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  • Question: May 18, 2016

    What is the anticipated project start date or funding date? Is a proposed project start date of 8/1/2016 reasonable?

    Answer:

    We anticipate starting this funding opportunity in the fall of 2016.

  • Question: May 18, 2016

    I am a postdoctoral researcher at a HBCU/MI University. Am I eligible to submit a whiteletter as a PI?

    Answer:

    The HBCU or Minority Serving Institution is authorized to submit the whitepaper. It is up to the school to determine who will be the PI for the whitepaper submission. There is no provision preventing you from being the PI, if the institution authorizes and submits it with you identified as the lead.

  • Question: May 18, 2016

    From the alliance page, it showed that not only was Dr. Ramesh the consortium manager, but also the experimentalist. Since our work is experimental, does this mean that we would be collaborating directly with him, or someone else in the alliance?

    Answer:

    You might end up collaborating with a broad group of experimentalist and/or modelers throughout the MEDE collaborative alliance depending on the work you propose in the whitepaper. As stated in other Q&A’s on this site, you are not required to find a collaborator at this stage.

  • Question: May 18, 2016

    Can I expect active participation from the collaboration members in meetings, shared research or visits?

    Answer:

    If your work is chosen for funding under this effort, there will be extensive collaboration in meetings, shared research, and visits. Both ARL and the current CRA Members will collaborate in the work.

  • Question: May 18, 2016

    How should we budget the 30% (150k out of 500k) used by existing member? Is this something that ARL withholds and we should run our budget as 350k, or is there someone we should identify to receive it from us. Payments from our Grants office are often delayed if not specified exactly, so I would like to avoid any future confusions.

    Answer:

    Your whitepaper (and budget submission with it) should be for the funding allocated to your institution. The 30% allocated for the Consortium members will be added in by the Consortium when the favorable whitepapers are turned into proposals. The HBCU/MI will not be involved in that unless the Consortium has questions on the HBCU/MIs portion. Finally, if selected, guidance on invoicing/payment will be provided by the consortium lead organization, through which the work will be funded as a sub-award.

  • Question: May 18, 2016

    Because there are four different categories of materials the alliance is working in, and our technology could be used for any of them, how should we address the specifics in our proposal, or should I leave it open?

    Answer:

    Your whitepaper should address your approach and how it would address the goals of the MEDE program. It is your choice as to whether or not you downselect to one or two materials for your whitepaper to emphasize the benefits to those specific materials, or you could show the breadth of your approach for all materials classes. Whichever case you think best demonstrates your approach should be chosen.

  • Question: May 16, 2016

    Are references included in the 5-page limit of this whitepaper submission or would references not be counted in the page limit?

    Answer:

    No

  • Question: May 15, 2016

    The solicitation states "With the exception of HBCUs ..., an institution must apply to the DoEd for Title III or Title V eligibility." My understanding is that, if my institution is a HBCU (which is the case), letter of eligibility is not required. Is my understanding correct? Thanks.

    Answer:

    HBCU’s and Tribal Colleges are not required to submit a DoEd letter of eligibility in order to meet eligibility criteria. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a designated HBCU.

  • Question: May 13, 2016

    In our white paper, our budget outline should ONLY state the sub-total amounts? For example: 1) faculty salary $ 40K, 2) student support, $ 180K, 3) partner/sub-awards, $100K, 4) overhead $ 60K. Do you need more details such as overhead rates or how many students to be supported ? Of course, the sub-awardee needs a similar budget outline also.

    Answer:

    Please provide as much budget information as possible to justify the amounts quoted in your whitepaper submission. Provide us a clear picture of how the funding will be used. We need to know what is the rationale and justification for the budget you are proposing.

  • Question: May 13, 2016

    Can we get a list of Cyber Security CRA publications for the topic on Model Learning? Thanks.

