December 16, 2017


UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter


Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Grant Opportunity Search:


In this Newsletter


·     Department of Energy, Advanced Research projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

·     Winter 2018 I-Corps Startups for Innovators

·     Limited: 2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

·     2018 L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Program Applications

·     Office of Research Integrity Update

·     ORI Seminar Series - The Benefits of Bilingualism

·     Limited: NSF Partnerships for Innovation

·     Limited: NIH Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

·     Limited: NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program

·     NSF Collaborator and Other Affiliations (COA) Template FAQs

·     Burrowing Owl


Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)


Concept Papers Due Date: February 12, 2018 

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a $100 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting proposals for its OPEN 2018 program. Unlike ARPA-E’s standard technology program solicitations, which are narrowly focused on specific topic areas, OPEN 2018 is intentionally broad and offers support for the development of high-risk, transformative energy technologies across all transportation and stationary applications. The goal of OPEN is to ensure that ARPA-E has the opportunity to support energy technology development projects that fall outside of its targeted solicitations. Concept papers are due February 12, 2018.


Proposals submitted as part of the OPEN 2018 competition must identify and address at least one of the Technical Categories or Subcategories listed in the full FOA. The Categories are intended to cover most major energy-related technologies and address research needs in: Grid; Transportation; Building Efficiency; Nuclear, Fossil, and Renewable Power Generation and Energy Production; and Bioenergy. If a proposal does not fit into any of these Categories, applicants are instructed to identify their projects as falling under Category 7 (“Other Energy Technologies”), Subcategory L (“Other Energy Technologies Not Listed Above”). Despite the breadth of these Categories, there is no guarantee that each will be equally represented among the selected proposals. Rather, the types of projects funded under OPEN 2018 will vary depending on the number and strength of the proposals ARPA-E receives.


In an additional departure from ARPA-E’s standard solicitations, which provide specific technical targets within defined focus areas, the agency recognizes that OPEN is too broad for applicants to meet any predefined metrics. As such, applicants to OPEN 2018 are required to effectively measure the potential impact of their proposals against the agency’s core missions of “reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency.”


The OPEN FOA is released once every three years, and OPEN 2018 is ARPA-E’s fourth OPEN competition with the previous three being held in 2009, 2012, and 2015. While OPEN allows researchers to submit innovative proposals outside of ARPA-E’s more limited and targeted program FOAs, it is more competitive than the targeted funding solicitations. 


Winter 2018 I-Corps Startups for Innovators


The UCR NSF I-Corps Startups for Innovators Workshops utilize the Lean Launchpad methodology championed by Steve Blank at UC Berkeley and Stanford to quickly determine if there is a market for your innovation. Teams will “get out of the building” to conduct customer discovery.  


Teams completing both Phases of the program can receive up to $3000 to help validate the commercial potential of their product.


Apply now to participate in this experiential workshop led by the UCR I-Corps instructors. Teams will conduct customer discovery interviews and learn to make quick business presentations utilizing interview data. Experienced entrepreneurs will provide 1-on-1 mentoring.


Participation in the workshop requires ~ 8 – 10 hours/week of effort by team members.


Topics include:

·     Identify customers

·     Define customer needs and pains

·     Effectively communicate your business to outsiders


Workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings: 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Food and Networking: 5:30 – 6:00)

Phase I Sessions: January 23, 30 & Feb. 6

For questions contact: Mark Leibowitz at

Apply by January 12, 2018:


Limited: 2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award


Internal Deadline: January 8, 2018

Limit: 1 nominee


The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. 



• Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty

• Appointed no earlier than mid-year 2012



The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000, normally expended over a period of 5 years. ($7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Indirect costs are not allowed.)



For UCR’s internal review process, please complete the below within the three-page limit:


A summary description of the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member, and a description of research plans (the final submission to Dreyfus will allow up to six pages, including references), and 


A statement intended to convince the reviewers of the nominee's dedication to education in the chemical sciences (final submission to Dreyfus limited to two pages).


2018 L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Program Applications


The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants. L’Oréal is seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.


Applications for the 2018 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program are now open and are due by February 2, 2018.


The application and more information about the program can be found at


Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline. Candidates must be available the week of October 22, 2018 for the For Women in Science Awards Week if chosen as a winning fellow.


Should you have any questions or require additional information, please email Rachel Pacifico at


Office of Research Integrity Update


The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) strives to promote excellence in research while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. ORI has oversight and responsibility over the various research compliance committees on campus.


Beginning in 2015, ORI has implemented several changes and updates to our programs, in order to provide comprehensive information and resources to researchers via our webpages. These changes include:


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

·     New IRB-SB webpage

·     New IRB-Clin webpage

·     Created a webpage for IRB training requirements - At UCR, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is now used to satisfy compliance requirements for both Human Subjects Research and Responsible Conduct of Research training. This webpage provides instructions for accessing CITI training.

