Category Archives: Innovation

VentureWell Opportunities

Our national BMEidea competition offers university biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of their ideas. Deadline is April 4. Apply now!

E-Team Grant Program:
Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward.

Interested in learning more about the program? Sign up for our next informational webinar, March 28 at 5:00pm ET. Register now!
Applications are due May 2 and October 3. Apply now!

DEBUT Challenge:
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems. Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Deadline is May 31. Apply now!

Other Opportunities:
The MassChallenge program helps entrepreneurs solve the world’s biggest challenges. The program accelerates the highest-impact, highest-potential startups through a selective, zero-equity program that connects participants to up to $2M in cash prizes, an established international community of startups, world-class mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, and unrivaled access to corporate partners. Deadline to apply is March 28.

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program:
The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2018-2019 Class of Invention Ambassadors. The program strives to inspire a diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving global challenges, inform on the components needed to create inventions that solve global problems, and influence policy makers, thought leaders, and the public. Ambassadorships are 12 months long. Applications and nominations are due on March 30.

Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Fellowship Application:
Halcyon Incubator is now accepting applications for their Fall 2018 Fellowship! Halcyon provides aspiring social entrepreneurs and change makers like you with a place to live and work in DC, a $10,000 stipend, mentoring, leadership coaching, and access to potential investors. Halcyon takes 0% equity and is committed to supporting you along your entrepreneurial journey. Deadline to apply is April 4.

76West Clean Energy Competition:
The 76West clean energy competition is focused on growing entrepreneurs and attracting resources to build clean energy businesses and jobs in New York State’s Southern Tier region. The competition offers $20 million in prize money over four years, including a $1 million top prize each year. Winning companies also receive valuable support, training and mentoring. Applications are accepted until April 16.

Apply now and receive up to $25,000 for your social or environmental invention!

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions.

Interested in learning more about the program? Sign up for our next informational webinar, March 28 at 5:00pm ET.

Applications for the next cohorts are due May 2 and October 3.

Ford College Community Challenge Grant 2018 – deadline April 10

Ford Motor Company Fund is requesting proposals for an innovative grant-making initiative: The Ford College Community Challenge. This program is designed to empower student-led projects at higher education organizations to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local 2018 needs.

The overarching theme of the Ford College Community Challenge is “Making Lives Better” by:

  • Changing the Way People Move Through Smart Mobility
  • Driving Social Mobility
  • Building Sustainable Communities

“Mobility” is not restricted to vehicles and/or transportation, and a “sustainable community” is not restricted to environmental concerns. Instead, Ford C3 uses these terms to describe healthy, livable communities that are poised to thrive in a global economy.

Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need that addresses the issue of Making Lives Better. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc.

Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects. Winning proposals must, at a minimum:

  1. Describe an innovative approach to Making Lives Better
  2. Involve students in a leadership role
  3. Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need
  4. Describe the tangible project outcome
  5. Involve a community-based organization as a partner

*It is preferred that the school of engineering, business, and/or design are involved in some way.

Faculty and staff who would like to submit a proposal should contact Katie Buehner, Office of Industry Relations (, 734-913-6883), to obtain a full RFP and further information.  Please provide a 1 or 2 sentence overview of you proposal idea.

  • Submission deadline of Tuesday, April 10.
  • Twenty proposals from the 1st round will be selected in late April 2018 to advance to the 2nd round of the competition.  These proposals will be asked to provide an additional “elevator speech” description of their projects, delivered via video.
  • Award winners will be announced and projects implemented in fall 2018.

Call for mini-grant proposals – talk to your chair

Supported by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), the
University of New Haven is coordinating the development of several short
e-learning modules intended to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in
students. These discipline-independent modules are intended to be
integrated into regular engineering and computer science undergraduate
courses in a flipped classroom model. To learn more about the
e-learning modules please visit

Attached please find the application form for the University of New
Haven’s “Integrated e-Learning Modules Mini-Grant Program”. The form is
in a fillable PDF format and works best with Adobe Acrobat Reader. We
hope that faculty at your institution will be interested in deploying
some of the 14 e-learning modules in undergraduate engineering or
computer science courses in the 2018-19 academic year. The mini-grant
will provide $2000 and an additional $300 toward travel to Salt Lake
City in June prior to the ASEE Annual Conference to participate in a
training workshop. The learning outcomes for each of the 14 modules may
be revealed by clicking on the + sign in front of the module name at

Please forward this e-mail to faculty at your institution who may be
interested in deploying a module in an engineering or computer science
undergraduate course in the 2018-19 academic year.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 20, 2018.

