Archives—January 2017

DoD: 2017 MHSRS

The MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting.  This Joint symposium provides a collaborative environment for military medical care providers with deployment experience, DoD scientists, academia, and industry to exchange information on research advancements and health care developments in the areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, and Military Infectious Disease Research Programs.  It is the only scientific meeting that addresses the unique medical needs of the Warfighter.

The location and date of the 2017 MHSRS are still to be determined.   This information will be posted on the MHSRS website and communicated via a mass e-mail when it is available. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US asking this question.

The 2016 MHSRS broke all previous records for abstract submission and attendance!  The 2017 MHSRS will offer more than 60 scientific breakout sessions that includes new topics such as Updates in Prolonged Field Care and Knowledge Translation as well as more in-depth topic discussions in the form of tract sessions.   New tract sessions for 2017 include Global Health Engagement and Environmental Exposure Monitoring.   In addition, the 2017 MHSRS will continue to highlight the research contributions of Young Investigators with a dedicated plenary session.

The MHSRS website (https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/SitePages/Home.aspx) will be accepting abstracts from January 17, 2017 through March 6, 2017.

Submitters will be notified of results by 8 May 2017.


DARPA to Establish Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS)

DARPA to Establish Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research to develop and publish consensus operational safety standards for on-orbit rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) and robotic servicing operations. The awardee will establish and manage a consortium, to include both private sector and government technical experts, and entitled “Consortium For Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations,” or CONFERS. CONFERS will leverage experience and best practices from both the private sector and Government and will make their published standards publicly available. DARPA intends to fund CONFERS through an administrator (performer) described as a “Secretariat” who will oversee the standards research effort and transition CONFERS into a sustained, self-funded organization. Under the contract, the performer is responsible for standing up the consortium, selecting its membership, setting the agenda for the consortium, managing its operations, and leading the standards research process. More information on this funding opportunity is found here.


NSF RFPs

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 23, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-514 The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research. PFE: RIEF is not intended for established researchers in engineering education or other social science fields to initiate new projects. Those researchers should consider the …

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded eight NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) sites to increase participation and promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in the National Innovation Network. I-Corps sites provide infrastructure, resources, networking and training to move scientific discoveries from university labs to the marketplace.

The selected I-Corps™ sites will use the $30,000 supplemental awards to pilot novel approaches and …

More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190921&WT.mc_id=USNSF_56&WT.mc_ev=click

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 21, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-510  The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 21, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-523  Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet’s biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the …
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503446&WT.mc_id=USNSF_40&WT.mc_ev=click

 


Meeting to discuss Immigration Restrictions: Sunday 1/29 at 7 pm

Please consider attending and inviting others to come together to talk about the immigration ban.
Note that many academics are protesting this: https://notoimmigrationban.com
 
Meeting to discuss Immigration Restrictions 
Time: 1/29 at 7pm
Location: MUB Commons
Background: The recent immigration ban on people coming from Muslim countries has already begun to affect students, faculty, staff and community members. We would like to hold a peaceful meeting to help understand what is happening and what actions should be taken at MTU.
 
Objective of meeting: Talk about impacts of the ban, what our options are, what we hope to accomplish, and what our actions will be.

2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize: Due March 1, 2017

Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2017

The Jacobs Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth or contributing to one of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.

The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, of which 900’000 Swiss Francs are for use in a research project and 100’000 Swiss Francs are for related costs, such as travel, networking, and dissemination. The prize has a global scope. It addresses scholars who have achieved major breakthroughs in understanding child and youth development and have the potential to advance the field by actively conducting research. Self-nominations cannot be accepted.

A Prize Jury, consisting of internationally renowned scientists, will choose the laureate from the pool of nominated candidates.

All documents pertaining to the nomination should be submitted online by 1 March 2017. To begin the online submission process, please visit http://jacobsfoundation.org/kjj-research-prize.

Detailed information can be found at Jacobs Foundation Research Prize.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible program manager Gelgia Fetz (gelgia.fetz@jacobsfoundation.org).


Michigan Tech Alumni in National Inventors Hall of Fame

Announcing our 2017 Class of Inductees

It’s official! The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is happy to announce the 2017 Class of Inductees.

Iver Anderson, MTU Materials Science and Engineering Graduate ’75 and Hancock native. Son of former ME professor Jean Anderson.  Iver’s lead free solder is used in (maybe all) cell phones in the world.

2017 Induction Announcement Video

The Wall Street Journal broke the news earlier this morning via an exclusive interview with our very own Rini Paiva, Vice President, Selection and Recognition. Be among the first to listen to this exclusive interview and learn more about our diverse class of Inductees.

We will officially welcome these outstanding innovators at a two-day event in Washington, DC this May. Join us for this great celebration of American innovation.


AISES Receives $1.32 Million in Scholarship Support from Intel for Native American STEM Students: Apply Now

AISES is excited to announce a $1.32 million contribution from Intel to support undergraduate and graduate scholarships for Native Americans. The support is part of a partnership between Intel and AISES to increase the number and success of Native American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition to extending scholarships to Native American students, Intel and AISES are planning to develop a culturally-appropriate computer science curriculum for Native American high school students. The initial announcement was made as part of the White House CS4All initiative in December 2016.

