Volume 1, Issue 4, April 22, 2014
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IDRE's Technology Sandbox: Where Digital Researchers Come to Play

OSandbox users gather for happy hourpen to UCLA researchers, students, faculty and staff from a variety of academic fields, IDRE’s Technology Sandbox is a computing facility unlike any other. The Sandbox is hidden in an expansive labyrinth of rooms, offices and winding corridors, otherwise known as the Math Sciences Building. To gain entry, users must scan their handprint and input a four-digit code à la James Bond. Why so top-secret? Let’s just say some pretty cutting-edge digital research is being carried out behind the room’s highly secured double red doors. 

The Sandbox offers a wide range of computer modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), web programming, graphics, image processing and web authoring applications. At any given time, dozens of interdisciplinary projects are in the works. Researchers come from a wide range of disciplines, including digital humanities, computer science, architecture, urban planning and geography, amongst many others. Read the full story to learn about the unique research projects brewing in the Technology Sandbox.

News | Publications

Mobility and Modern Web Conference

The second annual Mobility and Modern Web Conference will take place September 17-19, 2014 at UCLA. Hosted by the UCLA Office of Information Technology, it will feature two days of exciting sessions, followed by a day of hands-on workshops, covering the latest trends of the modern web, including modern web technologies, interoperability, data collection, and gamification.

UC ReX: A UC Shared Data Resource

UC Research eXchange and its UC ReX Data Explorer tool have launched, now providing researchers and specialists access to cohort counts derived from de-identified clinical data collected at the point of care to improve medical care and advance research. Follow the link for informational webinar and eligibility.

UCLA Software Central - Discounted Software

Software Central manages UCLA-wide agreements for discounts on the software products and services commonly used in support of teaching and research. The first place to check for your software needs.



HPC and Statistical Computing Class Materials

Did you miss one of our workshops in high performance computing or statistical computing? Check out the lecture slides to get the information you missed:

Intro to Parallel Computing and OpenMP
Introduction to MPI
Running Parallel Jobs Efficiently

IDRE related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Stakeholder Alignment in Complex Systems: Aligning the Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences

The capacity for science to make progress on core societal challenges requires new forms of institutional agility, yet the track record for public-private partnerships, strategic alliances, consortia, and related multi-stakeholder initiatives is mixed. This talk presents data from several collaborative efforts targeting major societal challenges.  April 25 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

Introduction to CUDA

The objective of this introductory class is to give an introduction to CUDA. This session will be of particular interest to those who want to develop computational codes or port existing codes that may use GPUs as compute engine.  April 29 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

The Wide World of the Command Line

Windows and Mac OS might make command-line interfaces (like DOS) seem old-fashioned, but the command line is the only way to access some modern Digital Humanities tools. Getting the hang of the command line makes a larger set of tools available to you. This session will introduce the basics of the command line on Windows and Mac, from accessing files and running programs to some of the more fun things you can do with it that make it more powerful than a graphical interface. April 29 from 2pm - 3pm at the UCLA CDH Rolfe Lab, 2118 Rolfe Hall.

CTSI Webinar

Webinar: Developing Outreach and Broader Impacts Components for NSF Proposals 
April 29, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Young Research Library's Presentation Room.

Introduction to Parallel Computing

This session introduces basic parallel computing concepts and OpenMP, a widely used application programming interface (API) for shared-memory parallel programming.The covered topics include:
  • Basic concepts in parallel computing
  • Distributed-memory and shared-memory programming models
  • Work share constructs and clauses
  • Synchronization
  • Interaction with OS and hardware
April 30 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

Introduction to MPI

This session introduces MPI, a widely used application programming interface (API) for distributed-memory parallel programming. This session will be of interest to those who want to develop computational codes in a cluster environment. The covered topics include:
  • Data types and communicators
  • Point-to-point communication
  • Collective communications
  • Blocking and non-blocking operations, synchronization
  • Parallel file I/O
May 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

Computer Science Seminars

Jon Postel Distinguished Lecture: Virtual Instruction Set Computing
April 29 in 3400 Boelter Hall from 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm.

