2018 Rice Business Plan Competition – Applications Now Open!

Compete to join the world’s biggest business plan competition, where collegiate entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, integrate with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.
Applications now open
Visit www.rbpc.rice.edu for details

ORAU: Opportunities for All Institutions

Laboratory Internships Virtual Event (LIVE) Career Fair


Pre-register for the Laboratory Internships Virtual Event today!  This diversity focused event will take place on November 28th from 12:00 am – 4:00 pm EST at a computer or mobile device near you. LIVE is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. Login and chat live with recruiters from the Scientific Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and the Community College Internships (CCI) Programs. For more information and to register, visit http://orau.us/live.  For questions, please email live@orau.org.


DOE Scholars Program


The DOE Scholars Program is now accepting applications.  This program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.  Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas and the development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts among other benefits.  The application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.  For more information visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars.  If you have questions, send an email to doescholars@orau.org.


DOE Solar Energy Innovators Program


The Solar Energy Innovators Program is seeking applicants interested in researching innovative solutions to the challenges faced by utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) to adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program will conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution.  The Solar Energy Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  The application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.  For questions call Taylor Pitchford at 865-574-4806 or email at DOE-RPP@orau.org.


2018 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC


A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.  DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health.  This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health.  The application deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST.  If you have questions, send an email to CDCrpp@orau.org.  Please include reference code CDC-NCEH-2018-0013 in your email.


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NIH Update (Extramural Nexus): Clinical Trial Parent Announcements, Revised Grants Policy Statement, LRP, New Podcast

October 2017 / November 2017

Continuing Steps to Ensuring Credibility of NIH Research: Selecting Journals with Credible Practices

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Mike Lauer

The scientific community is paying increasing attention to the quality practices of journals and publishers. NIH recently released a Guide notice (NOT-OD-18-011) to encourage authors to publish in journals that do not undermine the credibility, impact, and accuracy of their research findings. This notice aims to raise awareness about practices like changing publication fees without notice, lacking transparency in publication procedures, misrepresenting editorial boards, and/or using suspicious peer review. Continue reading →

What Can We Learn from the Early Outcomes from the NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards?

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Mike Lauer

In earlier posts, like this one, we discussed the importance of moving towards “evidence-based funding.”. NIH seeks to apply data-driven strategies to conceptualize, develop, implement, and evaluate policies, such as those that will affect the NIH-supported biomedical research workforce. Today, we’d like to spotlight a recently published analysis of an award program directed to investigators early in their careers – a population that has received much attention at NIH and beyond in recent years. Continue reading →

A Sampling of Recent Literature on the Scientific Workforce

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Mike Lauer

As NIH continues its work to better understand the many factors that influence the stability of the biomedical workforce, we wanted to take a moment to discuss some recent papers that highlight the need to take new measures to support early and mid-career researchers. Continue reading →

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NIH Plans for Issuing Clinical Trial Specific Parent Announcements

In February NIH announced plans to require clinical trial specific funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for due dates of January 25, 2018 and beyond. Expect to see clinical trial specific parent FOAs on the streets for select activity codes at least 60 days ahead of the first due date after January 25, 2018. Some NIH Institutes and Centers will join these parent FOAs; others will publish IC-specific Clinical Trial FOAs. Continue reading →

Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement

NIH issues a revised Grants Policy Statement each fall. The latest version, issued in October, introduces no new policies. Rather, it incorporates updates made throughout the year. This revision applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods … Continue reading →

NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Reminder

Applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) award? A reminder that applications along with supporting documentation are due on November 15. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are a set of Congressionally-mandated programs that are designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. …. Continue reading →

Tell Us About Areas of Scientific Opportunity that Would Benefit from the Unique Research Resources of the NIH Clinical Center

The NIH Clinical Center, as the largest biomedical research hospital in the world, is a unique local, regional, and national research resource.  To ensure the Clinical Center is maximizing its potential to support the best possible science, the NIH Director … Continue reading →

New Resources

New Podcast: “Understanding the Definition of a Clinical Trial and What That Means for You”

A new “All About Grants” podcast is now available! In “Understanding the Definition of a Clinical Trial and What That Means for You” (mp3, transcript), Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH deputy director for extramural research, discusses the changes to clinical trial policies, addresses community questions, and speaks to how these changes will impact applicants and grantees. …. Continue reading →

SBIR/STTR funding and symposiums

Funding opportunities from DOE, EPA, NSF & HHS. View all open solicitations at: https://www.sbir.gov/solicitation-listing/open

Move your research to the next level with I-Corps at NIH Entrepreneurship Program

I-Corps at NIH is an 8-week experience-based entrepreneurship training program available to small businesses that received Phase I SBIR or STTR funding from 16 participating institutes and centers (ICs) within the NIH and CDC. See below or visit our website to learn more about the I-Corps at NIH program.

Applications for the next cohort are due on Friday, December 18, 2017, 5 PM local time.

Learn more at: https://sbir.cancer.gov/icorps

SBIR/STTR SYMPOSIUM – Featuring DoD, NASA, USDA and DHS! December 4 – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

·        Engage with SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Representatives at one-on-one meetings

·        Discover funding opportunities at agencies that you may not have considered

·        Learn from fellow SBIR awardees

·        Network with fellow hi tech companies seeking SBIR funding

 For more information, visit: http://www.sbtdc.org/events/sbir/symposium2017/

The Navy SBIR Innovation Summit will take place December 13 in Albuquerque!

The Department of Defense (DoD) Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will bring together small businesses, NAVSEA/NAVAIR program representatives, experts, and local organizations who have a vested interest in driving innovation through the SBIR and STTR programs.

For Tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navy-sbir-innovation-summit-tickets-37069796760

Science of Science Communication III Webinar

There are less than two weeks until The Science of Science Communication III, and while every seat at the event is taken, you can still register for the live webcast. The entire event will be available to stream, and signing up will send you an email reminder. Don’t miss it!
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The Science of Science Communication II: Summary of a Colloquium
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Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda
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Science and technology are embedded in virtually every aspect of modern life. As a result, people face an increasing need to integrate information …

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Science Literacy: Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences
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Communicating to Advance the Public's Health: Workshop Summary
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The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement brings together individuals and organizations that represent different …

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Using Narrative and Data to Communicate the Value of Science: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
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Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments

Meet with a Fulbright Finland Centennial Ambassador

Suzanne Louis from the Fulbright Center in Finland will be on campus tomorrow (Nov. 7). She is here to meet with faculty and students who may be interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Finland to study or conduct research. The country is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary of hosting Fulbright grant recipients, and alumni are traveling across the country to celebrate and promote the exchange.

Contact Helen Halt (hkhalt@mtu.edu or 7-1218) in IPS if you would like to meet with Suzanne. She will be available between noon-3 p.m.

SWE: Join the webinar for Publishing 101 on November 10


Getting your journal papers accepted isn’t just a matter of doing good work, it also requires communicating it appropriately and selecting the proper venue such as a conference or journal publication. Likewise, conducting reviews of other people’s journal papers takes more than just a knowledge of the technical domain. This webinar will help you:

  • Evaluate a conference or journal to determine its suitability for your work
  • Determine the criteria that reviewers are likely to be using for the review
  • Critically read a paper that you are assigned to review

Publishing 101

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

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Three Minute Thesis Competition at Tech

This is a request to inform the  graduate students of your department about our annual 3 Minute Thesis competition during your graduate seminars and encourage them to participate.
What is 3MT?
‘Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props’.  For more info about the competition you may visit: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/
We request you to encourage your graduate students to participate in the 3MT competition.This is an opportunity for them to get their research work noticed at the regional, national and even international levels. There will be prizes for the top presentations and the winner will be sponsored by the Graduate School to participate in the 2018 MAGS (Midwestern Association of  Graduate Schools) competition. Please feel free to go through the GSG website for guidelines and other important information pertaining to the presentations.The students have also been informed about 3MT and have been emailed the registration form through their respective department GSG representatives.
Date: November 30th
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m
Venue: MUB Ballroom B3

We offer the following resources to help them make an effective presentation:
1. A pre-event orientation session that offers tips and strategies on the 3MT presenting techniques (face to face session)
2. Videos of presentations made by past winners (sent via email)

3. Videos on potential pitfalls and mistakes to avoid (sent via email)