    Answer:

    The Cyber CRA topic on Model Learning is related to the CRA's work on the "Operations Model;" a few select publications follow: 1. P. McDaniel et al. Towards a science of secure environments. IEEE Security & Privacy. July/Aug 2014 2. A. Oltramari et al. Building an ontology of cyber security. In 9th Conference on Semantic Technologies for Defense, Intelligence and Security 2014. 3. A. Oltramari, J. Cho. ComTrustO: Composite Trust-based Ontology Framework for Information and Decision Fusion. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of Information Fusion, July 2015 4. P. McDaniel, R. Walls. Estimating Attack Intent and Mission Impact from Detection Signals. Workshop on Cyber Attack Detection, Forensics and Attribution for the Assessment of Mission Impact, 2015. 5. A. Oltramari et al. Computational Ontology of Network Operations. Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2015 1. N. Papernot et al. Enforcing Agile Access Control Policies in Relational Databases Using Views. Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2015 2. D. Pohly et al. Adaptive Protocol Switching Using Dynamically Insertable Bumps in the Stack. Proc. IEEE MILCOM 2015

  • Question: May 13, 2016

    1. The solicitation does not indicate the process after WP selection. If my WP is selected for 'inclusion in a proposal submission to ARL leadership', will I be asked to help with preparation of that proposal? If so, what is the time line? 2. If my WP-proposal is selected for funding, when will I be informed of that decision? 3. Can an existing HBCU-MI member in a current CTA/CRA submit to this solicitation? Is this encouraged or discouraged? 4. Is it desirable to submit a WP jointly with a PI in the appropriate CTA/CRA?

    Answer:

    1) Maybe. If your whitepaper is selected and additional questions arise, you may be contacted. The timeline for this proposal development period is anticipated to be ~8 weeks. 2) If you are selected for funding, you will be notified in the fall of 2016. 3) Yes, they are eligible. 4) While you may submit a whitepaper jointly with a PI in the appropriate CTA/CRA, this is not necessary. As stated in the announcement, the CAM the Consortium leadership will be reviewing whitepapers for possible proposal submission to ARL leadership for funding.

  • Question: May 12, 2016

    Hello, could you clarify if the whitepaper should be submitted by the grants office of the lead institution or by the PI personally? Also, what is the start date of the project? Thanks very much.

    Answer:

    The whitepaper should be submitted by an authorized representative of the institution. We anticipate starting this funding opportunity in the fall of 2016.

  • Question: May 12, 2016

    Does a list of cited references count towards the 5 page limit?

    Answer:

    No

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    I understand and concur that majority of research work, funding should remain with HBCU/MI and lead after the 30% for collaborating efforts with ARL consortium manager university. I request and appreciate your clarification on two possible scenarios below. 1. After 30% of $500K to consortium manager university, can a maximum of 19 - 20% of $500K be a possible sub-award for a partner non-HBCU university? or 2. Of the $350K possible for HBCU/MI lead (after 30% of $500K funding to ARL consortium manager university for collaborating efforts), Can a maximum of 30% of this HBCU/MI funding of $350K be a possible sub-award for a partner non-HBCU university? This is the same 30% from HBCU/MI lead funding as for collaborating efforts with ARL consortium manager university?

    Answer:

    The funding announcement indicates that a portion of funding (~$350K) is to be allocated to the lead HBCU/MI institution. Collaborations between a partner non-HBCU university as a sub-award to the HBCU/MI as part of the HBCU/MI whitepaper submission (out of the portion of funding allocated to the lead HBCU/MI) are allowed and no specific funding percentages have been stipulated for such. However, note that the purpose of the ARL HBCU/MI PRI program, consistent with 10 USC 638, is to provide technical assistance to qualifying institutions. Therefore, the HBCU/MI is expected to be substantially involved in the whitepaper effort."

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    I am working with one of our faculty regarding the submission of a White Paper Call for the Focus Topic Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments. Per the ARL HBCU/MIPRI research opportunity, it indicates "A copy of the DoEd letter dated January 2016 or later certifying eligibility for Title III or Title V assistance must be included with each Whitepaper submitted under this program." Our institution, The University of Texas has this letter of Eligibility, however it is dated December 2015 for a Fiscal Year 2016. We have concern that it does not have a January 2016 date, may we still proceed with a submission using the December 2015 letter?

