Archives—April 2017

Resource with Postdoc and early career opportunities

PathwaysToScience.org has 167 different postdoc and early career opportunities posted on the site, including postdoctoral fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and more.

Browse the full list of opportunities here: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Postdocs_Postdoc+%26+Early+Career&submit=y&all=all

Or use our advanced search page to narrow your results: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv
Liv Detrick, Deputy Director
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)
www.PathwaysToScience.org


DARPA: Biological Technologies Office BAA

DARPA released its Biological Technologies Office BAA yesterday.  See attached.  Note that applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract in advance of a proposal to minimize full proposal development for concepts that might not be considered.
BTO is seeking proposals “investigating leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences,” and “BTO’s investment portfolio goes far beyond life science applications in medicine to include areas of research such as human-machine interfaces, microbes as production platforms, and deep exploration of the impact of evolving ecologies and environments on U.S. readiness and capabilities.”
Pages 4 and 5 broadly outline areas of topical interest.  Note on top of page 9 language relative to cost share, specifically if there is the potential for commercial application.
Keep me posted if there is interest in developing a proposal.  glrcadmin-l would be happy to assist.

Elizabeth Hoy (Beth)
Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
Great Lakes Research Center  l  Michigan Technological University

Information for NSF CAREER Proposals – 2017

Proposals to the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program are submitted each July. These prestigious five-year awards are designed to support the research and education activities of untenured assistant professors in any discipline supported by NSF. Additional eligibility information can be found in the program solicitation (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm). An informational webinar for those planning to submit a CAREER proposal will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from noon-2:30pm in GLRC 202. 
 
To allow faculty additional time to work on the project narrative and related scientific documents, the Sponsored Programs Office is piloting a two-stage internal deadline for CAREER proposals in 2017. All final internal documents and the application package (completed in NSF FastLane) will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7:00 a.m., 1 week (7 calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline.  Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into Fastlane; the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task. While this 1-week deadline is consistent with prior internal CAREER deadlines, for 2017 the main science documents in the application package do not need to be final at this point and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms.  All final science-related documents (e.g., project description, summary) will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline (see below).  Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package.  This later deadline will provide valuable additional time for the PI/researcher to focus on the research narrative aspects of the proposal.

Discipline-specific deadlines will be:
 
Wednesday, July 12 (application package, internal documents) and Wednesday, July 19 (final science documents), both dates at 7:00 am for proposals submitted to BIO, CISE, EHR
Thursday, July 13 (application package, internal documents) and Thursday, July 20 (final science documents), both dates at 7:00 am for proposals submitted to ENG
Friday, July 14 (application package, internal documents) and Friday, July 21 (final science documents), both dates at 7:00 am for proposals submitted to GEO, MPS, SBE

A specific list of documents that will be accepted on the day of submission will be sent to all PIs. 
 
Faculty wishing to submit to the CAREER program are asked to complete this two-question “intent to submit” form by May 19. The form can be found here

If you have questions about the CAREER program or would like assistance preparing your proposal, please contact the Research Development office at rd-l@mtu.edu.



Direct link to the “intent to submit” form: https://goo.gl/forms/SUx4NsqhD9DPPn4i1


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30)
    (RFA-AR-18-004)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 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 these dates. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. 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.

  • Limited Competition: Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (UC4)
    (RFA-DK-17-507)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 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.

  • Limited Competition: National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (NNTC) Clinical Sites (U24)
    (RFA-MH-18-250)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 26, 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. 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.

  • Limited Competition: National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (NNTC) Data Coordinating Center (U24)
    (RFA-MH-18-251)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 26,2017, 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. 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.

  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1)
    (RFA-RM-17-005)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 1, 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.

  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
    (RFA-RM-17-006)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 8, 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. 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.

  • NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards (R01)
    (RFA-RM-17-007)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 15, 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.

  • NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
    (RFA-RM-17-008)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 22, 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

  • NICHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21)
    (PA-17-259)
    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. 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.

  • Scaling Established Clinical Decision Support to Facilitate the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Research Findings (R18)
    (PA-17-260)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Developing New Clinical Decision Support to Disseminate and Implement Evidence-Based Research Findings (R18)
    (PA-17-261)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • PsychENCODE: Non-coding Functional Elements in the Human Brain and their Role in the Development of Psychiatric Disorders (U01)
    (PAR-17-257)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 6, 2017, June 6, 2018, June 6, 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.

  • PsychENCODE: Non-coding Functional Elements in the Human Brain and their Role in the Development of Psychiatric Disorders (Collaborative U01)
    (PAR-17-258)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 6, 2017, June 6, 2018, June 6, 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.

Small Business Association of Michigan – Free Engage Workshop – April 26, 5:30 pm – Ore Dock Brewing Company

Dear Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners:

SBAM Engage is the perfect opportunity for you, the small business owner, to connect with your peers. We know how important it is for small business owners to share challenges, ask questions, and talk about ideas with others who are in your same unique position of business owner.

We hope you’ll join us for SBAM Engage.
Join us in Marquette at 5:30pm on Wednesday, April 26th, Ore Dock Brewing Company.

  • Connect with other small business owners
  • Get the latest inside scoop on legislative issues that impact your business
  • Hear news about major small business issues like talent retention and HR issues
  • Meet some of the SBAM staff

More more information and to register for this free event go to https://www.sbam.org/engage 


SBIR/STTR May programs from BBC

How to Manage Your SBIR/STTR Grant or Contract
Monday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ann Arbor Spark Innovation Center, Ann Arbor
Whether you are anticipating an award or have already been funded, understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success. Program provides guidance on preparing a budget, what you should know about government audits, strategies for indirect rates, using QuickBooks to stay in compliance and setting up policies and procedures. Cost: $50 Register
JUST ADDED:
Getting Ready for Your Phase II NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal
Wednesday, May 10, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Michigan Life Science & Innovation Center, Plymouth
You’ve made it through the first hurdle — getting your Phase I funded. You’ve achieved your aims and demonstrated feasibility. You’re ready to write and submit your Phase II proposal — or are you?
Join nationally recognized SBIR/STTR expert, Lisa Kurek, for this informative session which will explore the key considerations for a Phase II proposal with specific emphasis on commercialization. Lisa will provide the framework for a strong commercialization plan, discuss key activities that you can initiate while still working on your Phase I project, and review the overall attributes of a compelling, well-crafted proposal. Cost: $75 Register
 
Granting vs Contracting Agencies: Determining the Best Fit for Your Technology
Wednesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WMed Innovation Center, Kalamazoo
Determining if your technology is best suited for a granting (i.e., NIH, NSF, DOE) or a contracting (i.e. DOD, NASA, DHS) agency will dictate many aspects of proposal preparation, from your initial planning and interactions with agency personnel to nitty-gritty details. This session will describe the differences between granting and contracting agencies, how to determine the best fit for your technology and how to tailor your proposal for each.
Cost: Complimentary but registration is required. Register

New DoD SBIR/STTR Topics Out: BBCetc’s Quick Topic Overview

DoD Topics Released
The Department of Defense (DoD) has pre-released it’s SBIR 17.2 and the STTR 17.B Broad Agency Announcements. To help with searching the topics, BBCetc has compiled a quick-reference summary listed by participating component. View Quick Topic Summary
Important Dates:
April 21 – Pre-release
May 22 –  Open period for discussion with TPOCs closes (Why is this important? See next item)
June 7 – SITIS (SBIR Interactive Topic Information System) Q&A Closes
May 23 – Proposals accepted
June 21 – Proposal deadline, 8:00 p.m. ET (Please note new time)
Remember: As always, read and follow the DoD and component instructions.

The 30-Day Window is Open. Talk to Your TPOC Now!

The Dept. of Defense issued its 2017.2 SBIR and 2017.B STTR pre-solicitation on April 21, opening a 30-window during which you can talk directly to its Technical Points of Contact (TPOCs), before proposals may be submitted beginning on May 23. Why bother talking to a TPOC?

Here’s why:
  • The TPOC is often the author of the topic and so is most knowledgeable about its intent.
  • During the 30-day pre-solicitation period, your conversation with the TPOC is private. Once that period is over, you can post questions – anonymously – to the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System (SITIS) for technical clarification only, but your questions and responses will be public. (Conversely, you can gain information by monitoring the questions/answers of others, but the answers will likely be nowhere near what you can glean from a one-on-one conversation.).
  • This is your opportunity to learn the parameters of the topic, ask technical questions, get clarification, and gauge whether and how well your technology meets the objective.
Even if you don’t talk to the TPOC, be sure you note who it is, because once the actual solicitation begins, TPOC names and contact information are withdrawn from view. A couple more BBCetc pointers:
  1. Topics are sometimes altered based on the questions received during the pre-solicitation, or even withdrawn, so be sure to double check the topics when the actual solicitation period begins.
  2. Always, always, always read the solicitation carefully. There’s no replacement for this invaluable step, which answers many questions and provides key pointers.
For more help on your proposal, contact us at info@bbcetc.com / 734.930.9741.

NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 16, 2017

Program Guidelines: NSF 17-522   Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields.  NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505289&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

04/18/2017 10:46 AM EDT

Waterman metal

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced changes in eligibility requirements for the Alan T. Waterman Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., now may be nominated for the award. Previous requirements mandated nominees be 35 years or younger or up to seven years post Ph.D. More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191685&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (nsf17552)

 

Geophysics (PH)

 



REU Site proposals

The Pavlis Honors College is willing to work with faculty who might be considering submitting a proposal for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). They are happy to offer resources to manage applications and consider ways to work together to provide enrichment while REU students are on campus in the summer supplement.
If interested, please contact Lorelle Meadows at lameadows@mtu.edu