October 20, 2017




UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter


Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

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In this Newsletter


·     A New Newsletter Format

·     UC-HBCU Initiative: 2017-18 Request for Proposals

·     UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative: Call for Proposals

·     Limited Submission: Brain Research Foundation 2018 Fay/Frank Seed Grant

·     Fall 2017 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

·     Autism Research Lunch - November 20

·     Numerical Simulation Research Lunch - November 13

·     Hawks




A New Newsletter Format


Due to a few recent issues with formatting and image delivery, we are trying out a new format for the Research and Economic Development newsletter. Please let us know what you think and if you have any issues with this new format. Feedback can be sent to vcredadmin@ucr.edu.




UC-HBCU Initiative: 2017-18 Request for Proposals

The Office of the President is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Request for Proposals for the UC-HBCU Initiative. As you may recall, this is a systemwide initiative designed to assist UC faculty interested in developing and encouraging efforts to achieve a more inclusive educational environment of excellence. The goal of the UC-HBCU Initiative is to increase the number of scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities completing UC academic doctoral programs. UC faculty grants are available to support HBCU students conducting summer research with UC faculty at a UC campus; and also support departmental efforts to facilitate greater faculty collaboration between UC and HBCU institutions and to increase applications from HBCU scholars to UC PhD programs. Again this year, Principal Investigators may include 1/9 (1/12 for fiscal-year faculty PIs (UCSF), subject to the terms of APM-661 - http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-661.pdf) summer salary to help support their efforts during the summer(s) in which the projects are active. These funds are being provided by each of the chancellors as a commitment to valuing faculty diversity work at their campus. We hope this will facilitate faculty continuing to undertake this important work to strengthen UC.


Since 2012, UC has hosted over 400 HBCU scholars across 9 UC campuses. There are currently forty-two PhD students and two academic master’s students enrolled (one PhD and five master’s students have already graduated) across seven UC campuses as a direct result of this Initiative. As you know, building relationships and cultivating greater enrollment of HBCU scholars at UC is a long-term investment. Project progress reports are required annually of Principal Investigators and program outcomes are evaluated


Eligibility: Academic Senate Faculty in any discipline.

Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:00pm (PST)

Application Website: http://proposalcentral.altum.com/


More information available at: http://www.ucop.edu/uc-hbcu-initiative/index.html




UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative: Call for Proposals

The University of California President’s Initiative Fund has allocated approximately $1.5 million for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for projects supporting priorities of the carbon neutrality initiative. 


Applications will be submitted to and coordinated by CNI Applied Research Work Group Co-Chairs David Auston and Sandra Brown, in consultation with the Vice Chancellors for Research with regards to oversight of review and rating. UC’s Global Climate Leadership Council Co-Chairs Wendell Brase (UCI Associate Chancellor, Sustainability) and Rachael Nava (UCOP Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer), and the UC President’s Executive Office (PEO) will review all recommended proposals in and make the final selections.


The application process will encompass a two-stage process. Initial concept plan proposals should outline, in 1,000 words or less, the project/activity, highlighting deliverables/outcomes, and high level timeframe. The narrative should include a high-level Budget Template, along with narration of differences between the funding levels which are provided in a high-level template.   The Call for Proposals initial Letter of Intent is due November 2nd (not to exceed 2 pages, including high-level budget template submission). Based on the criteria of the Call and the advice of the CNI’s Applied Research Working Group members, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals due November 17th.  



The ARWG co-chairs will review all initial proposals and accompanying, and invite a subset of proposals to provide any additional information or detail necessary for full submission.


Deadline: Letters of intent are due by November 2, 2017




Limited Submission: Brain Research Foundation 2018 Fay/Frank Seed Grant



·     Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

·     Funding Organization's Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018

·     Award Cycle: 2018

·     Discipline/Subject Area: Neuroscience Research

·     Eligibility: Full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the area of brain function


Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one faculty member (Assistant or Associate Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.


Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.

Objectives: The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Funding and award period: Each total grant is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2018). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2019). Funds must be utilized within the grant period.

Funding Specifics:

1.) Funding is to be directed at pilot research projects that are both innovative and will likely lead to successful grant applications to NIH and other public and private funding entities.

2.) Assistant Professor – Junior faculty with a new research project that will generate pilot data that will lead to RO1 funding or a comparable outside grant will be first priority. Must provide abstract and specific aims for current grants and indicate if there is any overlap.

3.) Associate Professor – Faculty who are pursuing new research directions. Must explain how the project is a new research direction. Must provide abstract and specific aims for current grant(s) and indicate if there is any overlap.

4.) A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains to a different area of study.

5.) Seed Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.



The following components are required for the internal downselect process,submitted as a single collated PDF document:

1) Brief summary of program project (2 page maximum, 10 pt. font minimum)

2) List of current grants (include abstracts, specific aims, and indicate if there is any overlap)

3) Biographical sketch (using current NIH format) with other support page (5 page maximum)

The Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) is the designated institutional contact responsible for communicating with the Foundation and is collaborating with Limited Submissions on the internal downselect process. Questions concerning the application process and other foundation-related questions should be directed to Eric Reinhard, Associate Director of Foundation Relations (814-863-4308 or ereinhard@psu.edu)





Fall 2017 NSF Virtual Grants Conference


The National Science Foundation will live stream the plenary sessions of the conference from Phoenix, Arizona on November 13th and 14th. There is no cost or limit for participants to view the live stream.





Autism Research Lunch - November 20


Research and Economic Development is hosting a lunch on November 20 starting at noon in UOB 210

with the topic of challenges related to investigating issues associated with individuals with Autism in research and education.


The lunches are catered by a local Thai restaurant and include vegetarian and gluten-free options.





Numerical Simulation Research Lunch - November 13


Research and Economic Development is hosting a lunch on November 13 starting at noon in UOB 145 focused on the techniques and applications of numerical simulation across different departments.


This research lunch will bring together people who develop and/or use numerical simulation in their work. This spans computer science, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, mathematics, physics, biomedical sciences, and others. In particular, this lunch would be focused on the techniques and applications of numerical simulation across different departments, which is not the same as (although it is peripherally related to) Big Data, for which we have already had discussions in the past.


The lunches are catered by a local Thai restaurant and include vegetarian and gluten-free options.









Here are some hawks that came to my backyard bubbler.




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