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Vice Chancellor
for Research
New Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation

January 29, 2020
Guest Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Haddad
2018 World Food Prize Laureate

I am very excited to announce the launch of our Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation, which will bring accomplished thought leaders from around the world to UC Davis to share their vision for the next generation of research and how it can transform our society. The series will be hosted by the Office of Research in partnership with research units across campus.

The inaugural event will be held January 29, 2020 with British economist and food policy researcher Lawrence Haddad discussing how we can move toward a healthier food system.

In 2018, Haddad was awarded the World Food Prize for his “relentless leadership and advocacy in mobilizing political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies.” Haddad is executive director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition.
His accomplishments and vision exemplify the intent to evoke discussions and ideas that will charter new approaches to address some of society’s most pressing challenges.

The first event of the series is being cohosted by the Institute for Global Nutrition , which coordinates research and training activities concerning human nutrition problems of low-income countries, and of ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups in the United States.

Registration for the inaugural event at the UC Davis Conference Center is open to the research community, students and public. I welcome you to register today.
Funding Opportunities for Collaborative Research

NSF: Biology Integration Institutes .
Proposals Due February 6, 2020

The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.

NSF: Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams
Proposals Due February 19, 2020

The program offers its engineering community the opportunity to address research issues and answer engineering challenges associated with complex systems and networks that are not achievable by a single principal investigator or by short-term projects and can only be achieved by interdisciplinary research teams. ECCS envisions a connected portfolio of transformative and integrative projects that create synergistic links by investigators across its three clusters: Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS), Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD), and Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN), yielding novel ways of addressing challenges of engineering systems and networks. 

DOE: Energy Frontier Research Centers
Proposals Due: April 7, 2020

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces the call for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) proposals and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications will be required to address priority research directions and opportunities identified in recent BES workshop and roundtable reports, the scientific grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, and the opportunities described in the report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science. 

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