UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  October 19, 2014

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


Back Issues of Newsletter: http://research.ucr.edu/vcr/newsletters.aspx

Grant Opportunity Search: http://pivot.cos.com  

TEDxRiverside: Oct 16, 2014: http://www.tedxriverside.com



·         NSF Funding Workshop

·         NSF Ebola Research

·         Cancer Research Coordinating Committee Proposals

·         NSF Major Research Instrumentation

·         COS PIVOT Searches

·         Red-Shouldered Hawk


National Science Foundation Funding Seminar

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10:00am – 11:00am

Genomics Building Auditorium


Please join us for the National Science Foundation Seminar on Thursday, October 23rd at 10:00am in the Genomics Building Auditorium.  Presenting will be three UCR faculty who have been program directors or division directors at NSF


Jan Stets: From 2008-2010 Dr. Stets was a Program Officer of the Sociology Program at NSF. Activities involved helping to usher through over 1,000 faculty and dissertation proposals from submission to resolution, convening national advisory panels for proposal evaluations, organizing workshops on cutting-edge issues in the discipline, and presenting at national and regional meetings about NSF funding.


Michael Allen: From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Allen was a Program Officer for the Division of Environmental Biology. , Dr. Allen managed proposals and awards for the Ecosystems Program and for Conservation and Restoration Biology. , Dr. Allen also served managing the Long-Term Ecological Research, and the Land Margins Ecosystems programs, programs in which individual projects are expected to last decades and are renewed every 6 years, but include more extensive NSF oversight and interactions than standard awards.


Michael Pazzani:  From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Pazzani was a Division Director in Information and Intelligent Systems in CISE.  During these years, approximately 8000 proposals crossed his desk and $1B in funding was awarded.  In addition to CISE grants, Dr. Pazzani was involved with the evaluation of Science of Learning Centers, Science of Technology Centers, IGERT, proposals.  He helped to create programs in long-term data archiving, science and engineering informatics, and computational neuroscience.


NSF Ebola Research


A Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) has been posted on the NSF website regarding submission of NSF RAPID proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research on the Ebola virus. This DCL may be of interest to your community. The DCL is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15006.





Cancer Research Coordinating Committee Proposals

The University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) Research Grant is a systemwide committee of faculty members from all campuses and from many areas of scientific expertise. CRCC funds support meritorious research in a wide range of scientific areas, including both applied clinical research and basic research relevant to cancer. The Committee's objectives are to provide seed money for innovative approaches to the cancer problem and to encourage the research of Assistant Professors. URL: http://crcc.ucdavis.edu/

The CRCC provides seed money for pilot projects (up to $55,000) to promote innovative cancer research



Application is available online :  http://crcc.ucdavis.edu

Application is a pdf fill-able form and requires Adobe Acrobat Professional

Applications are due FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 by 5 pm



Applicant must be a member of the Academic Senate

Applicant must be employed minimum 50% time on UC administered payrolls at one of the ten UC campuses.

Applicant must have a UC appointment date of 7/1/13 or earlier

Applicant must have a total annual laboratory support of less than $350,000


UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee

Email: crcc@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://crcc.ucdavis.edu




NSF Major Research Instrumentation: Deadline 11/20/14


The National Science Foundation has issued its Major Research Instrumentation program solicitation. This program will make an estimated 160 awards from a $75 million pool for  shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs..


Proposals to the MRI Program, must be for either acquisition or development, and must be for only a single, well-integrated instrument.  Awards will range from $100,000 to as much as $4 million. Cost sharing of 30% of the total project is required and at UCR the match is split 60% by the Research and Economic Development Office and the Colleges, Schools, or Departments submitting the proposal. 


There is a limit of three proposals per institution. No more than two of the three can be for instrument acquisition. The campus limited submission deadline is November 20.  See http://research.ucr.edu/ord/limitedsubmissions.aspx The three selected to go forward will be due to NSF on January 22, 2015.


Last year, UCR received two awards from this program.  Hints for being successful include

·         The PI often has a track record of NSF funding and the instrument will be used by several others with NSF Funding.

·         The equipment should enable innovative science and engineering projects

·         Development awards, creating a novel instrument, have a higher acceptance rate than acquisition

·         Request for funding over $1M have a lower acceptance rate.

·         The match should not be in kind costs such as graduate student’s stipends.

·         A strong plan for running and maintaining the equipment during the grant and after the grant ends increases chances of funding.

Successful internal proposals will address these issues.


The solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=5260&ods_key=nsf15504




COS PIVOT Searches


The original name of COS was community of Science.  However, the COS Grant Opportunity Search Engine: http://pivot.cos.com   contains much more than science. Below are a few examples of upcoming deadlines.

NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects, FY 2016. Deadline: 12/8/14. Synopsis: Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. URL: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263928

NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. Deadline: 12/3/14. Synopsis: SCHC helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.URL:http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections

NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants. Deadline: 12/9/14. Synopsis: Grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. URL: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/scholarly-editions-and-translations-grants

NEH Collaborative Research Grants. Deadline: 12/9/14. Synopsis: Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. URL: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/collaborative-research-grants





Red-Shouldered Hawk

I came home one day recently and a red-shouldered hawk was perched on our wall.  It stayed long enough for a few photos.

Red Shouldered Hawk II




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:  Linda Bejenaru

Email: VCREDadmin@ucr.edu