Archives—October 2017

Call for Nominations for the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award

The Engineering Research Council of ASEE is pleased to announce the 2018 call for nominations for the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award.  The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering faculty and to encourage the continuance of such productivity.  The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and a certificate, as well as reasonable travel costs, up to $750, to attend the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Annual Conference where the award is presented. We are accepting nominations for candidates under the age of 40 years on June 30, 2018.  While we will accept multiple nominations from a single institution, our preference is one nomination per institution.

 

Nominations will be accepted through December 1, 2017. The McGraw Research Award offers an excellent opportunity for those exceptional young faculty in your colleges and schools to begin to shape professional and societal recognition sections of their CVs.

Nomination guidelines for the award can be found at: https://www.asee.org/member-resources/awards/full-list-of-awards/council-awards#ERC_Curtis_W_McGraw_Research_Award

Best regards,

Jean VanderGheynst

Chair, ASEE Engineering Research Council Awards Committee

 

Professor and Executive Associate Dean

College of Engineering, University of California, Davis

http://engineering.ucdavis.edu

mailto: jsvander@ucdavis.edu


NIH Clinical Trials

Below is the latest update from NIH on clinical trials and the establishment of specific FOA’s for R21 and R01 mechanisms.  To my knowledge, there has not been a notice yet on how they will handle R15 grants that meet clinical trials definition.

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-18-010.html

I’m working with Pete Larson and RD group to put together a Brown Bag Lunch-N-Learn on the new clinical trials guidelines and requirements that will begin in January 2018.  While a number of organizations have been lobbying to get these new guidelines postponed, it does not seem to be influencing NIH leadership yet.
Those that do any NIH research with humans or human samples will be strongly encouraged to attend.  More details will be forthcoming; we are aiming for a session in late November or early December.
Jason R. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Enhancing Central Neural Control of Mobility in Aging (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-AG-18-019)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 21, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • Role of Peripheral Proteostasis on Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-AG-18-020)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 9, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • Immunity in the Elderly (R01) Clinical Trial Optional
    (RFA-AI-17-037)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 22, 2018 , by 5:00 PM

  • Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-ES-18-001)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 27, 2018; February 28, 2019; February 28, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) – (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    (RFA-HL-18-026)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 20, 2018, by 5:00 PM

Program Announcements

  • Research Grants Using the Resources from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) (R21) – Clinical Trial Not Allowed
    (PA-18-408)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Research Grants Using the Resources from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) (R01) – Clinical Trial Not Allowed
    (PA-18-409)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Technology to Detect, Monitor and Assess Daily Functions in Individuals with Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s Disease and/or Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-326)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. *** Note new SBIR/STTR Standard Due Dates.

  • Technology to Detect, Monitor and Assess Daily Functions in Individuals with Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s Disease and/or Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-329)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): (Standard dates apply), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. *** Note new SBIR/STTR Standard Due Dates.

  • Understanding the Early Development of the Immune System (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-333)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): April 4, 2018, December 5, 2018, April 5, 2019, December 5, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Single-Site Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Required)
    (PAR-18-406)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New, and Revision applications: February 13, 2018; June 13, 2018; October 11, 2018; February 13, 2019; June 13, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission applications: March 13, 2018, July 13, 2018, November 13, 2018, March 13, 2019, July 11, 2019,, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Clinical Coordinating Center for Multi-Site Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials (Collaborative UG3/UH3) – Clinical Trial Required
    (PAR-18-407)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New, Renewal and Revision Applications: February 13, 2018; June 13, 2018; October 11, 2018; February 13, 2019; June 13, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission Applications: March 13, 2018, July 13, 2018, November 13, 2018, March 13, 2019, July 11, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Data Coordinating Center for Multi-Site Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials (Collaborative U24 Clinical Trial Required)
    (PAR-18-410)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New, Renewal, and Revision Applications: February 13, 2018; June 13, 2018; October 11, 2018; February 13, 2019; June 13, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission Applications: March 13, 2018, July 13, 2018, November 13, 2018, March 13, 2019, July 11, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

NSF RFPs

Dear Colleague Letter: Joint NSF/ENG and AFOSR Funding Opportunity: Supporting Fundamental Research in the Quantitative Representation of Microstructures (QRM)

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Principles for the Design of Digital Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Environments

 

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

 

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

 

 Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: November 20, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-592  A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing “many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science.” As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences has established a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M.  This program will be formally divided into four …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504874&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 20, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-558  NSF invites proposals for the acquisition and deployment of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system, called the Phase 1 system, with the option of a possible future upgrade to a leadership-class computing facility. The Phase 1 system will serve two important and complementary purposes:

  1. It will serve as a robust, well-balanced, and forward-looking computational asset for a broad range of research topics for which advances in fundamental understanding require …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503148&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 21, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 14-601 The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales.  Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components:  (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13681&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Solicitation: NSF 17-585
Due Date: September 27, 2018
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary:  An eligible organization may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition.  Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.  Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation.  Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution’s role (lead, non-lead, subawardee) in the returned proposal.
Solicitation: NSF 18-507
Due Date: November 27, 2017
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary:  An eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution’s role (lead organization, non-lead collaborative, or subawardee) in the returned proposal.

