Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program Apply by May 31

I wanted to take a moment to inform you about an undergraduate internship opportunity this Fall 2017 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) located in Richland, Washington.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with PNNL, which is one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities.

Selected students participate as interns where they perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Participating students receive a weekly salary. If a student’s permanent address is more than 50 miles from PNNL they are eligible for a housing allowance and are eligible for reimbursement for transportation expenses to and from the lab up to a maximum of $500.

Fall internship appointments are 16 weeks in duration. To learn more about the SULI program click here.

Eligibility requirements:
• Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student
• Be 18 years or older at the start of the program
• Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
• Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

The deadline for a Fall internship is May 31st, 5:00pm ET (Eastern Time). Interested students can submit their online application at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/how-to-apply/.


Pathways in Innovation: May 24th faculty grant deadline

As you close out the school year, don’t forget to apply for up to $35,000 in faculty grant funding. Submit your proposal by May 24, 2017. Read more about all the faculty grants below.

Pathways Grant Cycle: Scaling & Institutionalization: (open only to Pathways premium members) Check your membership
This grant offers up to $30,000 in funding. Learn More

Focus I: Innovation and Invention Education for the First Year Student:
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:
This grant focus offers funding and support opportunities of up to $10,000. Learn More

Please also tune in for a webinar hosted by University of New Hampshire’s Andrew Earle on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Using Social Networks to Bridge Silos. You will leave the session with your own custom plan.
Tuesday, May 30, 2:00pm ET, Register Now

If you have any questions, please email me.


NDIA helps understand DOD missions

NDIA’s DEFENSE WATCH is a one-stop destination for defense and security professionals. This monthly E-Newsletter brings you a mix of news, activities, event updates, and social media information. We hope you like what you see, and we encourage you to send us comments and suggestions. News tips can be sent to theNational Defense editor at:  smagnuson@ndia.org

Directed Energy Weapons
A proof of concept for a high-energy laser on an Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130J gunship will help pave the path for AFSOC to pursue directed energy weapons on other aircraft. Over the next year, the command hopes to make major strides in the development of the technology. READ MORE

Special Ops Communication Needs
Commandos, who are often fanned out across the globe on sensitive missions, have critical communications requirements. To meet them, Special Operations Command is investing in new technology to keep them connected. READ MORE

Doing Business With SOCOM
Unique technology needs means more opportunities for small businesses and startups to get their foot in the door with Special Operations Command. It has become known as an organization that has come up with some inventive ways to speed up traditional military acquisition regimes. READ MORE
Technology Tomorrow
The robotic “wingman” term — with its roots in the world of military aviation — is spreading beyond the skies and has been discussed for several years as a concept the Army might employ. It would mean battlefields populated by a mix of manned and unmanned vehicles, some of them armed. READ MORE

Shell GameChanger Innovation Challenge: Proposals due June 30th

Shell GameChanger Innovation Challenge
Prospecting & Funding Game Changing Technologies

On behalf of Shell GameChanger, TechConnect invites you to submit your innovative technology ideas and/or proposals to address the challenges defined below for consideration for funding and partnership through the GameChanger program. Shell will be meeting with prospective entrepreneurs at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference, May 14-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Shell GameChanger is soliciting early-stage innovative technology solutions and proposals in the following categories for potential funding and partnership opportunities. Proposals are due June 30th, applicants will be notified of interest by July 31st.

New Energies

  • Solar Fuels
  • Grids of the Future
  • Digitalization Machine Learning

Oil and Gas

  • Safety and Sustainability
  • Real-time monitoring, control, and data analytics
  • Improved hydrocarbon recovery
  • Environment & Conservation – Water
  • Novel Well Technologies
  • Geosciences – Carbonates

Shell GameChanger applies the following criteria for consideration:

  • Novelty – Is the idea fundamentally different and unproven?
  • Valuable – Could the idea create substantial new value if it works?
  • Doable – Is there a plan to prove the concept quickly and affordably?
  • Relevant (Why Shell?) – Is the idea relevant to the future of energy?

For more details and to submit your technology

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

SBIR Road Tour Downstate July 19th

Hi Everyone: We are excited to let you know that on July 19 Michigan will be visited by a group of SBIR/STTR Program Managers from the nation’s federal agencies as part of this year’s SBIR Road Tour. The Road Tour is a rare opportunity for tech startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to meet one-on-one with key decision makers. The event will be held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The Road Tour is a series of regional bus tours the SBA has done over past few years to get SBIR information out to “under-served” areas. Michigan isn’t exactly under served, but this stop also meets SBA outreach goals, and we very pleased to be on their route.

We have built a full day of activities around the tour including panel discussions by agency reps, a lunch panel of Michigan SBIR awardees, two SBIR training sessions and, finally, a gathering of Michigan entrepreneurial support providers available to chat with attendees about their services.

To help us prepared for this usual visit, we would very much appreciate your:

  • Help in spreading the word to your networks. I have attached a flyer for your use either as is or to cut and paste to fit your needs. Event logos and suggested tweets are also attached. The event link is: http://bbcetc.com/sbir-road-tour-and-summit/
  • Letting me know if you would like to secure a table for your organization (no charge) to meet with entrepreneurs during our gathering of entrepreneurial support providers from 3-5 p.m. on the 19th.  Contact me to reserve a table.

BBCetc is grateful to the MEDC, MI-SBDC and EMU for their support of this event!

Participating in the Road Tour:

  • Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense – Navy
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Transportation (tentative)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Sponsored Programs Office will pilot a two-tier internal deadline structure for the following opportunities in June and July, 2017:

NIH R01 Research Grants – sponsor deadline June 5

NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award – sponsor deadline June 16

NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) – sponsor deadline June 25

NSF CAREER – sponsor deadline July 19, 20 and 21 depending on Directorate

This pilot will include a staggered, two-tier internal deadline structure for the submission of the final internal and external documents related to each of the above opportunities.  All final internal documents and the application package (completed in NIH ASSIST or NSF FastLane) will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7:00 a.m., 1 week (7 calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline.  However, not all of the science documents in the application package needs to be final at this point and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms.  All final science related documents will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline.  Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package.  This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package….the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

The specific science related documents for each application package will be identified and communicated to the respective Principal Investigators once the intent to submit is known.

Please share this information with your faculty/staff and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Lisa Jukkala
Director, Sponsored Programs Office
Michigan Technological University
3rd Floor Lakeshore Center
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931-1295
Phone:  906/487-2226
Fax:  906/487-2245
E-mail:  lajukkal@mtu.edu


ORAU: National Labs seeking postdocs

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the following information, available to all institutions.  Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks Postdoctoral Research Associate

The National Security Directorate (NSD) is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to participate in the development and implementation of gas chromatographic techniques for the detection of hydrogen isotopes and impurities.  The main goal of the program is to refine the current techniques and build a prototype of a gas chromatograph for the desired application.  The selected candidate will be involved in a team composed of scientists and engineers identifying potential opportunities to refine analytical methods mostly focused on gas chromatographic techniques.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Interpretation of data derived from experiments,
  • Participating in and informing the optimization of experimental conditions, and
  • Design appropriate setup and material(s) to obtain desired analytical separations.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably), Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering; from an accredited university or college within the last 60 months
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

Applications will be taken until a candidate is selected.  For more information and to apply:  SRNL Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Laboratory/Weapons Technology Group https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3273.  The SRNL Postgraduate Research Associates Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

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Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Postdoctoral Research Associate opportunity, Chemical Processing Technologies Section

The Environmental Stewardship Directorate (ESD) at SRNL seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Chemical Processing Technology Section at the Aiken, SC facility.  The successful candidate for this position will perform research into radiochemical separations, reprocessing of nuclear fuels, and novel actinide and ion-exchange materials. The research thrusts include: Actinide and fission product chemistry associated with the reprocessing of irradiated nuclear fuels; synthesis, characterization and performance of new materials for radiochemical separations; and chemical and physical properties of actinide materials.   Additional mission areas may include other Department of Energy offices, the International waste management community, and commercial entities with unique waste-disposal problems.

The candidate is expected to support multiple programs/customers and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.  The ability to work with multi-discipline teams to solve these problems will be crucial to the candidates and SRNL’s success.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably), Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering; from an accredited university or college within the last 60 months
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

APPLY NOW! Hiring for June 2017 – Applications will be taken until a candidate is selected.  For the position description and to apply: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3246.  For information on the Savannah River Nuclear Laboratory: http://srnl.doe.gov/.

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The 18th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair

Thursday, August 10, 2017

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The 18th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs. Many of our undergraduates transition to graduate school, attending institutions such as MIT, Cornell University, and Duke University.

The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, August10, 2017. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, so students may come to all university tables during the day. We’re offering some exciting incentives for students this year, including professional LinkedIn headshots, to further engage our undergraduates.

I do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.

EVENT REGISTRATION:  The registration deadline is Thursday, July 27. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee at https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/2017gradstudentfair.aspx to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

SECURITY:  Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. US Citizens must apply by July 27, and non-citizens, including permanent residents, will have to apply for visit approval by June 8. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available.

For additional information, you may contact Marian LaForest at Ornledu@orau. The ORISE phone number is 865-576-1234.

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org


Apply for workshop in NSF Division of Materials Research before May 12th

DMR Community

The University of Florida, in collaboration with the NSF Division of Materials Research, will be hosting a workshop for new and future PI’s. The goal of the workshop is to provide young faculty who are attempting to obtain funding or have just received their first award from the DMR programs with valuable information and advice on the policies, procedures, and opportunities available at the National Science Foundation.

The workshop will be held in Arlington, VA, near the NSF headquarters.  The workshop will begin at 8:00 AM on June 8th and end by 2 PM on June 9th.  There will be a reception for attendees from 6-8 PM on June 7th.  Attendance is by invitation only. Local expenses and up to $250 towards travel reimbursement will be provided for accepted participants.  A registration fee will be required of accepted participants.

Again, attendance is by invitation only.  Researchers wishing to attend may apply at http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/physics/1202.  Applications should also have a short recommendation from either their department chair or a materials science faculty member sent to DMR_CMP@nsf.gov.  Applications arriving before May 12th at 5 PM will receive full consideration.  After that date, applicants will be selected on a first come first serve basis.

Please pass this message along to anyone that might benefit from attending this workshop.

Sincerely,

Paul and Tomasz

Paul Sokol and Tomasz Durakiewicz

CMP Program Directors


NIH RFPs

Requests for Applications

  • Mechanistic Ancillary Studies to Ongoing Interventional Clinical Trials (R01)
    (RFA-AR-18-002)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 7, 2017; December 4, 2017; April 2, 2018 , by 5:00 PM local time

  • Mechanistic Ancillary Studies to Ongoing Interventional Clinical Trials (R21)
    (RFA-AR-18-003)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 7, 2017; December 4, 2017; April 2, 2018 , by 5:00 PM local time

  • Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Center (P30)
    (RFA-DK-17-007)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Data Coordinating Center for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network (U24)
    (RFA-HD-18-010)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 30, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Role of Myeloid Cells in Persistence and Eradication of HIV-1 Reservoirs from the Brain (R01)
    (RFA-MH-18-300)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 6, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Role of Myeloid Cells in Persistence and Eradication of HIV-1 Reservoirs from the Brain (R21)
    (RFA-MH-18-301)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 6, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (R01)
    (PAR-17-265)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM local time

  • Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (R34)
    (PAR-17-266)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Modeling of Infectious Disease Agent Study Research Projects (R01)
    (PAR-17-267)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard AIDS dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Planning Grants for Clinical Trials of High Relevance to the NIGMS Mission (R34)
    (PAR-17-268)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): August 7, 2017; August 1, 2018; August 1, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) High Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping Resource Access (X01)
    (PAR-17-269)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Applications are accepted by continuous receipt)by 5:00 PM local time

  • NIDDK Central Repositories Non-renewable Sample Access (X01)
    (PAR-17-270)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 31, 2017; March 2, 2018; June 29, 2018; October 30, 2018; March 1, 2019; June 28, 2019; October 31, 2019; March 3, 2020; and June 30, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Pilot Effectivness Trials for Post-Acute Interventions and Services to Optimize Longer-term Outcomes (R34)
    (PAR-17-271)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Effectiveness Trials for Post-Acute Interventions and Services to Optimize Longer-term Outcomes (R01)
    (PAR-17-272)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply , by 5:00 PM local time