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NSF Releases Information on the Relocation of its Headquarters this Summer

NSF is moving to its new location in Alexandria, VA this summer.  Due to the move FastLane and will be unavailable from June 30 to July 4.  Other information regarding the move and possible disruptions in proposal processing, submittal of project reports, cash requests, etc. can be found in NSF Important Notice 139.  NSF expects to be in its new location, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, effective October 2, 2017.

Presidential Search Committee Volunteer Application

The University Senate is seeking faculty and staff to participate in the search for a new president of Michigan Technological University.

The President Search Committee will be comprised of Board of Trustee members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider university community. Please consider being a part of the decision-making process that impacts the future of Tech.

The composition of the Presidential Search Committee will consist at a minimum of 13 members, as highlighted in the Tech Today article regarding the Board of Trustees April 28, 2017 meeting (Scroll down to the second article). The Board has asked the Senate to identify six faculty and six staff who would make the necessary commitments to serve on this important committee.

Please submit brief biographical information and statements of interest, commitment and promise of confidentiality. Serving on the Presidential Search Committee requires a significant amount of time and commitment. It is imperative that each member is flexible in scheduling. Please review the announcement for the complete details.

The University Senate requests that those interested in serving on the Presidential Search Committee send the requested information by 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday, May 22, 2017, to Marty Thompson, President of the University Senate at or complete the form directly on Google Documents.

As stated in the announcement, the Board of Trustees will be announcing the composition of the members of the Presidential Search Committee at a Special Meeting to be held on June 2, 2017. All nominees are asked to be in attendance. A get together and dinner with the Presidential Search Committee members will be held on June 8, 2017 followed by the first meeting on June 9 in Houghton. Future meetings may be held in the Detroit area however video conference will be made available for those not able to travel.

Thank you for your service to Michigan Technological University as we look towards the future of our great institution.

Check your email for the link to the Google form.

Invitation to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo: 20-21 July 2017

Please join the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) at our premier event, the Naval Future Force S&T Expo (at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, 20-21 July) co-sponsored with American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).

This year’s theme is “Accelerating to the Navy & Marine Corps After Next.”

Participants will hear from the new Chief of Naval Research, RADM David Hahn. Come to learn more about his vision and new priorities guiding the Naval Research Enterprise. This event provides an excellent opportunity for Department of Defense, Naval leaders and ONR program officers to communicate needs, opportunities and exchange ideas with you.

Join us as we:
– Introduce and raise awareness of Naval research priorities and portfolios
– Present challenges and enable discussion of potential research solutions
– Learn from and share new ideas with participants to broaden our world-wide partnership base

As a participant, you will enjoy access to one-on-one Pitch-A-Principal appointments, live demos, poster sessions and exhibiting to include: Tech Talks and specialty room sessions featuring–small business, current research, STEM, disruptive technology initiatives, international S&T programs, Naval Research Lab initiatives, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab topics and doing business with ONR, ONR-Global, Naval Research Laboratory and employment opportunities.

Register here and stay tuned to our websites for more information on our exciting speaker line-up:
– Registration: — Use appeal code: INNOVATE to receive a $55 discount
– Get updates on:

Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Office of Naval Research
Arlington, VA  22203
703-696-7118 (v)

Sponsored Programs Office will pilot a two-tier internal deadline structure for the following opportunities in June and July, 2017:

NIH R01 Research Grants – sponsor deadline June 5

NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award – sponsor deadline June 16

NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) – sponsor deadline June 25

NSF CAREER – sponsor deadline July 19, 20 and 21 depending on Directorate

This pilot will include a staggered, two-tier internal deadline structure for the submission of the final internal and external documents related to each of the above opportunities.  All final internal documents and the application package (completed in NIH ASSIST or NSF FastLane) will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7:00 a.m., 1 week (7 calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline.  However, not all of the science documents in the application package needs to be final at this point and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms.  All final science related documents will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline.  Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package.  This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package….the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

The specific science related documents for each application package will be identified and communicated to the respective Principal Investigators once the intent to submit is known.

Please share this information with your faculty/staff and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Lisa Jukkala
Director, Sponsored Programs Office
Michigan Technological University
3rd Floor Lakeshore Center
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931-1295
Phone:  906/487-2226
Fax:  906/487-2245

APLU Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson today released the following statement regarding the omnibus appropriations bill that congressional leaders announced this morning, which would fund government through September.

 “The FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill congressional leaders announced this morning would make critically important strides in our nation’s efforts to boost college completion and invest in cutting-edge medical research. APLU thanks the appropriations leaders and House and Senate leadership for coming to a bipartisan agreement on FY2017 appropriations and urges Congress to pass this bipartisan funding bill without delay.

“This bill is a major victory for low-income students who need the support of Pell Grants year-round to complete their degrees. The bill’s restoration of year-round Pell will help these students accelerate progress toward their degrees, minimize debt, and allow them to join the workforce more quickly. APLU applauds Congress for working in a bipartisan fashion to support student success. The restoration of year-round Pell is vital progress in making a college education affordable for students and was a major priority of APLU and our member universities.

“Another top APLU priority the bill strongly addresses is robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The proposed omnibus would provide over $34 billion for the NIH, the second consecutive year of a $2 billion increase for the biomedical research agency. These increases follow a decade of reduced investments that constricted American medical innovation. The FY2017 omnibus bill puts our country back on track for needed healthy and sustained federal investments in medical research.

“The NIH plays a central role in driving discoveries that stamp out disease, enhance our quality of life, and extend life expectancy. The pathbreaking discoveries produced through NIH research make the United States the world leader in medical innovation. An additional $2 billion in NIH funding will bolster our nation’s biomedical enterprise and make our economy more competitive as other nations race to invest in a sector the United States has long dominated thanks in large part to broad-based investments in publicly funded research.

“Some other important federal higher education and research programs will see small increases and a few will be cut through the bill. We look forward to working with the Congress and the administration on all public research university priorities during the FY2018 appropriations process.”


AAAS Summarizes Federal R&D in the FY17 Omnibus in One Chart

Get the full AAAS summary here.

One Hundred and Thirty Different Organizations Submit Testimony on the Importance of Geosciences Research to National Security Economic Development, and Public Safety

– Last week 130 different organizations including major research universities, commercial interests, marine laboratories, and various societies and associations signed onto a piece of testimony that was submitted to both House and Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittees.  The testimony focused on the importance of the research conducted by NOAA and NASA and the support provided by those agencies and the NSF to the academic community for research and training activities.  A copy of that testimony can be downloaded here.


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 16, 2017

Program Guidelines: NSF 17-522   Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields.  NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals …More at


04/18/2017 10:46 AM EDT

Waterman metal

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced changes in eligibility requirements for the Alan T. Waterman Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., now may be nominated for the award. Previous requirements mandated nominees be 35 years or younger or up to seven years post Ph.D. More at


Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) (nsf17552)


Geophysics (PH)


PCA Women of Tech August 5, 2017

2017 Women of Tech Alumni Reunion - August 3–5


Mark your calendar, as a woman of Michigan Tech, we’re celebrating you! The Presidential Council of Alumnae and Alumni Engagement are teaming up to offer a Women of Tech celebration during Alumni Reunion the evening of Saturday, August 5.

Reconnect with friends or make new ones and support female scholarships by bidding on great items during a silent auction. All are welcome, so plan to bring a friend, partner or group to celebrate!

For a preliminary schedule of events, lodging information, or if you would like to be contacted when registration is open, visit the Alumni Reunion website.

Call us at 1-877-688-2586 or email with any questions

Hope to see you back on campus in August!

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