Archives—September 2015

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF): Pre-proposals due Oct. 22, 2015

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) is now accepting pre-proposals for its 2015 Hollings Grants program. Pre-proposals are due Oct. 22, 2015.

In 2015, NMSF is looking for projects that:

  1. Engage the public in ocean issues and ocean conservation through National Marine Sanctuaries,
  2. Engage the public in efforts that support sustainable marine fisheries or the recovery of protected species, consistent with NOAA Fisheries mission, and
  3. Provide immersive educational experiences to 4th grade students  in National Marine Sanctuaries or other public waters in support of President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative.

Hollings Grants are awarded through a competitive process. The first step provides the opportunity for any eligible organization to submit a pre-proposal (due October 22, 2015). In the second step, a selection of applicants is invited to submit a full proposal for funding.

Complete criteria and eligibility requirements, as well as the template for submitting a pre-proposal, can be found on NMSF’s web site at More information will be provided at a webinar hosted by NMSF on Wed., October 7th, from 3pm-4pm EDT. The link for the webinar is provided through the web link above as well. If you have any questions, please email or call Allison Alexander at or 301-608-3040, ext. 303.

NSF: RFPs in Smart and Connected Health, more

Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 13, 2015
Exploratory (EXP) ProposalsProgram Guidelines: NSF 13-543
The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biobehavioral health research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the …
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Solicitation: NSF 15-607
Due Date: November 10, 2015
Institutional Limit: 2



Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 15, 2015
Program Guidelines: NSF 10-510
GEM is a broad-based, community-initiated research program on the physics of the Earth’s magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of a global Geospace General Circulation Model (GGCM) with predictive capability. The exact structure of a GGCM may be modular or may consist of a …
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 Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 15, 2015
Program Guidelines: NSF 13-576
The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth’s past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth’s climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes.Important scientific objectives of …
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 Full Proposal Window: October 20, 2015
Program Guidelines: PD 15-5345
The goal of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term.  BME projects must be at the interface of engineering and life sciences, and advance both engineering and life sciences.  The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects …
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 Full Proposal Window: October 20, 2015
Program Guidelines: PD 15-7236
The goal of the Biophotonics program is to explore the research frontiers in photonics principles, engineering and technology that are relevant for critical problems in fields of medicine, biology and biotechnology.  Fundamental engineering research and innovation in photonics is required to lay the foundations for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies.  Advances are needed in …
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 Full Proposal Window: October 20, 2015
Program Guidelines: PD 15-5342
The General & Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program supports fundamental engineering research that will lead to the development of new technologies, devices, or software that improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Research may be supported that is directed toward the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with …
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Plus all open submissions to CBET:

Key Take Home Messages from George Hazelrigg’s talk, “Framing Your Research Project”

Dr. George A. Hazelrigg, the Deputy Division Director for the Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Directorate at the National Science Foundation, gave a talk on Thursday, Sept. 24th entitled, “Framing Your Research Project”

Key Take Home Messages:

–    Write your proposal to the reviewers.  Clearly state objectives (see framing comments below).

–   Emphasize the basic science, not development

–   If have right stuff in proposal, chances for funding is 90%

–   Broader Impacts should answer, “Is it worth doing (for the science –   intellectual merit, and for society at large)?

–   The goal is what you want to achieve, the objective is how you intent to achieve it.  Thus Goals motivate Objectives and Objectives frame Tasks.

–   Reviewers go off on tangents if objective is not highly focused with clear boundaries.

–   Research is a process, not an end state, so it results in new knowledge.

However, development has the result being an artifact –   a device, a process, an algorithm, etc.  A research objective is a knowledge objective.

–   Scientific research is methodical, is repeatable, is verifiable.

–   Science is the search for the fundamental laws that govern the behavior of things. (Science research typically consists of a) posing hypothesis regarding nature/fundamentals, b) designing a test, c) conducting experiments, taking measurements, comparing results with the hypothesis or theory).

–   Engineering involves the manipulation of nature to the benefit of at least some segment of humankind.  Engineers are decision makers (irrevocable allocation of resources, choice taken from a set of alternatives, choice taken in the present to affect a more desired future state).

–   reviewers should be using the tasks to evaluate whether the plan will meet the objective, they should to be using the tasks to determine the objective.  (Objective = to test the hypothesis, Tasks = collect experimental data, conduct simulation from model, etc.)

–   A valid hypothesis takes the form A=B; a valid hypothesis is falsifiable.  To plan to tell if the hypothesis is true is the research plan of the proposal.

–   Making good engineering decisions.  Want to be consistent with available alternatives, governing equations, and preferences.  Within an optimization framework

–   The research objective of this project is to… **test Hypothesis H **measure parameter P with accuracy A **prove conjecture C **apply method M from field X to solve problem Q in field Y.

–   Tasks follow from the objective.  (Objective = to test the hypothesis.  Tasks = create a model, obtain experimental data, compare the two)

The plan to test the hypothesis is the research plan of the proposal.

–   Show plan and expected difficulties.

–   The research objective should be sentence 1 of paragraph 1 of page 1 *some room for variation here*. Properly articulated research objective clearly distinguishes the work as research, not as development.

–   There is no magic about proposal writing, it is all just common sense, but remember, the reviewers read your proposal, not your mind.

SWE: Evening with Industry, Sept. 28th from 5 to 8 pm, MUB Ballroom

Students  (Including Graduate Students!) – 
This year’s Evening with Industry will be hosted September 28th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the MUB Ballroom.
Evening with Industry is an annual corporate – student networking event hosted by the Michigan Tech SWE section. There will be 130 company representatives at the event, eager to speak with you about their company and job opportunities! This event gives you the chance to network with your target companies during a social hour and sit-down dinner, right before career fair.
Sign up soon, as company selection priority is determined by the timestamp on your ticket purchase! YOU MUST REGISTER BY September 25th at 11:59 pm.
Short link to registration:
For more information, please see the document attached, or follow the link below.
Don’t miss out on this excellent networking opportunity. Sign up today!


Dylaina Fiebing, Baileigh Zimmerman, Laura Schimmel

Michigan Tech Society of Women Engineers
Evening with Industry Co-Chairs

Nominations Sought for 2016 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2016 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

See our website for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Nomination packets are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 14 to the Graduate School via e-mail at or by campus mail addressed to Debra Charlesworth. Eligible students with a complete nomination packet will be evaluated by a panel of faculty from the University.

Portage Health Foundation Campus Forum, Monday Sept. 24 from 3-4 pm in Fisher 138

If you are involved with health-oriented research or education, consider attending an open campus forum from 3-4 p.m. Monday in Fisher 138. At this forum, the PHFoundation Grant Steering Committee will provide an overview of the foundation grant, and provide updates on progress made since the award announcement in August. The committee will be seeking feedback on certain areas of the grant, including the administration of the PHFoundation REF funds, the PHFoundation graduate and undergraduate fellowships.

2015 Nano for Defense Conference Transitioning Emerging Technologies 16 – 19 November 2015

2015 NT4D
Plenary Session Highlights
2015 NT4D has a very diverse and hard-hitting line up of speakers throughout the week.  The forum on Tuesday will begin with agency perspectives from the following leaders.  Additional Plenary speakers will be announced soon, so watch the website for updates.
 Tim Bunning cvent    Steve Wax      Charles Chase
Dr. Tim Bunning,                    Dr. Steve Wax,                 Mr. Charles Chase, Sr. Program
Chief Scientist, Air Force          Chief Scientist, J9,             Manager, Revolutionary
Research Laboratory               Defense Threat                 Technology Programs, Lockheed
Reduction Agency             Martin Skunk Works
Innovators & Small Business Forum – Sign Up Form is Open
Maximize one of our most important networking opportunities at this year’s conference.  The goal of the Innovators & Small Business Forum is to facilitate the interaction of small businesses and universities with larger “prime” contractors and SBIR Agencies based on similar interests that relate to specific materials/performance metrics relevant to the Department of Defense.  Small businesses and universities attending the forum will have the opportunity to explore the potential for aligning their capabilities with primes and DoD needs, as well as extend their own research efforts to areas essential to next generation nanotechnology applications.
To facilitate the exchange of information between small businesses and the primes, we have arranged for 15 minute “one-on-one” sessions.  Secure your appointment spot today by visiting  Participating Prime and SBIR Agencies that you may meet with include:
  • The Boeing Company
  • DARPA SBIR Program
  • DTRA SBIR Program
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Advanced Research SBIR/STTR
  • Northrop Grumman
  • U.S. Army Research Laboratory SBIR
  • Raytheon Company
If you are a prime and are interested in participating in the Small Business Forum at a one-on-one table, please contact Amy Voisard at 937-479-4255.
NT4D Networking Event Update
Join your colleagues at the Monday and Wednesday evening networking receptions in the exhibit hall to continue dialogue and view posters. In lieu of a Tuesday evening reception, we have added a Thursday evening networking happy hour with entertainment by the Gerry Rothschild Band starting at 6:30 pm. You can sign up for these events when you register online for the conference. If you are registered already, and would like to sign-up for the Thursday Happy Hour, RSVP with Amy Walker, or Sherry Johnson,
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New Academic Year Undergraduate Research Internship Program: Applications due Oct. 15th

