New Open Access Journal from AGU

The American Geophysical Union has launched a new open access journal, Earth and Space Science. The journal will publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organizations where applicable. Read the full press release for more details.

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Grant Opportunity: National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

The FY 2014 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program has been posted. Grant applications are due March 27, 2014.

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery Initiative

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, through it’s Data-Driven Discovery  Investigator Awards, seeks to support “individuals who exemplify multidisciplinary, data-driven science, coalescing natural sciences with methods from statistics and computer science.”   The focus areas are natural sciences (biology, physics, astronomy, etc.) or science enabling methodologies (statistics, machine learning, scalable algorithms, etc.).

It is anticipated that the DDD initiative will make about 15 awards at ~$1,500,000 each, at $200K-$300K/year for five years.  The pre-proposal deadline is February 24, 2014; full application invitations are to be issued in April 2014.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in partnership with the Sloan Foundation, recently established Data-Driven Discovery hubs at New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington.  Gordon Moore is co-founder of Intel.

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Savvy Researcher Workshops on finding grants, data management, and more

The spring lineup of Savvy Researcher workshops includes sessions on finding grants,  research strategies, government information, GIS, database design, data management, scholarly publishing, and more.  This workshop series is brought to you by the Scholarly Commons.  Sessions are appropriate for graduate students, post-docs, academic professionals, and faculty.

The calendar and full descriptions of sessions can be found here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/4068

Pre-registration for sessions is strongly encouraged; registration links are available from the calendar.

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You’re more than your h-index, Heather Piwowar, February 6

Join the Scholarly Commons for a conversation with Heather Piwowar, co-founder of ImpactStory.

You’re more than your h-index: How quantification is ruining science, and how it’ll save it

Research output is constantly measured: how many papers we write, where they’re published, how many citations we get.  Focus on these simplistic metrics is ruining science.  Funders and institutions know this and want a bigger picture of research impact.  Come hear how ImpactStory, a nonprofit funded by the NSF and the Sloan Foundation, can empower you to uncover and share the full story of your research impact.

February 6th, 8:30-10:30
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
Coffee and refreshments will be served 8:30-9am; opening remarks by Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Wilkin begin at 9am.

Piwowar received a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to her work with ImpactStory, she has been a research associate at DataOne and Dryad.

Recent interview with Piwowar, from DataDryad news

Recent articles:

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FY 2014 Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

Closing Dates

  • 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 20, 2014 (Investigators)
  • 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, March 6, 2014 (Approved by Institutes)

Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including:

  • evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement;
  • evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs;
  • development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water;
  • alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated management of ground and surface waters; and
  • the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and in coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged.

Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from nonfederal sources.

Proposals must be filed on the Internet at https://niwr.net/ by 4:00 PM, Eastern
Time, Thursday, February 20, 2014 and must be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program not later than 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, March 6, 2014 by the Institute or Center through which they were submitted. The SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and SF-424B (Assurances) portion of the application package must be submitted through the Internet site at http://www.grants.gov not later than 4:00 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, March 6, 2014 by the university at which the Institute or Center is located.

Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2014. The Government’s obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

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Emerging Frontiers in Tropical Science – Grant Competition

From the Organization for Tropical Studies:

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) program on “Emerging Frontiers in Tropical Science” identifies emerging issues in tropical science and draws together scientists across a range of disciplines, institutions, and geographies to holistically address these issues. Through this program, OTS aims to advance multi-disciplinary, multi-scale efforts working on cutting-edge issues that have the ability to transform tropical science and education. This program seeks to catalyze research conducted in and around OTS research stations in Costa Rica.

This program will fund workshops for the proposal development “to test cutting-edge theories or for conducting analyses of existing data”.  Eligible topics include global change impacts, water sustainability, restoration and adaptation, invasive species, and emerging diseases.  Expected outcomes fro funded workshops are research proposals to funding agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The deadline is February 1, 2014 to fund workshops to take place between August 2014 and May 2015.  The full RFP and application instructions are available here.

