Archives—February 2017

Featured Innovation Story: Andrew Barnard in GAMIC Competition

If challenged to quiet the loud auxiliary power unit on a large Abrams tank to protect our war fighters would minute carbon nanotubes immediately come to mind?  Probably not but that is exactly the solution that Dr. Andrew Barnard will be presenting at the finals of the 9th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) taking place at the SAE World Congress in the Cobo Center, Detroit on April 4, 2017.  He successfully competed in the semi-final round on February 23.  The technology is based on using a thin film of carbon nanotubes as a thermophone.  That is a loudspeaker that makes sound using surface temperature variation instead of a moving diaphragm. That means no moving parts, which results in higher reliability. Carbon nanotubes make this possible because they can oscillate their surface temperature almost instantaneously to produce canceling sound waves.

Barnard was encouraged to participate in GAMIC through his involvement in Michigan Tech’s MTRAC (Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization) program for Applied Advanced Materials.  MTRAC is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund to help University faculty fast-track their technology to a commercial stage.  MTRAC Commercialization Program Director John Diebel said “Andrew’s technology seemed like an excellent fit within the scope of transportation technologies GAMIC wanted to showcase and support.  There is a lot of potential recognition and follow-on support to be gained by the exposure Andrew can get presenting at the SAE Congress so he was game to compete.”  Diebel also noted that “Preparation alone for such an event can be very helpful as it forces an inventor to think a little deeper about the customer perspective on the technology and how to communicate the benefits.  These competitions better prepare our faculty for success in obtaining development funding.”

GAMIC organizers link each semi-finalist with mentors who help them prepare for the competition.  These mentors have wide contacts in the automotive industry who can provide general networking support besides just helping to refine an inventor’s message.  Barnard was coached by John Diebel, Steve Tokarz Michigan Tech Mentor-In-Residence, Christophe Gaillard Principal engineer at Tier 1 automotive supplier Aisin and Michael Brooks a consultant in business development for material based technologies.

Besides a cash award and in-kind business development services, winners of the final competition in four categories will present to automotive manufacturers and suppliers at the SAE TechHub on April 6th in Detroit.  More information on GAMIC can be found at this link.

http://www.miia.swdesignclient.com/gamic/about-gamic/


GreenLight Michigan 2017

You have been invited to attend the 2017 GreenLight Business Model Competition, hosted at Michigan State University this March.

The GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition is an early-stage pitch competition that brings together entrepreneurs and small business supporters from all over Michigan. Competition finalists will pitch ideas to a panel of seasoned judges, while also networking with angel and venture capital investors from across the state.

We are pleased to announce that finalists will have the chance to win a total of $100K in cash prizes. The Top Prize, sponsored by MEDC, is $40K. Second Place Prize, sponsored by MSUFCU, will be $25K.

The competition is generously sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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Nominate women in Clean Energy for C3E awards due March 15

March—Women’s History Month—is right around the corner. This special month reminds us how important it is to recognize the contribution and achievements of women, because women’s contributions too often go unnoticed.
The annual C3E Awards help ensure women in the clean energy field are not overlooked. The Awards honor mid-career leadership and achievement—and boost recipients’ careers. Nominate a woman for the 2017 C3E Awards today, and together we can raise women’s visibility and expand gender diversity in clean energy.
Awards are given in eight categories:
  • Advocacy
  • Business
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government
  • International
  • Law & Finance
  • Research
Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition at the annual C3E Women in Clean Energy SymposiumLearn more: Eligibility | Flyer | Past Winners

Submit nominations by March 15, 2017, at www.C3Eawards.org.

Nominate Now

SBIR/STTR Webinar Series: Intellectual Property – More Than Just Patents, March 6,7,9,13

The Michigan Tech Innovation & Industry Engagement Office along with the College of Engineering are hosting a four-part webinar series discussing the different types of intellectual property available for protecting commercially valuable research discoveries. For anyone participating in the Federal SBIR/STTR program, it is important to have a sound commercialization strategy with appropriate IP protection to increase your funding chances. The webinars are available to anyone interested in commercializing technology or partnering with companies on SBIR or STTR proposals. Feel free to attend one or all events – NO RSVP needed.

March 6 – Overview: US Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
March 7 – Trademarks in the U.S.
March 9 – Copyright (Domestic and International)
March 13 – Basic US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders

All webinars will be held at 1 p.m. in Michigan Tech’s Mineral & Materials Engineering Building room 724.

Understanding intellectual property, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights is necessary to protect your ideas, products and product names in today’s knowledge economy. These 90 minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR program.

For more information contact Mike Morley at 487-3485, mcmorley@mtu.edu or Adrienne Minerick at minerick@mtu.edu.



NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • HIV pathogenesis and the oral microbiota (R01)
    (RFA-DE-18-007)
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 24, 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. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.

  • Regional Consortia for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy (U24)
    (RFA-GM-17-005)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 7, 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.

  • Interaction of HIV and Neurodevelopment of Children in Resource-Limited Settings: Improving Assessments (R01) 
    (RFA-HD-18-019)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 29, 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.

  • Interaction of HIV and Neurodevelopment of Children in Resource-Limited Settings: Improving Assessments (R21)
    (RFA-HD-18-020)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 29, 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

  • Biomarkers: Bridging Pediatric and Adult Therapeutics (R21)
    (PAR-17-169)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    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.

  • Alcohol Research Resource Awards (R24)
    (PAR-17-170)
    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. 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.

  • Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative: Enabling Biomimetic Tissue-Engineered Technologies for Cancer Research (R01)
    (PAR-17-171)
    National Cancer Institute
    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.

NSF RFP

Full Proposal Window: March 22, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-534  The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.  The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:

 

A low-cost mechanical device for minimally invasive surgery

 

Nano-Biosensing

 

Thermal Transport Processes

 

Terraformer wind tunnel takes hazards engineering research to a new level

 

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 24, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-612
The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research …

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13708&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Note from the director: Broadening participation through NSF INCLUDES


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computational Neuroscience

We would like to bring to your attention a 9-week NSF REU program for undergraduates in the area of computational neuroscience. We will enroll students from Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Physics and Mathematics.

Details about the program can be found at the site –  http://engineering.missouri.edu/neuroreu/

Would appreciate if you could pass these on to interested undergraduates from all the disciplines at your institution.


WORKSHOP ON REFLECTION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – APPLICATION

The Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE) and the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT) are hosting a workshop on the use of reflection in engineering education. The workshop will take place in Seattle, September 14-15, 2017.

Space in this workshop is limited, so we are asking interested participants to submit a one-page statement of interest including the following information:

  1.  Your name and affiliation
  2.  Your experience with engineering education
  3.  One or more questions you have about reflection
  4.  What knowledge, experience, or insights you can bring to the workshop and share with the community
  5.  What you hope to get out of the workshop

If you are selected to participate in the workshop, you will be asked to submit an abstract by August 15, and bring a poster or handout to that meeting that describes either 1) work you have already done; OR 2) your ideas, questions, etc. about reflection, with the goal of sparking conversations.

Please submit applications Lesley Pfeifer at leslep@uw.edu by 5pm on March 15, 2017.  Acceptance notifications will be sent out on March 31, 2017.

This application information, as well as further information about CPREE, can be found at http://cpree.uw.edu/


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program – Due May 16, 2017

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2017 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday May 16, 2017. 

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program and online application can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science