List of Announcements (details below):

  * Recap:DARPA Proposers’ Day Event
  * Fellowship: Jefferson Science Fellowship
  * Funding Opportunity:Realistic 3D Environment (IARPA)
  * Funding Opportunity:Air Force Research Interests [BAA] (AFOSR)
  * Funding Opportunity:Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Image-guided Drug Delivery (NIH)
  * Funding Opportunity:Methods to Measure Biochemical Substances during
    Patient Care (NIH)
  * Funding Opportunity:Cyber Mission Assurance [classified] (Air Force)
  * Funding Opportunity [limited submission]:Partnerships for Intl.
    Research & Educ. (NSF)
  * Funding Opportunity:Capabilities for Cyber Resliency (Air Force)
  * Angelos Stavrou & J.P. Auffret Receives Funding from NSF

My regular announcements will appear less frequently over the summer, 
and two of the features (VSE in the News, Photo of the Week) will come 
and go.But there are other ways to keep information about the Volgenau 

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*Recap:DARPA Proposers’ Day Event*

[I received a recap of a DARPA Proposer’s Day Event that was held on 
June 22-23.Below is an edited version of that recap. SGN]

DARPA hosted the meeting in anticipation of its forthcoming Broad Agency 
Announcement to familiarize potential proposers with DSO and its focus 
areas.  A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to soliciting 
input from attendees to help develop future DSO programs.  A summary of 
the current program topics and potential future topics is included in 
the recap.  All DARPA program managers who participated in the event 
expressed their willingness to meet with faculty and researchers.

On June 22 and 23, the DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) held an 
Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Proposers Day to facilitate 
discussions with potential proposers to its forthcoming BAA, anticipated 
in late June or early July.  DSO Director Stefanie Tompkins referred to 
DSO as “DARPA’s DARPA,” since it funds early stage research at the 
highest level of risk to create truly revolutionary new technologies.  
She emphasized the need for DSO to leverage the scientific community to 
identify gaps in DSO’s investment portfolio and evaluate whether current 
investments are the right projects to meet the needs of the Department 
of Defense (DOD). DSO is also focusing some of its efforts on 
opportunities to accelerate the progress of science itself through new 
research tools and methods.  A cross-cutting theme was the need for 
partnerships between academia and industry to help facilitate 
commercialization of new capabilities developed with DARPA support.

At the conclusion of the Proposers Day, DSO Director Stefanie Tompkins 
led an interactive session to describe some of DSO’s newest programs and 
solicit audience ideas for future DSO programs. Director Tompkins noted 
that there will be continued emphasis in research and development areas 
of priority for DOD, including human-machine cooperation, social 
science, and big data.  A few major themes emerged as areas for DSO 
program development for future solicitations, including:

  * Foundational mathematics
  * Small data (data on individuals)
  * Mesoscale social prediction (to detect social unrest)
  * Multi-dimensional multi-scale problems
  * Spread of infectious diseases and small scale local manufacturing of
    vaccines on demand
  * Capabilities that enhance humanitarian assistance/disaster relief,
    first responders, and nuclear/radiological materials defense

Dr. Tompkins said DSO will compile and share the topic areas publicly in 
the near future.  The final BAA will be posted on the web 
site at

_Anticipated Programs for Upcoming DSO Office-wide BAA_

[topic & program manager(s)]

  * Human-machine cooperation and collaboration: Reza Ghanadan (data
    analytics, autonomy, machine learning) and Jan Vandenbrade
    (electrical and mechanical engineering)
  * Opportunities in Quantum Science:Prem Kumar (physical sciences,
    signal processing, computation)
  * Frontiers of Social Science:Adam Russell (cultural anthropology) and
    Bill Regli, DSO Deputy Director (computer science)
  * Learning, modeling and modulating complex dynamic systems:Fariba
    Fahroo (computational math and control theory) and Jim Gimlett
    (novel metrology for positioning, navigation and timing leveraging
    advances in quantum optics, nanoscale microelectromechanical systems)
  * Understanding and Accelerating Technological Revolution:John Main
    (manufacturing, materials, fostering new R&D communities) and John
    Pasckkewitz (design approaches, systems of systems architectures)

