A Periodic Federal Science Update

National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) Submits Comments on Draft Interagency Ocean Science and Technology Priorities Report – This week NAML submitted its comments on the draft report issued by an interagency committee outlining federal ocean science and technology priorities for the next decade.  In late June the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment, Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) issued Science and Technology for America’s Oceans: A Decadal Vision.  This report is a follow on to the last decadal priorities report, Charting the Course. NAML’s comments focused on the importance of extramural support for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes research and education; support for the science priorities expressed in the National Academies’ report Sea Change as well as other important topics including aquaculture, oceanographic and geochemical exploration, data collection and observations, understanding ecosystems; and education and training.  NAML’s statement also called for a balanced presentation of the ocean science and technology interests of all the agencies involved in this priorities’ development exercise.  A copy of the NAML statement can be downloaded here.  Information on submitting comments can be found here.  The deadline for submitting comments is August 27, 2018.

ARPA-E Announces Funding Opportunity to Develop Novel Heat Exchanger Technologies -- ARPA-E has issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) of up to $35 million for the High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) program, to develop new approaches and technologies for the design and manufacture of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers.  Heat exchangers are critical to efficient thermal energy use in numerous industrial and everyday applications, including electricity generation, nuclear reactors, transportation, petrochemical plants, waste heat recovery, and much more. HITEMMP project teams must develop new exchanger topologies, or physical designs, that optimize device structure with suitable advanced materials and the fluids flowing through them for the desired range of operating conditions. Equally important is to develop new, or refine existing, manufacturing technologies that enable attractive performance at an acceptable cost. The deadline to submit a concept paper for HITEMMP is 9:30 a.m. ET on September 12, 2018. Additional information, including the full FOA and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portalARPA-E eXCHANGE

DARPA Young Faculty Award Opportunity Announced -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program seeks to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.  Additional information on this program as well as other DARPA funding opportunities can be found here.

NOAA Announces Climate Research Funding Opportunity – NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) supports competitive research through three major program areas: Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM); Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI); and Communication, Education and Engagement (CEE). Through this funding announcement, CPO is seeking applications for 10 individual competitions in FY 2019. Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its programs, as well as specific program priorities for FY 2019. In addition, interactions, partnerships, or collaborations with NOAA Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes are encouraged. This information, along with the names and contact information for each Competition Manager, is provided in information sheets that can be found here.

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Approves Waterfront Community Revitalization Act – On August 1, the Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) aimed at boosting efforts to revitalize waterfront communities, including Wisconsin towns and cities along the Great Lakes, rivers and inland lakes.  The Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act (S. 3265) will support local efforts to take advantage of water resources by attracting water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainability, revitalizing neighborhoods and enhancing recreation and tourism.  The Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act aims to solve these problems by: creating a voluntary resilient waterfront community designation within the Department of Commerce. The designation recognizes communities that adopt a waterfront revitalization and resiliency plan integrating economic, ecosystem, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities; and establishing a resilient waterfront communities network to support sharing of best practices, highlight resilient waterfront communities, and help attract new investment.  More information on this bill can be found here.