Engineering Research and Innovation

Archives—November 2017

TechConnect Innovation News, November 2017 Issue

Pacific Operational Science & Technology Conference | Website
March 5-9, 2018 • Sheraton Waikiki,
Honolulu, HI

Smart Cities Connect Spring Conference & Expo | Website
March 26-29, 2018 • Kansas City, MO

TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo | Website
May 14-16, 2018 • Anaheim, CA

SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Summit | Website
May 14-16, 2018 • Anaheim, CA

Federal Funding Opportunities:

National Science Foundation

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory | Deadline: Rolling – More info…

17-510 Algorithms for Threat Detection | Feb 20, 2018 – More info…

Department of Defense:

BAA-RQKM-2013-0005 AFRL Research Collaboration Program Department of Defense Air Force — Research Lab | Deadline: Dec 20, 2017 – More info

W81XWH-17-MSISRP-FOR DoD Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Toward A Next-Generation Trauma Care, USAMRAA | Deadline: Feb 05, 2018 – More info

DoD Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, Translational Research Award – Department of Defense Dept. of the Army – USAMRAA | Deadline: Nov 29, 2017 – More info

2018 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award due Dec. 1

The Engineering Research Council (ERC) Awards Committee continue accepting nominations for the 2018 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:

Best regards,

Jean VanderGheynst

Chair, ASEE Engineering Research Council Awards Committee

Jean VanderGheynst

Professor and Executive Associate Dean

College of Engineering, University of California, Davis


AAAS’s Golden Goose Award: Nominations due by Dec. 31st


For consideration for the 2018 Award, please submit by December 31, 2017.


The purpose of the Golden Goose Award is to demonstrate the human and/or economic benefits of federally funded scientific research. It is also intended to demonstrate that scientific outcomes build upon each other and that the technological advances that flow from them cannot easily be predicted at the outset of a particular scientific research project. The award highlights and honors examples of scientific studies or research that may have seemed obscure, sounded “funny,” or for which the results were totally unforeseen at the outset, but which ultimately led, often serendipitously, to major breakthroughs that have had significant societal impact.


  • Projects that resulted in transformational scientific or technological changes and societal impacts that were unforeseen at the time the original research was conducted;
  • Projects that may have appeared unusual, obscure or which sounded “funny” or whose value could have been questioned at the time the research was originally conducted; and/or
  • Research discoveries that were serendipitous in nature – where the discovery resulted from observations or research that initially focused in an entirely different direction at the time it was initiated and funded.


  • The nominee’s research must already have led to demonstrable, significant social or economic benefits (the Golden Goose Award is not intended to honor current research that might lead to breakthroughs in the future).
  • Nominees must have received federally funded research support in the form of grants or other funding mechanisms that contributed to the discovery or breakthrough that is being nominated. (Granting agencies include, but are not limited to, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Energy.)
  • Individuals or research teams may be nominated for their work.
  • Individuals may be nominated for their work posthumously, but only if an individual or organizational representative is available to accept the award on their behalf.


  • Organizations or individuals are not limited in the number of nominations they may submit.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • Prior nomination does not exclude a candidate from consideration in subsequent years.
  • All nominations will be reviewed for completeness and for meeting the basic nomination criteria and eligibility requirements by the Golden Goose Steering Committee.
  • Outstanding nominations that fully meet nomination criteria and eligibility requirements and that are deemed to best exemplify the purpose of the Golden Goose Award will undergo review by the Selection Committee which comprises distinguished scientists and engineers across a range of disciplines.
  • During the Award year, the Golden Goose Steering Committee will ask winners to participate in an Award Ceremony to be held on Capitol Hill, and possibly other outreach and promotional activities related to the Award.


Nominators should provide:

  • Their name, position, affiliated institution and/or organization, and professional address and phone number.
  • The name and title of the individual candidate or research team being nominated for the Golden Goose Award.  Additional contact information such as phone number, professional address and e-mail of the nominee(s) should be provided if available
  • A statement, not to exceed 1000 words, summarizes why/how this nomination exemplifies the purpose of the Golden Goose Award. The statement should:
    • Describe the specific nature of the research conducted by the nominated individual(s), including the specific federal agencies that supported their work.
    • Explain how the research appeared unusual, obscure,  sounded “funny” and/or could have been viewed as having questionable value at the time it was originally funded;
    • Explain how the results from the particular research were unexpected, unforeseen and/or serendipitous in nature;
    • Describe the economic, societal and/or transformations scientific impact of the research.
  • The inclusion of additional references and web links to articles, videos and other materials that help to describe the ‘story’ behind the research of the nominated individual(s) is encouraged.

All materials become the property of the Golden Goose Steering Committee.

Recently Released RFPs

FY18 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program; Department of Defense – Office of Naval Research (RFP Attached)
Environmental Protection Agency (RFP Attached) Note:  Michigan Tech is designated as an Instrumentality of the State of Michigan and is therefore eligible to lead a proposal
Coastal Program — Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Department of the Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service (RFP Attached)
FY2018 Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed Project
Department of Commerce (RFP Attached)
Round 3 of Research to Operations Initiative: NOAA Testbeds
Department of Commerce (RFP Attached)
Identification and application of acidification thresholds in coastal ecosystems
Department of Commerce (RFP Attached)
Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP)
Department of Commerce (RFP Attached)
Round 3 of Research to Operations Initiative: NGGPS and HFIP
Department of Commerce (RFP Attached)
Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the education of K-12 students and the public for community resilience
Department of Commerce (RFP Attached)

Defense Health Program: Anticipated Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17)

US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine (AIMM)

The FY17 AIMM Program Announcement and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism are anticipated to be posted on in November 2017.  Pre-application (Letter of Intent) and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government, and funding of research projects received in response to the Program Announcement is contingent on the availability of Federal funds.

