Clear Roads - Developing Test Bed Software to Qualify Plug and Play Technology
Clear Roads has been leading a collaborative effort called the Plug and Play Initiative to develop a universal bi-directional communications protocol for in-cab electronics, regardless of the manufacturer or service provider. Establishment of this protocol will mutually benefit Clear Roads member states and their vendors by standardizing how critical operational data are shared on modern snow and ice vehicles, namely between compatible AVL devices and anti-icing/deicing joystick and spreader controller systems.
The goal of this project is to develop a software suite that will be used to validate and certify candidate spreader controllers and AVL equipment for compliance with the Clear Roads Universal In-Cab Performance Specification and Communications Protocol. The suite will be composed of three components:
1. SQL database: Stores test parameters and vendor/equipment information.
2. Web portal: Web application used by equipment vendors to complete the certification process, and by Clear Roads members to administer and view lists of compliant equipment and test results.
3. Device test application: A Microsoft Windows application that performs the tests on the device, provides feedback to the user, and communicates results to the SQL database via the web portal. Vendors will download the device test application installation package via the web portal.
Project tasks include conducting a needs assessment, developing the software suite, pilot-testing the software, and developing a user guide and other documentation. The selected contractor will host the software suite; it will be linked to the Clear Roads website. Proposals must include annual maintenance costs. This will be a 2-year contract with the possibility to renew annually for up to an additional 5 years.
Proposal Deadline: August 31, 2015
For more information visit the Clear Roads webpage.
Purchasing Computing Devices with Federal Funds under the New Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Parts 200.20 and 200.453)
Computing devices are machines used to acquire, store, analyze, process, and publish data and other information electronically and include accessories (or peripherals) for printing, transmitting and receiving, or storing electronic information. Computing devices costing less than $5,000 are not considered equipment and therefore are treated as supplies and materials. Therefore, if a computing device is to be acquired for use in the performance of a federal award, the computing device may be charged to the federal award provided that:
Determining whether a computing device is essential – The Principal Investigator should consider (and document) whether performing the work under the award without the computing device would be difficult and inefficient. An important measure of this is determining (and documenting) whether the anticipated cost of performing the work without the computing device is greater than the combined cost of performing the work plus the cost of acquiring the computing device.
- it is essential (i.e., necessary) to performing the work under the award, and
- the cost is allocable and reasonable.
Determining whether a computing device is allocable to a federal award – If a computing device is essential to and will benefit a federal award, it is allocable to that award. The cost may be allocated to a federal award even when its usage is not solely dedicated to it. However, the Principal Investigator should first consider the amount of benefit of the computing device to the project, and the cost should be allocated proportionally with a reasonable cost allocation methodology.
Determining whether the cost of a computing device is reasonable – The Principal Investigator must make an informed, prudent decision, taking into consideration not only the cost, but the utility, quality and value of the device to the project.
If a computing device is not essential to a federal award, it is not allocable (in whole or in part) as a direct cost to that award. In such cases, the computing device is considered to be a “general use” item and must be treated as an indirect cost expense (just like paper, pens and other general use supplies), and charged to an appropriate institutional funding source.
Please remember that all expenses charged to federal awards must conform to the cost principles specified in the OMB Uniform Guidance. Please consult with the Office of Research Administration if you should have any questions about whether you may charge a specific expense to federal funds.
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense has announced the following new funding opportunities:
Department of the Army - USAMRAA
FY15 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Topic Areas: Acupuncture, Advanced Prosthetics, Burn Pit Exposure, Cardiovascular Health, Congenital Heart Disease, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, Healthcare-Acquired Infection Reduction, Hepatitis B, Hydrocephalus, Integrative Medicine, Metals Toxicology, Mitochondrial Disease, Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration, Osteoarthritis, Pathogen-Inactivated Dried Plasma, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Psychotropic Medications. Respiratory Health (excludes lung cancer and mesothelioma), Sleep Disorders, Vascular Malformations, Women’s Heart Disease
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Clinical Trial Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Discovery Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Focused Program Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Investigator-Initiated Research Award
DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Procter & Gamble Company (P&G)
The Procter & Gamble Fund Higher Education Grant Program has been established to provide support for efforts of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities that will better prepare students for success in business. Grants will be provided for specific projects or programs, not for operating support. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Improving curriculum to be at the cutting edge in relevance and effectiveness;
- Fostering and enabling leadership opportunities and learning;
- Creating a learning environment that encourages and enhances innovation and creativity;
- Strengthening diversity in thought, participation and ongoing interaction.
In fairness to all participating institutions, there is a limit of two applications per discipline (i.e., two applications from the School of Business, two applications from the School of Engineering, etc.). For example, the program will accept an application from a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an application from a Professor of Chemical Engineering from the same College/University. If the program receives more than two applications from the same discipline, the program will ask the applicant's Dean to select the two that will be submitted for the competition.
Based on the scope of the project, grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded. Awards are for one year only. The grant money must be used as described in the grant application and should not be use to cover overhead cost, stipends or fellowships. One college or university may apply for multiple grants supporting multiple programs but may not receive more than $50,000 in one year.
The application deadline is September 30, 2015
For more information visit the P&G webpage.
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Offers Support for Early Career Scholars
|A program of the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants, primarily for scholars early in their careers.|
The program offers three competitions:
1) Pre-dissertation Summer Travel Grants for Research in China are designed to enable doctoral candidates to spend three to four months in 2015 gaining familiarity with work under way in archives and field sites in China and to establish formal and informal relations with Chinese institutions and colleagues in preparation for subsequent full-time research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a university in the U.S. Grants provide $5,000 for costs associated with travel to China (air and ground transportation, visas, and living expenses).
2) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for scholars in preparing their Ph.D. dissertation research for publication or in embarking on new research projects. Funding supports work based on the applicant's research in China, with the aim of producing a scholarly text in English. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a Ph.D. from any institution. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by November 4, 2015, and conferred by May 31, 2016. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must have an affiliation with a university or college in the U.S. The applicant's Ph.D. degree must have been conferred no more than eight years before the application deadline. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Fellowships provide up to $50,000 for a maximum of one academic year and a minimum of one semester. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs.
3) Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants of up to $15,000 provide opportunities for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of texts that are essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Awards may be used to support the travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Each member of the organizing team must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a Ph.D. from any institution. Workshops must be held at a location in the U.S.
Application Deadline: November 4, 2015
For more information visit the ACLS webpage.
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