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Joint Call for Proposals


Research Innovation Committee (RIC)
the Wisconsin Materials Institute (WMI)
and the Wisconsin Energy Institute
of the College of Engineering

The Research Innovation Committee (RIC) joins with the Wisconsin Materials Institute (WMI) and the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) to invite proposals that identify visionary, far-reaching goals that will establish the leadership of the College of Engineering in realizing engineering knowledge for the future. We encourage faculty and scientist to bring their best ideas to explore new areas and open new and fertile ventures for engineering science and research.

This year the call for proposals invites submissions in the targeted areas of materials research and energy initiatives, as well as investigator-initiated center stimulation efforts. This portfolio anticipates new opportunities in Engineering Frontiers Research Centers (for example, catalysis, biocatalysis, and water-energy nexus) and Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities, including Smart Manufacturing in Energy Technologies. The scope of the call covers basic and applied inquiry in engineering knowledge enrichment and service to society. The intent is to improve the competitiveness of extramural research proposals, explore new collaborations and/or facilitate submission of nationally competitive proposals for centers and other large-scale collaborative opportunities, and stimulate leadership in materials.

Funds to support proposals of Type I and II will come primarily from the RIC in the College of Engineering. It is anticipated that 6-8 proposals of these types will be funded in Fall 2014. Funds to support proposals of Type III and IV will come primarily from the RIC, WMI and WEI. It is anticipated that 1-2 proposals of each of these types will be funded in Fall 2014. For cases where funding for successful proposals is aligned with other college or campus initiatives, an effort will be made to coordinate with those initiatives.


Important dates

CFP release — 9.15.2014
Information session — Monday, 9.22.2014, 4:30 PM, 1610 Engineering Hall
Proposals due — 11.7.2014, 5 PM
Recommendations to the Dean — 12.10.2014




Coffee and Conversation with the RIC
Faculty and academic staff are invited to join members of the RIC for coffee and conversation on Monday, August 25 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in 3127 Mechanical Engineering.

Please RSVP at https://doodle.com/dcnyqzmh6r8fpyq9 by August 18.



2014-2015 Call for Proposals

The RIC anticipates releasing two calls for proposals during academic year 2014-2015 with anticipated award dates of November 15 and April 15.  The deadline for submission of proposals will be announced early in the fall academic semester. We solicit three types of proposals: Support for Enhanced Competitiveness proposals that provide partial funding for extramural proposals not funded; Center-stimulation projects with the potential to better position the college in novel innovative research and multidisciplinary centers, and Program Concept Awards that can lay out a vision for a 5-10 year program in Advanced Manufacturing.

The purpose of this call for proposals is, in part, to stimulate new and innovative cross-college and cross-university initiatives led by the College of Engineering. The scope of the call covers basic and applied inquiry in engineering knowledge enrichment and service to society. The intent is to improve the competitiveness of extramural research proposals, explore new collaborations and/or facilitate submission of nationally competitive proposals for centers and other large-scale collaborative opportunities, and generate a concrete vision of how the thematic area of Advanced Manufacturing could be developed within the College of Engineering. The scope of the call includes projects that engage industry.

Funds to support proposals will come primarily from the Research Innovation Committee in the College of Engineering. Funding for successful proposals aligned with other college initiatives, such as the Wisconsin Materials Institute, will be coordinated with those initiatives. 

The outcome of funded activities will be:

a.  Resubmission or revised submission of an unfunded extramural proposal bolstered by additional preliminary results and/or attention to criticisms raised during external review.

b.  Progress toward submission of an extramural application for a research center with annual funding at the level of $2-5M/year or greater for at least 5 years.

c.  Well-defined targets of investment for Advanced Manufacturing.



Committee charge
  • Developing a roadmap that will identify grand challenges in engineering research that address national and societal issues and which we have or could have the ability to lead. By necessity this will include an assessment of our strengths and weakness in these areas that enable or prevent the college from assuming a research leadership role. This assessment includes but is not limited to faculty expertise and research infrastructure.
  • Developing a set of institutional goals, initiatives and incentives that will influence the future research directions of the college. It is anticipated that the College will provide resources to the committee to launch new research initiatives that are consistent with the strategic plan.
  • Reviewing and providing a recommendation to the College on internally funded research proposals, as well as centers and institutes proposed by faculty in the College.

    CONTACT

    Patricia Flatley Brennan 
       Room 3270a
       Mechanical Engineering Building

       608 263 5251, 608 263 1315
       pfbrenna@wisc.edu


    MEMBERS, 2014-2015

    Nick Abbott
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Bill Banholzer
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Patti Brennan, Chair
    Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Kristyn Masters
    Biomedical Engineering

    Rock Mackie
    Biomedical Engineering

    Dane Morgan
    Materials Science and Engineering

    Gustavo Parra
    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Rebecca Willett
    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Ex-officio members

    Deanna Dietrich, Associate Dean
    Research and Policy Administration

    Susan Hagness, Associate Dean
    Research and Graduate Affairs


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