April 21, 2018
UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter
Gillian Wilson
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Grant Opportunity Search:
In this Newsletter
  • Visit by Lewis-Burke, Funding Consultants (May 2nd and 3rd)
  • Research Funding Lunches: "Secret Pots of Money" Agriculture (April 26th) & Environment & Transportation (May 16th)
  • Limited Submission: Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science (April 25th)
  • Limited Submission: Feed the Future Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Capacities (April 26th)
  • Planet Earth
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 on Wednesday and Thursday May 2nd and 3rd.

RED is currently finalizing the topics and sessions and will share the full schedule and other materials in advance of the visit.  Faculty are encouraged to attend any session that is of interest to them.

Three sessions for which we anticipate campus-wide interest are below. Please RSVP via the links provided.

May 2, 2018 from 9-10am in HUB 268
Session on large center grants, with a focus on NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) and Science and Technology Centers (STCs)

May 2, 2018 from 3-4pm in Orbach Science Library, 240
Session providing a general overview of FY 2018 new funding opportunities and other federal R&D research priorities. 

May 3, 2018 from 4-5:30pm in HUB 260
Session for assistant professors on early-career faculty awards.
Suggestions or questions may be directed to Bri Cates at
Secret Pots of Money: Agriculture
"Lunch and learn" about non-traditional funding opportunities for agriculture and related research. This lunch will focus on funding opportunities that are available, but less well known. The luncheon will also discuss obstacles to these non-traditional funding opportunities and new UC policies which make applying more appealing.

Join us on Thursday, April 26 at 12pm in UOB 145.  

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

Upcoming "Secret Pots of Money" Lunch:
May 16th at 12pm in UOB 210: Environment and Transportation
Limited Submission: Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science
Internal Deadline: April 25, 2018
LOI Deadline: May 3, 2018
Final Deadline: May 24, 2018

Limit on Number of Proposals: 2

The U.S. Department of Energy has released DE-FOA-0001909, Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science. This program will make awards of $150,000 to $1.5 million from a $24 million pool for fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences to advance our understanding of quantum phenomena in systems that could be used for QIS, and the use of quantum computing in chemical and materials sciences research. Applications must focus on the Priority Research Opportunities for experimental and theoretical research identified in the BES Roundtable Reports, “Basic Energy Sciences Roundtable on Opportunities for Quantum Computing in Chemical and Materials Sciences” or “Basic Energy Sciences Roundtable on Opportunities for Basic Research for Next-Generation Quantum Systems.”
For quantum computing, areas of interest include controlling the quantum dynamics of nonequilibrium chemical and materials systems; unraveling the physics and chemistry of strongly correlated electron systems; embedding quantum hardware in classical frameworks; and bridging the classical–quantum computing divide. Proposals must focus on fundamental research that will target computations on realistic problems relevant to Basic Energy Sciences priorities using quantum computers that are available today and in the near (<10 year) term.
For next-generation quantum systems, areas of interest include synthesis of materials for the development of quantum coherent systems that involve in-situ characterization and real-time machine learning and target quantum information functionality; creation and control of coherent phenomena in quantum systems emphasizing an improved understanding of entanglement and enhanced coherence lifetimes; transduction of quantum coherent states between disparate physical systems (light, charge, spin) with high fidelity. Proposals will also be considered for fundamental research on quantum-based systems with potential for extreme sensing, detection, and control capabilities, for precise time, space and field measurements, as well as the development and application of these capabilities to probe material properties and chemical processes. Proposals that solely focus on engineering design or systematic optimization of devices will not be responsive.
Cost sharing is not required.
Letters of intent are due May 3, 2018. Full proposals are due May 24, 2018.

Limited Submission: Feed the Future Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Capacities
Internal Deadline: April 26, 2018
Concept Notes are due May 11, 2018. 
Only one Concept Note may be submitted by an institution as the lead applicant. 
USAID will evaluate Concept Notes, and then invite applicants to submit a full proposal.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a call for Concept Notes for Feed the Future Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Capacities under the existing Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnership Annual Program Statement. 

Concept notes should propose cutting-edge approaches to:
1. strengthen the capacity of relevant host-country organizations to act as “innovation brokers”—critical connectors in a network of actors that facilitate downstream and upstream partnerships to research, test, and scale new or improved technologies or practices;
2. conduct analysis and research on effective approaches and best practices for facilitating capacity development for agricultural innovation;
3. establish a self-sustaining community of practice to reduce transaction costs and promote best practices for strengthening agricultural innovation capacity across Feed the Future Innovation Labs and host-country partners, including universities, national and regional research institutes, private sector firms, extension organizations, and other relevant organizations; and
4. provide technical assistance on applying best practices for strengthening agricultural innovation capacity to USAID Missions and other Operating Units

Planet Earth
The only planet in the Universe known to support life.
Tomorrow is Earth Day.

Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

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