This Week in Illinois Research
Show Me—& UIUC—the Money!
Congress passed a massive infrastructure package last week that includes provisions that have implications for our state and campus. At the DOE, a $73B infusion includes funding for several energy infrastructure and clean energy demonstration projects, as well as four clean hydrogen hubs. Transportation-related topics are front and center in the new bill, and Congress has directed additional funds to University Transportation Centers while establishing a new Rail R&D Center of Excellence and multiple Transportation Resilience and Adaptation Centers of Excellence. The legislation also provides $157M for cybersecurity research. The APLU and the AIP have both published additional analysis of the bill.
Closer to home, the OTM is opening a new round of funding through the Illinois Proof of Concept (IPOC) program. IPOC bridges the funding gap between the government-supported innovations that result from UIUC research and private sector translation of those innovations into products and services. Since 2009, a $1.7M investment in campus proof-of-concept funding has supported 36 projects and 15 start-up companies, leading to an impressive $300M+ in venture, angel, and government funding. Importantly, the OTM is seeking proposals that represent the breadth of campus research excellence and have the potential for positive societal impact, regardless of discipline.
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A delegation of Indonesian officials recently visited campus to discuss future student exchanges and potential faculty research partnerships in ACES.
Applications are now open for IHSI's NIH Grant Writing Series. The program is geared to junior faculty and includes six lectures, a peer-review workshop, and one-on-one mentoring.
An NIH- and NSF-supported project has illuminated how antibiotics penetrate Gram-negative bacteria, an important advance in combating antibiotic resistance. Emad Tajkhorshid led the research team.
The campus has launched a search for the Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute. PRI applies expertise in archaeology, ecology and biodiversity, geology, sustainable energy, waste reduction, water, and weather and climate to tackle scientific challenges and deliver positive impact to the people, economy, and environment of Illinois, and beyond.
Rachel Garthe recently completed a study to compile and assess violence data throughout Illinois and develop a statewide plan to stop the violence and promote safety; support children, youth, and families; advance equity; support health; and promote collaboration across state, municipal, and community-based agencies.
Sponsored Programs Administration will be closed for the Thanksgiving break on November 25th and 26th. All proposals due between November 22nd and November 28th should be submitted to SPA no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 17th.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released the State of the Humanities 2021: Workforce & Beyond last week. The publication provides "researchers and policymakers with better tools to answer basic questions about areas of concern in the field."
The APLU is hosting a webinar in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Centering Indigenous Voices Across North America will examine how public universities support Indigenous students and how they can learn from one another.
The NEA recently published a summary report from a field scan of disability as it relates to both public space and the human body and mind. The goal is to better understand disability design and identify related programs and scholars.
The National Academies has published a decadal survey, Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s, the seventh in its history. The survey identifies the most compelling challenges and frontiers in the field.
An article in Science last week discussed a study of how research funding agencies have treated scientists with novel ideas, finding that at least one funder (the Swiss National Science Foundation) wasn’t "wild about researchers with records of pursuing out-of-the-box ideas."