UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  May 7, 2016

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


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·         Funding Opportunity: NEH Announces New Undergraduate Humanities Curriculum Program

·         Funding Opportunity: NEH Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program

·         Non-NIH Funding Opportunities from NIH

·         DOD Funding for Medical Research

·         Office of Research Integrity Guest Speaker – 5/10/16, 1:00pm, HUB 265

·         ICAM Workshop Proposals

·         Research Development & Grant Writing News

·         Funded Collaborative Seed Grants

·         Rescheduled:  Faculty Networking Lunches –Bio-based Materials, Health Disparities

·         eCAF Improvements

·         UCR Export Control Awareness Day (June 3rd, 2016)

·         Zika Funding: Funding Insights from COS

·         Happy Mother’s Day

Funding Opportunity: NEH Announces New Undergraduate Humanities Curriculum Program


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced a new grant program, “Humanities Connections.” Through this new program, NEH aims to expand humanities education, knowledge, and skills across academic fields at the undergraduate level at two-year and four-year institutions.  These grants will support the development of curriculum, including a set of undergraduate courses under a common topic or theme, as well as support related, high-impact undergraduate student activities.


The Humanities Connection program, which falls under NEH’s Division of Education, ties into the broader push of bringing the humanities into the public square, an emphasis area of NEH Chairman Bro Adams. An important thrust of this new program is the encouragement of building collaborations between the humanities and other fields, such as in sciences, engineering, business, and law.


The Humanities Connection program grants must include:

·         collaborations between teams of faculty members across two or more departments, including at least one in the humanities, at a single institution;

·         support for the development of a minimum of at least three undergraduate courses that are linked by topic; and

·         opportunities for student engagement in related undergraduate research or community or site- based experiential learning.


NEH will host a webinar for interested parties on Monday, May 16 at 2 pm EDT. Registration is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8954761720425105156.


Due Dates: Full proposals are due October 5, 2016 for projects beginning before September 2017. Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers and submit draft proposals by September 6, 2016.


Eligibility: U.S. institutions of higher education. Individuals are not eligible to apply.


Total Funding and Award Size: NEH will award up to $100,000 for grant periods between 18 and 36 months. NEH has not indicated how many grants it plans to award.


Sources and Additional Information:

·         Additional information and application materials for the Humanities Connections program are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-connections.



Funding Opportunity:  NEH Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program


The NEH has now posted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding opportunity announcement for the Humanities Initiatives at HSIs program. These awards are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at HSIs, both through the expansion and improvement of current activities and for the development of new courses, programs, and projects.  

Funding: Up to $100,000 for awards beginning in 2017 and lasting one to three years.


Deadlines: Questions and draft proposals (optional) are requested to be submitted to NEH staff by May 16, 2016.  Full proposals are due June 23, 2016.


·         Additional details can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-initiatives-hispanic-serving-institutions.


·         The official Grants.gov notice is viewable at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283182.



Non-NIH Funding Opportunities from NIH


NIH maintains a directory of Non-NIH Funding Opportunities is available, which includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. Its goal is to provide information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research. The directory is maintained by the Fogarty International Center, the international component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).


NOTE: This replaces the Directory of International Grants and Fellowships in the Health Sciences Directory of International Grants and Fellowships in the Health Sciences.


Included are Non-NIH Funding Opportunities for:


·         Predoctoral/Graduate Students

·         Postdoctoral Students

·         Faculty

·         Health Professionals

·         Institutions

·         Travel


The website can be found here:  http://www.fic.nih.gov/Funding/NonNIH/Pages/default.aspx





DOD Funding for Medical Research


The fiscal year (FY) 2016 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) has released the award mechanisms for this funding cycle.  PRMRP is supported by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).  In FY 2016 $278.7 million was appropriated for PRMRP, which historically serves as a catch-all for congressional priorities focused on rarer diseases or conditions.  Interested investigators must submit an application to a specific mechanism on one of the 39 topic areas.  The pre-application and application deadlines vary by mechanism.  Please refer to the chart below for details, as well as a list of the 39 topic areas.  The full program announcement, including submission instructions for each mechanism, is available at: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp.shtml.


