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Crowdfunding is new at Elizabethtown College

Posted December 19th, 2013 by admin

Crowdfunding is new at Elizabethtown College

It is a brave new world and it is time to crawl into it. Crowdfunding is new, so new that my spell checker doesn’t recognize the word yet. Elizabethtown College Office of Sponsored Research and Programs has launched crowdfunding as an innovative means to support undergraduate research projects. This is a new program and the first application is targeted to support Recharging The Gambia, a project where undergraduate students from the departments of Engineering and Business are working together to help local Gambians to establish a business that will manufacture and sell cell phone solar chargers in The Gambia.

Dr. Rick Basom leads the innovation to bring crowdfunding to Elizabethtown College. At a recent Innovation Café event sponsored by Penn State Hershey’s Office of Technology Development, Rick was networking to learn about crowdfunding websites. After diligent research and evaluation, Rick selected a website that fits the goals of the program. It creates a webpage that is branded with the Elizabethtown College logo. That is an important feature because students will be using social media to promote funding their projects. The College brand is essential when you’re telling everyone you know to tell everyone they know to participate. While the initial projects that will employ crowdfunding are not for profit, there is a potential to apply it to future commercial endeavors at Elizabethtown College.

Crowdfunding can become a student driven program. Todays’ students embrace social media in their daily routines to communicate and network. Social media can be used to advertise their crowdfunded projects. Starting in the Spring 2014 term, some of the projects in the Summer SCARP program,, will be developing crowdfunding campaigns to provide the funds needed in their research projects. Down the road, a goal may be to make this part of the undergraduate research program as means for students to acquire 21st century skills in creating funding sources. It may also be means to create real world learning teams that include students in business, marketing, graphic arts and technologies. All of these disciplines are important in creating and monitoring a crowdfunding effort to attract contributors whether it be in “real world learning” or the real world!

NSF FUNDING SOURCE: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

Posted December 16th, 2013 by admin

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Deadline Feb 4, 2014
Each month ITN searches for funding sources that you may be able to use. This month, a NSF funding source is listed. It targets undergraduate STEM education improvements. This is applicable to all of our member schools and provides funding to all STEM disciplines including Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences.

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace; both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing student retention in STEM, to prepare students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and to improve students’ STEM learning outcomes.
NSF accepts unsolicited proposals to support projects that address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. In addition, NSF accepts unsolicited proposals for developing Ideas Labs in biology, engineering, and geosciences that will bring together relevant disciplinary and education research expertise to produce research agendas that address discipline-specific workforce development needs.


Posted December 2nd, 2013 by admin

Each month ITN searches for funding sources for your projects. If you are looking for GIS project funding, check out these two. Both programs are new. I was not able to find good links to these opportunities, but I encourage you to go to the Funding Contacts.
Science and Technology Projects Related to Coal Mining and Reclamation United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), Sponsor ID: S14AS00005
This is a new funding opportunity with a November 2014 submission date. Eight awards of up to $200,000 are planned.
The Science and Technology Program supports three separate but related efforts:
(1) projects that develop and demonstrate improved technologies to address public safety and environmental issues related to the mining of coal and reclamation of the lands affected after mining (applied science projects),
(2) projects that encourage efforts to collect, preserve and convert into digital format, maps of underground mines and other relevant geologic and hydrologic data that provide valuable information regarding: miner safety; mine pool evaluation; mine subsidence investigation, and protection of the public and the environment from adverse effects of underground coal mining (underground mine map projects); and,
(3) projects that convert into digital form, mine permit data and maps related to evaluating the impacts of coal mining so that the information may be used in a geographic information system (GIS)accessible by Federal, state, and tribal agencies for assessing impacts of coal mining and reclamation on the environment (data conversion projects). Data conversion projects may also convert existing legacy databases to modern database software, and/or provide hardware and programming assistance for states to transition to managing and using this digital data.
Renata Miller
Phone: +1 (202) 208-2747

NGA Academic Research Program (NARP),
United States Department of Defense (DOD), National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Sponsor ID: BAA HM0177-12-BAA-0001 White paper April 2014 submission date. Final submission in Sept 2014.
The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that has the potential to advance the GEOINT mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. The end result is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals.

NGA seeks proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC). NGA welcomes any innovative research ideas, including, but not limited to, example areas such as the following:
1. Access to GEOINT data and services
2. Computational Geo-Analytics
3. GEOINT tradecraft
4. Massive data
5. New sources and sensors
6. Precision GEOINT
7. Predictive intelligence
8. Signature development & discovery
9. Strategic indications and warning
10. Surface, subsurface, and above surface GEOINT
11. Understanding human activities
12. Visual analytics for GEOINT

For this NARP competition, an institution may submit proposals in any of the following four categories for which they are eligible:
1. NGA University Research Initiatives (NURI) grants
2. NGA Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) research grants
3. NGA Outstanding New Scientific and Technical Innovative Researcher (ONSTIR) Award
4. NGA Research Collaboration Forum (NRCF) grants

Proposals for research by teams of investigators from different universities or different departments of the same university are welcome. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact and one institution as the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, ACU
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

What’s Happening at Elizabethtown College!

Posted November 12th, 2013 by admin

What’s happening at Elizabethtown College?

I travel among 15 Innovation Transfer Network member schools in Central PA learning what our faculty are excited about and write this blog to share the latest happenings at our schools. Elizabethtown College has programs and projects that they are proud to share. One is an undergraduate summer program called SCARP. I didn’t know that E-town College has a Peacemaker-in-Residence, did you? Dr. Sara Atwood is achieving national recognition for helping women advance in Engineering and Dr. Kurt DeGoede is building a collaborative with the University of The Gambia including both business and engineering students.

Let me start with undergraduate student summer research. I attended the presentations from the SCARP program in July. SCARP is an acronym for the Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects. It is a non-credit experiential learning program for undergraduate students. Students work with faculty researchers and scholars gaining experience in a personalized mentoring environment. For participating in the program, students also receive a training stipend and room and board for the duration (from 3 to 10 weeks) of their projects. Twenty two students completed projects in Psychology, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Social Work this summer. While some students are entering their senior year, one was a first year student. Enthusiasm was the underlying theme in all of the work. Want to learn more about SCARP? Follow this link

At Elizabethtown College, Jon Rudy is Peacemaker-in -Residence. As Jon says, “I have more than twenty five years of learning from my mistakes in more than 30 countries in Asia and Africa.” Jon is a faculty at the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP) at Elizabethtown College, which was started in 2004. Jon has worked in places like Somaliland where they have enjoyed 10-12 years of stability in a peaceful separation from Somalia. For the past 12 years, Jon has been facilitating courses at the Mindanao Peace building Institute, MPI, in the Philippines. Being a middle child with a theological bent toward inner peace, Jon finds common ground in peoples seeking outer peace. Jon says, “The human heart is more capable than we think it is, and openheartedness is the starting point in the restorative processes of peace building”. He is seeking support from the US Institute of Peace for his work in Somaliland, where he returns this December. His schedule includes Laos in January and the Philippines in May, 2014. Meanwhile, back on campus, Jon teaches courses in the Peace and Conflict studies minor and promotes restorative practices on campus. Jon Rudy’s web pages may be accessed by clicking on these links and .

Helping women to advance in Engineering is one thing that Dr. Sara Atwood is passionate about. She was the national awardee for the Apprentice Educator Grant award from the Women In Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, 2011. Only one award is given each year. Dr. Atwood also advised an award winning woman undergraduate researcher which resulted in a publication in a top biomedical journal. The student researcher was able to travel to Puerto Rico and present at a well-recognized international conference, where she earned second place for the research. While Dr. Atwood’s formal training is in biomedical engineering, she has discovered a passion for applying scholarly inquiry to pedagogy, which directly enhances the student experience. Sara’s areas of interest include: issues of persistence for women engineering students and faculty, first year student pedagogy, retention, and motivation, K-12 programs and outreach, particularly those led by undergraduates, and creativity as a factor in the recruitment and retention of engineers. Dr. Atwood participates in OASIS as part of the STEM-UP grant funded program. She identifies with women in STEM and recalls being the only woman in her classes. A goal is to increase the percentage of women engineering students at Elizabethtown to 30%-40%, as this is considered a critical mass where women assimilate more easily.

