Michigan Tech’s Faculty Fellow Program Call for Applications

Applications are being solicited for the FY2016 Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Faculty Fellow Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m., Feb. 18, and submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

Research Experience for Undergraduates – deadline Jan. 31

Florida State University’s High Performance Materials Institute and supporting FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is pleased to announce our summer Research Experience for Undergraduates programs for students pursuing STEM related degrees:  
Diversity in Research and Engineering of Advanced Materials 
Retaining Engineers Through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced-materials Training (RETREAT)
May 25th – July 29th 2016
These programs offer an excellent opportunity for students to extend their research experience as an undergraduate working with experienced researchers at the High-Performance Materials Institute.  Program coordinators would like to inquire if you have students who are interested in participating in either of these programs.
Undergraduates from all STEM disciplines who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply. Women & minority students are especially encouraged to apply. Further information regarding the REU applications may be found in the attached flyers. Deadline for application submission is January 31, 2016. Please use the links below to view more information. 
We appreciate your support in disseminating this information to students about our REU opportunities and look forward to helping you similarly in the future.

The Minority Science Writers Internship Program – Apply for 2016

Spend a summer at Science.
The Minority Science Writers Internship Program
2016 application is now available online.
The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity.

Funded by the Pitts Family Foundation, the summer internship takes place at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary scientific journal in the world. Interns will spend 10 weeks at Scienceunder the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. They get to meet leading scientists, attend conferences and hearings, and cover both breaking news and ongoing stories. Interns are expected to contribute to all facets of the news operation, including writing bylined articles in the print magazine and online news service and working with Science’s digital media team.

Interns receive a weekly stipend as well as the cost of a round trip ticket to Washington, D.C. The internship runs from early June to mid-August. This year’s deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate academic program when they submit their application. For additional information about the program visit http://www.aaas.org/mswi.

“The Minority Science Writing Internship fueled my fascination with storytelling, revved my engines for reporting, and propelled my career off the ground. Now I’m on track to share the narratives of science and discovery professionally with the world.”
Nicholas St. Fleur
2012 Intern
Science Reporter
The New York Times

RFPs from NSF: due dates in Jan/Feb


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 6, 2016
RCN-UBE & UBE Incubator Track
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-527
The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries.  RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics.  Innovative ideas for implementing …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

***Michigan Tech has already selected our three teams pursuing this opportunity – contact minerick@mtu.edu to get involved!
Solicitation: NSF 16-503
Due Date: February 09, 2016
An eligible organization may participate in two Traineeship Track proposals and two Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposals per competition.  Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.  Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation.

RFPs from NIH: Spring 2016 due dates

Requests for Applications

    • Tropical Medicine Research Centers (U19)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Application Receipt Date(s): June 03, 2016
    • U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research (R01)
      Application Receipt Date(s): March 17, 2016
    • Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21)
    • Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R33)
    • Innovative Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science (R21)
    • Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science (R33)
      National Cancer Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): February 26, 2016; May 26, 2016; September 26, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
    • Improving Diabetes Management in Pre-teens, Adolescents and/or Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3)
    • Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Type 1 Diabetes Management in Adults (DP3)(RFA-DK-16-002)
    • Improving Diabetes Management in Children with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3) (RFA-DK-16-003)National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesApplication Receipt Date(s): June 22, 2016


    • Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/R44)
      National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
      National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
      Application Receipt Date(s): March 4, 2016; July 6, 2016 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
    • BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early – Stage Research for Large – Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21)
      Application Receipt Date(s): March 15, 2016
    • NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) (R35)
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): March 15, 2016; February 15, 2017; February 15, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
    • NHLBI Early Investigator Award (EIA) (R35)
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): March 15, 2016; February 15, 2017; February 15, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
    • NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Short Courses in Neurotherapeutics Development (R25)
      Application Receipt Date(s): February 10, 2016

Program Announcements

  • Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Therapeutic Development and Mechanisms of Resistance (U01)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 17, 2016; November 17, 2016; March 17, 2017; November 17, 2017, March 17, 2018; November 17, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.,Not Applicable
  • Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Innovative Approaches to the Prevention and Early Detection of Small Cell Lung Cancer (U01)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 17, 2016; November 17, 2016; March 17, 2017; November 17, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • Global Noncommunicable Diseases and Injury Across the Lifespan: Exploratory Research (R21)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 24, 2016, February 22, 2017
  • High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10)
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 16, 2016
  • Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10)
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Not Applicable
  • NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) Award (R21)
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): February 26, 2016, June 28, 2016, October 26, 2016, February 28, 2017, June 27, 2017, October 26, 2017, February 27, 2018, June 26, 2018, October 26, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • Collaborative Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (Collaborative R01)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
  • Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (R01)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
  • Natural History of Disorders Identifiable by Screening of Newborns (R01)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

Fellowships for Michigan graduate students due in Jan/Feb

As you may be aware, Michigan Sea Grant facilitates the application process for a handful of paid fellowship opportunities. These are for current graduate students studying a range of disciplines: engineering, policy, natural resources, law, etc., as long as they have a science/natural resources focus. Please forward to your graduate student listservs and student organizations. Applications are all due in January-February 2015 and we want students to know about these before winter break. Thanks for your help and please call/email me with questions (contact info at bottom)!

