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Research development is a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.[http://www.nordp.org/about-us]
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Advanced Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

Advanced Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Research Development | Scoop.it
nsf13569 - National Science Foundation http://t.co/4lTonjceGT
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Due October: This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States.


The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth.


The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.

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Universiti Brunei Darussalam and IBM Drive Smarter Energy Research Initiatives - Business Wire India (press release)

Universiti Brunei Darussalam and IBM Drive Smarter Energy Research Initiatives Business Wire India (press release) The collaboration builds upon the ongoing relationship between IBM Research and UBD which has seen the two partners engaged in...
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IBM will collaborate with UBD to better understand energy usage and supply in buildings to enable efficient allocation of resources and distribution of power. UBD and IBM intend to explore how a variety of long-term and dynamic factors affect energy consumption patterns. Long-term factors include building materials and the geometry of buildings while dynamic factors involve smart sensing and analytics, persuasive user-interfaces and incentives and dynamic energy ratings of appliances.
Based on analytics, algorithms for optimal real time energy load monitoring and storage management will be investigated to help make homes greener. In addition, the research will model load flow in Brunei’s grid, and study phenomena like “power swing” that leads to blackouts, to enable the grid to be more reliable.
This research will play a vital role in capacity and skills development of Bruneians, to support Brunei Darussalam's "Vision 2035" of a dynamic and knowledge-driven natural resources-based economy.
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Cisco to Open Cyber Research-and-Development Laboratory in Israel - Algemeiner

Cisco to Open Cyber Research-and-Development Laboratory in Israel - Algemeiner | Research Development | Scoop.it
Cisco to Open Cyber Research-and-Development Laboratory in Israel
Algemeiner
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Cisco Chairman and CEO John T.
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Yet another corporate research center. This is clearly a significant trend in research development. 

 

Cisco announced three specific initiatives:


1. an innovative cyber research-and-development laboratory in the State of Israel

2. Cisco will build a network of consulting services on security needs and recruit 100 strategic workers in Israel.

3. Cisco Learning Program, a pilot  information security training program to train young participants to serve as information security experts.


Chambers also announced the company is planning to invest $15 million via venture capital funds that support integration of Israelis and Arabs and the development of innovative security technologies.

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AT&T Opening Two Research Centers in Bid to Spur More Innovation - Bloomberg

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AT&T Opening Two Research Centers in Bid to Spur More Innovation
Bloomberg
AT&T Inc.
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How do research developers enable faculty to connect with industry to address unmet needs for innovative research? We have programs, centers, initiatives, but what are we doing to prepare and support faculty?

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ORA - Oxford University Research Archive

ORA - Oxford University Research Archive | Research Development | Scoop.it
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Many of our humanities and social science professors need access to resources in other locations. This is a great resource to connect researchers across the Atlantic. 

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Penn announces Dawn Bonnell as vice provost for research - The Daily Pennsylvanian

University announces vice provost for research
The Daily Pennsylvanian
Prior to her employment at Penn, she worked at the IBM Thomas Watson Research Center.
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Excellent - another female in the VPR community.


Trustee professor of materials science and engineering and Director of Penn’s Nano/Bio Interface Center Dawn Bonnell was appointed vice provost for research on Tuesday.

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The Art of Writing Grant Proposals: Part II - Writing an Effective Research Proposal

The Art of Writing Grant Proposals: Part II - Writing an Effective Research Proposal | Research Development | Scoop.it
As I have mentioned in the previous article, even if you are not yet in the world of grant application, it could be useful to inform yourself about it on time.
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YES!!! This is the most important feature of a strong proposal...


A good idea
Of course, without a genuine, original research theme you can’t even begin. The research you would like to do has to be significant in some way, from developing a new method to basic research. It should be new and useful for scientific community. This is very clear to everyone, but maybe it is more difficult to explain why your idea is so significant. The way to do it is to give in your proposal the answers to following questions:

What is the knowledge gap that you are trying to fill?What do you plan to do to fill that gap (methods), and what "answers" do you hope to generate (results)?If you fill that gap, how will it change the way we think and act in this research area?Why does it have to be done right know, why does it matter now?

- See more at: http://1degreebio.org/blog/?achive=2013-6&bid=93#sthash.x5OuvH97.dpuf

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As collaborations go global, professors are looking to rejuvenate the faculty ... - Chronicle of Higher Education

As collaborations go global, professors are looking to rejuvenate the faculty ... - Chronicle of Higher Education | Research Development | Scoop.it

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G8 science ministers endorse open access

G8 science ministers endorse open access | Research Development | Scoop.it
Science ministers from the G8 group of the world’s richest countries have jointly endorsed the need to increase access to publicly-funded research.

