Opportunities Identified for Tech by Federal Science Partners

HHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Research Integrity Conferences — The Office of Research Integrity (ORI), within the Department of Health and Human Services, announces the anticipated availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for competitive grants for the planning and implementation of conferences or workshops. Conferences or workshops must be designed to provide a forum for discussion and produce tangible outcomes related to at least one of the following themes: 1) responsible conduct of research training; 2) fostering an environment that promotes research integrity; 3) prevention of research misconduct; 4) handling of research misconduct allegations; 5) whistleblowing; 6) international issues in research integrity; or, 7) other topics clearly linked to research integrity and compliance with relevant federal regulations. Ideally, the proposed conference or workshop will generate publishable, quality materials or extramural funding applications.  More information on this funding opportunity can be found by going to www.grants.gov and look for funding opportunity ORI-IR-17-001.


NSF Announces Funding Opportunity for Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) — The NSF vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering(CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure to be crucial for innovation in science and engineering. The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data.  DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve.  Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers’ data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. The projects should stimulate data-driven scientific discoveries and innovations, and address broad community needs, nationally and internationally.  The deadline for submission of full proposals in January 3, 2017.


U.S. Army Releases Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Extramural Medical Research — The United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies. The FY17 BAA is intended to solicit extramural basic and applied research and development projects to support scientific study and experimentation directed towards advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on development of a specific system or hardware solution. Research and development funded through this BAA are intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. The BAA provides a general description of USAMRMC’s research and development programs, including research areas of interest, evaluation and selection criteria, pre-proposal/pre-application and full proposal/application preparation instructions, and general administrative information. Invited full proposals/applications can be submitted under this FY17 BAA through September 30, 2017.


Five States Account for Half of U.S. Business R&D in 2013 – According to a new reportreleased by the National Science Foundation on September 30, 2016, five states – California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington – accounted for half of the research and development paid for and performed by companies in the U.S. in 2013.  Companies performed $265 billion ofo R&D paid for by their own company expenses in the United States in 2013, of which $255 billion could be attributed to one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.  California alone accounted for 30% ($77 billion) of all self-funded business R&D performance in the United States in 2013. In 2008, California accounted for 25% of such R&D performance. Between 2008 and 2013, the growth of California’s self-funded business R&D performance outpaced that of the rest of the United States, increasing by 42%, compared to a 7% increase for all other states combined.

A single industry dominates the business R&D in 4 of the top 10 states.  Automobile manufacturers accounted for 74% of Michigan’s total, software publishers for 62% of Washington’s total, and the pharmaceutical industry for 53% and 48% of New Jersey’s and Pennsylvania’s totals, respectively. The semiconductor and other electronic components industry (the largest industry in terms of R&D in California) accounted for only 20% of California’s business R&D, but all information and communication technology (ICT) industries combined accounted for 67% of the state’s business R&D.  Mining, extraction, and support activities was the single largest industry in terms of R&D in Texas, but the ICT industries as a group accounted for 53% of the state’s R&D.

BBC: SBIR/STTR Oct. Resources

Dear U.P. Life Science Professionals,

We wanted to alert you to an opportunity to learn more about federal funding for research and development efforts through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that may be of interest to you.

There will be two informational session in Marquette to be held at NMU on Monday October 17th co-sponsored by the SmartZone. These sessions will provide you with information on these programs and the funding opportunities – to include tips on strategies and approaches for submitting a request for funding from one of the 11 different participating agencies. The sessions are designed to help attendees decide if SBIR/STTR funding is something they would like to seriously pursue. They are free and open to all. See details below and please register to attend either session as soon as possible.


“Can SBIR/STTR Funding Support Your Research and Development
Efforts for Commercialization?”

When: October 17
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.

Brule Meeting Room, University Center Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

The government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive (i.e. free) capital available to innovative small companies annually. The process is complex with a steep learning curve, but the impact of receiving $millions in non-dilutive funding is worth the effort.

Information covered in this SBIR/STTR Intro & Overview, repeated twice during the day to fit your schedule, will include:

  • An overview of what the SBIR/STTR programs fund
  • Eligibility requirements
  • How SBIR and STTR differ
  • How to select which of the 11 participating agencies is right for your technology
  • Key components of a competitive proposal.

The program is designed to help attendees decide if SBIR/STTR funding is something they would like to seriously pursue.

Register for the either session:

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – http://bbctrainingam101716.eventbrite.com

5:30-7 p.m. – http://bbctrainingpm101716.eventbrite.com

(Light meal and refreshments included in both programs. No charge, but registration is required.)


