NASA Solicits Space Technology Research Proposals from U.S. Universities
LOI Deadline: May 23, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: June 20, 2018
I am pleased to announce that NASA has released a solicitation titled “Early Stage Innovations (ESI)”, on May 2, 2018. This solicitation, available on NSPIRES, is an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NASA Research Announcement (NRA), titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2018 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2018).”
The Appendix seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities for innovative, early-stage space technology research. ESI is intended to accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies to support high priority future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector. The total ESI award value is up to $500,000. Research and development efforts will take place over three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds.
Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals to this solicitation, and teaming is permitted. The PI must be either a tenured faculty member or an untenured faculty member on the tenure track from the proposing university. Industry and non-profit entities are permitted to partner; other government agencies and non-NASA FFRDCs are permitted to collaborate; and Co-Investigators (Co-I), postdoctoral associates, consultants, and collaborators are permitted. Please see the Appendix for the complete set of eligibility requirements and restrictions.
This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the six topics described:
Modeling for Small Spacecraft Electric Propulsion
The goal of this topic is to advance modeling techniques and simulation capabilities to assist in maturing electric propulsion (EP) system technologies for small spacecraft.
Smart and Autonomous Systems for Space
The goal of this topic is to promote fundamental research into Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) for future NASA exploration missions. IPS are habitats, robots, spacecraft, and surface systems that operate in the physical world with little (or no) supervision by humans for extended periods of time.
Omni-Optical Antennas and Optical-Multiple-Access Technologies for Free-Space Near-Earth Satellite Communication
The objective of this topic is to develop innovative ideas and creative technology concepts to contribute to future satellite optical omni-directional antenna and Optical-Multiple-Access capabilities.
Modeling Shock Layer Radiation and Chemical Kinetics for Planetary Entry
The objective of this topic is to develop advanced non-equilibrium models for shock layer radiation and chemical kinetics that arise during planetary entry of spacecraft, along with fundamental computational and experimental databases that support model creation and validation.
Physical and Mechanistic Modeling of the Self-Reacting Friction Stir Welding Process
The objective of this topic is to promote research to fundamentally transform self-reacting friction stir weld development from an empirically-driven approach to a science-based approach that utilizes computational physics-based models.
Smart Tribological Mechanical Systems for Extreme Temperature Space Environments
The objective of this topic is to significantly advance key technologies needed to implement levitated mechanical devices (magnetic bearings) in space systems to improve their robustness, lifespan, and reliability under extreme conditions, particularly at low temperatures. In this context, smart (multi-functional elements) tribological mechanical systems refers specifically to magnetic bearings and their related technologies such as control methodologies and models.
We believe the above set of topics would be of interest to a wide range of potential faculty, within engineering departments and beyond, and we would very much appreciate your assistance in distributing this message widely.
Notices of Intent are requested by May 23, 2018, and the deadline for proposal submissions is June 20, 2018.
Should you or your associates desire to contact the ESI Team with any questions, please direct your correspondence/inquiries to email@example.com.
Solicitation Open for Intelligent Cognitive Assistants Proposals
Deadline: June 4, 2018
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting proposals in the area of Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICA). The ICA program will provide supplemental funding* to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF) program offered by the National Science Foundation. At the bottom of this page is a description of the goals for this program and the research topics of interest.
After becoming familiar with the description of desired research, if you wish to submit a proposal, first submit your proposal to NSF, and then follow these steps to submit the same proposal to SRC. In summary:
- Submit your proposal to NSF, and save the PDF file that you receive from NSF FastLane. (letter of intent due to NSF by April 16 and full proposal is due by June 4, 2018)
- Obtain a proposal ID from SRC (this will be different from the NSF proposal ID).
- Generate a cover page for your proposal.
- Prepare your proposal by creating a PDF file with the signed SRC proposal cover page incorporated with the NSF proposal as submitted.
- Upload your completed SRC proposal PDF
The program goals, future applications, and research space for the Intelligent Cognitive Assistant (ICA) initiative are vast, from production to social life. Enhancing human physico-cognitive capabilities, while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns, is a main goal. The ICA program is focused on creating the foundations for holistic artificial intelligence for supporting physical and cognitive human activities, creating modular ICA system architectures and devices enabling scalability and adaptability, and improving the human-intelligent machine interface. This will be achieved with a wide range of domain expertise and should revolve around the common themes from the ICA workshop. The detailed research needs can be found in the ICA workshop report.
