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					Division of Engineering Research THE E-FUNDING NEWS Feb 5, 2009 Announcements: - Engineering Noontime Session - Tuesday, Feb 10 12-1 in 3540. New Faculty Presentations: Titus Brown (CSE) – “Building gene networks to understand development” and Soonsung Hong (ME). Pizza and Pop provided. -Check out your listing in the Faculty Expertise Database. Changes can be made via the Update button. -If you’ve been away, archived E-Funding News are easily accessed at CONTENTS THIS WEEK: 1. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) - FINAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT 2. Research and Development - DOD 3. Hardened Materials Research and Survivability Studies (HMRSS) – Air Force 4. Mission Adaptive Rotor (MAR) Program DARPA Industry Day Announcement 5. Scalable Fault Tolerant Repository (SFTR) - AFRL 6. BAA for Demonstration Projects and Technology Advancements for FRA Positive Train Control (PTC)/Communication Research and Development Program – Dept Transportation 7. Motion Imagery and Conventional Imagery Exploitation (MICIE) - AFRL 8. Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) – Army Corp of Engineers 9. The Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship( MIIE) 10. Novel Approaches to Improving Air Pollution Emissions Information – EPA 11. Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) - NIH

1. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) - FINAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT Solicitation: W911NF-08-R-0012 DUE: 03-02-09 The U.S. Army RDECOM Acquisition Center, RTP Contracting Division, on behalf of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, is issuing the FINAL Program Announcement (PA), W911NF-08-R-0012, for the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA). The purpose of this United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) Program Announcement (PA) is to solicit offers that will help fulfill the research and development goals of the U.S. Department of the Army. The objective of the Alliance is to conduct research creating the technical foundation supporting development of future autonomous unmanned systems. To achieve this objective the Alliance will advance fundamental science and technology in several key areas including the ability of unmanned systems to sense and fully understand the local environment in terms of both features and activities; the ability to interact intelligently with the surroundings to successfully conduct meaningful activity; individually or as part of a team, to readily adapt to changing situations and to learn from prior experience; the ability to be integrated safely and successfully into human activity; the ability to dexterously manipulate objects in a human-like fashion and to maneuver unfettered in cluttered, complex environments.


2. Research and Development - DOD Solicitation: W56HZV09R0123 DUE: 04-10-09 The United States Army TACOM Contracting Center in Warren, MI (TCC-Warren) will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of technical and engineering services for a total 782,080 level- of- effort hours to support the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The estimated basic effort for this is 2,000 hours, with one option for 193,520 hours and three additional options of 195,520 hours. This level-of- effort will be utilized to support TARDECs Software Engineering Center (SEC), Intelligent Ground Systems Division (IGS), and the Technical Program Manager Office for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (TPM UGV) in their engineering and science and technology missions. These missions emphasize technical engineering in support of PM Future Combat System (FCS) BCT, Program Managers within PEO-Ground Combat Systems including PM Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), PM Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), PM Mine Resistance Ambush Protection (MRAP), PM Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), PM Robotics System Joint Project Office (RS-JPO) and TARDEC Army and Technology Objective (ATO), Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) programs and other Army/Government organizations or their successor. The estimated release date of RFP W56HZV-09-R-0123 is 24 FEB 2009. The estimated due date for receipt of proposals is 10 APR 2009. 3. Hardened Materials Research and Survivability Studies (HMRSS) – Air Force Solicitation: BAA-09-02-PKM DUE: 03-20-09 The objective of this program is to perform technical efforts or specialized studies using unique technical expertise and innovative solutions for the purpose of conducting research on materials technologies, interactions, or applications in several program areas within the Survivability Portfolio. This research will directly contribute to hardened materials technology advancement or will complement other ongoing research efforts. Research will be performed through specialized and focused studies that allow for the acquisition of new and innovative hardened materials technologies through an understanding of their interactions, properties and applications in support of the mission of the Hardened Materials Branch (AFRL/RXPJ) and programs included in the Survivability Portfolio of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX). 4. Mission Adaptive Rotor (MAR) Program DARPA Industry Day Announcement Solicitation: DARPA-SN-09-14 DUE: 02-20-09 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will conduct a briefing to industry in support of an anticipated Mission Adaptive Rotor (MAR) program Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The Industry Day will occur on Tuesday, 3 March 2009, from 8:00 am EST to 6:00 pm EST at The Executive Conference Center, 3601 Wilson Boulevard Suite 600, Arlington, Virginia 22201. 5. Scalable Fault Tolerant Repository (SFTR) - AFRL Solicitation: BAA-09-06-RIKA Due: White papers by Mar 25, 2009 2 pm The AFRL information management architecture requires a scalable robust fault tolerant repository that can be integrated with other information management services. The scalable fault tolerant repository must be based on multiple distributed repositories, manage information based on a


