November 18, 2017


UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter


Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

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In this Newsletter


  • W.M. Keck Foundation Pre-proposal Information
  • DARPA Nascent Light-Matter Interactions Proposers Day Webcast - November 28, 2017
  • NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
  • Call for Proposals - US Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership
  • Documentation of Endangered Languages Funding Opportunity
  • Rotary International Calls for Developmental Research on Alzheimer's Disease
  • NSF - Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
  • SBIR/STTR Workshop Lunch and Learn - November 29, 2017
  • Academic Research Funding Strategies: Research Development & Grant Writing News
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: 2018 Moore Inventor Fellows
  • Black-crowned Night Heron


W. M. Keck Foundation Pre-proposal Information


The W.M. Keck Foundation offers the opportunity to discuss potential projects with universities before full proposals are submitted. Each university may submit one proposal each in the areas of Medical Research and Science and Engineering Research during each biannual cycle (see this link for details.)


The ideal target is $1 Million over three years as stated by Keck. An abstract might present a disruptive concept that was declined by a federal agency, with reviews that indicate the research is extremely innovative, exciting and would have a large impact, but is too risky due to the lack of preliminary data. Abstracts of recently-funded projects can be found here


A successful Keck proposal: 

  • Has the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Focuses on important and emerging areas of research
  • Demonstrates a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Has the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Is innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Falls outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrates that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success. For example, they don’t fund the type of research that the Gates Foundation funds.


Some common reasons why concepts are rejected by Keck: 


  • The project is not ambitious enough (i.e. represents only an incremental advance over the state of the art vs. creating a new paradigm)
  • The proposal does not fully detail the scope of work and potential impact
  • The proposal does not list the reasons why Keck support is important (comments from reviewers at federal agencies are required)
  • The project focuses on disease-related therapies or treatments (in the case of medical research) as opposed to bench science.

A one page abstract will help focus the conversation and is needed by December 15 in advance of the next phone counseling period which begins January 1Interested faculty should submit an internal preproposal following the below format at by December 15, 2017. Please do not submit anything directly to the Keck Foundation. Questions may be directed to Bryan Carlson, Executive Director of Foundation Development, at or 951-827-4592. 


Single-paged concepts for the Research Program must be in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins and should include: 

1.     an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (indicate area of emphasis for project - medical research or science and engineering research);

2.     a description of the methodologies and key personnel;

3.     a brief justification of the need for W.M. Keck Foundation support; and

4.     an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).


If there’s room, the authors are free to add other details (e.g., background to put the research into perspective, description of the institution’s prominence in the field, etc.). Avoid illustrations in these single-pagers – the researchers will need all the room for text. If a reference is necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ‘11). DO NOT USE (Jones et al., 2011).


Here is more information from the Keck Foundation’s home page: Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine has been our mandate from the beginning. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, we are laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.


DARPA Nascent Light-Matter Interactions Proposers Day Webcast - November 28, 2017


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) program.


The Proposers Day will be held via prerecorded webcast on November 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast.


Registration and additional information about the NLM Proposers Day webcast can be found in the link below.



NOTE: While the webcast is nice, there is a major benefit in attending a DARPA workshop in person. You can meet other potential proposers, get to know the program officers, and often present a brief summary of your ideas and qualifications. To encourage in person participation RED will pay the travel of the first faculty member that requests it.




DARPA seeks to develop new and systematic approaches to the design of engineered structures and materials that change how we manipulate electromagnetic waves and capitalize on nascent wave-matter interactions. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. The goal of NLM is to bring together and integrate new concepts into models that can both describe and predict functionality. These models will provide design tools and inform us of new engineered-material performance limits. Successful proposals will address two key elements: i) theoretical modeling/simulation of new mechanisms of light-matter interactions, and ii) identification of key/elemental structures as building blocks for modeling and predicting performance limits. Performers are expected to experimentally verify predicted parameters and validate their design tools by demonstrating new techniques for the control of light-matter interactions.


NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)


The NSF has released the program for International Research Experiences for Students (IRES). This program focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.


Three tracks are available:


  • Track I: IRES Sites (IS)

·         20 to 25 awards will be made

·         Up to $300,000 per award. Especially creative proposals get up to $400,000.

·         Projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high quality collaborative research at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.



  • Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI)

·         10 to 12 awards will be made

·         Average budget is $150,000 per award

·         These are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range from 10 to 21 days and must be held in the U.S. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.


  • Track III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience (IGE)

·         3 to 5 awards will be made

·         Up to $1,000,000 per award

·         Projects propose, implement, and evaluate creative ideas for catalyzing the development of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers at the graduate student level. This track invites professional societies and organizations in the U.S. directly associated with science and engineering education or research activities to propose innovative large-scale programs to provide high-quality international research and/or research-related professional development experiences for U.S. graduate students as individuals or groups. The proposed experiences should enhance transferable skills and expand professional networks. Graduate students recruited from a broad, diverse applicant pool should travel to non-U.S. locations for periods of several weeks to a semester for immersive experiences under the mentorship or appropriate collaborators in the U.S. and foreign locations. The proposed international professional development model may focus on research or research-related activities in any NSF-funded area(s). Proposals that utilize, leverage and potentially expand existing global networks and infrastructure are encouraged.


Student participants supported by IRES funds must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.


Proposal deadlines are:

  • Track I: IRES Sites:  January 30, 2018; September 11, 2018; second Tuesday in September annually after that 
  • Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes:  February 6, 2018; September 18, 2018; third Tuesday in September annually after that 
  • Track III: New Concepts in IGE:  February 13, 2018; September 25, 2018; fourth Tuesday in September annually after that 


Other Information: There is no limit on the number of proposals per institution. An individual may be a PI or co-PI on only one IRES proposal per annual competition.

More information can be found at:


Call for Proposals - US Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership


The Study of the U. S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS), Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of the Study of the U.S.Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership to take place over the course of five weeks beginning no sooner than June 1, 2018, pending the availability of FY 2018 funds. 


The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership should provide four groups of approximately 20 foreign undergraduate women each with a deeper understanding of the history and participation of women in public life in the United States while simultaneously developing participants' leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision making, and managerial abilities. The Institutes include a four-week academic residency on a U.S. university or college campus, community service activities, leadership development sessions, and opportunities for interaction with American peers. A one-week study tour to another region of the United States complements the academic residency. A one-day conference will bring together participants in all four Institutes for networking. 


Deadline: December 22, 2017

Other Information: Applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.


Documentation of Endangered Languages Funding Opportunity


The Endangered Languages Documentation Programe (ELDP) provides grants for the documentation of endangered languages. The key objectives of ELDP are: 

- to support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible 

- to encourage fieldwork on endangered languages, especially by scholars at an early stage in their academic career with skills in language documentation 

- to create a repository of language resources for linguistics, social sciences, and the language communities. 


Major Documentation Project is the name for any project over £10,000 which is not targeted to a specific career stage. 


ELDP's objective is language documentation. Although documentation and revitalisation are linked, projects aimed only at revitalisation without significant emphasis on documentation will not be funded. 


Nevertheless, applicants are strongly encouraged to create documentation in ways that assist communities to maintain and strengthen their languages. This may increase the possibilities for combining ELDP funds with revitalisation funds from other sources. 


Deadline: January 15, 2018

Eligibility: Applicants for multi-person MDPs must have a proven track record in language documentation and linguistic analysis and have demonstrated the skills to manage such a project. The panel will expect to see evidence of positive outcomes of previous grants, including accessible archived data and previous research.  

More information can be found at:


Rotary International Calls for Developmental Research on Alzheimer's Disease


The goal of the fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.


Annually, the CART Fund invites interested applicants from within the United States only to submit a LETTER-of-INTENT that includes sufficient detail to communicate the importance of the study as well as information on its feasibility.


