VentureWell Events and Opportunities

E-Team Program– Our E-Team program provides early-stage funding of up to $25,000 and cultivates opportunities for student STEM inventors and innovators to move ideas out of the lab and into the market. Applications are due May 3.
Faculty Grants– Our new Spring 2017 faculty grants are now open! We are seeking proposals for two new focus areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success. Proposals are due May 24.

Other Community Events and Funding Opportunities

Halcyon Incubator– Halcyon equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, and change the world. Applications are due May 4.

2017 Clean Energy Trust Challenge– The Clean Energy Trust Challenge is a nationally recognized accelerator for clean energy innovation. Run by Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust, the Challenge has led to the development and growth of over 95 businesses throughout the Midwest. The event takes place on May 9.

DEBUT– The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell support the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. DEBUT is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovation solutions to health and clinical problems. Applications are due May 31.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge– This international competition is an opportunity for green startups to win €500,000 to further develop their product or service, and to bring it to market. E-Team, Ecovative was a past winner. Applications are due June 1.

Deshpande Symposium– The Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurship practitioners and researchers to share experiences, gain exposure to ideas and collaborate on activities that help accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities from across North America. The event takes place on June 12-14, 2017


BBC: SBIR/STTR DoD Rapid Innovation Fund

DoD’s FY’17 Rapid Innovation Fund BAA Available for White Paper Submission
The Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for technology R&D issued with the goal to transition innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or save costs into acquisition programs. The DoD seeks mature prototypes for final development, testing, evaluation, and integration. Those selected for award may receive up to $3 million in Rapid Innovation Funding and will have up to two years to perform the work. There is a source selection preference for technologies from small businesses. There are two phases in the source selection process: White Paper submission and full proposal submission. Full proposal submissions are by invitation only based on evaluation of the submitted White Paper. White Papers shall address one of the requirements listed in the BAA and should focus on one requirement per paper. There is no limit on the number of White Papers an offeror may submit in response to the BAA.White Papers are due by 3:00 pm ET on May 19, 2017.

Proposers must be classified under either NAICS Code 541711 (R&D in Biotechnology) or Code 541712 (R&D in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences) and noted as such in SAM. Companies also need an active registration in System for Award Management (SAM) prior to the BAA close date. Links to the 2017 RIF BAAs are found at FedBizOpps:

Previous RIF awards and project descriptions as well as a 2017 RIF briefing and milestones can be found at Defense Innovation Marketplace.

More Funding Opportunities
HHS/NIH
PA-14-171 – Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R41/R42) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 9/15/17
PA-14-172 – Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R43/R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 9/15/17
PA-14-196 – Complex Technologies and Therapeutics Development for Mental Health Research and Practice (R41/R42) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
PA-14-197 – Complex Technologies and Therapeutics Development for Mental Health Research and Practice (R43/R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
PA-14-219 – Renewal Awards of SBIR Phase IIB Grants for Brain and Behavior Tools (R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
PAR-17-200 – Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R41) Synopsis 1
Posted 3/29/17; closes 1/5/20
PAR-17-199 – Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R43) Synopsis 1
Posted 3/29/17; closes 1/5/20
PA-14-250 – Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (R43/R44) Synopsis 3
Posted 4/5/17; closes 1/5/18
RFA-AR-18-005 – Small Business Innovation Research on Rare Musculoskeletal, Rheumatic and Skin Diseases (SBIR) (R43) Synopsis 1
Posted 4/11/17; closes 7/10/17
RFA-CA-17-024 – SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44) Synopsis 1
Posted 4/12/17; closes 7/6/17



Pathways in Innovation: Grant & Opportunities

Pathways Grant Cycle: Scaling & Institutionalization: (open only to Pathways premium members) Check your membership
Apply for funding to scale or institutionalize one or more components of your campus innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. This grant offers up to $30,000 in funding.Learn More

Focus I: Innovation and Invention Education for the First Year Student:
Many undergraduate students are not exposed to innovation and entrepreneurship until their final year in courses, such as the capstone design. We can better prepare students for these culminating experiences and increase the pipeline of student inventors and innovators through early exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship education. This grant focus is offered as a two-phase opportunity with up to $35,000 in funding. Learn More

Focus II: Faculty Fellowship for Student Venture Development:
Many university students have access to innovation and entrepreneurship programming on their campuses, but many do not gain support or funding beyond local ecosystems. Because of this, student teams often lack key learnings that would make them desirable to national venture development programs. This grant focus offers funding and support opportunities of up to $10,000.
Learn More

May Online Meetup: Develop your Interdisciplinary I&E Plan: A Social Network & Bricolage Approach

Tuesday, May 30, 2:00pm ET


NSF RFPs

Competition for the Management and Operation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dear Colleague Letter: Using JOIDES Resolution to Collect Cores with Advanced Piston Coring (APC) System

Solicitation: NSF 16-594
Due Date: August 09, 2017
Institutional Limit: 1 (NOTE:  A Michigan Tech team submitted an IT-preliminary proposal April 12, so we are not eligible for the Adaptation unless the pre-proposal is declined.  Please email minerick@mtu.edu to join the team.)
Limit Summary: One for IT-Preliminary, Institutional Transformation (IT), or Adaptation; no limit for Partnership, ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network, and ADVANCE Longitudinal Evaluation:

  • IT-Preliminary: Non-profit academic institutions are allowed to submit one preliminary proposal in the competition.
  • IT and Adaptation: Non-profit academic institutions are allowed to submit one proposal in the competition to either the IT (if invited after the preliminary proposal stage) or the Adaptation track but not both.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations are allowed to submit one Adaptationproposal in the competition and may also be a partner on Partnership and/or ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network proposals.
  • A non-profit academic institution or non-profit, non-academic organization may be a partner on multiple Partnership proposals in the same competition but lead only one and may also be a partner on an ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network and/or an ADVANCE Longitudinal Evaluation proposal if appropriate.  

Large Facilities Manual (March 2017)


Grand Challenges Explorations: Application Deadline May 3

This is a reminder that the application deadline for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations is May 3, 2017, 11:30 A.M. US Pacific Day Light Time.

Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

We are accepting applications on the following four topics until May 3, 2017:

Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions in Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish are available here. We also invite you to check these two blogs: Innovation for an Interconnected Laboratory System and Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings Will Save Lives. For details and application instructions, please visit the Grand Challenges Explorations website.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

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Mobility @ Michigan Tech Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Michigan Tech is pleased to announce its inaugural Mobility Summit, which will occur on campus Thursday, April 20 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be the featured keynote speaker. The summit will include poster presentations, research discussions/visioning in the broad theme of mobility technologies (similar to the recent Tech Talks), and a lunch session with MDOT Director Steudle. The event is being organized by Michigan Tech’s mobility-affiliated research centers and institutes, the Vice President for Research, and the College of Engineering.

Please “save the date” to join this important discussion and RSVP by clicking here. If you have contacts external to Michigan Tech that would be interested in joining this discussion, please forward this invitation so we can include them as materials are disseminated.

If you and/or your students are interested in presenting a mobility-related poster during the morning research session, please fill in this interest form by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7. If you have questions about presenting a poster, please contact Pam Hannon in the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute for more information (906-487-3065 or prhannon@mtu.edu).

Additional information and a more detailed agenda will be sent to registered attendees in the coming days.

Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby


NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

Requests for Applications

  • Small Business Innovation Research on Rare Musculoskeletal, Rheumatic and Skin Diseases (SBIR) (R43)
    (RFA-AR-18-005)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 10, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44)
    (RFA-CA-17-024)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 6, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Expanding Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in the Context of the SAMHSA Opioid STR Grants (R21/R33)
    (RFA-DA-18-005)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Identification of Reproductive-Tract Specific Proteins/Transcripts for the Development of Male and Female Non-Hormonal Contraceptives (R01)
    (RFA-HD-18-002)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 30, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

  • Point of Care Technologies for the Evaluation and Management of Obstetrics, Neonatal, and Pediatric Critical Care Patients, and for Patients with Disorders of Reproductive Tract and Infertility (R43)
    (RFA-HD-18-028)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 30, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Integrative Computational Biology for Analysis of NHLBI TOPMed Data
    (RFA-HL-18-020)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 6, 2017 and July 6, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • Limited Competition – Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC): Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System (OT2)
    (RFA-RM-17-010)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): New and resubmission applications are accepted on the date specified in the Invitation to Submit after successful competition of the corresponding OT1 pre-application (See RM-17-009) and must be submitted by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant.

Program Announcements

  • NINDS Program Project Grant (P01)
    (PAR-17-251)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

  • From Genomic Association to Causation: A Convergent Neuroscience Approach for Integrating Levels of Analysis to Delineate Brain Function in Neuropsychiatry (Collaborative R01)
    (PAR-17-252)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • From Genomic Association to Causation: A Convergent Neuroscience Approach for Integrating Levels of Analysis to Delineate Brain Function in Neuropsychiatry (R01)
    (PAR-17-253)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program Si2/R00
    (PAR-17-254)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): August 25, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

  • Limited Competition: National Swine Resource and Research Center (U42)
    (PAR-17-255)
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): June 21, 2017, September 25, 2017 and January 25, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

  • Collaborative R01s for Clinical Studies of Mental Illness Not Involving Clinical Trials (Collaborative R01)
    (PAR-17-256)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.