Information Studies Colloquium

Wendy Chun on Habitual New Media
April 24 in the Young Research Library Conference Room at 3:00 pm.

IDRE related Workshops & Events

Virtual Image Creation for Openstack

In order to use OpenStack cloud computing resource users need to have access to either publicly available images or custom made images. In this workshop you will learn how to create your own virtual images and modify them using the standard tools that are available in any Linux distribution. We will demonstrate how to upload these images into an OpenStack resource and boot a virtual instance using one of those custom made images. May 7 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

IPAM International Workshop on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation

The objective of this workshop is to bring together leading experts, junior researchers, students and practitioners with interest in the theoretical, computational and practical aspects of multiscale problems. The workshop will provide a forum to exchange and stimulate new ideas from different disciplines, and to formulate new challenging multiscale problems that will have impact in applications. April 25 - 27 at Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM).

Version control using git

A version control system is a software that records changes to a file or a set of files over time so that one can recall specific revisions later. This class will demonstrate the use of git, a powerful version control system used not only by professional code developers but also the broader scientific community. Popular web-based hosting services will also be discussed. This class is recommended for researchers who have not used version control software on a daily basis, or those who want to transition to git from other version control systems. May 8 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

Advanced Databases for Humanists

Humanistic data presents special challenges when we’re designing databases: database software is created to store information that can be described precisely, while humanities data is fuzzy and complex. Database software is targeted toward the present, while humanistic data often explores the distant past. This workshop will introduce designing fuzzy, complex databases. We will explore the special problems that humanistic data present and look at a number of case studies to see how we can approach these problems with better data design. May 13 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at UCLA CDH Rolfe Lab, Rolfe 2118.

Using the Hoffman2 Cluster

This session is appropriate for entry-level and mid-level cluster users. Possible covered topics include:
  • Overview of computational resources accessible to UCLA campus community
  • How to access and login to the Hoffman2 Cluster
  • How to complete various computational tasks on the Hoffman2 Cluster
  • How to efficiently submit and run jobs on the Hoffman2 Cluster
April 23 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. RSVP HERE.

The R User Conference 2014

The annual useR! international R User conference is the main meeting of the R user and developer community. Its program consists of both invited and user-contributed presentations:
  • The invited keynote lectures cover a broad spectrum of topics ranging from technical and R-related computing issues to general statistical topics of current interest.
  • The user-contributed presentations are submitted as abstracts prior to the conference and may be related to (virtually) any R-related topic.
The 2014 conference will be held at UCLA from June 30-July 3. Early registration deadline is May 5.

GIS Trainings and Workshops

IDRE's GIS team offers hands-on training and workshops on a variety of geo-spatial topics. Currently these workshops are offered on a per request basis. Find out what topics are offered, and request a workshop tailored to your needs.

Past Statistical Consulting Classes Available Online

Past statistical consulting workshops and classes, covering topics such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, Multilevel Modeling, Survey Data Analysis, Power Analysis and SUDAAN, are available online.

CTSI Drop-In Statistical Consulting

Faculty, clinical instructors, fellows, postdocs, students, research staff and residents welcome. Drop by for assistance with data analysis consultation, clinical-data-management consulting study design & power analysis, and software (SAS, R, SPSS) database help. Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in 16-111 CHS.

IDRE Walk-in Statistical Consulting

Walk-in statistical consulting is offered Monday through Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the DCP/Stat Lab, 4919 Math Sciences. Email consulting is also available.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

NSF | NIH | DOE | Federal | Nonfederal

NSF Opportunities:

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering

This year, the solicitation invites two types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. All proposals must address critical challenges for big data management, big data analytics, or scientific discovery processes impacted by big data. These techniques, methodologies and technologies can be computational, statistical, or mathematical in nature, and proposals may focus on novel theoretical analysis or experimental evaluation of these techniques and methodologies.
Deadline: June 9, 2014
Budget: $600,000 - $2 million

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution’s Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities.
Deadline: August 12, 2014
Budget: $100,000 - $600,000