/Sources and Additional Information/

  * The full set of briefings from the Proposers Day are posted on the
    DARPA Web site under /DARPA-BAA-16-46 /at
  * More information on DSO is available at


*Fellowship: Jefferson Science Fellowship* <>

On October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson 
Science Fellowship (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, 
establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, 
technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and 
implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development 

The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. 
institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application 
period opens in early August and closes at the end of October. Selected 
Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. 
Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign 
policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the 
needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ 
interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Fellows 
also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions 
overseas. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their 
academic career but will remain available to the U.S. government as an 
experienced consultant for short-term projects.

For the 2017-2018 program year, it is expected that the U.S. Department 
of State and USAID will host up to 15 Jefferson Science Fellows; the 
fellowship begins in mid-August.

Deadline: October 31, 2016


*Funding Opportunity:Realistic 3D Environment (IARPA)*

Opportunity Title:Creation of Operationally Realistic 3D Environment 
Sponsor:Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Sponsor Number:IARPA-BAA-16-06
Deadline Date:30-Nov-2016
Program URL:

Synopsis:The CORE3D program aims to develop technology that generates, 
in an automated way, accurate 3D object models with real physical 
properties, from multiple data sources including commercial satellite 
panchromatic and multi-spectral imagery for global coverage, and 
airborne imagery and Geographic Information System (GIS) vector data, 
where available, for improved resolution and fidelity.


*Funding Opportunity:Air Force Research Interests [BAA] (AFOSR)*

Opportunity Title:  Research Interests of the Air Force Office of 
Scientific Research
Sponsor Number:  BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007
Program URL:

Synopsis:  The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) manages 
the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. As a part of the 
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR’s technical experts foster 
and fund research within the Air Force Research Laboratory, 
universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of 
research results to support U.S. Air Force needs. Using a carefully 
balanced research portfolio, research managers seek to create 
revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. 
industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and 
commercially valuable products.

 From the BAA, here are some topics of interest to VSE:

  * Engineering & Complex Systems:
      o Electronic materials and devices
  * Information and Networks:
      o Computational cognition and machine intelligence
      o Information operations and cybersecurity
      o Optimization and discrete mathematics
      o Science of information, computation, learning, and fusion
      o Systems and software
      o Trust and influence
  * Chemistry and Biological Sciences
      o Human performance and biosystems


*Funding Opportunity:Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (NSF)*

Sponsor:Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and 
Program URL:
Deadline Dates:19-Oct-2016, 16-Nov-2016, 15-Dec-2016

Synopsis:The goals of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) 
program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and 
Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research 
Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic 
benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The RDSP 
identified six areas critical to successful cybersecurity R&D: (1) 
scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) 
transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce 
development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS, 
which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, 
anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy 
violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from 
privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic 
plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and 
holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, 
and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice. 
The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and 
privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, 
communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; 
education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. 
Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a 
single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple 
disciplines are both encouraged.


*Funding Opportunity:Image-guided Drug Delivery (NIH)*

Sponsor:National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
Program URL:
Deadline Dates:22-Nov-2016, 21-Jun-2017, 22-Nov-2017, 21-Jun-2018, 

Synopsis:National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of 
Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) invite applications for 
innovative research projects that are focused on image-guided drug 
delivery (IGDD), including real-time image guidance, monitoring, 
quantitative in vivo characterizations and validation of delivery and 
response. It will support research in development of integrated 
imaging-based systems for delivery of drugs or biologics in cancer and 
other diseases, quantitative imaging assays of drug delivery, and early 
intervention. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award 


*Funding Opportunity:Methods to Measure Biochemical Substances during 
Patient Care (NIH)*

Opportunity Title:Bioengineering Research Partnership (BRP):Non- or 
Minimally-Invasive Methods to Measure Biochemical Substances during 
Neonatal and Perinatal Patient Care and Research (R01)
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health/DHHS
Program URL:
Deadline Dates: 07-Sep-2016, 05-Oct-2016, 07-Jan-2017, 05-Feb-2017, …

Synopsis:National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
(NICHD) invites applications from bioengineering and biomedical 
scientists to collaborate in developing non- or minimally-invasive 
methods for measuring biochemical substances in connection with the care 
of perinatal patient populations. Lab-on-a-chip methods for rapid 
diagnostic or prognostic purposes are also encouraged. This FOA will use 
the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.


