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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) 

IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

Please see the full opportunity description for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 7/18/2017 12 NOON
Application to Agency: 10/10/2017
Limit on Number of Applications: 1
Estimated Program Funding: $10M total
Anticipated No. of Awards: 16

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Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has published an amendment to the attached solicitation entitled Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction.  This amendment seeks basic and applied research to advance quantum sensing science to “detect nuclear weapons or chemical/biological weapon signatures with range or confidence of detection beyond state-of-the-art…..”  Additional details, including potential research areas of interest, are on pp. 39-41 of the solicitation.  Please check for possible updates to the solicitation in the “related documents” tab at this link if you intend to apply.
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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) – Instrument Acquisition or Development: NSF 15-504

The MRI Program is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of a single research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. An instrument provided through the MRI program is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period.

Proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2), and must be for only a single instrument or for equipment that when combined serves as an integrated research instrument.

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DARPA: Ground Truth

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published a solicitation entitled Ground Truth (see Related Documents tab), and I understand that you have expressed interest in this opportunity based on the Proposers’ Day webcast.
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Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education

The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that   complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

Courses for Skill Development: For example, courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking developments in Biomedical Engineering, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and the immersion of engineering students in a clinical environment.
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