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Submarine nuclear power officer willing to lecture in class over Career Fair

Good morning Professor Rogers,
I will be up for the engineering career fair next month and have some extra time. If possible would any of the professors in your department be open to letting us present and share some info in one of their classrooms?
We will be available anytime Wednesday morning, Sept 27 from 7am-11 AM or Tuesday Sept 26, 2 PM – 6 PM.   I will have a current submarine nuclear power officer with me who is willing to talk and share submarine operations, nuclear power, and heat transfer. If there are any other areas you would like him to talk about let me know and I can check on his ability in that area. Any of the info would be somewhat generic due to classified nature of specific operations and parameters.
The amount of time can be as little as 15 minutes up to whatever any of the professors would allow.
Let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully,

LTJG Andrew Dzyuba
U.S. Navy NUPOC Scholarship OIC / CEC Scholarship OIC
Division 8 Officer
16 N. Carroll Street, Suite 410
Madison, WI 53703

Dzyuba, Andrew E LTJG NRD CHICAGO <andrew.dzyuba@navy.mil>


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Limited Competition: A Data Resource for Analyzing Blood and Marrow Transplants (U24)
    (RFA-CA-17-031)
    National Cancer Institute
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 26, 2017), by 5:00 PM

  • Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Central Biochemistry Laboratory (U24)
    (RFA-DK-17-034)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 3, 2017,, by 5:00 PM

  • Limited Competition for Continuation of the Prospective Study of Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Clinical Coordinating Centers (U01)
    (RFA-DK-17-502)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 3, 2017,, by 5:00 PM

  • Limited Competition for Continuation of the Prospective Study of Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Data Coordinating Center (U24)
    (RFA-DK-17-503)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 3, 2017,, by 5:00 PM

  • Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Clinical Centers (U01)
    (RFA-DK-17-505)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 26, 2017 by 5:00 PM

  • Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (U24)
    (RFA-DK-17-506)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 26, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN) Clinical Centers (U01)
    (RFA-DK-17-509)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 5, 2017), by 5:00 PM

  • Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network Data Coordinating Center (U24)
    (RFA-DK-17-510)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 5, 2017), by 5:00 PM

  • Metabolomics Core for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II (U01)
    (RFA-RM-17-015)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Sequencing Core(s) for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II (U01)
    (RFA-RM-17-016)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Model Organisms Screening Center for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II (U54)
    (RFA-RM-17-017)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Coordinating Center for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II (U01)
    (RFA-RM-17-018)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Clinical Sites for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Phase II (U01)
    (RFA-RM-17-019)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    Application Receipt Date(s): November 2, 2017, by 5:00 PM

Program Announcements

  • Biology of Lung, and Head and Neck Preneoplasias (R01)
    (PA-17-459)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM

  • Biology of Lung, and Head and Neck Preneoplasias (R21)
    (PA-17-460)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM

  • Symptom Cluster Characterization in Chronic Conditions (R21)
    (PA-17-461)
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Symptom Cluster Characterization in Chronic Conditions (R01)
    (PA-17-462)
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • NINDS CREATE Bio Optimization Track for Biologics (U01)
    (PAR-17-456)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 13, 2018; July 18, 2018; February 13, 2019; July 18, 2019; February 13, 2020; and July 20, 2020 , by 5:00 PM

  • NINDS CREATE Bio Optimization Track for Biologics (U44)
    (PAR-17-457)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 13, 2018; July 18, 2018; February 13, 2019; July 18, 2019; February 13, 2020; and July 20, 2020 , by 5:00 PM

  • Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Biospecimen Access (X01)
    (PAR-17-458)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): January 31, 2018, July 31, 2018, January 31, 2019, July 31, 2019, January 31 2020, July 31, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • Biology of Lung, and Head and Neck Preneoplasias (R21)
    (PAR-17-460)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM 

BETR: Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants

The Bringing Efficiency to Research (BETR) Grants program is an ongoing focus of the I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG). Through BETR Grants, UAG aims to promote efficient spending of federal funding supporting academic research by effectively reducing direct and overhead costs of research through sustainable practices and facilities.

