April 11, 2018
UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter
Gillian Wilson
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Grant Opportunity Search:
In this Newsletter
  • NSF CAREER Workshop
  • NSF CAREER Program Webinar - May 15
  • Federal Funding Update & Lewis Burke Visit
  • Research Funding Lunches: Secret Pots of Money
  • Faculty Networking Lunch: Water Related Research - April 19, 2018
  • Faculty Networking Lunch: Aging and Adult Development - May 8, 2018
  • Limited: Research at the Frontiers of X-Ray Free Electron Laser Ultrafast Chemical and Materials Sciences
  • Limited Submission: NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)
  • 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition
  • 2019 UC-National lab In-Resident Graduate Fellowship Opportunity
  • Research Integrity Seminar: Improving the Accuracy of Classifying Medical Conditions: A Statistical Approach
  • Black Holes
Did you know that UCR is #1 in the UC for active CAREER awards, surpassing Berkeley, San Diego and UCLA?

In celebratory competitive spirit, the annual UCR NSF CAREER workshop will be offered twice again this year. The same material will be presented in each session. VC Pazzani will return from sabbatical temporarily to lead both sessions.

The CAREER is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of untenured faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

See for the NSF solicitation.

CAREER proposals are due July 18-20, 2018; the exact deadline varies by discipline. It pays to start a few months early to make sure the proposal is well thought-out and addresses all criteria for funding.

The UCR workshop on preparing an NSF CAREER proposal will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (lunch provided) in the Orbach Science Library, Room 240, and repeated again on Friday, April 20th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (lunch provided) in the Orbach Science Library, Room 240.

The workshop will offer guidance on essential components of the CAREER award, including:
  • Research Plan
  • Educational Plan
  • Broader Impacts
  • Data Management Plan

Previous winners of the NSF CAREER awards will discuss what worked (and what didn’t work) for them. We will go over NSF requirements, suggestions and best practices from past winners, and your questions and ideas. Sample funded proposals will be made available.

NSF CAREER Program Webinar - May 15
The NSF CAREER Coordinating Committee hosts a webinar to answer participants' questions about development and submission of proposals to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program ( CAREER ). The webinar will give participants the opportunity to interact with members of the NSF-wide CAREER Coordinating Committee in a question-and-answer format.

Date and Time: May 15, 2018 1:00PM to 3:00PM (Eastern Daylight Time, New York, GMT-04:00)

Federal Funding Update & Lewis Burke Visit
Federal Funding Update
Even though FY 2018 began on October 1, 2017, Congress and the President recently finalized FY 2018 appropriations. Government-wide, Congress added almost $150 billion in spending. Nearly all R&D accounts across the federal government saw an increase, with the increase in NIH, DOE and ARPA-E funding being most significant, at ~10-15%. Given that FY 2018 is already halfway over, some R&D agencies, like those within DOD where program officers have much discretion, will have large amounts of funding to spend in a short amount of time . NOW is an excellent time to reach out to program officers to discuss next steps over the coming months.
A more detailed analysis of the appropriations bill is attached . If you have questions about specific programs, please reach out to Kaitlin Chell, Director of Federal Relations, at  or 2-8324.
Federal Funding Strategy: Lewis-Burke Visit
UCR works with Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, a DC-based firm which monitors and provides guidance on federal funding. Representatives will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday,  May 2-3  to discuss funding strategies on a variety of research and education topics. RED will be scheduling a few campus-wide discussions, including (1) large center grants, with a focus on NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) and Science and Technology Centers (STCs); (2) early-career faculty awards; and (3) general update on FY 2018 new funding opportunities and other federal R&D research priorities.  
Faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend any session that is of interest to them; a schedule will be shared in advance of the visit.   As we formalize the schedule, we want to hear from you. Please contact Bri Cates at  to share your interest in attending. 
Research Funding Lunches: Secret Pots of Money
Research and Economic Development is hosting two research lunches related to "Secret Pots of Money" - funding opportunities that are available but not widely publicized or easy to find. The lunches will take place from 12-1pm on April 26th in UOB 145 and May 16th in UOB 210. The goal is to bring faculty members across campus together to provide information on available opportunities, and discuss obstacles that have been encountered in the past as well potential solutions.

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

April 26 - 12-1pm, UOB 145
May 16th - 12-1pm, UOB 210

Faculty Networking Lunch: Water Related Research April 19, 2018
Research and Economic Development is hosting a lunch on April 19th starting at noon in UOB 210 focused on water research at UCR. The goal is to bring multiple faculty members across campus together to discuss ideas for increasing UCR visibility in the area of water related research. We have faculty members across multiple departments working on various aspects of water quantity, water quality, economics and policy. It will be great to bring these colleagues together to discuss potential ways to increase our visibility in Southern California and across the nation, and increase our research productivity by writing collaborative center proposals.

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

Faculty Networking Lunch: Aging and Adult Development May 8, 2018
Research and Economic Development is hosting a lunch on May 8th starting at noon in UOB 210 focused on aging and adult development research in both humans and animal models at UCR.

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

Limited Submission: NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)
The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. CICI seeks three categories of projects:

1.   Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure: These awards seek to secure the scientific workflow by encouraging novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire scientific CI ecosystem;
2.   Collaborative Security Response Center: This single award targets the development of a community resource to provide security monitoring, analysis, expertise, and resources Research & Education (R&E) cyberinfrastructure staff, regardless of physical location or organization; and
3.   Research Data Protection: These awards provide solutions that both ensure the provenance of research data and reduce the complexity of protecting research data sets regardless of funding source.

