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6 November: The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the launch of a competition for proposals for an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute: A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FAO) by the US Department of Defense (DOD), calling for concept papers for the establishment of an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, was released on November 5th. A Proposers' Day event is scheduled for November 19th and the deadline for concept paper submission is December 19 2014. Learn more

The Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs) will operate as R&D centers partnering public and private resources, and create new manufacturing capabilities for the country. Altogether, six IMIs have been announced. The integrated photonics institute is among four to be led by the Department of Defense (DoD), and has a planned government investment of up to $110 million to be shared at least 1:1 by the private sector.

5 November: NSF Funding Opportunities involving the BRAIN Initiative:
Deadline is fast approaching for required letters of intent: 10 December 2014, and for full proposals: 26 January 2015. This multi-directorate program is one element of NSF's broader aim to foster innovation in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience, a multi-year effort that includes NSF's participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Read and/or download the full program solicitation (PDF 1 MB)


5 November: Midterm Elections Result in GOP Senate Majority: U.S. Senate science panels will have new leadership, although the choices won't become official until January. Read more

28 October: Holt Seeks Support from House Colleagues on New Funding for Prospective STEM Teachers: 
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has asked his colleagues in the House of Representatives to support greater flexibility in how states could utilize Department of Education funding to encourage and support prospective STEM teachers.   

Last month, Holt sent a “Dear Colleague” to fellow House members asking them to sign a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  This letter requests that Duncan consider modifying current guidance to states receiving federal funding to improve teacher quality.  This guidance restricts this funding, provided through Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to professional development for current teachers. Read more 


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