Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18)

The FY18 Defense Appropriation provides $30 million (M) to the Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) to support innovative, high-impact spinal cord injury research. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, J9 Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC).

The SCIRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications.  FY18 SCIRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in May 2018.  Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

For FY18, SCIRP encourages applications that address the critical needs of SCI research and patient care in one or more of the following FY18 Focus Areas:

  • Neuroprotection
  • Biomarkers
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction and neuropathic pain
  • Psychosocial issues relevant to SCI in  individuals with SCI and their caregivers
  • Rehabilitation and regeneration

http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18scirppreann

Clinical Trial Award

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund Phase 0, I, or II clinical trials with the potential to have a major impact on treatment or management of spinal cord injury (SCI) and its consequences.
  • Preclinical data required for all clinical trial applications.
  • Maximum funding of $3M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is years

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund SCI-related research that has the potential to make an important contribution to SCI research and/or patient care.
  • Preliminary data required.
  • Clinical trials not allowed.
  • Maximum funding of $500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years.

Qualitative Research Award

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund qualitative research on military Service members and Veterans in the years following SCI.
  • Qualitative research is defined as a form of social inquiry that focuses on understanding the way that people interpret and make sense of their experiences and the world in which they live (i.e., seek to understand the human experience).
  • Preliminary data encouraged, but not required.
  • Clinical trials not allowed.
  • Maximum funding of $500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3years

Translational Research Award

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund studies that accelerate the movement of promising ideas in SCI research into clinical applications.
  • Preliminary data required
  • The SCIRP TRA may include a pilot clinical trial as part of the proposed research where limited clinical testing of a novel intervention or device is necessary to inform the next step in the continuum of translational research.
  • Maximum funding of $1.25M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3years

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov.  A listing of all CDMRP and other USAMRMC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  For email notification when Program Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at https://eBRAP.org.  For more information about the SCIRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs
301-619-9783
usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil


Community Makers Space in the Keweenaw? – initial meeting Thursday April 19 @ 6pm

Are you a maker, inventor, artist, crafts-person, entrepreneur or tinkerer? Is your garage, basement or other workplace just lacking the space or the right tools to build what you dream of? Would you like access to cutting edge design resources and fabricating tools and machines like computer controlled laser cutters, machine tools, routers, engravers and 3D printers and learn how to use them? Would you like to meet and work with other similar people in the community in a shared work space?

We are having an initial meeting TOMORROW on Thursday April 19 at 6PM at the Lakeshore Center Community Room, 600 E Lakeshore Drive, Houghton. Any person, group, or institution interested in trying to create and operate such a facility in the Keweenaw area are invited to attend. See fabfoundation.org for more information on the similar facilities world wide. If you cannot attend, please send email to superiorfablab@gmail.com or myself jmack@mtecsz.com explaining your interest and to be added to a future mailing list.


AIChE Education Division Webinar on Academic Integrity – Thursday, April 26th, 2018, 4-5pm EST

Title: Academic Integrity: Confessionals of a Reluctant Expert

Presenter:  Dr. Lisa G. Bullard, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

Academic integrity issues are among the most stressful that faculty face, and the statistics on student cheating rates and attitudes about cheating are troubling.Addressing academic integrity violations can be time consuming and emotionally stressful.In order to avoid the issue, some faculty have chosen to either eliminate homework or to count it a very small percentage of the course grade.Other faculty avoid confronting students or simply issue vague warnings, thereby implicitly endorsing a culture of cheating. Neither approach creates a healthy learning climate for students and instead sends the message that shortcuts will be tolerated, ironically providing an incentive for otherwise honest students to feel that they have to cheat to compete. Moreover, with the advent of new smart technology, students have an entirely new set of tools to assist them in sharing information during exams. In small classes these violations are easier to police, but as enrollment and class sizes grow, it becomes an increasing challenge to monitor this behavior.

In response to the challenges that faculty face in this area, this webinar will provide guidance and resources on how to develop expectations around academic integrity and clearly communicate those expectations using multiple avenues. Low-maintenance processes to monitor student behavior on homework and exams will be discussed, and examples of how to engage with students around this topic will be provided.

Link to Join the Webinar

https://aichelive.webex.com/aichelive/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebf9e4f1c465f545d5d9a8d76c08333cc


NIH Update: Impact of Teams Receiving NIH Funding; Using Matchmaker to Find Program Officials

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Impact of Teams Receiving NIH Funding

Almost 11 years ago, Stefan Duchy, Benjamin Jones, and Brian Uzzi (all of Northwestern University) published an article in Science on “The Increasing Dominance of Team in Production of Knowledge.” They analyzed nearly 20 million papers published over 5 decades and 2.1 million patents and found that across all fields the number of authors per paper (or patent) steadily increased, that teams were coming to dominate individual efforts, and that teams produced more highly cited research. Continue reading →

Do Reviewers Read References? And If So, Does It Impact Their Scores?

In March 2017, we wrote about federal funders’ policies on interim research products, including preprints. We encouraged applicants and awardees include citations to preprints in their grant applications and progress reports. Some of your feedback pointed to the potential impact of this new policy on the peer review process. Continue reading →

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Scientist Spotlight

Women’s History Month quiz question (and no “Googling” allowed): Who was Joan Procter?
I didn’t know either until a few months ago when I learned that my colleague, Dr. Patricia Valdez, wrote a children’s book, called “Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor.” Alfred A Knopf published Patricia’s and her illustrator Felicita Sala’s book a few weeks ago, on March 13, 2018. Critics have already acclaimed the work: Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review wrote, “Valdez paints a portrait of a unique woman whose love for reptiles developed into a gratifying career.” Continue reading →

Make Your Voice Heard! We Want Your Ideas to Reduce Administrative Burden in Research with Laboratory Animals

NIH has, for many years, been concerned about the increasing burden of applying for, reporting on, and the costs faced by researchers when complying with requirements on federally-funded research grants— so much so that it is even called out in our strategic plan as an area to address. Today, as we continue to implement the 21st Century Cures Act, NIH is requesting public feedback on some proposed approaches to reduce administrative burden on investigators use of laboratory animals in biomedical research (NOT-OD-18-152 and Federal Register Notice 2018-05173). Together with our colleagues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we are looking for constructive and thoughtful feedback on this topic from individuals, research institutions, professional societies, animal advocacy organizations, and other interested parties. Input will be accepted electronically during a 90-day comment period, that is until June 12, 2018. Continue reading →


2018 Dow Diamond Symposium

All, We need your help!

I am pleased to share that on August 20-22, 2018, Dow will host our second Diamond Symposium.  The Diamond Symposium is an exciting, all-expenses-paid event intended for exceptional African American, Latino, and American Indian undergraduate students majoring in Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Accounting/Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, and Business Administration/Marketing.  Participants can expect to:

  • Have the opportunity to interact with Dow leaders and each other to begin building a professional network, participate in a “Day in the Life” activity with a participating function (Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Engineering, Information Systems, Finance, Marketing & Sales, Public Affairs, and Human Resources) and give a two minute presentation of a topic of their choice!
  • Hear from Dow leaders from all functions present on topics such as: The Future Dow, Our Sustainability Journey, Inclusion & Diversity at Dow, Networking 101, Creating Executive Presence and many more!

Action requested: Please use the attached information and/or link below to share this opportunity with MTU students whom you may have interacted with that would be an ideal fit for this unique experience!

Link: http://www.dow.com/en-us/careers/diamond-symposium

Dow value’s your commitment to helping build an amazing future for students, we appreciate your recommendations and look forward to an exciting and successful opportunity for these bright minded individuals!


April opportunities you don’t want to miss!

1E-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. Applications are due May 2 and October 3. Apply now
2Faculty Grants

Receive up to $30k by creating new or transforming existing courses and programs in sustainable technology or sustainable design to help students develop novel inventions and gain entrepreneurial skills to bring these inventions to market. Proposals are due May 23. Apply now
3DEBUT 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
4Making Makerspaces
Do you want to measure the impact of the investment your university is making in makerspaces? This course will help you understand how to invest money, space and other resources to obtain the results you want. Making Makerspaces provides the knowledge and best practices that have been used to design, create, and sustain safe and productive modern academic makerspaces. Sign up to be notified when we launch our next workshop.

5NACCE 2018

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), recently opened their registration for their annual conference, NACCE 2018 The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution. They are featuring keynotes from engaging entrepreneurs that have innovated in areas ranging from 1980’s rock and roll memorabilia to one of the co-developers of Amazon’s Alexa. Panels and breakout sessions featuring NACCE members from across the United States will share best practices for entrepreneurial leadership and experiential teaching across academic disciplines. The event is October 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

6 SOCAP 18

Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will bring up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference, October 23-26 in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is June 30.

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NSF RFPs

 Full Proposal Window: May 9, 2018

Program Guidelines: NSF 18-538  Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems. CPS technologies are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New, smart …More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503286&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 9, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-537  This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505359&WT.mc_id=USNSF_43&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: May 14, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-539  The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics leading towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The program also seeks innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, physical sciences, and engineering, where data science and the availability of big data are creating new opportunities for research and …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504767&WT.mc_id=USNSF_43&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Window: May 14, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-539   The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics leading towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The program also seeks innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, physical sciences, and engineering, where data science and the availability of big data are creating new opportunities for research and … More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504767&WT.mc_id=USNSF_44&WT.mc_ev=click
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 8, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-536  The Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) program aims to bring together researchers in formal methods with researchers in other areas of computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees. FMitF encourages close collaboration between two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in the area of formal methods, …  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505518&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

VentureWell Spring grant opportunity for up to $30k!

Get funding and support to pioneer new ways to engage students in sustainable design and technology
innovation and entrepreneurship
Many colleges and universities are lacking the integration of sustainable design principles into courses and programs that teach innovation and entrepreneurship. Because of this, faculty and staff are not aware or do not have the resources to integrate this content into their courses or programs.

In response, VentureWell is pleased to announce a special Spring Faculty Grant opportunity and is seeking proposals for innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs that focus on sustainable technology or sustainable design, including, but not limited to:

  • Sustainability

  • Climate change

  • Cleantech/renewable energy innovation

  • Green design: efficiency, materials selection

  • Green chemistry

  • Novel approaches to integration with materials science, biomedical engineering, or other disciplines

Deadline: May 23, 2018

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NIH: NHLBI Funding & Resource Opportunities

Unfunded NIH Applicants get a Second Chance

NIH has partnered with Leidos Health’s Life Sciences to accelerate the biomedical research and development enterprise by matching high-scoring (e.g., those within the 30th percentile), unfunded NIH applications with private biomedical foundations and/or industries seeking to fund promising research through the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR).

To learn more, please visit OnPAR