USC Dornsife Research office weekly updates from Stephan Haas, Vice Dean of Research
This information is based upon official award data from the Contracts and Grants office. It is provided to make you aware of the interesting research that is being conducted by our colleagues and that is supported through extramural sources.
• Robert Guralnick, Mathematics, Conference of Finite Groups, National Security Agency.
• Duncan Williams, Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, Critical Mixed Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
• Sergio Sanudo-Wilhelmy, Marine and Environmental Biology, Understanding the Environmental Factors Driving Clear Lake, Lake County Watershed Protection District.
• Vanessa Schwartz, History, The News in Black and White - and Color, J. Paul Getty Trust.
• Donald Arnold, Biological Sciences, Subcellular Localization of Neuronal Ion Channels, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Sroke.
• Chung-Yung Wu, Space Sciences Center, Laboratory Simulation Studies of EUV-VUV Photolysis of Cosmic Ice Analogs, National Science Foundation.
In addition to information about faculty grant awards, I would like to include other awards and accolades received by our fabulous faculty. This is not only to note accomplishments but to make all of us aware of the quality and diversity of College scholarship. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with recent successes of yours or your colleagues.
Veronica Terriquez, Sociology, has been awarded the 2012 American Sociological Association Distinguished Research - Best Article Award in the Area of Latino Sociology for her article, “Schools for Democracy: Labor Union Participation and the School-Based Civic Engagement of Latino Immigrant Parents.” (American Sociological Review, 2011).
A recent book by Christian Grose, Political Science, Congress in Black and White: Race and Representation in Washington and at Home (Cambridge University Press, 2011) has been selected to receive the American Political Science Association's award for the Best Book on Race, Ethnicity, and Representation.
John Tower, Biological Sciences, has been made a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
This year's Ming Hsieh Institute Symposium is scheduled for October 12 in the Aresty Auditorium of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. The keynote speaker this year will be Chad Mirkin from Northwestern University. Dr. Mirkin is Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Medicine.
The Fondation Leducq, a French non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease, is issuing a call for applications for its two major grant programs, the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence and the Career Development Award.
-Transatlantic Networks of Excellence
Application due date: September 14, 2012
This program awards up to U.S. $6 million over five years to internationally collaborative research teams who work together to advance our knowledge and treatment of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.
-Career Development Award
Application due date: September 11, 2012
This program provides 6 to 24 months of support to individual junior or senior European or North American investigators who wish to perform cardiovascular or neurovascular research on the opposite side of the Atlantic.
Information about both programs can be found at www.flcq.org.
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
-- Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE), Phase II Study Investigators (U01), National Institutes of Health
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide support for investigators to sample and assess genomic variation from well-phenotyped individuals of non-European (EA) ancestry and disseminate the resulting data to form a population resource that will expand understanding of ancestral differences in genomic disease associations. This four-year program will extend the initial experience of PAGE I to add large-scale, dense assays of common and rare coding and/or potentially functional genomic variation in a large number of non-EA ancestry participants with existing and extensive phenotype information.
-- NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13), National Institutes of Health
The purpose of the NIH Research Conference (R13) Grant and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement (U13) Programs is to support high quality conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific mission of the participating Institutes and Centers.
-- Identifying Non-coding RNA Targets for Early Detection of Cancer (R01, R21), National Institutes of Health
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), encourages research projects on non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) and their targets in preneoplastic lesions and early stage cancers. This FOA also encourages research projects to assess the usefulness of stable microRNAs (miRNAs) and ncRNAs to predict progression to cancer and as biomarkers for early cancer detection and screening. Building on both basic and biomarker research on microRNAs (miRNA), this FOA will further promote research on all classes of ncRNAs and support the translation of stable miRNAs into cancer screening or diagnostic tests.
-- Research Experiences for Undergraduates, National Science Foundation
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.
-- Geography and Spatial Sciences Program, National Science Foundation
As specified in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program strategic plan, the goals of the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program are:To promote scientific research in geography and the spatial sciences that advances theory and basic understanding and that addresses the challenges facing society.To promote the integration of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.To promote education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.To promote the development and use of scientific methods and tools for geographic research.The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface. Investigations are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda.GSS provides support through a number of different funding mechanisms:Regular research awardsDoctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awardsFaculty early-career development (CAREER) awardsAwards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activitiesResearch coordination network (RCN) awardsRapid-response research (RAPID) awardsEarly-concept grants for exploratory research (EAGER) and creative research awards for transformative interdisciplinary ventures (CREATIV) may be supported in rare and unusual cases. (GSS strives to be open to ideas and approaches in early stages of development and emphasizes the potential longer-term significance of new lines of inquiry as part of its merit evaluation of all proposals.)
-- Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research, National Science Foundation
To continue to strengthen the innovation ecosystem, NSF is revising NSF 12-511 to promote two choices under the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI): Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) subprogram. The first choice, Technology Translation, encourages the translation of technologically-promising research discoveries made by prior and/or current NSF-funded investigators toward a path of commercialization; while the second choice, Research Alliance, promotes synergistic collaborations between an existing NSF-funded research alliance (including consortia such as Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grantees) and other public and private entities to motivate the translation and transfer of research discoveries into innovative technologies and commercial reality. Both of these choices are designed to accelerate innovation that results in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national economies.WEBINAR: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) website (www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=iip) as they become available.
-- Centers for Chemical Innovation, National Science Foundation
The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of cyberinfrastructure to enhance collaborations. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, and informal science communication and include a plan to broaden participation of underrepresented groups. The CCI program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science and integrative elements of a CCI before requesting Phase II funding. Phase I proposals funded in FY 2013 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2016. Only organizations receiving Phase I awards in FY2010 are eligible to request new Phase II funding in FY 2013. This solicitation is also open to the renewal of Phase II CCIs initiated in FY 2008.The FY 2013 CCI competition is open to projects in fields supported by the NSF Division of Chemistry. Projects responsive to current priorities in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials (SusChEM), Cyberinfrastructure Framework for the 21st Century (CIF-21) and Cyber-enabled Materials, Manufacturing and Smart Systems (CEMMSS) are particularly encouraged.
-- Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A, CSDM-B), National Science Foundation
The CSDM Program supports research on the nature of molecular structure and its consequences for reactivity, intermolecular interactions, and dynamics. Chemical dynamics is defined to encompass reaction kinetics and mechanisms, intramolecular rearrangement or conformational changes, and changes induced via electromagnetic excitation. While the majority of projects supported by CSDM are experimental in nature, the Program is receptive to research focused on utilizing applied computational methods. However, the proposer should establish a high degree of relevance to the understanding of existing experimental data. The CSDM Program is concerned primarily with chemical phenomena in the gas and fluid phases, as well as chemical processes at gas-fluid, gas-solid, fluid-solid, and fluid-fluid interfaces. Proposals concerned with solid phase chemical processes are generally not supported by the Program. Proposals concerned with structure, dynamics or mechanisms as they pertain to catalytic processes should submit to the Chemical Catalysis Program (CHE/CAT). Proposals whose primary questions relate to phenomena arising from the properties of nanoscale materials or assemblies should be submitted to the Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry Program (CHE/MSN). CSDM supports research projects that have strong implications for advancing the foundational physical models of chemical structure and dynamics. Projects focusing on device or process optimization are not supported by the Program.The CSDM Program is divided into two sub-programs, CSDM-A and CSDM-B. The two programs will inevitably overlap in some instances. At coarse resolution, they are separable in terms of i) molecular complexity, ii) time scale, iii) strength of the interactions, and iv) links to potential applications. The following Program Descriptions are intended to guide the proposer to the most appropriate sub-program for his/her research. If additional guidance is required, Principal Investigators are encouraged to send brief electronic summaries of their research to CSDM Program Directors prior to formal proposal submission. After Programmatic review of the summaries, Principal Investigators will be given advice as to the appropriateness of the research for CSDM, and if appropriate, the best sub-program (CSDM-A or CSDM-B) for submission.CSDM-AResearch supported by this program generally seeks to develop and refine our quantitative understanding of molecular structure, reactivity and dynamics. The most successful proposals will be those which describe research that has the potential to change how we think about chemical structure and dynamics in general, as opposed to the behavior of a specific class of molecules or reactions. CSDM-A research often involves the development of experimental techniques that extend the limits of short time scales or spectral resolution. When the development of such capabilities is the primary focus (rather than the pursuit of specific new insights they may enable), the work is probably better suited to the Chemical Measurement and Imaging program. Examples of topics recently funded in CSDM-A include femtosecond time-resolved studies of solvent effects on reaction dynamics, photoelectron spectroscopy of gas phase ions and clusters, nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy of liquid-liquid interfaces, diffraction/scanning probe studies of molecular adsorbates on metal surfaces, and the molecular modeling of clathrate hydrate growth.
-- Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) (R01), National Institutes of Health
The Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award is intended to support the research and research career development of outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH. This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders. Each year the BRAINS program will focus on a specific area of research and/or research career development need. For FY 2013 and FY 2014, the BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml) and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/rdoc/index.shtml).