·     Revised IRB General Application Form (reduced the number of appendices and questions asked)

·     Revised Determination of Activity Form

·     Created the following resources:

·     'How to IRB' tutorial - This simple, 30-minute, interactive tutorial was created to help new researchers navigate the IRB process including how to submit an IRB application, what forms are required, and what resources are available.

·     Minimal Risk Tip Sheet

·     Sample Access Letter – When required by the IRB, this template may be used to provide documentation of permission to conduct human subjects research within an organization external to UC.

·     Informed Consent Form Templates – These informed consent form templates were created to facilitate researchers in developing comprehensive consent forms that contain all the federally required elements and standard UC language.

·     Socio-behavioral Informed Consent Form Template

·     IRB-Clin Informed Consent Form Template (coming soon)

·     Exempt Informed Consent Form Template


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

·     New external IACUC page

·     New internal IACUC page – behind a firewall (coming soon)


Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

·     New IBC webpage

·     Created IBC Charter


Promoting Research Objectivity (PRO) Committee - formerly the Conflict of Interest Committee

·     New PRO webpage

·     Created “Disclosure Form for NSF Conflict of Interest Policy (Form 925)

·     Created “NSF COI Addendum for Positive 700-U and NSF 925


Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (SCRO)

·     New SCRO webpage


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

·     New RCR webpage with specific requirements and sound narration


Research Misconduct (RM)

·     New RM webpage


Increased Outreach

·     Class and Community Training Presentations – by invite

·     Created monthly Office of Research Integrity Seminar Series


ORI Seminar Series - The Benefits of Bilingualism


UCR’s Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is proud to present the 2nd 2018 talk in the Seminar Series. The ORI Seminar Series focus on ethical dilemmas and hot topics in human subjects research.


January’s seminar, entitled “The Benefits of Bilingualism”, will be led by Dr. Judith Koll, Distinguished Professor in UCR’s Psychology Department and Director of the Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. The talk will take place on January 16 at 2:00 pm in HUB 268.


Summary: The use of two or more languages is common in most places in the world. Yet, until recently, bilingualism has been considered a complicating factor for understanding language, cognition, and the brain. In the past 20 years, there has been an upsurge of research that examines the cognitive and neural bases of second language learning and bilingualism and the resulting consequences for cognition and for brain structure and function over the lifespan. Contrary to the view that bilingualism complicates language system, the new research demonstrates that all languages that are known and used become part of the same language system in a very natural way. In this talk, Dr. Koll will illustrate this approach to research and consider the consequences that bilingualism holds more generally for society when language learning and active bilingualism are encouraged. She will also discuss the ethical considerations raised by research that involves speakers of different languages and international collaboration.


Speaker Bio: Judith F. Kroll is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and the former director of the Center for Language Science at Pennsylvania State University. She held faculty positions at Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, and Penn State University before joining the faculty at UC Riverside in 2016. The research that she and her students conduct concerns the way that bilinguals juggle the presence of two languages in one mind and brain. Their work, supported by grants from NSF and NIH, shows that bilingualism provides a tool for revealing the interplay between language and cognition that is otherwise obscure in speakers of one language alone.


This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided


Limited: NSF Partnerships for Innovation


Internal Deadline: 01/09/2018

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2


The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs.


PFI has six broad goals: (1) identifying and supporting Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current Foundation-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between Foundation-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) catalyzing professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and (6) expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.


This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the six aforementioned goals.


The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or technology development and scale-up while exposing faculty and students (and engaging them in) in innovation and entrepreneurially-focused activities that could possibly lead to partnership opportunities, the creation of new intellectual property and technologically-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. Potential pathways forward within the PFI-TT track could be broader collaborative activities and partnerships, technology licensing, technology spin-outs, and expanded entrepreneurial activity.


The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. NSF recognizes that interdisciplinary collaboration is often needed to achieve successful technology development. This proposal track supports a research consortium ecosystem focused on a clear project thrust. It allows for partnerships between academic researchers and a variety of third-party organizations (such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations, and/or other universities) to conduct applied research in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, on problems typically beyond the reach of a single researcher. NSF currently supports numerous research consortia (e.g., Engineering Research Centers, Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and others). Such consortia could participate in PFI-RP proposals. The goal of the RP track is to catalyze robust and synergistic partnerships and collaborations between government, academia, and other public and private entities to drive and accelerate the translation of federally-funded fundamental research results into innovations that, through technology development and commercialization, will have a significant economic and societal impact.


Lineage Requirement: The PFI-TT proposal track has a lineage requirement under one or two of the following paths: 


·     NSF-supported research results: Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have had an NSF award that ended no more than six (6) years prior to the full proposal deadline date or be a current NSF award recipient. The proposed technology development project must be derived from the research results and/or discoveries from this underlying NSF award.



