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NSF Seeking Engineering Community Input for Topic Ideas for FY 2014 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites the engineering research community to submit suggestions for topic ideas to be considered for the FY 2014 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation. The deadline for submission is September 14, 2012.

Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topics become the foci of EFRI-supported research. Solicitations are announced annually for research proposals that fall under the specified topic areas.

UNH Geologists Placing Seismometers Across Northern New England

Margaret Boettcher, assistant professor of Earth sciences at UNH, along with graduate students Evangelos Korkolis and Ian Honsberger, will place seismometers – instruments that record earthquakes – at 24 sites across northern New England as part of a nationwide effort that’s been described as a telescope into the Earth’s interior.  They are just 3 of the many scientists helping to place seismometers every 70 kilometers throughout the continental U.S.

COLSA Professor's Research Featured on Government's SEE Innovation website

A new article on the on the SEE Innovation website features the research of the team led by Stacia Sower, Director of the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology and Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. 

"Hagfish Hormone Discovered" describes the identification of the first reproductive hormone in the hagfish, a primitive jawless fish. The research, which sheds new light on evolutionary divergent processes involving reproduction and growth, was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation .

NSF Seeks Science and Technical Committee Members

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership for its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Self recommendations are accepted.  NSF will keep recommendations active for 12 months from the date of receipt.

UNH ADVANCE PAID Program Makes Awards to Women Faculty in the Sciences

The UNH ADVANCE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) program has announced the recipients of its 2011-2012 grants to encourage research and leadership. The grants, funded with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), are part of an ongoing effort to support the advancement and leadership of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at UNH.

This year's awards were:

3 UNH Faculty Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards

Three UNH faculty members will explore energy from the ocean, manufacturing on a tiny scale, and speedier computer planning, thanks to prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants, totaling nearly $1.3 million over five years, went to assistant professors Yannis Korkolis and Martin Wosnik of the mechanical engineering department and Wheeler Ruml of the computer science department.

NSF Publishes Report on Awards and Strategic Activities in 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published FY 2011 Performance and Financial Highlights which summarizes the agency's budget, grant making activity, and progress towards its strategic performance goals in 2011.

The report indicates that fewer proposals were submitted and fewer awards were made in FY 2011 compared with FY 2010. As a result, NSF’s funding rate was about the same for 2010 and 2011, and only slightly below the rate for previous years (excepting 2009 when ARRA (stimulus) funds pushed the funding rate up significantly).

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National Science Foundation Revises Award Terms and Conditions for 2012

NSF’s entire suite of Award Terms and Conditions (see full listing below) has been revised to implement two new requirements, which are either mandated by regulation or legislation.  The revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing NSF awards issued on or after February 1, 2012.

Each set of terms and conditions is accompanied by a comprehensive summary of the changes made to that document.  In addition to clarifications and other changes made to the conditions, significant changes include:

EOS Sun-to-Ice Project Awarded Grant by NSF Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) Program

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) program to support a project that crosses the boundaries between space physics, atmospheric, and ice core science.

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