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1 James P. Wicksted, Associate Director Oklahoma EPSCoR Presented at the Grant Writing Institute The Oklahoma History Center August 5, 2007 Oklahoma Higher Education Grantsmanship: EPSCoR’s Involvement

2 Brief Outline  Brief History and Overview  2007 Research Infrastructure Improvement Competition  EPSCoR Opportunities for Researchers

3 WHAT IS EPSCoR? Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research” EPSCoR is a merit based science and technology (S&T) initiative to improve the research capacity capability and competitiveness in states that historically have not received significant federal research and development (R&D) funding.

4 EPSCoR Mission To assist NSF in its statutory function to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.

5 Arkansas Maine Montana North Dakota South Carolina South Dakota West Virginia 1980 Alabama Kentucky Nevada North Dakota Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Dakota Vermont Wyoming 1985 Hawaii New Mexico 2001 U.S. Virgin Islands 2002 Delaware Rhode Island New Hampshire Kansas Nebraska Alaska Idaho Louisiana Mississippi South Dakota NSF EPSCoR State Participation By Year of Program Entrance

6 DISTRIBUTION OF NSF RESEARCH FUNDING AMONG 53 U.S. JURISDICTIONS (FY ) 0.00 – 0.75% 0.76 – 1.50% 1.51 – 2.25% 2.26 – 3.00% 3.01 – 3.75% 3.76 – 4.50% 4.51 – 16.0% % 32%59%

7 How EPSCoR Works Federal Agencies Request Research Proposals from EPSCoR States Universities Collaborate to Submit Proposal(s) Developed Proposals Submitted to Oklahoma EPSCoR Committee Selected Proposals are Submitted to the Federal Agency Federal Agencies Identify Areas of Research Needs Federal Agency Selects Proposals from EPSCoR States for Funding State EPSCoR Committee Solicits State Proposals

8 Federal Agencies with EPSCoR Programs

9 Active Oklahoma EPSCoR Awards $62.3 million - NIH IDeA COBRE FY00, FY02, FY03, FY04, FY05 Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) $17.95 million - NIH IDeA INBRE FY04 IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) $9 million - NSF EPSCoR FY05 Research Infrastructure Improvement Award $5.9 million – DEPSCoR FY03, FY04, FY05 $5.5 million - NASA EPSCoR FY01 $3.4 million – DOE EPSCoR FY04

10 National Science Foundation Research Infrastructure Improvement Grants: Supports infrastructure improvements in S&T areas selected by the state’s EPSCoR governing committee as being critical to its future R&D competitiveness. Current Research Themes: (i) Nanotechnology (ii) Plant Virus Biodiversity and Ecology Current Project: $9 million for 36 months – Frank Waxman, PI Co-Funding Initiative: Joint support of proposals submitted to the Foundation’s ongoing grant programs and special competitions (EPSCoR funds half of first $300 K and then 20% of funds above this amount) Outreach Initiative: Financial support for outreach visits of NSF staff to acquaint EPSCoR researchers with NSF priorities, programs and policies and to more fully acquaint NSF staff with the R&D resources residing within EPSCoR states.

11 Dr. Matthew Kane Program Director Division of Molecular Cellular Biosciences National Science Foundation

12 Plant Virus Biodiversity and Ecology (PVBE) Thorough understanding of virus biodiversity in an ecological context Profound advances in understanding ecology of both viruses and higher organisms

13 Nanotechnology  The Oklahoma goal is to be internationally competitive in selected areas of nanotechnology. Carbon nanotubes Fuel cell materials Optoelectronic devices  Improve infrastructure for nanoscale materials research at four campuses. Shared instrumentation Staff to implement instrumentation and instruct users  Spawn a NSEC, MRSEC (like C-SPIN), ERC or other federally supported research center via the Interdisciplinary Research Groups of the RII grant

