Martin Van Buren Natural Resource Condition Assessment statement of interest due June 9

We would like to seek responses from non-federal partners affiliated with the the North Atlantic Coast, Chesapeake Watershed, and Great Lakes- Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) and therefore this announcement needs to be distributed to those partners. This project is to prepare a natural resource condition assessment for Martin van Buren National Historical Site in New York. We expect approximately $50,000 to be available for this effort.  We will begin reviewing the Statements of Interest and Qualifications on June 9, 2017.
See information in the attachment request. I can be contacted regarding any questions and for submission of Statements of Interest.
Chris Arnott, Ph.D.
National Park Service
Northeast Region
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
office: 215-597-1158

Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition


in partnership with Springboard Enterprises, presents:

Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition
Opportunity to receive cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000, as well as support services and technical assistance
… and it all starts with the
Concept Paper
To start your application visit
May 1, 2017 – Call for Entries opens
May 31, 2017 – Concept papers and applications deadline
June 2017 – Announcement of finalists
November 2017 Dolphin Tank Competitions in Detroit, Jackson & Grand Rapids

VentureWell Grants, Community Events and Funding Opportunities due in May, June

Faculty Grants 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 24th.

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 31st.

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 October 4th.

Advancing the Safe Use of Healthcare Products QuickFire Challenge– Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the OCMO are looking to reward up to $200,000 in multiple grants, and one year of JLABS space, to the individuals or teams who submit the best ideas on how to educate, inform, and provide clarity around healthcare product safety. Applications are due May 24th.

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 1st.

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

Center for Device Innovation QuickFire ChallengeThe CDI @ TMC QuickFire Challenge is a device-focused challenge aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, with an emphasis on Surgical Oncology and/or Obesity. Application deadline is June 28th.

5/30 Contest Deadline: 2017 Women In Clean Energy Symposium Poster Abstracts Due

We are pleased to announce that abstracts are being accepted until May 30 for a poster session taking place as part of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. This competition is open to female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers engaged in clean energy research across all disciplines in universities worldwide. Judges from MIT, DOE, and Stanford will review the poster presentations and select five winners, who will each receive a financial award of $1,000.
Abstracts may be submitted via our online portal. Please read the full guidelines prior to submission.

Important Dates:

  • May 30, 2017: Final day to submit abstracts.
  • June 9, 2017: Abstract authors will be notified of their acceptance.
  • August 20, 2017: Deadline for accepted presenters to submit a PDF of their poster along with a 1-minute video describing the poster and their research.
  • November 15 and 16, 2017: Dates of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Poster presenters must be able to attend this event in person.

Submission Criteria:
To be considered for poster presentation, entrants must be able to attend the full symposium on November 15, 2017 at MIT in Cambridge, MA to present their work in person. The entrant must be a female undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc currently undertaking the research project presented. The presentation topic must relate to clean energy and can be in any of the following areas:

  • Basic Energy Science
  • Built Environment and Infrastructure
  • Climate and Environment
  • Developing World
  • Energy Education
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fossil Energy
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Policy and Economics
  • Power Distribution and Energy Storage
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation

The research  should be well underway, with at least preliminary findings, and must be original work.  For complete information, please visit Questions may be directed to

Professional Correspondence Guidance for Students/others

For my female professor (or soon to be professor!) friends, especially the young:

“Chapel Hill, N.C. — At the start of my teaching career, when I was fresh out of graduate school, I briefly considered trying to pass myself off as a cool professor. Luckily, I soon came to my senses and embraced my true identity as a young fogey.

After one too many students called me by my first name and sent me email that resembled a drunken late-night Facebook post, I took a very fogeyish step. I began attaching a page on etiquette to every syllabus: basic rules for how to address teachers and write polite, grammatically correct emails.”

Faith Morrison’s:

Presidential Search Committee Volunteer Application

The University Senate is seeking faculty and staff to participate in the search for a new president of Michigan Technological University.

The President Search Committee will be comprised of Board of Trustee members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider university community. Please consider being a part of the decision-making process that impacts the future of Tech.

The composition of the Presidential Search Committee will consist at a minimum of 13 members, as highlighted in the Tech Today article regarding the Board of Trustees April 28, 2017 meeting (Scroll down to the second article). The Board has asked the Senate to identify six faculty and six staff who would make the necessary commitments to serve on this important committee.

Please submit brief biographical information and statements of interest, commitment and promise of confidentiality. Serving on the Presidential Search Committee requires a significant amount of time and commitment. It is imperative that each member is flexible in scheduling. Please review the announcement for the complete details.

The University Senate requests that those interested in serving on the Presidential Search Committee send the requested information by 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday, May 22, 2017, to Marty Thompson, President of the University Senate at or complete the form directly on Google Documents.

As stated in the announcement, the Board of Trustees will be announcing the composition of the members of the Presidential Search Committee at a Special Meeting to be held on June 2, 2017. All nominees are asked to be in attendance. A get together and dinner with the Presidential Search Committee members will be held on June 8, 2017 followed by the first meeting on June 9 in Houghton. Future meetings may be held in the Detroit area however video conference will be made available for those not able to travel.