    Answer:

    Yes. If your school’s DoEd letter of eligibility indicates a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants. HBCU’s and Tribal Colleges are not required to submit a DoEd letter of eligibility in order to meet

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    North Carolina Central University is a known HBCU, and so we are NOT required to submit a DoEd letter with the whitepaper. Is that correct? Are we required to find a collaborator at some of the Army Research Laboratories to be eligible to submit a whitepaper for this ARL HBCU PRI program?

    Answer:

    Yes. If your school’s DoEd letter of eligibility indicates a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants. HBCU’s and Tribal Colleges are not required to submit a DoEd letter of eligibility in order to meet eligibility criteria. You are not required to find a collaborator. You are encouraged to communicate with the CAM or Consortium Manager for the collaborative research programs identified as part of this opportunity to develop your white paper(s). They can provide feedback on questions on collaborations and be a great resource.

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    The University of Texas at Arlington’s designation letter from, the Department of Education for FY 2016 (7/1/16-6/30/17) is dated December 3, 2015 – can you please clarify if the “dated” requirement below refers to the period covered by the waiver or the actual date of the letter?

    Answer:

    Yes. If your school’s DoEd letter of eligibility indicates a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants. HBCU’s and Tribal Colleges are not required to submit a DoEd letter of eligibility in order to meet eligibility criteria.

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    I'm interested in competing for this funding opportunity. I was an Assistant Professor at University of Houston (UH) and recently moved to University of California, Irvine (UCI). UH is a Minority-Serving Institution, but UCI is not. I'm wondering if I'm eligible to submit a proposal as PI from UCI in collaboration with Co-PI(s) at UH?

    Answer:

    The institution that is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MI) or HBCU would have to submit the white paper for this funding opportunity. You can participate as part of the collaborative research team, but the lead PI should be from the MI/HBCU submitting the proposal.

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    Would you know when the full proposal submission deadline would be or would the full proposals be by invitation only pending the review of the white papers that are due June 8? In addition, is this a limited submission, ie only a certain number are to be submitted by the institute, similar to the DoD HBCU-MI program that was competed in 2015?

    Answer:

    Please refer to the announcement under the section entitled “Process: 1, 2, and 3” where whitepapers and proposals are detailed. Any further discussion or clarification on process, timelines, and collaborations should be with the CAM or Consortium Manager in one of the six collaborative research programs. There is no limit on the number of white paper submissions. Please refer to the announcement under the section entitled “Process: 1.”

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    We would like to apply to this program as a lead institution – may we include collaborators from other non MSI institutions?

    Answer:

    Please keep in mind the funding limits to ensure enough resources remain with the lead researcher and HBCU/MI institution to execute the research. (see “FUNDING” paragraph in announcement for specifics)

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    Is there any citizenship requirement on PI/Co-PIs for this white paper call?

    Answer:

    There is no requirement for U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency. We are seeking white paper submissions that involve cutting-edge research using the appropriate level of researcher at an institution. In most cases, that person (i.e., the PI or lead investigator) is faculty of the institution.

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    Dear Colleagues, I’m in progress to write a white paper based on your current solicitation (http://www.arl.army.mil/www/pages/2888/ARL-HBCU-MI-PRI-Announcement.pdf) . I’m a material scientist and working for UNLV ( University of Nevada Las Vegas and eligible minority institution). I’d like to propose a new program entitled as “High Adsorption Capacity New Breakthrough Composites for Radioactive Water Decontamination Under Extreme Dynamic Environment and Rate Tolerant Conditions”. I’m looking for ARL partnership who is familiar for modeling, experimental design. The solicitation stated “ up to 30% may be used by existing members of the associated ARL Program to foster a collaborative research environment …...) Can you recommended me anybody from ARL existing partnership who may be interested to join to my white paper. Best Regards, Laszlo Laszlo T. Németh Ph.D. Department of Chemistry University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4505 South Parkway Maryland, Box 454003 Las Vegas, NV 89154-4003 cell 847-521-0525 nemethlaz@gmail.com

    Answer:

    No specific recommendations will be made. However, we do encourage you to directly contact the CAM or Consortium Manager in your topic area as a resource and to obtain helpful feedback on your proposed submission.