As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) J9, Research and Development Directorate, manages the Defense Health Program Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

AIMM Research Award

  • Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Supports highly creative and conceptually innovative high-risk research with the potential to accelerate critical discoveries or major advancements that will significantly impact military health and medicine.
  • Supports novel research concepts and development of enabling technologies.
  • Supports applied research efforts that initiate or enhance potential game-changers; clinical trials are not allowed.
  • Impact and Innovation are important aspects of the AIMM initiative.
  • Projects proposed should be relevant to at least one DoD medical research program area.  However, broadly applicable research projects with the potential to benefit multiple DoD medical research program areas are encouraged.
  • Applications using synthetic or systems biology-based approaches are highly encouraged.
  • Pre-application (Letter of Intent) is required.
  • Maximum funding of $350,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 18 months.

A pre-application (Letter of Intent) is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.orgprior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final Program Announcement and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website at  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on  A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal,  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcement is released.  For email notification when Program Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at  For more information about other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website(

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs

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View CDMRP research results on YouTube:

Nominate an Inventor for the National Inventors Hall of Fame


Nominees must hold a U.S. patent for an invention that has contributed to and advanced society.


The invention should have contributed significantly to industry, progressing it forward and improving it.


The lives of nominees are characterized by inspiring stories of determination, challenges overcome, and beating the odds.


Nominees are leaders in their fields who understand the importance of developing the next generation of American innovators.


Nominations Open for 2018 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards. Michigan Tech may nominate one student at the MS and PhD level. Nominations are due to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. Jan 10.

Eligible students:

  • will have been enrolled at Michigan Tech during the 2017 calendar year and have a teaching appointment
  • will have earned the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • will have an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations

Graduate program assistants and directors have been provided a list of eligible students.

See the application page for complete details on what is required for a nomination.

Michigan Tech to Host Regional Small Business Development Center

Michigan Tech has been chosen to host the UP Regional Office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a national network of small business counselors who work through regional offices.

Tech will take over on Jan. 1. There are four business counselors who work for the region out of home offices spread across the UP (Escanaba, Gwinn, Munising and Sault Ste Marie). They will become Michigan Tech employees and members of the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) team.

A fifth counselor will be hired and based in Houghton. Funding for the personnel and their counseling activities comes from a $424,000 grant to Michigan Tech for 2018.

IIE expects an annual commitment at or above this level going forward as long as Michigan Tech serves as the host. Jim Baker (IIE) is principal investigator on the grant and Jon Leinonen (SBE) is co-PI. “We have had a long and productive relationship with the regional and statewide SBDC office and believe that this will be a great opportunity to increase that relationship and allow for stronger connections between Michigan Tech and the UP small business community, generating impacts to student education and mutually beneficial research opportunities,” Baker said. The SBDC has a lead center hosted at Grand Valley State University.

2018 Funding Programs Available for Small Businesses

We are excited to offer two programs to
help grow your small business.
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) began as a collaboration between six of Michigan’s leading research universities. It was started in 2011, with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Strategic Fund Board (MSF), to create the first statewide network in the country to provide a critical and unique tool for business growth and attraction.
Small Company Internship Award (SCIA)
The Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) program connects highly-skilled Michigan Tech talent with your company and provides up to $3,500 on 1:1 matching funds to pay for 50% of the intern’s salary.
MCRN-SCIA: Keeping Our Grads In Michigan
Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)
The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) provides 1:1 matching funds up to $40,000 to Michigan small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a research project.
If you have additional questions please email Shannon Kokkonen at

Grand Challenges Grant Opportunities and Updates

Dear Colleague,

We are excited to share the news about a new Grand Challenges initiative with open grant opportunities, grants recently awarded, last month’s annual Grand Challenges meeting, and the latest blog in the Innovation series.Grant opportunities: The Misk Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to launch Misk Grand Challenges. This initiative seeks to empower youth both with the skills that they need to succeed in the knowledge economy and with the passion required to tackle the world’s most challenging problems. Ultimately, the initiative hopes to nurture a new generation of leaders who will transform both local and global communities. Learn about the initiative and the associated grant opportunities here.

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grants awarded: Please see the announcement with links to descriptions of the latest set of awards and to Steve Buchsbaum’s blog. These awards include a set under a challenge launched through collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Gates Foundation. This challenge – Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains – resulted in over 500 submissions, with 14 awards made by the Foundation and 3 potential award nominees for USAID.

The next application round of Grand Challenges Exploration is in March 2018.

Grand Challenges Annual Meeting: Grand Challenges partners hosted the 13th Grand Challenges Annual Meeting on October 2 – 4, this year in Washington, DC. You can watch videos of the plenary program focused on innovation to advance global health security, including:

Blog series on innovation: Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation’s President of Global Health, recently published two new blogs in his series on innovation: one on expanding the fight against malaria by focusing not only on Plasmodium falciparum but also on P. Vivax and a second blogexploring how innovation is accelerating progress on addressing neglected tropical diseases.

We congratulate the new GCE grantees and invite you to explore an interactive world map of funded ideas across the global Grand Challenges network committed to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

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