Methodology, Measurement and Statistics (MMS)

The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences.
Deadline: August 18, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $3.7 million


The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from single-investigator projects to interdisciplinary team projects.
Deadline: November 7, 2014
Budget: Not listed

NIH Opportunities:

Advanced Development of Informatics Technology

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite Cooperative Agreement (U24) applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition,… more » management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research.
Deadline: June 18, 2014
Budget: Up to $2.5 million

Other Federal Opportunities:

Digital Projects for the Public

NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring humanities ideas alive for people of all ages and all walks of life. The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that are largely created for digital platforms. While these projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, you should apply to this program primarily to create digital projects or the digital components of a larger project. NEH is a national funding agency, so these projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. Projects can have specific targeted audiences (including K-12 students), but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.
Deadline: June 11, 2014 
Budget: $100,000

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States and the German Research Foundation are working together to offer support for projects that contribute to developing and implementing digital infrastructures and services for humanities research. In order to encourage new approaches and develop innovative methods in any field of the humanities, these grants provide funding for up to three years in any of the following areas: developing innovative methods as well as standards and best practices for building and merging digital collections that are significant and of major current interest for use in humanities research; developing and implementing generic tools, methods, and techniques for accessing and processing digital resources relevant to humanities research; creating new digital modes of scholarly communication and publishing that facilitate international cooperation and dissemination of humanities scholarship; and developing models for effectively managing digital data generated in humanities research projects (for example, texts, audio files, photographs, 3D objects) and exemplifying those models in case studies.
Deadline: September 25, 2014 
Budget: Up to $350,000

Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grants Programs - Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Grant Program

The ITL Grant Program provides financial assistance to support research in the broad areas of advanced network technologies, big data, cloud computing, computer forensics, information access, information processing and understanding, cybersecurity, health information technology, human factors and usability, mathematical and computational sciences, mathematical foundations of measurement science for information systems; a metrology infrastructure for modeling and simulation smart grid, software testing, and statistics for metrology.
Deadline: Continuous 
Budget: Up to $500,000

Non-Federal Opportunities
Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Symantec is accepting applications for the 2014 Fellowship. Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. A key goal of the program is to fund innovative research that has real-world value, in areas where Symantec conducts business. There are two award categories:
  1. Storage and Systems: areas such as storage, backup, virtualization, cloud computing, big data infrastructure, etc.
  2. Next Generation Security: cryptography, and security in areas of cloud, web, network, mobile, data center, big data analytics, networks etc.
Deadline: May 28, 2014
Budget: $20,000

Samsung's Global Collaboration: 2014 GRO Program

The Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program is SAMSUNG's academic research collaboration platform. The company annually invites researchers to submit innovative research proposals to foster collaborative relationships. Awards under the 2014 GRO Program are intended to provide contract-based financial support for selected research projects. The 2014 GRO Program is seeking proposals in twelve (12) Research Themes including: Sensor Technology, New Display, Machine Learning & Recognition, Next Generation Computing, Next Generation Web, Big Data & Network, Security, Functional Material, OLED Material, Next Generation Battery, Energy Harvesting, and Design & Service.
Deadline: June 13, 2014 
Budget: $70,000 - $100,000

Previously Announced Opportunities

NSF Opportunities:

High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as Resource Providers within the NSF eXtreme Digital (XD) program. The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by exploring new and creative approaches to delivering innovative computational resources to an increasingly diverse community and portfolio of scientific research and education. NSF's vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure, which supports Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering.
Deadline: May 14, 2014
Budget: $12 million

Development of Software and Analysis Methods for Biomedical Big Data

In response to the spectacular opportunities and immense challenges presented by the dawning era of "Big Data" in biomedical research, NIH has developed the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative with the mission of enabling the biomedical research community to use the various types of Big Data for research. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit development of analysis methods and software in the four topic areas of data compression/reduction, data visualization, data provenance, and data wrangling as part of the overall BD2K initiative.
Deadline: June 19, 2014
Budget: $300,000