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    If the lead PI is from HBCU and the Co-PIs are not, do the non-HBCU institutions in this collaboration need to submit DoEd letters? Thanks. -James

    Answer:

    No.

  • Question: May 11, 2016

    Hello, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher affiliated with a HBCU/MI University. Is it possible for me to submit a white letter as a PI? Thank you.

    Answer:

    The HBCU or Minority Serving Institution is authorized to submit the whitepaper. It is up to the school to determine who will be the PI for the whitepaper submission. There is no provision preventing you from being the PI, if the institution authorizes and submits it with you identified as the lead.

  • Question: May 09, 2016

    I am a postdoctoral researcher (temporary employee) affiliated with a HBCU. Can I submit a whitepaper as a PI? Thank you.

    Answer:

    The HBCU or Minority Serving Institution is authorized to submit the whitepaper. It is up to the school to determine who will be the PI for the whitepaper submission. There is no provision preventing you from being the PI, if the institution authorizes and submits it with you identified as the lead.

  • Question: May 05, 2016

    We are two professors in Math/CS in the minority serving institutions (HBCU/MI) (CUNY). We are thinking of applying for PRI: HBCU/MI. We are both US citizens and both specializing in Cybersecurity. Would it be possible for us to come to your organization and speak to a cognizant officer to clarify some questions we have? Best regards, Delaram Kahrobaei (City Tech) and Vladimir Shpilrain (City College of New York) Delaram Kahrobaei, Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics (City Tech) Doctoral program in Computer Science (CUNY Graduate Center) City University of New York Director of C-LAC(Center for Logic, Algebra and Computation) https://wfs.gc.cuny.edu/DKahrobaei/www/

    Answer:

    You are encouraged to communicate with the CAM or Consortium Manager via email and telephone for the collaborative research programs, rather than on-site visits. The CAMs/Consortium Managers can provide feedback on questions on collaborations, technical matters, and be a great resource in these ways in an effective manner. It is not viable to schedule individual appointments with all interested parties, so to be efficient and fair, email and telephone communications are preferred.

  • Question: May 05, 2016

    I am interested in the Category 6. MATERIALS IN EXTREME DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ALLIANCE (CRA). Can you please provide the contact information for the CAM or Consortium Manager for this category? Thanks

    Answer:

    Please contact: Cooperative Alliance Manger Dr. John H. Beatty john.h.beatty3.civ@mail.mil Consortium Manager Dr. K.T. Ramesh Johns Hopkins University ramesh@jhu.edu

  • Question: May 04, 2016

    Is it ok for existing HBCU/MI institutions (that are already part of a program such as the NS-CTA) to apply via this initiative ?

    Answer:

    Yes, they are eligible.

  • Question: May 04, 2016

    There are currently several researchers from HBCU/MI institutions in the ARL NS CTA program. May these individuals submit whitepapers to the PRI re NS CTA?

    Answer:

    Yes, they are eligible.

  • Question: May 02, 2016

    In the white paper, our budget outline only states the sub-total amounts? For example: 1) faculty salary $ 40K, 2) student support, $ 80K, 3) partner/sub-awards, $100K, 4) overhead $ 60K. Do you need more details such as overhead rates or how many students, tuition etc ? Of course, the sub-awardee needs a similar budget outline also.

    Answer:

    Please provide as much budget information as possible to justify the amounts quoted in your whitepaper submission. Provide us a clear picture of how the funding will be used. We need to know what is the rationale and justification for the budget you are proposing.