The Pavlis Honors College is pleased to announce a new undergraduate research internship program for the academic year.  There are currently two research tracks (with obvious overlap) for faculty to consider:
  • Faculty in Engineering are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern that is relatively new to research.
  • Faculty in Health-Related Fields are invited to identify an undergraduate research intern with any amount of prior experience.
These tracks are defined by our generous donors, the DeVlieg Foundation and the Portage Health Foundation.
Faculty are welcome to apply with students with whom they are already working.  The application is to be completed as a collaborative effort between the faculty member and the prospective research intern (application details are below).  The program consists of a 20-week internship (Late October through Mid-March) as well as professional development activities centered in academic research and scholarship.
The Pavlis Honors College will provide $800 in funding for the student intern, with the expectation that faculty will identify a source to match this value, resulting in a total of $1600 (or $10/hr for 8 hours per week for a period of 20 weeks).  Faculty may make use of research funds, IRAD, startup packages, or consult their chairs, deans or center/institute management.
Once accepted into program, the student intern is required to:
  • meet with the faculty mentor within the first 2 weeks of the internship and complete an individual development plan (IDP) – a form will be provided by the Pavlis Honors College;
  • attend at least 3 Research Scholarship Workshops (see suggested schedule below); and
  • present their research findings in a poster at our Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, March 18th (Friday of Preview Weekend).
Applications are due by October 15th and should be submitted as an attachment via email to Paige Hackney at or dropped off in person at the Pavlis Honors College offices in 722 M&M.  The application form can be downloaded at The program will begin the week of October 26th with a kickoff mixer.
This program is made possible by donations from the DeVlieg Foundation and the Portage Health Foundation.
Suggested Workshop Schedule (6:00 pm) –
11/4 – Making the Most of Mentorship
11/18 – Documenting your Research
12/2 – Literature (Finding it and Reading it)
TBD – First SURF Workshop
1/15 – Second SURF workshop
1/20 – Responsible Conduct of Research
2/3 – Abstracts and Posters
2/17 – Practice Presentations/Poster Talks (students sign up)
3/2 – Practice Presentations/Poster Talks (students sign up)
3/30 – Preparing for the National Science Foundation GRFP

Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

Press Release

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing 

Public-Private Partnership to Support Advancements in Advanced Sensors, Controls, Modeling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Energy is announcing up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent. As part of President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI), the institute will also demonstrate these technologies in manufacturing processes with a goal to increase energy efficiency by at least 15 percent and improve energy productivity by at least 50 percent. With increased deployment and reduced costs, these SMART technologies can transform American manufacturing, enabling businesses to manufacture more while using less energy and spending less.

“SMART Manufacturing is a key information technology approach to unlocking energy efficiency in manufacturing,” said Secretary Ernest Moniz. “These technologies will make industries from oil and gas to aerospace and food production more competitive with intelligent communications systems, real-time energy savings and increased energy productivity. Energy intensive industries, such as steelmaking, could see a 10 to 20 percent reduction in the cost of production, making products such as solar panels and chemical materials, such as plastics, as well as the cars and other products they go into, more affordable for American consumers.”

The Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing will be the third Energy Department-funded facility as part of President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI). Each manufacturing institute is a private-public partnership that serves as a regional hub, bridging the gap between applied research and product development by bringing together federal agencies, companies, universities and other academic and training institutions to co-invest in key technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S. The new institute will receive a federal investment of up to $70 million that will be matched by private investments and represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy efficiency by 2030.

Through Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, in particular, the Energy Department is driving down the cost of energy efficient materials and technologies making them cost competitive for manufacturing in the U.S. The Administration’s recent Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0, a partnership with the private sector and university leaders, identified smart manufacturing as one of the highest impact priority areas for the development of new technology affecting manufacturing and recommended that the Energy Department take the lead in addressing gaps in the development of smart manufacturing technology.

View the full funding opportunity announcement for the Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing.

Three Opportunities Regarding Wearable Robotics

Three Things You Need to Know About Wearable Robotics

1. WIN $5000.00!

Join the innovation competition and be seen by potential investors! WearRA is seeking entries that represent the most innovative ideas in wearable robotic technology for its inaugural Innovation Competition. The winner of the competition will receive international recognition, and $5,000 to support development and commercialization of the technology. Visit the website for more information:


The field of wearable robotics is growing rapidly and there are safety concerns when a device is worn. Dr. Thomas Sugar is developing an IEEE study group to research standards for the field. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently awarded WearRA with a research grant and will present an important and timely workshop at WearRAcon 16, Feb. 10-12 in Phoenix, AZ.


You will hear from esteemed Japanese billionaire businessman and academic, founder, President and CEO of the cyborg-robot maker Cyberdyne, Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai. He will discuss the Hybrid Assistive Limb (also known as HAL) and the growing field of wearable robotics.  (