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

Internal Deadline: April 19, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: June 04, 2018

Limited: Research at the Frontiers of X-Ray Free Electron Laser Ultrafast Chemical and Materials Sciences
Internal Deadline: April 18, 2018
LOI Deadline: April 30, 2018
Final Deadline: May 21, 2018

Limit on Number of Proposals:2

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announces its interest in receiving applications from small groups of investigators for support of experimental and theoretical efforts to advance ultrafast chemical and materials sciences that utilize x-ray free electron lasers.  

This FOA supports fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences enabled by new ultrafast x-ray free electron laser (XFEL) capabilities at LCLS-II and its prospective upgrades ( ). Applications must focus on XFEL-based research and address the Priority Research Opportunities identified in the recent BES Roundtable Report, “Opportunities for Basic Research at the Frontiers of XFEL Ultrafast Science.” Applications should clearly articulate how the research addresses the new scientific opportunities articulated in the Roundtable Report 

The three areas of research articulated in that report are: 
(1) probing and controlling electron motion within a molecule; 
(2) discovering novel quantum phases through coherent light-matter coupling; and 
(3) capturing rare events and intermediate states in the transformation of matter. 

Applications for relevant theoretical and experimental research involving small groups of investigators will be considered.   Applications that involve only instrumentation development or are not programmatically aligned with BES research (see and ) will be considered non-responsive. 

2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition
We are excited to announce that the 2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in 137 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

Explore awards using our Catalog of Awards. Highlights from 465 awards offered in this year’s competition include:

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
Fulbright presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Fulbright Flex Awards
Fulbright welcomes applications from scholars who propose multiple, short-term stays in the host country over a period of one to two years. The Flex option is available to scholars interested in research, teaching, or pursuing a combination of teaching and research. The catalog of awards will give detailed information on the Flex parameters for each participating country.

Fulbright Global Scholar Award
The Fulbright Global Scholar Award provides support for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus.

New Awards
Several countries have added new awards for the 2019-2020 competition:
Find out more about the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition by joining one of our upcoming webinars or virtual advising sessions, and browsing helpful resources:
Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit
2019 UC-National lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowship Opportunity
UCOP has released a solicitation for graduate fellowships at Los Alamos National Lab or Lawrence Livermore National Lab. A graduate student must be advanced to candidacy by April 1, 2019, to be eligible, and must spend at least six months per year in residence at the lab. The mentor/sponsor at the lab and the faculty advisor at the home campus can’t be the same person. There is no mention of a citizenship requirement for the student. The fellowship will pay stipend, fees, a travel allowance, and research costs.
An application teleconference is scheduled for May 3, and letters of intent are due May 31. Campus approval is not required for letters of intent. Full proposals will be invited in mid-June and will be due September 6. Start date will be April 1, 2019.

The RFP includes the following:
·          Program goals, guidelines, submission deadlines, and eligibility requirements;
·          Program contacts at the UC Laboratory Fees Research Program and National Laboratories;
·          Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); and
·          Instructions for submitting the required Letter of Intent.  
Research Integrity Seminar: Improving the Accuracy of Classifying Medical Conditions: A Statistical Approach
UCR’s Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is proud to present the next talk in the 2018 Seminar Series ( ). The seminars focus on ethical dilemmas and hot topics in human subjects research.

The next seminar, entitled “Improving the Accuracy of Classifying Medical Conditions: A Statistical Approach”, will be led by Dr. Daniel Jeske, UCR Professor of Statistics and Editor-in-Chief of The American Statistician . This seminar will take place on April 17 at 1:30 pm in HUB 260.

Abstract: The usefulness of two-class statistical classifiers is limited when one or both of the conditional misclassification rates is unacceptably high. Incorporating a neutral zone region into the classifier provides a mechanism to refer ambiguous cases to follow-up where additional information might be obtained to clarify the classification decision. Through the use of the neutral zone region, the conditional misclassification rates can be controlled and the classifier becomes useful. Three real-life examples, including applications to prostate cancer and kidney dysfunction following heart surgery, are used to illustrate how neutral zone regions can extract utility from disappointing classifiers that might otherwise be abandoned.

Daniel Jeske served as the Chair of the Department of Statistics from 2008 to 2015. He coordinates U.S. Navy and other industry outreach efforts for UCR Statistics, and holds a visiting investigator position at the City of Hope cancer hospital in Duarte, California. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and served on the board of directors during 2014-2016. He is the Vice-President of Membership for the International Society of Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS), a society of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). In addition to serving as the Editor-in-Chief for The American Statistician , he is an Associate Editor for Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry and a member of the Program Affiliates Committee of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). His research interests include classification and prediction methodologies, longitudinal data modeling, statistical process control methodologies, biostatistics applications, and reliability modeling. 

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.
Black Holes
Only in the last couple of decades have astronomers come to the realization that all galaxies likely harbor super-massive black holes (artist's impression above). Our own Milky Way Galaxy hosts a monster black hole at its center with a mass of almost 5 million times the mass of our Sun. Just this week a new study suggested that as many as 10,000 additional smaller-mass black holes might also exist in our galaxy. As Stephen Hawking, famous for his prediction that black holes can actually emit radiation, remarked

"It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes"

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