Archives—October 2015

Help create a makerspace on campus, November 6 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Hello, I hope you are having a great day! My name is Magann Dykema. I am University Innovation Fellow here at Michigan Tech, and am working on a team that is creating a makerspace here on campus. We would like to invite you to an event we are holding that is designed to get an idea of what students, faculty, and staff would like to see in the space. It will be a short, design experience where you can provide input, work with teams, and share your ideas on the makerspace. Please feel free to forward this invitation on to students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff members. We would like to have representation from all areas of the University since this is a space that everyone can utilize! The event information is below:
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Come help us create a space on campus for the Michigan Tech community to collaborate, design, build, tinker, and create awesome things! Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, staff or faculty member, we want to see how your passions and ideas can come to life in a space for everyone! This night will be both educational and fun with opportunities to learn, discover, provide input, and make connections. By the end of the night we will leave with executable ideas and ways to stay involved moving forward. It’s time to leave your mark on Michigan Tech!
The event is sponsored by MUB Board, The Movement, and the Pavlis Honors College and will take place on November 6 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Please sign-up here ( so we can order enough food and supplies for everyone!  Please email with any questions. We hope to see you there!

The Art of Effective Negotiation, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5th

Pushpa Murthy, associate dean of the Graduate School, will present the workshop, “The Art of Effective Negotiation” from 5-7 p.m. next Thursday in Admin 404.

Negotiations occur every day in the scientific laboratory and workplace and often involve issues that are key to research success and career advancement. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of negotiation relevant to a variety of one-on-one conversations and group settings. The workshop will involve active participation of attendees and small group discussions.

Topics include: the importance of negotiation to advance research and career objectives, identification of negotiables for research and career advancement, elements of a successful negotiation, the importance of developing alternatives to an agreement, techniques for handling difficult people and conversations, the importance of listening and appreciating different viewpoints and identification of short and long-term negotiation goals.

While everyone is welcome, WISE encourages female, graduate students, postdocs and faculty to attend this important workshop.

VentureWell request for Faculty Grants Due Nov. 4th

VentureWell recognizes that innovation often starts in universities, and that faculty play a key role in inspiring students to be innovative.
Our Faculty Grants support that work by offering up to $30k to develop courses and programs that focus on technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The grants:
  • Support new (or help modify existing) courses and programs that lead to the formation of E-Teams–multidisciplinary groups of students, faculty, and mentors working together to bring inventions to market.
  • Help students learn by doing–gaining entrepreneurial skills by actually forming a team and trying to make both the technology and business model work.
  • Have a strong likelihood of supporting courses and programs that continue beyond the grant period and become part of a campus culture of innovation.
Our Faculty Grants guidelines have been updated. There will be
ONE round of submissions per academic year. This year’s deadline is November 4, 2015. The next deadline will be fall of 2016.
The deadline to submit a proposal is 
November 4, 2015

2016 DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Fellowship is renewable up to 4 years and includes $36k of stipend per year as well as full tuition and other fees. It also provides $5k academic allowance in first year and $1k academic allowance for each renewed year. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to attend the annual program review and a 12-week research practicum.

Applicant need not be a US citizen but must be a doctoral candidate in fields of study that utilize high performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering.

For more information about deadline and link to the fellowship, please visit (either one will suffice)

Small Business Grant Help & Info: Deadlines in Nov.

SBIR/STTR Overview and Proposal Prep Essentials
November 4, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Chicago, IL
Learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including eligibility requirements, the difference between SBIR and STTR, participating agencies and tips for success. During the afternoon, the focus will be on essential information for crafting a competitive proposal to meet the mission and requirements of the NIH, NSF and DoD programs.
SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Development Workshop, NIH Focus
November 9-10, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.; 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Louisville, KY
This workshop helps attendees learn how to develop high-quality, competitive proposals especially for the National Institutes of Health — from fundamentals and strategic planning, to proposal development and submission, to commercialization plan and post-submission issues.
SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for DoE
November 11, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Detroit, MI
This Dept. of Energy-focused seminar provides detailed instruction on the ins and outs of preparing a proposal to meet the requirements of the DOE, including both technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the submission process.
Cost: $75 in-state, $150 all others (Includes lunch)
SBIR/STTR 101: Intro & Overview
November 12, 9 a.m.- Noon
Ann Arbor, MI
Attendees will learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including: program purpose, eligibility, sources of funding and tools for proposal development. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue a grant or contract proposal.
Cost: $50
All webinars run 1-2 p.m.
Formatting and Readability for SBIR/STTR Proposals 
November 12
Forms, Budgets and Electronic Submission for NSF
November 19

