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View of the Atrium during Student Organization Fair on Feb. 26, 2015.


GRAND and Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (Wed 4 Mar, 3 pm)

Title:  Research at IISc and the Indo-US Center of Excellence for Sustainable Design
Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 3 pm
Location:  Room 4201
Speaker:  Amaresh Chakrabarti, Professor Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore


Design Research investigates phenomena associated with designing so as to develop knowledge with which to inform and improve research, education and practice of design. Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is has a strong focus on design research, its areas spanning from design theory and methodology,design synthesis and creativity, human factors, aesthetics, safety, sustainability, design for manufacturing, digital human modelling, product informatics, geometric modelling, CAD/CAE, Robotics, and so on. IISc has been recently awarded a Indo-US Joint Center of Excellence (CoE) in Design of Sustainable Products, Services and Manufacturing Systems, with partners from Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), National Innovation Foundation India (NIF), University of California Berkeley, Syracuse University and Washington State University. The talk will outline some of the research from IISc into design, and the main objectives and deliverables of the CoE.


Amaresh Chakrabarti is a professor of Engineering Design at the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He has BE in Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Calcutta (now IIEST Shibpur), India, ME in Mechanical Design from IISc, and PhD in Engineering Design from University of Cambridge, UK. After PhD, he led for 10 years the Design Synthesis team at the EPSRC Centre for Excellence Engineering Design Centre at University of Cambridge, before joining IISc. His interests are in design synthesis & creativity, eco-design & sustainability, and product informatics. He authored/edited 10 books, over 250 peer-reviewed articles, and has 6 patents granted/pending. He co-authored DRM, a methodology used widely as a framework for doing engineering design research. He is an Associate Editor, AI EDAM (Cambridge University Press), Area Editor, Research in Engg Design (Springer), Regional Editor, J for Remanufacturing (Springer), and Advisory Editor for nine International Journals incl. J of Engg Design (Taylor & Francis), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer), and Int J of Design Creativity and Innovation (Taylor & Francis). Professor Chakrabarti has been on the Advisory Board of Design Society, UK, where he is currently a member of its Board of Management, member of the CII National Committee on Design, India, and member of the Jury for India Design Mark, India Design Council. He founded IDeASLab – the first laboratory in India for research into design creativity, sustainability and innovation. He is Programme chair for International Conferences on Research into Design (ICoRD), 22nd CIRP Design Conference (CIRP Design 2012) and vice-Chair for AI in Design (AID) and Design Computing and Cognition (DCC) Conferences. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers, the peer society under the UK Royal Charter in engineering design. 11 of his papers won top paper awards in various international conferences.


Funding Opportunity:  NIH Summer Research Experience for Students

Title:            NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25)
Sponsor:          National Institutes of Health/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:  The sponsors invite applications to provide a high quality research experience for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break.  The NIH expects that such programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students.  The programs would also contribute to enhancing overall science literacy.  Summer Research Programs that expand and complement existing summer educational and training programs are encouraged.  This FOA will utilize the R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

Deadline(s):      04/02/2015, 05/21/2015
Program URL:

The deadline for receipt of standard applications is April 2, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.  The deadline for receipt of AIDS-related applications is May 21, 2015  by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 


Funding Opportunity:  Young Faculty Award (DARPA)

This Research Announcement (RA) solicits ground-breaking single-investigator proposals from junior faculty for research and development in the areas of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Biology, Information and Social Sciences of interest to DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and Biological Technology Office (BTO). See the full DARPA-RA-15-32 document for details.  (The full solicitation lists topic areas that are of interest to DARPA.)

Participation is limited to untenured Assistant or Associate Professors within 5 years of appointment to a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a non-profit science and technology research institution.

Deadline:  April 13, 2015


Funding Opportunity:  Rapid Response to Earth System Events (NASA)

Title:            ROSES 2015: Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
Sponsor:          National Aeronautics & Space Administration

This program element solicits proposals that advance the goals and objectives of NASA?s Earth Science Division by conducting unique research to investigate 1) unforeseen or unpredictable Earth system events and opportunities that require rapid response, and 2) novel new ideas of potential high merit and relevance for ESD science that have not otherwise been solicited by NASA in the past three years.

Deadline(s):      03/31/2016
Program URL:{647E25AB-46C5-44D1-C4D3-C33521853238}&path=open

There are rolling submissions through March 31, 2016.

OBJECTIVES:    Rapid Response to Earth System Events – This subelement is focused on research proposals having great urgency for action involving quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic extreme events, disasters, and/or similar unanticipated or unpredictable events. Examples are major fires, volcanic eruptions, 100-year floods, episodes of severe and large-scale environmental pollution, harmful algal blooms, coral bleaching events, and other events causing large-scale and rapid environmental change. …


Funding Opportunity:  Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (NSF)

Sponsor:          Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts: Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning; Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into.

Deadline(s):      03/27/2015, 05/11/2015, 07/31/2015, 12/07/2015, 12/18/2015, 01/18/2016
Program URL:


Deadlines are as follows:
  Full Proposal Target Date:  March 27, 2015 -- Capacity-Building Projects;
  Letter of Intent Deadline: May 11, 2015 -- Integration Projects only;
  Full Proposal Deadline:  July 13, 2015  -- Integration Projects;
  Full Proposal Target Date:  July 31, 2015 -- Capacity-Building Projects;
  Full Proposal Target Date:  December 7, 2015 -- Capacity-Building Projects;
  Full Proposal Deadline: December 18, 2015  -- Exploration Projects;
  Full Proposal Deadline:  January 18, 2016  -- Development and Implementation.


Funding Opportunity:  Broadening Participation in Engineering (NSF)

Sponsor:          Directorate for Engineering/NSF

The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees. The BPE Program supports projects to engage and develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to challenges in engineering research and education.

Deadline(s):      04/10/2015
Program URL:


Funding Opportunity:  Team-Based Design in Bioengineering Education (NIH)

Title:            Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)                                                                                                                                                  

Sponsor:          National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:  The sponsors invite applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or programs. This FOA targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Courses that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary training and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.  This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism.

Deadline(s):      04/13/2015, 05/13/2015
Program URL:

Deadline Note:  Optional letters of intents may be submitted thirty days before the application due date.  The deadline for receipt of full applications is May 13 annually.  This FOA will expire on May 14, 2015.


Funding Opportunity:  Bioengineering Research Partnerships (NIH)

Title:            Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) R01                                                                                                                                                                           
Sponsor:          National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

SYNOPSIS:   National Institutes of Health (NIH) participating Institutes and Centers invite bioengineering applications that will accelerate the development and adoption of promising tools and technologies that can address important biomedical research problems. The objectives are to establish these tools and technologies as robust, well-characterized solutions that fulfill an unmet need and are capable of enhancing our understanding of life science processes or the practice of medicine. Awards will focus on supporting multidisciplinary teams that apply an integrative, quantitative bioengineering approach to developing these technologies and engage biomedical researchers or clinicians throughout the project. The goal of the program is to support projects that can realize meaningful solutions within 5-10 years.  This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

Deadline(s):      05/20/2015, 09/07/2015, 09/18/2015, 01/07/2016
Program URL:

Deadline Note:  The deadlines for receipt of standard R01 applications under this announcement are: May 20, 2015, and September 18, 2015), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.  The deadlines for receipt of AIDS-related applications are: September 7, 2015, and January 7, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.  This FOA will expire on January 8, 2016.


Funding Opportunity:  Environmental Literacy: Extreme Weather (NOAA)

NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for projects designed to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to improve community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes.  Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.  Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States.  Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project. 

Deadline:  April 13, 2015
Program URL:

Informational Webinar

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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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