VentureWell June Events & Opportunities

Welcome to the June events and opportunities newsletter! Enjoy!

Open 2018 Conference– Have you attended our Open annual conference? We invite you to submit a proposal. Save the date, call for proposals will open in July.

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. Informational webinars are August 17th and September 6th

Other Community Events and Funding Opportunities

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.

Verge Accelerate– A fast pitch competition for early stage entrepreneurs developing innovative tech in energy, transportation, buildings, infrastructure, urban resilience or the circular economy. Application deadline is July 7, 2017.

Success Factors for University Partnerships Seminar– Successful collaboration between universities and companies is essential for innovation. In this MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy Impact Seminar, learn the five success factors for university partnerships based on a multi-year research project and forthcoming book where 10 leading companies share how they strive for excellence in university/industry collaboration. The event takes places on June 29, 2017.

MD5 Hacking Emergency Response– Developers. Designers. Engineers. Come to a three-day hackathon to build product prototypes that incorporate functional fabrics as part of a system that addresses emergency response in challenging environments. Winning teams will be awarded up to $15,000 to further develop their ideas. Free and open to the public. The event takes place July 28-30, 2017.

ISAM 2017– The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces joins the people, knowledge, and inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces and maximize their impact on student learning experiences and alumni success. ISAM fosters community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making. Register before June 30th to receive the early bird rate. The event takes place September 24-27, 2017.

Other News 

Sintact Medical Systems, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 grant worth approximately $750,000.

AgroSpheres, won the Kirchner Food Fellows Award for the most investable company and the Overall Runner Up Award at the Thought For Food Global Summit.

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SBDCs Business Workshops for Busy Entrepreneurs

Writing a Business Plan Webinar
Tuesday, June 27th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
A well-developed business plan is the foundation of an entrepreneur’s success. This webinar covers business planning in detail and is designed for individuals who want to launch or grow their business.
Marketing Tactics: Referral Building, Partnership Marketing, and Social Media
Thursday, June 29th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to make the most of referral building, partnership marketing, and social media in your small business’s marketing strategy. This webinar will take a tactical approach to these marketing methods so that you can be intentional about leveraging word-of-mouth and social media marketing.
Launch Your Business
with the Michigan SBDC!
No matter where you’re located, an SBDC consultant is available to help you start your business!

WPI’s STEM Faculty Launch: deadline Aug. 11


WPI’s STEM Faculty Launch is a premier workshop for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers seeking tenure-track positions in the STEM fields.

Now in its third year, STEM Faculty Launch is open to candidates nationwide. Women and traditionally underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Massachusetts

September 21-22, 2017

Application Deadline:
August 11, 2017
*Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to allow ample time for review by the Selection Committee.*

Participants will spend two days on the campus of WPI where they will attend a variety of interactive sessions, receive career advice and feedback from expert faculty, and gain exposure to project-based learning, a hallmark of WPI education.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Negotiating for a tenure-track position or other faculty position.
  • Preparing your teaching statement with evidence-based teaching practice.
  • Designing an effective research statement.
  • Preparing for the on-campus interview.
  • Developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for your professional goals.
  • Telling your story through public speaking and social media.

All invited participants receive funding to cover travel expenses to and from WPI as well as lodging and meals during the workshop. For more information or to apply, visit

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 0160



CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are high-profile postdoctoral research positions with significant independence and resources to attract some of the world’s best young scholars to interact deeply with faculty and students on Cornell’s Ithaca-based campuses.  Candidates from all areas of research and inquiry, who will be no more than two years past the award date of their doctoral degree at the time of the appointment, are eligible for this program. Successful candidates will have access to the full range of talent and considerable resources available at Cornell, and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Cornell intellectual community, in addition to their postdoctoral research with a tenured faculty member (sponsor) and their research group. Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows will also receive lifetime membership in the Society of Cornell Fellows along with the participants in other named prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships. Six Presidential Fellowships will be awarded each year beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Appointments will be for up to three years, dependent on positive annual evaluations and may include a teaching component where appropriate of no more than 25% averaged over the length of the appointment.  The stipend for appointments in the 2017-2018 academic year will be $68,000 plus full Cornell University employee fringe benefits. Each Fellow also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses including travel. Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s), i.e. associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application. A tenure track assistant professor may serve as a secondary sponsor. Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact.


Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s) who, if agreeable to serve as the sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application.  


  1. Candidate CV, including publication list.
  2. One-two page description of proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research if successful.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation, including one from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to the lead faculty sponsor that provide detailed assessments of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.
  4. Additional letter(s) of support from Cornell lead (and secondary if applicable) faculty sponsor(s) including a brief statement of any financial and logistical support of the proposed research that will be provided by the sponsor(s).

The lead faculty sponsor(s) should forward all materials as a single file (pdf format required) to: 

Deadline for all materials:  October 1, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

If you have questions about this program, please contact:

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853


National Road Research Alliance RFP

MnDOT Master Universities,

MnDOT has developed three need statements through National Road Research Alliance that MnDOT is looking for proposals.   This request for proposals is not a part of the “normally” scheduled research RFP through MnDOT Research Services, it will come out on August 1, 2017.  Please share this email with your university staff that maybe interested in proposing on this work.

The three NRRA Research Need Statements being contacted though RFP process (Need Statements attached):

  1. Compacted Concrete for Local Streets                       
  2. Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Subbase
  3. Developing Best Practices for Rehabilitation of Concrete with Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Overlays related to Density and Reflective Cracking

NRRA RFP Timeline:

  • June 20, 2017 – RFP for the three NRRA Need Statements sent out to the Master Universities
  • July 21, 2017 (4 weeks) – Proposals due back to MnDOT (emails)

o   Email proposals to Jeff Brunner –

o   Email any question to Ben Worel – (all answers will be shared with everyone)

o   Proposal Forms can be obtained from Adrienne ( or Natasha (

  • August 11, 2017 – NRRA University Notification of the selected proposals.

After universities are selected then contracts will be developed for the work.  No work can be performed until the contract is signed. It is anticipated that successful proposals will start work on these projects by October 2017.

Please also pass this information onto your research contacts. Many have asked for a timelines, maximum funding limits, and relationships of other data collection taking place on the unbound (#2) research effort – please utilize the following information for your proposals.

  1. Compacted Concrete for Local Streets
  2. Maximum Budget = $80,000
  3. Maximum Years = 3 years
  4. Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Subbase
  5. Maximum Budget = $225,000
  6. Maximum Years = 3 years
  7. Note University of Texas El Paso and Ingios are collecting IC unbound data at MnROAD under other separate agreements – they are not under contract for the work listed under this RFP but will share data to help this project succeed.
  8. Developing Best Practices for Rehabilitation of Concrete with Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Overlays related to Density and Reflective Cracking
  9. Maximum Budget = $150,000
  10. Maximum Years = 3 years

Thanks – Ben

Benjamin Worel, P.E. (MN)

Minnesota Department of Transportation

MnROAD Operations Engineer

1400 Gervais Ave – MailStop 645

Maplewood, MN 55109


Visit MnROAD at

Opportunity to ask questions regarding education in Michigan

Interested in meeting a candidate for Michigan Governor?
On Friday, June 23, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 pm Mr. Bill Cobb, former Xerox executive who’s now running for Michigan Governor is making his way through the UP and will be stopping by CDI for some cake and to meet you!
Engage in the democratic process and come meet this man to see if you’d like to vote for him!
Learn more here:


Requests for Applications

  • Limited Competition Cohort Studies of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (U01)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 29, 2017 by 5:00 PM

  • Creation and Implementation of the National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST) Coordinating Center (CC)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 14, 2017 , by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to apply early

  • The Impact of Microenvironment on Lung Progenitor Cell Function (R01)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2017, by 5:00 PM

Program Announcements

  • Collaborative Activities to Expedite Environmental Health Science Research, Translation, and Community Engagement Across EHS Core Centers (Admin Supp)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 26, 2017, by 5:00 PM

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders (R01)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders (R21)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM

  • NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 25, 2017, September 25, 2018, September 25, 2019, by 5:00 PM

  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R21)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2017; November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019 by 5:00 PM

  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R01)
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): November 7, 2017 November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019, by 5:00 PM

  • Pre-application for a Biomedical Technology Research Resource (X02)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): August 15, 2017; March 15, 2018; July 17, 2018; March 15, 2019; July 15, 2019; and March 15, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • Biomedical Technology Research Resource (P41)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 25, 2017; January 25, 2018; May 25, 2018; January 25, 2019; May 25, 2019; and January 25, 2020, by 5:00 PM

  • HIV/HCV Co-Infections in Substance Abusers (R01)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 7 2017 and January 7, 2018 , by 5:00 PM

[Free webcast tomorrow] Seeking a STEM career outside academia

Tuesday, June 20 • 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT • Register now

This workshop explores the skills and best practices for transitioning from an academic environment to one of many non-academic career paths. It introduces strategies for career planning, emphasizing an ongoing process for professional development throughout your career.

Join us for this FREE webcast!

Presenter: Josh Henkin, PhD – Founder, STEM Career Services, LLC

Josh is the founder of STEM Career Services, a career coaching company aimed at helping STEM graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. He conducts workshops at conferences, universities and institutes across the country and provides career coaching to STEM graduates at all levels of their careers. Josh sits on the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors. He is also a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow Alum, AAAS member, and AAAS Career Development Center subject matter expert.


  • Being strategic in your career planning
  • What skills you need for non-academic jobs and how to acquire these skills while still in the lab
  • Networking as a part of life
  • Crafting your “elevator pitch”
  • How to create a master resume (inclusive of all your skills)
  • Creating position-specific resumes
  • Ample time will be provided for Q&A with Josh
Reserve your place now!

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