14 EHR Outreach Initiatives Entrepreneurship  Entrepreneurial Workshops  Industry Internships  Business Plan Competitions  i2E Commercialization Vouchers Public Outreach  Research Day at the State Capitol  Partnerships Science Museums  Sci Tech Student Reporting Awards K-12 Student Development  Integrating GPS & GIS into K-12 Classroom  OSU Upward Bound Math & Science Center  K-12 Field Trips to Science Museums Postsecondary Outreach  Comanche Nation Math Tutor  Supplemental Instruction Program at Langston University  GRE Preparation at Langston University  Research Experiences for Undergraduates  Oklahoma Research Day for Regional Universities  Women in Science Conference  NSF SURE-STEP at University of Central Oklahoma  Travel for Students to Professional Meetings Faculty Development  Research Opportunity Awards - ROAs  Annual State Conference  Tallgrass Prairie Retreat  NSF Grants Workshop  Grant Writing Institute  OU Supercomputing Symposium  Coordinator for Grant Writing & External Funding Technical Assistance New Projects  Virtual Tours of OU Research Labs  CASMEO Summit Meeting  CASMEO Checkpoints Project  Stillwater Children’s Museum – “Museum Without Walls”

15 Department of Defense (DoD) DEPSCoR The DoD EPSCoR program (DEPSCoR) is administered through three DoD research agencies: Army Research Office (ARO) Office of Naval Research (ONR) Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) DEPSCoR is intended to take advantage of the state-based EPSCoR infrastructure improvement programs already in place. The program supports research to assist EPSCoR states to become more competitive for regular DoD research and training grants. Each state is permitted to submit a single package of up to 5 three-year proposals.

16 Active Oklahoma DEPSCoR Awards $5.9 Million 2006 Phased Array Weather Radar System (OU) Manybody Applications to Quantum Confined Systems (OU) Quantum Dot Nanocrystals (TU) 2005 Secure Framework for Sensor Networks (OSU) Ultracold Collisions Studied Using Translational Energy Distributions (OU) Security Certification Models (TU) Life Prediction of High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites of Aircraft Engine and Airframe Application (OSU) 2004 Integrated Target Detection, Tracking, Classification, and Learning for Dual-Band Infrared Imagery (OU) Novel Tunable Lead Salt Mid-Infrared Diode Lasers for Chemical Sensing (OU)

17 National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) The NASA EPSCoR research projects are closely related to one of NASA's four strategic enterprises: Aeronautics, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Earth System Science, and Space Science. The project clusters collaborate frequently with NASA's field installations and program offices. NASA awards up to $700K per state annually. The awards have a matching funds requirement and are guaranteed for three years, with the possibility of a two year renewal and Oklahoma’s grant was recently renewed.

18 Oklahoma 2001 NASA EPSCoR Award NASA Funding: $2.5 MillionOSRHE Match: $1.4 Million 1. Core funding for Research Infrastructure Travel Grant Awards Ten awards averaging $1,500 for faculty and students to visit a NASA Center for up to three days. Research Initiation Grants Five awards averaging $21,000 to help develop research ideas and initiate projects with researchers at NASA Centers of Excellence. Student Fellowship Awards Three awards of $7,333 to students who will work at least 20 hours per week in support of proposed research activities. 2. Second Generation Photocatalytic Oxidation Processes for the NASA Advanced Water Recovery 3. Development of Technology Addressing Power Generation and Storage Challenges Faced by NASA

19 Implementation Grants – provide six-year maximum funding of up to $750,000 per year to support a comprehensive statewide plan to build research capacity in targeted areas and to enhance the state’s human resource infrastructure. A minimum two-to one match is required on the part of the states. State-Laboratory Partnership Grants – awarded for one to three years up to $150,000 per year for collaboration by the state faculty with scientists from DoE national laboratories where unique capabilities are present. Minimum 10% match required by state.

20 DOE EPSCoR Oklahoma Center for High Energy Physics (OCHEP) was established in 2004 after receiving a DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grant PI: Dr. Satya Nandi – Oklahoma State Univ. (OSU) Co PI: Dr. Mike Strauss – Oklahoma Univ. (OU) Co-PI: Dr. Joel Snow – Langston Univ. (LU) Two major objectives of the initial DOE EPSCoR grant were: To initiate an experimental High Energy Physics (HEP) program at OSU To establish a Grid Computing Facility at OU

21 National Institutes of Health (NIH) IDeA Program  The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, established in FY 1993, is administered by NIH’s National Center for Research Resources. The program is similar in general intent to the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program. IDeA was designed to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for health research.  The IDeA program funded Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks (BRIN) in IDeA eligible states to further enhance the research capacity of institutions through collaborative partnerships to allow them to more fully participate in the competition for NIH awards. In 2004, the program was renamed IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).  COBRE Awards (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence) IDeA eligible states are invited to apply for this award to augment and strengthen the institutional biomedical research capabilities by providing support to expand and develop biomedical faculty research capability through support of a multi-disciplinary center.