Dr. Atwood recently has been named Principal Investigator for an NSF S-STEM award for $531,885 to fund a scholarship program with an engineering education research component titled: Engineering Practices with Impact Cohort (EPIC) Scholarship for High Achieving Women in Engineering at Elizabethtown College. This grant will provide tuition and support funding for four women students each year for 4 years. The Engineering Department at Elizabethtown wants to increase the number of women entering engineering and retain them by enhancing their experience. Dr. Atwood and Elizabethtown College are committed to making this happen. To learn more about this energized researcher and her scholarship program please click on these links to the following web pages

After spending a year as a visiting professor at the University of The Gambia (UTG) in 2010-11, Dr. Kurt DeGoede is working to build a student based collaborative between Elizabethtown College and the University of The Gambia. One aspect of this project is the design and assembly of low cost, ($10 US), solar chargers for cell phones. Cell phones are one of the most important advances to help lift people out of poverty and over 65% of Gambian households have one. Commercially available chargers sell for about $60 US in the Gambia, but few are able to afford one. Today, the team is assembling prototype phone charges for long term field testing in The Gambia.
Two new courses have been introduced to UTG in parallel with similar courses at E-town, Engineering Design and Solar Engineering. Dr. DeGoede enjoys learning with the students and the “Let’s figure this out together” approach. It extends to working side by side with the University of The Gambia faculty and students to find and develop solutions to problems together. Gambian students have independently applied their knowledge and confidence in the design and assembly of a solar charging system for a mosque, under the guidance of UTG faculty. They are also starting work on a project where women will assemble solar panels from damaged cells (a waste product of commercial manufacturing).
But the collaboration extends well beyond Engineering. A team of International Business and Political Science students are developing a business plan to assemble, distribute and sell the phone chargers in The Gambia. This business will most likely start as a Community Based Organization which is a not for profit recognized by the Gambian government. The sustainable business model reflects the Elizabethtown Motto “Educate for Service”. It works to move aid away from a charity model, with an economically sustainable solution that is self-propagating and fosters the development of the skills that empower local solutions. “We have achieved our goal whenever solutions develop organically, and while our involvement is culturally enriching for all participants it is not required to solve the problem.”
This link will take you to Dr. DeGoede’s web page:

ITN Introduces Faculty Collaboration for Test Measurement and Research

Posted October 16th, 2013 by admin

Collaboration for Test, Measurement and Research

ITN is introducing a collaboration to share Test, Measurement and Research interests among our membership schools. This service is designed to facilitate networking and encourage faculty members to collaborate with one another in a colleague-to-colleague environment.

How does it work?

If you want to engage please complete the request form that is part of this blog post. There are 5 questions to be completed by the requester and then emailed to Spike Moyer ( ITN will apply a network of faculty in 15 schools to relay your request to locate a colleague who wants to work with you.

At each member school, our ITN Advisory Board Member will communicate your request to the appropriate Department Chair. They will share your request with a faculty who is most likely to share your interests. Participation is voluntary and faculty are not required to respond to the request. If they have a common interest and wish to participate, then they will send you an email invitation that acknowledges your request. The rest is up to you to work out collaboration arrangements, colleague-to-colleague.

We are just rolling this out and expect to find some glitches in the system. ITN will work closely with the participants to identify and address these.

ITN Collaboration for Test, Measurement and Research Form

How does it work?

If you want to collaborate…..for test, measurement or research

Complete this short request form and email it to

1. How do you want to collaborate?: Example..I am interested in xyz and wanted to chat with someone who is working on similar material…or I would like to talk to someone about testing my sample of abc using edf type of equipment. …or I would like to assemble a joint grant proposal that includes several schools.

2. Your Name:

3. Your Email:

4. School/Dept:

5. Dept. Chair Name:

Instructions: Provide requested information

Save the form with your information

Email your saved form to:

What happens next?

ITN will acknowledge receipt of your request and send it to our ITN Board Members.

They will provide it to the department chair on their campus that is most likely to share your interest. Dept. Chairs will forward this to their faculty and interested faculty may respond to your request.

You should receive an email from an interested faculty.

Terms and conditions of all collaborations are determined by the collaborators.

What’s Happening at Harrisburg University

Posted September 27th, 2013 by admin

What’s hapening at Harrisburg University? I am Spike Moyer and I work as a faculty liaison for the Innovation Transfer Network, ITN.  We at ITN visit 16 schools in Central PA learning what faculty members are working on.  We focus on one school each month in this blog to share among our member schools. This month we are focusing upon The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  Two focal points are described, one is in the area of Nano-biotechnology while the other is Computer Aided Planning Software.

