ORAU Event Sponsorship Program: Applications due by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the information below regarding an opportunity only available to ORAU sponsoring and associate members. Please forward only within your institution. 

Deadline for the Event Sponsorship Program Approaching

The Event Sponsorship Program offers up to $4,000 to support member University hosted events, that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

Applications to support an event occurring between April 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016 are due by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  Please visit the Event Sponsorship Program page, located on the University Partnerships Members Only website, for additional information on the award, eligibility requirements and the application process.


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).

January (Dec/Nov) Letter to Faculty and Staff

Dear Engineering Faculty and Staff:

There reaches a time – when behind on a project – where you realize it is best to just start over. Well, this month I’m circulating a catch up letter and will start anew with my best intentions to write monthly letters to enhance communication.  The last few months have been busy, but productive research and innovation-wise in the CoE.  Please provide feedback on how the following impact your scholarly activities.


Two teams submitted NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) proposals this last week.  Amlan Mukherjee led a team which submitted, “NRT- Data Enabled Science and Engineering – An Entrepreneurial Model to Deliver a Graduate Program in Data Enabled Infrastructure Systems” and Jon Sticklen led a team which submitted, “NRT-IGE: Building International Online Communities of Practice: Peace Corps Master’s Nexus in Food/Energy/Water.”  These larger proposals require considerable coordination across disciplines and those who dedicated their time and effort should be commended.  If funded, these will have considerable positive impacts on our graduate student community!

We’ve all have advised outstanding students that are prolific writers and those who struggle. We are working to pilot writing groups http://tinyurl.com/pdmjyre that provide goal setting and accountability to increase writing productivity, hopefully in coordination with the Graduate Student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  If you or your students would like to get involved, please let me know.

The Proposal Development team organized a Research Development day that covered diverse agencies including NSF, NIH, USDA, NOAA, MDEQ, DoE, EPA, DoD, NASA, Industry, and Foundations.  If you missed this and would like to review the presentations, please contact Peter Larsen, palarsen@mtu.edu.  In addition, Aleksey Smirnov, asmirnov@mtu.edu, has been helping organize a trip to visit many of the agencies in Washington D.C. All faculty are invited; a special emphasis is placed on new faculty to ensure they go on this trip at least once since it makes a huge difference in earning research funding.  We are asking for firm commitments from participants by February 26.

We are currently working on programming for mid-career faculty, but it has been slow to plan due to the very diverse career aspirations and research/teaching/service emphases of our Associate Professors.  If you have any ideas/opinions on this topic, please feel free to email me. We hope to schedule a discussion session soon.


On the Innovation side of things:

Building from the diverse interests/career aspirations of our faculty, the option to explore translation of your research and/or educational endeavors into commercialize-able products is rewarding option.  Michigan Tech has a wonderful ecosystem for this due in large part to the team in the Innovation and Industry Engagement Office (http://www.mtu.edu/research/references/staff/iie/).  There are a number of seed programs including the Research Enhancement Funds – Commercialization Milestone Grants (REF-CM) http://www.mtu.edu/research/administration/vpr-office/internal-awards/research-excellence-fund/ref-cmg.html which has a rolling deadline.

I’d be happy to visit with anyone considering this path.  My company has just completed and NSF STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) Phase I grant and recently applied for the Phase II.  I can’t claim to be an expert, but I’m happy to share our experiences and advise anyone moving along this pathway.


Proposal Efforts:

We held two informational meetings on the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503641  This unique inter-agency call has all proposals initially all routed through NSF, reviewed and then forwarded/funded by a wide range of agencies.  Full proposal deadline is March 7, 2016.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners are inviting innovators to apply for two grant opportunities Grand Challenges China: New Interventions for Global Health and Grand Challenges for Development: Saving Lives at Birth. Applications are due March 15 or February 29, respectively.

The ADVANCE team (myself, Sonia Goltz, Patricia Sotirin, Anita Quinn, and Jackie Huntoon) submitted what we hope was a highly competitive proposal entitled, “ADVANCE Institutional Transformation – Continuous Improvement AMP-UP Processes to Transform Climate in STEM” and have started implementing the Advanced Matrix Process for University Programs or AMP-UP.  Please contact me or Anita (aquinn@mtu.edu) if you want to get involved.


Want to get involved?

Your input is always welcome and appreciated.   Feel free to email out of the blue or schedule a time with Sherry (sjanders@mtu.edu) to meet in person.

To facilitate dissemination of opportunities (RFPs, seminars, more), please subscribe to our blog, http://blogs.mtu.edu/engineering-research/. My strategy, thus far, has been to post all requests for proposals, workshop/award, and innovation opportunities. I’ve reserved email to selectively forwarding the most relevant RFP to individuals or groups.

In closing, hang in there as the snow piles up and up.  Mother nature is making up for December and reminding us that the benefits of living here include a total immersion in winter!

Best Regards,


Defense Energy & Systems Challenge due Feb. 26

Defense Energy and Systems Challenge



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Announcing the 6th Defense Energy & Systems Challenge, delivering transformational solutions for National and Global Security.


  • Power Generation
  • Energy Storage
  • Grid Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Bases/Facilities
  • Island Communities
  • Efficiency Solutions
  • Sensor Networks
  • ICT Networks
  • Data Tools/Analytics
  • Cyber/Physical Security
  • Water & Waste
  • Weather Solutions
  • Emergency Services

Submit your technology or company for consideration. Top ranked submissions will be offered an opportunity to pitch your solution to military, investment, city, and industry prospectors at the Smart Cities Innovation Summit, June 13-15, 2016, Austin TX.


Grad Students: $15,000 Scholarship to study in Ireland

International Programs and Services has exciting news! Go Overseas just announced they are sponsoring TWO scholarships for students to study abroad in Ireland for a semester! One lucky undergrad and one lucky master’s student are eligible to apply!
The scholarship must be used during the 2016/2017 academic year (summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017).
All you need to do is submit a photo essay online by March 4th. 
Link to apply:
Link to FAQ’s
For questions, email studyabroad@mtu.edu

Grant Opportunities from The Gates Foundation & Its Partners

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for two grant opportunities:

1) Grand Challenges China: New Interventions for Global Health.  This challenge focuses on calls for innovative concepts for safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions, such as vaccines and therapeutics, with the potential to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest.  This call is in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China and requires substantive collaborations between China-based investigators and those based outside of China.

Application deadline is March 15, 2016, 8:00 am Beijing time (March 14, 2016, 5pm Seattle time). For a detailed description of this challenge, please visit the Grand Challenges site.

2) Grand Challenges for Development: Saving Lives at Birth.  USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth.  The goal of this program is to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.

Application deadline is February 29, 2016.

In addition please also see the following web pages for links to a 10-year retrospective of 14 of the 44 original Grand Challenges in Global Health projects (2005-2015):

Biological Vector Control (O’NeillBurt); Chemical Vector Control (Axel, VosshallZwiebel), Curing Latent Infection (Young); Curing Chronic Infection (Baltimore); Vaccine Model Systems (Flavell); Antigen Design (KappeHill); Protective Immunity (KwiatkowskiShaw); Needle-Free Vaccines (BakerSievers); Crop Biofortification (Dale, Tushemereirwe)

We are looking 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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Biomedical Engineering, Energy, Sustainability Conference for Graduate Students in Chicago: Posters due Feb. 12

The Conference Program for the 2016 AIChE Midwest Regional Conference is now available. For conference and program details, please visit  http://www.aiche.org/chicago-midwest-regional-conference

Registration is now open (on-line deadline: February 19, 2016) and Poster Submissions are still being accepted (poster deadline: February 12, 2016).

Program Highlights 

  • March 3-4, 2016, Chicago, IL
  • 9 Keynote and Plenary Lectures
  • 31 Technical Sessions and
  • over 140 oral presentations
  • **New for 2016** – YP Workshops on Leadership and Process Safety

Highlights by Topical Area

Refining and Process Engineering – 4 Keynote and Plenary Lectures and 15 Technical Sessions:

  • Thursday 9:45-11:30  Process Safety I and Process Design and Optimization I 
  • Thursday 12:45-1:45  Plenary Lecture: Shakeel KadriAIChE Center for Chemical Process Safety
  • Thursday 2:00-3:45  Process Safety II and Multiphase CFD Tutorial
  • Thursday 4:00-5:45  Process Safety III and Process Design and Optimization II
  • Friday 8:15-9:30  Keynote Lecture: Corey CorrentiSenior Vice-President, BP (retired, 2015) 
  • Friday 9:45-11:30  Process Modeling and Estimation and Refining and Petrochemical Engineering I and Fluid Properties and Transport Phenomena 
  • Friday 12:45-1:45  Plenary Lecture: Lorenz BieglerCarnegie Mellon University
  • Friday 1:55-2:40  Plenary Lecture: Henrik Rasmussen, Haldor Topsoe
  • Friday 2:00-3:45  Process Operations and Control and Refining and Petrochemical Engineering II and Process Safety Workshop I 
  • Friday 4:00-5:45  CFD Methods and Applications and Environmentally Conscious Process Design and Process Safety Workshop II

Biological and Bio-medical Engineering – 3 Keynote and Plenary Lectures and 9 Technical Sessions:

  • Thursday 9:45-11:30  Biofuels I and Cancer Therapies 
  • Thursday 12:45-1:45  Plenary Lecture: Linda BroadbeltNorthwestern University
  • Thursday 2:00-3:45  Biofuels II and Drug Delivery I 
  • Thursday 4:00-5:45  Drug Delivery II 
  • Thursday 7:30-8:30  Keynote Lecture: Jeffery HubbellUniversity of Chicago
  • Friday 9:45-11:30  Tissue Engineering I  
  • Friday 12:45-1:45  Plenary Lecture: Christopher BurchamEli Lilly and Company
  • Friday 2:00-3:45  Tissue Engineering II and Pharmaceutical Processing 
  • Friday 4:00-5:45  Modeling of Biological Systems and Pathways 

Energy, Environment and Sustainability – 2 Keynote and Plenary Lectures and 8 Technical Sessions:

  • Thursday 8:15-9:30  Keynote Lecture: Carlo SegreIllinois Institute of Technology
  • Thursday 9:45-11:30  Biofuels I and Electro-Chemical Processes I  
  • Thursday 12:45-1:45  Plenary Lecture: Linda BroadbeltNorthwestern University
  • Thursday 2:00-3:45  Biofuels II and Electro-Chemical Processes II  
  • Thursday 4:00-5:45  The Hydrogen Economy  
  • Friday 9:45-11:30  Environmental Engineering   
  • Friday 4:00-5:45  Sustainable Power Systems and Environmentally Conscious Process Design  

Young Professionals – 1 Keynote Lecture and 5 Sessions:

  • Thursday 2:00-3:45  Multiphase CFD Tutorial   
  • Thursday 4:00-5:45  Job Search Strategies   
  • Friday 2:00-3:45  Process Safety Workshop I and  Leadership Workshop   
  • Friday 4:00-5:45  Process Safety Workshop II 
  • Friday 5:45-7:00  Keynote LectureManu Vora, Business Excellence, Inc.
  • Friday 7:00-9:00 – YP Social, (off-site)
  • Registration Discounts available for students and YP members of AIChE (see Registration Page  for details)

If you have any questions, please reply to this email or contact the programming chair at chmielewski@iit.edu


Best regards

2016 MRC Programming Committee

Faculty Opportunities for Postdocs & Students

Over the next two years, Florida Polytechnic University is projected to hire over 70 full-time faculty members to support applied research and learning in emerging STEM fields such as Health Informatics, Nanotechnology, Cyber Security, Mechanical Engineering and Logistics. As the newest member of the State University System of Florida, we are actively recruiting distinguished Technology and Engineering faculty who are interested in building a campus curriculum and culture from the ground up.

We encourage department heads and professors to forward this information to notable Ph.D. candidates who meet Florida Poly’s hiring criteria. We are changing the shape of higher education through immersive teaching models and close collaboration with industry partners.

Successful candidates for faculty positions will have the opportunity to work with industry partners on applied research for near-term solutions, develop undergraduate and graduate courses, and play an influential role in shaping a new and unique institution of higher learning focused wholly on core STEM.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume online at: https://floridapolytechnic.org/culture/. Applications and questions can also be submitted to careers@flpoly.org.

Driving Entrepreneurship in Northern Michigan: Feb. 12th 1:30-3 pm

You’re invited to attend “A Catalyst for Conversation: Driving Entrepreneurship in Northern Michigan.” 

When: Friday, Feb. 12th from 1:30 to 3pm.

Location: Northern Michigan University, 1100 Jamrich Hall auditorium.

Ticket Required for conversation. Reserve your free ticket at: http://bit.ly/1SY4eVO


You’re also invited to attend the Reception that will take place at the Marketing Department’s Marquette office. You’ll have the best seat in the house to watch the UP200! (and it’s warm!)

When: Friday, Feb. 12th

  • Reception starts at 4pm
  • UP200 Race starts at 7pm, right below the office

Location: 205 Front Street, Suite 2G Marquette, MI

RSVP required for Reception: Reserve your spot: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GeOcnS-Nb8hPvz84UTvxtyIEHv33hUumRcsG7XdBwP4/edit?usp=sharing


 Letter of Intent Deadline Date: March 1, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-528
The goals of the Science of Learning (SL) Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrative research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. The program supports projects that emphasize consilience of knowledge, adopting diverse disciplinary approaches to shared research questions.  The program seeks to …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505176&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
 Letter of Intent Deadline Date: March 1, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-570
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504790&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Supplement Target Date: March 1, 2016
Research Experience for Graduates
Supplement Target Date: March 1, 2016
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1390
The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field’s contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5388&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 29, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-602
As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505168&WT.mc_id=USNSF_50&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Window: February 18, 2016 – March 3, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-515
Algorithms in the Field encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) other computing and information researchers including a combination of systems and domain experts (very broadly construed – including but not limited to researchers in computer architecture, programming languages and …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505125&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

 Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 4, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-596
NSF currently supports 25 LTER sites, and the solicitation is open to renewal proposals only.To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980. Two components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located at specific sites chosen to represent major ecosystem types or natural biomes, and 2) it …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=7671&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click 

CTL Jackson Grant Program: Developing/improving online graduate courses

The generous gift from William G. Jackson will allow the Center for Teaching and Learning the ability to solicit one final round of proposals for grants to academic departments or teams of instructors interested in ONLINE course/program development. In accordance with the strategic plan, funding will be made available to revise or promote development of new online courses and/or programs at the graduate level.

Grants will be awarded at the following levels:
$10,000 grants: revision of a current series or creation of at least 3 new online courses. $25,000 grants: revision or creation of a full online program.


Timeline for grant cycle (2016-2017):

Feb 8, 2016 Grant Applications open
March 14, 2016 Intent to apply form due: Fill out this form to be added to a Canvas course where materials will be collected.

April 1, 2016 11:59 PM Grant applications due Late April Awards announced

Summer 2016 Project work begins
Summer 2017 Project/courses should be ready to be implemented, assessed and/or disseminated

s16 faculty grant program