Category Archives: Award Opportunities

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council: A Research Competition

On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce an open competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort. The focus, drawing on the creation of the National Research Council associated with World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America. In effect, scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. Research grants in the amount of $5,000.00 will be available to five scholars who submit the most compelling proposals by December 1, 2017. Proposals will be judged by a NAS review committee, and the authors of the best proposals will be invited to submit fully developed research papers. A winning paper will selected by the review committee, and the paper’s author will be awarded a $10,000.00 prize.

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Call for Proposals: Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2)

by Natasha Chopp

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.

Distinguished and University Professor Nominations Sought

by Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

President Glenn Mroz and Provost Jackie Huntoon announce two new titles available, beginning this year, to recognize the achievements of some of Michigan Tech’s most outstanding faculty members.

The Distinguished Professor title will be used to recognize outstanding faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the University as well as their discipline but are not presently recognized through an endowed position or faculty fellowship. Deans will be encouraged to acknowledge the achievements of distinguished professors in their areas through an appropriate combination of salary bonuses and/or discretionary funding in support of research, teaching, or outreach.

The University Professor title will recognize faculty members who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the University and their discipline over a substantial period of time. The recipients of this position will receive $10,000 annually from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs which can be used to support the university professor’s research and/or creative work. In addition, deans will be encouraged to supplement each university professor’s salary with an annual bonus of $5,000.

Nominations for both positions should be submitted to the appropriate college/school dean by Oct. 27. Nomination packets will be reviewed by deans council and an advisory committee organized by the President. Eligibility and application requirements, as well as additional information, can be found online.

Argonne National Laboratory’s clean tech incubator, Chain Reaction Innovations CFA

I have a great funding opportunity for your members and newsletter readers that I am hoping you will share.

Argonne National Laboratory’s clean tech incubator, Chain Reaction Innovations, is opening the call for applicants for its second cohort. Recipients get up to $420,000 to develop tech.  We have one female engineer in our first cohort, but I would really like to attract more with your help.

Below is some info that you can share about the opportunity.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Prep Programs

As many of you are already aware, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and the NSF GRFP website has been updated. Myself and Jessica Brassard, from the Research Development Office, will be sponsoring a series of seminars as well as a guided Canvas course aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.

Please forward us and/or encourage other faculty and advisors to send us ( / the names and email addresses of top students (senior undergrad students and first and second year graduate students) for our office to invite to our NSF GRFP communication list. Our office will send out a special/individual invite letting students know they have been identified by a faculty/chair/dean (name inserted) as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP. The invite is often received as a positive recognition in itself, as it should be. In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying for the GRFP.

To be competitive, we encourage students to apply who have:

  • a 3.5 GPA or higher

  • research and outreach experience

  • strong faculty references – letters of recommendation will need to be exceptional

Students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.  This, in turn, will free up internal funds for less competitive students.

Below are more details about eligibility.


To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, students must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident

  • intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field

  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2018

  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2017, or meet the criteria for the extenuating circumstance described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.

  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

Award benefits:

  • a three-year annual stipend of $34,000

  • $12,000 cost of education allowance for the cost of tuition



Our first session will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 pm in Admin 404 (Graduate School Conference Room). This session will be a general overview of the NSF GRFP.
Please feel free to contact either myself (nichopp@mtu.eduor Jessica ( with any questions or concerns.
Thank you!

Sincerely, Jessica and Natasha

ORAU Grant Deadline Sept. 1

ORAU Events Grant Deadline:  September 1, 2017

The ORAU Events Grant Cycle 1 deadline is September 1, 2017.  Applications must be submitted by the ORAU Councilor and may request up to $4,000 to support events which involve participants from more than one ORAU institution.

Such events may include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.  Criteria for consideration include:

  • Event participation by more than one ORAU institution (however, one ORAU member will submit the proposal and handle the funds).
  • Potential impact of the event, including the number of institutions or participants.
  • Student participation is considered a positive factor.
  • New events have preference over events that are on-going annual events with an established financial model.
  • Preference will be given to events in STEM disciplines.
  • A representative from ORAU must be invited to the event and will attend, if possible.

For eligibility information, funding restrictions and directions to apply, please visit the Events Sponsorship Program page on the ORAU website:



Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Deadline:  September 29, 2017

ORAU is again privileged to provide funding to support graduate students to attend the annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. We have sponsored students for this historic event for a number of years, and we are currently soliciting graduate student nominations in the fields of physiology and medicine to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting to be held June 24 – June 29, 2018.

  • ORAU member institutions may nominate two students per university.
  • Deadline for nominations is September 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Selected students will have the opportunity to attend formal lectures and informal meetings with Nobel Laureate scientists and peers from around the world.  Information on past meetings is available at

In 2018, the meeting will feature recipients of the Nobel Prize in the field of physiology and medicine.  Assuming funding becomes available as anticipated, nominations will be accepted for eligible candidates who:

  • Are U.S. citizens and are currently enrolled at a member university as full-time graduate students;
  • Have completed by June 2018 at least two academic years of graduate studies toward a doctoral degree in the disciplines of physiology, medicine, or a related discipline; and
  • Are planning a dissertation/thesis defense no earlier than January 1, 2019.

We are seeking nominations for a diverse group of students including, women, minorities and people with disabilities. Students must show a genuine interest in science and research; display a strong commitment to the field of physiology/medicine; and be a well-rounded individual who can converse with scientists and peers in a meaningful way.

The competitive selection process for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting occurs in three phases, starting with university nominations. Universities must submit all student nominations by email to before Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Michelle Goodson ( or Cathy Fore (


University Partnerships Office

Funds Available for Visiting Women and Minority Lecturers/Scholars

Michigan Tech is offering grants through the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Scholar Series to help departments bring visiting minority and underrepresented speakers to the University.
All departments are invited to participate in these programs. Applications are due by noon Friday (Aug.18). Notification of awards will be made by Sept. 29. Read the previous Tech Today story.

PhD students underrepresented in engineering: Apply for GEM fellowship

SPIN ID Opportunity Title Sponsor Name Sponsor Number Deadline Date Funding Amount
18107 Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. 13-Nov-2017 16,000.00 USD
Contact Telephone 703-562-3646
Contact Email
Sponsor Website
Program URL
Deadline Dates (ALL) 13-Nov-2017
Synopsis The objective of this program is to offer doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed, are currently enrolled in a master’s in engineering program, or received admittance into a PhD program directly from a bachelor’s degree program. Fellowships may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Grants

We have a posting on Trialect at  soliciting the Letter of Intent for The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program.  BYI Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project. Last year, the awards went to the investigators from University of New Mexico, Cornell University, University of Washington, Montana State University, University of California Los Angeles, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, etc.   As the deadline for LOI is fast approaching, we are reaching out to see if your junior faculty would be interested. The details can be perused at : Beckman Young Investigators Grants