Nano-Biotechnology: I like to think into the future. One afternoon about a year ago, I was lying in an MRI having my knee imaged. The rhythmic hum and bumps in the room were coaxing me into a state of trance.  I began to visualize a machine that would not only analyze my knee but also help repair the tissues in one unobtrusive step.  This machine would employ 3-D printing of cells and nano-biotechnology to restructure my damaged cartilage using the regenerative ability that naturally exists in my body.  What a wild idea?

Dr. Leena Pattarkine from Harrisburg University is beginning to work in that direction.  She has received funding from PA DCED to explore additive manufacturing employing nano-biotechnology.   This pilot project is expected to be a small initial step towards a long term goal of using the knowledge for developing various prototypes.  Additive manufacturing /3-D printing works on the macro scale to build structures one layer at a time like building blocks.  Nano-fabrication takes the concept to a micro scale and may allow individual cells to be the building blocks.

Dr. Pattarkine was invited to conduct a workshop on Additive Manufacturing and Nanotechnology Applications at the 2013 MicroNanoTechnology (MNT) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May.  MNT 2013 was a two and a half day conference about micro- and nanotechnologies. Sponsored and funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program, MNT 2013 was a collaborative effort of six national centers to disseminate information on topics such as electronics, materials, biotechnology, photonics, and manufacturing.

- See more at:

Dr. Pattarkine also coordinates the Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP). This is a 2+2+2 Workforce Leadership Grant by the Department of Community and Economic Development. The focus is how partnerships between high-schools, community colleges, and universities help facilitate a seamless transition from high school to the workforce. Dr. Pattrakine plans to use the current Additive Manufacturing Grant to create awareness amongst educators and students regarding the strong overlap between nano-biotechnology and additive manufacturing.

- See more at:

Computer Aided Planning Software: We have all heard of or used Computer Aided Design or CAD.  Imagine computer aided planning for information systems, system architecture and health systems.  Dr. Amjad Umar is a Professor and Director of the Management and eBusiness degree program and the Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.   Dr. Umar is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations and a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the US Council for International Exchange of Scholars. He is also an entrepreneur and has started a company that employs computer aided design for these types of applications.  They are being used in countries across the globe like Cambodia, Africa, Nepal, The Dominican Republic and New Zeeland.

Biochemistry Funding OpportunitiesFunding for August 2013

Posted August 6th, 2013 by admin

Funding for August 2013

Bio-Chemistry:  These
funding opportunities are listed in the Pivot web page:

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific
Research BAA - Complex Material and Devices (RTD) - Natural Materials and

Upper $2,000,000USD Lower $200,000USD

Approximately $350 million is available for support of
actions award through this BAA process. Research proposals in the range of
$200,000 to $400,000 per year are encouraged. Awards may be proposed for up to
five years.

The goals of this multidisciplinary program are to study,
use, mimic, or alter how living systems accomplish their natural functions or
to take those bio-materials and systems and use them in new ways such as seen
more »bio-nanotechnology. Nature has used evolution to
build materials and sensors that outperform current sensors such as a spider’s
haircells that can detect air flow at low levels even in a noisy background.
Nature is very good at solving the problem of working in a noisy environment.
This program not only wants to mimic existing natural sensory systems, but also
add existing capabilities to these organisms for more precise control over
their material production. The research will encompass three general areas:
biomimetics, bio-materials (non-medical only), and biotic/abiotic interfaces.

Herman Frasch Foundation Grant for Research in
Agricultural Chemistry

Upper $250,000USD Lower $50,000USD

Grants will be made in an amount of $50,000 per year or
$250,000 for the five-year period.  The
Herman Frasch Foundation is a trust created under the will of Elizabeth Blee
Frasch, administered by the United States Trust Company of New York as trustee.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) advises the trustee on
more » the Frasch program. The purpose of the
foundation is to award the Herman Frasch Foundation Grants for Research in
Agricultural Chemistry to nonprofit incorporated institutions to support
research in the field of agricultural chemistry that will be of practical
benefit to the agricultural development of the United States. The term
”agricultural chemistry” is interpreted broadly by the ACS Committee on
Frasch Foundation Grants. Supported research is primarily chemical or
biochemical in nature. Because such research is often interdisciplinary, a
joint effort by two scientists with expertise in different complementary fields
may achieve the desired results; joint projects have been endorsed by the
Frasch Committee. Projects that focus on nutrition, agronomy, genetics, or
entomology are not usually favored. Proposals must provide opportunities for
training students at the graduate, undergraduate, or postdoctoral levels.

