We are pleased to announce the 2017 Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering. The primary goal is to address issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages of the targeted population. The Dissertation Institute will take place June 11th – 16th on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. The Institute will focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. In this Institute participants, will be able to build new writing habits, work on their dissertation or dissertation proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress when they return back to their institutions. Participants will be housed in a private room; will share bathroom with one other participant; receive meals; and be reimbursed for travel costs up to $500. Please click the following link to apply for participation in 2017 Dissertation Institute. As a part of the application process, participants will be asked to identify barriers that have impeded their progress to completing their dissertation and to provide suggestions for additional topics to be presented.


Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D.


Batten College of Engineering & Technology

Engineering Systems Building, Room 1105

Norfolk, VA  23529

Office: 757.683.4244

Fax: 757.683.4898

Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grand Challenges Explorationsfosters 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 English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish will be available very soon. 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 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.

The Grand Challenges Team

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

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AAAS Invitation to Review Annual Meeting Proposals

Thank you for your previous review of AAAS Annual Meeting proposals. You can help shape the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting into a strong and well-balanced program by volunteering to serve as a scientific session proposal reviewer again this year.

All proposals will be reviewed online via a password-protected site. The official review period will take place May 16 – June 1, 2017. Reviews must be completed by June 1. Detailed instructions will be sent to all confirmed reviewers by email prior to the start of the review period.

Sign up to review proposals by April 4!

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If you know of colleagues who would make excellent reviewers, please extend this invitation to them as well (a Ph.D. is required). Thank you very much.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best regards,

Elana Kimbrell
Communication Program Officer
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

National SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC

National SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC
SBIR/STTR programs are the nation’s largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business. At this conference you’ll learn how to participate and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.

Early bird registration expires March 17, 2017 – Register today

Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition

Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition | April 3-5, 2017

The Department of Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (FST), unique throughout the Federal government showcases affordable and innovative small business technology solutions to naval challenges. Commercial and naval acquisition customers send more than a thousand people annually to FST to discover and leverage innovative solutions, and listen to Congressional and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders discuss key policy issues.

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CTL/IT Online Learning Equipment Grant Program

Information Technology and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning are kicking off the first round of the Online Learning Equipment Grant Program.

Funded by the Online Learning Technology Fee, this program will make $5,000 available each Fall and Spring semester to fund grants for equipment used to create and/or teach a fully online course(s) at Michigan Tech.

Grant applications will be judged based on:

  • The potential impact of the course(s) (i.e., Does it have the potential to attract lots of new, truly online students? Will it help start or improve an online degree program? etc.)
  • How critical is the requested equipment for successful creation and/or teaching of the online course?
  • Is the equipment chosen cost effectively (i.e., Is this the best tool at the best price?)
  • A full departmental match of funds will be expected and looked upon favorably.

Grant applications should include:

  1. A list of specific items to be purchased with prices for each either from the Online Learning Equipment list or a quote from I.T. Procurement, and a total cost for all items to be purchased.
  2. A list of course(s) that will be created/taught with the requested equipment.
  3. A description of how this equipment will be used to create and/or teach that online course(s).
  4. If appropriate, a commitment of support for matching funds from a Chair, Dean, or other account manager.  (Faculty who manage their own incentive accounts may make this commitment for themselves.).

For successful grants, CTL and departmental account codes (for matching funds) will used to purchase the equipment using the included quotes.  To make this process easier, we have created a list of common equipment.  Items on this list have been pre-priced for use in grant applications and can be indicated by just referencing the item’s number from the list.   This list is not comprehensive, and other items will be considered with equanimity, but do require the applicant to secure a price quote from I.T. Procurement.

Total awards of approximately $5,000 are expected. The number of grants awarded and amounts will be determined by the above criteria. Consultations with someone from the CTL are available if you would like help determining what equipment would best help accomplish your goals.

Submission Method

Email your submissions to  Be sure to address the four numbered items listed above in an attached document or in the body of your email.  Include any commitment of support for matching funds from a Chair, Dean, or other account manager as an attached document.

Due dates for proposals

The due date for proposals is Sunday, April 2.  Review of all applications received on or before Sunday, April 2 will begin on Monday, April 3.

Grants Awarded

Grant recipients will be notified via email on or about Wednesday, April 12.

Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath Award and the Michigan Tech Research Award

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.
The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.
Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format per the guidelines on the web pages no later than 4 p.m. March 9. All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.

NSF Request for Information RE Cyberinfrastructure

High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence.  The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.

Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.  

NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research.  In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information,, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions.  This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.

Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond.  This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.

Visit the NSF DCL,, which provides a link to the required submission website.  The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.

BBC SBIR/STTR training

SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation for the National Science Foundation
Wednesday, March 8
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
This seminar presents essential information for crafting a competitive proposal for the NSF SBIR/STTR program. Training includes information and advice on addressing each section of your proposal, writing to meet reviewers’ expectations, preparing a credible commercialization plan and more. Cost: $75
Think Your Company is Too Big for SBIR Funding? Think Again.
Wednesday, March 8
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
It’s generally (mistakenly) believed that the SBIR and STTR programs are only for early-stage companies. But if your company is involved in doing things like…

* High-risk/high-reward projects that do not meet the criteria for internal funding
* Development of a new technology that is in-licensed
* Evolving a new product idea that is being jointly developed with another company

…you may be able to use the SBIR/STTR programs to supplement your internal R&D budget or to partially fund diversification into new business areas. Learn how your innovation and commercialization experience can give you an edge over companies that are still developing their first product or service. Cost: Complimentary but registration is required.

The ABC’s of SBIR/STTR Funding
Thursday, March 9
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kettering University, Flint

Attend this Lunch & Learn and find out how the SBIR/STTR programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. The session covers eligibility requirements, selecting the best agency for your technology, the differences between SBIR and STTR and more. Cost: Complimentary admission, but registration is required.

Federal Science Partners March 3 update

Includes discussion on budget priorities (increase defense, decrease other areas).

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NSF Hearing Before House Research and Technology Subcommittee – The Director of the National Science Foundation is expected to testify before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology on March 9.  Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) is expected to chair this hearing.  This will NSF’s first opportunity to testify on its programs and activities since the 115th Congress convened in January.