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What's the buzz at NSF?. William W. Schultz PD, NSF/ENG/CBET/FD IPA, UM, ME. Federal R&D for FY 2005 $103 Billion Total ( Dollars in Billions ). NucSec $4 4%. NSF $4 4%. Other $4 4%. NASA $8 8%. DOE $8 8%. NIH $28 27%. DOD $48 47%. Table 4.

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what s the buzz at nsf
What's the buzz at NSF?

William W. Schultz

PD, NSF/ENG/CBET/FD

IPA, UM, ME

federal r d for fy 2005 103 billion total dollars in billions
Federal R&D for FY 2005$103 Billion Total (Dollars in Billions)

NucSec $4 4%

NSF $4 4%

Other $4

4%

NASA

$8

8%

DOE

$8

8%

NIH $28

27%

DOD $48

47%

Table 4

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf06313/pdf/tables.pdf

slide4

Federal Academic S&E Support

FY 2005 $22.4 Billion Total (Dollars in Billions)

DOD $1 4%

NASA $1 4%

NSF

$3

14%

DOE $1

4%

NSF

NIH $16

71%

Other

$1

3%

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf06313/pdf/tables.pdf

Table 59

national research funding
National Research Funding

NSF funds 25% of US Gov

University Research

american competitiveness initiative
American Competitiveness Initiative
  • ACI doubles federal investment in key agencies that support basic research in physical sciences and engineering.
  • Over the next 10 years, the Federal agencies impacted are NSF, DOE Science, and NIST.
  • ACI includes three broad components:
    • Research in physical sciences and engineering (including 12 specific goals with 7 related to NSF)
    • Research and Development tax incentives
    • Education and workforce
external reports
External Reports
  • Engineering Research and America’s Future (NAE, 2005): Committee to Assess the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise
  • The Engineer of 2020 (NAE, 2004) and Educating the Engineer of 2020 (NAE, 2005)
  • Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (NRC/COSEPUP, 2005)
  • Innovate American: National Innovation Initiative Final Report (Council on Competitiveness, 2005)
  • Measuring Up: R & D Counts for the Chemical Industry (CCR Report, 2006)
macroeconomic implications

$10 B

Chemical

Industry

Operating

Income*

$5 B

Chemical

Industry

R&D

Funding

0.6 M

Jobs**

$40 B

GNP**

$1 B

Federal

R&D

Funding

In Chemical

Sciences

$8 B

Taxes**

Macroeconomic Implications

Basis:

*estimated from CCR study

**extrapolated from LANL study by Thayer, et al.,

April 2005 using REMI economic model

eng and nsf funding rates research grants
ENG and NSF Funding RatesResearch Grants

ENG Proposals and Awards

Funding Rate Percent

Yes, FD is

Even lower!

directorate for engineering fy 2007
Directorate for EngineeringFY 2007

Office of the Assistant Director

Deputy Assistant Director

Program Director for Diversity &Outreach

Emerging Frontiers in

Research and Innovation

(EFRI)

Senior Advisor

Nanotechnology

Engineering

Education and

Centers

(EEC)

Civil,

Mechanical, and

Manufacturing

Innovation

(CMMI)

Chemical,

Bioengineering,

Environmental,

and Transport

Systems

(CBET)

Electrical,

Communications

and Cyber

Systems

(ECCS)

Industrial

Innovation and

Partnerships

(IIP)

