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									Division of Engineering Research
Mar 6, 2009


- Engineering Noontime Session - Tuesday, No Session Mar 10 – Enjoy Spring Break

- NSF Day at MSU – April 6 – Agenda and Registration http://resfacil.msu.edu/?q=node/8

- SBIR Workshops from Biotechnology Business Consultants
<http://www.bioconsultants.com/mttcconsulting.html> will host seminars to help companies learn
more about the SBIR and STTR programs and prepare funding proposals.
          April 3, 2009: An SBIR proposal preparation seminar (with emphasis on DoD) will be held at
Automation Alley headquarters in Troy.

-Check out your listing in the Faculty Expertise Database. Changes can be made via the Update
button. http://www.egr.msu.edu/egr/research/resources/facultyexpertise.php

-If you’ve been away, archived E-Funding News are easily accessed at

1. Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research
2.Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) – NSF
Homeland security
4. Hydrologic Sciences - NSF
5. Petrology and Geochemistry - NSF
6. Tectonics - NSF
7. NSF SBIR Solicitation FY 2010
8. Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) - NSF
9. Operator Interface & Management Applications for Command and Control – Dept Homeland
10. Information Fusion Test-Bed Technologies and Applications - AFRL
11. Communications and Networking Discovery & Invention- ONR
13. Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office BAA -DOD
14. Component Development for Advanced Shipboard Desalination Systems - ONR
15. Request for Information (RFI): Technologies for the Applications of Social Computing
16. Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program 9.1 - Dept Homeland Security
17.Cyber Warfare Support - DOD
18. BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT FY2009 – US Army Engineer Research & Development
19. Missile Defense Advanced Technology Innovation BAA
20. Research on Advanced Non-Destructive (NDE) Methods for Materials, Processes and
Structures- AFRL
22. EPA Small Business Innovation Research Solicitation (SBIR)

23. Electromagnetics and other Topics - AFRL
24. Manufacturing Processes of Medical, Dental, and Biological Technologies (SBIR [R43/R44])
and STTR - NIH
25. Environmental Sensors for Personal Exposure Assessment (SBIR [R44]) - NIH


1. Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research
Solicitation: RFA-OD-09-003
Due: April 27, 2009
This new program will support research on topic areas which address specific scientific and health
research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that would benefit from significant 2-year
jumpstart funds. NIH Institute and Centers have selected specific Challenge Topics within each of the
Challenge Areas. The research in these Challenge Areas should have a high impact in biomedical or
behavioral science and/or public health. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-

2.Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) – NSF
Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 9, 2009
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance
the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops,
improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science
policy decision making process. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and
analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across a broad array of
SciSIP challenges, including the relationship between broader participation and innovation or
creativity. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and
to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or
improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly
proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and
innovation in organizations.

Homeland security
SOL: HSHQDC-09-R-00060
DUE: 04-17-09
The purpose of this RFI is to allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Directorate of
Science and Technology (S&T), Special Programs Division (SPD) in conjunction with the Customs
and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Air and Marine (A&M) to solicit information from potential
sources to develop a modeling tool to accurately determine the interaction between radars and wind
turbine farms (current and proposed). A Conference will be conducted on 25 March 2009 in Atlanta,
GA, to facilitate an informational exchange between Industry, Academia, and the Government,
regarding the capabilities required to develop a modeling tool to accurately determine the interaction
between radars and wind turbine farms (current and proposed).

4. Hydrologic Sciences - NSF
Program Solicitation: NSF 09-538
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): June 01, 2009 or

   December 05, 2009
Studies may address aqueous geochemistry as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes
within water bodies. These studies commonly involve expertise from many basic sciences and
mathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs.

5. Petrology and Geochemistry - NSF
Program Solicitation:09-543
Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): June 06, 2009 - July 06, 2009
             Or December 06, 2009 - January 06, 2010
Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of
igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and
volcanology. Proposals that bridge disciplinary boundaries or that include development of analytical
tools for potential use by the broad community are also encouraged.

6. Tectonics - NSF
Program Solicitation: 09-542
Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): June 06, 2009 - July 06, 2009
    and December 06, 2009 - January 06, 2010
The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical
investigations aimed at understanding the formation, evolution, and deformation of continental
lithosphere through time. Proposals to elucidate the processes that act on the lithosphere at various
time-scales and length-scales, either at depth or the surface, are encouraged. Because understanding
such large-scale phenomena commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the Tectonics
Program supports integrated research involving the disciplines of structural geology, petrology,
geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, rock mechanics, paleomagnetics,
geodesy, and other geophysical techniques.

