New Graduate Research Fellowship Program Solicitation and Administrative Guide from NSF

New GRFP Solicitation (NSF 16-588 ) and the updated GRFP Administrative Guide (NSF 16-104 ) have been published.  The Solicitation is a multi-year solicitation covering the 2017, 2018, and 2019 competitions.

All Fellows and GRFP officials are expected to familiarize themselves with the Guide, which serves as the reference manual for GRFP administrative policies. The updated GRFP Administrative Guide NSF 16-104 can be found at

Please note that the Fellowship Terms and Conditions are subject to change, and it is the responsibility of the Fellow and the Grantee GRFP Institution to ensure compliance with current guidelines.

US Manufacturing Innovation Fund

The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund, a collaboration between Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors, is dedicated to supporting the development of U.S. manufacturing, with the specific goal of making it more feasible and competitive to make consumer goods in the U.S.

During this third cycle, the U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund will prioritize innovation in manufacturing processes for textiles manufacturing including weaving, fabric dyeing, and cut-and-sew with an emphasis on sustainability. Letters of Intent are due August 25, 2016 and must be submitted online through our grant portal.  Please direct questions to

More information can also be found on this web page:

There will also be a conference call on August 4th at 2 pm EST to answer any questions about the LOI.  The conference call number is 1-866-244-8528 and the passcode is 215025#.

NSF Password Changes

On Monday, August 1, NSF will implement a more convenient and secure process for resetting NSF passwords. NSF awardees and proposers will no longer be able to reach out to Sponsored Projects Offices (SPO) to reset their passwords on both FastLane and; instead, they can reset their own password. Please note that this implementation was rescheduled from Monday, July 25, due to a power outage which caused all servers to shut down.

To reset passwords, awardees and proposers can go to and click “Log In,” then “Forgot Password.” After entering their NSF ID and clicking, “Send Temporary Password,” they will be able to reset their passwords using the temporary password sent to their email address on file.

To learn more about password modernization, including accessing a getting started guide and FAQs, please click here.

You can also find helpful information by clicking Help in the top right-hand corner of or on FastLane, by clicking the FastLane Help in the top right-hand corner of the homepage. We encourage you to review this information to learn how to efficiently use the site.

For additional assistance, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or

Engaging with DARPA

Dr. Stefanie Tompkins will be at Wright State University on August 11th to present DARPA 101: Engaging with DARPA. Members from the OFRN Community are invited to attend. Registration is required.

DARPA 101: ENGAGING WITH DARPA August 11, 2016 (8:30 am – 10:00 pm)

LOCATION: Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Beavercreek, OH 45435 – Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building (NEC)


There is no fee; however space is limited so register early. Similar presentations will be hosted on August 9th (Ohio University) & August 10th (Ohio State University). More details available online.

For more events of interest, go to the OFRN website