  • Question: May 02, 2016

    For the white paper, are we expected or required to collaborate with the ARL scientists? How can we find the collaboration? Is the list of scientists and their research interests are posted at the ARL web site? Thank you in advance for your advice and help. Chi Yang

    Answer:

    You are not required to find a collaborator. You are encouraged to communicate with the CAM or Consortium Manager for the collaborative research programs identified as part of this opportunity to develop your white paper(s). They can provide feedback on questions on collaborations and be a great resource.

  • Question: April 30, 2016

    5. MULTISCALE MULTIDISCIPLIANRY MODELING OF ELECTRONIC MATERIALS COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ALLIANCE (CRA) In my lab we're working on ultrashort pulse laser DLW nano-machining of 3D nanostructures and we're also using fs spectroscopy of multiphoton absorption processes in polymer/nanoparticle blends and composites for exploration of new materials to make the nanostructures. Would this work fit into the "utilize existing and novel experimental methodologies to validate computational approaches...." part of area 5? Our work, which includes graduate students, is both experimental and computational.

    Answer:

    The MSME CRA is focused on modeling of electronic materials from the smallest to largest relevant scale. Our effort doesn't provide funding for any experimental work to validate the models as the experiments for validation are being performed in collaboration with ARL. Research on ultrashort pulse laser DLW nano-machining of 3D nanostructures and modeling activities focused on polymer/nanoparticle blends or composites for electronic materials are not in line with the topic area/CRA research areas."

  • Question: April 28, 2016

    Hello. I have a question about Category 6. MATERIALS IN EXTREME DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ALLIANCE (CRA). Does this include crystal structure and optical studies of materials under high/extrahigh pressure or temperature? Does fluorous polymer, metamaterials or porous metal-organic frameworks fall in the range of category 6? Thanks, Chi Yang.

    Answer:

    Currently four model materials are being studied under the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA). One metallic material system (magnesium alloys), one ceramic material (boron carbide), one polymeric material (ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene) and one composite material (S2 glass-epoxy) are the current focus of the alliance. This does not mean whitepapers under the PRI announcement must be limited to work on only these four materials, but the whitepapers should address how the work would benefit and collaborate with the current efforts on the four model materials listed above. You are encouraged to communicate directly with the CAM or Consortium Manager for this area to assist in your whitepaper development. They can provide feedback on technical questions and be a great resource.

  • Question: April 28, 2016

    Is collaboration between HBCU/MI universities and industry allowed? Thanks.

    Answer:

    Yes. Please keep in mind the funding limits to ensure enough resources remain with the lead researcher and HBCU/MI institution to execute the research. (see “FUNDING” paragraph in announcement for specifics)

  • Question: April 27, 2016

    Are HBCUs/MIs required to find a collaborator at some of the Army Research Laboratories to be eligible to submit a whitepaper for this ARL HBCU PRI program?

    Answer:

    You are not required to find a collaborator. You are encouraged to communicate with the CAM or Consortium Manager for the collaborative research programs identified as part of this opportunity to develop your white paper(s). They can provide feedback on questions on collaborations and be a great resource.

  • Question: April 27, 2016

    On the program description it says that "With the exception of HBCUs and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), .... A COPY OF THE DoEd LETTER DATED JANUARY 2016 OR LATER .... is required..." to be eligible for the Whitepaper submission. Could you please confirm that HBCUs are NOT required to submit this sort of letter with their Whitepapers. Thanks!

    Answer:

    HBCU’s and Tribal Colleges are not required to submit a DoEd letter of eligibility in order to meet eligibility criteria.

  • Question: April 25, 2016

    Hello, Would you please let me know if there is any citizenship requirement for the PI/co-PIs? Thanks. Liang Sun

    Answer:

    There is no requirement for U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency. We are seeking white paper submissions that involve cutting-edge research using the appropriate level of researcher at an institution. In most cases, that person (i.e., the PI or lead investigator) is faculty of the institution.

