The Research Funding Opportunities session has been refreshed in order to provide more interaction between the government agency presenters and our membership.  Invited talks will consist of a 20-minute introduction centered on the overall focus of the agency's materials science research efforts, programmatic descriptions of how to collaborate or apply, and other general details. These talks will be followed by Q&A sessions with the individual program managers.


Jennifer Gerbi, Program Director
U.S. Department of Energy—Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Opportunities at ARPA-E

ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) is a U.S. Department of Energy agency that focuses on high risk, high reward research in the energy sector, as defined by our mission, which is to enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies with the following results: (1) reduction of energy imports; (2) reductions of energy-related emissions; and (3) improvement of energy efficiency in all sectors. In addition, ensuring that the United States maintain a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies is also a stated goal of ARPA-E. Here, an overview of the agency will be given, with a discussion of how we develop programs, what makes a project “ARPA-E” hard, and potential areas for future engagement. 
Jennifer Gerbi currently serves as a program director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). She manages the DELTA program, the SHIELD program, developed the new SENSOR program, and manages additional projects for solar and power electronics. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Gerbi worked at Dow Corning Corporation in multiple capacities including portfolio building and new business development. She led teams in areas such as solar, batteries and silicones for electronics. In her most recent role, she and her teams worked directly with large global customers to enable technical solutions via silicones in consumer and crossover healthcare electronics markets. Prior to Dow Corning, Gerbi served as a senior materials scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, focused on rooftop solar shingles. She served a postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory and as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois.


Judah M. Goldwasser, Associate Director 
Office of Naval Research Global
The Office of Naval Research Global—Who We Are and What We Do

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) is the U.S. Navy's lead organization for identifying, encouraging and funding international basic research. This talk will provide a short overview of ONRG, describe the  primary funding mechanisms for international scientists and explain how ONRG prioritizes research proposals from outside the United States.
Judah M. Goldwasser joined the Office of Naval Research’s Global Office (ONRG) in London as an associate director in November 2015. His technical focus area there is materials and chemistry. His technical interests lie in understanding the relationship between the properties of materials, their chemical composition and microstructure at the appropriate length scales, so they can be controlled to greatly improve their performance and create new capabilities for the Navy and DoD. His current portfolio consists of projects in structural, functional, energetic and protective armor materials. Prior to his position at ONR Global, Goldwasser served as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office of DARPA (2007–2015), and prior to that as a program officer at ONR’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters.