April 28, 2018
UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter
Gillian Wilson
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Grant Opportunity Search:
In this Newsletter
  • UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) - (LoI due May 24th)
  • Visit by Lewis-Burke, Funding Consultants (May 2nd and 3rd)
  • Federal Funding Update
  • Go to Washington (or Arlington or Bethesda)
  • New Position in RED: Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Facilities (applications invited by May 15th)
  • NSF CAREER Webinar (May 15th)
  • NSF CAREER Materials and Incentive (June 25th)
  • Need Office 2016?
  • Faculty Networking Lunch: Aging & Adult Development (May 8th)
  • Research Lunch: DoD I-Corps (May 9th)
  • "Secret Pots of Money" Lunch: Environment & Transportation (May 16th)
  • Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities (various)
  • Limited Submission: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences (June 6th)
  • The Bird
UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI)
UC Research Initiatives in the UC Office of the President is pleased to issue a   Request for Proposals  for  2019 UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives , which includes opportunities for both Planning/Pilot Awards and Program Awards. Please note that a Letter of Intent (LOI; due 5/24/2018) is required, and all proposals must conform to the requirements of this RFP, dated April 25, 2018.
The  MRPI  opportunity is open to UC faculty and researchers across all fields of research and scholarship. Proposals require collaboration among at least three UC campuses and should go beyond individual PI-driven projects to launch pioneering research in thematic, multidisciplinary, or inter-disciplinary areas, benefit the UC research enterprise, strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university, and benefit California and its people. Applicants may request up to two years of funding. We anticipate approximately $8 million in total available funding across all awards and award types for the two-year period. 

Michael Pazzani has experience serving on the MRPI panel. RED is pleased to offer internal review of any proposal sent to by Thursday May 17th.

Please review the Request for Proposals  carefully. It includes important information on eligibility and application requirements. The RFP includes Appendices on Instructions for Submission of Letters of Intent and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Key Dates :
Required Letter of Intent Due: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time
Notification of LOI Decision: Tuesday, June 12, 2018          
Invited Full Proposals Due:   Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time
Additional Information:
For questions on program scope and priorities, please contact: .
Administrative questions regarding the application procedures on proposalCENTRAL may be directed to: .

Additional information on the program is available on the MRPI website .
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.

The full itinerary is provided below. 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.
Questions may be directed to Bri Cates at
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. N early 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, have large amounts of funding to spend in a short amount of time . Now is an excellent time to be proactive and reach out to your program officer 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.
Go to Washington (or Arlington or Bethesda)
Did you know that RED will fund faculty trips to federal agencies? It can work in three ways:
1.       You are in the DC area on a panel review or study section and want to spend an extra day. Research and Economic development will pay for an extra night’s hotel and meals.
2.       You want to make a special trip just to meet with a program director. Research and Economic development will pay for your entire trip.  
3.       A group of faculty, typically assistant professors, with related interests want to visit several programs or agencies to learn more about funding. Research and Economic development, working with Kaitlin can set up an itinerary, go to DC with you and will pay for your entire trip.  
There isn’t a form; just send Michael Pazzani ( a brief email with your plans. Please be frugal so that RED can afford to send more people.
New Position in RED: Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Facilities
Research and Economic Development (RED) is pleased to invite applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Facilities (AVC, Research Facilities). The incumbent will work closely with the Vice Chancellor for RED supporting the growth of research through the management of RED research facilities. The AVC will:
  • share with the VCR in the oversight of the UCR's central research facilities,
  • work with the VCR to secure funding for facilities and programs,
  • work with users and facilities advisory boards
  • collaborate in these efforts with Riverside deans, chairs, center directors and faculty, 
  • communicate with other campus leaders on issues of importance to campus research facilities and it’s research mission.
  • serve on the academic facilities renovation committee

The AVC of Research Facilities will have principal oversight and supervision for RED managed research facilities to support fostering multidisciplinary research, increases in industry partnerships, and ensuring overall strength in core research infrastructure. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Center for Advanced Neuroimaging
  • Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (CFAMM)
  • High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
  • Plant Biosafety Lab – level 3
  • Campus Vivarium

In order to qualify for consideration, candidates must:
  • be a tenured member of the faculty in good standing,
  • have a record of excellence in research, scholarship, or creative accomplishment, and
  • have a record of success in a leadership role 
  • Have knowledge of one or more core facilities

Ideal candidates will also:
  • be experienced in building, enhancing, or sustaining multidisciplinary research facilities and programs,
  • have a record of demonstrated commitment to the University’s goals concerning diversity, access, equity, and inclusion,
  • show aptitude for solving problems that require political acumen in complex academic settings,
  • work in a highly collaborative style,
  • have some understanding of the legislative, regulatory, and public-policy environment affecting research across today’s research community, along with a readiness to learn more, and
  • plan to remain active in their research, scholarship, or creative activity during the term of their appointment as AVC.

