May 2, 2019
UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter
Gillian Wilson
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Grant Opportunity Search:
In this Newsletter
  • Early CAREER Submissions
  • UC LFRP Quantum Information Science Research Workshop - May 8
  • Nominate Your Gene for Enrollment in the NIH KOMP2 Project at UC Davis
  • Funding Opportunities: Volunteers and vulnerable communities at the center of Gov. Newsom's Strategy to ready California for disaster
  • Limited: Basic Research Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI)
  • Limited: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
  • M87 Giant Elliptical Galaxy
Early CAREER Submissions
If you are applying for an NSF CAREER award and you finish a complete draft and submit it to by June 20th (midnight), RED will hold a review panel on July 2 and get you prompt feedback. 

As incentive for finishing early, RED will support your research/travel with:
  • $500 for first time submission
  • $250 for resubmission if you include the reviews of your prior submission and a summary of how you HAVE already modified the proposal

If you have reviewed for the NSF program and would like to serve as reviewer on the CAREER panel,, send email to , Panelists will review 5-8 CAREER proposals, get a free lunch, and $1000 in a research fund.

Here are some UCR specific resources for CAREER
UC LFRP Quantum Information Science Research Workshop - May 8
The UC Laboratory Fees Research Program (LFRP) has identified Quantum Information Science (QIS) as one of the priority topics for 2019. The UC Quantum Information Science Research Workshop will provide networking opportunities for UC faculty and national lab researchers to come together with a view to developing joint proposals for the 2020 UC Laboratory Fees Research Program . We expect the workshop to facilitate the formation of teams, but attendance is not a requirement for submitting a proposal to the LFRP. The LFRP solicitation includes the following topics under QIS: research advancing quantum information theory, experimentation, algorithms, and applications, and development of novel materials and devices.
Space is limited to 70 seats total, divided across the UC campuses and national labs, so please register as soon as possible. 

The registration link for UC Riverside is: 
This workshop is organized by representatives from UC Berkeley and UCLA, in collaboration with Los Alamos (LANL) and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) National Laboratories.

Draft agenda, May 8, 2019:
8:30   Coffee/breakfast available
9:00   Introduction, goals, program logistics (UCOP and UCB representatives)
9:15   LLNL and LANL present their capabilities, gaps, and future directions; audience questions
10:15  Break
10:30  Lightning talks and discussion of emerging themes
12:30  Lunch (define breakout group topics)
1:30   Breakout groups along main topics to facilitate team formation and proposal idea development
3:45   Break
4:00   Summaries from breakouts and discussion of next steps
5:00   End
UC Berkeley is hosting this event at its Clark Kerr campus, located a few minutes drive southeast of the main Berkeley campus. 
More details about location, directions and parking will be made available to registered participants.

The workshop organizers expect to be able to provide at least partial travel reimbursement for flights, mileage, and hotel costs for some workshop attendees, pending funding from the UC Office of the President. The organizing committee will follow up with individual attendees who indicate with their registration their interest in reimbursement on their registration form.

Participants will have to make their own travel and hotel arrangements. Some hotel options in the immediate UC Berkeley area include:

Please contact Dave Trinkle at if you have any questions about this workshop.
Nominate Your Gene for Enrollment in the NIH KOMP2 Project at UC Davis
We still have open slots for nominations!

We'd like to hear what knockout you'd be interested in... at no cost to you! Provided through the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program (MBP), the NIH Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) project is still accepting gene nominations for knockout production and comprehensive phenotyping.

We have nomination slots left for ~25 genes… with a focus on genes for which little is known, but the potential for important discoveries is high (the gene you nominate should not already be available as a mouse, such as in the MMRRC or another repository, and should have a human ortholog.)

Nominating a gene is easy… simply, visit our Nomination page to complete and submit a brief form before June 30 th. We’ll get back to you quickly as to whether we’re able to enroll your gene.

KOMP2 grant resources will cover the cost to design and produce the knockout line, and mice will be deposited into the MMRRC at UC Davis for distribution. You, the nominee, will be the first one notified of availability.

