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Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2)

Just a reminder that the Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2). The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.
Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Late submissions will not be accepted. For more information and proposal submission requirements, visit C2E2.
 
Please pass this announcement along to those who may be interested.

NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Minority-Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) Development and Trial Center (PDTC) Network (U54)
    (RFA-CA-17-032)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 18, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Feasibility and Planning Studies for Development of Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities (P20)
    (RFA-CA-17-033)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 18, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immuno-Oncology Translational Network (IOTN): Cancer Immunotherapy Research Projects (U01)
    (RFA-CA-17-045)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immuno-Oncology Translation Network (IOTN): Cancer Immunoprevention Research Projects (U01)
    (RFA-CA-17-046)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Immuno-Oncology Translation Network (IOTN): Data Management and Resource-Sharing Center (DMRC) (U24)
    (RFA-CA-17-047)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • Immuno-Oncology Translation Network (IOTN): Cellular Immunotherapy Data Resource (CIDR) (U24)
    (RFA-CA-17-048)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): January 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM

  • BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-EB-17-005)
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 15, 2017; October 17, 2018; October 17, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Innovation Corps (I-Corps) at NIH Program for NIH and CDC Translational Research (Admin Supp)
    (PA-18-314)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 18, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-322)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-323)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Limited Competition: Brain Tissue Resource Center for Alcohol Research (R28)
    (PAR-17-305)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 14, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-17-306)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New applications: February 5, 2018; October 5, 2018; June 5, 2019; February 5, 2020; October 5, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission applications: March 5, 2018; November 5, 2018; July 5, 2019; March 5, 2020; November 5, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R21/R33 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PAR-18-307)
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New applications: February 16, 2018; October 16, 2018; June 16, 2019; February 16, 2020; October 16, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Resubmission applications: March 16, 2018; November 16, 2018; July 16, 2019; March 16, 2020; November 16, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Assay Validation of High Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH3 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed
    (PAR-18-310)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 14, 2018; July 10, 2018; October 8, 2018; February 13, 2019; July 10, 2019; October 8, 2019; February 13, 2020; July 10, 2020; October 8, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancers for years 2018, 2019 and 2020 (P50)
    (PAR-18-313)
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Assay Validation of High Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH2/UH3 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-317)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 14, 2018; July 10, 2018; October 8, 2018; February 13, 2019; July 10, 2019; October 8, 2019; February 13, 2020; July 10, 2020; October 8, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-319)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 13, 2018; March 13, 2019; March 13, 2020 , by 5:00 PM 

NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-573  The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
10/10/2017 04:00 PM EDT  It was August 25, and Hurricane Harvey’s intensifying winds were moving onshore in South Texas, bringing torrential rains. No one yet knew that Harvey would eventually swamp Houston in flood waters. Nor that a short time later, powerful Hurricane Irma would do the same in many parts of Florida. Nor that little more than a week after Irma, Hurricane Maria would devastate Puerto Rico.    To help scientists understand how such disasters happen and how we can best respond, the National …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243293&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
Solicitation: NSF 17-575
Due Date: September 19, 2018
Institutional Limit: 3
Limit Summary: Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. Nomore than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.
Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 10-1267 Supports research on algebraic topology, including homotopy theory, ordinary and extraordinary homology and cohomology, cobordism theory, and K-theory; topological manifolds and cell complexes, fiberings, knots, and links; differential topology and actions of groups of transformations; geometric group theory; and general topology and continua theory. Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation “Conferences and … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5551&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: November 7, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 08-1269  The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5556&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
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Solicitation: NSF 17-575
Due Date: September 19, 2018
Institutional Limit: 3
Limit Summary:Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.

Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

Topology
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Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017

Program Guidelines: PD 10-1267
 

Supports research on algebraic topology, including homotopy theory, ordinary and extraordinary homology and cohomology, cobordism theory, and K-theory; topological manifolds and cell complexes, fiberings, knots, and links; differential topology and actions of groups of transformations; geometric group theory; and general topology and continua theory.