Fellowship Announcement

Michigan Sea Grant is announcing four graduate fellowships for 2016-2017. These paid fellowships are targeted towards students with strong interests in marine and Great Lakes issues, including natural resources science, policy and law. Applications are currently being accepted online and are due in January or February, depending on the opportunity.

Deadlines Approaching Five opportunities are available for the 2016-2017 cycle. Be sure to submit your materials before 5 p.m. on the closing date of the appropriate fellowship:

Who Should Apply for the Fellowships? Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., natural or physical sciences, policy, law, engineering) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, aquatic or marine issues are encouraged to apply.

Programs require a full-time commitment, and fellows typically graduate from their degree program before embarking on the fellowship. Occasionally, students take time away from their graduate program while pursuing these fellowships. These fellowships come with financial support.

More Details:

Please pass this information along to those you think might be interested. A fellowship flyer is available for printing and distribution.

Clarence Fullard
Program Coordinator

Michigan Sea Grant
University of Michigan
School of Natural Resources & Environment
520 E. Liberty St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210

Office: (734)-763-1530

Cell: (614)-266-4926

Resources & Info from BBC: Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting: Dec letter

Funding Renewed for MI Emerging Technologies Fund
Good news regarding the Emerging Technologies Fund (“ETF”): The Michigan Strategic Fund board recently approved $2.5 million in renewed funding for the ETF. Funds are expected to become available for disbursement by March 2016.

The ETF expands funding opportunities for Michigan technology companies by providing grant dollars to support commercialization of technology sponsored under SBIR/STTR awards. In partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) administers the program.
As in prior years, the MI-SBDC is grateful to ETF awardees for diligently completing metrics and project updates in the Annual Reports. This information provides the necessary justification to renew ETF funds each year.
Remember to file an ETF application prior to submitting your SBIR/STTR proposal. Full eligibility rules are set forth in the ETF Guidelines and FAQ section of the ETF website, which can be found at www.mietf.org. Contact the fund at: (734) 462-4629 or mietf@gvsu.edu.

DOD’s Biggest Solicitation Set for Pre-Release on Dec 11
The Dept. of Defense will pre-release its SBIR 2016.1 and STTR 2016.A solicitations on Dec. 11, opening the one-month period, ending Jan. 10, during which we recommend that you talk to your relevant Technical Point of Contact (Why? Read our blog). The solicitation opens on Jan. 11 and closes on Feb. 17. This solicitation features hundreds of topics offered by the Air Force, Army, Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Admin. (DARPA), Chemical & Biological Defense (CBD), Defense Health Program (DHP), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Special Operartions Command (SOCOM) and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). We’ve gathered the topics into an At-a-Glance Summary for preview in advance of the actual pre-solicitation. Click here to view the summary. (Note: Be sure to check the solicitation when released on Dec. 11 as topics may have been added, deleted or modified. 
When pre-released, the solicitation will be available at: sbir.defensebusiness.gov.
Get Prepared to Submit!
Join BBCetc’s DOD guru, Becky Aistrup, for six hours of training:
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DOD
December 16, 9 AM-3 PM
Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield
Becky will provide up-to-date information about the DoD SBIR/STTR programs, the differences between DoD components, how to identify a topic, outlines and considerations for each part of your proposal, strategies for targeting DoD’s mission and requirements and how to meet the reviewers’ expectations, plus common problems and pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Remember: BBCetc clients attend onsite training at no charge.
More SBIR/STTR Solicitations  
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
The EPA’s 2015 SBIR Phase I is currently open with a Jan. 7 deadline. Research topics for this solicitation are:
  • Air and Climate
  • Integrated Cookstove-Heating-Electricity Generation for Small Homes
  • Manufacturing
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Water
  • Building Materials
  • Homeland Security
Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)
The DHS issued its FY16.1 SBIR Pre-Solicitation notification on Dec. 1, and there is still time to contact the Technical Program Managers to ask questions regarding their topic areas before the pre-solicitation period ends on Dec. 15. The solicitation opens on Dec. 16 with a Jan. 20 deadline.

