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Job Opportunities:

 

GRCorps Job Openings:

The Greenest Region Corps is a partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic volunteers to lead sustainability projects in a select group of our GRC communities. The second cohort of GRCorps members is currently underway serving nine communities, two counties, and one solid waste agency.

 

Funding Opportunities:

 

NASA ROSES

NASA has issued an announcement for the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2020. This opportunity covers a wide range of spaces including biodiversity, earth surface and interior, global ecosystem dynamics, and modeling, analysis, and prediction, with a variety of due dates that can be accessed from this website.  The full solicitation is available here

 

Microsoft and National Geographic Society: AI for Earth Innovation

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline: 10/21/20

The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, understand, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural resources for a more sustainable future.  

The grants given by the partnership will support projects that use cloud computing to create and deploy open-source models and algorithms that make key analytical processes more efficient in the field. This partnership is focused on supporting projects that will build tools such as applications, application programming interfaces (APIs), or packages to be shared. Microsoft will help the successful applicants make their models and tools available for use by other environmental researchers and innovators.

 

NSF/NIST Disaster Reslience Research Grants

Amount: up to $400,000

Deadline: 8/14/20 (mandatory letter of intent)

With this joint solicitation, the NSF and the U.S Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) call for proposals for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards.

 

NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental System

Amount: up to $1,600,000

Deadline: 11/16/20

This solicitation is an update of the program previously known as CNH and CNH2. For this revision, we have changed the abbreviation associated with the program to more accurately reflect the actual title and to reinforce the differences between this solicitation and the earlier programs from which it is derived. The DISES program acknowledges a continuum of environments from those with very limited human populations (e.g. polar regions) to those in which human systems and processes fully dominate (e.g. densely populated megacities). There are integrated systems operating in all these spaces, and many can be considered as domains for DISES study. For the purposes of this solicitation, we define the "socio" or human component of the system as one predominantly governed by human decisions, actions, and behaviors, and we define the "environmental" component of the system as one predominantly governed by biological, physical, and chemical processes. DISES projects can include research that investigates integrated socio-environmental systems in agricultural as well as in urban settings.


Mosaic: Food and Water Investments


Amount: unknown
Deadline: 9/25/20

As a global leader in crop nutrition, we sit at the nexus of two of the worlds’ most pressing problems -- food security and water scarcity. We feel it is our responsibility to bring our financial resources, expertise and an innovative spirit to the table, helping the world grow the food it needs through strategic partnerships with innovative organizations. We seek to address these issues by concentrating on the following funding areas:

Hunger: food insecurity and food system development in local communities where we  have facilities and offices
Global Agricultural Development: addressing global food security through development programs focused on smallholder farmers in developing nations where we have key stakeholders
Agricultural Education: research, education and extension programs primarily focused on soil health and balanced nutrition and increasing the capacity of farmers to grow more food sustainably
Habitat Conservation: conserving resources and encouraging stewardship of the environment, including biodiversity and habitat protection where we have facilities and offices
Nutrient Stewardship: nutrient stewardship and ecosystem management programs that promote sustainable agriculture and best management practices in watersheds where we have facilities, offices, and other key stakeholder relationships
Watershed Restoration: preservation and restoration in regions where we have facilities and offices

 

DoE Announces Request for Proposals for H2@Scale

Deadline: 8/14/20

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a request for proposals for research and development (R&D) projects that support DOE’s H2@Scale vision for large-scale, affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and utilization across multiple sectors.

 

Through this request from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is requesting proposals for collaborative R&D projects addressing two priority areas of interest:

  1. Advancing hydrogen fueling technologies for medium- and heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles
  2. Addressing technical barriers to hydrogen blending in natural gas.

 

DoE Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems

Amount: up to $2,000,000
Deadline: 10/6/20

In recent years a growing number of utilities responsible for clean water have been moving from strict wastewater treatment to water resource management, some formally renaming themselves as water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Energy efficiency in equipment, processes, and operations is a fundamental part of this transition, and energy savings in facility retrofits can reach 50 percent. In addition to energy efficiency improvements, wastewater contains about five times more energy than is needed for its treatment, creating an opportunity for new, innovative technologies and approaches to recovering that energy content.

