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    Research News

    April 2003

    Announcements

    From the Editor’s Desk

    NSF CAREER Program Eligibility and Deadlines

    NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    Recent IIT Awards - February 2003

    Acknowledgements

    Features

    University of Albany “Research Agenda” Published
    The future of research is explored in the report.

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Reorganizes Federal Agencies, Plans Research Agency
    This new department has reorganized some federal agencies, and has plans to sponsor research endeavors.

    IIT Delegation to Visit DARPA
    Promoting IIT research through personal contact.

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    From the Editor's Desk

    Dear Readers:

    Proposal submissions for extramural funding are on the increase, and so I’d like to remind IIT researchers to please observe the “5-day rule” for submissions. See the full announcement explaining this policy by clicking “Proposal Submission Deadlines” at the following web site: http://www.grad.iit.edu/research/osrp.html.

    Many faculty have expressed their happiness at having an automatic funding alert tailored specifically to their research interests. The alert service maximizes the window of opportunity needed to produce a quality proposal. If you have not signed up with Community of Science, a service that allows you to get funding alerts via email, do so today by clicking “join now” at www.cos.com. You may also set up an appointment to have someone from the Proposal Development Office walk you through the process; just get in touch with me at krell@iit.edu, and we’ll make it happen!. Once you are set up, the system is pretty automatic and should work well for you no matter your discipline or field.

    In this issue: an update on the Homeland Security Department, announcements on the upcoming NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition, the NSF CAREER awards, and DARPA.

    Until Next Time,

    Glenn Krell, C.R.A., M.P.A.
    Director, Research Proposal Development
    Editor, Research News

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    NSF CAREER Program Eligibility and Deadlines

    The CAREER program is NSF’s most prestigious award for new faculty members. According to NSF, “The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. CAREER awardees will be selected on the basis of creative career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their
    organization.”

    The CAREER award is for five years, with a minimum budget of $400,000 ($500,000 for the Biological Sciences Directorate). Faculty meeting the following criteria are eligible:

    • By the July deadline: hold a doctoral degree in a field of science or engineering, be untenured, have not previously received an NSF PECASE or CAREER award, and have not competed more than twice in the NSF CAREER program.

    • By October 1, 2003, be employed in a tenure-track position as an assistant professor.
    Deadlines for CAREER proposal submissions to NSF depend on your program of study:

    July 22, 2003
    Biological Sciences; Computer and Information Science and
    Engineering; Education and Human Resources

    July 23, 2003
    Engineering

    July 24, 2003
    Geosciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; Office of Polar Programs

    More information is available at NSF’s website,
    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02111/nsf02111.htm.

    PLEASE NOTE that while the NSF guidelines state the deadlines of July 22 - July 24 (depending on the directorate), the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) is requiring that you complete your CAREER proposals NO LATER THAN JULY 15, 2003.
    Please work with OSRP early in July to develop and finalize your budget.

    Additionally, the Office of Research Proposal Development will be offering “CAREER Week” from June 16 - 20; during this time you can receive specialized assistance on your proposal, including editorial review and proposal summary assistance. Please contact Glenn Krell at (312) 567-7141 or krell@iit.edu for more information or to arrange your review time during this week.

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    NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    Although the deadline to submit applications for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships isn’t until the fall, it’s a good time to start identifying potential candidates. This summer can be a valuable time for building up your students’ resumes, completing research projects, and submitting publications.

    NSF’s fellowships are awarded to science, mathematics, and engineering students at or near the beginning of their graduate study. Only citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. are eligible. Awards are for three years of support, tenable over a five-year period. The program also has a component for Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science.

    More information is available from NSF’s website at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp/.

    IIT’s graduate college will remind you of this opportunity again as the deadline approaches, but we encourage you to increase your students’ chances for this fellowship by beginning the process now.

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    University of Albany “Research Agenda” Published

    In partnership with the Center for Technology in Government (CTG), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University at Albany has written a report with suggestions for federal granting agencies regarding future research funding administration.

    According to Sharon S. Dawes, University at Albany Director, “Finding our Future: A Research Agenda for the Research Enterprise presents the challenges facing the research enterprise, outlines an ideal future, and presents a research agenda and action recommendations for moving towards that future.”

    The report can be downloaded from http://www.ctg.albany.edu/resources/abstract/abfinding_our_future.html.

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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Reorganizes Federal Agencies, Plans Research Agency

    Effective March 1, 2003, several federal agencies and parts of agencies were transferred into the recently-formed Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS is composed of five major divisions: Border and Transportation Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Science and Technology, Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, and Management.

    The Science and Technology division will serve as the research and development arm of the DHS. According to DHS, a primary priority of the Science and Technology division will be “to sponsor research, development, and testing to invent new vaccines, antidotes, diagnostics, and therapies against biological and chemical warfare agents.”

    Additionally, the DHS will establish the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) “to address the challenges of defending our homeland through research, development, demonstration and process in cooperation with the private sector, university researchers and end users.” A timeline for the formation of this agency is not yet available; nor is information on the amount of funds that will be available.

    For more information about the Department of Homeland Security, visit their website at http://www.dhs.gov. Specific information about the Science and Technology division is available at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0095.xml;
    information about HSARPA is available at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?theme=27&content=47.

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    IIT Delegation to Visit DARPA

    IIT and IITRI representatives will meet with Directors, Deputy Directors, and Program Managers at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - http://www.darpa.mil) to build relationships and promote IIT and IITRI research programs of interest to DARPA.

    In early November 2002, the Graduate College solicited one-page white papers from faculty. Jose Padilla (Associate General Counsel) and Carlo Segre (Armour College Associate Dean, Research) delivered the documents during a visit to DARPA in late November. In February, a second round of research capabilities and white papers was solicited from faculty in preparation for the April 10-11 visit.

    DARPA managers from the Advanced Technology Office (ATO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and other offices will meet with the IIT delegation, which includes the following members:

    Alexander J. Flueck, Graduate College Associate Dean, Research
    Francis Leung, Research Professor, ECE
    David J. Mogul, Associate Professor, BME
    Jose Padilla, Associate General Counsel
    Dietmar Rempfer, Associate Professor, MMAE
    J. Robert Selman, Distinguished Research Professor, CHEE
    Robert L. Sherwood, Assistant Vice President, IITRI Life Sciences Group
    Joseph Stetter, Professor, BCPS

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    Acknowledgements

    Editor: Glenn Krell
    Production Coordinator: Jen Dupuis

    Ali Cinar, Ph.D.
    Dean of the Graduate College and
    Associate Vice President for Research
    (312) 567-3637 cinar@iit.edu

    Alexander J. Flueck, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean for Research
    (312) 567-3625 flueck@iit.edu

    The Staff of Research Support Services:

    Toni R. Allen
    Assistant Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035 allen@iit.edu

    Jennifer Dupuis
    Administrative Associate
    (312) 567-7135 dupuis@iit.edu

    Janice D. Haney
    Administrative Assistant
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035 haney@iit.edu

    Glenn Krell, CRA
    Director
    Office of Research Proposal Development
    (312) 567-7141 krell@iit.edu

    Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Associate Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035 pappas@iit.edu

    Mary T. Spina, CRA
    Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035 spina@iit.edu

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