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New USGS Data Portal Provides Access to More Than a Century of Sediment Data

A new online, interactive sediment data portal represents the best available compendium of suspended sediment data for streams and rivers across the Nation.

Watershed managers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public can use the portal to access suspended sediment information at over 4,900 sites.

Ever since sediment samples were first collected in 1889 by pioneering engineer Frederick Newell and 14 of his colleagues on the Rio Grande River at Embudo, N.M., the U.S. Geological Survey has continued to collect and record information on sediment transport in streams and rivers across the Nation.

Too much sediment can harm aquatic life and reduce the storage capacity of reservoirs affecting water supply and flood storage. In some instances, too little sediment can also be an issue.  For example, decreased amounts of sediment in the lower Mississippi Basin have been identified as the primary reason for the loss of thousands of square miles of wetlands off the Louisiana coast.

The portal provides easy access to valuable long-term data sets that can be useful in assessing how landscape modifications are affecting sediment transport in streams and rivers. Information on sediment concentrations and grain size can help identify appropriate and cost-effective sediment monitoring methods. Sediment data and ancillary data on streamflow condition, sediment grain size, sampling method, and landscape condition are also available for download within the portal.

USGS Data Series Report DS776 describes the methods used to recover, quality control, and summarize USGS suspended-sediment data in the portal through 2010.  In addition to daily and discrete suspended sediment sampling, the USGS, in cooperation with numerous local, state, and other federal agencies, currently operates 424 real-time turbidity sensors across the Nation. These data are available at USGS Water-Quality Watch.

Sediment monitoring and real-time turbidity monitoring is supported by the USGS National Stream Quality Accounting Network, Cooperative Water Program, and the National Water-Quality Assessment Program. The USGS also continuously monitors streamflow at over 8,000 of the nation’s streams on a real-time basis. These data are available at USGS Current Streamflow Conditions.

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Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment call for proposals

Message forwarded from Evan H. DeLucia, full RFP here: iSEE_RFP_1-10-14-FINAL

Dear Research Leaders:

Please share the following funding opportunity with your faculty by circulating the attached call for proposals.

The newly formed Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is announcing a call for proposals to initiate its first major thematic research projects.

In the first round we anticipate providing substantial seed funding ($400K/direct total, plus research personnel) for two projects, with three more projects to follow in a subsequent call for proposals.

Application will be a two-step process; a short pre-proposal in the form of a white paper, followed by a full proposal.

Proposals should fall into one or more of the five thematic research areas in the institute: Climate Solutions, Energy Transitions, Sustainable Infrastructure, Water and Land Stewardship, Secure and Sustainable Agriculture.

The institute is keen to see  proposals  from research teams composed of multiple disciplines, who propose to address globally significant challenges, and who have a plan for continued funding at the end of the seed grant period.

Research will take place in the PI’s home department and indirect costs generated from subsequent proposals derived from the seed grant are expected to track back to the PI’s home department as stipulated by the new ICR model.

To further explore this opportunity, iSEE will host two town hall style meetings, to discuss the vision for the institute, what will constitute a successful proposal, and to facilitate team building.

The town hall meetings, which will each be followed by a reception, will be held at the Levis Faculty Center, from 4-5pm on Thursday, January 23, and again on Friday, January 24.

I hope to see you there.

Evan

Evan H. DeLucia

G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Human Frontier Science Program Grants RFP

The Human Frontier Science Program supports basic life science research, emphasizing innovation, interdisciplinary approaches, and international (preferably intercontinental) collaboration and scope.   Their 2015 grant cycle is now open with awards of up to $450,000, depending on team size.

Funding supports researchers in development of “novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research.”  Program grants and Young Investigator grants are available.

Principal applicants must be from an HFSP member country (U.S.A. is included).  Applicants must register and receive a reference number to submit a Letter of Intent.  Letters of Intent are due by March 27, 2014.  Invitations to submit full applications will be issued in July 2014, with full applications due in September 2014.

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