- Contextual knowledge: Contextual knowledge is the key to aggregating the ever-growing volume of stimuli and limiting feedback to the user. Contextual knowledge is also temporal meaning context can change quickly over time. Need to develop a common ‘world model’ of knowledge.
- Holistic AI: Cognitive AI must have a combination of long-term, machine learning and fast, one-shot learning. Future “Holistic AI” systems will combine different reasoning and learning methods with end-to-end intelligence.
- Social Science: Humans are complex, emotional, and dynamic; any future Intelligent Agent will need to be adaptable to a given user. Enhancing human physico-cognitive capabilities, while respecting social, ethical and legal concerns, is a main goal.
- Natural Human-ICA Interaction: Future human-computer interaction needs to be seamless, comfortable, empathic, trustworthy, and transparent. New paradigms are need beyond screen and keyboards. Humans should be able to query and modify future Intelligent Agents.
- Edge Processing: Future Intelligent Agents will need to do much more locally, which requires significant improvements in low power, edge processing. New computing architectures will be needed. User context and knowledge will need to stay local to ensure privacy concerns.
(*) Contingent of sufficient interest of the proposed research suitable to SRC membership agreements
For more information regarding the funding opportunity please contact Leslie Faiers at 1 (919) 941-9455.
NSF Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Deadline : June 6, 2018 (5pm MST)
The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant pilot initiative is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.
This funding opportunity is available to Engineering faculty whose main appointment is in an engineering school/college. For more information about this NSF opportunity please visit the program solicitation page.
Call for Nominations – The Holberg Prize 2019
Deadline: June 15, 2018
The Holberg Prize is an international research prize awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The prize money amounts to NOK 6 million (EUR 671,000/ appr. USD 760,000). The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Government in 2003 and is awarded annually.
How to nominate?
Scholars holding a position at universities or other research institutions are entitled to nominate candidates for the Holberg Prize.
The Holberg Committee will base its assessment on the letters of nomination (1 page maximum), which must state the reasons for the nomination. Nominations should also contain a brief CV for the candidate and suggestions for referees who know the scholar’s work. Joint nominations will not carry extra weight. Nominations are strictly confidential. The 2019 Holberg Prize Laureate will be announced in March 2019.
To submit a nomination, please visit the Holberg Prize website. Letters of nomination must be sent by 15 June 2018. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Solveig Stornes, Project Manager.
Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce (AD)
Deadline: January 16, 2019
(Proposals received by July 2, 2018 will be considered for FY 2018 Funding)
The NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the six research Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution; The Future of Work; Navigating the New Arctic; Multi-messenger Astrophysics; The Quantum Leap; and Understanding the Rules of Life. In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues.
Specifically, NSF accepts proposals to support education research and development projects focused on re- or up-skilling the existing workforce; developing the skilled technical workforce; and/or preparing those at the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral fellow/early career levels. We encourage projects to partner with industry, public, and private sectors to define the needs of tomorrow’s workforce and develop educational and learning strategies to meet those needs. Proposals should address near-, mid-, and long-term challenges and opportunities facing the development of STEM professionals or anticipate new structures and functions of the STEM learning and teaching enterprise. Proposers are encouraged to include approaches that have the potential to increase and diversify participation in STEM. All proposals should contribute to one or more of the six research Big Ideas.
EHR is particularly interested in supporting innovative education research and development in two Big Ideas: The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) and Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering (HDR). Projects of interest include: innovative uses of technology and big data to understand learning; educational approaches that prepare tomorrow’s innovators to use technology and big data to understand the natural world; effects of advances in intelligent agents on STEM teaching and learning; and evaluation of disruptive educational interventions on long-term student outcomes.
NAI Fellows Nominations Are Open!
Deadline: July 31, 2018
We invite you to nominate your peers and colleagues. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
For more information on the NAI Fellows Program visit the NAI Fellows program page.
Nominations may be made through the NAI Inventors Portal.