UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  November 09, 2014

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         Talk: Some Pragmatic Strategies for Obtaining DoD Research Funding: Friday, Nov 14 10am

·         Director of Corporate Relations

·         American Asthma Foundation

·         NIH and USAID Recent Presentations Available Online

·         ExCITE Incubator Grand Opening: Nov 12

·         Prothonotary Warbler



Some Pragmatic Strategies for Obtaining DoD Research Funding

Suveen Mathaudhu, Ph.D.

November 14, 2014

10:00am – 11:00am

Orbach Science Library 240


Suveen Mathaudhu, a BCOE faculty member, will be holding a seminar entitled, "Knowing is Half the Battle:  Some Pragmatic Strategies for Obtaining DoD Research Funding” on Friday, November 14th at 10:00 in the Orbach Science Library 240.


Abstract:  Defense funding has historically played a large role in support of domestic basic scientific research. This presentation will cover some pragmatic considerations when applying for defense funding, including selection of appropriate research topics, targeting specific defense funding agencies, understanding defense funding cycles, funding mechanisms (e.g. single investigator, MURI, DURIP, SBIR/STTR, YIP), communications with the agencies, and other issues unique to “mission” supporting agencies.


Suveen Mathaudhu:  From 2006-2010, Dr. Mathaudhu was a Staff Scientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and from 2010-2014, he served as a Program Manager in the Engineering Sciences Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Office. Dr. Mathaudhu managed a portfolio of basic science research projects from academia/industry concerning the synthesis and processing of materials. Duties included writing of broad area announcement (BAA), call for proposals, and evaluation and selection of proposals for a variety of agencies within the DoD, DoE and NSF. Other responsibilities also included workshop and symposia organization in support of identifying areas of scientific opportunity.




Director of Corporate Relations

I’m pleased to announce that Emily Abbott is joining Research and Economic Development effective Novv 24 as Director of Corporate Relations.  Emily’s role will be to increase corporate research collaborations (either contract or gifts) and will work closely with Schools, Departments, faculty and the Office of Development.


Emily Abbott raised $47,000,000 and established over 300 diverse collaborations during more than 20 years in the non-profit and higher education sectors.  Most recently she spent almost 10 years at the California Institute of Technology as a Senior Corporate Relations Officer.  During this time Emily facilitated complex agreements leading to Caltech’s first multi-million dollar chemical company collaboration as well as coordinated Caltech’s largest-ever pharmaceutical company alliance.  She provided leadership in the corporate relations field as a member of the Board of Directors and Benchmarking Committee co-chair for the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO).  Emily was the lead author of NACRO’s first white paper, “Five Essential Elements of a Successful Twenty-First Century University Corporate Relations Program, (http://www.nacroonline.org/assets/docs/nacro%20white%20paper%205%20elements.pdf) ” and she has spoken at three national NACRO conferences as well as at the University-Industry Interaction Conference in 2013 in Amsterdam.  In addition, Emily is a member of the Board of Managers for Fast Forward, a National Multiple Sclerosis Society initiative designed to accelerate the development of treatments for MS by investing in early-stage start-ups.  Originally from Northern California, Emily came to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College, where she earned her BA in Political Science. Emily lives in Altadena with her husband Zachary and their dog, Mica.  She eagerly awaits the next season of Downtown Abbey.




American Asthma Foundation: 2015 AAF Scholar Awards for early- to mid-career scientists from all fields


The American Asthma Foundation (AAF) supports highly innovative research from all fields relevant to asthma. We wish to draw outstanding investigators from other fields into the study of asthma, and most of our investigators are studying asthma for the first time. All grants will be to investigators who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment. Recipients will be designated AAF Scholars.

AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $450,000 ($150,000 per year for up to 3 years.) Funds for institutional overhead are not provided.


START DATE: July 1, 2015


        Scientists in the United States from any relevant field are eligible.

        Initial independent faculty appointment should be on or after February 1, 2005.

        Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding.

ORGANIZATION: The American Asthma Foundation is the largest private funder of asthma-related research, having awarded over $100 million to scientists since 2000.

MISSION: The AAF's mission is to improve treatments for, prevent, and find a cure for asthma by developing important new pathways of investigation in basic research regarding asthma.

REVIEW CRITERIA: Innovation, research proposal, relevance to asthma, investigator

NOTE: The application is short (maximum 7 pages). Preliminary data are not required.

FURTHER INFORMATION AT: http://americanasthmafoundation.org/




NIH and USAID Recent Presentations Available Online


Recently, Funding offiocials from NIH and USAID visited UCR. Their presentations available online:


The Future of Biomedical Research: A view from NIHby Sally J. Rockey, PhD, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health.  http://research.ucr.edu/webdocs/vcr/misc/Sally%20Rockey%20-%20News%20from%20NIH%20v2.pdf Dr. Rockey’s presentation includes a broad overview of NIH, a discussion of various funding mechanisms, hints on getting funded and an overview of new NIH initiatives.


Innovations for Global Food Security: Advancing Legume Productivity and USAID’s Feed the Future Program by J. Vern Long, PhD, a Senior International Agriculture Research Advisor with the US Agency for International Development, Bureau for Food Security: http://research.ucr.edu/webdocs/vcr/misc/USAID-UCRiverside%20Nov%202014.pdf

USAID has funded approximately 20 innovation labs at various US universities that then make smaller grants to other universities.   There will be opportunities for Integrated Pest Management from the Virginia Tech center this year. Pages 23 and 24 of the presentation discuss more general funding opportunities.


International Agricultural Research Collaboration

• Upcoming RFPs from Sustainable Intensification (Kansas-State) and IPM Innovation Labs (Virginia Tech) (http://www.oired.vt.edu/ipmcrsp/ ) (faculty)

• NSF’s PEER program (PEER Science and PEER Health): – http://www.nationalacademies.org/peer

• Research and Innovation Fellowships: – http://www.usaid.gov/RIFellowships

• LINKAGES program with CGIAR (faculty)


• US Global Food Security Fellows Program (for American graduate students) and Summer Institute

http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/food/borlaugfellows/ (Deadline) ~ March every year




ExCITE Incubator Grand Opening: Nov 12  (from http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/25711)

A business incubator in downtown Riverside created by officials from the University of California, Riverside, City of Riverside and Riverside County and business leaders will be the site of a grand opening event at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Four companies, three started by UC Riverside professors and one by an alumnus, have been approved for the Riverside ExCITE Incubator, located at 3499 10th Street. One of the companies has moved in and others plan to move in in the near future.

There is space for up to six companies and several others have expressed interest in moving in. The space is available to any start-up companies in the community, not just those connected to UC Riverside.

“It has been hard to create new companies based on technology developed at the university out of the university,” said Michael Pazzani, the vice chancellor for research and economic development at UC Riverside and one of the directors of the incubator. “This will make it easier. It will also encourage faculty to start new companies and commercialize the technology they develop.”

Pazzani, along with Riverside MayorRusty Bailey and John Tavaglione, who represents Riverside on the county of Board of Supervisors, will speak at the grand opening event. There also will be tours and refreshments. The event is open to the public.

The incubator is designed to facilitate the successful incubation and acceleration of start-up companies engaged in entrepreneurial research and development of advanced technologies.

The incubator aims to increase the number of successful start-up businesses in the region by providing a location for business synthesis, mentorship and management; access to financial resources and information; access to marketing and professional services; and technology transfer from domestic and foreign universities, organizations and governments.

Below are details about the four companies that are already located at the incubator:


Prothonotary Warbler

A prothonotary warbler was in Fairmount Park in Riverside for about 10 days in October.  This species is rarely seen west of the Rockies and this bird is one of only three that have been reported this year.

Prothonotary Warbler




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