March 2, 2019
UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter
Michael Pazzani
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
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In this Newsletter
  • Vice Chancellor Pazzani's Retirement Luau
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) University Day Webinar - March 22
  • FFAR: Seeding Solutions Grants
  • DOD MURI Funding Opportunity
  • UC Laboratory Fees Research Program - 2020 Funding Opportunities
  • Cedar Waxwings
Vice Chancellor Pazzani's Retirement Luau
You're invited you to a Retirement Reception honoring Michael Pazzani, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. It will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni & Visitors Center.
Attire: Business Casual (Hawaiian Shirts/Aloha Wear Suggested).
Parking will be available in Lot 24 with Blue or Red UCR Permit.
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Tuesday, March 12 
8:00 - 6:00 pm
Federal SBIR/STTR programs provide $2.5 Billion in funding every year. On Tuesday March 12th, UCR’s Office of Technology Partnerships is hosting an SBIR/STTR conference at the HUB. If you think you might be eligible for SBIR/STTR early-stage funding to commercialize your idea, this is your chance to have 1-on-1 conversations with program directors from five federal funding agencies. You can make an appointment using the link below. Discuss your ideas for proposals to the Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. The conference will also offer the opportunity to meet with former grant winners, founders, and business experts/mentors. You can also sign up for special workshops and discuss your ideas with public representatives. Don't miss out on this funding and networking opportunity! Register at

Faculty/Staff $50
Graduate Students $10
Brought to you by UCR EPIC SBDC and the SBA.
For questions, please email Misty Madero at .
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DRTA) University Webinar - March 22
Join VC Pazzani in UOB 210 to view the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) University Day Webinar on March, 22 2019. 
The agenda for the DTRA University Day is attached here

The first few presentations will communicate details of the transition of the DTRA Basic Research investment to an Alliance model. The remainder of the day will focus on the details laid out in the three DRAFT Broad Agency Announcements (HDTRA1-19-S-0002, HDTRA1-19-S-0003, and HDTRA1-19-S-0004). The University Day participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the model and the three DRAFT Broad Agency Announcements at the end of the day.

FFAR: Seeding Solutions Grant
For the third consecutive year, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is excited to open applications for Seeding Solutions , its flagship competitive grant program. Seeding Solutions Grants are an open call for innovative research projects that support one of FFAR’s Challenge Areas
“Every year we are amazed by the breadth of Seeding Solutions proposals that creatively tackle the most pressing challenges in food and agriculture,” said Sally Rockey , FFAR’s executive director. “FFAR is eager to invest in today’s pioneering ideas that have the potential to transform our food and agriculture system tomorrow.” 
The Seeding Solutions Grant program emphasizes the importance of fostering unique partnerships, requiring applicants to secure matching funds from non-federal sources, including but not limited to, private sector, non-profits, commodity and trade groups, state governments and/or other groups not traditionally affiliated with the agriculture industry. FFAR is accepting pre-proposals for the 2019 Seeding Solutions funding opportunity through April 19, 2019. More information about the grant application process is available on the S eeding Solutions Grant website .
 “Solving food and agriculture’s most intractable problems is a primary focus for us at FFAR, but it’s only half the challenge. The other half is getting these solutions to farmers and producers who can benefit from them. The Seeding Solutions Grants are designed to both research the solutions and work with partners to develop them to scale. This twofold objective is why these projects have the potential for major impact,” said Rockey. 
FFAR awarded nearly $8 million to innovative projects during the 2017 Seeding Solutions program, which when matched, invested $16.6 million in agricultural research and innovation. 
DOD MURI Funding Opportunity
The Department of Defense announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative, ONR N00014-19-S-F005, ARO W911NF-19-S-0008, AFOSR FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2019-0002.

The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined in the DoD Financial Management Regulation:

Basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress (DoD 7000.14-R, vol. 2B, chap. 5, para. 050201.B).

DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.
ONR Topics
Topic 1:   Stimuli-Responsive Materials based on Triggered Polymer Depolymerization 
Topic 2:   Quantum Benefits without Quantum Fragility: The Classical Entanglement of Light 
Topic 3:   Mathematical Methods for Deep Learning
Topic 4:   Spin and Orbital Angular Momentum (SAM & OAM)
Topic 5:   Photonic High-Order Topological Insulators (PHOTIs)
Topic 6:   Active Topological Mechanical Metamaterials
Topic 7:   Harvesting Oxygen from the Ocean
Topic 8:   Exploring Oxidation and Surface Phenomena of Multi-Principal Element Alloys
Topic 9:   The Physics of High-Speed Multiphase-flow / Material Interactions
Topic 10: Combining Disparate Environmental Data Into a Common Framework
ARO Topics
Topic 11: Adaptive and Adversarial Machine Learning
Topic 12: Axion Electrodynamics beyond Maxwell's Equations 
Topic 13: Engineering Endosymbionts to Produce Novel Functional Materials
Topic 14: Information Exchange Network Dynamics
Topic 15: Mathematical Intelligence: Machines with More Fundamental Capabilities
Topic 16: Quantum State Engineering for Enhanced Metrology
Topic 17: Solution Electrochemistry without Electrodes
Topic 18: Stimuli-Responsive Mechanical Metamaterial
AFOSR Topics
Topic 19: Machine Learning and Physics-Based Modeling and Simulation
Topic 20: Fundamental Design Principles for Engineering Orthogonal Liquid-Liquid Phase Separations in Living Cells
Topic 21: Modeling, Prediction, and Mitigation of Rare and Extreme Events in Complex Physical Systems      
Topic 22: Fundamental Limits of Controllable Waveform Diversity at High Power
Topic 23:  Full Quantum State Control at Single Molecule Levels
Topic 24: Constructive Mathematics and Its Synthetic Concepts from Type Theory
Topic 25: Weyl Fermion Optoelectronics
Topic 26: Mechanisms of Ice Nucleation and Anti-Icing Constructs
All topics recommend budgets of 1.5 million per year for 3 years plus a 2 year option.
Encouraged Whitepapers due June 3, 2019
Full Proposals due September 13, 2019
UC Laboratory Fees Research Program - 2020 Funding Opportunities
The UC Laboratory Fees Research Program sponsors innovative research, fosters new collaborations between UC faculty and national laboratory scientists, and provides unique training opportunities for UC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Funded by a portion of the fees the University receives for the management of the and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) and Los Alamos (LANL) National Laboratories, research sponsored by this program targets areas of strategic importance to UC, and provides an important foundation for enhanced competitiveness for extramural support. In this competition cycle,
the UC Laboratory Fees Research Program will be offering two opportunities that are previewed below.

  • Targeted UC Mutlicampus-National Laboratory Collaborative Research and Training (UC-NL CRT)
  • Proposals in this category must focus on collaborative research and training activities in one of the following areas: accelerator research, quantum information science, or wildfire-related research. Proposals require project leadership constituted by a Lead (Applicant) Principal Investigator from a UC campus, and a Site Lead/Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) from each eligible participating collaborating site as well as participation by a minimum of three (3) UC campuses and either LLNL or LANL. Additional collaborating sites, as defined in the RFP, are encouraged. Total funding request per application may not exceed $4 million over 3 years, including indirect costs, and excluding contributions from the laboratories. Additional budget restrictions are detailed in the RFP.
  • UC-NL In-Residence Graduate Fellowships
  • These fellowships are 2-year awards, with a merit based year 3 extension option in the amount of $60,000 annually, with supplemental travel funding of $5,200 per award. UC graduate students in any area of research relevant to the national labs who and enrolled and have advanced to candidacy at the commencement of the award, have an identified LLNL or LANL scientist to serve as a mentor, have approval from their faculty advisor, and who are able to commit 80% to research in the proposed plan may apply.

Interested applicants should review the complete RFP for all requirements and details which will be finalized in April. Further program information and updates are available at:
Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwings are seasonal visitors to my yard. They come in large flocks of 20-50 birds and quickly devour toyon berries, swallowing them whole. They have a high-pitched call that I can't hear but my wife can. They get the waxwing name from the red coloring on the tips of the wings.