Thank you for your service to Michigan Technological University as we look towards the future of our great institution.

Check your email for the link to the Google form.

ORAU Travel Grants

The ORAU Travel Grants Program provides up to $800 to fund faculty or staff members of ORAU member institutions to travel to meet with researchers at ORNL, Y-12, ORAU work sites or another ORAU member institution.  The purpose of the program is to support new collaborations (proposed partners have no strong current ties) with well-defined outcomes (joint white paper/proposal to an identified opportunity or publication as a result of data collected during the proposed visit).

To learn more about eligibility, selection criteria, restrictions and application process, please visit the ORAU University Partnerships Member Only web page at:

APPLY NOW!  The application cycle for all travel to be completed by September 30, 2017 is still open, and limited funds are available.

For additional information, please contact the University Partnerships Office at


University Partnerships Office

Update from National Science Partners for Michigan Tech: DOE, EDA, NSF, and DOD

DOE to Honor All Funding Commitments – After information was released suggesting the Department of Energy (DOE) had stopped processing funding awards for its various energy research programs, DOE issued a memorandum to DOE program offices on May 4 stating that the agency “will honor all commitments for funds previously obligated for grants and cooperative agreements.”  A DOE spokeswoman said that included funding agreements for the entire agency, not just the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The Administration’s FY 2018 budget blueprint calls for eliminating funding for ARPA-E and cutting funding for the agency’s fossil energy, renewable and efficiency programs.  Appropriators largely rejected most proposed DOE cuts for fiscal 2017. Funding levels for fiscal 2018 will be set by the Congress as part of the FY 2018 Appropriations process. The FY 2017 omnibus package that was signed into law on May 5, included increased funding for ARPA-E and the Office of Science.
Economic Development Administration Offers Grants for its Innovation Strategies Program — On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, EDA began accepting applications under the 2017 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). In 2017, $17 million in Federal funding is available for the creation and expansion of cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization program and of early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the 2017 Seed Fund Support Grant competition, respectively. The deadline for submitting applications under the 2017 RIS Program NOFA is June 23, 2017.  Under Section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, EDA currently awards grants that build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs (1) through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and (2) through operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage risk capital to innovators and entrepreneurs. The RIS Program consists of two separate competitions: the i6 Challenge and Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grants competition. The i6 Challenge is a leading national initiative designed to support the creation of centers for innovation and entrepreneurship that increase the rate at which innovations, ideas, intellectual property, and research are translated into products, services, viable companies, and, ultimately, jobs. Through the SFS Grants competition, EDA provides funding for technical assistance to support the creation, launch, or expansion of equity-based, cluster-focused seed funds that invest regionally-managed risk capital in regionally-based startups with a potential for high growth.
National Science Foundation Offers Grants for Innovation Corps Teams – NSF seeks to nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output to facilitate the application of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. To maintain, strengthen and grow a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the Innovation Corps – National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams Program purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go /or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) a definition of a compelling technology demonstration for potential partners. Download a copy of this solicitation here.
DOD Offers STEM Scholarships for Service — The SMART Scholarship Program was established by Congress to strengthen the DoD science and technology workforce with highly skilled science and engineering professionals. This unique and prestigious program provides scholarships, which include tuition and stipend support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the technical fields listed in the overview of the funding opportunity. While in school, participants perform research as summer interns at DoD laboratories and return to those laboratories after graduation to complete a period of obligated employment service. This provides scholars with a unique opportunity to perform research in their respective area of interest that they would not have otherwise been able to do. The post-graduation employment commitment is equal to or greater than the amount of time the student received scholarship funding under this program. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OASD(R&E))/Research Directorate (RD) manages the SMART Scholarship Program.

Invitation to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo: 20-21 July 2017

Please join the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) at our premier event, the Naval Future Force S&T Expo (at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, 20-21 July) co-sponsored with American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).

This year’s theme is “Accelerating to the Navy & Marine Corps After Next.”

Participants will hear from the new Chief of Naval Research, RADM David Hahn. Come to learn more about his vision and new priorities guiding the Naval Research Enterprise. This event provides an excellent opportunity for Department of Defense, Naval leaders and ONR program officers to communicate needs, opportunities and exchange ideas with you.

Join us as we:
– Introduce and raise awareness of Naval research priorities and portfolios
– Present challenges and enable discussion of potential research solutions
– Learn from and share new ideas with participants to broaden our world-wide partnership base

As a participant, you will enjoy access to one-on-one Pitch-A-Principal appointments, live demos, poster sessions and exhibiting to include: Tech Talks and specialty room sessions featuring–small business, current research, STEM, disruptive technology initiatives, international S&T programs, Naval Research Lab initiatives, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab topics and doing business with ONR, ONR-Global, Naval Research Laboratory and employment opportunities.

Register here and stay tuned to our websites for more information on our exciting speaker line-up:
– Registration: — Use appeal code: INNOVATE to receive a $55 discount
– Get updates on:

Lawrence C. Schuette, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Office of Naval Research
Arlington, VA  22203
703-696-7118 (v)


Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 1, 2017
Program Guidelines: NSF 17-534   The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.