Intel has made a four-year commitment to support the “Growing the Legacy” scholarship program at AISES.  Each year Intel will provide 40 Native American university students with financial support, Intel mentors, and opportunities for paid internships or jobs at Intel upon graduation. More information and the scholarship application are now available on the AISES website at www.aises.org. Click on the “scholarships” banner on the homepage.

“I’m particularly proud of this collaboration that makes STEM education accessible to more Native Americans and inspires the next generation of technologists. The partnership resulted from a true grassroots collaboration with leaders and luminaries at AISES and the broader Native American community,” said Barbara Whye, Executive Director of Strategy and External Alliances, Intel Corporation.  “We know that exposure to role models and mentors and infusion of relevant STEM curriculum will make a huge difference in creating stronger pathways for student success.”

Last October, Intel hosted a thought leadership event in partnership with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The event brought together key leaders in academia, government; tribal nations; nonprofit organizations, including AISES; and the tech industry to facilitate constructive collaboration aimed at increasing Native American leadership in STEM. From this convening, Intel produced a white paper outlining six key recommendations for increasing Native American student participation and retention in STEM education. The paper can be accessed via www.aises.org or via Intel’s website at: http://www.intel.com.

According to Sarah EchoHawk, AISES CEO, this commitment from Intel makes Growing the Legacy the largest scholarship program at AISES. “We are so excited that Intel has made this tremendous commitment to Native American students,” said EchoHawk. “Each year, AISES must turn away many qualified students working toward a STEM degree because there is just not enough funding support available. Through this program, AISES will be able to support 40 more Native American STEM students and that is tremendous.”

Students who are awarded will receive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per academic year. The scholarship application is open now at www.aises.org/scholoarships/intel. Students should apply now. There are additional scholarships available through AISES as well so students should visit the AISES site soon to ensure they get their applications submitted on time for consideration.


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Collaborative Research Centers (CRCs) (U54)
    (RFA-NS-17-021)
    Application Receipt Date(s): May 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

  • Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC) for the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) (U24)
    (RFA-NS-17-022)
    Application Receipt Date(s): May 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

  • Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC): Foundational Peripheral Neuroanatomy and Functional Neurobiology in Under-Studied Organs (U01)
    (RFA-RM-17-003)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 3, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this Funding Opportunity Announcement are due on this date.

  • CTSA Program Data to Health (CD2H) Coordinating Center (U24)
    (RFA-TR-17-006)
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 14, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Program Announcements

  • Lead Optimization and Preclinical Development of Therapeutic Candidates for Diseases of Interest to the NIDDK (R43/R44)
    (PA-17-130)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Lead Optimization and Preclinical Development of Therapeutic Candidates for Diseases of Interest to the NIDDK (R41/R42)
    (PA-17-131)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R21)
    (PA-17-132)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. The first standard application due date for this FOA is June 16, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R03)
    (PA-17-134)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. The first standard application due date for this FOA is June 16, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-, Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R01)
    (PA-17-135)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. The first standard application due date for this FOA is June 5, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Innovations in Mechanisms and Interventions to Address Mental Health in HIV Prevention and Care Continuum (R01)
    (PA-17-136)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of AIDS and AIDS-related applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Innovations in Mechanisms and Interventions to Address Mental Health in HIV Prevention and Care Continuum (R21)
    (PA-17-137)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of AIDS and AIDS-related applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Collaborations on Fusion Oncoproteins as Drivers of Childhood Cancer (Admin Supp)
    (PA-17-138)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 28, 2017; November 8, 2017; March 28, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01)
    (PA-17-139)
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R21)
    (PA-17-140)
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Activities to Promote Technology Research Collaborations (APTRC) for Cancer Research (Admin Supp)
    (PA-17-143)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): April 12, 2017; July 25, 2017; and December 12, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • NINR Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34)
    (PAR-17-133)
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 24, 2017, July 24, 2017, November 24, 2017, March 23, 2018, July 24, 2018, November 26, 2018, March 25, 2019, July 24, 2019, November 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • CVM Vet-LIRN Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Program (U18) 
    (PAR-17-141)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): April 23, 2017, February 15, 2018, February 15, 2019, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • International Research in Infectious Diseases, including AIDS (R01) 
    (PAR-17-142)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 22, 2017; May 22, 2018; May 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Limited Competition: National Primate Research Centers (P51)
    (PAR-17-144)
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.


NIH Funding Opportunities now available in RSS (Really Simple News Syndication) format – see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rss_info.htm for details.


Cumbria 2017

If you could let appropriate students – and others! – know about the attached promotion – Dillman Hall next Tuesday, 5 – 6, room 202, Dana, Libby and I would appreciate it!
The program is healthy and going to the U.K., and so … we are starting to think about 2018.
While I will float the idea with some faulty lists – and I already have expressions of interest from other faculty who would like to join us in 2018.  It would be fun to have not 20 – 30 in 2018 but 40 – 50 students.
SO if you know of someone who might be a part of the crew, please do let me know!
thanks
Carl Blair
Study in Cumbria Summer 2017

Call for Proposals: REF and Faculty Fellow

REF Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund.

If you are interested in serving on an REF proposal review committee, email Natasha Chopp.

Faculty Fellow

Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed.