Archives—June 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the National Priorities: Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water Request for Applications (RFA).

Open Date: June 27, 2017

Close Date: August 15, 2017

The EPA, as directed by Congress and the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, is seeking applications proposing innovative research on detecting and controlling lead in drinking water.This RFA calls for research partnerships and collaborations with local communities that are potentially most vulnerable for exposures to lead in drinking water.

Clean drinking water is essential to protecting human health. This funding opportunity seeks applications that will propose research combining scientific fields to look at lead through the water distribution system, including the lead found in a communities water supply, issue with lead in water treatment, and distribution, and the potential effects of lead on public health.

Grants awarded under this RFA will support the collection of data and analytical models that help communities identify and remediate the risks associated with lead in drinking water. This research will also help improve understanding of data sampling protocols and of the factors influencing how different communities are exposed to and are vulnerable to lead in drinking water.

Guidance and training for investigators conducting EPA-funded research involving human subject may be obtained here:
http://www.epa.gov/osainter/phre/policy.htm
http://www.epa.gov/osainter/phre/phre_course/index.htm


NextChallenge: Smart Cities is back  with another $100K opportunity

NextEnergy, in partnership with Wells Fargo, DENSO and DTE Energy, is seeking to accelerate the development of hardware and/or software solutions that will
address real-world challenges facing urban areas. With a total of $100K up for grabs
to demonstrate your smart city solution, we invite you to learn more and
apply by August 18, 2017.
 
Learn more about NextChallenge: SmartCities 2017 here.
(Applications now open!)
Join us for a free webinar to learn how 
to submit your smart city tech idea.
This free webinar is designed to answer questions and provide you with
helpful tips for a successful submission. Sponsors will share details about the challenges that they are seeking to address and the technologies of interest.
When?
Thursday, July 27, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

How?
Find webinar details, instructions and registration here.
Event overview
– Meet the sponsors! (Wells Fargo, DENSO and DTE Energy)
– NextChallenge: SmartCities 2017 application and review process
– Q&A with NextEnergy and sponsors
Questions?
Gina Schrader, Director, Business Model Innovation, NextEnergy

AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle Competition Community Forum Today

The Electrical, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Departments will hold a community forum at 5 p.m. today (June 29) in EERC 100 concerning the AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle competition.

Michigan Tech is one of eight schools selected to participate in this three year competition. In this forum, we will discuss the high level details concerning the first year of the competition and ways the greater campus community can get involved.

The competition team is also currently looking for motivated students with engineering and software design experience to assist the team on critical design activities during the month of July. Several paid positions are available to exceptionally well-qualified students.


Explore Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Occupational Therapy! 

With just over one month to go until the August 1, 2017 deadline, now is the time to focus on your Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application! Fulbright Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential to teach, research, and exchange ideas. There are nearly 500 awards available in more than 125 countries; complete details are located in the Catalog of Awards.

Available awards that might interest you include:

Armenia:  All Disciplines– occupational therapy is a highly preferred discipline

Iceland: Health Sciences-Faculty of Occupational Therapy Studies

Oman: All Disciplinesoccupational therapy is a preferred specialization

To learn more about these opportunities, register for one of our webinars. You might be particularly interested in our upcoming webinar on June 28, Application Walk-Through and Virtual Advising (II).

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Ready to apply? Click here to start your application!

Kind regards,

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
europeeurasia@iie.org
Institute of International Education (IIE)


small animal ultrasound scanner training session Sept. 18

Dear Colleagues,
    I hope that everyone is having a good summer and all is well. I am pleased to let you know that the small animal ultrasound scanner is finally arriving in a couple of weeks. The vendor has also agreed to provide an one-day training session on Sept. 18 at no additional cost.
If someone in your group is interested in attending the training session please let me or Qinghui (qinghuic@mtu.edu)  know so that we can reserve appropriate room for the on-site training session.  We are also considering recording the training if the right permission can be obtained.
    If you or someone in your group are interested in using the ultrasound scanner but have questions please feel free to contact us so that we can probably help or pass your application-specific questions to the vendor. Look forward to working with you and future collaborations.
For these of you are interested or at least are thinking about potential applications, a brief introduction of the ultrasound scanner can be found following the link below.
Best regards,
–JJ (jjiang1@mtu.edu)

Orbitrap Elite MS Users: Use Fees

Dear Orbitrap Elite MS Users,

This year has been exciting with our personnel and equipment expansions under the NSF-funded Major Research Instrumentation grant. In the past year, we’ve taken on several small projects to learn about the community needs and demonstrate the instrument capability.  However, from here forward, we’re required to charge user fees for instrument time. This is necessary in order to maintain the instrument and technical support. As a reminder, the currently approved rates are $50/hr or $300/day.
 
For the users seeking accurate mass measurements by direct infusion, if samples are brought ready-to-use (clean, in the right concentration and appropriate solvent), we are able to run

6-8 samples/hr. For LC/MS runs, please consider one hour per sample. 

 
Because we still want to grow our user base, we’re offering limited “free/reduced cost” user time for method development or collecting preliminary data for proposals/new projects. To be considered, please prepare a short proposal with the following: (1) a description of the proposed science and/or technology development (no more than 

2

 pages), including broader impacts of the work; (2) a one-page description of the previous relevant work;

and (3) a biographical sketch of the PI. Proposals will be reviewed by our user committee. The committee will decide how many hours can be allowed for instrument use with reduced rates. 

 
Thanks for your cooperation and I am looking forward to our future collaborations!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions.
 
Many thanks,
Maryam Khaksari, Ph.D.
Mass Spectrometry Research Specialist 
Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Lab
Part of the Microanalytical Facility (MAF) (maf.mtu.edu)
Department of Chemistry
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-487-1469

FY18 Fringe Benefit Rates

The Office of Naval Research has recently approved Michigan Tech’s fiscal year 2018 predetermined Fringe Benefit rates  effective July 1, 2017.  The rate agreement can be found at

http://www.mtu.edu/research/references/facts-figures/

The rates effective July 1, 2017 are:

Regular Non-Student Employees Rate 39%

Summer/Additional Comp Rate 20%

Graduate Student Rate 8.6%

Temporary Employees Rate 9%

Undergraduate Student Rate 0%


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Novel Assays for Screening the Effects of Chemical Toxicants on Cell Differentiation (SBIR R44)
    (RFA-ES-17-007)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2017), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Program Announcements

  • Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research (R21)
    (PA-17-295)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research (R01)
    (PA-17-298)
    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.

  • NCCIH Natural Product Phase I-IIa Clinical Trial Award (R33)
    (PAR-17-318)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: October 4, 2017 Resubmission and Revision Applications: October 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • NCCIH Natural Product Phase I-IIa Clinical Trial Phased Innovation Award (R61/R33)
    (PAR-17-319)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New Applications: October 4, 2017 Resubmission and Revision Applications: October 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21)
    (PAR-17-320)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01)
    (PAR-17-321)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30)
    (PAR-17-322)
    National Eye Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 28, 2017; September 28, 2018, September 18, 2019, by 5:00 PM 

RFP: Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program

Good morning,

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is currently soliciting for project proposals under the Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program.  GLAD is a program set up to address the deposition of toxic pollutants, as well as understand how these pollutants adversely affect both human and ecosystem health within the Great Lakes basin. In the past, GLAD, under the efforts of the Great Lake Commissions (GLC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), has been able to engage scientific leaders to better understand the sources of toxic pollutants by supporting more than 35 projects that identify, quantify, and reduce the sources, environmental transport processes, deposition rates, fate, and impacts of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes region. The GLAD program places a large emphasis on promoting scientific efforts that will increase the ability to manage this complicated but urgent environmental issue.

IDEM anticipates that the available funding for the current federal fiscal year (FY18) of GLAD will be approximately $90,000, an amount similar to what was awarded during the previous year. If funding is not available, then IDEM will not award GLAD funding for 2018.  Successful applicants will be invited to enter into a grant agreement with IDEM to perform the work described within their proposal. Choices will be based on the selection criteria identified in Attachment A of the solicitation. IDEM anticipates funding one to two projects, depending on the scope of work and cost per proposal. The deadline for proposals is August 9, 2017, by close of business.

The GLAD grant solicitation, as well as further information about the program, can be found at http://www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2635.htm under ‘2018 GLAD Documents’.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you believe would be interested in this opportunity.

Thank you.

Jennifer R. Geisenhaver, MPA

Senior Environmental Manager

Office of Air Quality – Air Programs Branch

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

jgeisenh@idem.IN.gov

(P) 317.233.8628

(F) 317.233.5967


NSF RFPs (CAREER)

(as if you didn’t know this was coming!)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 20, 2017
— for ENG
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-537
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 21, 2017
— for GEO, MPS, SBE
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-537CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education …
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 Solicitation: NSF 17-516
Due Date: October 18, 2017
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Limit Summary: There is no limit to the number of proposals an eligible Institution may submit to this program, as long as each proposed Site belongs to a different IUCRC.