Category Archives: Collaborations/Interdisciplinary Opportunities

USAID – RFP for LASER network due Dec. 20

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab is pleased to welcome Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to apply to a five year cooperative agreement to establish and leverage a strong international network that will help address pressing development challenges through research.
The resulting Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) network will work in partnership with USAID to engage academics and stakeholders in identifying and refining critical development research questions. LASER will fund research projects that address those questions so that the entire research system – from universities to policy-makers and civil society – can engage, educate, and contribute to the success of the research projects towards achieving development impacts. Additionally, LASER will increase the human and institutional capacity of higher education institutions in low and middle-income countries to become global leaders in research.
Please share this flyer with relevant partners in your networks.
Please submit all questions by December 20, 2017. Concept notes are due on January 24, 2018. To apply and submit questions please click here.

CTTSO Briefing and FY19 Draft Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) Advance Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) scheduled for December 12, 2017, anticipates more than 500 attendees from government, industry, and academia for this important event, which features:
• A look at anticipated requirements that may be funded in fiscal year 2019
• Potential private-sector business opportunities through Broad Agency Announcement
• Combating terrorism challenges through information exchanges and forming collaborations

Below are the focus areas for one of ten subgroups that will participate in APBI:

Training Technology Development

Innovative Training and Educational Concepts
Research, develop, and evaluate training and educational programs that employ novel instructional design and/or delivery methods for accelerating and enhancing the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills.

Human Performance Technology
Analyze the full range of performance gaps and select interventions to improve and sustain human performance. Develop, test, and evaluate performance improvement technologies and programs based on cognitive and physiological principles to optimize operator training and ultimately mission performance.

Mobile Learning
Design and develop intuitive, interactive learning solutions for anywhere, anytime access from mobile devices. Develop mobile applications and technology that supports learning through ubiquitous and just-in-time access to educational resources, collaborative learning environments, and user-generated content.

Immersive Learning Technology
Research and develop technology that allows a learner to seamlessly interact with, and become immersed in, a learning environment. Develop tools, technologies, and techniques for improving the design, development, and validation of interactive and immersive learning technology.

The CTTSO FY19 Draft Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is now available! CTTSO invites you to review the draft for various research and development related requirements. Please visit the Broad Agency Announcement page for more information.

Focus areas for all subgroups may be viewed here.

For more information about the meeting, please visit

Small Business/Commercialization RFPs & Award Opportunities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY18 SBIR Pre-Solicitation is here!

View more information at

Move your research to the next level with I-Corps at NIH Entrepreneurship Program

I-Corps at NIH is an 8-week experience-based entrepreneurship training program available to small businesses that received Phase I SBIR or STTR funding from 16 participating institutes and centers (ICs) within the NIH and CDC. See below or visit our website to learn more about the I-Corps at NIH program.

Applications for the next cohort are due on Friday, December 18, 2017, 5 PM local time.

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Funding opportunities from EPA, NOAA & HHS. View all open solicitations at:


Partnerships are increasingly important as a means of bringing more complete solutions to customers. In this tutorial, we introduce different ways of interacting with federal laboratories that have personnel and physical assets that a small business may wish to utilize. Also reviewed are methods of working successfully with large system integrators in order to provide a more complete solution to a shared customer.

Access the course at:

Call for Nominations for Igniting Innovation 2018 Conference and Awards

Sponsored by ACT-IAC’s Institute for Innovation  

Nominations due December 31, 2017

Nominations are currently being accepted for innovations that benefit or could benefit government services to citizens or its operations. To be eligible, nominations must have been conceived, developed, deployed or upgraded in the last two years.  A panel of government and industry executives will review nominations to select the finalists.  These finalists will be invited to share their innovation at the Igniting Innovation showcase in Washington, DC.  Attendees will vote for the winners at this event.

To nominate an innovation or get more information, visit


Visit to learn more about the program and read about current and past AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors…many of whom are SBIR/STTR awardees.

Wisconsin DOT Research Program Requests for Proposals

The Wisconsin DOT has issued requests for proposals (RFPs) for the Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP) to be funded in federal fiscal year 2019.

Please visit for proposal guidelines and more information.

GLBRC Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at Michigan State University invites applications from undergraduate students interested in a career in bioenergy for our Summer Undergraduate Research Program in 2018.  We are asking for your help to identify exceptional students with an interest in bioenergy research.