This is a 25% appointment, with an anticipated term of three to five years. However, the VCRED will be highly flexible in accommodating candidates who plan to continue to be active in their own research. Given the timing of the search, the VCR can also be flexible with accommodating planned teaching loads for the fall 2018 semester.
For full consideration, an application consisting of a cover letter expressing interest and qualification and a CV should be received by May 15. Please submit applications electronically to with "AVCRF Application" in the subject line.
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)

NSF CAREER Materials and Incentive
If you are applying for an NSF CAREER award and you finish a complete draft by June 25 (midnight), mail it to , and RED will hold a panel to review it and get you feedback by July 6. 

As incentive for finishing early, RED will support your research/travel with:

  • $1000 for first time submission
  • $500 for resubmission if you include the reviews of your prior submission and a summary of how you HAVE already modified the proposal

Here are some UCR specific resources for CAREER
Need Office 2016?
I recently purchased a new laptop and was pleased to discover that our campus offers Office 2016 for free.

You can install it on up to 5 computers, plus mobile devices. Here’s the link: 
Faculty Networking Lunch: Aging and Adult Development
Research and Economic Development is hosting a faculty networking lunch focused on aging and adult development research in both humans and animal models at UCR.

Join us on May 8th at noon in UOB 210.

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

Research Lunch: DoD I-Corps
Research and Economic Development is hosting a lunch focused on the Department of Defense Innovation Corps Program. Speakers from the Office of Technology Partnerships will provide an overview of the program and highlight application requirements for success.

Join on May 9th at noon in UOB 210.
The lunches are catered by a local Thai restaurant and include vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The Department of Defense has released W911NF-18-S-0004, Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program, Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense. This program supports the commercialization of innovations that have resulted from prior/current Department of Defense support.

The Innovation Corps at the Department of Defense (I-Corps @ DoD) program is an opportunity for Principal Investigators (PIs) to learn how to commercialize their discoveries / innovations. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $70,000 to attend a program that provides extensive training in product commercialization from industry experts and ‘serial entrepreneurs’ who have helped train over 1000 I-Corp Teams in how to bring their innovations to market. The I-Corps @ DoD program is a pilot program modeled after the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program.

To be eligible, you must have received a DoD award for basic research (so-called 6.1 money) with an expiration date of March 1, 2013, or later. If you are not sure whether your money is/was 6.1, check with your program officer.

DoD expects to make 14 1-year awards.

Proposals are due July 6. The solicitation is available at

Secret Pots of Money: Environment and Transportation
"Lunch and learn" about non-traditional funding opportunities for environment and transportation 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 May 16 at 12pm in UOB 210.  

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

Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) proposals for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges grant opportunities

Additional global grant opportunities
  • The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI). Training will be at the intramural laboratories of NIH. Application deadline is May 11, 2018.
  • The Templeton World Charity Foundation announces Round 1 of its new Global Innovations for Character Development initiative. Application deadline is June 15, 2018.

Blog series on innovation:
Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation's President of Global Health, recently published three new blogs in his series on innovation: one on metabolic markers for gestational age assessment, one on surveying nutrient levels in breastmilk, and one on new technology to assess intestinal health in babies.
Limited Submission: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Internal Deadline: June 06, 2018
Nomination Deadline: June 29, 2018
Application Opens: July 16, 2018
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for four years.

Candidates may be selected only for the current year’s competition. Unsuccessful candidates who still meet eligibility criteria may reapply once (twice in total) in future competitions by submitting new pre-proposal materials. Competition for the Pew program must be opened to all eligible faculty members each year. 

•   Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
•   As of Oct. 15, 2018, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible.
•   On June 29, 2018, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 29, 2015). 
•   Candidates may be nominated by their institution twice in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2018 online application. 
•   If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may apply from only one institution; he or she may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

The online application will open July 16, 2018. The deadline for applicants to submit a complete application is Oct. 15, 2018. 
The Bird
A stunning rare case of a triple collision of galaxies, as seen in the visible (left) and infrared (right). For obvious reasons astronomers have dubbed this triple-collision system "The Bird”.

Michael Pazzani will return from research sabbatical on May 1st. Welcome back Mike!

Image Credit: ESO

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