7. NSF SBIR Solicitation FY 2010
Due: June 9, 2009

8. Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) - NSF
Program Solicitation: NSF 09-540
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): May 26, 2009
he Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) program supports scientific research
directed at advancing the understanding of what constitutes effective virtual organizations and under
what conditions virtual organizations can enable and enhance scientific, engineering, and education
production and innovation. Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups,
organizations, and institutional arrangements. Disciplinary perspectives may include (but are not
limited to) anthropology, complexity sciences, computer and information sciences, decision and
management sciences, economics, engineering, organization theory, organizational behavior, social
and industrial psychology, public administration, and sociology. Research methods may span a broad
variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including (but not limited to): ethnographies, surveys,
simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses.

9. Operator Interface & Management Applications for Command and Control – Dept Homeland
SOL: RFI-09-12--STIDPOpsInt
DUE: 040609
DHS-S&T's Standoff Technology Integration Demonstration Program (STIDP) is designed to
accelerate the development of standoff and remotely operated explosives detection technologies,
related technologies, concepts of operations, and training. The ultimate goal of the program is to
prevent explosives attacks at large public events and mass transit facilities via a spiral development
approach. The C3center operations and the supporting infrastructure are critical components in the
operations of any countermeasure architecture. System operation and management applications and
integration solutions are needed for deployment in a command center for testing countermeasure
architecture operations. Operations include law enforcement personnel using a variety of standoff
sensor systems geographically distributed over an outdoor public venue to screen patrons attending
events, such as hockey games. Software, middleware, and other relevant solutions are needed to
provide and/or integrate area surveillance cameras for situational awareness; threat and asset
evaluation, prioritization and management; and support and record screening and interdiction

10. Information Fusion Test-Bed Technologies and Applications - AFRL
The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting white papers for various scientific studies, analytical
tools, algorithm developments, projects, and experiments focused on developing enhanced
information fusion technology capabilities to provide the Air Force the means to better conduct
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR). One of the Air Force's key mission is to
provide exacting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) in Ground, Air, Space and
Cyberspace. The significance of ISR is growing as our adversaries become more difficult to locate
and identify and their intentions more difficult to analyze and predict. The transition from force-on-
force confrontation of the past to today's asymmetrical warfare is challenging ISR force to anticipate,
find, fix, track, and identify potential targets over broader areas, in less time and with more accuracy
than at any other time in history. The goal of ISR operations is to provide accurate, relevant, and
timely intelligence information to decision-makers at all levels.

11. Communications and Networking Discovery & Invention- ONR
DUE: 06-30-09
Communications technology that can provide seamless, robust, connectivity is at the foundation of the
Sea Power 21 and FORCEnet Vision "... to have the right information, at the right place, at the right
time ..." The performance of Command and Control (C2) systems and decision making at all levels of
command depend critically on reliable, interoperable, survivable, secure and timely communications
and networking, and the availability of high capacity multimedia (voice, data, imagery) communication
networks is fundamental to nearly all Department of Navy missions. The current evolution of naval
warfighting from a platform-centric to a network-centric paradigm depends on successfully meeting
the implied need for significantly enhanced communications and networking capabilities, extending
both to fixed shore facilities and to highly mobile air, surface, land and subsurface platforms, including
the so-called "disadvantaged user", e.g., small-deck combatants, submarines, unmanned air vehicles
(UAVs), dispersed ground units in urban and radio frequency (RF) challenged environments. Many of
these tactical platforms and users routinely operate in a highly intermittent, often disconnected
communications environment.The vision is to provide high throughput robust communications and
autonomous networking to ensure all warfighters from the operational command to the tactical edge

have access to information, knowledge, and decision-making necessary to perform their assigned
tasks. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/ONR/ONR/ONRBAA09-016/listing.html

SOL: Thermal-Structural
DUE: 03-20-09
NASA/DFRC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for Thermal-Structural Analysis
of Structural Systems and Components. SCOPE The contractor shall develop mathematical models of
structural systems and components consisting of refractory composites and other high temperature
materials. As appropriatef or large and/or geometrically complex systems, these mathematical
models shall be based on finite element analysis methods. The contractor must have a minimum of
five (5) years of experience in the mathematical modeling of high temperature material structures.

13. Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office BAA -DOD
SOL: 09-Q-4554
DUE: 03-09-09
The Navy Engineering Logistics Office (NELO) is soliciting concepts for innovative research and
development projects for the Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office (CTTSO). The mission
areas are: Blast Effects and Mitigation (BX); Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear
Countermeasures (CBRNC); Explosives Detection (ED); Improvised Device Defeat (IDD);
Investigative Support and Forensics (ISF); Irregular Warfare Support Program (IWS); Physical
Security (PS); Surveillance, Collection, and Operations Support (SCOS); Tactical Operations Support
(TOS); Training Technology Development (TTD); and Personnel/VIP Protection (VIP). NELO is the
procuring office for this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The BAA Package will be available only
from the following website, www.bids.tswg.gov. The BAA process constitutes a solicitation of
concepts from those offerors capable of satisfying the Government's needs. The Government
encourages non-profit organizations, educational institutions, small businesses, small disadvantaged
businesses, government laboratories, and HBCU/MIs, foreign contractors, as well as large
businesses, to submit research concepts for consideration. The BAA selection process will be
conducted in three phases fully described in the BAA Package. The BAA Package describes the full
process for the concept submission and evaluation as well as the specific requirements. Potential
offerors are encouraged to download the BAA package from the BIDS web site identified below as
soon as it becomes available on or about March 9, 2009.