Conferences

Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation “Conferences and …
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Statistics
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Full Proposal Window: November 7, 2017

Program Guidelines: PD 08-1269
 

The Statistics Program supports research in statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods for applications to any domain of science and engineering. The theory forms the base for statistical science. The methods are used for stochastic modeling, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The methods characterize uncertainty in the data and facilitate advancement in science and engineering. The Program encourages proposals ranging from …
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Probability
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Full Proposal Window: November 7, 2017
October 23 through November 7, annually
Program Guidelines: PD 10-1263  The Probability Program supports research on the theory and applications of probability. Subfields include discrete probability, stochastic processes, limit theory, interacting particle systems, stochastic differential and partial differential equations, and Markov processes. Research in probability which involves applications to other areas of science and engineering is especially encouraged.  Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the program …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5555&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 8, 2017
Nuclear Physics – Experiment and Theory
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-561  The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest.  The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505058&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 10-1265 The program in Geometric Analysis supports research on differential geometry and its relation to partial differential equations and variational principles; aspects of global analysis, including the differential geometry of complex manifolds and geometric Lie group theory; geometric methods in modern mathematical physics; and geometry of convex sets, integral geometry, and related geometric topics.  Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5549&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-573 The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-542  In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503224&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

National Oceanic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement Deadline Extended; NSF comment period

Summaries provided by Federal Science Partners
 — In July 2017 the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation announced that they are partnering with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NASA, and NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP), via the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), in a “Broad Agency Announcement” (ONR BAA # N000014-17-S-B016) regarding three ocean research and technology topics of mutual and emerging interest including:  CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean and Atmospheric Drivers; Improved and Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Data; and In-situ Ocean Sensor Research and Technology Development.  The October 16, 2017 deadline for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement has been extended one week until October 23, 2017. This change affects the submission deadline for the Topic 1 and Topic 2 full proposal and Topic 3 Letters of Intent. The Topic 3 full proposal deadline remains on January 29, 2018.
NSF Seeks Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure – On October 6 NSF issued a Request for Information on existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects.  The purpose of this RFI is to assess the needs for mid-scale RI from the US-based NSF science and engineering community in order to develop a strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). The AICA requires NSF to “evaluate the existing and future needs, across all disciplines supported by the Foundation, for mid-scale projects” and “develop a strategy to address the needs.” This RFI focuses on mid-scale research infrastructure projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million towards construction and/or acquisition. This range is of primary interest to NSF as it will help us anticipate the potential impact of lowering an existing threshold as well as identifying promising projects that remain difficult to address within program budgets due to the comparatively large investment needed in a relatively short period of time. After the submission period ends, and the information is analyzed, NSF will summarize the high-level insights drawn from this analysis for the science community and internal NSF use. The deadline for submission to this RFI is December 8, 2017.
Back in January 2012, the National Science Board issued an evaluation of the need for mid-scale instrumentation in response to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA 2010).  In that report the NSB concluded then:  Overall, the Board finds that the current research infrastructure investments across the Foundation are in alignment with the Board’s earlier forecasts and recommendations on funding and prioritization – including for mid-scale research instrumentation. In particular, the Board finds that NSF’s current balance of small, medium and large instrumentation is sound, and that the variety of mechanisms by which NSF prioritizes, solicits, evaluates, and supports mid-scale instrumentation – both directly, and indirectly through large centers and facilities – provides flexibility and vigor to NSF’s efforts. Consequently, although the Board’s evaluation points to the importance of continuing strongly to support mid-scale instrumentation, the Board does not recommend that NSF expand existing Foundation-wide programs or create a new Foundation-wide program for mid-scale instrumentation at this time.(emphasis added).


MIDSCALE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

 The National Science Foundation wants to learn about “existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects from the US-based NSF science and engineering community.” This category would fall somewhere between “the maximum award funded by NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI; $4 million) and that of a major multi-user research facility project ($100 million or more).” See the Request for Information.  The American Institute of Physics reports: “NSF says that many scientific discoveries could be enabled by mid-scale RI, but such projects often fall in a gap between the eligibility thresholds of the foundation-wide programs that are dedicated to funding RI.” Currently, NSF funds mid-scale projects through the budgets of its six research directorates.