1:30 – 5 PM: Office Hours
Michael will hold open office hours between sessions. Bring your SBIR/STTR questions for free consultation. No appointment necessary.

Presenter: Michael Kurek, PhD, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc)

Over his 30-year career, Michael Kurek has excelled in diverse roles in the product development process: research scientist, project leader, product manager, marketing & sales executive, and consultant to technology entrepreneurs. Prior to joining BBCetc in 2001, Michael held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies—two of which completed successful IPOs. He earned a PhD in Genetics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

About BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc)  BBCetc manages the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with most costs covered by the state. BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. Its Michigan clients have been awarded over $185 million in funding since 2002. www.bbcetc.com


October 20 –

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NSF
Location: Leap Technology Innovation Center, E. Lansing
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $75 in state; $150 all others (includes lunch)
October 26 – Webinar: Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: $30
Free to Michigan Companies: Pursuit Recorded Webinar Library

Contact BBCetc 

 for the discount code.  

Tarshizi receives Outstanding Young Scientist Award

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi (GMES), has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

“I’m truly honored and very grateful to receive such a prestigious award and recognition by SME. I would like to thank the IM&AD award committee, nominator(s), my colleagues and mentors,” Tarshizi stated.

SME administers and presents numerous recognition awards for outstanding individual and group achievements in the mining and minerals industry every year. These awards and their recipients represent the highest levels of commitment and expertise that have come to symbolize the vitality of SME as a professional society.

The Young Scientist Award, established by the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division in 1985, brings recognition of scientific professionalism to young people working in the industrial minerals & aggregates industry.

The award consists of a plaque, a stipend of $250 to help defray expenses while attending the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented, and paid housing, registration(s) and ticket(s) for the recipient and his/her spouse at the SME Annual Conference & Expo and the IM&AD Luncheon.

This award will be presented to Dr. Tarshizi at the SME 2017 Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Colorado, at the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Scholarships Available to attend SBIR/STTR conferences

BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting (BBCetc) is excited to let our clients know that through the MI SBIR/STTR Assistance Program we have funds allocated to support up to 10 registration fee scholarships for the upcoming National SBIR/STTR Conferences. Our experience has shown that early-stage companies benefit greatly from the information presented and having direct access to program officials, peers and other contacts that these conferences present. Here are the specifics:
The Conferences
SBIR/STTR National Conferences bring federal program directors, experienced and new SBIR/STTR companies, and relevant resource providers together to facilitate interactions targeted to improving SBIR/STTR participation and outcomes. Participation in an SBIR/STTR National Conference is the best way for applicants to interact with agency staff face-to-face. This fall there will be two National conferences, and scholarships are available for either:
  • SBIR/STTR  Innovation Summit – all agencies participate, including DoD, NSF, HHS/NIH, DOE, NASA and all of the smaller agencies
    • Nov 30-Oct 1, Austin, Texas
    • Registration fee: BBCetc will cover up to $500 (Click here to see various options available.)
Why should you apply?
  1. In addition to providing rare opportunities for face-to-face access to agency SBIR/STTR program staff, your attendance increases overall visibility for Michigan SBIR/STTR at a national level.
  2. For both established awardees and new applicants, the experience is further enhanced by the ability to network with other SBIR/STTR companies to compare notes, offer lessons learned and explore ideas.
  3. We will be there for you! BBCetc personnel will be attending both conferences and will help facilitate connections for Michigan-based attendees.
Scholarship Specifics
  • To apply for a scholarship, please complete the SBIR/STTR Assessment Form on BBCetc’s website to the best of your ability. In the last field (“Is there anything else you would like to add?”), type in “Scholarship App,” and indicate which Conference you’d prefer.  A follow-up assessment call may be scheduled with one of our consultants if we have any questions. Approvals will be on a first-come basis.
  • The scholarship will cover the conference registration fee for one attendee per company. (All other costs to be incurred by the recipient company.) BBCetc will register the attendee and pay the registration fee directly.
  • Companies must agree to the following:
    • Refund the cost of scholarship in the event that they don’t attend the conference.
    • Write a 75-100 word summary of their experience at the conference to be included in the MI SBIR/STTR Assistance Program report to MEDC and for possible publication in BBCetc’s Pursuit Newsletter.
  • The deadline for applications is November 1 for the HHS Conference in Orlando and November 15 for the Innovation Summit in Austin.
If you have questions please direct them to Kris Bergman at kris@bbcetc.com or 734-930-9741. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity!
Jayne Berkaw
Director, Marketing and Outreach
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
(734) 930-9741 (o)  (734) 635-8462 (c)
Just Posted on the BBC Blog: “Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking: Long Name, Easier Submission”

Internal proposal deadline 3 days before Oct. 31.

