UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  August 30, 2015

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         Research  Information Sessions for Faculty/Researchers

·         NSF: Advancing Informal STEM Learning- 11/4/15

·         2016 Young Investigator Program – 10/9/15

·         California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Funding

·         Eli Lilly Open Innovation Drug Discovery Program

·         NEH: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

·         Tufted Puffin

Research Information Sessions for Faculty/Researchers


I’m pleased to announce Research and Economic Development will be hosting one hour information sessions on various topics specifically for faculty and researchers.   These sessions will be held every other Friday during the Fall Quarter (beginning September 25, 2015).  While particularly useful for new faculty, All faculty and researchers are encouraged to attend the following sessions.  Departmental Staff who assist in the proposal preparation process are also welcome to attend.







10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

HUB 260

Show me the Money (Funding Search Engines and Opportunities Including Demo on COS Pivot)


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

HUB 260

What are these UCR internal systems and how do they help me (PAMIS eCAF, ePreAward, RED Web Portal)?


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

HUB 269

What’s the fastest way to complete a Grants.gov proposal (Cayuse424)?


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

HUB 260

NSF FastLane and Research.gov?


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

HUB 260

NIH eRA Commons and PublicAccess?


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

HUB 260

How do I get corporate funding?


These sessions will continue in the winter with additional topics including: How to write an NIH proposal,  How to submit to IRB, and How to commercialize technology. 


Research and Economic Development can also offer shorter, customized presentations to departments or colleges on request.



NSF: Advancing Informal STEM Learning – 11/4/15


The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments for public and professional audiences; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants (National Resource Council, 2012). To achieve the greatest return on its investments, the AISL program encourages projects that will "raise the bar" in the fields of informal STEM education. It invests in projects that advance the leading edge of the field and address its most critical challenges. AISL proposals must articulate the value of the proposed work to the advancement of the informal STEM learning field beyond individual project impact. Thus, in making funding decisions, the program will place particular emphasis on the ability of projects to demonstrate the characteristics of knowledge building, innovation, strategic impact, and collaboration.

This program makes seven types of awards:


(1)    Collaborative Planning projects: up to $150,000 with a duration of one year; 10-12 awards expected.

(2)    Exploratory Pathways projects: up to $300,000 with a duration up to two years; 10-12 awards expected.

(3)    Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; 6-8 awards expected.

(4)    Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; 8-10 awards expected.

(5)    Broad Implementation projects from $500,000 to $3,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; 3-6 awards expected.

(6)    Conference projects up to $250,000 with a duration of up to two years; 5-7 awards expected.

(7)    Up to one Informal STEM Learning Resource Center award up to $5 million with a duration of five years. If the Resource Center is funded in 2016, there will not be a competition for a Resource Center in 2017.



Proposals are due November 4, 2015, and November 8, 2016. The solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15593/nsf15593.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click.




2016 AFOSR Young Investigator Program – 10/9/15


The U.S. Air Force has released its solicitation for the Young Investigator Program for 2016. To be eligible, you must hold a full-time, tenure-track position, and you must have received your Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2010. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status IS required for this program. Proposals are due October 9, 2016. The solicitation is available at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278569.



This program will make an estimated 33 awards at $120,000 per year for three years. You are encouraged to contact a program officer about your idea before submitting a full proposal. Any science or technology area of interest to the Air Force is eligible; see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276388 for details of AFOSR’s interests which are summarized below..


·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1)

o   Aerothermodynamics

o   Dynamic Materials and Interactions

o   GHz-THz Electronics

o   Energy and Combustion Science

o   Low Density Materials

o   Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis

o   Optoelectronics and Photonics

o   Space Power and Propulsion

o   Test Science for Test and Evaluation (T&E)

o   Turbulence and Transition

·         Information and Networks (RTA2)

o   Complex Networks

o   Computational Cognition and Machine Intelligence

o   Computational Mathematics

o   Dynamics and Control

o   Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems (DDDAS)

o   Information Operations and Cybersecurity

o   Optimization and Discrete Mathematics

o   Science of Information, Computation and Fusion

o   Systems and Software

o   Trust and Influence

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1)

o   Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments

o   Atomic and Molecular Physics

o   Electromagnetics

o   Flow Interactions and Control

o   Laser and Optical Physics

o   Plasma and Electro-Energetic Physics

o   Quantum Electronic Solids

o   Remote Sensing and Imaging Physics

o   Sensing, Surveillance and Navigation

o   Space Science

·         Chemistry and Biological Sciences (RTB2)

o   Biophysics

o   Human Performance and

o   Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems

o   Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry

o   Natural Materials, Systems, and Extremophiles

o   Organic Materials Chemistry




Future California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Funding


California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) - California’s Stem Cell Agency continues to offer funding for stem cell research.  Full proposals including: basic research with clinical pathways, tools, technology, translation and clinical applications will have upcoming deadlines in November 2015, and in February and July of 2016.  Currently CIRM has approximately $800,000,000 to be awarded.


For more information, go to:  http://research.ucr.edu/webdocs/vcr/misc/2015_July_30_CIRM_Update.pdf and their website at https://www.cirm.ca.gov.



Eli Lilly Open Innovation Drug Discovery Program


The Lilly Open Innovation Drug Discovery Program (OIDD) gives reserachers the opportunity to contribute to the discovery of novel therapeutics that will improve patients' lives—the ultimate measure of success. By participating, you also benefit by having access to cutting-edge research tools and data that can help you advance your own scientific work.


As an OIDD participant, you have access to the same tools and expertise available to Eli Lilly scientists:



Cheminformatics tools for designing molecules with desirable drug-like properties or suited to a particular biological target.



Biological screening of your compounds in areas of strategic interest to Lilly. All data generated are available to you via the OIDD platform.


Compound Acquisition

Opportunity to have your compounds selected for inclusion into Lilly's compound collection using structural diversity tools.



Access to the Lilly Automated Synthesis Laboratory (ASL) to explore new chemistry.


Neglected and Tropical Diseases Research

Opportunities to work with non-profit, public-private partnerships to contribute to early-stage drug discovery for unmet medical needs.


Eli Lilly OIDD website:  https://openinnovation.lilly.com/dd/index.html


To participate in the program or for more information, please contact RED’s Industry Contracts Officer, Misty Madero at 951-827-2210 or misty.madero@ucr.edu



NEH Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

NEH Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones.NEH Humanities Initiatives may

Proposals will be due in June 2016.  See http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-initiatives-hispanic-serving-institutions for details.

Tufted Puffins


I talked my wife into getting us tickets to take a boat tour of the Farallon Islands to me for a Christmas present.  These islands , off the coast of San Francisco, are home to many sea birds including puffins. As we get closer to the date, my wife read the fine print about rough seas, motion sickness, protecting camera gear and people from sea spray, etc and it seemed less desirable.   Then, one 100 degree weekend, I got notice of an NSF workshop in Anchorage, but when I read the details the workshop, it wasn’t appropriate for me to attend.   However, that was enough to get me thinking about Alaska and I abandoned the Farallon Island plan for Prince William Sound.  We chartered a boat of Whittier and spent a day watching puffins, as well as seals, sea lions, otters, glaciers, etc.  We also visited Lake Clark National Park to watch bears fishing for salmon.



Tufted Puffins

Harbor Seals

Brown Bear Fishing for Salmon




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





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