The National Science Foundation wants to learn about “existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects from the US-based NSF science and engineering community.” This category would fall somewhere between “the maximum award funded by NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI; $4 million) and that of a major multi-user research facility project ($100 million or more).” See the Request for Information.  The American Institute of Physics reports: “NSF says that many scientific discoveries could be enabled by mid-scale RI, but such projects often fall in a gap between the eligibility thresholds of the foundation-wide programs that are dedicated to funding RI.” Currently, NSF funds mid-scale projects through the budgets of its six research directorates.

Title IX Notice and Information

To all employees,

Michigan Tech takes the problem of discrimination and harassment based on sex and gender very seriously, as it can do great harm to an individual and a community. We ask that you take a few minutes and review the important information included in this email.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects ALL OF US from discrimination and harassment based on sex and gender. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”*

As you may be aware, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently issued new interim Title IX guidance.  It is important to know that this is guidance in how we implement policies for our University. Laws remain in place that provide non-discrimination and harassment protections in regard to sex and gender, that protect resources and assistance for parties involved, that require training and programming for students and employees, and provide for fair and equitable processes for complainants and respondents.  Michigan Tech has been and will continue to be active in upholding these Title IX tenants.

In closing, remember that it is on all of us to share in the obligation to create a community of mutual respect and concern for one another. I ask that you ‘Speak Up’ and continue working toward a safe and inclusive learning and working environment. Thank you for helping us to eliminate gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.


Beth Lunde-Stockero
Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
Michigan Technological University  

Under Title IX, discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex and gender can include:

  • gender-based discrimination
  • sexual harassment
  • the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics
  • discrimination based upon pregnancy and parenting
  • and/or sexual violence, such as:
    • stalking
    • sexual assault
    • rape
    • non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse
    • intimate partner violence such as dating, relationship and domestic violence
    • sexual coercion
    • sexual battery
    • sexual exploitation

Faculty, Instructors, and Supervisors are Responsible Employees:
For Title IX compliance, all Michigan Tech employees who are designated as supervisors, with the exception of mental health counselors and the Ombuds Officer, are considered “responsible employees.” Also considered responsible employees are all Public Safety and Police Services officers and employees, student affairs staff, human resources staff, athletics and recreation staff, academic advisors, faculty, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, graduate students who are supervising other students, and individuals designated as Campus Security Authorities.

The role of a “responsible employee” is to report allegations of sexual harassment/violence to the Title IX Coordinator to maximize the institution’s ability to investigate and potentially address and eliminate sexual harassment/violence.

For questions, concerns or more information about Title IX and your rights, please see the website at www.mtu.edu/titleix or contact one of the following Title IX Coordinators for Michigan Tech:

University Title IX Coordinator – Faculty/Staff/Students/Visitors
Beth Lunde-Stockero
Sr. Associate Director, Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Administration Bldg. Room 306
blunde@mtu.edu or titleix@mtu.edu

Title IX Coordinator for Athletic Equity:
Suzanne Sanregret
Director, Athletics & Recreation
Student Development Complex, Room 239A

Additional Assistance for Students – Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Susan Sullivan
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Coordinator, Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Administration Building, Room 304

Joseph Cooper
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Financial Aid
Administration Building, Room 111

Susan Liebau
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
Administration Bldg. Room 130

For Additional Information:
Michigan Tech’s Equity and Inclusion website
Michigan Tech’s Equity policies
Michigan Tech Title IX Website
Office of Civil Rights
RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Want to Get Involved?
If you would like to get involved in assisting with initiatives and strategies for addressing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence contact Beth Lunde-Stockero at titleix@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3310.

*U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX and Sex Discrimination https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

NIH: New Policies on Human Subjects

New Video Provides Overview of New NIH Policies on Human Subjects Research and Clinical Trials

Do you do research with human participants? If so, you play an important role in NIH initiatives to improve accountability and transparency in the human subject research we fund. Our 15 minute video, Overview of New NIH Policies on Human Subjects Research and Clinical Trials, provides a succinct explanation of the various policy changes and what they mean for you.

Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session entitled, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Memorial Union Ballroom B. Registration is now open and ends Tuesday, Oct. 24.
This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, contact Ramona Englund or call 7-2654.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

by Pavlis Honors College

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium announces funding opportunities in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Fellowship
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Pre-College Education
  • Public Outreach
  • Teacher Training
  • Research Seed Grant

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for fellowship grants. The internal Michigan Tech deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.

Instructions detailing proposal submission procedures and requirements are available here. For more information contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College, M&M 722.

Note: Proposals must be submitted electronically after being approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Proposals exceeding stated page limits or submitted without prior review by Michigan Tech will not be considered for funding.

Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.


With public health, the planet and the future of humanity on the line, it’s more important than ever that the knowledge science creates be as widely shared as possible. That’s why actor and science communicator Alan Alda is teaming up with Scientific American to kick off a new Facebook Live series about how to write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other media outlets.
Starting this Friday, October 13, at 4:30pm ET tune in for a public web series with Scientific American and Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. New episodes will air bi-weekly throughout the fall featuring guests including Scientific American’s Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina, The New York Times’ Claudia Dreifus, Northeastern University’s Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Matthew Nesbitt, and more.

A full schedule can be found at www.aldacenter.org.

VentureWell: Grants and training opportunities

Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar– This is a 2 day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. Space is limited, sign up today to attend the workshop in Boston, November 6-7.

Faculty Grants– Are you interested in up to $30,000 to help students develop inventive, STEM-based ideas and gain entrepreneurial skills. We are seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. Applications due November 8.

ORAU Information: University Partnerships Office (UPO) Annual Program Opportunities and Deadlines

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the information below regarding annual opportunities only available to ORAU sponsoring and associate members. Please forward only within your institution.

University Partnerships Office (UPO) Annual Program Opportunities and Deadlines

One of the benefits of membership in the ORAU University Consortium is funding opportunities available only to member universities.  The following is a list of UPO’s FY 2018 program/event opportunities and deadlines.  All programs are subject to available funding and expect to be continued for future years. Questions on any of these programs should be addressed to university.partnerships@orau.org.

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards


The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The deadline for applications for the FY 2018 awards is Monday, January 8, at noon EST. Each ORAU member councilor may submit up to two applications each year. All applications must be received electronically at PoweAwards@orau.org. Fax submittals will not be accepted.


ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program


The FY 2018 competition for collaborative awards of up to $75,000 to be shared between the university and ORAU researchers is now open. We anticipate and expect that these seed funds will position the collaborative teams to be more competitive for new, external funding opportunities. The deadline for joint ORAU/university proposals is March 26, 2018 and potential university partners are encouraged to submit concepts for discussion with ORAU partners as soon as possible.


ORAU Events Sponsorship Program


Cycle 2 applications are due March 1, 2018 for events occurring between April 1 and September 30. Each member university is limited to two awards per fiscal year. Awards in the 2018 cycle 1 competition are included in the limit.


ORAU Travel Grants Program


Proposals accepted anytime. Each member university may submit up to two requests per fiscal year.


Heidelberg Laureate Forum:


Topic is Computer Science & Mathematics and UPO will announce additional details by November 8, 2017; applications are due February 9, 2018.


Lindau Laureate Forum:

http://www.lindau-nobel.org/  http://www.orau.org/lindau/

Topic is Physics and UPO will announce additional details by July 2018. 

For more information on the Program Deadlines and Upcoming Events, please visit our Faculty and Student Programs page at: https://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/faculty-student-programs/default.aspx

Reminder of MTRAC Funding Opportunity Discussion on Wednesday Oct. 11

Please forward this reminder to your faculty of the opportunity to discuss the funding opportunities for commercialization funding at various MTRAC Innovation Hubs at U. Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech.  All program managers from around the state will be on campus with information about their programs.  A free lunch will be available beginning at noon with the program managers in the 2nd floor conference room of the Great Lakes Research Center.  Presentations detailing the various programs begin at 1 pm followed by opportunities for one on one discussions.  Full details are available at this link.

Thank you!
John Diebel


M-TRAC Program Director
Innovation & Industry Engagement
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931