Advances in Biological Informatics

The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance- or transform- research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts three major types of proposals: Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems, Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research, and Sustaining awards that seek to support ongoing operations and maintenance of existing cyberinfrastructure that is critical for continued advancement of priority biological research.
Deadline: August 12, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $14 million

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

CCF supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Budget: $500,000 - $3 million depending on size of project

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with the cooperation of NSF issued a broad, coordinated federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development to change the game; minimize the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering together with the computing, communications and information sciences. The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective. In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing both of these perspectives as well as proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Budget: Total estimated funding is $74.5 million. Award ceiling is $10 million

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines. The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates. The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods

The Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program supports the discovery and development of theoretical and computational methods or models to address a range of chemical challenges, with emphasis on emerging areas of chemical research. Proposals that focus on established theoretical or computational approaches should involve innovative additions or modifications that substantially broaden their applicability.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Civil Infrastructure Systems 

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports research leading to the engineering of infrastructure systems for resilience and sustainability without excluding other key performance issues. Areas of interest include intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of infrastructure systems, infrastructure management, construction engineering, and transportation systems. Special emphasis is on the design, construction, operation, and improvement of infrastructure networks with a focus on systems engineering and design, performance management, risk analysis, life-cycle analysis, modeling and simulation, behavioral and social considerations not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods. This program does not encourage research proposals primarily focused on structural engineering, materials or sensors that support infrastructure system design, extreme event modeling, hydrological engineering, and climate modeling, since they do not fall within the scope of the CIS program.
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Budget: Not listed

NeuroNEXT Infrastructure Resource Access

This FOA encourages proposals for biomarker validation trials or exploratory clinical trials of drugs, biologics, surgical therapies or devices that may contribute to the justification for and provide the data required to design a future trial to confirm efficacy (i.e., a Phase III trial) in the treatment of neurologic disease. Proposals for drugs or biologics should provide compelling scientific evidence that the investigational agent proposed for study will reach/act upon the designated target or that its mechanism of action is such that it will be of benefit in ameliorating a specific aspect of the disease.
Deadline: October 21, 2014
Budget: Not listed

CISE (Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering) Research Infrastructure

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class computing research infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. The CRI program supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-New) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions. Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well-positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.
Deadline: October 7, 2014
Budget: $50,000 - $3 million

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.
Deadline: October 28, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $20 million

Experimental Gravitational Physics

The Gravitational Physics program supports research at the frontiers of science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. The Experimental Gravitational Physics program supports research that includes tests on the inverse distance square law of gravitational attraction, Lorentz invariance and Equivalence Principle as well as the direct detection of gravitational waves. This program oversees the management of the construction, commissioning, and operation of the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO), and provides support for LIGO users and other experimental investigations in gravitational physics and related areas. This includes tasks that range from instrument science, data analysis and detector characterization to source population calculations and the connection between the gravitational waves and the electromagnetic and neutrino signatures of astrophysical events. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Theoretical Gravitational Physics

The Gravitational Physics program supports research at the frontiers of science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. The Theoretical Gravitational Physics program supports research on classical and quantum gravity theory, including gravitational wave source simulations and other phenomena associated with strong field gravity and the interface between gravitation and quantum mechanics. This includes formulating new approaches for theoretical, computational, and experimental research that explore the fundamental laws of physics and the behavior of physical systems and, in some cases, interpreting the results of experiments. The effort also includes a considerable number of interdisciplinary grants. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Mathematical Physics

Mathematical Physics develops and applies advanced mathematical methods to enable the solution of difficult problems in physics. It often is the work of mathematicians with a strong physics interest and intuition, or of physicists who are also highly regarded in mathematics. Very advanced mathematical methods are applied (by individuals or collaborators) to important but difficult physics concepts to rigorously establish the behavior of theoretical systems, resolve conundrums or find new directions. The PHY Mathematical Physics program is dedicated to supporting such research. Proposals to the Mathematical Physics Program are evaluated by a PHY Mathematical Physics Panel, composed of physicists and mathematicians expert in the many varied aspects of the field. The areas covered include fundamental quantum theory, quantum field theory, string theory, nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics, turbulence, chaos and complexity, and statistical physics. The importance of the mathematics is a critical consideration along with the merit and implications for physics of the application. A proposal for which the mathematics is mainly computational or standard, though it could be very sophisticated, may be more competitive for funding in another program. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Education and Interdisciplinary Research

Supports activities in conjunction with NSF-wide programs such as Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), and programs aimed at women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Further information about all of these programs and activities is available in the Crosscutting Investment Strategies section of the NSF Guide to Programs. The program also supports activities that seek to improve the education and training of physics students (both undergraduate and graduate), such as curriculum development or physics education research directed towards upper-level or graduate physics courses, and activities that are not included in specific programs elsewhere within NSF. The program supports research at the interface between physics and other disciplines and extending to emerging areas.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

LIGO Research Support 

The Gravitational Physics program supports research at the frontiers of science aimed towards answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. The LIGO Research Support program oversees the commissioning and operation of the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO), and provides support for LIGO users and other experimental investigations in gravitational physics and related areas. This includes tasks that range from instrument science, data analysis and detector characterization to source population calculations and the connection between the gravitational waves and the electromagnetic and neutrino signatures of astrophysical events. In addition, the program supports infrastructure activities such as short- and long-term visitor programs, workshops, and research centers involving the participation of external scientists from universities, national laboratories, and industry, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory

This program supports theoretical and computational materials research and education in the topical areas represented in DMR programs, including condensed matter physics, polymers, solid-state and materials chemistry, metals and nanostructures, electronic and photonic materials, ceramics, and biomaterials. The program supports fundamental research that advances conceptual, analytical, and computational techniques for materials research. A broad spectrum of research is supported using electronic structure methods, many-body theory, statistical mechanics, and Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations, along with other techniques, many involving advanced scientific computing. Emphasis is on approaches that begin at the smallest appropriate length scale, such as electronic, atomic, molecular, nano-, micro-, and mesoscale, required to yield fundamental insight into material properties, processes, and behavior and to reveal new materials phenomena.
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Expeditions in Training, Research and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data 

The long-range goal of EXTREEMS-QED is to support efforts to educate the next generation of mathematics and statistics undergraduate students to confront new challenges in computational and data-enabled science and engineering. EXTREEMS-QED projects must enhance the knowledge and skills of most, if not all, the institution's mathematics and statistics majors through training that incorporates computational tools for analysis of large data sets and for modeling and simulation of complex systems. Funded activities are expected to provide opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on experiences centered on CDS&E; result in significant changes to the undergraduate mathematics and statistics curriculum; have broad institutional support and department-wide commitment that encourage collaborations within and across disciplines; and include professional development activities for faculty or for K-12 teachers.
Deadline: November 5, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems

The Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) program invests in the design and analysis of intelligent and adaptive engineering networks, including sensing, imaging, controls, and computational technologies for a variety of application domains. EPAS places emphasis on electric power networks and grids, including generation, transmission and integration of renewable, sustainable and distributed energy systems; high power electronics and drives; and understanding of associated regulatory and economic structures. Topics of interest include alternate energy sources, the Smart Grid, and interdependencies of critical infrastructure in power and communications. The program also places emphasis on energy scavenging and alternative energy technologies, including solar cells, ocean waves, wind, and low-head hydro. In addition, the program supports innovative test beds, and laboratory and curriculum development to integrate research and education. EPAS invests in adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, neuromorphic engineering, telerobotics, and systems theory. The program supports distributed control of multi-agent systems with embedded computation for sensor and adaptive networks. EPAS provides additional emphasis on emerging areas, such as quantum systems engineering, quantum and molecular modeling and simulation of devices and systems. Proposals for the EPAS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.
Deadline: November 3, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Physics at the Information Frontier

Physics at the Information Frontier (PIF) includes support for data-enabled science, community research networks, and new computational infrastructure, as well as for next-generation computing. It focuses on cyber-infrastructure for the disciplines supported by the Physics Division while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, particle astrophysics, gravitational and biological physics. PIF provides support for physics proposals in three subareas: 1) computational physics, 2) data enabled physics, and 3) quantum information science and revolutionary computing.
Deadline: November 28, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Accelerator Science