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct research, development, and deployment on technology innovations that enable advanced water resource recovery systems. Topic Area 1 of this FOA seeks to advance the development of transformative technologies beyond early stage research and development (R&D) to become pilot ready (TRL 4-6). Whereas, Topic Area 2 of this FOA seeks to test currently developed, pilot ready technologies (TRL 6-7) though design, build, and operations in industrially relevant conditions to enable commercialization.

 

Foundation Funding Opportunities


Please contact the Office of Foundation Relations for additional information about these opportunities. Our team is also available to advise and assist with proposal development. 

PLEASE NOTE: Many foundations are extending application deadlines due to the COVID-19 situation. Please check the foundation’s website or email foundationrelations@northwestern.edu for more information.
 

Corporate Funding Opportunities:


NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY | OFFICE OF CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT

Funding Opportunity

Sony Research Awards 2020

Questions regarding this funding opportunity should be directed to Kate Rice (kate-rice@northwestern.edu), Senior Associate Director of Corporate Engagement.

Sony Faculty Innovation Award

Award: up to $100K

Global research and development at Sony enables us to foster innovative ideas, which could ultimately lead to future technology advancements and company growth. In order to speed up and expand the creation of new ideas, we would like to partner with universities. This partnership will help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize our own research and development. Topic areas include:

Information Technology
Computer Vision
Visual/Visualization
Audio, Music, Speech and Language Processing
Robotics
Communications
RF Sensing
Software and Security
System Architecture and Processor
Materials and Device Analysis/Simulation/Informatics
Metasuface Flat Optics
Photonic Neural Networks
Protein Engineering
Photo-responsive Active Materials
Urban and Field Plants
Quantum Sensing
Novel Optical Polymer
Biosignals/Affective Computing
Display Devices and Materials
Photonic Neural Networks
Biomedical and Life Science Applications
Digital Health
Life Science

Visit the link above to learn about sub-topics under each of these headings.

Sony Focused Research Award

Award: up to $150K

Solid research is the underlying driving force to crystallize fearless creativity and innovation. While we are committed to run in-house research and engineering, we are also excited to collaborate with academic partners to facilitate exploration of new and promising research. The Sony Focused Research Award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct this type of collaborative, focused research.

Topics for the focused research awards:

Manipulation Secure Image Sensing
Self-Supervised Learning for Spiking Neural Networks with Event base Vision Sensor
Deep Learning and Deep Fusion towards Automotive Scene Perception
Designing and Implementing Camera ISP Algorithms Using Deep Learning and Computer Vision
Robust Mesh Tracking for Volumetric Capture
Advanced Image Processing enabled by AI
Novel Actuator
Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Communications
Reconfigurable Reflector Type Materials
Individual Treatment Effect Estimation
Acoustic Metamaterials
Novel Technologies for GaN-based VCSELs
Intelligent Sensing of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Eligibility
We accept applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible) or researchers and are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in the Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply.

Deadline
9/15/20

Budgetary Guidelines
The Focused Research Award is limited to a maximum of $150K per proposal. The Faculty Innovation Award is limited to a maximum of $100K per proposal. This funding is a sponsored research grant that is to be used to conduct the research described in the proposal, and includes any overhead related to this research and any other fees or charges needed to carry out the research. Sony will not specify a maximum amount or percentage of the budget that may be allocated to overhead.

Submission Guidelines

The submitter must agree to the 2020 Sony Research Award Program Submission Terms and Conditions (click to see the PDF file) before you submit a proposal.
Submission must be done through the online submission form (click to open). Submissions by email will not be accepted. Submitters will automatically receive a confirmation email once they complete the online submission form and process. Please keep the confirmation email as proof of each submission.
Duplicate submissions will not be accepted for the same proposal title from the same PI.