Via Gerd Moe-Behrens
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This is a trend that is not likely to turnaround - the need to demonstrate the value of publicly-funded research to the public.

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G8 science ministers endorse open access http://bit.ly/11lJmcJ

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University public engagement: 20 tips

University public engagement: 20 tips | Research Development | Scoop.it
Experts from our recent #HElivechat share best practice and advice on better engaging the public in university research (20 tips on better engaging the public in university research http://t.co/EJHkj7lnQN)...
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1. The definition of public engagement in changing.

2. It's about conversation rather than dissemination.

3. Time engaging is time well spent.

4. Departments can enhance engagement.

5. Support academics to save time

6. University websites are potential engagement tools.

7. There is a thin line between engagement and PR.

8. Spread the theory of engagement around your staff.

9. Every staff member can engage the public.

10. But remember you can't force things.

11. Don't be afraid to involve students.

12. Shine a light on local community issues

13. Consider the impact of new media and technology

14. Evaluating engagement activity is essential

15. It should not be about income generation

16. Engagement spreads a wider educational message

 

 

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Guidance on applying for U.S. Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences Funding

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Largely summarizes the guidelines with tips on slides 33-36.

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The Decline of US R&D Funding - Huffington Post

The Decline of US R&D Funding
Huffington Post
Federally funded research from energy to agriculture will drop nearly 9 percent this year with similar cuts in the years to come.
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Protecting American High-End Research as China Rises

Protecting American High-End Research as China Rises | Research Development | Scoop.it
With a new book suggesting China is engaged in one of the biggest intellectual property heists of history, a prominent Chinese-American calls on Americans to remember that everyone is ‘innocent until proven guilty.’...
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William C. Hannas, James Mulvenon and Anna B. Puglisi write that since the mid-1950s China has engaged in a meticulous campaign to bring the world’s technology to China in ways that are legal, illegal and, mostly, “extralegal,” because they’re hidden from view.

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Aerospace Industry Leaders Come Together to Discuss the Future of Aerospace in Washington - WSJ.com

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Hoping this will advance the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace.

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FDA Publishes Research Strategic Plan

FDA Publishes Research Strategic Plan | Research Development | Scoop.it
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the science-based regulatory organization in the FDA, has published its Science and Research Strategic Plan. The Plan focuses on what the a...
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Goal 1: to better control and prepare for hazards. The Agency will conduct research that supports regulatory policies, rules, and guidances. Research includes detecting and analyzing microbial pathogens and chemical contaminants, the safety of food additives, and focuses on the five FDA-regulated foods most susceptible to problems: fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, seafood, and spices. 


Goal 2:  to create faster and validated methods to screen and identify potentially unsafe foods. Public health officials want to reduce the time it takes to identify a problem, especially detecting pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli.


Goal 3: to influence consumer behavior toward healthy dietary choices based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines and to evaluate health benefits resulting from consumer changes.


Goal 4: information technology to evaluate foodborne illness outbreaks, assess risks from hazards, and assess the safety of food additives.


Goal 5: to improve adaptability and responsiveness. FDA must collaborate with other agencies for better responsiveness and shared expertise.

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Particle accelerator that can fit on a tabletop opens new chapter for science research

Particle accelerator that can fit on a tabletop opens new chapter for science research | Research Development | Scoop.it

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator that can generate energies and speeds previously reached only by major facilities that are hundreds of meters long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build."We have accelerated about half a billion electrons to 2 gigaelectronvolts over a distance of about 1 inch," said Mike Downer, professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences. "Until now that degree of energy and focus has required a conventional accelerator that stretches more than the length of two football fields. It's a downsizing of a factor of approximately 10,000."The results, which were published this week in Nature Communications ("Quasi-monoenergetic laser-plasma acceleration of electrons to 2 GeV"), mark a major milestone in the advance toward the day when multi-gigaelectronvolt (GeV) laser plasma accelerators are standard equipment in research laboratories around the world.


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NSF Rewards Grad Students for Innovation Ideas - ScienceCareers.org

NSF Rewards Grad Students for Innovation Ideas - ScienceCareers.org | Research Development | Scoop.it
NSF Rewards Grad Students for Innovation Ideas
ScienceCareers.org
Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) named its first Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge awardees.
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New record: 66 journals banned for boosting impact factor with self-citations : Nature News Blog

New record: 66 journals banned for boosting impact factor with self-citations : Nature News Blog | Research Development | Scoop.it
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"A record number of journals — 66 of them, including 33 37* new offenders — have been banned from this year’s impact-factor list (released today) because of excessive self-citation or because of ‘citation stacking’ (in which journals cite each other to excessive amounts). This year, the named-and-shamed titles include the International Journal of Crashworthiness and the Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems. Only 51 were banned last year (28 new offenders), and 34 the year before that. Along with the record numbers, Thomson Reuters has posted a new explanation of why it decides to ban journals — essentially because the self-citations distort the rankings. *Thomson Reuters updated the number of new offenders from 33, to 37, on 20 June."