For more information or questions about this opportunity, contact MBP at
Funding Opportunities: Volunteers and vulnerable communities at the center of Gov. Newsom's Strategy to ready California for disaster
California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, announced the release  of nine available grants  for the California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign to deploy a network of volunteers and transform how Californians get ready for the next disaster. Gov. Gavin Newsom first  announced  the campaign when he declared a state of emergency due to increased risk of wildfire on March 22.
The joint campaign between California Volunteers and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) invests $50 million directly into the community to bolster local resiliency and connect one million diverse and vulnerable Californians to culturally and linguistically competent support. Grants available now on California Volunteers'  website .
"Our people centered approach will usher in a new era of emergency preparedness," said Gov. Newsom. "We are leveraging the power of volunteerism while ensuring preparedness support and information is not only limited to those who have been privileged enough to access, understand and afford it."
The campaign - which is directed at those experiencing social vulnerability factors including social isolation, poverty, language barriers, and other access and functional needs challenges - extends the impact of volunteer and service programs designed to meet these unique and varied needs. More communities will have access to emergency preparedness training and education.
Such programs include Citizens Emergency Response Teams (CERT), a FEMA-recognized 20-hour emergency preparedness curriculum. Administered by California Volunteers, CERT programs will increase and further the ability to train Californians. Another includes Listos, an 8-hour Spanish language curriculum, which will be expanded into additional languages and new regions. The campaign creates new disaster teams as part of existing AmeriCorps programs to provide communities with expertise and support during disasters.
"California is taking advantage of 'blue sky days' to prepare our communities," said Karen Baker, California's Chief Service Officer and lead of California Volunteers. "A California For All is one that empowers those often on the sidelines to access the resources they need to keep themselves and their families safe, regardless of age, disability, language barrier, immigration status or income level."
According to a 2018  report  in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, low income people, especially those who are also Black and Latino, are significantly less prepared for disaster. Furthering the point, a 2014 PPIC  study  found that, "whites are twice as likely as Latinos to say they are knowledgeable about disasters even though Latinos (48%) are by far the most likely racial/ethnic group to be very worried (27% Asians, 21% blacks, and 15% whites)."
Community-based organizations in counties across the state will, 1) provide emergency preparedness education and resources to their vulnerable population, and 2) facilitate a community-wide process to identify gaps and solutions in local emergency plans. Additionally, underserved communities will organize to establish and implement a new approach leveraging a peer-to-peer network that educates their own community.
"The worst of our reality spurred by growing threats of disaster brings out the best of who we are as Californians: Rising to serve. And, the governor's strategy builds upon this truth," said Baker.
Signed into law on February 13, 2019, Assembly Bill 72 - Budget Act of 2018 allocates $30 million for California Volunteers to distribute and $20 million for Cal OES to distribute through local assistance grants. The first phase of the effort is a request for proposals (RFP) process that aims to select partners in the next two months and begin implementation by summer. Several grants are now available with the others set to release in the weeks to follow.
Specifically, they include grants administered by:
California Volunteers
  • California For All Public Outreach & Education Preparedness Campaign Support Team ($1,360,000). RFP available, here.
  • Statewide Listos Administrator ($2,200,000). RFP released soon, here.
  • CERT/Listos Target County Support ($2,000,000). RFP released soon, here.
  • CERT/Listos Capacity Building ($8,300,000). RFP available, here.
  • 2019 California For All and Listos Preparedness Conference ($500,000). RFP available, here.
  • California For All AmeriCorps ($2,640,000). RFP released soon, here.
  • California For All Public Outreach and Education Campaign ($13,000,000). RFP released soon,here.
Limited: Basic Research Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI)
Internal Deadline: 5/16/19
SPA Deadline: 7/11/19
Agency Deadline: 7/15/2019
Number of Submissions Allowed: 3
Application Instructions:

Projects proposed for funding under this FOA must be for basic research. As defined by DoD, "basic research" is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, life sciences, and information sciences related to long-term national security needs.

PIs are encouraged to consider innovative approaches for their research projects with a view toward enhancing the ability of their institution to develop stronger science and engineering programs that will enable the institution to participate more competitively in a variety of defense research programs and attract and retain good students by exposing them to state-of-the-art research and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM disciplines.

Methods through which these goals can be achieved are varied. Factors such as research capabilities, facilities, and equipment are unique to each institution. Therefore, DoD will not prescribe the approach for a research project; instead, it expects applications to reflect the unique needs and capabilities of the applicant institution.
Limited: Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences
Internal Deadline: 5/21/19
Nomination Deadline: 6/14/19
Application Opens: 7/15/19
SPA Deadline: 10/15/19
Agency Deadline: 10/17/19
Number of Submissions Allowed: 1
Application Instructions:  

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. 17, 2019, 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 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2016). 
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution twice in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2019 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.
Messier 87 (M87) Giant Elliptical Galaxy
Heavily featured in the news recently has been the incredible image from the Event Horizon Telescope of a supermassive black hole at the center of M87 (left).

But did you know about the galaxy which hosts the black hole? (right). First discovered by the French astronomer and comet-hunter Charles Messier in 1781, M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, 53 million light-years away from Earth. With a mass of more than 200 times the Milky Way, M87 is one of the most massive galaxies in the Universe. It is thought to have grown so massive by the process of "galactic cannibalism", literally by gobbling up nearby smaller galaxies one by one over time.
Image Credits: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and Chris Mihos, Case Western Reserve University / ESO

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