Since it has been a while since we had our last UAG/BETR Grants conference call and we will not be having a call on Monday, I thought I would send some updates that have come out over the summer related to the Bringing Efficiency To Research Grants (BETR Grants) topic.  Forgive me that all items below are connected to NIH; there has been a lot going on with NIH of interest and there also have been individuals at NIH that have been willing to hear about BETR Grants so I have great interest in NIH.

I have included the email I sent out in June (below this email) to provide some more information for those who have just joined our group over the summer.

Here are the items I wanted to share:

  1. NIH abandons grant cap, offers new help to younger scientists” http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6343/1108 -“After fierce pushback from many researchers, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is dropping a 1-month-old plan to spread funds to more investigators by capping the amount of support any individual scientist could receive. Instead, NIH is creating a new fund that will eventually devote $1 billion a year—about 3% of the agency’s current $34 billion budget—specifically to funding proposals from early- and midcareer scientists. The new plan, unveiled on 8 June, is a stunning shift from the earlier policy, which would have limited a principal investigator’s support to the equivalent of three standard R01 research grants. The new program will free up funds for about 2400 grants for younger scientists, far more than the original cap plan.” [many thanks to Susan Vargas for sharing the link to this article]
  2. You can read more about this new NIH initiative here: https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/launching-next-generation-researchers-initiative-strengthen-biomedical-research-enterprise
  3. If you are interested in more background on the plan that NIH had previously proposed and why they were proposing it, please see #2 in the June email below this email message.
  4. How does this relate to BETR Grants?:  Both NIH initiatives (the new plan or the old plan) are aimed at spreading NIH’s budget so it can reach more scientists, specifically early and mid-career scientists who are hurting the most for funding during these hypercompetitive times for federal research dollars.  NIH’s research found that currently ~40% of extramural funding is going to ~10% of the scientists, primarily senior scientists.  If NIH encouraged or expected scientists applying for NIH federal funding to be efficient with that funding by implementing BETR Grants ideas (www.i2sl.org/betrgrants) then that would also free up funding to spread among more scientists.  But right now the system is missing opportunities to encourage actions that would benefit efficiency with direct and indirect costs such as equipment sharing, space efficiency and energy/water efficiency.
  1. “House bill gives NIH 3% raise, blocks cuts to overhead payments”  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/house-bill-gives-nih-3-raise-blocks-cuts-overhead-payments  “The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) budget would get a modest 3.2% raise, to $35.2 billion, in a draft spending bill released by a House of Representatives committee.”  “…the Trump administration had proposed cutting NIH’s budget by $7.5 billion, a drop of 22% from this year’s level. The White House had argued that this could be accomplished without much impact on number of grants or research overall by slashing how much NIH compensates universities for “indirect costs,” the administrative and facilities costs associated with the direct costs of a project, from 28% of its overall extramural research spending to a flat rate of 10% of a total individual grant.”
  2. Like the House, the Senate also does not appear supportive of NIH cuts or cap on funding for overhead (indirect) costs…read more here:https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/washhigh/highlights2017/480964/062317senatepanelslamsadministrationsnihbudgetrequestfaproposal.html
  3. With regards to proposed NIH cuts and cap on overhead (indirect cost) funding, Secretary of HHS Tom Price said “…the agency’s budget can be trimmed by finding “inefficiencies,” including the overhead payments.”  “The Trump budget, he explained, is “trying to … be the first step in this process” of getting “a bigger bang for our buck.” “ http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/trump-wants-2018-nih-cut-come-overhead-payments
  4. How does this relate to BETR Grants?:  As universities point out, they do not receive enough funding from the federal government now to cover all the overhead (indirect) costs associated with federally funded research on their campuses.  As a result, universities are cost sharing these expenses with the federal government.  Additionally, scientists are facing very tough competition for federal grants.  So, cutting federal research funding would be very hurtful to a system that needs every dollar it can get right now.  However, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to address inefficiencies to 1) enable federal funding to support more research and 2) ensure that overhead costs are kept as low as possible (which would benefit to both federal and university budgets). That is the intent of BETR Grants…to benefit efficiency in direct and indirect costs to maximize the use of federal funding in support of research while also minimizing the environmental footprint of research.  Considering that this is the not the first time that indirect costs has come under scrutiny, perhaps universities would be more likely to embrace BETR Grants ideas to demonstrate their efforts for prudent use of federal dollars and also to make their research operations as efficient as possible in case there is ever a cap placed on the “Facilities” portion of indirect costs (a.k.a. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs) like the 26% cap that was placed on the Administrative portion of F&A in 1991.
  5. A sustainability section (section 1.8) has been included in the  NIH Designs Requirements (DRM) Manual released Dec 2016.
  6. It is my understanding that the DRM impacts universities when they receive NIH federal dollars for new buildings or lab renovations, but not research grants that support the day to day operation of labs.  Please correct me if I am wrong.
  7. Here is a July 217 article in ALN on the new DRM.  It is exciting to hear that a notable update to the NIH DRM are “requirements that reduce a facility’s carbon footprint”.
  8. The NIH Regional Seminar, which is offered by NIH twice per year, has been suggested by a colleague of mine at CU Boulder as a good place to encourage BETR Grants, specifically the incorporation of actions for efficiency in grant proposals described by our BETR Grants webpage: www.i2sl.org/betrgrants.  I agree because:
  9. This is a place where scientists and research administrators go to learn about writing and preparing NIH grants
  10. Additionally, if you look at the NIH attendees (https://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/baltimore2017/faculty/), these are certainly people that we should be talking to about BETR Grants as well.  Some of these individuals also attend the FDP meetings that I have been lucky to attend twice in the last two year, but there are certainly many more NIH employees attending these seminar with whom we could share the BETR Grants effort.

By the way, likely other granting agencies also offer these type of seminars where BETR Grants could also be shared.

Talk with you on our next conference call in September.  Hope you had a wonderful summer!

Kathy

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NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 14, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-509  The EHR Core Research (ECR) program of fundamental research in STEM education provides funding in critical research areas that are essential, broad and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following focal areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM.  The ECR program is distinguished by its emphasis on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504924&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
 Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 13, 2017
Adaptation full proposal:  To join the group submitting from Tech, email minerick@mtu.edu
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-594  Despite significant increases in the proportion of women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees, women are significantly underrepresented as faculty, particularly in upper ranks, and in academic administrative positions, in almost all STEM fields.  The problems of recruitment, retention, and advancement that are the causes of this underrepresentation vary by discipline and across groups of women faculty (e.g., by race/ethnicity, disability status, …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383&WT.mc_id=USNSF_48&WT.mc_ev=click
 Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
All proposals to the Directorate for Engineering’s Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
Program Guidelines: PD 12-8084  Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines.  The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches.  The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-7479 The BMMB Program supports fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology. An emphasis is placed on multiscale mechanics approaches in the study of organisms that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains. The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in the histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, and aging of tissues is an important concern. In addition, the relationships between mechanical behavior and …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13523&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-058Y  The Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X) program supports fundamental research at the intersection of mind, machine and motor. A distinguishing characteristic of the program is an integrated treatment of human intent, perception, and behavior in interaction with embodied and intelligent engineered systems and as mediated by motor manipulation. M3X projects should advance the holistic analysis of cognition and of embodiment as present in both human and machine elements. This …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505402&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 15-1631  The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13352&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-1637  The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) program is to enable sustainable buildings and other structures that can be continuously occupied and/or operated during the structure’s useful life. The SAEM program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering and materials that promotes a holistic approach to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and …    More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13358&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
 Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-1630  The Mechanics of Materials and Structures program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and structures under internal and external actions. The program supports a diverse spectrum of research with emphasis on transformative advances in experimental, theoretical, and computational methods. Submitted proposals should clearly emphasize the contributions to the field of mechanics.  Proposals related to material response are …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13355&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-1464  The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts.  In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context.  In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or existing …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13340&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 12-8086  The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems.  Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504809&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-7569  The Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD) program supports fundamental research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring and control of dynamic systems. The program promotes innovation in the following areas:

 

 Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-1638  The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and disasters upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary, integrating multiple perspectives, methods and results from …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13353&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-1468  The MME program supports fundamental research that enables the development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and optimization of their use, with a particular focus on equipment appropriate for the manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical devices, products, and systems featuring scales from microns to meters (proposals relating to nanomanufacturing should be submitted to the CMMI NanoManufacturing program, and those relating to the manufacture of electronic …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13346&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-014Y  The Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program supports fundamental research that advances knowledge for understanding and mitigating the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure.  Natural hazards considered by the ENH program include earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, storm surge, and landslides.  The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems, such as the …   More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505177&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-8085  The Systems Science (SYS) program supports fundamental research leading to a theoretical foundation for design and systems engineering.   In particular, the Systems Science program seeks intellectual advances in which underlying theories (such as probability theory, decision theory, game theory, organizational sociology, behavioral economics or cognitive psychology) are integrated and abstracted to develop explanatory models for design and systems engineering in a general, …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504788&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-1788  Nanomanufacturing is the production of useful nano-scale materials, structures, devices and systems in an economically viable manner. The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in nanostructure and process design principles, …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13347&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
 Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 17-8092
Materials Engineering and Processing  (MEP)  The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the processing and performance of engineering materials by investigating the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Materials processing proposals should focus on manufacturing processes that convert material into a …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504950&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: September 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 16-006Y  The Operations Engineering (OE) program supports fundamental research on advanced analytical methods for improving operations in complex decision-driven environments.  Analytical methods include, but are not limited to, deterministic and stochastic modeling, optimization, decision and risk analysis, data science, and simulation.  Methodological research is highly encouraged but must be motivated by problems that have potential for high impact in engineering applications.  …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505202&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
 Full Proposal Target Date: September 11, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 09-7626  The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have…  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501084&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: September 12, 2017
Phase I Preliminary Proposals
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-564  The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13635&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Solicitation: NSF 17-574
Due Date: October 10, 2017
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Limit Summary: An organization may serve as sole submitting institution or as lead institution of a collaborative project on only one submission per competition, regardless of track, but may serve as the non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition. Additional eligibility requirements are described later in the solicitation.  Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

MI-TRAC PROPOSALS DUE SEPTEMBER 25

We’re excited to kick off the second year of FFMI’s MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub. With the renewal of funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), FFMI’s research innovation and commercialization program is continuing to grow and expand across the state of Michigan.

The first year of this translational research program was a resounding success with funded projects from U-M, as well as Henry Ford Health System, MSU, Michigan Tech, and the Beaumont Health System. The FFMI MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub program, in partnership with the U-M Office of Tech Transfer, has an operating budget in excess of $4 million, with half of the funds coming from MEDC and half from partnering organizations with projects chosen for funding.

Innovators from all schools at the University of Michigan, other institutions of higher education, non-profit research centers, and hospital systems across Michigan are eligible to submit biomedical projects for funding consideration. The program offers early-stage funding opportunities through Mi-Kickstart, and Mi-TRAC is our funding program for mid-stage commercialization projects.

MI-TRAC PROPOSALS DUE SEPTEMBER 25

We have posted the RFP for Mi-TRAC in Competition Space, with proposals due Monday, Sept. 25. Each proposal will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, potential health care impact and significance, the potential for commercialization, and likelihood of obtaining further support. Earlier this year, 11 different proposals were awarded in the four targeted markets of devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, and healthcare IT, and we’re looking forward to growing that number. The RFP for the next Mi-Kickstart will be announced later in the fall.

