Category Archives: Award Opportunities

Two DOE Solar Research Opportunities and 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy – Deadline May 31, 2017

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE’s mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.  Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program Office sponsoring the award.  Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials.

Benefits include a yearly stipend of $65,000, a research allowance of $10,000, a research mentor allowance of $5,000, health insurance, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000.

Applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years from the application deadline or be expected to complete all the doctoral degree requirements by May 30, 2017.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by May 15, 2017.
  • Be available to start by September 1, 2017. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants with previous commitments. Contact DOE-RPP@orau.org for additional information.
  • Have received support to submit an application from a research mentor who holds a principal investigator position at a research facility (see Research Mentors for requirements and expectations for research mentors).
  • Be eligible to obtain security or visitation clearance, if one is required by the host facility.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to pursue innovative research in EERE areas of interest.
  • Have a superior academic performance record.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (All); Engineering (All); Other Physical Sciences (All); Physics; Applied Physics; Physics (General); Computer Sciences (All)

Appointment Location:  Various federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria, information about EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards and application instructions, please visit http://energy.gov/eere/education/eere-postdoctoral-research-awards.  For additional information please contact Cedricka Harris, Cedricka.Harris@orau.org.

 

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DOE-SunShot Innovators Program

The SunShot Innovators Program supports recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar technologies and policies.  The SunShot Innovators Program offers hands-on, practical experiences that allow participants to contribute innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). The SunShot Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  For more information about SETO and the SunShot Initiative, visithttps://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative.

Participant Benefits

Appointments are for up to two years. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the hosting institution.  Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications.

Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:

o   Level 1: Have earned an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 2: Have earned a graduate degree (Doctorate or Master’s) in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.

o   Level 3: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. Applicant must have at least ten years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3250.  For additional information please contact Taylor Pitchford, DOE-RPP@orau.org.

 

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Registration and Abstract Solicitation for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

The Spallation Neutron Source – High Flux Isotope Reactor (SNS-HFIR) User Group has announced that registration for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting  is open and abstract solicitation is ongoing.  The meeting will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is set for week of July 31 – August 4, 2017 and will highlight research achievements by users and staff of Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and of ORNL’s neutron scattering user facilities, as well as the broader neutron-scattering and nanoscience research communities.  There will be opportunities to meet with facility staff and other researchers to discuss and plan for submitting user proposals and other collaborative activities.

Additionally, the main User Meeting, on Aug. 1-2, will feature:

  • Six plenary addresses
  • Six parallel tracks of oral presentations, including 16 Invited Speakers
  • The topics of the SNS/HFIR-focused tracks are as follows:
  • Materials for energy, sustainability and the environment
  • Quantum phenomena in materials
  • Chemical and Engineering Materials
  • Data Analysis, modeling and visualization
  • Additional contributed talks and posters selected from submitted abstracts
  • Poster Session with Best Student Poster Competition
  • Facility tours
  • Opportunities for user proposal planning with facility staff
  • User group Town Hall meetings and Panel Discussions

A variety of focused Workshops and Tutorials will also be held on July 31 and August 3.  These include hands-on data analysis sessions, a workshop how to prepare your sample for your neutron scattering experiment, an introduction to polarized neutron capabilities at SNS/HFIR, focused sessions on the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) with neutron scattering as well as new tools available for modeling structure and dynamics (CAMM), and a workshop devoted to liquids reflectometry and large scale structures.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Deadline: June 7 – https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/page/8

Registration Deadline: July 17. There is no cost to register but Advance Registration Is Required! –https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/registration/

Poster Session: August 1 & Plenary and Oral Sessions: August 1-2 – https://conference.sns.gov/indico/event/81/picture/45.pdf

Workshops and Tutorials: July 31 and August 3-4 – https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/page/12

Direct link for copy/paste to a browser: https://conference.sns.gov/event/81/

The SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) consists of all persons interested in using the neutron scattering facilities at Oak Ridge. Learn more:http://neutrons.ornl.gov/shug

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org


2017 Military Health System Research Symposium annual awards due June 9th.

Recognize your outstanding researchers!  The 2017 Military Health System Research Symposium annual awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in research over the past year.   Nominations are being accepted on-line until 9 June 2017.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
– Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Individual/Military and Individual/Academia)
– Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Team/Academia and Team/Military)
– Distinguished Service Award
Click here to see the criteria for submission in each category.  https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/SitePages/Awards.aspx

1) Go to https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/SitePages/Home.aspx
Click on the 2017 Award Submission tab to access the nomination page
2) Click the “Add new item” link on the “2017 MHSRS Award Submissions” page.
3) When done filling out the on-line form, click SAVE to save and submit the award record. A confirmation email will be sent upon saving your submission.