22 Oklahoma NIH COBRE Awards - 64 Million (FY03) Biofilm Formation and Metabolism on Dental Surfaces - The Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to study microbial biofilm formation on natural and artificial dental surfaces. (FY02) Mentoring Vision Research in Oklahoma – The Center supports research to enhance knowledge and its translation to the treatment and prevention of debilitating and blinding eye diseases. (FY00 & 05) Center for Functional Genomics / Proteomics for Bacterial/Host Interactions – This Center is devoted to examining how infectious microorganisms cause disease and how the human host responds to infection. (FY04) Molecular Mechanisms and Genetics of Autoimmunity - This research will provide a much deeper level of understanding to human autoimmune diseases and will foster the independent career development of a strong group of Junior Investigators. (FY03) Post-Translational Modifications in Host Defense - This Center interfaces glycobiology with existing and emerging expertise in cardiovascular biology, bioengineering, and immunology. (FY00 & 05) Mentoring Immunology in Oklahoma: A Biomedical Program – This program provides mentoring to junior faculty, starter grants and joint research projects in the discipline of Immunology.

23 Major Research Projects (10) Cancer, Neuroscience & Micro & Immunology Cores and Facilities Bioinformatics Core (OUHSC) Microarray Facility (OMRF) MRI Facility (OMRF) OU Norman Bioinformatics/Microarray Satellite Facility OSU Bioinformatics/Microarray Satellite Facility TU Bioinformatics/Microarray Satellite Facility Undergraduate Institution Activities Research Projects Statewide Undergraduate Research Day Research Whip Multi-campus Bioinformatics Education Specialist Undergraduate Summer Research Program Collaborative Research Grants Faculty Mini Grants Equipment and Faculty Recruitment Fund Research Opportunity Awards Outreach Core Bioinformatics Faculty Position (OCCC) Science Faculty Position (Comanche Nation College) Summer Research Internships Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) $17.9 Million – Frank Waxman, PI

24 The University of Tulsa University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Oklahoma State University University of Oklahoma Northeastern State University Southwestern Oklahoma State University Langston University University of Central Oklahoma Cameron University Southeastern Oklahoma State University INBRE Participating Institutions Comanche Nation College Oklahoma City Community College Redlands Community College Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

25 NSF EPSCoR RII Grant Program  The purpose of an RII grant is to provide support for lasting improvements in a jurisdiction's academic research infrastructure and increased national competitiveness.  EPSCoR support is intended to add specific value to the jurisdiction's academic infrastructure not generally available through other funding sources.

26 Keys to Success  Successful infrastructure improvement plans are likely to be those that enhance academic R&D competitiveness among a jurisdiction's universities, including pragmatic plans for the generation of sustained non-EPSCoR support.  With EPSCoR support, it is expected that the improvement strategies will enable targeted research areas to become nationally competitive.

27 Oklahoma Selection Criteria Applicants should make a case that their project will build infrastructure that creates strategic fidelity and adds value at the institutional, jurisdictional and regional levels in research, education and innovation. A multi-disciplinary, multi-campus project that includes compelling outreach components along with a sustainability plan will be favored.

28 Budget Considerations  NSF budget: $3-5 million per year  Period of support: months  State Regents match: NA  Partition of funds will be approximately one- third for outreach and management activities and two-thirds for science theme(s)

29 Plan for 2007 Competition  Project Director regional meetings with scientific community (January OU, OUHSC, TU, OSU)  Plenary meeting: 5 minute presentations (40) – March 23  Project teams submit white papers (18) – April 11  Oral presentations to OK EPSCoR Comm. – April 25  One project selected by OK EPSCoR Comm. – April 27  NSF Releases RFA – Summer 2007  Oklahoma proposal submitted – October, 2007

30 BUILDING OKLAHOMA’S LEADERSHIP ROLE IN CELLULOSIC BIOENERGY Objective 1. Discover molecular mechanisms and tools for biomass development  Utilizing molecular-genetic, genomic and transgenic approaches to improve biomass accumulation and abiotic stress tolerance, and decrease lignin content in switchgrass  1.2. Functional genomic and molecular mapping approaches to identify expressed unigenes, major genes or QTLs for improved biomass production and reduced cell wall in switchgrass Objective 2. Effective conversion of biomass to liquid fuels  Microbial conversion  Catalytic/chemical conversion