Complete instructions for proposal submission can be found at the Mi-TRAC website, and I encourage you to contact Brad Martin, Commercialization Program Director, for a pre-proposal consultation.

We’re excited to continue working closely with our MEDC partner to broaden the scope of this unique innovation pipeline program and expand to more institutions across the state.  The FFMI team looks forward to working with you on projects that are paving the way for positive impact for patients and their families.




Zoom Web Conferencing Training

Zoom is our newest web conferencing solution for the campus community. This new tool, which replaces GoToMeeting, is an easy way to collaborate on and off campus with colleagues and students.

Michigan Tech IT will conduct a Zoom training session this week. A Zoom representative will cover all aspects of this new tool. Join us from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 23) in Fisher 138. You may attend the web conference from your own computer at 2 p.m. by clicking here. This is limited to 500 online participants.

If you happen to miss it, this training will be recorded and made available soon. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or this scheduled web conference, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu.


ASEE Webinars

A new semester brings new opportunities for education and career development! We are pleased to announce the following programmatic offerings for Fall 2017.
  Empathy in Engineering — Why it Matters

Facilitators: Dr. Nicki Sochacka and Dr. Jo Walther (University of Georgia)

In this free Action on Diversity webinar, explore the importance of empathy in the engineering curriculum and learn why empathy should be established as a ‘core skill’ for future engineers.

 

 Also

When?: Wednesday, September 20th   3:00 – 4:00 PM, ET

Register today!

 
   

 

When? October 5 – 6th, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA

Register for the conference here.

 

 

Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) 2017 

ETLI has been held annually for more than 40 years. Its purpose is to bring engineering technology educators, industry leaders, and government officials together to important topics for future engineers. This year’s theme is “Looking Towards the Future: The Next 50 Years.”  View the preliminary program.

 

 
   

Streamlined Course Design 

Facilitators: Dr. Karl A Smith (University of Minnesota, Purdue University) and Dr. Ruth A. Streveler (Purdue University)

In October and November 2017, we are offering a four-part, live, instructor-led online program, designed to help engineering faculty craft more effective courses using the engineering design approach. Learn more about program outcomes, dates, and pricing here.

Don’t miss: Our facilitators are leading a free info session on this program in September – tune in to learn more!

 

When? (Click the titles below to register)

·        Free Informational Webinar:Friday, September 15th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, ET

·        Course Design Program: October 13, October 27, November 3, November 10, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, ET

 

 
  Safe Zone Ally Training — Online Workshop Series

Tune in for these free, interactive online workshops for students, faculty, staff, and other professionals. During these workshops, participants will build knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive and environment for LGBTQ individuals in engineering and STEM.

This November and December, we will be offering three free workshops on different topics. Stay tuned for updates and learn more at diversity.asee.org/lgbtq.

 

·        Safe Zone Module 1: LGBTQ 101 (Terminology and Concepts)

·        Safe Zone Module 2: Discrimination & Bias through an LGBTQ Lens

·        Safe Zone Module 3: LGBTQ in STEM

 

 

 


NIH RFPs

Program Announcements

  • Limited Competition: Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Transition Award (R00)
    (PAR-17-450)
    National Institutes of Health
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Rolling receipt dates: September 25, 2017 – January 7, 2018; January 25, 2018 – May 7, 2018; May 25, 2018 – September 7, 2018; September 25, 2018 – January 7, 2019; January 25, 2019 – May 7, 2018; May 25, 2019 – September 7, 2019; September 25, 2019 – January 7, 2020; January 25, 2020 – May 7, 2020; , by 5:00 PM local time

  • Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects (R01)
    (PAR-17-454)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 6, 2017, December 6, 2018, December 6, 2019, by 5:00 PM

  • NIAID Research Education Program (R25)
    (PAR-17-455)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): December 6, 2017; December 5, 2018; December 5, 2019 , by 5:00 PM