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on October 31, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to three working days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  The additional time will allow for our analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.
The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on October 31 will be October 26 at 7:00 a.m.  In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PI’s, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.
Please share this information with your faculty/staff and let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Kim Codere
Manager, Grants & Contracts
Sponsored Programs Office
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931-1295

Phone:  906/487-2226
Fax:  906/487-2245
E-mail:  kmcodere@mtu.edu

Film on Entrepreneurship Oct. 7th

Dear Friends of Innovate Marquette SmartZone,

The Marquette SmartZone in partnership with 40 Below Marquette Young Professionals and the Innovation Shore Angel Network invites you to the screening of a ground-breaking and inspiring documentary film by Charu Sharma featuring the wisdom of top women entrepreneurs who share their stories of building a business from scratch, taking risks and being resilient.
Will you dare to be an entrepreneur? “Go Against the Flow is more than a documentary film,” says Charu Sharma.  “It’s a movement that aims to inspire women to take intelligent risks, trust their vision and develop leadership skills.” As part of the movement Charu brings together the wisdom of top women entrepreneurs who are making their mark in fields ranging from medical technology to video games. They include the female co-founders of Cloudflare, Getaround, Mightybell, Kabam, Zady, Zlnepak, Women Who Code, Remedy and Rockhealth. These women range from college dropouts to Harvard MBAs to Shark Tank winners.

Where: NMU’s Mead Auditorium, 2701 Presque Isle Avenue

When: October 7th

Time: Doors Open at 6:00pm; Film Screens at 7pm (Running Time: 55 minutes) followed by a conversation with Charu Sharma

Admission is FREE: Seating is limited, please register at Eventbrite is recommended at:

All public is welcome

Food/Beverages served

See the attached event flyer and for more information the event vent contact is: Candice Blackstone at: colehevents@gmail.com or 541.520.7248

We hope you can join us on Friday evening and please share this invite with your family, friends and network.

Ray Johnson
Innovate Marquette SmartZone  


SmartZone Joint Press Release_Screening of Documentary Film-Go Against the Flow_October 7 2016_Final 

MTRAC Life Science Hub in Detroit Oct. 19th

Friends and colleagues,

I want to make you aware of an upcoming event that the MTRAC Life Science Hub is putting on to assist your investigators in developing and commercializing technologies. This program at TechTown in Detroit is an excellent opportunity of you and your innovators to learn about funding and other resources made available through Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) and the statewide Life Sciences Innovation Hub.  It is open to all investigators across the state and if you came make it to Detroit on the 19th I hope that you will attend.  Please forward to any faculty you think may be interested in the event.  I have also attached an informational flyer that you can distribute, and a registration link can be found below.

Are you a biomedical researcher looking to commercialize your project and take it to the next level?

This workshop offers an in-depth look at the University of Michigan’s new statewide MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, which is co-funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. You’ll learn more about the program’s Mi-Kickstart early-stage and Mi-TRAC mid-stage funding opportunities, available for biomedical translational research projects across the state with high commercial potential.

Fast Forward Medical Innovation commercialization experts will walk you through proven tools to design clear value propositions for all of your stakeholders and complete a competitive application. They will also introduce successful methods to validate your product market through customer discovery.


Contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Best regards,


Bradley J. Martin PhD

Commercialization Program Director

Fast Forward Medical Innovation – MTRAC     

Medical School – Office of Research

University of Michigan


734-936-8577 (o)

734-645-1008 (c)

The Excellence in Enterprise Information Awards Program is open for Nominations!

Now accepting nominations for The 2016 Excellence in Enterprise Information Award! The Award is given to a government and industry project team that display excellence, innovation, and are models of best practices in information management/information technology.

Nominations are evaluated on the following criteria:

Financial Impact
Operational Consequence
Cultural Change

The 14th annual Excellence in Enterprise Information awards will be given to programs in recognition of their accomplishments in demonstrating their use of technology to create information environments that made a measureable difference.

Schedule: Nominations open September 6, 2016
Nominations close November 14, 2016
Winners will be notified on December 5, 2016
Go to www.afei.org/awards today to download the 2016 Awards Packet.
Additional Information?  Visit www.afei.org/awards
Questions? Contact Carol Dwyer at cdwyer@ndia.org