cbet organizational chart

Transport and

Thermal Fluids

Thermal

Transport Processes

Ted Bergman

Interfacial Processes

And Thermodynamics

Bob Wellek

Particulate and

Multiphase Processes

Marc Ingber

Fluid Dynamics

Bill Schultz

Combustion, Fire, and

Plasma Systems

Phil Westmoreland

CBET Organizational Chart

Division Director

John McGrath

Senior Advisor

Marshall Lih

Deputy Division Director

Bob Wellek

Environmental

Engineering and

Sustainability

Biomedical

Engineering and

Engineering

Healthcare

Chemical,

Biochemical, and

Biotechnology

Systems

Research to Aid Persons

With Disabilities

Ted

Process and

Reaction Engineering

Maria Burka

Environmental

Engineering

Clark Liu

Biomedical

Engineering

Semahat Demir

Catalysis and

Biocatalysis

John Regalbuto

Environmental

Technology

Paul

Biophotonics

Leon Esterowitz

Biochemical

Engineering

Bruce Hamilton

Energy for

Sustainability

Trung van Nguyen

Biotechnology

Fred Heineken

Environmental

Sustainability

Bruce Hamilton

Chemical and

Biological Separations

Rose Wesson

fd funding distribution
FD: Funding Distribution
  • TURBULENCE, STABILITY & FLOW CONTROL25%
  • RHEOLOGY - Complex fluids and polymer processing 15%
  • WAVES, HYDRAULICS & ENVIRONMENTAL FLUID MECHANICS 15%
  • GENERAL FLUID MECHANICS & COMPRESSIBLE FLOWS 15%
  • MICRO / NANO FLUIDICS 15%
  • INSTRUMENTATION 5%
  • BIO FLUID DYNAMICS 10%

trends

recent history of fm funding a personal view
Recent History of FM Funding(a personal view)

HWA

FEM

  • 1970
  • 1980
  • 1990
  • 2000
  • 2010

Enviro

Cond avg

Transportation

Energy

RANS

Electronic

cooling

BEM

HPC

Materials

LDV

Turb struct

Dyn sys

DNS

Catastrophe

theory

PIV

Micro

LES

MDS

Bio

Nano

LBM

Education

Energy

?

Cyber-infrastructure

Sustainability

(& Resiliency)

Complexity

?

Social aspects

nsf funding opportunities
NSF Funding Opportunities
  • MRI
  • IGERT
  • Supplements
    • REU
    • RET
    • IREE
    • GRS
  • EPSCoR / ADVANCE
  • Hi-Fi?
    • … and unsolicited

EVO

CDI

Peta-Apps

EFRI

Workshops

CAREER

NERS/NIRT

GOALI

MUSES / WATERS

slide17

Proposal Tips

  • Ask colleagues for their proposals & reviews
  • Ask colleagues to critique your proposal
  • Suggest reviewers for your proposal
  •  Anticipate your audience
  •  Get help with ‘boiler plate’
    • Current and Pending, Facilities, …
    • IP Agreement (mostly for SBIR, GOALI…)
    • IRB Approval (post recommendation OK)
  •  Don’t promise too much, too little
  •  Unsubmitted proposals are not funded
  •  Submit early
slide18

Tell a Good Story!

  • It should be written for a wide audience
  • Well written
  • Mix in…
    • A good part mystery (we should not know early that the butler did it)
    • A tad autobiographical (get your chair to “help”)
    • Healthy amounts of history and reference book
    • A good journalistic style
    • Two parts coffee table book
    • A smidgeon of science fiction
slide19

Other Useful Websites

Examplesofthe“broaderimpactscriterion”:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf022/bicexamples.pdf

www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg

http://www-personal.umich/~schultz/CAREER including

“NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips” by G. Hazelrigg & Friends

 FAQ (05-027)

 www.nsf.gov/eng/cbet/presentations/ (T. Anderson

minority_faculty_workshop_31jul06.ppt and G. Prentice)

how to contact your pd
How to Contact your PD
  • Email
  • Phone call
    • Prepare questions in advance… listen too!
    • Be professional, but be yourself
  • Personal Visit
    • By appointment (one stop shopping)
    • During related activity (panel, workshop)
    • Show presentation slides on laptop, emphasize Q&A
  • White paper / pre-proposal (2 pg max)
  • Meet at workshops, conferences
  • Invite for campus seminar
  • Volunteer to be panel reviewer

For CBET:www.nsf.gov/eng/cbet/reviewer/

the most important things i ve learned from panelists this year
The most important things I’ve learned from panelists this year
  • Proposals should be hypothesis-driven
  • Broader impacts, fonts, etc. are taken seriously
  • Need modeling/experiment connection
  • Make life easier for panelists (they are not journal reviewers)
slide22

The CAREER Award

Is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for tenure…

Although it can seem like it is necessary …at least a badge of honor.