  • Question: April 22, 2016

    To whom to be concerned, It is Qingkai Yu from Texas State University. My institute belongs to category of Minority-Serving Institute. I am planning to submit white papers to response your proposal solicitation shown in attached email below from you. Here I have a question on the eligibility in the case that the PI's institute is HBCU/MI, but the co-PI's institute is NOT HBCU/MI. Does the team with PI from HBCU/MI and co-PI NOT from HBCU/MI is eligible for pursuing this fund opportunity? Thank you for your time. Qingkai

    Answer:

    The institution that is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MI) or HBCU would have to submit the white paper for this funding opportunity.Your co-PI can be from a non-HBCU/MI institution as part of the collaborative research team, but the lead PI should be from the MI/HBCU submitting the proposal. Please note, you must provide a DoEd letter of eligibility indicating a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants.

  • Question: April 22, 2016

    My main campus at the University of New Mexico is a Hispanic serving Institution. Our current DoE certification letter states the following: We are pleased to inform you that your recent request for Designation as an Eligible Institution under Title III and Title V programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEA) is approved. Subject to the specific program requirements, your institution may apply for a new grant under any of the Title III and Title V programs. Are we eligible to apply as an MI under this opportunity? If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on my cell phone at 505-934-1861. V/R Craig

    Answer:

    Yes. If your school’s DoEd letter of eligibility indicates a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants.

  • Question: April 21, 2016

    I am an Endowed Chair professor at the University of Texas at Dallas where we serve minority students from the Hispanic Community. Do we qualify to participate in this program?

    Answer:

    Check with your school’s Sponsored Program’s Office to see if your institution has a DoEd Title III or V letter of eligibility. If the school submitting the whitepaper has a DoEd letter of eligibility indicating a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, then that will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants.

  • Question: April 20, 2016

    I am from HBCU institution and would like to submit a proposal. Is it possible to have Co-PI from non-HBCU institution with my project? please respond asap . Thank you! Dipendra Sengupta, Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics

    Answer:

    Yes.

  • Question: April 19, 2016

    The solicitation specifies that the DoEd letter be "dated January 2016 or later", however our institution was designated eligible for FY 2016 in a DoEd letter dated 12/01/2015. Is this acceptable?

    Answer:

    Yes. If your school’s DoEd letter of eligibility indicates a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants.

  • Question: April 19, 2016

    Hi, I am assistant professor in cyber security at Alcorn University. I am very interested in participating Joint research with ARMY research lab. I wonder how to submit white paper and start to partner research ? Thank you very much. I am looking forward to receiving your advice. Yong Wang

    Answer:

    Whitepapers are to be submitted via email to the ARL Cooperative Alliance Manager (CAM) identified for each of the six ARL collaborative research programs and Patricia Huff (patricia.a.huff26.civ@mail.mil). Please refer to the announcement under the section entitled “Process: 1.”

  • Question: April 19, 2016

    How Can I submit the white paper ? I am faculty at Alcorn Sate University

    Answer:

    Whitepapers are to be submitted via email to the ARL Cooperative Alliance Manager (CAM) identified for each of the six ARL collaborative research programs and Patricia Huff (patricia.a.huff26.civ@mail.mil). Please refer to the announcement under the section entitled “Process: 1.”

  • Question: April 17, 2016

    our targeted MATERIALS IN EXTREME DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS (CRA) includes two HBCU/MIs in the beginning (2012). So this opportunity is for other HBCU/MIs? Thanks.

    Answer:

    This opportunity is open to all qualifying/designated HBCUs and MIs, including current HBCU/MI partners.

  • Question: April 15, 2016

    Hello. Is it possible to team up with any researcher in non-HBCU/MI university? Thanks, SJ

    Answer:

    Yes. Please keep in mind the funding limits to ensure enough resources remain with the lead researcher and HBCU/MI institution to execute the research. (see “FUNDING” paragraph in announcement for specifics)

  • Question: April 15, 2016

    Hello. I have a question about Category 5. MULTISCALE MULTIDISCIPLINARY MODELING OF ELECTRONIC MATERIALS. Does this include any battery-related research? Thanks, Seung Jae Lee

    Answer:

    Yes, it can include any of the materials being studied within the program.