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U. S. Department of Energy: Office of Environmental Management 2014 Budget Presentation

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This type of advance budget information is critical to planning future grant development. 

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Leaner, More Effective Content Marketing in 6 Steps

Leaner, More Effective Content Marketing in 6 Steps | Research Development | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to cut the fat from their work flows. Good news: Applying lean methodology to your efforts is simple, and can result in more effective content marketing. Use these 6 steps to go lean...

Via Ally Greer
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This content is useful to grant proposal writing because it provides a method for focusing content (proposal) into an easily accessible message. 

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Randy Bauer's comment, May 18, 2013 11:56 AM
Thanks Ally for passing this along. Very concise article on the lean content creation and curation.
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This is an experiment

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:35 PM

Liked these tips. Very practical.

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Universities drive growth through teaching, research - The Detroit News

Wayne State president says universities drive growth through teaching, research
The Detroit News
“Universities — especially research universities — go beyond their educational mission these days,” Gilmour said.
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“Universities — especially research universities — go beyond their educational mission these days,” Gilmour said. “And do a great deal to help economies, regions and individual businesses. These days, the ‘ivory towers’ are open for business. And business is booming.”

He pointed to high-tech research and scientific discovery at the nation’s research universities, with advances in biology, health care, telecommunication, financial management, nano technology and more.

“This is not ivory tower daydreaming,” Gilmour said. “These are the fundamental elements of economic progress — and competitiveness — in our increasingly flatter world.”



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130618/SCHOOLS/306180085#ixzz2WfZOzGq4

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Kickstarter Map Shows How People Around The US Decide What To Crowdfund - Huffington Post

Kickstarter Map Shows How People Around The US Decide What To Crowdfund - Huffington Post | Research Development | Scoop.it

Sure, the tech sectors in California and New York are bustling. But would you expect Minnesota have the third most Kickstarter-funded tech startups?

 

According to a trio of researchers from the University of Toronto, that's the case. Ajay Agrawal, Christian Catalini, and Avi Goldfarb explored crowdfunding's increasing popularity in a paper published this month. The most fascinating item from their work is a map of Americans' preferences on the sorts of Kickstarter projects they fund, state by state.


Via Berend de Jonge
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Having spent most of my life in Texas and Oklahoma, I can't help but note that Texas is frivilously engaging in mindless activity and Oklahoma is keeping its money thank you. 

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Unstuck - What kind of procrastinator are you?

Unstuck - What kind of procrastinator are you? | Research Development | Scoop.it
Unstuck offers community, tips, and tools that show us how to live better every day. Download our free iPad app from the App Store.
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We all have times when we just can't move ahead on a project. This is one tool to help you discover the source of your struggle so you can start to overcome the "stuckness". 

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State Farm Companies Foundation gives Illinois State University nearly $1.9 million

State Farm Companies Foundation gives ISU nearly $1.9 million Bloomington Pantagraph ISU's interim president Sheri Noren Everts added the foundation's “investments benefit research, teaching and a variety of programs and scholarships that enhance...
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Approximately 4000 State Farm employees are ISU Grads:

 

State Farm Companies Foundation's “investments benefit research, teaching and a variety of programs and scholarships that enhance student success at Illinois State.”

 

- the actuarial science program in the mathematics department.

- the Mennonite College of Nursing, including a project that creates partnerships between nursing faculty and students and school leaders in the community.

- computer equipment upgrades, curriculum and faculty development in the School of Information Technology.

- outreach programs by the Illinois Shakespeare Festival to introduce local school children and community members to Shakespeare and live theater.

- Minority Achievement Program that brings first-generation college students to campus and focuses on recruitment, retention and graduation rates for underrepresented groups.

- The College of Education’s Little Village and Auburn Gresham project — a part of the overall Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline program — will use some of the funding in its efforts to improve urban teacher recruitment, preparation and retention in hard-to-staff inner-city schools.

- The Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center that provides services to more than 400 student-athletes.

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Fellowship Opportunity: United Nations / Nippon Foundation of Japan

The United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme is a fully funded research Fellowship for developing State ocean professionals. The main objective of the Fellowship is to...
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The main objective of the Fellowship is to provide advanced research and training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, and related disciplines, to government officials and other professionals from developing States.

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