The following information will be required in order to complete the online submission form for each proposal submitted.

Proposal information; proposal title, proposal file (11 pages maximum including proposal, references, and 1-page budget summary), and either one Focused Research Theme (if for the Focused Research Award) or one primary keyword (if for the Faculty Innovation Award).
PI's Information; PI's full name, PI's title, PI's CV file, PI's email address, and PI's department name.
Only for the US and Canada, please enter your SAT International Code for PI's university/institute (please find PI's SAT International code here). Please be careful to use the correct code because some schools have several codes to designate different programs or campuses. Also note that some school names use common abbreviations (e.g. INST for INSTITUTE) or simply truncate some words in the school’s name when searching for a school code. Please enter “0000” if you cannot find the four digit SAT International Code for your school.
Submitter's Information, if not the PI (optional); Submitter's full name and email address

Collaboration Opportunities
Corporate Engagement facilitates any connections between Northwestern faculty, students, and staff seeking support from corporations for the purposes of research, scholarship, and strategic engagement. Contact Jim Bray, (j-bray@northwestern.edu), Director of Corporate Engagement, for more information.

Cisco Research and Innovation

1) RFP-20-02: Global Conservation – Science and Technology Meet for Species Conservation

Brief Summary: The intersection between technology strategy and ecosystem conservation, referred to as techno-conservation, is an area of interest for Cisco. In this RFP, we are seeking multidisciplinary research teams to investigate and evaluate the intersection of science and technology to drive the advancement of biotelemetry; conservation of a variety of endangered or at-risk species (including terrestrial, aquatic, avian, et al.) and their environments and ecosystems; and the impacts of human activity on species and ecosystems (including chemical and acoustic pollution, deforestation, soil erosion, overfishing, etc.).

2) RFP-20-01: Global Conservation – Sustainable Economic Development
Brief Summary: The intersection between technology strategy and ecosystem conservation, referred to as techno-conservation, is an area of interest for Cisco. In this RFP, we are seeking systems researchers to investigate and evaluate new and evolving business strategies, economic models, and partnership models associated with technology evolution in the conservation industry.



PLEASE NOTE: Many corporations are extending application deadlines due to the COVID-19 situation. Please check the corporation’s website or email corporate@northwestern.edu for more information.
 

Fellowship and Award Opportunities:

 The Maria Goeppert Mayer post-doctoral fellowship opportunity at Argonne for those nearly done with their PhD. Argonne is a great post-doc location for research in energy storage, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, environmental science, and many other areas related to sustainability. Jennifer Dunn can help point interested students towards Argonne mentors with related research interests. The deadline for application is October 1, 2020.

Dr. Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship

The fellowship sponsors the participation of up to two young (undergraduate or above) U.S. or international students at a green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program. Applicants for the up to $2,000 Dr. Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry and give an oral or poster presentation at a green chemistry meeting of their choice.

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry

Travel awards, up to $2,000 each, are available for U.S. high school, undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in green chemistry research or education. The Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry expand the student’s green chemistry education through sponsoring their travel to give an oral or poster presentation at an American Chemical Society technical meeting, conference or training program.

Heh-Won Chang, Ph.D. Fellowship in Green Chemistry

Two fellowships are available for full-time graduate students who are currently conducting green chemistry research. Recipients of the $5,000 Heh-Won Chang, Ph.D. Fellowship in Green Chemistry must give an oral or poster presentation of their research at the annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 14-16, 2021, in Reston, VA. The research must focus on one of three areas:

•             The use of greener synthetic pathways. This focus area involves designing and implementing a novel, greener pathway for a chemical product.

•             The use of greener reaction conditions. This focus area involves improving conditions other than the overall design or redesign of a synthesis. Greener analytical methods often fall within this focus area.

•             The design of greener chemicals. This focus area involves designing and implementing chemical products that are less hazardous than the products or technologies they replace.