The Accelerator Science program will support and foster research at universities that exploits the educational and discovery potential of basic accelerator physics research, and allows the development of transformational discoveries in this crosscutting academic discipline. In particular, this program seeks to support research with the potential to disrupt existing paradigms and advance accelerator science at a fundamental level, such as enabling discoveries that lead to novel, compact, powerful, and/or cost-effective accelerators. Key questions that this program will address include: what are the fundamental limitations affecting the acceleration, control, intensity, and quality of particle beams? What novel approaches can be employed to substantially increase accelerating gradients? How can developments in other fields lead to new approaches in accelerator science and beam physics? The goal of this program is to seed and support fundamental accelerator science at universities as an academic discipline, providing the foundation in knowledge and workforce upon which major advances in accelerator-driven technologies will be based.
Deadline: November 29, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

The Elementary Particle Physics (EPP) program supports particle physics at accelerators. EPP also supports advances in detector development and new methods of utilizing distributed computing in support of collaborative research, for example, grid development, both nationally and internationally. The program also engages K-12 educators, who participate in experiments with university scientists, staff and students.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $50 million

NIH Opportunities:

Research Education Grants for Statistical and Computational Training in the Genetics of Addiction

The purpose of this opportunity is to encourage applications focused on research education in statistical and computational models to address genetics-based problems in addiction. Eligible participants may include undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral level students and may include both US and non-US citizens.
Deadline: August 21, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling and Communication

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty.
Deadline: September 7, 2014
Budget: $275,000

DOD Opportunities:

DIA Innovation - Agency Wide BAA

DIA is interested in the full range and full scope of possible “innovative ideas” from all interested and qualified sources, to include participation by, and potentially with both “traditional and non-traditional” members (e.g. large businesses, small businesses, independent consultants, academic institutions, consortium participants, other) that may assist the agency in maximizing operating efficiency and effectiveness in operations, or otherwise provide preeminent technological and/or innovation capability that most capably allows the agency to support its mandated national and international mission related requirements. Types of instruments that may be awarded include: Procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, technology investment agreements, and other transactions for prototypes.
Deadline: November 26, 2014
Budget: Not listed

DOE Opportunities:

Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Multiscale Integrated Modeling for Fusion Energy Science

The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announce their interest in receiving applications from collaborative groups of investigators for developing an integrated simulation capability for fusion energy science. More specifically, applications are solicited for the development of advanced multiphysics and multiscale integrated simulation capabilities for magnetically confined plasmas addressing problems of direct relevance to burning plasma science and ITER. While developing a full Whole Device Modeling (WDM) simulation capability is beyond the scope of this FOA, this is intended to be a first step toward this goal. Responsive applications are expected to integrate the most critical physical processes across all relevant regions and on all relevant temporal and spatial scales, using an appropriately justified combination of fir st principles models and high physics fidelity reduced models. Simulation codes should be able to exploit the massive concurrency of the SC leadership class computing facilities and not merely their high capacity. Applications focused solely on the development of computational frameworks are not responsive to this FOA.
Deadline: May 2, 2014
Budget: Not listed

FY 2014 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $400 million

Other Federal Opportunities:

Information Innovation Office-Wide BAA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice. See Full Announcement, DARPA-BAA-13-32 (I2O Office Wide) pdf for further details.
Deadline: June 25, 2014 
Budget: Not listed

Microsystems Technology Office-Wide

This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing Microsystems Technology Office-Wide programs or other published BAA solicitations.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Non-Federal Opportunities
UCLA CTSI - Funding Opportunities

In order to strengthen current research aims, UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers opportunities through assistance with grants and career openings to doctors and researchers who align themselves with the goals and methodologies of translational research. Several opportunities are currently available.
UCLA Office of Information Technology
Institute for Digital Research and Education
310-825-6635 |
5308 Math Sciences
Box 951557, Mail Code 155705
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557

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