Archives—August 2017


Requests for Applications

  • Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network Late Phase Clinical Trials and Observational Studies (Collaborative U01)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2017), by 5:00 PM

  • Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network Translational Research (U01)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network Data Coordinating Center (U24)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2017), by 5:00 PM

  • Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network Clinical Pilot Trials (U01)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2017), by 5:00 PM

  • Alcoholic Hepatitis Clinical and Translational Network Basic and Pre-Clinical Research (UH2/UH3)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 23, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research: Dynamic Neuroimmune Interactions in the Transition from Normal CNS Function to Disorders (R01)
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 7, 2017, by 5:00 PM
  • Partnerships for Countermeasures Against Select Pathogens (R01)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 12, 2018 , by 5:00 PM

  • Consortium on Translational Research in Early Detection of Liver Cancer (Clinical and Research Centers (U01)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Coordinating Center for the Consortium of Translational Research in Early Detection of Liver Cancer (U24)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 24, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Catalyst Award in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DP1- Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 2, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 24, 2017, October 24, 2018, and October 24, 2019, by 5:00 PM

  • Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) (U54)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R01)
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 7, 2017, by 5:00 PM

Program Announcements

  • Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Research Data (R01)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Research Data (R03)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM

  • Continuation of Existing Grant Based Epidemiology Cohort Studies in Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Diseases and Disorders (U01)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 22, 2018, February 21, 2019, February 20, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • Bench Testing Therapeutic/Indication Pairing Strategies (UG3/UH3)
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 30,2017, February 28,2018, June 26,2018, October 30, 2018, February 27,2019, June 26,2019, October 30,2019,February 27,2020, June 26, 2020 , by 5:00 PM

  • Clinical and Epidemiological Research on Chronic Disease in the Caribbean (R01)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    National Cancer Institute
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 15, 2017, November 15, 2018, November 15, 2019),, by 5:00 PM

  • Detection of HIV for Self-Testing (R61/R33)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 6, 2017, December 6, 2018, and December 6, 2019 , by 5:00 PM 


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 18, 2017

Program Guidelines: NSF 17-546  NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015.  Four BD Hubs – Midwest, Northeast, South, and West – were established to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government, both nationally and internationally.  These BD Hubs are serving a convening and coordinating role by bringing together a wide range …More at


Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

NSF issues first Convergence awards, addressing societal challenges through scientific collaboration

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (MCB)


 Full Proposal Window: September 18, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-569  The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. …More at


 Solicitation: NSF 17-591
Due Date: November 27, 2017
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Limit Summary:  An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub proposal, although it may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals.
Solicitation: NSF 17-592
Due Date: November 20, 2017
Institutional Limit: 3
Limit Summary: A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution.  Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF, and no more than two invitations will be issued to a single organization. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution.

NameCoach now Available

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To all Michigan Tech instructional personnel: Learning and correctly pronouncing names is challenging, but it’s one of the best things an instructor can do (and encourage students to do) to promote a comfortable learning environment. There’s evidence that learning names can reduce cheating, increase academic performance, and aid in overall classroom management. Knowing this, I hope you’ll take advantage of the new “NameCoach” tool that’s available in the left toolbar of every Canvas course this fall at Michigan Tech. “NameCoach Recorder” allows an instructor or student to record their correctly pronounced name as well as indicating an “honorific” and preferred pronouns. Recording once (for any class) will make the name available for all sections. “NameCoach Roster” displays a list of recorded names, honorifics, and pronouns and allows class members to hear and practice any names listed. A screencast demonstration is available if needed. The process takes less than five minutes, and students new to Michigan Tech will be asked to record their names as part of orientation this fall. I encourage instructors to record their own names and to ask all returning students to do so as well. Remember that names that you consider easy to pronounce (including your own!) may seem very difficult for others. Student questions about making recordings can be directed to (7-1111). This initial implementation of NameCoach was co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Student Development Days with Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) September 21st 12pm-2pm and September 22nd 8am-11am

Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

Meet the dynamic and influential women of the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA), a select group of successful female grads recognized for their personal and professional achievements. These women have been where you are and want to connect with you. Their stories will inspire you!
Thursday, September 21

Join the PCA for lunch and listen to Lightning Talks – short, high voltage presentations by powerful women of the PCA. Each presentation will be 10-15 minutes in duration.                                                    Stop for the food. Stay for the wisdom.

Friday, September 22
Enjoy breakfast and a keynote presentation from Michigan Tech alumna and PCA member, Brenda Ryan.  Immediately following join in candid round-table discussions with members of the PCA.