With best regards,


Ronald S. Harichandran, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Tagliatela College of Engineering
University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516-1916

T: (203) 932-7167
M: (203) 376-4326

Create the Future Contest Now Accepting Entries

The world’s premier engineering design competition is now accepting entries at The 2018 “Create the Future” Design Contest offers a top prize of $20,000 USD. There is no cost to enter.

Do you have a new product, invention, or design idea that could create jobs, improve daily life, save time/money, help the environment, or benefit society in other ways? We invite you to enter as an individual or team in seven categories:

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
Sustainable Technologies

Past contests have generated over 14,000 new product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries. With millions of visitors to the contest site and global media coverage, the contest shines a bright light on innovative ideas, helping entrants to attract funding, partners, and manufacturers to become commercial success stories. Your design could be next!

To get started, visit

Good luck,

Joe Pramberger
Tech Briefs Media Group (contest producer)
An SAE International Company

Students: Win $$ by entering these BME competitions!

Encourage your students to apply for these BME competitions!

DEBUT Challenge:
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell hold the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to health and clinical problems.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities, the ability to manage the product development process, work effectively in teams, and technical communication skills.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the problem being addressed
  • Impact of the proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
  • Innovative design
  • Working prototype

Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:

  • Market potential and economic feasibility
  • Patentability

Read more about the guidelines and the 2017 DEBUT winners.

Encourage your students to apply today! Total prizes of $65K will be awarded. Applications are due May 31, 2018. 

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BMEidea Competition:
Your biomedical engineering students can win up to $10K for their health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. BMEidea, a VentureWell competition, is the nation’s premier competition for biomedical and bioengineering innovation, open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 will be awarded to the top three winners. Winners will be announced at the MD&M Medical Device Trade Show & Convention in New York, NY in June 2018.

Entries for the competition are judged on:

  • Technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility
  • Contribution to human health and quality of life
  • Technical innovation
  • Potential for commercialization

Read about the 2017 BMEidea winners.

Deadline is April 4, 2018. 

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Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

Dear Colleague,

We are excited to share the news about a particularly diverse set of grant opportunities across Grand Challenges initiatives open now from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other Grand Challenges funders. These opportunities are described in a blog and listed below.

Grand Challenges Explorations grant opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the next round of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges grant opportunities

Blog series on innovation: Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation’s President of Global Health, recently published two new blogs in his series on innovation, one on metabolic markers for gestational age assessment and one on surveying nutrient levels in breastmilk.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world on the open grant opportunities listed above. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message. And we invite you to explore an interactive world map of ideas funded to date across the global Grand Challenges network.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

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course in biomanufacturing and FDA requirements in Fall 2018 for grad and undergraduate

CM 4780/5780
Time: 12:05-12:55 MWF (3 credits)

Catalog Description: This course will give students additional tools to perform as an engineer in a biomanufacturing facility.  Compliance with federal laws and guidelines will be emphasized.  Batch manufacturing software will be used.  Graduate student projects will be more in depth.
Guest industrial speakers will also be involved.

Prerequisite:  BL 2100 or CH 4710 or CM 4040 or CM 4080 or CM 4710 or (CM 3110(C) and BL 1040)

List of Course Objectives:
1.     Describe different unit operations in a biomanufacturing plant
2.     Determine the safety issues that may be present in a biomanufacturing plant
3.     Define and role play the necessary positions needed in an FDA audit
4.     Explain the roles that engineers and physical scientists play in the biomanufacturing field
5.     Critique the content of biotechnology articles
6.     Clearly explain technical ideas in writing