Archives—May 2017

Example of the use of Digital Commons to gain exposure of research results

“Bryophyte Ecology” is the result of more than a decade of research, collaboration and composition by Professor Emerita Janice Glime (Bio Sci) and many contributors and photographers.

The five-volume work is unique not only as the most recent comprehensive reference on bryophyte ecology, but because it is “open” to the world. “Bryophyte Ecology” was initially self-published on the web and is now accessible on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech.

Moving the work to Digital Commons ensures long-term preservation and easier access. Additionally, the work reaches top slots using any search engine.

Glime’s goal in creating an open work “was to reach a broad audience in an affordable format with lots of illustrations and a readable style.

“Bryophyte Ecology” has been used as a textbook, reference source and field guide. It contains many color photographs, information on physiological ecology, bryological interactions, methods of collection and various uses of bryophytes as well as question sections throughout to facilitate learning.

Discover the world of bryophytes here.

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, the university’s digital repository, is a platform for storing, sharing and showcasing research and educational resources. To learn more or to consider adding your own work contact digitalcommons@mtu.edu.


BBC: NIH SBIR/STTR Training

SBIR Road Tour & Summit – July 19
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
Join BBCetc for this special event featuring one-on-one meetings with federal
agency Program Managers, informative panels and sessions and a showcase of
Michigan entrepreneurial resources.
Agencies touring: NIH, NSF, USDA, NIST, USAF, MDA, Navy, SOCOM, DOE, DHS, USPTO, and DOT

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH

Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Ann Arbor
This workshop covers all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants focused on life science technologies. Topics covered include: current information on the NIH program, writing to meet reviewer expectations, step-by-step instruction on writing each section of your proposal, and common problems and pitfalls to avoid. If you’re targeting a submission for the Sept. 5 deadline, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to put your best foot forward!
Cost: $75 Register
 
ABCs of SBIR/STTR Funding
Thursday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WMed Innovation Center, Kalamazoo
Attend this free Lunch & Learn and find out how the federal SBIR/STTR programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Learn about SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements, which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more.
Cost: Complimentary but registration is required. Register

Insight into military R&D based upon NDIA National Defense Weekly Insider

Army Budget Request Leaves Little Room for Modernization
The Trump administration’s 2018 fiscal year budget proposal for the Army would give the service a modest $7 billion increase over the 2017 enacted levels.  FULL STORY HERE

Air Force FY18 Budget Request Sees R&D Boost
The service’s request for $183 billion — a 7 percent increase over the enacted fiscal year 2017 budget of $171 billion— contains a notable increase in research-and-development funding, but largely focuses on sustaining its current inventory. FULL STORY HERE

Air Force Seeks Big Funding Boost for Space Capabilities
The Air Force wants a boost in funding for its space portfolio as potential adversaries advance their counter-space capabilities. FULL STORY HERE

Navy Procurement Spending Stays Flat in Trump’s FY18 Budget
Although President Donald Trump has called for a major naval buildup, Navy procurement spending would not ramp up in fiscal year 2018 if his funding requests were enacted. FULL STORY HERE

Marine Corps’ Procurement Gets Boost in President’s Budget
The Marine Corps could see a modest increase in funding under the Trump’s administration’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. FULL STORY HERE



Architect and Structural Engineers: Mass Timber Workshop July 25th

Recent advancements in mass timber technology, coupled the desire for low carbon and renewable materials, has revitalized wood structural design.  The engaging aesthetic of wood coupled with the expected cost advantage for mass timber products is expected to bring wood into cityscapes.

This workshop brings together experts who have a diverse and deep knowledge of the development of the mass timber revolution in North America. Learn about the possibilities and barriers to overcome to help launch mass timber building development in Michigan.

See attached flyer for our list of speakers.  Agenda will be sent out soon.

Share with every Architect and Structural Engineer you know.

See you there!

Mark

Mark Rudnicki, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute
Cell: 906-231-6799

MI mass timber workshop


NSF RFPs

 Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: June 19, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-548

Quantum computing is a revolutionary approach to information processing based on the quantum physics of coherent superposition and entanglement.  Advantages of quantum computing include efficient algorithms for computationally difficult tasks, efficient use of resources such as memory and energy needed for computations, and new platforms for the simulation of quantum mechanical systems that are currently intractable using conventional computers.  Applications for quantum computing, …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505229&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)

Full Proposal Target Date: June 21, 2017

Program Guidelines: NSF 17-516

The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the …

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5501&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) has realigned and refocused several of the programs within its Engineering Biology and Health cluster. This effort was undertaken to clarify the scope of each of the programs and to minimize programmatic overlap. Effective immediately, the programs in the cluster are as follows:

Biophotonics
This program’s scope remains unchanged.
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505337

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE)
The name change for this program, formerly Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering (BBE), indicates the addition of the characterization and engineering of therapeutic live cells to the program. Another significant revision is that all proposals are required to include a section on the impact of proposed research on the associated biomanufacturing process.
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505334

Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE)
This program has been refocused from the previous General and Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program. The new scope retains the primary emphasis on engineering advancements that will positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities while expanding the focus to include fundamental research in two areas: human movement and injury mechanisms. Fundamental research in these focus areas is linked directly to both minimizing disabilities and improving outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505335

Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS)
This program has been refocused from the previous Biomedical Engineering (BME) program. The primary shift in focus is to emphasize the engineering nature of research to be funded by EBMS, as compared to an application of existing technology. The targeted themes were removed to instead focus on the engineering process of studying biomedical systems, including the validation of hybrid system designs and models of physiological and pathophysiological systems.
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501023

Nano-Biosensing
This program was revised to emphasize the importance of incorporating reproducibility of measurements and sensor performance, while decreasing error rate in the developed nano-biosensing systems.
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505340

Solicitation: NSF 17-560
Due Date: August 10, 2017
Limit Summary: There are no restrictions or limits on the number of proposals per organization. However, there is a limitation on the number of submissions per scientist. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation cannot be duplicates of proposals to any other Federal agency for simultaneous consideration. The only exceptions to this rule are: (1) when the program officers at the relevant Federal agencies have previously agreed to joint review and possible joint funding of the proposal; or (2) proposals for PIs who are beginning investigators (individuals who have not been a PI or co-PI on a Federally funded award with the exception of doctoral dissertation, postdoctoral fellowship or research planning grants). For proposers who qualify under this latter exception, the box for “Beginning Investigator” must be checked on the Cover Sheet.

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30)
    (RFA-AG-18-007)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 19, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) (R03)
    (RFA-AG-18-015)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • HIV/AIDS and the Tumor Niche (R01)
    (RFA-CA-17-030)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 7, 2017; August 7, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • NIDDK Information Network Coordinating Unit: dkNET-CU (U24)
    (RFA-DK-17-010)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 31, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Developing Biomarkers for Trastuzumab-induced Cardiotoxicity (R30)
    (RFA-FD-17-006)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 10 , 2017, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 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.

  • Food Safety Preventive Controls and Produce Safety Standards: Building Competency in Latin America in Support of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
    (RFA-FD-17-011)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 2, 2017, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • AHRQ National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32)
    (RFA-HS-17-011)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 12, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Addressing Suicide Research Gaps: Understanding Mortality Outcomes (R01)
    (RFA-MH-18-410)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM

Program Announcements

  • Alcohol-Induced Effects on Tissue Injury and Repair (R21)
    (PA-17-296)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Alcohol-Induced Effects on Tissue Injury and Repair (R01)
    (PA-17-297)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Small Grants for Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens (R03)
    (PA-17-299)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • U.S. Tobacco Control Policies to Reduce Health Disparities (R01)
    (PAR-17-217)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 11, 2017; June 13, 2018; October 11, 2018; June 13, 2019; October 11, 2019; June 15, 2020 by 5:00 PM

  • U.S. Tobacco Control Policies to Reduce Health Disparities (R21)
    (PAR-17-218)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 11, 2017; June 13, 2018; October 11, 2018; June 13, 2019; October 11, 2019; June 15, 2020, by 5:00 PM 

NSF Releases Information on the Relocation of its Headquarters this Summer

NSF is moving to its new location in Alexandria, VA this summer.  Due to the move FastLane and Research.gov will be unavailable from June 30 to July 4.  Other information regarding the move and possible disruptions in proposal processing, submittal of project reports, cash requests, etc. can be found in NSF Important Notice 139.  NSF expects to be in its new location, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, effective October 2, 2017.


MTEC: Local Entrepreneurial ecosystem news and opportunities

EVENTS
Final Fridays! Join us at the KBC Tomorrow – Friday, May 26th starting at 4pm. 
This is a relaxed, after-work social where entrepreneurs, inventors, and community members can share advice, ideas and network. Everyone is welcome, bring your friends! No pressure. No commitments. Just beer (maybe some peanuts) and socializing.

Legal Seminar: Business Relationships 

The next legal seminar in our series will be held on Tuesday, June 20th with guest presenter Tami Seavoy. This event is open to all MTEC SmartZone clients.

About the presentation: 

The term “partner” is overused in business and may refer to a person, who owns stock or an interest in the same company, a lender, a vendor or another contractor.  This presentation is intended to help the entrepreneur better discern the essence of the relationship before assigning it a label.

Aligning expectations of those working together on a business venture and finding the right label and structure for the relationship, helps entrepreneurs protect their IP as they develop formation documents and next steps.  This presentation is geared toward those in pre-formation and/or early development stages, but also may be useful to those on the verge of expansion.

Tami is an Attorney at KENDRICKS, BORDEAU, ADAMINI, GREENLEE & KEEFE, P.C. 

Town Hall Forum- Mpls Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari

Do you have a hard question about the economy? Or about the Fed’s recent interest rate hikes? Curious about what the Minneapolis Fed does within the Federal Reserve System?

Here is your chance to join a dynamic, no-holds-barred conversation with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari about these very topics and more. President Kashkari is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Fed sets interest rates. He will give brief remarks, followed by an open-mic Q&A with the audience, moderated by Dr. Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost of Michigan Tech.

Tuesday, June 27th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center. 

REGISTER HERE: 
https://frbminneapolis.cvent.com/c/express/f2547868-4ea3-4eb5-9ef2-41c275ea2a54


Two DOE Solar Research Opportunities and 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy – Deadline May 31, 2017

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE’s mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.  Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program Office sponsoring the award.  Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials.

Benefits include a yearly stipend of $65,000, a research allowance of $10,000, a research mentor allowance of $5,000, health insurance, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000.

Applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years from the application deadline or be expected to complete all the doctoral degree requirements by May 30, 2017.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by May 15, 2017.
  • Be available to start by September 1, 2017. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants with previous commitments. Contact DOE-RPP@orau.org for additional information.
  • Have received support to submit an application from a research mentor who holds a principal investigator position at a research facility (see Research Mentors for requirements and expectations for research mentors).
  • Be eligible to obtain security or visitation clearance, if one is required by the host facility.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to pursue innovative research in EERE areas of interest.
  • Have a superior academic performance record.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (All); Engineering (All); Other Physical Sciences (All); Physics; Applied Physics; Physics (General); Computer Sciences (All)

Appointment Location:  Various federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria, information about EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards and application instructions, please visit http://energy.gov/eere/education/eere-postdoctoral-research-awards.  For additional information please contact Cedricka Harris, Cedricka.Harris@orau.org.

 

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DOE-SunShot Innovators Program

The SunShot Innovators Program supports recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar technologies and policies.  The SunShot Innovators Program offers hands-on, practical experiences that allow participants to contribute innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). The SunShot Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  For more information about SETO and the SunShot Initiative, visithttps://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative.

Participant Benefits

Appointments are for up to two years. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the hosting institution.  Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications.

Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:

o   Level 1: Have earned an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 2: Have earned a graduate degree (Doctorate or Master’s) in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 3: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. Applicant must have at least ten years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3250.  For additional information please contact Taylor Pitchford, DOE-RPP@orau.org.

 

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Registration and Abstract Solicitation for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

The Spallation Neutron Source – High Flux Isotope Reactor (SNS-HFIR) User Group has announced that registration for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting  is open and abstract solicitation is ongoing.  The meeting will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is set for week of July 31 – August 4, 2017 and will highlight research achievements by users and staff of Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and of ORNL’s neutron scattering user facilities, as well as the broader neutron-scattering and nanoscience research communities.  There will be opportunities to meet with facility staff and other researchers to discuss and plan for submitting user proposals and other collaborative activities.

Additionally, the main User Meeting, on Aug. 1-2, will feature:

  • Six plenary addresses
  • Six parallel tracks of oral presentations, including 16 Invited Speakers
  • The topics of the SNS/HFIR-focused tracks are as follows:
  • Materials for energy, sustainability and the environment
  • Quantum phenomena in materials
  • Chemical and Engineering Materials
  • Data Analysis, modeling and visualization
  • Additional contributed talks and posters selected from submitted abstracts
  • Poster Session with Best Student Poster Competition
  • Facility tours
  • Opportunities for user proposal planning with facility staff
  • User group Town Hall meetings and Panel Discussions

A variety of focused Workshops and Tutorials will also be held on July 31 and August 3.  These include hands-on data analysis sessions, a workshop how to prepare your sample for your neutron scattering experiment, an introduction to polarized neutron capabilities at SNS/HFIR, focused sessions on the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) with neutron scattering as well as new tools available for modeling structure and dynamics (CAMM), and a workshop devoted to liquids reflectometry and large scale structures.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Deadline: June 7 – https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/page/8

Registration Deadline: July 17. There is no cost to register but Advance Registration Is Required! –https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/registration/

Poster Session: August 1 & Plenary and Oral Sessions: August 1-2 – https://conference.sns.gov/indico/event/81/picture/45.pdf

Workshops and Tutorials: July 31 and August 3-4 – https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/page/12

Direct link for copy/paste to a browser: https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/

The SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) consists of all persons interested in using the neutron scattering facilities at Oak Ridge. Learn more:http://neutrons.ornl.gov/shug

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org