Nominations sought for KCP Fellowships

Applications are being sought for Spring 2018 KCP Future Faculty Fellowships, a program funded by the State of Michigan.  KCP fellowships provide students up to $20,000 (MS students) or $35,000 (PhD students) to pursue their degrees.  The Graduate School and nominating department must also contribute matching funds to help support the student.

The goal of the KCP Future Faculty Fellowship program is to increase traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing teaching careers in postsecondary education.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be a Michigan resident (contact the Graduate School for questions).
  • Be accepted into his or her Michigan Tech graduate program of choice.
  • Be planning and able to teach or secure an administrative position in postsecondary education.
  • Not have received another KCP Fellowship award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate).
  • Not be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP fellowship.

For additional details on the application materials and evaluation criteria, please see our web page. For any questions, please contact the Graduate School ( or Dr. Debra Charlesworth.

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Michigan Tech Graduate School

906-487-2327 (voice)

906-487-2284 (fax)

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Purdue graduate program open house, Oct. 12-13

Purdue’s School of Engineering Education is seeking applicants for our PhD program, and we believe that some of the students at Michigan Technological University may be a good fit.

The content below describes our program along with an invitation to our upcoming Open House on October 12-13, 2017. Please forward this as widely as you can, as we now have online registration open for interested candidates.

Thanks in advance,

Associate Professor
Purdue University School of Engineering Education
701 West Stadium Avenue | West Lafayette | Indiana 47906
(765) 494-5819

                                                          Open House
                                                          October 12-13,

Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, informally known as ENE, created the world’s FIRST engineering education doctoral program in 2004. Our program is about conducting fundamental research on engineering learning and bridging research and practice.

Over the past decade, Purdue ENE has attracted students who wish to pursue rigorous research into how engineering is best taught, learned and practiced. A PhD in engineering education has opened doors for our alumni to a range of career opportunities, from academia to nonprofit work to industry.You are invited to attend our two-day event on October 12-13, 2017, that brings together individuals from all walks of life: current undergrad and masters students from many disciplines and professional engineers ready to make a change in their career. All are welcome! Learn more online on how to attend our open house. A limited number of travel grants are available and handled on a case-by-case basis. 


  • Details about our PhD in Engineering Education and available funding
  • One-on-one discussions with faculty and current students
  • Tour of facilities and campus
  • Research seminar
  • Graduate School application workshop
  • Poster session featuring current student research
Register Online Here
Can’t make it to the open house but interested in applying? Visit our website to learn more about the graduate program. A variety of links are provided below, including signing up to receive more information. Or, plan to attend the Big Ten Graduate School ExpoSeptember 24-25, 2017 hosted at Purdue University. Stop by our booth to learn more about our program. 

More Information

Learn more about the graduate program, Purdue University and our community in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Toyota Research Institute Call for Proposals – Due October 15

$8 Million Toyota Research Institute Call for Proposals
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Toyota Research Institute Call for Proposals

Call for proposals sent on behalf of the U-M Business Engagement Center

Submit Proposal to by
Sunday, October 15, 2017
at 11:59 p.m.

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) invites proposals from the University of Michigan (“U-M”) in the areas of machine intelligence applied to robotics, self-driving cars, and automotive safety. As part of the $22M partnership with U-M announced in 2016, TRI plans to award up to $8 million for new research projects starting on January 1, 2018, in areas of interest to TRI. Newly funded projects will have durations ranging from one year to up to three years. In order to avoid proposing overlapping projects, U-M proposers are strongly encouraged to review active TRI-funded projects at:

Proposal Process:

Proposers should submit proposals, no more than two (2) pages in length, by October 15, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. to using the following file naming convention: PI first name_PI last name_date (e.g., Jane_Smith_092117).

Please work with your research administrator to complete a proposal approval form (PAF) in accordance with your unit’s established deadlines. Additionally, please follow the additional PAF Submission Instructions. (This is a Google doc, so when viewing, be sure to login to Google just using your “” address. If you have a prefix such as “med.” be sure to drop that.)

Proposers may be asked for additional information by TRI.

Proposal Content:
Proposals should state the goals of the proposed project, timelines, milestones, benchmarking metrics for measuring progress, and proposed duration and total project cost. The proposals should state which topic area (see TRI Focus Areas below) is addressed by the proposed project.

Project Reviews:
Representatives from TRI expect to visit the campus several times each year to be briefed on the status of ongoing projects. In addition, there will be on-campus annual reviews of sponsored work at U-M that will be attended by members of TRI senior staff. Finally, there will be yearly off-campus reviews where selected topics from TRI sponsored projects at various universities will be presented in a common forum broadly attended by TRI and participating university staff.

TRI Focus Areas:

TRI invites proposals in three broad topic areas;

Enhanced Driving Safety (Guardian)
TRI seeks to create cars that can never cause an accident. On the path to that goal, TRI will foster technology that enhances the safety of human driven vehicles. Such vehicles will include systems that warn drivers of unsafe conditions, and when necessary, take control of the car to avert a crash. A key aspect of these systems is that they do no harm and only result in safer outcomes. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Object detection
  • Sensor fusion
  • Path planning
  • Localization and mapping
  • Sensor development
  • Machine learning algorithms for situational awareness and driver state monitoring
  • Determining a driver’s focus of attention
  • Determining whether a driver is alert
  • Determining if a driver is distracted
  • When and how to alert a driver to an unsafe condition
  • When and how to take control of a vehicle
  • When and how to return control to a driver
Self-Driving Cars (Chauffeur)

Self-driving cars are defined as cars that can drive a given route without any human intervention. The route may be limited to specific roads or may include all roads. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Object detection
  • Sensor fusion
  • Path Planning
  • Localization and Mapping
  • Machine learning algorithms for autonomous driving
  • Methods for beginning and ending the self-driving mode

This broad topic focuses on the use of robots in the home, outdoors, and in the factory. These robots may be used to perform household chores or may generally assist people in their daily lives. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Machine learning for robotics
  • Placing and retrieving objects
  • Object recognition and tracking
  • Dexterous and compliant manipulation
  • Machine-human dialog to clarify instructions to robots
  • Learned dynamic inverse kinematics
  • Creating accurate and reliable robot behavior using inexpensive components
  • Collision avoidance, mobility, and navigation through everyday environments

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Innovation – Extent that concept is ambitious, novel, transformational, and interdisciplinary
  • Impact – Significant potential for future impact in the areas of interest to TRI
  • Approach – Likelihood of success of the proposed work plan and the proposed team, and possible engagement with TRI

Proposal Process and Timeline:

  • August 28 – October 15, 2017:  Proposal submission period.
  • November 30, 2017:  Funding decisions by joint TRI U-M Steering Committee.
  • December 2017:  Announce awards.
  • January 2018:   Start projects.

For questions please email or contact Umesh Patel, Sr. Director, Business Engagement, ucpatel@umich.edu734-647-6097.

Open Your Lab to Researchers Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

Some researchers in the storm’s path will be displaced from their laboratories for an extended period. These individuals may require extraordinary measures to continue their work. Sigma Xi is joining with March for Science to assemble a list of research laboratories nationwide that are willing to accommodate faculty, postdocs, and students who need to temporarily relocate. If you are interested in opening your laboratory to researchers evacuated by the storm, please add your information to the following list:

Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Fellowship Program Opens for Applications

Luray, Virginia: Applications for the Shenandoah National Park Trust research fellowship program to facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park will be accepted from September 15 to October 31, 2017. Funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the grant supports field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences. The funding will support projects conducted in the park and help answer questions important to park managers. The grants are managed by Shenandoah National Park and up to $15,000 per grant will be awarded.

Shenandoah National Park offers an ideal natural laboratory in which to study a wide variety of research topics. Important science issues at the park include, but are not limited to, air pollution, water quality, habitat fragmentation, invasive exotic species, rare species conservation, recreation impacts on visitor experiences and natural resources, restoration of disturbed natural and cultural landscapes, protecting our cultural heritage, and an incomplete inventory of the park’s natural and cultural resources. Shenandoah National Park offers a diversity of landscapes across nearly 200,000 acres, including hardwood forest, rocky outcrops, mountain streams, and open meadows.

The research grant program is open to applications from undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, private-sector research professionals, and others with appropriate backgrounds and credentials. To access the grant application and instructions, go to Applications will be accepted from September 15 until October 31, with grant award(s) announced December 15, 2017.

Management Specialist

Shenandoah National Park

3655 US Hwy 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

540-999-3500 x. 3300 (office)

540-742-8106 (cell)

Search Committee Certification

Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Inclusion provides a two-part staff search committee certification on a quarterly basis. The certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search to successfully hire the best candidate.

Completion of this certification is required for anyone who wishes to serve on a search committee, either as a member or as the chair.

Sign up to attend one of the following workshops:

Part One — Recruiting and Hiring Workshop

  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – noon, MUB Superior Room B001 (basement level)
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 2 – 4 p.m., MUB Ballroom B2 – B3

Part Two –  Legal Aspects

The second part of the certification is online and is administered through Canvas. To sign up for the workshop, follow this link.