG) are working together to offer support for projects that contribute to developing and implementing digital infrastructures and services for humanities research.  Due September 25.



NSF: Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences.  Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields, that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields.


Due DEC 2 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504832&org=SBE&sel_org=SBE&from=fund


NIH: How Do Multi-PI Applications Fare?


In a recent blog post Sally Rockey compared the acceptance rates of single PI and multi-PI applications to NIH.  The quick summary is that there is no disadvantage in submitting a multi-PI application.   Details are at



DOE: Web-based Portal for Research Findings Dissemination


The Department of Energy has launched a web-based portal called the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES),that will allow free public access to peer reviewed documents and scientific articles that resulted from DOE funding, within a year of publication.


The DOE Office of Science issued new requirements around the management of digital research data by their supported researchers in that all proposals for research funding submitted will be required to include a Data Management Plan, describing whether and how the digital research will be shared and preserved.  This is effect for funding issued by the Office of Science beginning later this year (October 1, 2014). Other DOE offices will implement their data management plan within the next year. 


DOE: Early Career Research Program

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas:

·         Advanced Scientific

·         Computing Research (ASCR);

·         Biological and Environmental Research (BER);

·          Basic Energy Sciences (BES),

·         Fusion Energy Sciences (FES);

·         High Energy Physics (HEP), and

·         Nuclear Physics (NP).


The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.  Pre-Proposal Due Date: 09/11/2014 at 5 PM Eastern Time.


Details at http://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/lab-announcements/2014/lab_14-1170.pdf


NSF: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM


Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?'  Factors one might consider include:  honor codes,  professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements,  curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and  humanitarian goals,  institutions that  serve  under-represented groups,  institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels,  institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.  Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?


DUE Feb 17, 2015 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505027&org=SBE&sel_org=SBE&from=fund



UC’s budget this year includes $2M for Cal-BRAIN (the California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in Neuroscience).  CAL-BRAIN is a coordinated statewide program to award research grants and support, and integrate the search and convergence on new technologies capable of monitoring wide-scale activity in the brain.  The goal is to develop new technologies to revolutionize the understanding of the brain in health and disease by improving our ability to monitor and analyze brain activity. Examples of Research areas eligible for support include


·         nano-scale, biocompatible sensors of nerve cell activity

·         micro- and nano-scale, biocompatible devices for conveying sensor signals and for targeted therapeutic stimulation

·         ultrasound technology for brain imaging

·         prostheses for diverse brain functions (e.g., memory, motor control, addiction control)

·         tracers to enhance current brain imaging technologies


Scientists from all California non-profit research institutions are eligible to apply. Seed grants in the first year will be a maximum of $120,000. Proposals will be a maximum of 5 pages.


The CALL FOR PROPOSALS was expected August 15 with proposals due one month later. Unfortunately, we received word late yesterday that the call for proposals (and due date) will be delayed slightly.  


Yellow-crowned Bishop


Here’s another bird in Southern California with origins elsewhere.  A few have been spotted in Orange County.  This one is from the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine






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:  Lila Basham-Casteloes

Email: VCREDadmin@ucr.edu