14. Component Development for Advanced Shipboard Desalination Systems - ONR
DUE: 06-01-09
Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination has become the Navy standard for the shipboard production of
freshwater since its introduction into the Navy in the early 1990s. RO plants have provided significant
operational and cost benefits over conventional distillers which have been used on Navy ships since
before the introduction of steam propulsion. These benefits include reduced monitoring and
manpower requirements and significant reductions in operational costs including: reduced power
requirements, independence from ship steam systems, reduction in the use of chemical additives, and
large improvements in reliability and maintainability. Over the past two decades, there has been a
large increase in the use of membrane based separations for both liquid and gas streams, much of
this due to technical advancements such as improved membranes and pumps, novel membrane
topologies and operational approaches, and staged separation processes. The Office of Naval
Research has encouraged such technology development through the Expeditionary Unit Water

Purification (EUWP) research program. It is the goal of this solicitation to further develop promising
water purification and desalination technologies, on a component and not a complete system level,
over a two year period to a readiness level that would be appropriate for consideration for use in a
robust shipboard desalination system (technical readiness level 4 or 5).

15. Request for Information (RFI): Technologies for the Applications of Social Computing
DUE: 03-25-09

16. Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program 9.1 - Dept Homeland Security
SOL: HSHQDC-09-R-00041
POP STATE: Not specified
AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of
Procurement Operations
Solicitation 1

17.Cyber Warfare Support - DOD
DUE: 03-10-09
(RFI) only. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific (SSC PAC) is seeking comments
on a draft Statement of Work (SOW) for Cyber Warfare Support. Cyber Warfare would encompass
Computer Network Operations (e.g. Attack, Defend and Exploit) and Information Assurance and the
Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and
Information Operations (IO) functions that operate in the Cyberspace domain. This includes Computer
Network Operations (CNO) against automated systems, and the interaction between the physical and
biological network that define human- machine interaction. The work to be conducted under this
proposed acquisition will support SSC PAC in forming capabilities and providing technical services for
the Navy, DoD and other government agencies to support technical and operational activities in the
Cyberspace domain. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/SPAWAR/SPAWARSYSCEN_San_Diego/SSC-

18. BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT FY2009 – US Army Engineer Research & Development
SOL: W912HZ-09-BAA02
DUE: 02-28-10
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency
Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC consists of the
Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Environmental
Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi; the Cold Regions
Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire; the Construction Engineering
Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois; and the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) in
Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of
hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing,
geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained
munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water

quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical
properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for
installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance,
materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage
conservation, and ecological processes.

19. Missile Defense Advanced Technology Innovation BAA
SOL: HQ0147-09-ATI-BAA
DUE: 04-10-09
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is charged with developing and fielding a Ballistic Missile Defense
System (BMDS) to protect the United States (US), as well as US allies and friends from a ballistic
missile attack. The MDA Ballistic Missile Defense layered approach includes sensors, kinetic energy
systems, directed energy systems, battle management, and command control elements that will
engage threat missiles in all phases of flight, from Boost Phase through Midcourse and into Terminal
Phase. MDA efforts are focused on making the BMDS more robust against the widening threats, and
increasing capabilities to handle a broad range of unknown missiles, warheads, trajectories, and
adversaries. MDA must have the ability to detect, track, identify and kill the ballistic missile.
In support of these efforts, MDA programs are geared towards advancing technological thresholds in
hardware and software, through scientific breakthroughs in areas such as mathematics, physics, and
engineering. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/MDA/MDA-DACV/HQ0147-09-ATI-BAA/listing.html