Note:  You have to be registered with the MHSRS website in order to submit an award.   If you are not registered on the site, go to: https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/SitePages/Home.aspx

Sincerely,
2017 MHSRS Planning Committee
https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/SitePages/Home.aspx


Fall 2017 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2017 finishing fellowships being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, July 6, 2017 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School (email applications to gradschool@mtu.edu are preferred). Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

    1. Must be a PhD student.
    2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
    3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
    4. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Fall 2017 PHF Graduate Assistantships due June 29, 2017

Applications for fall 2017 PHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, June 29, 2017 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School (via email to gradschool@mtu.edu is preferred). Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

    1. Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission.
    2. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.
    3. Must be 2 years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.
    4. Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

    • health research and technology development
    • health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
    • rural healthcare access, informatics, and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Nominations open for the 2017 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4p.m., June 27 following our online instructions.

This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of: Biological Sciences (including Forestry), Humanities and Fine Arts. Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, are eligible.

The fields of competition for 2018 will be mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 27; e-mail nominations to gradschool@mtu.edu are preferred.

Contact Charlesworth @gradschool if you have any questions about the competition.


5/30 Contest Deadline: 2017 Women In Clean Energy Symposium Poster Abstracts Due

We are pleased to announce that abstracts are being accepted until May 30 for a poster session taking place as part of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. This competition is open to female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers engaged in clean energy research across all disciplines in universities worldwide. Judges from MIT, DOE, and Stanford will review the poster presentations and select five winners, who will each receive a financial award of $1,000.
Abstracts may be submitted via our online portal. Please read the full guidelines prior to submission.

Important Dates:

  • May 30, 2017: Final day to submit abstracts.
  • June 9, 2017: Abstract authors will be notified of their acceptance.
  • August 20, 2017: Deadline for accepted presenters to submit a PDF of their poster along with a 1-minute video describing the poster and their research.
  • November 15 and 16, 2017: Dates of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Poster presenters must be able to attend this event in person.

Submission Criteria:
To be considered for poster presentation, entrants must be able to attend the full symposium on November 15, 2017 at MIT in Cambridge, MA to present their work in person. The entrant must be a female undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc currently undertaking the research project presented. The presentation topic must relate to clean energy and can be in any of the following areas:

  • Basic Energy Science
  • Built Environment and Infrastructure
  • Climate and Environment
  • Developing World
  • Energy Education
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fossil Energy
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Policy and Economics
  • Power Distribution and Energy Storage
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation

The research  should be well underway, with at least preliminary findings, and must be original work.  For complete information, please visit https://c3eawards.org/posters. Questions may be directed to c3eawards@mit.edu.


NIH: Beginning process to limit grant support to strengthen biomedical research workforce

This is excerpted from NIH’s Extramural Nexus newsletter, which can be found in its entirety here. 

 

Implementing Limits on Grant Support to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Workforce

Posted on May 2, 2017 by Mike Lauer

NIH realizes that, as stewards of the American investment in biomedical sciences, we must do all we can to protect the future of the biomedical research enterprise, taking additional measures regardless of our budget situation. In the opening pages of this blog, we noted that our increasingly hypercompetitive system is threatening the future of biomedical research and of the hundreds of thousands of scientists who we look to for discovering tomorrow’s cures. This is a strange irony, given that the last 25-50 years have been times of extraordinary discovery and progress in basic, translational, and applied science. Death rates from cardiovascular disease have plummeted, and death rates from cancer are falling steadily. Scientists have a much deeper understanding of human biology to the point where this knowledge can drive the design of drugs and biologics. Big data and high-throughput technologies now enable rapid development and testing of hypotheses that previously would have taken years. The successes are myriad. But so are the problems, problems so real that some have gone so far as to write, “It is time to confront the dangers at hand and rethink some fundamental features of the US biomedical research system.” …. Continue reading →


Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Call for Abstracts

C3E Poster Presentation:
Call for Abstract Submissions
We are pleased to announce that abstracts are currently being accepted for a poster session taking place November 15, 2017 as part of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. This competition is open to female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers engaged in clean energy research across all disciplines in universities worldwide. Judges from MIT, DOE, and Stanford will review the poster presentations and select five winners, who will each receive a financial award of $1,000.
Abstracts may be submitted via our online portal. Please read the full guidelines prior to submission.
Important Dates:
  • May 30, 2017: Final day to submit abstracts.
  • June 9, 2017: Abstract authors will be notified of their acceptance.
  • August 20, 2017: Deadline for accepted presenters to submit a PDF of their poster along with a 1-minute video describing the poster and their research.
  • November 15, 2017: Date of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Poster presenters must be able to attend this event in person.

Submission Criteria:

To be considered for poster presentation, entrants must be able to attend the full symposium on November 15, 2017 at MIT in Cambridge, MA to present their work in person. The entrant must be a female undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc currently undertaking the research project presented. The presentation topic must relate to clean energy and can be in any of the following areas:

  • Basic Energy Science
  • Built Environment and Infrastructure
  • Climate and Environment
  • Developing World
  • Energy Education
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fossil Energy
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Policy and Economics
  • Power Distribution and Energy Storage
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation

The research should be well underway, with at least preliminary findings, and must be original work.

For complete information, please visit https://c3eawards.org/posters. Questions may be directed to c3eawards@mit.edu.


Fulbright scholar opportunities in Hungary

A note from Mary Durfee

Hello all,

Have you considered applying for a Fulbright for Scholars?  They are open now and will be due Aug 1.  [BTW–it is fine to share this with your departments, of course.] You must be a U.S. citizen.

I truly enjoyed my 10 months in Malta and I had a worthwhile and good time in Fall ’15 in Hungary.

Below are four opportunities in Hungary.  Pannonia is on the Hungarian Plain and Szeged is a beautiful city.  The one with the prestigious Hungarian Academy of Sciences might be with partners anywhere the HAS has partnerships.  Its headquarters are across from the Chain Bridge in Budapest on the Danube. The Mathematics one is in Budapest.

As with any Fulbright, it is good to establish a relationship beforehand–I used the Internet and then email to find likely suspects.  If you already have a relationship, that is very good–and does seem to help in later reviews.  It’s a good idea to get a letter of invitation, even if the application does not require it.  Some contact earlier, makes getting the letter easier.

I know that Hungary has been getting bad press about various political actions (and it deserves to get pressure), but you will find the people friendly, the Fulbright office there wonderfully helpful, and the country (and food and really wonderful but inexpensive wine) delightful.

Look into it.  Quit worrying about A, B, C..X,Y,Z of living abroad. and just give it a try.

Mary Durfee, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Michigan Technological University
Fulbright-Budapest Semesters in Mathematics-Renyi Institute Scholar Grants in Mathematics

This list is by no means exhaustive and a complete listing of awards to Hungary is available in our Catalog of Awards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017.

Please share this email with interested colleagues or refer them to receive more information. We are happy to discuss these current award opportunities in greater detail.

Best Regards,

Eliza Collison
Europe/Eurasia Team

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street NW, Suite 700 • Washington, DC 20005
europeeurasia@iie.orgiie.org/cies

 


Fulbright Medical Sciences Award Opportunities in Europe

We are writing to inform you of exciting Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities to teach and/or conduct research in Medical Sciences and related fields. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Applications for academic year 2018-2019are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty, including early career and professionals.

Opportunities to Europe in the Medical Sciences include, but are not limited to:

For additional information on opportunities in Medical Sciences, please visit our Medical Sciences and Public/Global Health webpage. The complete Awards Catalog is published online, and a list of award opportunities in Europe is available here.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the application deadline is August 1, 2017.

We are happy to speak with prospective applicants, and contact information for the relevant program staff is listed in each award description.

Please feel free to share this message with your colleagues, members of your listservs, newsletters, or social media networks.

Best regards,

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)
http://www.cies.org/contact-us