Opportunity to develop Academic Entrepreneurial Leadership

Over the past three years, nearly 90 entrepreneurial leaders in higher education have joined together to learn about the latest innovations in teaching and learning, finances, and how to confront the external pressures facing colleges and universities. They have interacted with some of the leading thinkers inside and outside higher education, created what’s next through an innovative “design-thinking” curriculum, and cultivated their leadership skills through one-on-one coaching.

Do you know someone who would want to join this group?

I’m writing to ask if you might consider nominating someone on your campus to be part of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership’s next cohort, which will begin in November. This executive leadership program, now in its third year, is co-hosted by the presidents of Arizona State University and Georgetown University.

The graduates of this Academy include deans, associate provosts, vice presidents, and other senior leaders from campuses such as Ohio State University, Duke University, Oregon State University, Wesleyan University, Case Western Reserve University, and Texas Tech University.

The focus of the Academy is on new ideas and scaling innovation to improve institutional success. Over eight months, the program focuses on four key topics: change leadership, teaching and learning in a digital age, external challenges, and financial sustainability. The cohort comes together four times during the course of the program for intensive face-to-face sessions on each subject in both Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, where they apply the principles of “design thinking” to re-imagine the future of higher education and produce relevant projects. These projects might be of significant benefit to your institution and will be shared in a public forum at the end of the program.

The fellows are also assigned to a dedicated leadership coach, who offer guidance throughout the course of the program.

The ideal nominees for the program are entrepreneurial leaders: women and men on your campus who you envision as a part of the next generation of leadership in higher education. They can include mid-career and senior administrators or faculty, but they should be the people you or others often identify as change agents interested in building coalitions around innovation.

You are welcome to nominate multiple individuals by sending their names and contact information to me by July 25. Your nominees are welcome to also apply directly to the program at http://georgetown.asu.edu. The cost of the program is $12,000 per fellow, and scholarships are available.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at Jeffrey.Selingo@asu.edu or (202) 997-3385. Should you be interested, I can also put you in touch with fellows who completed the program

Thank you very much.
Jeffrey J. Selingo
Special Advisor to the President
Arizona State University
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In case you missed this in TechToday: Fair Labor Standards Act Webpage Announced

Human Resources continues to work on analyzing the changes to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from overtime. As announced on May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule increasing the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week for a position to be considered exempt from overtime. Employers will need to be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016. Positions with a primary responsibility of teaching (including faculty) are not effected by the DOL change. Human Resources has created a dedicated webpage with information on the new FLSA standards including a timeline for implementation, updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and other useful resources. The webpage can be found here. Updates will be made to the webpage and FAQ’s as additional information is released and/or determined. We ask you continue to direct any questions regarding this DOL change to Employment Services in Human Resources at 7-2280.

Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program posted late July

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16)

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $120 million (M) to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to support innovative, high-impact breast cancer research to accelerate progress toward ending breast cancer. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The BCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY16 BCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in late July (Breakthrough Award Funding Levels 3 and 4) and late August 2016 (Breakthrough Award Funding Levels 1 and 2). Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

Applications submitted to the FY16 BCRP must address one or more of the following overarching challenges:

  • Prevent breast cancer (primary prevention)
  • Identify determinants of breast cancer initiation, risk, or susceptibility
  • Distinguish deadly from indolent breast cancer
  • Conquer the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment
  • Identify what drives breast cancer growth; determine how to stop it
  • Identify why some breast cancers become metastatic
  • Determine why/how breast cancer cells lay dormant for years and then re-emerge (recurrence); determine how to prevent recurrence
  • Revolutionize treatment regimens by replacing them with ones that are more effective and less toxic
  • Eliminate the mortality associated with metastatic breast cancer

Breakthrough Award


Funding Levels 1 and 2:

  • Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Postdoctoral fellows are eligible and encouraged to apply

Funding Levels 3 and 4:

  • Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Supports promising research that has the potential to lead to or make breakthroughs in breast cancer.
  • Potential impact of the research may be near-term or long-term, but it must be significant and go beyond an incremental advancement.
  • Partnering Principal Investigator (PI) Option allows two PIs, termed Initiating and Partnering PIs, to collaborate on a single application.
  • Different funding levels, based on the scope of research, are available. It is the responsibility of the PI to select the funding level that is most appropriate for the research proposed. The funding level should be selected based on the scope of the research project, rather than the amount of the budget.

The following are general descriptions, although not all-inclusive, of the scope of research projects that would be appropriate to propose under each funding level:

  • Funding Level 1: Innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that is in the earliest stages of idea development. Research with potential to yield new avenues of investigation. Proof of concept. No preliminary data required.
  • Funding Level 2: Research that is already supported by preliminary data and has potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation.
  • Funding Level 3: Advanced translational studies that have potential for near-term clinical investigation. Small-scale clinical trials may apply.
  • Funding Level 4: Large-scale projects that will transform and revolutionize the clinical management and/or prevention of breast cancer. Near-term clinical impact is expected. PIs are expected to have experience in successfully leading large-scale projects.

    Funding Levels 1 and 2:

  • Submission of a Letter of Intent is required prior to full application submission.
  • Each PI may submit only one application as a PI or Initiating PI. There are no limitations on the number of applications for which an investigator may be named as a Partnering PI. However, applicants are discouraged from submitting as a Partnering PI on multiple applications unless they are clearly unique, meaningful collaborations addressing distinct research questions.
  • Additional funds are available for applications submitted under the Partnering PI Option.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.

Funding Levels 3 and 4:

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Each PI may submit only one application as a PI or Initiating PI. There are no limitations on the number of applications for which an investigator may be named as a Partnering PI. However, applicants are discouraged from submitting as a Partnering PI on multiple applications unless they are clearly unique, meaningful collaborations addressing distinct research questions.
  • Additional funds are available for Funding Level 3 applications submitted under the Partnering PI Option.
  • Research team must include two or more breast cancer advocates.
  • Clinical trials are allowed.

Funding Level 1:

  • Maximum funding of $375,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Funding Level 1 – Partnering PI Option:

  • Maximum funding of $600,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Funding Level 2:

  • Maximum funding of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Funding Level 2 – Partnering PI Option:

  • Maximum funding of $1 million (M) for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Funding Level 3:

  • Maximum funding of $2.5M in direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is years

Funding Level 3 – Partnering PI Option:

  • Maximum funding of $4M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 years

Funding Level 4 – Partnering PI Option:

  • Maximum funding of $10M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 years


A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. For email notification when Program Announcements are released go to the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil) and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications. For more information about the BCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs

ORAU: Grants with Cuba & Call for Papers for Innovation & Entreprenuership

US Embassy – Cuba Large and Small Grant Solicitation Program for STEM Projects with Cuba

The U.S. Embassy to Cuba Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State has announced limited funding through the U.S. Embassy to Cuba Public Affairs Small Grants Program to support activities that promote U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations in the following three priority areas:

  1. Increase entrepreneurship and economic opportunities, especially among youth and underserved communities;
  2. Enhance bilateral partnerships through the promotion of education, the access and use of technology, sports, and partnerships across the Americas.
  3. Promote cultural exchange and enhance understanding of our shared history, traditions, and values through innovative means.

Eligibility is limited to those who qualify to receive U.S. grants, and have the ability to develop and implement their proposed programs in Cuba. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba and the Department of State encourage organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement. 

Estimated Project Start Date: Rolling, starting April 1, 2016; Estimated Project End Date: January 1, 2017

Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016, 18:00 EDT, depending on funds availability. All projects must begin before September 30, 2016. This does not mean that the activity being funded must be completed before September 30, 2016, but that preparation for the activity must begin before that date. 

Award Floors and Ceilings:

  • Small Grants Program:U.S. $1,000 – $15,000
  • Large Grants Program:U.S. $ 15,000 – $100,000

Additional information for each opportunity may be found at the following links:



Call for Papers:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Technology and Innovation (T&I) is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on innovation and entrepreneurship. T&I is published by the NationalAcademy of Inventors and presents information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academicinnovation, and welcomes manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. T&I publishes original articles in basic and applied research, critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent and book reviews of interest to our readers.

Articles and reviews addressing topics associated with innovation and entrepreneurship with relevant topics including but not limited to:

  • Opportunities to accelerate innovation research
  • Follow-on funding mechanisms after start-up creations
  • Collaboration/Partnerships to accelerate innovation
  • Developing entrepreneurial curricula
  • Licensing activities
  • Student involvement in innovation/entrepreneurship activities

Initial manuscript submission deadline:  September 1, 2016.


Instructions for authors, including manuscript formatting information and author forms, can be found at: http://academyofinventors.org/ti/resources.asp.  Ifyou have questions or would like to submit a manuscript, please contact the guest editor, Rathindra DasGupta, at babu.dasgupta@gmail.com or the assistanteditor of T&I, Kimberly Macuare, at kmacuare@academyofinventors.org.


University Partnerships Office



ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment, and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

NIH RFPs for July

Requests for Applications

  • SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (R43/R44)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): August 29, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • The Preconception Exposure Window and Health of the Offspring (R01)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 3, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.
  • NHLBI Research Career Development Programs in T4 Implementation Research (K12)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 13, 2016 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Program Announcements

  • NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators (K18)
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 7, 2016; February 8, 2017; June 8, 2017; October 6, 2017; February 8, 2018; June 8, 2018; October 9, 2018; February 8, 2019; and June 6, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

Recent federal funding presentations

Credit for compiling this list: Michigan State University Office of the VP for Research & Graduate Studies

NSF Announcements & RFPs

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers

Solicitation: NSF 16-545
Due Date: December 02, 2016
Institutional Limit: 1
Limit Summary:

Only one MRSEC preliminary proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead institution in this competition. An institution proposing research in several groups should submit a single MRSEC proposal with multiple Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs). A MRSEC proposal must contain a minimum of 2 IRGs and a maximum of 3 IRGs. The IRGs in a center may be thematically related, or they may address different aspects of materials research. A single center at an organization allows efficient usage of resources, including common infrastructure, and better coordination of education and other activities of the center.

Institutions that were awarded a MRSEC in the FY 2014 competition as the lead institution are not eligible to submit a MRSEC proposal as a lead institution in this competition.

Full MRSEC proposals may be submitted by invitation only.


NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

NSF and I-Corps logos.I-Corps offers researchers unique opportunities to learn how to turn discoveries into new technologies and to participate in the national innovation ecosystem.

More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51

Michigan Tech has had a number of successful I-Corps teams. Please contact me at minerick@mtu.edu if you would like advice on applying for one.

Small Business/Commercialization Opportunities for July

July 12 – SBIR/STTR Introduction and Proposal Prep Essentials for DOD,       NSF and NIH
Learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including eligibility requirements, the difference between SBIR and STTR, participating agencies and tips for success. Then focus on essential information for crafting a competitive proposal for the NIH, NSF and DoD programs. Session will cover distinguishing features and technology areas addressed by each of the agencies, getting registered so you can submit, preparing proposal components for maximum impact, what reviewers expect, and more.
Location: Macomb OU Inc, Sterling Hts.
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 in state; $150 all others (includes lunch)
July 14 – SBIR/STTR 101 and Proposal Prep for USDA
This program gives you the option of attending a morning SBIR/STTR introduction, an afternoon workshop in proposal preparation for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – or both.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Morning attendees will learn the basics of the SBIR/STTR programs, including program goals and structure, eligibility, and sources of funding.
12:30 – 4 p.m. – The afternoon program will focus on the specific challenge of crafting a competitive SBIR proposal to the USDA. Topics will include: USDA’s targeted technology areas, company registration, R&D project planning, the process of proposal preparation, submission and evaluation, and tips for increasing your chance of funding success.
Location: Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, Fillmore Complex, Ottawa Co.
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 for morning or afternoon; $40 for full day (includes lunch)
July 15 – Think Your Company is Too Big for SBIR? Think Again.
Whether your company has 25 employees or 500, you might be eligible to compete for a slice of more than $2.6 billion in non-dilutive R&D grants and contracts awarded annually to innovative small companies by 11 federal agencies through the SBIR and STTR programs.
It’s generally (mistakenly) believed that these two 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. In this informative program, learn how your innovation and commercialization experience can give you an edge over companies that are still developing their first product or service.
Location: Start Garden, Grand Rapids
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary
Free to Michigan Companies: Pursuit Recorded Webinar Library
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Bank of America Grants for Biomedical Research due Aug. 3rd


We have a posting on Trialect  soliciting applications for Bank of America Life Sciences Research. The Program provides one year of seed funding to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. Requested amount can be up to $300,000 (inclusive of 10% indirect costs), and the number of awards available will be determined by the merit of the applications received. Submission deadline is Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 1:00 PM EDT. We are reaching out to see if your team is interested.  The details can be perused at:  Bank of America Grants for Biomedical Research