 

NORTHWESTERN | Office for Fellowships

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity

Schmidt Science Fellows Program

Please encourage your most qualified PhD students (or recent alumni) to submit an internal proposal for this prestigious funding opportunity.

Northwestern University will nominate five doctoral students/alumni for the Schmidt Science Fellows Program conducted in partnership with The Rhodes Trust.

The program allows students with extraordinary records of leadership in STEM to spend one year conducting research tangentially related yet pertinent to their doctoral work in a world class laboratory and participate in a series of global seminars. Fellows will enjoy a stipend of $100K and their conference expenses covered in full.

Doctoral students and alumni with a demonstrable record of leadership who have defended or will defend a Northwestern PhD between 30 April 2020 and 30 September 2021 should send e-pardoe@northwestern.edu a single PDF file that includes the following components: curriculum vitae, and two 1000 word statements (one research, one personal) in response to the attached prompts as well as three short proposals for potential postdoctoral Fellowship labs. The doctoral adviser and 4-6 additional recommenders should email confirmation of the applicant’s eligibility and a letter of support to the same address.

Materials must arrive by 8AM Central Time on Monday, 31 August to receive consideration.

Applicants will learn the outcome of the campus process and nominees will register their online applications by Monday, 30 September.

The nominees will have until Monday, 30 November to prepare their final applications.

Please review the program details below:

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
A one-year postdoctoral placement in a leading laboratory, anywhere in the world to undertake research at a distinct interdisciplinary pivot from your PhD

$100,000 USD personal stipend

Bespoke academic and professional mentoring with renowned international experts

A Global Meeting Series in international locations delivering training in:

Leadership & management
Personal effectiveness
Funding & finance
Broadening interdisciplinary perspectives
Engaging in society
Developing communities

 

Candidate criteria
In order to be eligible for nomination to the Schmidt Science Fellows application process, candidates must meet the following requirements1:

Have conducted their graduate degree in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics, or Computing – and all sub-disciplines therein.
Have completed, or expect to complete, all of the requirements for the conferral of their PhD in one of these fields between 30 April 2020 and 30 September 2021. 2
Be available for the entire period of the 2021 program, from July 2021 to July 2022 including attendance at each Global Meeting (whether virtual or in person, as conditions allow).

Individuals wishing to be considered for the Schmidt Science Fellows program must be nominated by a designated senior official at one of our nominating institutions.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all candidates. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, parental status marital or civil partner status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief.

Please note, the application and selection process, as well as the delivery of the Schmidt Science Fellows program, is only available in English and all engagement with the program must be in English.

Selection Criteria
We are looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computing who are interested in broadening their horizons, pivoting from their PhD research and pursuing a challenging and rewarding period of study with the world’s leading academics and institutions. Schmidt Science Fellows are expected to be future science leaders and should demonstrate a keen interest in harnessing interdisciplinarity, and interaction with wider society, to galvanize collaboration, and lead and inspire teams to accelerate discovery.

Applications for the Schmidt Science Fellows program will be judged against the following selection criteria:

Intellect
Extraordinary Achievement
Clear record of academic achievement of the highest quality in the sciences and an extraordinary degree of intelligence.

Scientific Curiosity
High degree of intellectual curiosity combined with energy and creativity; a record of continuous innovation and/or use of new technologies.

Programmatic Fit
Alignment with the Program
Interest in pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the applicant’s PhD discipline and a belief that interdisciplinary science and the taking of appropriate scientific risks are important for the advancement of discovery.

Collaborative Spirit
History of effective collaboration with diverse team members.

Leadership
Global Ambition for Social Good
Desire to use one’s personal talents and science to make a positive difference in society and the world.

Character and Leadership
Genuine and demonstrable potential for science leadership; displaying perseverance, resilience, a moral compass, and a galvanizing force of personality.

Following a rigorous screening and interview process, the second class of Schmidt Science Fellows will be selected and announced in the spring of 2021, and will begin the Program in the summer of 2021.

Contact
Please contact Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe, Director, Office of Fellowships (e-pardoe@northwestern.edu), with any questions.

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