DOD SMART panelists wanted

On behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), we invite you to register as a potential 2018 Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Program panelist. SMART recognizes and supports outstanding students pursuing bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in science or engineering at accredited US institutions. DOD seeks SMART panels composed of researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Serving as a SMART Scholarship panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply your research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders, and to gain valuable perspective to share with faculty and students at your institution. Panelists will also receive an honorarium of $250. However, panelists who are Federal employees, citizens of foreign countries who are not permanent residents, and special visa holders are not entitled to an honorarium.

Please note that the American Society for Engineering (ASEE) will not be conducting the online review panel in January 2018. If you opt in to be considered as a panel reviewer for the 2018 SMART Application, please be aware that a copy of your information will be delivered to the successor contractor, LMI Government Consulting (LMI) who will store and retain your information in their system(s). LMI will contact all accepted panelists at a later date with further details as to the panel review and its requirements.

If you would still like to be considered as a 2018 SMART panelist, please visit https://smart.asee.org/panelists to register in the panelist system. If you have not been a SMART Scholarship panelist, you may create a new profile by clicking “Create an account.” If you have been a SMART panelist, please log in with your email address and password, and update your profile with a PDF of your CV.

NOTE: If you have a student applying for the 2018 SMART program or if you will write a letter of recommendation for an applicant in your discipline, we request that you do not register to be a panelist due to the conflict of interest. If you register now and subsequently write a letter, please inform us so we can remove your name from the list of potential panelists or ensure that you would serve on a different panel.

Creating a panelist profile does not commit you to serve as a SMART panelist. Based on anticipated needs, the SMART Program will send formal invitations to potential registered panelists in mid-late November.

We thank you in advance for your interest. If you have any questions, please contact the SMART Program at smart@asee.org or (202) 350-5715.

Sincerely,

The SMART Scholarship Team
American Society for Engineering Education
1818 N. Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 350-5715
smart@asee.org


RSVP reminder: WISE luncheon on November 1, 2017 (MUB Alumni Lounge B)

Dear WISE women,

Please join us for a luncheon on Wednesday, November 1 to connect with colleagues. The topic is “How did I get wise?”

We’ll share lessons learned from experience as a faculty member, graduate student advisor, or a STEM researcher, at Michigan Tech or elsewhere.

Date and time: November 1, 2017, Wednesday, 11:45am-1:15pm.
Location: Alumni Lounge B

We hope the new school year is off to a great start for all of you. For our new colleagues, WISE stands for Women in Science and Engineering. It is an informal networking and support group of faculty and staff working in science or engineering fields. Here is more on who we are and what we do:

  • We are a grass roots group that focuses on the issues around under-representation of women in STEM fields (examples include recruitment, retention, and working toward success in predominantly male fields).
  • We frequently have sessions that include all women faculty working together on the issues coming from being a woman (examples include implicit bias, workplace bias, and growth mindset).
  • We have luncheons or coffee&tea hours during the semester and discuss issues that will help us with our professional and personal lives. Common topics include research, tenure, promotion, teaching, service, work-life-balance, and getting support during tough times.
A common question that is asked by both male and female colleagues is “We all know that there are no intrinsic differences between men and women. Why should women get special treatment?” The answer is that women’s groups are not about getting favors for women but rather preventing fair and equitable practices from being taken away from women. We feel that everyone can identify with this mindset and warmly welcome you to our group.
We have a couple items where we need your help:
  • Our e-mail list needs to be updated. Please ask female colleagues in your unit if they have received this message. Let us (nilufer@mtu.edu) know if they want to be included in the list.
  • We are seeking topics that are of interest to you. Please bring or e-mail your suggestions and preferences.

The WISE co-directors are Dana Johnson, Norma Veurink, and myself (Nilufer Onder). We are looking forward to seeing you next week.


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Mobility Competition: Due Oct. 31st

One lucky company will be an integral part of Kyyba Xceleratoralong with a $50,000 cash investment and professional service package. All six finalists will receive 2 complimentary passes to TiECon Detroit where their companies and products will be showcased to a panel of investors. This is a great opportunity for exposure to the many investors in the TiE global network, not only at TiECon Detroit, but throughout the year.
Connected Mobility, IoT, Big Data, Data Analytics and Machine Learning are transforming customer lifestyles and changing the paradigm of Transportation, Automation, and Human Interaction by offering innovative technologies and disruptive business models. With Detroit being the Auto Capital of the world, TiECon Detroit brings top players in the automotive industry, such as OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, investors & other autotech founders.

The competition identifies entrepreneurs and startups from the mobility ecosystem, which is anything that relates to the movement of people, goods, services, and information. From the contest entries, six finalists will be selected to compete before an audience of seasoned entrepreneurs, corporate executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and silicon valley technologists. The last date of application is Sunday, October 31, 2017. Apply Now

The competition is scheduled for November 9, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3: 15 pm, and the winner will be announced right before the final Grand Keynote, at 5:00pm. The competition and presentations take place at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, during Michigan’s largest entrepreneur conference, TIECon Detroit. The winner will be eligible to receive from Kyyba Xcelerator: $50,000 investment, support services and resources, and mentorship from Kyyba Xcelerator’s extensive global network.

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