31 EPSCoR Opportunities for Researchers  Single Investigator Proposals/New Projects  Research Opportunity Awards  Proposal workshops  I2e-commercialization vouchers

32 Long-Term Impact – Case Studies  Bruce Roe at OU purchased his first DNA sequencer with EPSCoR funds and went on to sequence human chromosome 22 and microbial and plant genomes.  Kelvin Droegemeier at OU received early EPSCoR support and is now the lead Oklahoma investigator on a recently funded NSF ERC, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, focused on the development of weather radar technology. Droegemeier is also a member of the National Science Board.  Michael Gilmore at HSC received his first external funding from NSF EPSCoR in 1986 for a project to study a membrane protein expressed by a soil bacterium. This launched a highly successful career in which Gilmore has competed for >$8 million in external funding for studies on antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Stephen McKeever at OSU also received his first EPSCoR funding in Through this funding, he established a luminescence dosimetry system leading to the development of a new model for charge photoelectric effects in quartz, which McKeever later applied to aluminum oxide. This in turn led to >$1.2 million in funding from Landauer Inc. and commercialization of a radiation dosimeter that has generated nearly $1 million in royalty income for the University.

33 Impact on State R&D Oklahoma entered the NSF EPSCoR Program in The EPSCoR vision of was to create Federal-State partnerships. Although EPSCoR certainly cannot claim sole credit for prompting Oklahoma to develop programs to exploit scientific discoveries, the increased awareness of S&T as a result of EPSCoR contributed to several State initiatives to enhance high tech economic development.  In 1987, the State-funded Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) was created. OCAST supports basic and applied research, small business assistance programs, business internships, and inventors assistance programs. In 2006, State funding was increased by $10 million bringing the annual appropriation to $23 million and permitting the formation of a Seed Capital Fund, the Oklahoma Plant Sciences Research Program, and the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project ($2 million).  In 1997, the State-funded Turning Innovation into Enterprise (i2E) was created. i2E provides direct support for technology commercialization.

34 Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs) GOAL 1: Provide funds ($10 K) and opportunities for faculty at Regional Colleges to conduct Research at Oklahoma’s Comprehensive Universities (OSU, OU, TU) GOAL 2: Encourage collaboration  Mauricio A. Sanchez of UCO worked with Dr. Feng C. Lai at OU on a project titled “Discrete Ordinate Simulation of the Propagation of Incident Flux In Aoritc Tissue”.  Dr. Xiaomin Ma of ORU worked with Dr. Hazem H. Refai at OU on a project titled "Summer Research on Vehicular Ad Hoc Wireless Communication System”.  Dr. Evan Lemley of UCO worked with Dr. Dimitrios V. Papavassiliou at OU on a project titled “Microfluidic Pressure Losses in T and Y Junctions”.  Dr. Mohamed Bingabr of UCO worked with Dr. Robert Rennaker at OU on a project titled “Auditory Nervous System Coding of Sound”.

35 Faculty Development Annual State Conferences – 195 faculty & students  Gather to share research results & future trends  Scientific poster session for both RII theme areas NSF Grants Workshops – 142 faculty & students  Nuts & bolts of grant writing  NSF Program Officers share info on directorates & funding opportunities Summer Grantwriting Institutes – 44 faculty  Faculty from regional universities are paired with mentors and complete at least one grant proposal during the institute  Attendees mentor other faculty on home campuses GOAL 1: Increase the number and quality of proposals submitted to NSF and other funding agencies GOAL 2: Encourage collaboration

36 Entrepreneurship GOAL: In collaboration with i2E, Inc., provide resources for students and faculty in pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities and support development of high tech business in the state OK Governor’s Cup Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition Competition sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds Foundation with partners including EPSCoR & i2E to encourage students to develop and implement businesses  Competition kick-off: “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” workshop  8 businesses launched by winners  One winner received $80K SBIR grant (USDA) I2E Commercialization Vouchers $1K vouchers to researchers for commercialization assessment of inventions  30 technologies assessed  7 resulted in new start-up companies

37 655 Research Parkway, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK Fax Oklahoma City Dr. Frank Waxman, State Director Dawn Scott, Administrative Coordinator Shelley Wear, Programs Coordinator Stillwater Dr. Jim Wicksted, Assoc. Dir. Valerie Pogue, Program Manager Pat Greer, Administrative Asst. 415 Whitehurst Stillwater, OK Fax Oklahoma EPSCoR Website Oklahoma EPSCoR


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