Applications may encompass a project period of up to two years with a combined budget for direct cost up to $250,000. No indirect costs are allowed. Eligible applications may come from full time faculty (or equivalent status) at U.S. based public and private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories. This is for NEW projects only. Applications will be deemed ineligible from for-profit organizations and those outside of the U.S., as well as those already supported by regular or program grants. At least one award up to $250,000 will be made each year.


Dr. John Trojanowski of the University of Pennsylvania chairs a scientific review group that will triage the letters-of-intent and select a maximum of fifteen finalists deemed to have the highest merit. Those selected will be invited to submit a subsequent standard grant application from which the final recommendations will be made by the review group. The final selections will be made by the CART Fund Trustees Executive Committee.


The Letter-of-intent must be submitted as a PDF file. The Letter should include the following: (1) Contact information; (2) a statement (two page limit) containing: the hypothesis of the project; the specific aims; a description of the experimental design, methods and model systems; (3) a statement (one page limit) giving future directions this research could lead to including a reference to the health relationship of the project and (4) a biographical statement of the principal investigator ( two page limit, and only one principal investigation maybe listed). Letters-of-Intent should emailed to



CART Schedule for Grant Application processing for 2017-2018: 

December 1, 2017: Deadline for Letter of Intent

January 16, 2018: Notification of applicants of selection of finalists

February 21, 2018: Deadline for submission of full grant applications by finalists

April 6, 2018: Date by which finalists will be given notice of grant recipients


Submit e-mail questions and Letters of intent to Dr. James B. Puryear, Vice President for Research Grants,


More information can be found at:


NSF Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)


The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America’s prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator --- problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or reimagine and revitalize the built environment.


  • LEAP HI supports fundamental research projects involving collaborating investigators, of duration up to five years, with total budget between $1 million and $2 million.
  • LEAP HI proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact, particularly on economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure. One or more CMMI core topics must lie at the heart of the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged. 
  • LEAP HI proposals must highlight engineering research in a leadership role. 
  • LEAP HI proposals must demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team, and should include a research integration plan and timeline for research activities, with convincing mechanisms for frequent and effective communication.


Deadline: Letter of Intent - December 15, 2017

Other Information: There is no limit on the number of proposals per institution. An individual may be a PI or co-PI on only one LEAP HI proposal per annual competition.

More information can be found at:


SBIR/STTR Workshop Lunch and Learn - November 29, 2017


SBIR/STTR Workshop Lunch and Learn:

November 29, 2017 12:00 – 1:00

University Laboratory Building Room 104


Learn how to write winning SBIR/STTR proposals and how the Office of Technology Partnerships can support the proposal submission process. Presentation by OTP and Q&A panel with SBIR/STTR award winning faculty, Bahman Anvari.


Lunch will be provided.


Please RSVP here:


For more information on SBIR/STTR resources, contact Misty Madero at


Academic Research Funding Strategies: Research Development & Grant Writing News


The November issue of the Academic Research Funding Strategies newsletter is attached.


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

•     Funding Success: Synergy Not Silos

•     Where Does Your Research Fit?

•     Proposal Metrics Do Not Require an Avalanche

•     Understanding Your Proposal Writing Tendency

•     Do You Have a Narrative Integration Plan? (Reprinted from August 2012)

•     Research Grant Writing Web Resources

•     Educational Grant Writing Web Resources

•     Agency Research News

•     Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps

•     New Funding Opportunities


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: 2018 Moore Inventor Fellows


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the third competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. 


The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work. 



  • Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the foundation. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award amount of $675,000



  • Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. 
  • Candidates must be no more than ten years past receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.). 


Important Dates & Information:

This is a Limited Submission Opportunity. UCR may select 2 nominees total.

Internal Application Due: December 18, 2017 to



More information about the limited submission application process and requirements can be found at:


Black-Crowned Night Heron


Here's a series of photos of the black-crowned night heron eating a fish. This is from Kona on the big Island of Hawaii, but you can find the same bird in Riverside.