This basic research proposal aims to develop new dynamic statistical network techniques that support the identification of structural features in communities or nation-states that can be leveraged to increase the resiliency, alter the distribution of power, support deterrence activities or stabilize or destabilize communities. At its core, developing this socio-cultural understanding (the socio-cognitive cultural map (SCM)) means collecting, reasoning about, visualizing and forecasting change in networks. However, these networks are not the traditional social networks but rather high-dimensional dynamic inferred networks relating actors at different levels of granularity (individuals and groups) to other actors and their activities, beliefs, and topics of concern, posing severe problems for the analyst.
The methods will be designed and assessed through the construction and assessment of SCMs for diverse contexts (resiliency, deterrence and cyber) and regions of interest (Syria/Iraq, Pacific Rim, and Global) using diverse data sources (questionnaire, news, subject matter expert assessments, and sensor data).
The algorithm, procedures and associated tools developed in this project for identifying and visualizing SCMs, assessing resiliency and the impact of structural changes on resiliency will provide the DoD with a core operational capability to enhance predictive modeling, and support mission planning.
Separate committees have been constituted to consider clinical trial proposals. The committees are: a) Human Studies committee to discuss and develop the clinical research protocol, b) Ethical committee for stem cell research to consider ethical issues involved in the clinical research proposal, c) Task Force to evaluate basic research proposal and also recommend funding for clinical research based on the evaluation of above committees and d) Programme Advisory Committee to consider the Centre of Excellence proposals.
How to write a basic research proposal
From its inception, one focus of the BREAD program has been to support original proposals that address major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development of novel and efficient production practices. In the FY 2015 competition, the BREAD program specifically solicits innovative basic research proposals in two key focus areas: (1) Development of high throughput, low cost tools and devices for capturing phenotypic data, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO) and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.