Funding Mechanisms:




       Acute Lung Injury

       Antimicrobial Resistance*

       Chronic Migraine and Post-Traumatic Headaches

       Congenital Heart Disease

       Constrictive Bronchiolitis*



       Emerging Infectious Diseases*

       Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis

       Fragile X Syndrome

       Hepatitis B

       Hereditary Angioedema


       Inflammatory Bowel Disease


       Integrative Medicine

       Interstitial Cystitis



       Metals Toxicology

       Mitochondrial Disease

       Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration

       Nonopioid Pain Management*


       Pathogen-Inactivated Dried Plasma

       Polycystic Kidney Disease

       Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis

       Psychotropic Medications

       Pulmonary Fibrosis

       Respiratory Health

       Rett Syndrome*

       Rheumatoid Arthritis


       Sleep Disorders



       Vaccine Development for Infectious Disease*

       Vascular Malformations

       Women's Heart Disease


(*denotes new topics in FY 2016)


It is important for both the pre-application and application to speak to the mission of the Department of Defense (DOD).  Applications are reviewed through a two-tier process: scientific, peer review and programmatic review.  The programmatic review is heavily weighted and reflects the DOD mission and current needs for the Department.  Members of the Programmatic Panel are available at: http://cdmrp.army.mil/prmrp/panels/panels16.shtml.  The projects funded in FY 2015 are available at: http://cdmrp.army.mil/prmrp/awards/awards.shtml.


Office of Research Integrity Guest Speaker – 5/10/16, 1:00pm, HUB 265


The Office of Research Integrity invites you to attend the final speaker for the Seminar Series in the 2016 academic year.

Dr. Eric Schwitzgebel will be giving a talk entitled “Living up to Our own Norms? The Ethical Behavior of Ethicists?” on May 10, at 1 PM in HUB 265.  This is a free seminar which is open to the public.   Light refreshments will be provided. 


Seminar summary: Do professional ethicists live up to ethical norms, any more than people who don’t make a living out of teaching ethics?  I will discuss why we might expect that they would, or that they wouldn’t, and why we might think they ethically should or that they needn’t.  I will then present a range of empirical evidence about how professional ethicists really do behave.


Speaker Bio: Eric Schwitzgebel has been a professor of philosophy at UCR since 1997.  He works on the nature of attitudes (what you do matters more than what you say), on self-knowledge (we have less of it than we think), and the relationship between intellectual moral reflection and real-world moral behavior (pretty tenuous).  He is the world’s leading authority on the moral behavior of professional ethicists.


 Click here for the flyer:  https://research.ucr.edu/WebDocs/RI/ORI-Seminars/Schwitzgebel.pdf.



ICAM Workshop Proposals


ICAM (Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter) will be considering proposals for workshops from the time frame October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 at the upcoming SSC (Science Steering Committee) meeting to be held on the week of July 11, 2016 [exact date and time will be determined at a later time].


The deadline for proposals is TUESDAY JUNE 28, 2016


Interested Applicants should submit a proposal via the ICAM website here: http://icam-i2cam.org/index.php/events/application  


The main thrusts of ICAM are in quantum matter, soft matter, biological matter, and emergent materials for renewable energy. 


Strongest preference will be given to events that either focus on bringing a new discovery to the forefront, or which bring together diverse and uncommonly associated areas of science that focus on identifying the organizing principles of emergent science, as is the ICAM tradition.  Strongest preference will be given to those proposals for which ICAM support is integral to the workshop.


For this time period they will not be able to consider:

·         Proposals for block travel awards for junior scientists

·         Proposals for schools that have not been previously approved


Workshop applications must be in compliance with ICAM’s Guidelines.


Please refer to the ICAM workshop guidelines (http://icam-i2cam.org/index.php/events/workshop_guidelines) for guidance.


ICAM will help with outreach to underrepresented groups in the US via their partner branches.  For approved workshops, they will send your proposal to the four partner branches (Cal State San Marcos, Fresno State, Florida A&M, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Science [SACNAS]) to see if they have qualified junior scientists and mentors (at most one) who are interested in your workshop. If you have additional outreach activities, that will be welcomed and viewed positively in your proposal.


If you have any questions, please contact ICAMadmin@ucdavis.edu.



Academic Research Funding Strategies: Research Development & Grant Writing News


The April issue of the Academic Research Funding Strategies newsletter is now available on the web at http://research.ucr.edu/OrApps/SP/Info/GrantWriting/GrantWritingNews.aspx. The index is below.  