Collaborations for Macromolecular Interactions in Cells

Upper $1,000,000USD

NIGMS intends to commit $1,800,000 in FY 2014. The maximum
award budget is $250,000/year direct costs. The maximum award project period is
4 years

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
is to establish inter-disciplinary collaborative projects to advance studies of
macromolecular interactions and their relationship to function in cells. These
more » collaborations are designed to integrate
additional research strategies into NIGMS’ research base of laboratories
specializing in macromolecular function in living systems. Grantees may use
this funding opportunity to - complement each other’s capabilities (for
example, in biochemistry, genetics, chemistry, or pharmacology), where the
innovation is in the biology rather than in the technology; - apply proven
technologies that are technically challenging, expensive, or not yet widely
used in cell biology and allied fields (for example, mass spectrometry,
high-throughput screening); - develop, pilot, evaluate, and/or apply emerging
technologies (for example, super resolution light microscopy); and - carry out
feasibility studies or upstream research and development of new technological
concepts that are unproven, but potentially useful for study of macromolecular
interactions. This FOA invites unconventional research strategies, including
exploratory, descriptive, and statistical approaches, and encourages discovery
and hypothesis generation as research objectives. CFDA 93.859

What’s happening at Messiah College!!

Posted July 26th, 2013 by admin

What’s happening at Messiah College!!

I am Ralph Moyer, a.k.a. Spike Moyer. As a Faculty Liaison with the Innovation Transfer Network, ITN, I travel in our Central PA region and learn about faculty interests. I gain a unique, 10,000 foot view of the academic community. How do I share this with our membership schools and businesses? The idea I have is to write about the major programs at each school and then publish it on our ITN web page. I will advertise using both email and LinkedIn so that our members will know a new post has been generated.

Where do I begin… let us begin with Messiah College in Mechanicsburg. There are some great research and student projects underway at Messiah College that I wanted to share with all of you.

A unique focus of research at Messiah is the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied -Research. The Collaboratory is a center for applied research and project-based learning. Areas of engagement include science, engineering, health, IT, business and education. Their projects enable students to engage classroom fundamentals in an authentic client-provider environment. Please visit the web site: There are several very well done videos that describe the mission of the Collaboratory. Follow the Collaboratory on Twitter: Like the Collaboratory on Facebook:

The Collaboratory is a place where students from many academic areas work toward a common goal. One project I want to tell you about is the IWMS or Intelligent Water Management System. A challenge was presented from field work observations. Did you know that 36% of hand pumps in Sub-Saharan Africa do not deliver water to their communities? In addition, more Africans have access to cell phone coverage than a reliable source of clean water. A program has been initiated that engages 30 students from a wide range of academic specialties. The solution is to use cell phones to collect data from sensors that monitor the well and pumps. Data is automatically sent from the cell phone to a central location. A web based system will show all of the well locations and their operational status and will be used to guide field repairs. There may be commercial applications for this system. A video describing the project can be viewed by going to this link

Messiah College held the Tenth Annual Symposium of the School of Science Engineering and Health on May 3, 2013. Borrowing from the Symposium Coordinator, Larry Mylin, “This symposium continues a strong tradition of annual events designed to showcase student and faculty innovation, creativity and productivity..”
The symposium is presented in the form of a conference with simultaneous sessions presented. I wish I had been able to see all of the sessions from the many departments including, Engineering, Information Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Exercise Science, International Service and Evidence-Based Nursing Care. I’ll make sure to bring my clone next year!
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Biotechnology Funding Opportunities

Posted July 9th, 2013 by admin

Funding Sources
Blog: Biotechnology

Are you a Biotechnology researcher with a great idea looking
for a funding opportunity? Three funding programs related to Biotechnology are
listed. One is a DOD effort that supports biotechnology concepts in the areas of
detection and decontamination.  Another
is and NSF program that focuses upon energy for sustainability.  This specifically targets electrify and
transportation fuel production.  The
third is also an NSF program.  It supports
fundamental research that advances understanding of cellular and bio-molecular

The pivot web page:
was searched to find these funding sources.  
A search will locate funding opportunities sponsored by the US
Government as well as many private funds and foundations. 

