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POSITION VACANCY: Associate Project Director, NSF EPSCoR, Nevada System of Higher Education

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Nevada currently has NSF EPSCoR Track‐1 Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII), and Track‐2 RII awards. In addition, the new pre‐proposal solicitation for the next cycle of Track‐1 2018‐2023 is currently in development.   

  • The current Track‐1 RII began in June 2013, as a new five‐year cooperative agreement with an annual renewal/reporting process; total award is $20 million with a state match requirement of $4 million. It is expected that Nevada will submit a new Track‐1 RII in 2017.   
  • The current Track‐2 RII began in August 2013, as a new three‐year cooperative agreement and Tri‐State Consortium; will receive a no cost extension to expire July 2017; total award is $6 million ($2 million for Nevada).
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NSF-funded Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing & Materials at LSU building strong foundation for 3D printing manufacturing industry

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NASA engineers have the ultimate design challenge preparing spacecraft and devices for robotic and human exploration on Mars.  Specialized devices and parts are needed that can withstand immense heat, pressure, and torque to protect the mechanical and human cargo. There are lots of strong materials out there, but there is a caveat: the devices must also be very lightweight and small in order to safeguard the trip through space.

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POSITION VACANCY: Program Coordinator for SSPO/EPSCoR, Nevada System of Higher Education

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The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) invites applications for the position Program Coordinator.  The position is a full‐time, grant‐funded, non‐tenured, administrative position, contingent upon funding, that reports to the NSF EPSCoR Research Administrator. 

The position will be located at NSHE System Sponsored Program/EPSCoR (SSPO/EPSCoR) Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

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EVENT: 9th Annual RI SURF Conference

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The 9th Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Conference will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016.  

The Conference, co-sponsored by the Rhode Island IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) and the Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (RI NSF EPSCoR), provides undergraduate students from around the State with a unique opportunity to present their summer research findings to a group of their peers.  

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EVENT: SBIR Road Tour in Oklahoma

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The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Federal and state program managers representing $2.5 billion in early-stage funding will attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. SBIR/STTR program directors will meet one-on-one with attendees.

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EVENT: SBIR Road Tour in Wyoming

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The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Federal and state program managers representing $2.5 billion in early-stage funding will attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. SBIR/STTR program directors will meet one-on-one with attendees.

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Kilauea: Up close and personal with red hot science!

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is one of the best places on Earth to study processes within basaltic volcanoes. Its high eruption frequency, easy access to lavas, and distinct geologic setting far from plate boundaries or continents allow researchers to address fundamental problems related to active volcanoes.

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Diversifying your workforce: Leveraging the employer-college connection

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If the goal is to hire an engineering workforce that reflects the population at large, then employers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are failing. Consider that African-Americans comprised 3.6 percent of the engineering workforce in 2013, while Hispanics constituted 6.6 percent and women accounted for 14.8 percent, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Meanwhile, the need for engineering and STEM professionals is growing tremendously.

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FOA: Renewal of Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) (P20)

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the NIH invites applications for renewal of eligible Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grants. The objective of the COBRE initiative is to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic, multi-disciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for National Institutes of Health (NIH) individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE awards are supported through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program, which aims to foster health-related research by increasing the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in IDeA states.  

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Tulane University faculty win brings opportunity for students

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It is considered the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious junior faculty award program, and this year, Tulane University assistant professor Julie Albert, pictured left, is in the CAREER award's class of 2016.

She will receive $500,000 to come up with an efficient manufacturing method for the production of tailor-made polymer thin films.

Albert says the work should provide many opportunities for undergraduates to carry out independent research projects and inspire some to pursue graduate studies. 

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