The pre-solicitation includes 13 topics which are summarized here.

Nat’l. Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
NASA’s SBIR/STTR is currently open with a deadline of Feb. 1. nasaNASA has a wide variety of SBIR topics in the following topic areas:
  • Aeronautics Research
  • Human Exploration and Operations
  • Science
  • Space Technology
  • Lightweight Structures and Materials
  • Robotics and Autonomour Systems
  • Wireless Technology
STTR topic areas include:
  • Launch Propulsion Systems
  • In-Space Propulsion Technologies
  • Space Power and Energy Storage
  • Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Autonomous Ka-band Spacecraft Terminals
  • Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems
  • Human Exploration Destination Systems
  • Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
Click here for a a list of topics, or here for full topic descriptions. View solicitation
Lockheed Martin has released a listing of SBIR NASA 2016 solicitation topics along with LM personnel interested in particular SBIR topics. The listing helps connect companies with the appropriate Lockheed Martin technical points of contact to explore opportunities for partnership and innovation. If your firm has interest in a topic, is considering submitting a proposal and would like to seek LM’s support through an endorsement, sponsorship and/or partnership opportunity, contact the individuals listed next to the appropriate topic as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for letter approvals. View list
Dept. of Energy (DOE)
Topics for DOE’s current solicitation were released on Nov 1 with a DOE logosubmission deadline of Feb 9.  Importantly, letters of intent are due by 5 PM on Dec. 21.  A Letter of Intent (LOI) is a document that you submit in advance of your Phase I application to the DOE SBIR/STTR programs. It contains important information about your application, such as a technical abstract, that will assist DOE in identifying reviewers in advance of receiving your application. Your technical abstract should contain sufficient technical information so that reviewers with appropriate technical backgrounds can be identified for your application.  However, your LOI should not include any proprietary information.
A full list of topics and descriptions can be found at this link.
Tips from NIH as the Jan. 5 Deadline Nears

Before you submit your NIH proposal, here are a few things to be sure to check so your application moves problem-free from submission to processing:

  • Does the topic of the application fit NIH’s mission?
  • Does the application include all critical sections? NIH systems can tell if you attached a pdf document in a certain spot in the application, but can’t assess the content of that attachment so make sure to attach the correct document.
  • Does the application include information in inappropriate places to get around page limits? NIH refers to the use of appendices and other non-page limited sections to augment information in page-limited sections as “overstuffing”. Page limits provide a fair and level playing field to convey information, and they are taken seriously by reviewers.
  • Do you already have an application with essentially the same content under review?  Even under current NIH submission rules, which allow you to submit the same application again, you can’t have overlapping applications under review at the same time (NOT-OD-14-074).
  • If reference letters apply, were the correct number of reference letters received by the due date?
  • Did you follow font and margin guidelines documented in the application guide when preparing all your attachments? (Read our blog)
  • If requesting over $500K in direct costs in any budget period, did you have institute permission to submit?

When submitting your application, don’t just think about getting through electronic submission. Think about how your application will hold up to the scrutiny of humans!

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): 2016 HS-STEM Summer Internships – Application Deadline: December 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required 

Application deadline: December 16, 2015, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/1468

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.

The DHS Education Programs Team


Applications for the 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open

FWIS 2016 Twitter Ad

Dear Colleague:

Applications for the 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

I invite you to collaborate with us and spread the word to your community about this special fellowship program for exceptional female post‐doctoral researchers who are also committed to serving as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

I have attached materials to help you share information about this prestigious fellowship program, and I hope that with your help we can encourage some of your institution’s outstanding women post‐docs to apply.

The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found atwww.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience. Applications are due on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e‐mail me at rpacifico@us.loreal.com.

Thank you for considering this fellowship opportunity and for your help in advancing the role of women in science.


Rachel Pacifico

Rachel Pacifico
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications
575 5th Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10017
212-885-1260  /  rpacifico@us.loreal.com

Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a real-world setting with award-winning scientists

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)

·         Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, and PhD – all majors

·         Stipend based on academic status

·         Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)

·         Full-time and part-time appointments

·         Professional development activities

·         Minimum GPA  – 2.5/4.0

·         U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

·         Undergraduates, MS, PhD, and Post-MS or Postdoctoral – Majors related to Nuclear Science and Nuclear Policy; Engineering; Physics; Nuclear Medicine

·         Stipend based on academic status

·         Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)

·         Full-time and part-time appointments

·         Professional development activities

·         Minimum GPA  – 3.0/4.0

·         Open to U.S. and International Citizenship

Visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org for more information!