managed information object, and operate within the tactical environment. The objective of this effort is to research, develop and demonstrate a scalable fault tolerant repository that can support a distributed information management capability based upon Managed Information Objects (MIOs). Two phase one efforts are anticipated to develop initial design concept with appropriate analysis and trade studies to validate the approach. A critical element of the phase one effort will be experimentation and analysis to serve as a risk reduction validation for the eventual scalable fault tolerant repository. A single phase two effort, which will complete the design and implement repository, will be selected from one of the phase one efforts. 6. BAA for Demonstration Projects and Technology Advancements for FRA Positive Train Control (PTC)/Communication Research and Development Program – Dept Transportation Solicitation: BAA-2009-1 DUE: 09-30-11 Adoption and application of new technology in railroad services is a key focus in the FRA Research and Development program. One particular area of new development to help achieving this goal is in the advanced train control system and dispatching system, such as the new concept of Positive Train Control (PTC), which uses microprocessors, advanced navigation and tracking systems, and wireless technology to interconnect the various segments of railroad operation to virtually eliminate train to train collision and over-speed derailments, as well as to provide roadway worker protection. This is an unrestricted solicitation for demonstrations of various technology advancements or techniques, specifically related to the following areas: (1) Grade crossing hazard mitigation systems; (2) Positive train control;(3) Wireless communication system;(4) Train tracking system;(5) Risk assessment & hazardous analysis; and(6) PTC/Communication enabling projects. Technologies most likely to help facilitate the improvement of railroad services are those which will (1) improve safety by reducing human and technology failures; (2) bring about capital cost reductions and economy in producing equipment and facilities; (3) reduce operating costs of rail service by providing more efficient operations; (4) improve the reliability of equipment and infrastructure components by reducing failures and/or reducing false failure detections; (5) enhance the revenue-generating capability of high-speed operations by attracting greater ridership by reducing trip times, upgrading customer service quality, increasing reliability, or improving on time performance; and/or (6) enhance the social benefits and/or environmental aspects of high-speed rail. 7. Motion Imagery and Conventional Imagery Exploitation (MICIE) - AFRL Solicitation: Reference-Number-BAA-05-08-IFKA DUE: It is recommended that white papers be received by the following dates to maximize the possibility of award: 1 Aug 09. Motion imagery and conventional imagery both provide visual data sources for intelligence gathering purposes through the use of various exploitation technologies and methodologies that demand high performance and dynamic operations to meet mission tasking and exploitation timelines. Data formats, sensor type and spectral characteristics are the determining factors that dictate the exploitation technologies that will be required to process the data and extract the information to obtain the mission objectives. The streaming video data format require different strategies for processing motion imagery over conventional two dimensional imaging sensors, but these sensors also differ with some being active or passive and spectral range of operation that require other processing and exploitation considerations. Although motion imagery and conventional imagery have differing requirements with respect to the implementation of the processing strategies, the types of processing strategies can be very similar. These imagery collection systems and the resultant data are exploited


by teams of analysts, operational and warfighter personnel. Exploitation often includes object or target detection, material identification and producing a report. 8. Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) – Army Corp of Engineers Numerous Topics – Pavement, Concrete, Earthquake, Environment, Geology 9. The Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship( MIIE) Proposals will be due Friday, March 27 3 MIIE Funds: Technology Commercialization, Industry & Economic Engagement, and Talent Retention & Entrepreneurship Education . 2009 RFP due out soon. Link for 2008 RFP 0April%2028%202008%20-%20date%20changed.pdf 10. Novel Approaches to Improving Air Pollution Emissions Information - EPA Solicitation: EPA-G2009-STAR-D2 Due: April 21, 2009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), in cooperation with the EPA Clean Air Research Program, announces an extramural funding competition supporting research into the development and improvement of air pollution emission inventories. EPA is interested in supporting research that will advance scientific understanding leading to improvements in air pollution emissions information since emission inventories are relied on both to develop effective control strategies and reliable information about air quality trends for accountability, and to help produce accurate air quality forecasts. This solicitation seeks to support research that will build on past improvements and strengthen the understanding of air pollution sources and how they affect current and near-term future air quality. Development of better emissions inventories is an iterative process requiring work with atmospheric measurements, source characterizations, and numerical modeling analyses; hence, all these techniques have been used to improve emission inventories. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career projects. 11. Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) - NIH Program Announcement (PA) Number: PAR-09-028 Opening Date: February 23, 2009 Application Submission/ Receipt Date(s): March 23, 2009 The NCRR Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program solicits applications from groups of NIHsupported investigators to purchase or upgrade commercially available instruments that cost at least $100,000. The maximum award is $500,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others. Eligible principal investigators include any technically qualified research scientists. To be eligible to apply, three or more NIH funded investigators (Principal Investigators of active P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DP1 or DP2 research grants) who will be users of the requested instruments must be identified. Other Funding Opportunities:


This and earlier notices are archived at Environmental RFPS posted by MSU (Tom Dietz): -SBIR/STTR - info for many agencies: -Grants.Gov – search individually by key word, agency, etc. -Army Research Office: -Institutionally limited proposals for MSU – -NIH - Bioimaging/Bioengineering opportunities – -Office of Naval Research: -Michigan Biotechnology - -For more Funding Opportunity information, Search Engines, etc. see the DER Funding web site: