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USICA Working Groups, America the Beautiful Proposal Opportunity, Grant Writing News, and Upcoming NSF Webinars

USICA Working Groups

The Division of Research and Economic Development is convening working groups around 10 key technology thrust areas called out in the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). This initiative is driven by the investments outlined in both the Senate-passed USICA act (~$250B) and the House-passed COMPETES act (~$300B), which are currently under reconciliation. Both propose to invest heavily in basic research, regional technology, and workforce development through the US Department of Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and the DOE National Laboratories. As an example, a large portion of the funding ($81B) is allocated for the NSF, including the newly established NSF TIPS directorate.

For this initiative, we have established technical leads for the working groups around areas of expertise (in bold) within the 10 key technology thrust areas identified in the US Innovation and Competitive Act. The goal behind the working groups is to better position ourselves once funding is released to the NSF, the Department of Commerce, DOE, and other federal agencies.

  1. AI, machine learning, and other software advances – Tim Andersen
  2. HPC, semiconductors, and advanced computer hardware – Cathie Olschanowsky
  3. Quantum computing and information systems – Paul Simmonds
  4. Robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing– Harish Subbaraman
  5. Natural and anthropogenic disaster prevention or mitigation– Nick Hudyma
  6. Advanced communications technology – TBD
  7. Biotechnology, genomics, synthetic biology, and medical technology – Eric Hayden
  8. Cybersecurity, data storage, and data management technologies – Liljana Babinkostova
  9. Advanced energy, batteries, and industrial efficiency – Claire Xiong
  10. Advanced materials science, engineering, and exploration – Elton Graugnard

The Division of Research and Economic Development invites you to participate in any of the working groups that align with your research area, scholarship, and/or professional interests. As each thrust embraces convergent approaches to research and development — from basic research, applied research, and commercialization, to workforce development — we encourage campus-wide participation. We also welcome the formation of working groups around topic areas that do not currently have a lead. If you are interested in leading one of these areas, please contact Chad Watson (

We will convene the working groups (through June) for a half-day working session to workshop ideas and establish teams with overlapping interests toward the development of white papers. A small stipend will be made available for teams that have a fully formed white paper by the end of July.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the working groups, please complete the below google survey by May 25.

Link to the google registration form.


America the Beautiful Proposal Opportunity

Hello Resource Nexus for Sustainability community!  

We are writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity that was recently released as an RFP from the White House. Specifically, the “America the Beautiful Challenge 2022 Request for Proposals“.  If you are interested in potentially submitting, there are opportunities to learn more via a webinar next week (see details below). Proposals are due by Thursday, July 21, 2022, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  

What we can do to help you apply: The School of the Environment, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Vice President for Research are looking for interested individuals or teams that would like to pursue the creation and submission of proposals to this RFP.  Based on volume, we can help pull together teams and assist in the submission effort.

What to do if you are interested in applying to the “America the Beautiful Challenge”: Please reach out to us using this form if you are interested. The form will ask you to provide your contact information, a brief description of the idea/project you would like to pursue (draft title and a few sentences), what scale of project you are thinking of (e.g. $100K, $1M, etc.) and who the participants are/might be.  

Applicant Webinar: Thursday, May 19, 2022, Noon – 2:00 PM Mountain Time (Registration link)


Research Development & Grant Writing News

The May 2022 issue of this valuable newsletter is now available via the Albertsons Library: (Bookmark this page for future reference.)

This month’s Featured Articles:

  • Select List of Humanities, HSS, and Arts Opportunities & News
  • USDA Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2022-2026
  • Planning Your CAREER Education Component 
  • What Does A Successful ERC Proposal Look Like? 
  • DOEnergy Funding Directions 202
  • How a Good Website Can Help Faculty Win Grants

Regular Features:

  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

The Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter is available to faculty, staff, students, and affiliates with log-in access to the Albertsons Library. This subscription is sponsored by the Division of Research and Economic Development with support from the Albertsons Library.


Registration for Upcoming NSF Webinars to Support Prospective Proposal Writers

NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The NSF Virtual Grants Conference is a great opportunity to learn about NSF programs and initiatives, future directions and strategies, proposal preparation and merit review process information. The conference is free.

June 6, 2 PM ET through June 10, 4 PM ET

Registration Link

Discovery Research in PreK-12 Education (DRK-12) Program

CADRE will host a DRK-12 Program & Proposal Submission Webinar, led by NSF. The DRK-12 Program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of STEM and computer science by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches.

June 16, 1-2 PM ET

Registration Link

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

NSF is hosting a NSF CAREER Proposal Submission Logistics Webinar. The CAREER Program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

May 26, 2022, 2-3:30 PM ET

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program

STELAR is hosting a NSF ITEST Proposal Conceptualization: Ingredients of a Competitive ITEST Proposal webinar, led by NSF. The ITEST program seeks to advance the equitable and inclusive integration of technology in the learning and teaching of STEM from preK through high school.

June 2, 1-2:30 PM ET

Registration Link