·     National I-CorpsTM Teams customer discovery results The Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have been a member of an I-CorpsTM, Team Grant from NSF under the I-CorpsTM Teams Program ( The PI or co-PI must have fully completed the I-CorpsTM training provided as part of the I-CorpsTM Team grant within the past three (3) years. The customer discovery activities performed under the NSF-funded I-CorpsTM award must be based on the technology that is proposed to be translated within the PFI-TT proposal.

Note: a proposal describing sole lineage to any of the following programs is not allowed and may be returned without review: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), any prior award through the PFI Program, Regional I-CorpsTM, and SBIR/STTR.


The PFI-Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) proposal track does NOT have a lineage requirement.


For a PFI-RP proposal, in addition to the PI, there must be at least (but not limited to) one other participant on the project serving as a co-PI, who brings technology commercialization experience in the targeted fields of application (or industry sector) of the proposed technology to be developed. This co-PI must have an active role that is explicitly described along with the specification of a time commitment on the project. Additional collaborators or organizations who bring needed multidisciplinary expertise, knowledge and commercialization experience may be involved as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Other Professional, subawardee, consultant, collaborator, etc., on the proposed project.


A PI or co-PI may submit up to two proposals to the solicitation. These could be two proposals to PFI-TT, one proposal each to PFI-TT and PFI-RP or two proposals to PFI-RP. A PI or co-PI will not receive more than one award from this solicitation. The submission of duplicate or substantially similar or equivalent proposals concurrently for review to the solicitation will result in the return of the redundant proposals.


Limited: NIH Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers


Internal Deadline: February 6, 2018

Letter of Intent Due Date: March 17, 2018

Application Due Date: April 17, 2018

Earliest Start Date: December 1, 2018

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1


The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) Program is intended to bring together investigators currently funded by NIH or other Federal or non-Federal sources to enhance the effectiveness of existing research and extend the focus of research for the environmental health sciences. An EHS CC should support innovation and be on the cutting edge of science. It is expected that research activities will cross a variety of disciplines to bring multiple perspectives and approaches to bear on significant problems. It is expected that the interdisciplinary nature of an EHS CC will have a synergistic effect that results in greater depth, breadth, quality, innovation and productivity beyond what individual scientists would be likely to attain by working independently. As intellectual hubs for environmental health research, the membership of EHS CC's is expected to be the thought leaders for the field as well as advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan (


The overall goals for the EHS CC Program are to enhance the capabilities of existing programs in environmental health sciences, assist with building programmatic and scientific capacity, lead in the development of novel research directions, recruit and groom future leaders in the field, and pioneer efforts in community engagement. The EHS CC grant provides facilities and resources to accelerate research along the spectrum from basic mechanistic and toxicological science to population and public health and dissemination. It should create a structure and flexibility that allow center members with different expertise to come together to answer complex and/or emerging questions and capitalize on the latest scientific trends leading to improved strategies towards preventing environmentally-induced disorders. While the EHS CC grant provides support for core resources and facilities, it does not provide direct funding for research projects, although limited funds are provided for pilot projects.


NIEHS considers community engagement and multi-directional communication as essential activities to advance the goals and relevance of an EHS CC. Therefore, the structure of the Center should facilitate multi-directional interaction with communities and EHS CC members through the required Community Engagement Core. In addition, EHS Cores are expected to attract established and promising investigators into environmental health research and provide opportunities for career enhancement.


To qualify for an EHS CC, the applicant institution must have a base of ongoing, independently supported, peer-reviewed research projects clearly dedicated to the study of environmental health sciences or environmental medicine, a substantial portion of which should be supported by NIEHS. The research base must exist prior to the submission of an application and will be considered by program staff to determine eligibility.


Limited: NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program


Internal Deadline: January 9, 2018

Application Deadline: January 24, 2018

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1


The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.


The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.  Applications are encouraged from research-intensive institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from underrepresented backgrounds so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:


·     Research Experiences: For example, for postbaccalaureates: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to prepare them for graduate school admissions, successful completion of the Ph.D., and careers in research.  

·     Courses for Skills Development: For example, for postbaccalaureates: to provide advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, courses or workshops to develop scholarly potential, and/or specialized research techniques, to prepare them for graduate school admissions, successful completion of the Ph.D., and careers in research.


NSF Collaborator and Other Affiliations (COA) Template FAQs


The Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at the National Science Foundation has released a set of FAQs on the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template. The FAQ can be found here:


Burrowing Owl


Here's a photo of a Burrowing Owl from the Salton Sea area. If you are lucky, you may see one at your house on the evening of Dec 24.


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