The program is expected to run from May 20 through July 28; exceptions may be made for students who attend schools on the trimester schedule and cannot arrive by May 20.  The total stipend is $5,000; additionally, room and board on the MSU campus and up to $500 for round-trip travel to/from East Lansing are provided.

Requirements for application:
·       Undergraduates currently enrolled in a four-year program.
·       Not an incoming freshman or graduating senior.

Strong preference will be given to:
·       Members of an underrepresented group in science.
·       First in their family to attend college.
·       Students at small colleges without broad research facilities.
·       Students with demonstrated interest in a career in bioenergy research.

Applications are due February 4, 2018.

A printable flyer is attached.GLBRC Summer Undergrad Research Program 2018  Please post or distribute it as you see fit.  For more information on the program, or for general questions, please contact:

Chrislyn A. Particka, PhD
Research Coordinator
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Michigan State University

Proposals internally reviews twice as likely to get funding

“A new study from Columbia University’s School of Nursing suggests that institutions benefit from helping researchers write better grants. Specifically, it found that pilot grant applications that underwent an internal review were twice as likely as nonreviewed applications to receive funding.” 

Contact our Research Development team at any time for help (or

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshop

The Pavlis Honors College will host the first of its annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) workshops from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Fisher 131. The workshop will be led by SURF Coordinator, Will Cantrell.

The SURF program offers undergraduate students a $4,000 stipend to work for 10 weeks on research on campus in the summer. Applications are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer. In order to be eligible for SURF, students must submit their applications by 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2018. If you know of students interested in participating in a summer fellowship on campus, please encourage them to attend the workshop.

For information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops click here.

2018 Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School: Apply by Jan 7

Dear Alumni, Faculty and Staff,

Next summer, Los Alamos National Laboratory will be hosting the nineteenth edition of the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School (LADSS). I have attached a flyer in PDF format that provides information about the summer school, links to more information on the web, and provides instructions for applying to the summer school.

Now that our curriculum and student projects are more in line with the National Science Foundation’s research thrust in cyber-physical systems, we are seeking participation by electrical engineers and computer scientists in addition to our traditional participation by aerospace, mechanical, and civil engineers. Therefore, please pass this solicitation on to prospective students and encourage the good ones to apply.  Applications will be accepted until January 7, 2018.

The primary goal of the LADSS is to get U.S. citizens to attend graduate school. Therefore, the students you solicit need to be U.S. citizens, and they should be of sufficient academic standing to be credible candidates for graduate school. As a reference point, the 200+ students that have taken part in the first eighteen LADSS schools had undergraduate GPA’s ranging from 3.0 – 4.0, with a mean undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.8.

Past experience shows that the students who actually apply to the Summer School are ones that faculty members or former students have talked to individually regarding this program, so please take the time to talk with some of your top students about this opportunity.

Also, please pass this solicitation on to other faculty that may have students who are interested in this educational/work opportunity. If you have any questions about the summer school, please contact me and I will be happy to answer them. Thanks for your help recruiting students for the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School. Additional information may be found on our website at


Chuck Farrar, Ph.D.

Engineering Institute

Los Alamos National Laboratory

LADSS Flyer 2018

ORAU: Opportunities for All Institutions

Laboratory Internships Virtual Event (LIVE) Career Fair

Pre-register for the Laboratory Internships Virtual Event today!  This diversity focused event will take place on November 28th from 12:00 am – 4:00 pm EST at a computer or mobile device near you. LIVE is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. Login and chat live with recruiters from the Scientific Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and the Community College Internships (CCI) Programs. For more information and to register, visit  For questions, please email


DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program is now accepting applications.  This program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.  Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas and the development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts among other benefits.  The application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.  For more information visit  If you have questions, send an email to


DOE Solar Energy Innovators Program

The Solar Energy Innovators Program is seeking applicants interested in researching innovative solutions to the challenges faced by utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) to adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program will conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution.  The Solar Energy Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  The application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.  For questions call Taylor Pitchford at 865-574-4806 or email at


2018 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.  DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health.  This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health.  The application deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST.  If you have questions, send an email to  Please include reference code CDC-NCEH-2018-0013 in your email.


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