Funding Webinar: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency , March 24 1-3PM

On Thursday, March 24, 2016  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency will conduct a webinar.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Departmental programs for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available USDA opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions. Registration information is below.

Date:   Thursday, March 24 

Time:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  1. For the Webinar, navigate to the following url: https://usdard.adobeconnect.com/gbojes/
  2. For Audio Only, Dial into the conference line (888-790-1717) from your phone and provide the access code (66247273)

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate – Deadline is June 14, 2016

The National Science Foundation just released a new solicitation for the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program.  AGEP seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.

The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success. The program objectives include:  (1) to support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields and (2) to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.

Links to the full solicitation are below.

HTML: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16552/nsf16552.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

PDF: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16552/nsf16552.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

TXT: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16552/nsf16552.txt?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

 

USDA, Rural Development Agency Webinar, March 24th, 1-3PM EST

On Thursday, March 24, 2016  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency will conduct a webinar.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Departmental programs for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available USDA opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions. Registration information is below.

Date:   Thursday, March 24 

Time:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  1. For the Webinar, navigate to the following url: https://usdard.adobeconnect.com/gbojes/
  2. For Audio Only, Dial into the conference line (888-844-9904) from your phone and provide the access code (6815772#)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation recently issues a Dear Colleague Letter (full text below) announcing a change in eligibility to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).  This does not impact GRFP applicants that are currently undergraduates, effective with the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP. 

 

Candidate Search, NSF Asst. Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

NSF is initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Fleming Crim has served in this position, with distinction, since January 2013.

The Assistant Director, MPS, leads a directorate comprised of five divisions – Astronomical Sciences (AST), Chemistry (CHE), Materials Research (DMR), Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Physics (PHY) – and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (OMA). Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the directorate’s activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Saul Perlmutter, Franklin W. and Karen Weber Dabby Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will head the search committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the mathematical and physical sciences in the areas of research and education; experience developing and overseeing complex scientific facilities; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. Recommendations of individuals from any sector – academic, industry, or government – are welcome. The National Science Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/MPS Search Committee via e mail (mpssrch@nsf.gov) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by May 13, 2016.

 

Candidate Search, NSF Asst. Director for Geosciences

NSF is initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Geosciences (GEO) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Roger Wakimoto has served in this position, with distinction, since February 2013.

The Assistant Director, GEO, leads a directorate comprised of four divisions: Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), Earth Sciences (EAR), Ocean Sciences (OCE), and Polar Programs (PLR). Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the directorate’s activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, will head the search committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the geosciences in the areas of research and education; experience developing and overseeing complex scientific facilities; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. Recommendations of individuals from any sector – academic, industry, or government – are welcome. The National Science Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/GEO Search Committee via e mail (geosrch@nsf.gov) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by May 20, 2016.

 

Pandora Road Crew 2016 Summer Internships Now Available!!!

Pandora Road Crew summer 2016 internship opportunities are available!! You can find career and internship opportunities on their careers website. The deadline is Friday March 11 by midnight (Pacific). In order to qualify as a Roadie, candidates must have rising senior status (December 2016 or May/June 2017 graduation date). Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Candidates should click on the job title(s) that interest them and they qualify for based on the skill sets listed. Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Informational materials are listed below.

Pandora Summer 2016 Internship Opportunities

Pandora Recruiting Program FAQs

RFP – NSF INCLUDES – Preliminary Proposal Due Date – April 15, 2016

The National Science Foundation just released a new solicitation – Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES).

NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. The initiative aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status. Significant advancement of these groups will result in a new generation of promising STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future in science and technology.

The grand challenge of broadening participation in STEM is to transform the STEM enterprise at all levels in order to fully engage the nation’s talent for the ultimate improvement of the STEM enterprise. As a comprehensive national initiative, NSF INCLUDES aims to address the various complex equity and inclusion-related challenges and opportunities that characterize the nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity, with a specific emphasis on the aforementioned groups. The goal is to achieve national level impact and progress toward STEM inclusion. Viewing this challenge as a social innovation problem, NSF is particularly interested in using approaches to scaling and growth such as collective impact, networked communities and strategic partnerships. The objective is to develop networks that involve representative organizations and consortia from different sectors that are committed to a common agenda to solve a specific STEM inclusion problem at scale. The long-term goal of NSF INCLUDES is to support, over the next ten years, innovative models, networks, partnerships, and research that enable the U.S. science and engineering workforce to thrive by ensuring that women, blacks, Hispanics, and people with disabilities are represented in percentages comparable to their representation in the U.S. population.

 

NSF INCLUDES aims to fund approximately 40 Design and Development Launch Pilots at ~$300,000 each.  Proposers are encouraged  to enlist partners (e.g., industry, foundations, states) who can help leverage and expand support beyond the federal dollars.  More importantly, in FY 2017, all  Pilot projects will be eligible to apply for full NSF INCLUDES Alliances, proposed in the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request at a level of $12.5 million each for five years.

 

Below is the link to the NSF INCLUDES solicitation and a Dear Colleague Letter about the program. HTML: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16544/nsf16544.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click Public Comment: Please see Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 16-048 for related information.

WHIHBCU Webinar: Federal Funding Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health! Feb. 25,1:30PM-3:30PM EST

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) is co-hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

This webinar will provide participants with information about federal contract funding opportunities for research and development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the nation’s medical research agency which makes important discoveries that improve health and save lives. During this webinar NIH staff will provide a high-level overview focusing on funding opportunities inclusive of cooperative agreements and contracts. In addition, there will be a high-level discussion on the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program area.

Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available NIH opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions. Registration information is forthcoming!

Lastly, here is the WebEx link for the webinar:

https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?MTID=m53583d450ce25e6818cf9c8e7f04a645

We will be utilizing the toll free number provided WebEx for the participants, the number and access code are listed below.

Number :1-877-668-4493

Access code is: 620 676 411

Participants will be required to enter an attendee ID# which would be shown when they enter into the WebEx meeting on the day of the webinar.

Here is a short how-to-guide for participants that NIH has put together: http://video.nih.gov/webex/docs/WebEx_Participants_Getting_Started_Guide.pdf