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, ECBC, Broad
Agency Announcement.  US ARMY DOD

ECBC’s BAA supports the
acquisition of unique and innovative concepts for basic and applied research
and development efforts not related to the development of specific systems or
hardware. ECBC competitively solicits
more » project offers in Biotechnology. The ECBC is
exploring biotechnology concepts in the areas of detection and decontamination
of CB agents, environmental biodegradation and bioremediation, and novel biotic
materials.  Two links are provided.



Energy for Sustainability: NSF

This program supports fundamental research and education
that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of
electricity and transportation fuels.  Processes for sustainable energy
production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and
utilize renewable resources.


Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering

The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass
 (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research
that advances the understanding of cellular and bio molecular processes (in
in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually
leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support
of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with
applications in health or the environment.  Quantitative assessments of
bioprocesses are considered vital to successful research projects in the BBBE

Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the
understanding of how biomolecules and cells interact in their environment, and
how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function,
phenotype, and/or behavior.  The program encourages proposals that address
emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge
and practices from different disciplines, and effectively incorporate ongoing
research into educational activities.


Funding sources blog:Mobile applications

Posted June 4th, 2013 by admin

Grant Funding Opportunities Blog

What’s new in the arena of Funding opportunities?   Each month, this blog will provide a sample
of new grant opportunities specific to disciplines of interest to our
members.  Grant seekers are encouraged to
explore individually.  The amount of
funding opportunities is huge. 

There are two web pages that are being explored to help
locate funding opportunities.  The web
locations are  The first lists government agency funding
sources, while the pivot site provides foundation and private funding, in
addition to many government sources. 
Seekers will find numerous opportunities, too many to list in this blog.

This month, the focus is Mobile Application Grant
funding.  Three grants are listed.  Each contains a description and a URL.  One is offered by the Knight Foundation and
the others are DOD and US Dept. of Education. 
While only three are listed, a search will lead to many more
opportunities.  Grants range from $1000 to
several million. 

Stay tuned, topics areas will change from month to month
depending upon what the searches provide. Happy searching… to those who pursue
the web pages.  You will not be
disappointed with the amount of funding that is available.

Mobile application

Knight News Challenge/Knight Foundation

The Knight News Challenge is year three of a contest
awarding as much as $5 million a year for innovative ideas that develop
platforms, tools and services to inform and transform community news,
conversations, and
more » information distribution and visualization.
Knight Foundation plans to invest at least $25 million over five years in the
search for bold community news and social media experiments. For the Mobile
competition, the Challenge is looking for tools and approaches that use mobile
to inform people and communities. This might include new mobile applications,
tools to help journalists or others leverage mobile, platforms to empower
mobile users, and so on. The foundation is interested in a broad range of

Mobile Training Technologies (Topic 2.1.23)

One of the current
trends in workforce training and education is the transition from eLearning to
mLearning. MLearning refers to mobile learning content to support the growing
mobile and remote workforce independent of
more » location in time or space. Mlearning is the
intersection of mobile computing and eLearning: accessible resources wherever
you are, strong search capabilities, rich interaction, powerful support for
effective learning, and performance-based assessment. Basically it can be
thought of as eLearning through mobile computational devices: Palms, Windows CE
machines, even your digital cell phone. Many entities (including the advanced
distributed learning labs) are researching the technological aspects and
challenges associated with mLearning. However, the pedagogical research on what
types of learning and what strategies are best suited to this unique delivery
methodology is limited. Research is needed to determine optimal methods for
presenting knowledge to learners to maximize the effectiveness of learning and
encoding content consistent with cognitive processing requirements.

Assistive and Accessible Mobile Applications - Call for

Through a grant from
the US Department of Education, the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks to enhance the use and
usability of wireless technologies for people of
more » all ages and abilities. Included in this
effort is the RERC’s mobile applications development project, the “App
Factory.” The Wireless RERC invites experienced developers to submit
proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps
for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone).
Developers may also request partial funding for apps that already enjoy partial
support from other sources, or for adaptation of existing apps to additional
platforms. No funding is available for hardware development. Proposals will be
evaluated based on the following selection criteria: 1) The app addresses an
important accessibility or assistive technology need. 2) The app is unlikely to
be developed in the commercial marketplace. 3) The app is technically feasible
and the technical capacity required for development is readily demonstrable by
the developer. 4) The projected lifetime of the app justifies the investment.
5) The app complements and does not duplicate other apps in the marketplace or
under development.