No-Spills, the Northern Michigan Waterways Hazardous Materials Spill Planning Committee: Scholarship Offer

Please see attachment for a scholarship offer for students in biology, geology, environmental science, environmental engineering, and other environmental based fields at your respective academic institutions.*

This email is from No-Spills, the Northern Michigan Waterways Hazardous Materials Spill Planning Committee. Each year, the committee hosts a statewide conference held in the Northern Michigan area, this year in Traverse City. This committee is recognized as one of the premier environmental conferences conducted in the State. It is held each year to give updates in environmental spill technologies, mitigation, planning and preparedness, environmental response and recovery issues and exploring actual events.  Many of the committee’s activities support networking and communication for agencies and organizations involved in spill response and other environmental based fields and careers.

This year we are offering our annual $500 scholarship opportunity for students interested in attending the conference. The scholarship winner will be offered free admission and lodging to attend the conference in addition to the scholarship award. The scholarship will be awarded on Monday, January 4th, the first day of the conference.

Applications can also be found at Deadline for scholarship submittal is Friday, November 20, 2015.

For further information regarding the No-Spills Committee and conference, please visit

No-Spills Scholarship (Read-Only)

DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, varying deadlines, register to determine

Department of Defense

Defense Health Program

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

     Defense Medical Research and Development Program


Applications to the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Joint Program Committee 8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (JPC-8/CRMRP) are being solicited for the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate, by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs [OASD(HA)], the DHA RDA Directorate manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) provides Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) execution management support for DHP core research program areas, including JPC-8/CRMRP. This Program Announcement and subsequent awards will be managed and executed by CDMRP with strategic oversight from JPC-8/CRMRP.


The JPC-8/CRMRP is one of six major DHP core research program areas within the DHP DHA RDA Directorate and is administered with oversight from JPC-8, which consists of Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD medical and military technical experts relevant to the program area. The JPC-8/CRMRP focuses on innovations to reconstruct, rehabilitate, and provide definitive care for injured Service members. The ultimate goal is to return the Service members to duty and restore their quality of life. Innovations developed from JPC-8/CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. The interest is in medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and devices) and treatment/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards, and information) that will significantly improve the medical care provided to our wounded Service members within the DoD health care system. Implementation of these technologies and strategies should improve the rate of RTD of Service members, the time to RTD, clinical outcome measures, and quality of life, as well as reduce the hospital stay lengths, clinical workload (patient encounters, treatments, etc.), and initial and long-term costs associated with restorative and rehabilitative or acute care.

FY15 Extremity Regeneration Intervention

Independent extramural investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • Supports Phase I, II, or pivotal clinical trial phase development projects focused on extremity regeneration.
  • The focus is on bone and soft tissue reconstruction, limb and tissue salvage technologies, and
  • regenerative medicine technologies for the treatment of trauma-induced damage.
  • Must specifically address one or both of the FY15 Focus Areas.
  • Funding from this award mechanism must support a clinical trial and development-related efforts and
  • may not be used for preclinical research studies.
  • The maximum period of performance is 4 years.
  • The maximum allowable funding (total costs) for the entire period of performance is $4.9 Million.


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


Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal,  Requests for email notification of the Program Announcements release may be sent to  For more information about the PRORP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Help Desk

Proposed Center to Advance Women and Underrepresented Faculty



A vibrant research university empowering faculty to excel, actively engage the community on gender/race dynamics and thus inspiring our female and underrepresented students to aim high, achieve, thrive, and lead.


To maximize the potential and the success of the Michigan Tech community to strive for 50/50 male/female and >1/7 URM representation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by providing a climate free of bias that embraces the contributions and creativity of all participants.

Description: ADVANCE_Center

Shedding Light on DoD Research Funding

Paul Hoppe from Research and Industry Development here at Tech gave a presentation on how to make connections and seek Department of Defense funding.   First, DoD likely funds your research area – provided you tailor it to meet their mission.

Major takeaways were:

  • Know your DoD customer
  • Target the correct Service and Organization
  • Develop a requirements focused proposal
  • Be patient and perseverant

Quad Chart Template and Examples

Shedding Light on DoD Research Funding powerpoint