Note that this report is for UCR internal use only.  It may not be forwarded to colleagues at other institutions or professional associations.


April 2016

·         Topics of Interest URLs

·         How Readers Read Your Proposal

·         Organizing the Proposal Narrative

·         Helping Your Junior Faculty: Successful Models

·         The Chronicle of Proposal Flaws

·         Research Grant Writing Web Resources

·         Educational Grant Writing Web Resources

·         Agency Research News

·         Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps

·         New Funding Opportunities

·         About Academic Research Funding Strategies



Funded Collaborative Seed Grants


I am pleased to announce funding approval for the following Collaborative Seed Grant Proposals:




Amount Awarded

Naoki Yamanaka and Anupama Dahanukar

Characterization of a Neural Circuit Connecting Gustatory Input to Hormonal State


Kelley Barsanti and David Cocker

Next Generation Chemical Modeling


Caroline Roper and Sharon Walker

Integrating environmental and physical cues to induce bacterial biofilm formation


Alan Brelsford, Hollis Woodard and Jeffrey Diez

Living on the edge: Adaptation and resilience of threatened Arctic bumble bees and their pollination services


Jess Miller-Camp and Jim Baldwin

Database digitization of small UCR collections in support of big data scientific endeavors by the UCR Center for Integrative Biological Collections (CIBC)


Jin Nam and Hyle Park

Non-invasive electrical neuromodulation for peripheral nerve regeneration by a novel piezoelectric scaffold


Weixin Yao and Nanpeng Yu

Predictive Analytics for Distributed Energy Resources


Rong Hai and Ansel Hsiao

Investigate the influence of respiratory tract microbiota on influenza viral pathogenicity


Declan McCole and James Borneman

Development of a novel 3-D enteroid system to study host-microbe interactions


Quinn McFrederick and Richard Stouthamer

Wolbachia and its role in bee health


Ilhem Messaoudi, Brandon Brown, James Borneman and Wenxiu Ma

Mechanisms of accelerated aging in geriatric HIV+ subjects


A.L.N. Rao, Shou-wei Ding, Roya Zandi

Production of HIV capsids in plants


Juan Pablo Giraldo and Min Xue

Plasmonic nanosensors for monitoring plant sugars


Guillermo Aguilar, Suveen Mathaudhu, Masaru Rao and David Halaney

Laser-mediated Surface Modification of Hard Biomaterials


Bryan Wong, Jianzhong Wu and Gregory Beran

New Computational Methods for Addressing Complex, Mesoscale Polymer Systems


Jay Gan, Yinsheng Wang and Ashok Mulchandani

Detection, Transformation and Health Effects of Organochlorine Pesticides


Christiane Weirauch, Amy Litt and John Heraty

Unlocking the Vault of Southern California Biota


Maurizio Pellecchia and Iryna Ethell

The EphA4 receptor signaling as target for novel therapeutics






Rescheduled:  Faculty Networking Lunches


The following lunches have been rescheduled:


·         Bio-based Materials: 6/20/16 at 11:30 (please note earlier time!)  Please register here:  https://biobased-materials.eventbrite.com

·         Health Disparities: 6/27/16 at noon.  Please register here:  https://health-disparities.eventbrite.com



eCAF Improvements


New electronic Campus Approval Form (eCAF) feature.

RED is excited to announce the deployment of a new eCAF feature.  Project Percent Credit (PPC) will be added to the PI Research Integrity tab for completion by the PI.  The objective of the assigning of PPC is to recognize the contributions of all faculty that participate in a sponsored projected and to remove barriers to collaborations among UCR’s departments/colleges/schools.   The Principal Investigator will assign the PPC for the PI and all co-PI’s on the eCAF.  These percentages reflect "credit" for intellectual and technical responsibility for the project. They need not correspond nor represent salary or time distributions.  The PPC will be attributed to the home department/colleges/school of those co-PI’s, identified on the eCAF, in proportion to the percentages assigned. 


More enhancement and improvements to eCAF coming later this summer!! 



UCR Export Control Awareness Day (June 3rd, 2016)


Export Control comprises the U.S. laws and regulations that govern the electronic transfer or shipment overseas (or to foreign nationals within the United States) of certain information, technologies, and commodities. The federal government has enacted export control laws in order to protect the U.S. economy, promote trade goals, and restrict the export of technology and goods that could militarily aid U.S. adversaries.


On Friday, June 3rd, Research and Economic Development, Office of International Affairs and the Campus Ethics and Compliance Office will host concurrent seminars across campus to raise institutional and individual awareness of Export Control regulations and how to avoid civil and criminal penalties.  If you have international collaborations, travel abroad or conduct research in the fields of biomedical sciences, computer sciences, space sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, or anthropology…this one hour seminar is for you! 


Two 1-hour sessions (same material) will be offered for Faculty and Researchers at 12:00 p.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. UCOP’s Elizabeth Boyd, Ph.D., Executive Director of Research Compliance & Export Control Officer will address specific export control areas of interest for faculty and researchers.


·         Both sessions will be located at: Winston Chung Hall, Room 443

·         Lunch will be provided at both sessions.

·         To reserve a seat, please send an email to Robert.Chan@ucr.edu or register online at:  https://research.ucr.edu/about/calendar.  



Zika Funding: Funding Insights from COS


Research Agencies Respond Swiftly to Zika Outbreak

Reacting to the recent Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak, global research funding organizations, including the European Commission, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), are seeking ZIKV-related research proposals.


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern following a recent spike in the number of severe congenital brain malformations in Latin America. Prior to 2013, the mosquito-borne virus was best known for relatively mild symptoms. However, large increases in medical conditions like microcephaly and neurological disorders in affected regions raise troubling questions about potential ZIKV complications.


In response, the international community has swiftly set up mechanisms to fund urgently needed research into the emerging virus. The Wellcome Trust, along with leading health research funders, institutes, nonprofits, and journals, is urging that all Zika virus research data and results be shared rapidly and openly once adequately controlled for release and subject to required safeguards, with a view to quickly turning the research into effective interventions.


European Commission ZIKV Funding

Through consultation with international experts, the European Commission will launch a rapid response call for research into the virus on March 15, 2016, with an expected deadline of April 28, 2016. The €10 million call for proposals seeks to investigate potential causal links between the virus and noted medical complications, with further research to combat the virus via diagnostics, vaccines, and/or treatment strategies if such a link is discovered. In addition to Horizon 2020 participating regions, most affected countries are eligible for funding, as are the U.S., Brazil, and countries with Commission co-funding mechanisms (subject to terms). To facilitate preparation of research proposals by interested consortia, the draft call text and additional documentation can be viewed at http://ec.europa.eu/research/health/index.cfm?pg=area&areaname=zika.


Additional avenues for European Commission funding include a €40 million call for research on vaccine development for malaria and neglected infectious diseases, including ZIKV, and a €10 million call for research infrastructures for vector control, including the Aedes mosquitoes that spread the virus. All calls are through the Commission's Horizon 2020 program.


ZIKV Funding in the Americas: United States and Brazil

The United States is seeking research proposals on the virus through multiple agencies. A February 9, 2016, National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16043/nsf16043.jsp?org=NS) announced the Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) program's interest in receiving proposals relevant to the ongoing spread of the ZIKV. The EEID program is particularly looking for proposals that address the ecological transmission dynamics of the virus. Proposals needing lengthier research can be submitted to EEID's annual call (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5269&org=DEB&from=home) , while proposals focused on obtaining research results for the management or spread of ZIKV within the year can be submitted as a RAPID proposal following the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf16001/gpg_2.jsp#IID1).


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering funding through a variety of initiatives. At the agency level, the NIH and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, have teamed up to request proposals through a parallel funding initiative for collaborative research (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-TW-16-001.html). The two agencies will jointly support successful R01 applications to the NIH that fall within research areas of mutual interest, including single disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches and topics.


Additionally, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) published notice of interest NOT-AI-16-026 (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-16-026.html) for research on and product development related to ZIKV through funding types R03, R21, R01, and SBIR. The NIAID has also joined forces with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) on notice of interest NOT-HD-16-004 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HD-16-004.html) to highlight interest in research on the virus as it relates to the mother-infant dyad and sequelae of infection through R21 and R01 funding



Happy Mother’s Day

Here’s a photo of a mother Mute Swan with her cygnets that I took in Cape May, NJ.



(Click to enlarge)






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