NSF/DOE/NIH/EPA/AFOSR Informational Events at ACS Boston

If you or your colleagues are planning to attend the upcoming Fall National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston, Massachusetts, you are invited to join the National Science Foundation and representatives from the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Environmental Protection Agency for “Meet the Federal Funders and Speed Coaching” on Tuesday August 18, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 102AB .

A Federal agency panel will briefly update meeting attendees on current and upcoming initiatives and funding opportunities at their agencies. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with program officers one-on-one at “speed coaching” to discuss grant proposal preparation and funding for research, education, and outreach activities.

Order of Events
Meet the Federal Funders Panel and Q&A Session, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Speed Coaching with Federal Funders, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ACS meeting attendees may sign-up onsite beginning at 10:30 am outside of Room 102AB. Prior registration is not required.
Also meet staff from the NSF Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport staff at the Sci-Mix Poster session on
Monday August 17, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Convention Center Hall C, Posters ORGN 340-342.

Visit the events webpage for additional details: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135707&org=NSF.

NSF: Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure Due Oct. 16

Solicitation: NSF 15-598
Due Date: October 16, 2015
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary:An academic institution may submit up to two proposals as the lead institution, but may not submit more than one proposal as the lead institution in any one of the following three proposal categories:

  1. Network Coordination Office (NCO),
  2. Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), and
  3. Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Facility.

A full proposal involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single administrative package from the lead institution; collaborative full proposals with multiple administrative packages will not be accepted and will be returned without review. If the Principal Investigator of a full proposal leaves or transfers to another institution during the review process or after an award is made, the proposal/award remains with the lead institution. Additionally, the lead institution cannot be changed after submission of the full proposal.  National laboratories and private sector companies, as well as non-U.S. institutions, may participate in NHERI award activities using their own resources and cannot receive NSF support from an award made under this solicitation; however, this shall not be interpreted to prohibit purchases, services, or sales contracts/agreements with these entities.  A proposal for the RAPID Facility must have all facility resources owned, operated, and maintained by the lead institution and located within the United States to facilitate access by NSF-supported users.

NSF: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) due November 13, 2015

ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM and ICT careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills (including critical thinking skills) needed for entering the STEM workforce. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on multiple STEM domains, focus on a single domain, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. The ITEST program is especially interested in broadening participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM-related occupations are strongly encouraged. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies projects and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects support the design, implementation, and testing of innovative educational experiences that support the objectives of the ITEST program. SPrEaDprojects support the wider and broader testing and dissemination of promising strategies to generate evidence and greater understanding of contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrain anticipated project impacts. All ITEST projects may include activities designed to inform judgments regarding the feasibility of implementing strategies in typical learning environments associated with formal classrooms, out-of-school settings, or combinations of such environments. The ITEST program also invites proposals for an ITEST Resource Center to provide technical assistance to projects and provide assistance with the outreach activities of the ITEST program.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP)

 The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.

NIH excerpts: Funding Opportunities 7 Aug version

Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations to Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health (R15)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 18, 2015; July 7, 2016; July 7, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 

End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Serious Illnesses (R21)
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Cancer Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Office of Research on Women’s Health
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
August 07, 2015
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For Students: How to Land a Job in STEM, from Women Who Have Done It


Back in June, we wrote about how STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) have more jobs and higher salaries than other industries – and how, despite this, there are still fewer female STEM majors than male.

Schools, nonprofits and tech companies alike are doing their part to get female students interested in science and technology. But for those that are interested, it’s not always an easy path. Women in STEM face an often deep-rooted gender bias, as well as more tangible effects like lower pay, fewer high-level jobs and opportunities, and less funding and support for their research. In 2010, women accounted for just 22.3 percent of full professorships in STEM fields. And in 2014, they held just 9% of management positions in IT and 14% of senior management positions at Silicon Valley startups.

Despite these odds, women are entering the STEM workforce in increasing numbers, and many of them are making a big impact. But before they do, they first have to land a job. To get some advice on how to do that, we asked female STEM professionals and academics:

What advice do you have for new female STEM graduates who are in the process of job hunting and interviewing?


2015 Nano for Defense Conference Transitioning Emerging Technologies – Students apply by Sept. 1


2015 NT4D
2015 Nano for Defense Conference
Transitioning Emerging Technologies
16 – 19 November 2015
City of Industry, CA
 NT4D Student Grant Program
NT4D is pleased to announce the student travel grant program for this year’s conference at the Pacific Palms Resort, in City of Industry, CA.  This program is intended to encourage student participation and provide networking opportunities for students with representatives from industry, academia, and government.  The competitive grant program is designed to cover a portion of costs associated with attending the conference including travel, student registration fee, lodging and meals (government per diem rates).  Applicants are required to either give an oral or poster presentation of their research at the conference.  The first round of awards will be made on September 1, 2015.  The application form and more information including eligibility requirements can be found at http://usasymposium.com/nano/students.htm.
 Innovators & Small Business Forum Sign-Ups Now Open
One of the most important elements of the NT4D is the Innovators & Small Business Forum and associated opportunities to network.  We invite you to engage and maximize your opportunities to team with other companies and do business with the government.  The goal of this forum is to facilitate the interaction of small businesses and universities with larger “prime” contractors and SBIR Agencies based on similar interests that relate to specific materials/performance metrics relevant to the United States government. We will provide an environment where the correct contacts with regard to technology needs and transfer are made on all sides to foster future communication, innovation, and partnerships.  All small businesses and universities interested in meeting with prime contractors, must fill out the prep sheet and submit it by October 23rd to Amy Voisard at avoisard@blue52productions.com.  The prep sheet can be found at http://usasymposium.com/nano/sbf.php.

Important Deadlines Approaching
Register Today – Early Bird Registration Ends 14 August 2015
To take advantage of our early bird pricing, please click here to get registered today.  Early bird rates are applicable to Attendee and Exhibitor registration and expire 14 August 2015 at midnight EST.
JPL Tour – 9 October 2015
The tour will take place on Friday, November 20th at 9:30 am and generally lasts 2 – 2.5 hours. You can sign up for the tour when you register for the conference or email Amy Walker at awalker@blue52productions.com.  Please sign up by Friday, October 9th, 2015 to guarantee a spot. Visit http://www.usasymposium.com/nano/jpl.htm for additional details.
NT4D Poster Session Submission – 19 October 2015
Join your colleagues presenting their latest research and development in the NT4D poster session.  The poster session provides a great format for in-depth one-on-one discussion about your topic of interest.  All attendees will have a chance to vote on the top three posters, along with a poster review panel.   To submit your abstract, visit http://usasymposium.com/nano/cfa.php.


July Letter: ERCs, NRT, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, DoD, ADVANCE, and more

July 2015

Dear Engineering Faculty and Staff:

It has been an interesting first month as Associate Dean embarking on this adventure to connect each of you and your teams to research and innovation opportunities. Thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to visit with each of the college’s chairs as well as a couple of individuals leading exciting initiatives on campus. In the coming months, I hope to visit with the center and institute directors to discuss their vision and current opportunities being pursued. After this first month, I’d like to share some specific progress and ask for your involvement and feedback.

  • To facilitate dissemination of opportunities, I’ve begun maintaining a blog, http://blogs.mtu.edu/engineering-research/. The blog includes information on Requests for Proposals (RFPs), faculty development opportunities, Workshop/Awards, Innovation, Collaboration Connections, and opportunities for students/postdocs. Please let me know if you would find additional categories or information useful. You can subscribe to this feed to update you of new posts by clicking the ‘Entries RSS’ in the bottom right, ‘Meta’ menu.
  • As many of you are aware, NSF just released their RFP for Engineering Research Centers (http://erc-assoc.org and https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5502 ) with a Letter of Intent Deadline Date of September 25, 2015. Teams are already discussing ideas, so we are hosting an open networking/pitch social session on Wednesday, August 26th, 4:30-6:00 pm MUB Alumni Lounge. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Another cross-cutting opportunity with which Tech would be very competitive is the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program, which funds innovations in STEM graduate student traineeships http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15542   The letter of intent is due in December with proposals due in February. Let me know if you are interested in this opportunity and I’ll share my recent experiences.
  • Additional groups are meeting to expand visions of an Energy Micropolis in this region. Discussions continue on the roles Tech will plan in existing and future Advanced Manufacturing initiatives (http://manufacturing.gov/welcome.html) as well as engineering Forest Products http://biomaterials.forest.mtu.edu. Please let me know if you want to get involved.
  • Many CoE faculty responded to the request for one page quad charts to feature with Department of Defense (DoD), which were extremely helpful to make initial contacts with program officers. Recent efforts to expand Tech’s engagement with DoD have been propelled forward by Paul Hoppe, Associate Director of Research & Industry Development and Cary Chabalowski, Chair of Chemistry. The first of a series of DoD visitors will be on campus Sept. 10 to discuss funding opportunities with the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium as well as Army and Joint Medical Research Programs.
  • Lastly, progress toward Tech submitting a highly competitive ADVANCE proposal to NSF (due in Jan. 2016) has included Kaizen events examining the faculty career path, new faculty, post-tenure faculty, recruitment and retention, and data metrics. Most recently, we’ve launched Early Career Management (ECM) Committees for new hires that will pilot in 7 departments during the 2015/2016 academic year. Please contact me to get involved either as a mentor or member of the ADVANCE team.

In summary, it is my distinct pleasure to help build the engineering research and innovation infrastructure here at Tech. These visions become reality due to the coordination and hard work of a large number of dedicated faculty and staff.   If you would like to visit at any time about your vision or your team’s research at Tech, please schedule an appointment or stop by M&M 703. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Best Regards,


NSF REU proposals due August 26th

Full Proposal Deadline Date: August 26, 2015

Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

Program Guidelines: NSF 13-542
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

DoE: Early Career Research Program, Pre-Apps due Sept. 10


The Office of Science of the Department of Energy announces the fiscal year 2016 Early Career Research Program. The Early Career Research Program, now in its seventh year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

Mandatory pre-applications/pre-proposals are due at 5 PM Eastern Time on September 10, 2015. The DOE will send a response by email from the Portfolio Analysis and Management System email address (PAMS.Autoreply@science.doe.gov) to each applicant encouraging or discouraging the submission of a full application by 5 PM Eastern Time on October 8, 2015.  Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging an application may submit full applications.

Full applications/proposals from those encouraged to submit them are due by 5 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2015.

Early Career Research ProgramU.S. Department of Energy SC-2/Germantown Building
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585P: (301) 903-1293F: (301) 903-7780