Instead, NSF and your University hope it is a good jump start to your career.

Hence, since you only have three chances, the answer to the question…

slide23

The CAREER Award

Should I wait to “establish myself” before submitting a CAREER Proposal?

NO!!

Should I ask the PD, for a SGER or two first, to get more preliminary results?

NO!!

Get in as soon as you can so you can get that “jump start” when it is needed.

slide24

Success RateStatistics

  • Unsolicited proposals about 10%
  • CAREER about 15%
  • Initiatives about 10% (varies widely)
  • Lower by at least 5% in ENG Directorate
  • Dropped in half since 2000
cbet workshops
CBET Workshops

iEngineering approaches to obesity

iCyber- based Combustion Science

iMinority Faculty Workshop

iBusiness Engineering Sustainability

iResearch Frontiers for Combustion in the Hydrogen Economy

iCyberinfrastructure in Chemical & Biological Systems

iGrand Challenges of the Future for Environmental Modeling

iIntegrating Social Sciences Research in the WATERS Network

iFrontiers in Environmental Engineering Education

iSustainable Nanomanufacturing (US/Aus/Singapore)

iCyber-Fluid Dynamics

six not so little words
Six (not so little) words
  • Cyber
  • Complexity
  • Sustainability
  • Nano
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Incremental

Transformative

nsf important message 130
NSF Important Message 130

The term “transformative research” is being used to describe a range of endeavors which promise extraordinary outcomes, such as revolutionizing entire disciplines; creating entirely new fields; or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives – in other words [those] with potential to change the way we address challenges in science, engineering, and innovation. -- NSB

slide31

Distribution of Average Reviewer Ratings

FY 2005

Number of Proposals: 41,758 (31,966 Declines & 9,792 Awards)

advice on sotl scholarship on teaching learning
Advice on SOTL(Scholarship on Teaching & Learning)

 Decide your level of activity, but do some

 CAREER panels impressed with existing activities with something new

  • Sound authentic and realistic
  • Ensure chair is aware of your plans (post-tenure?)

 Focus on an area you enjoy

Learning styles, tech communications, experiential learning, multidisciplinary design, K-12 outreach, . . .

  • IRB approval probably necessary for assessment
  • Get help from Pros and your students

 Publish in ASEE J, Wikis, Conferences, …

eng research priorities fy07
ENG Research Priorities FY07

 Nanotechnology

 Energy and Environment

Innovation

Complexity in Engineered

and Natural Systems

Manufacturing Frontiers

emerging frontiers in research and innovation efri
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI)

EFRI focuses support on important

emerging areas in a timely manner

Typically, the annual budget for EFRI

will be 3-to-5 percent of the

Directorate budget (~$15-to-$30

million)

It is expected that the investment in

any topic will range from $3 million to

the total annual ERFI budget

slide36

Major Initiatives

with Impact on CBET

in FY 2007

NNI

$43 million

Sensors/Explosives

 $5 million

EFRI (FY07: Auto-reconfigurable

Engineered Systems; Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering) $25 million total ENG

what to ask
Key Advice

 Priority of topic

 Project plan

 Special initiatives

 Equipment needs

 Success rates

 Timing of submission

 Award size

 Review process and

criteria

Often on Website

 Deadlines

 Application process

 Currently funded

work

 New faculty

programs

 Typical award size

What to Ask
slide38

Proposal Title

  •  More important than you think
  • Present in clear, concise,
  • meaningful manner
  •  Avoid jargon and overstatement
  •  Be careful with buzzwords (some folks are annoyed)
  •  Avoid cute and too informal titles
  •  Reconsider ?s and :s --s
slide39

Project Summary

 Most important section (initial impressions,

particularly for panel reviews, used for reviewer selection)

 Contains goals and scope, brief description of method,hypotheses and expected results, technical merit, and broader impacts

 Clear, concise, accurate, exciting

 Published abstracts are revised summaries

 1 page

 Conventions vary by field – seek samples