*Funding Opportunity:Cyber Mission Assurance [classified] (Air Force)*

Opportunity Title:Classified – Capabilities for Cyber Mission Assurance
Sponsor:Department of the Air Force
Sponsor Number:BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0015
Deadline Date:15-Jun-2017
Program URL:

Synopsis:This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a contracting tool 
directly responsive to Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) cyber 
science & technology (S&T) strategic goals and will address needs that 
are “left-of-the-threat”. AFRL is looking to procure solutions for 
anticipating and avoiding cyber threats. To support these strategic 
goals, this BAA seeks to procure capabilities for avoiding threats 
through understanding the cyber situation, assessing potential impacts, 
and implementing deterrence and effects-based defensive methodologies. 
As such, it supports work in the areas of trusted hardware, trusted 
software, trusted data, secure systems/architectures, maneuverability, 
mission awareness, and mission assurance.

The following Specific Focus Areas are only open for the fiscal years 
noted. FY16 - FY17 Specific Focus Area:Assured by Design … The Assured 
by Design area is divided into three main thrusts: Science of Mission 
Assurance, Engineering Assured Systems, and Domain Modification.


*Funding Opportunity [limited submission]:Partnerships for Intl. 
Research & Educ. (NSF)*

[This is a limited-submission program.Mason’s Office of Research will 
hold an internal competition to determine who from Mason can submit to 
the program./The deadline for the internal competition is 
7/22/16./Details on the internal submission requirements can be found at If you have any 
questions about this limited submission opportunity, please contact 
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Opportunity Title:Partnerships for International Research & Education (PIRE)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline Date:14-Sep-2016 (preliminary proposals), 24-Apr-2017 (full 
Program URL:

Synopsis:Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is 
an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all 
NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high 
quality projects in which advances in research and education could not 
occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a 
higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and 
engineering community.International partnerships are essential to 
addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global 
context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate 
effectively in teams with partners from different national environments 
and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and 
engineering through international collaboration and facilitates 
development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering 
workforce.This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and 
engineering research which are supported by the NSF.


*Funding Opportunity:Capabilities for Cyber Resliency (Air Force)*

Sponsor:Department of the Air Force
Sponsor Number:BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0016
Deadline Date:15-Jun-2017
Program URL: 

Synopsis:This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a contracting tool 
directly responsive to Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) cyber 
science & technology (S&T) strategic goals and will address needs that 
are “right-of-the-threat”. AFRL is looking to procure solutions for to 
allow the AF mission to continue during or after an attack. To support 
these strategic goals, this BAA seeks to procure capabilities for 
survivability, cloud architectures/security, secure computer/processor 
architectures, virtualization security, next generation BIOS Security, 
and cyber visualization. These capabilities may include but are not 
limited to novel protocols, cyber technology evaluation techniques, 
cyber data mining/understanding, and cyber modeling, simulation, and 
measurement. Other applicable areas of technology include, but are not 
limited to, advancing the state of the art in mobile security and 
privacy. Proposed work should support current and/or anticipated Air 
Force application of these devices in critical core mission areas, as 
well as less demanding environments such as office automation and 
bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios. White papers should address 
security and privacy in the context of Cyber Resiliency in order to have 
the most favorable consideration under this BAA.


*Angelos Stavrou & J.P. Auffret Receives Funding from NSF*

Angelos Stavrou & J.P. Auffret of the Center for Assured Research & 
Engineering received $300K from the National Science Foundation for 
their project, “City and County Cross Jurisdiction Cybersecurity 
Collaboration Capacity Building.”


Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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