Category Archives: Collaborations/Interdisciplinary Opportunities

DARPA: Biological Technologies Office BAA

DARPA released its Biological Technologies Office BAA yesterday.  See attached.  Note that applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract in advance of a proposal to minimize full proposal development for concepts that might not be considered.
BTO is seeking proposals “investigating leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences,” and “BTO’s investment portfolio goes far beyond life science applications in medicine to include areas of research such as human-machine interfaces, microbes as production platforms, and deep exploration of the impact of evolving ecologies and environments on U.S. readiness and capabilities.”
Pages 4 and 5 broadly outline areas of topical interest.  Note on top of page 9 language relative to cost share, specifically if there is the potential for commercial application.
Keep me posted if there is interest in developing a proposal.  glrcadmin-l would be happy to assist.

Elizabeth Hoy (Beth)
Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
Great Lakes Research Center  l  Michigan Technological University

REU Site proposals

The Pavlis Honors College is willing to work with faculty who might be considering submitting a proposal for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). They are happy to offer resources to manage applications and consider ways to work together to provide enrichment while REU students are on campus in the summer supplement.
If interested, please contact Lorelle Meadows at

Mobility @ Michigan Tech Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Michigan Tech is pleased to announce its inaugural Mobility Summit, which will occur on campus Thursday, April 20 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be the featured keynote speaker. The summit will include poster presentations, research discussions/visioning in the broad theme of mobility technologies (similar to the recent Tech Talks), and a lunch session with MDOT Director Steudle. The event is being organized by Michigan Tech’s mobility-affiliated research centers and institutes, the Vice President for Research, and the College of Engineering.

Please “save the date” to join this important discussion and RSVP by clicking here. If you have contacts external to Michigan Tech that would be interested in joining this discussion, please forward this invitation so we can include them as materials are disseminated.

If you and/or your students are interested in presenting a mobility-related poster during the morning research session, please fill in this interest form by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7. If you have questions about presenting a poster, please contact Pam Hannon in the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute for more information (906-487-3065 or

Additional information and a more detailed agenda will be sent to registered attendees in the coming days.

Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby

NASA iTech Deadline April 7th

NASA iTech is a yearlong initiative to find innovative ideas with the most potential impact on future space exploration and support development of the most promising solutions.

Those ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, other government organizations – or others who may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.

It’s easy to participate in NASA iTech. The first step for potential innovators to enter is to submit a five-page white paper summarizing proposed innovation to solve challenges in one of the focus areas listed.

Applications for Fulbright US Student Program are Open

The Fulbright US Student Program application is now open for the 2018-2019 award year.

What is the Fulbright program? It is a nationally competitive program sponsored by the US Department of State and provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to study, conduct research or serve as English teaching assistants for a year abroad. Grants are available in 140 countries and the goal of the program is to promote mutual exchange and build relations between the United States and those countries.

Successful applicants come from all areas of study, from STEM to Visual and Performing Arts. Eligibility requirements are that they hold a bachelor’s degree at the time of starting their grant period and are US citizens. Grants typically include funding for round-trip travel, living expenses and healthcare benefits.

If you know any students who will be graduating from Michigan Tech by Spring 2018, and are interested in going abroad to pursue a graduate degree, do an independent research or arts project, or teach English, share this information with them. Now is the time for them to start thinking about the program, as it takes several months to put together a competitive application. Michigan Tech’s internal deadline is Monday, Sept. 25.

If you or your students are interested in learning more, contact Michigan Tech’s Fulbright Program Adviser, Helen Halt, in the International Programs and Services office at 7-1218.

Additional information can be found on the Fulbright website.

Panel Discussion on “Economics of Climate Change” April 6

Economics Club at Michigan Technological University presents Panel Discussion on “Economics of Climate Change”.
Thursday, April 6 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
EERC 100, Michigan Technological University

Panelists include:

Dr. Gary Campbell (School of Business and Economics)
Dr. Sarah Green (Chemistry)
Dr. Nancy Langston (Social Sciences)
Dr. Jessica L.McCarty (Michigan Tech Research Institute)
Dr. Craig Waddell (Humanities)
Drinks and snacks will be served.

Funding Opportunity Announced by DOD for MURI Program

Funding Opportunity Announced by DOD for MURI Program – The DOD Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Initiative (MURI) has released a federal funding opportunity (FFO) for FY 2018.  The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge. The FY 2018 MURI competition is for a wide variety of topics listed in the FFO supported by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  Download the FFO here

Notice provided by Federal Science Partners for Michigan Tech.

NSF Cybersecurity RFI due April 5

High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence.  The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which encompasses high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.

Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.

NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research.  In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information,, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.  This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.

Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond.  This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.

Visit the NSF DCL,, which provides a link to the required submission website.  The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.


Deborah J. Goodings, PhD, P.Eng.

Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation

Directorate for Engineering

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Room 545.11

Arlington, VA 22230, USA

Phone 703-292-4613

Fax 703-292-9053