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    GrantWeek from the Grants Resource Center

    May 20, 2013

    In This Grantweek Edition

    • DOD—FY 14 Budget Request
    • GRC Funding Guide – Community and Economic Development
    • Navy Laser Weapon Systems: Opportunities for Partnerships
    • Nominations Open for the GRC Advisory Board
    • Grand Challenges & Open Access – NSF National Science Board
    • IES FY 14 Grants Webinar Series Begins This Week
    • Greening the Campuses – Universities Taking On Climate Change

    DOD—FY 14 Budget Request

    The President’s FY 14 proposed budget requests a total of $526.6 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD), a decrease of $3.9 billion, or 0.7 percent, below the 2012 enacted level. Of the proposed total allocation, $67.5 billion would go towards research and development (R&D), testing, and evaluation activities. This funding would support DOD efforts to evaluate new tactical vehicles and continue to develop technologically advanced weaponry for each branch of the military. Funding will also support advanced manufacturing and the development of other forward-looking capabilities in areas of national security including cyber security, space defense, airborne intelligence, communications, energy and counter terrorism.

    The Administration continues to encourage strong investments in Defense R&D activities, especially in DOD’s science and technology program that has a proposed allocation of nearly $12 billion dollars. This funding would support basic research, applied research and advanced technology development. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) would be allotted $2.9 billion (a 1.8 percent increase from the 2012 enacted level) to fund its breakthrough research.

    DOD has requested $176.2 billion for soldier operations, training, and supporting activities, and $166.8 billion for developing and purchasing weapons systems. In the area of energy conservation, the budget provides $2 billion for initiatives to reduce fuel consumption, and proposes $1.2 billion for initiatives to reduce facility energy consumption. DOD has also set aside $150 million for the Energy Conservation Investment Program, which improves the energy efficiency of DOD facilities worldwide.

    For more information, contact Program Advisor Sandra George, 202/478.4712. Email: georges@aascu.org

    GRC Funding Guide – Community and Economic Development

    GRC has published a revised version of its Community and Economic Development (CED) Funding Guide, emphasizing the Federal Government’s current efforts to strengthen economic partnerships and regional development initiatives by encouraging connections between institutes of higher education (IHEs), industry, and local communities. Funding priorities in this area are evident in the recent Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative. Recognizing the unique role of IHEs, federal agencies and, increasingly, private foundations are offering a variety of new and re-envisioned initiatives that allow colleges and universities to take ownership in the overall economic growth and development of their communities. These initiatives cut across many federal agencies and take on a variety of forms: grants encouraging collaboration on curriculum and job training with local manufacturers; opportunities for social scientists to conduct research and analyze data on community growth; partnerships with community groups to develop centers for the arts and humanities; and collaborations of IHEs with local government to provide education and services to refugees and disadvantaged groups.

    The CED funding guide is available on the GRC website at in PDF format. For more information, contact Program Advisor Richard Wellons, 202/478-4714. Email: wellonsr@aascu.org

    Navy Laser Weapon Systems: Opportunities for Partnerships

    At the Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, it was apparent that there is an urgent need for reliable, high-voltage shipboard power to enhance national security. The laser weapons now being used aboard naval ships are expected to become more common after their first deployment in FY 14. The use of advanced laser weapon systems opens the door of opportunity to researchers in the fields of laser research, technology transfer, national security and energy research. As Dr. Thomas Killian from ONR’s Office of Transition puts it, “we need power generation and power management systems with greater-than-ever capabilities, but from devices that are smaller than ever.” And the increasing price of fossil fuels puts alternative energy and power sources in high demand within all branches of the Department of Defense.

    Research and development contracts are available through each branch of Defense under the Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) while technology transfer and commercialization opportunities can be found through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The Navy FY 13 SBIR solicitation will open May 24th with a deadline of June 26, 2013 at 6:00am EST>. It offers many opportunities in the fields of power and energy: continued development of automated methods for design of cooling systems; alternative power supplies; ship energy use monitoring and analysis methods; compact connectors; and compact power for radio frequency sources.

    Nominations Open for the GRC Advisory Board

    The nomination period opens today for GRC’s annual Advisory Board elections. GRC members will elect one colleague from each of our three full-time equivalent enrollment categories: Category A—Institutions with less than 5,000 full time equivalent students (FTE); Category B—Institutions with between 5,000 and 10,000 FTE; and Category C—Institutions with greater than 10,000 FTE. Advisors serve a two-year term. This year, the nomination process will be open from May 20, 2013 to June 5, 2013. To nominate yourself, or a colleague, please send a short letter of interest, bio statement of 100 words, and a picture to Erika Thompson (thompsone@aascu.org).

    The Advisory Board is one of GRC’s enduring hallmarks. It acts as an intermediary to help GRC staff better represent the needs of our member institutions, and also plays a crucial role in helping GRC develop new resources and services. The only requirements for Board membership are a willingness to serve for two years and the ability to attend all GRC conferences, where Board Advisors are a valuable resource for new members as well as for nonmember guests. During the conference, Advisors also conduct an information-sharing and networking luncheon with members.

    The Advisory Board is comprised of two research and sponsored programs representatives in each category, three Presidents/Chancellors, and three chief academic officers. The GRC director also appoints two additional "at-large" sponsored programs professionals. Elections will be held mid-June, and the new advisors will be in place in time to attend GRC’s August meeting (August 19 – 21, 2013).
    For a list of the current GRC Board members, go here.

    For more information, contact Assistant Director Erika Thompson, 202/478-4713. Email: thompsone@aascu.org.

    Grand Challenges and Open Access – NSF National Science Board

    On May 9-10, 2013, the National Science Board (NSB) hosted the first of its 2013 semi-annual board meetings. A main point of interest was the announcement of several “Grand Challenges” the National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to undertake, including a year-long dialogue on graduate education (Directorate of Education and Human Resources) and issues of global food security. Also of interest was a discussion about the joint NSF, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and White House BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. NSF board members indicated that universities and industry have already started writing white papers on various aspects of the Initiative prior to the development of a formal solicitation.

    The board described its commitment to develop a comprehensive agency plan for Open Access (see “Access to the Results of Federally-Funded Research,” GrantWeek, April 29, 2013). Two NSF staffers, Amy Friedlander and Jane Silverthorne, have been named to serve as points of contact for publications and data, respectively.

    Finally, the board’s Strategy and Budget Committee reported that the final FY 13 NSF budget is $6.88 billion, $509 million less than requested. The next meeting of the NSB will be held on August 15-16, 2013.

    IES FY 14 Grants Webinar Series Begins This Week

    The Institute of Education Sciences will host a webinar series beginning Thursday, May 23, and lasting through Tuesday, July 23. These webinars will focus on a wide range of topics for applicants to the FY 14 grant programs, including the application process, grant writing and overviews of specific funding opportunities. Registration is required. 

    “Greening the Campuses” – Universities Taking On Climate Change

     The Spring 2013 edition of AASCU’s Public Purpose magazine features an article entitled “Greening The Campuses” by Karen Doss Bowman. The article provides a variety of examples demonstrating how campuses across the country are tackling issues related to climate change and sustainability. To learn more about GRC/AASCU university-wide initiatives, curriculum development efforts, research, and community partnerships see the Public Purpose article or contact Sandra George at georges@aascu.org. Thanks to all of our GRC members for their contributions. Climate change and sustainability initiatives on GRC and AASCU campuses are developing at an impressive pace.