Title IX Notice and Information

To all employees,

Michigan Tech takes the problem of discrimination and harassment based on sex and gender very seriously, as it can do great harm to an individual and a community. We ask that you take a few minutes and review the important information included in this email.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects ALL OF US from discrimination and harassment based on sex and gender. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”*

As you may be aware, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently issued new interim Title IX guidance.  It is important to know that this is guidance in how we implement policies for our University. Laws remain in place that provide non-discrimination and harassment protections in regard to sex and gender, that protect resources and assistance for parties involved, that require training and programming for students and employees, and provide for fair and equitable processes for complainants and respondents.  Michigan Tech has been and will continue to be active in upholding these Title IX tenants.

In closing, remember that it is on all of us to share in the obligation to create a community of mutual respect and concern for one another. I ask that you ‘Speak Up’ and continue working toward a safe and inclusive learning and working environment. Thank you for helping us to eliminate gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Best,

Beth Lunde-Stockero
Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
Michigan Technological University  

Under Title IX, discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex and gender can include:

  • gender-based discrimination
  • sexual harassment
  • the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics
  • discrimination based upon pregnancy and parenting
  • and/or sexual violence, such as:
    • stalking
    • sexual assault
    • rape
    • non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse
    • intimate partner violence such as dating, relationship and domestic violence
    • sexual coercion
    • sexual battery
    • sexual exploitation

Faculty, Instructors, and Supervisors are Responsible Employees:
For Title IX compliance, all Michigan Tech employees who are designated as supervisors, with the exception of mental health counselors and the Ombuds Officer, are considered “responsible employees.” Also considered responsible employees are all Public Safety and Police Services officers and employees, student affairs staff, human resources staff, athletics and recreation staff, academic advisors, faculty, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, graduate students who are supervising other students, and individuals designated as Campus Security Authorities.

The role of a “responsible employee” is to report allegations of sexual harassment/violence to the Title IX Coordinator to maximize the institution’s ability to investigate and potentially address and eliminate sexual harassment/violence.

For questions, concerns or more information about Title IX and your rights, please see the website at www.mtu.edu/titleix or contact one of the following Title IX Coordinators for Michigan Tech:

University Title IX Coordinator – Faculty/Staff/Students/Visitors
Beth Lunde-Stockero
Sr. Associate Director, Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Administration Bldg. Room 306
906-487-3310
blunde@mtu.edu or titleix@mtu.edu

Title IX Coordinator for Athletic Equity:
Suzanne Sanregret
Director, Athletics & Recreation
Student Development Complex, Room 239A
906-487-3070
srsanreg@mtu.edu

Additional Assistance for Students – Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Susan Sullivan
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Coordinator, Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Administration Building, Room 304
906-487-3310
susulliv@mtu.edu

Joseph Cooper
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Financial Aid
Administration Building, Room 111
906-487-2262
jjcooper@mtu.edu

Susan Liebau
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
Administration Bldg. Room 130
906-487-3558
slliebau@mtu.edu

For Additional Information:
Michigan Tech’s Equity and Inclusion website
Michigan Tech’s Equity policies
Michigan Tech Title IX Website
Office of Civil Rights
RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Want to Get Involved?
If you would like to get involved in assisting with initiatives and strategies for addressing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence contact Beth Lunde-Stockero at titleix@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3310.

*U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX and Sex Discrimination https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html


NIH: New Policies on Human Subjects

New Video Provides Overview of New NIH Policies on Human Subjects Research and Clinical Trials

Do you do research with human participants? If so, you play an important role in NIH initiatives to improve accountability and transparency in the human subject research we fund. Our 15 minute video, Overview of New NIH Policies on Human Subjects Research and Clinical Trials, provides a succinct explanation of the various policy changes and what they mean for you.


Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Memorial Union Ballroom B. Registration is now open and ends Tuesday, Oct. 24.
This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund or call 7-2654.


Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

by Pavlis Honors College

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces funding opportunities in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Fellowship
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Pre-College Education
  • Public Outreach
  • Teacher Training
  • Research Seed Grant

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants. The internal Michigan Tech deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.

Instructions detailing proposal submission procedures and requirements are available here. For more information contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College, M&M 722.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically after being approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Proposals exceeding stated page limits or submitted without prior review by Michigan Tech will not be considered for funding.

Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.