20. Research on Advanced Non-Destructive (NDE) Methods for Materials, Processes and
Structures- AFRL
SOL: BAA-09-04-PKM
DUE: 04-14-09
Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Technology Directorate, Nondestructive
Evaluation Branch, AFRL/RXLP Wright Research Site is soliciting technical and cost proposals for the
following research. The objective of the program is to conduct on-site research to bridge the the gaps
and accelerate the initial development of selected NDE technology to a level of full feasibility
demonstration, to conduct studies of the applicability of selected technologies to a wide variety of
potential applications, or development of new technologies to address specific needs. Research is
comtemplated to address current operational or maintenance needs. Because the nature and make-
up of advanced aerospace materials and structures are diverse and complex, a comprehensive
planning and execution of NDE research is anticipated. There are numerous well established NDE
tools and techniques for use in NDE research. A partial list includes, but is not limited to: eddy current,
ultrasound, X-Ray based methods, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, boroscopy, laser based
methods, terahertz methods, microwave methods, thermography, shearography, acoustic emission,
and on-board monitoring methods. It is envisioned that NDE research will also require advances in the
state-of-the-art, necessitating the development of new and unique tools and techniques in addition to
the tools and techniques enumerated above. Materials that will be the subject of NDE research may
include, but are not limited to, the following materials and their associated composites: aluminum
alloys; magnesium alloys; titanium alloys; nickel alloys; steels; refractory metals; advanced
intermetallic compounds; niobium alloys; ceramics - monolithic; high-temperature structural ceramics
based on oxides, nitrides, silicides, carbides, and borides; nanocrystalline and/or multi-layered
component systems of metallics, intermetallics, ceramics, and organic materials; structural and
nonstructural polymers as well as functionally graded materials, electronic materials, sensor materials,
coatings and paint materials. Structures that will be the subject of NDE research will be made of the
above materials and may include, but are not limited to the following structures: simple plates;
multilayered plate structures; plates with attached stiffeners/structure (bonded, fastened, or integral);

plates or structures with rough or irregular finishes; or combinations of the previously mentioned
structures. https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-09-04-PKM/listing.html

SOL: BAAN0464A0901
DUE: 04-27-09
The Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) is issuing this
BAA in support of the Road Side Detection of Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFPs) requirement
which is sponsored by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). The
purpose of this effort is to identify and demonstrate technologies for vehicle-based applications to
improve the detection of road side EFPs; based on the success and feasibility of the technologies
demonstrated, follow on work may be pursued. Although hardware, software, or techniques
developed as a result of contracts awarded under this BAA are primarily intended for transition to
route-clearance type military activities, developed capabilities may be transitioned or applied to any
future joint service combat mission requiring EFP detection.

22. EPA Small Business Innovation Research Solicitation (SBIR)

23. Electromagnetics and other Topics – AFRL BAA 08
The contractor will conduct research in electromagnetics to produce conceptual descriptions of
electromagnetic properties of novel materials/composites (such as photonic band gap media or
negative index media) and simulate their uses in various operational settings;
- evaluate methods to recognize (the inverse scattering problem) and track targets (including
Improvised Explosive Devices) and to penetrate tree covers, clouds, buildings, the ionosphere, or
other dispersive/random/turbulence. http://www.wpafb.af.mil/AFRL/afosr/

24. Manufacturing Processes of Medical, Dental, and Biological Technologies (SBIR [R43/R44])
and STTR - NIH
Due: April 5 or Aug 5
The NIH encourages research related to advanced processing in the manufacture of biomedical
products and the implementation of new technologies in medical care. New methods, procedures,
measures, and controls are needed for manufacturing a broad range of technologies and products
with unsurpassed quality and to lower manufacturing costs for existing and/or new processes.
Research is also encouraged that can contribute to the containment and reduction of health care
costs and that can improve the cost effectiveness, quality, and accessibility of the health care system.
http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-113.html - SBIR
http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-114.html - STTR

25. Environmental Sensors for Personal Exposure Assessment (SBIR [R44]) - NIH
Request For Applications (RFA) Number: RFA-ES-09-005
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits phase II Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to develop
field-deployable or wearable personal sensors for monitoring point-of-contact exposures to a broad
range of airborne chemical and biological agents; for monitoring exposure in available biosamples
(buccal cells, finger prick, exhaled breath, urine or saliva) to assess real time and continuous readout
of internal exposures; and/or for developing and refining panels of biomarkers of biological response
to environmental stressors. A central element is that the personal sensors produce quantitative, near
real-time measurement of multiple analytes at the point of contact with the body (e.g., nose, mouth,

skin) or in available biosamples, and that the biomarkers of response reflect components of key
physiologic and pathophysiologic pathways relevant to human disease. It is anticipated that any
devices developed through this FOA will be fully developed and validated so it will be available for
application to population studies at the end of the funding period.


Other Funding Opportunities:
This and earlier notices are archived at
Environmental RFPS posted by MSU (Tom Dietz):

-SBIR/STTR - info for many agencies: http://www.zyn.com/sbir/scomp.htm
-Grants.Gov – search individually by key word, agency, etc.
-Army Research Office: http://www.aro.army.mil/research/index.htm
-Institutionally limited proposals for MSU –
-NIH - Bioimaging/Bioengineering opportunities –
-Office of Naval Research: http://www.onr.navy.mil/02/business_opp.asp
-Michigan Biotechnology - www.michbio.org
-For more Funding Opportunity information, Search Engines, etc. see the DER Funding web site:


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