  • Question: April 14, 2016

    Is collaboration between MSI and Tier-I university encouraged?

    Answer:

    Yes.

  • Question: April 14, 2016

    I am interested in MATERIALS IN EXTREME DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS. May I know whether next-generation ablative materials is of interest to ARL?

    Answer:

    The current Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA) is focused on protection materials and high strain-rate environments. Ablative materials, while they may represent materials in extreme environments, are not a focus of the current efforts in the MEDE CRA.

  • Question: April 14, 2016

    Halo, I have a BCI (Brain Computer Interface) Lab in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez established through a grant from US ARO. We work with EEG signal processing and analyzing brain cognitive processes in learning and memory. We have developed a 2 channel person authentication system with brain EEG signals, real-time BCIs and are developing applications that can quickly monitor and analyze brain states, learning aptitudes and attention levels for different tasks. We want to collaborate with some one or lab in this field to write a white paper for the HBCI MI PRI opportunity. Pls. let me know of someone who can collaborate in the area of cognition and neuroergonomics. Thanking you, Vidya Manian --- Professor, ECE, UPRM

    Answer:

    BCI (Brain Computer Interface) technologies that monitor brain states (including attention and learning) are within the topic area for this PRI opportunity under the Cognition and Neuroergonomics CTA. Below is the relevant text from the program announcement: “Specifically, we are interested in research that utilizes biological and neurophysiological signals to reveal additional information about the state or intent of the human operator while engaged with autonomous or semi-autonomous systems. Likewise, we are interested in research to identify the fundamental neuroscientific principles for dynamic integration of operator state within both the design and utilization of future autonomous systems." Please communicate with either the CAM or Consortium Manager to develop white papers for this opportunity. All discussions on collaborations should be with the CAM or Consortium Manager.

  • Question: April 13, 2016

    How many white papers are allowed from a single HBCU?

    Answer:

    There is no limit on the number of white paper submissions. Please refer to the announcement under the section entitled “Process: 1.”

  • Question: April 13, 2016

    I'm wondering if you have any requirement for faculty to participate? E.g., Do you require the participating faculty to be US citizen or permanent resident? Thanks.

    Answer:

    There is no requirement for U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency. We are seeking white paper submissions that involve cutting-edge research using the appropriate level of researcher at an institution. In most cases, that person (i.e., the PI or lead investigator) is faculty of the institution.

  • Question: April 13, 2016

    The eligibility letter for MI we received from the DoEd is dated 12/18/15 and clearly states that it is valid for FY 2016. Our research office informs me that the application for 2017 cannot be submitted before the end of the year. Will this eligibility letter be accepted? Thank you. Prof. F. Delale The City College of New York

    Answer:

    Yes. If your school’s DoEd letter of eligibility indicates a period of coverage for “FY: 2016,” in the top right corner, it will be accepted as evidence that your school is eligible to apply under Title III or V designation. ARL/ARO may request DoEd eligibility designation letters at time of award and annually of successful applicants. HBCU’s and Tribal Colleges are not required to submit a DoEd letter of eligibility in order to meet eligibility criteria.

  • Question: April 13, 2016

    We are a minority serving institution (MI). Is it possible to partner with a non-minority institution and include them as a sub-awardee? Thank you. Prof. F. Delale The City College of New York

    Answer:

    Yes. Please keep in mind the funding limits to ensure enough resources remain with the lead researcher and HBCU/MI institution to execute the research. (see “FUNDING” paragraph in announcement for specifics)

  • Question: April 13, 2016

    Does this call allow an HBCU to propose to work with another institution? That is, where the HBCU is the primary institution and the other institution is providing technical help and know-how.

    Answer:

    Yes. Please keep in mind the funding limits to ensure enough resources remain with the lead researcher and HBCU/MI institution to execute the research. (see “FUNDING” paragraph in announcement for specifics)

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Last Update / Reviewed: April 7, 2016