Archives—December 2015

ORAU Visiting Faculty Program applications due by January 8, 2016

The deadline for three 2016 Summer Faculty opportunities at ORNL are quickly approaching.

  1. Visiting Faculty Program applications are due by January 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.  Eligibility requirements include:
  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Full-time faculty member in physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), math, engineering, environmental sciences, materials sciences, or computer or computational sciences at an accredited U.S. institutionhistorically underrepresented in the U.S. research community

Additional information can be found at:

  1. Higher Education Research Experiences Faculty Program applications are recommended to be submitted by February 1, 2016.  Eligibility requirements include:
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Full-time faculty member in STEM field at an accredited U.S. institution

Additional information can be found at:

  1. HBCU/MEI Faculty Program applications are due by January 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.  Eligibility requirements include:
  • No citizenship requirement, unless specified on project description
  • Full-time faculty member at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system.  Scientific programs focus onmaterials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.  Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities!

Contact Julie Malicoat at (865) 576-2311 or for additional information.

Nominate women in clean energy for C3E Award: Due Jan. 8th

C3E  is Clean Energy Education and Empowerment

We invite you to nominate an outstanding woman making an impact in clean energy for a 2016 C3E Award today, if you have not done so already.  

Members of the selection panel for the award have repeatedly expressed their hope that previous candidates will get another chance — so please nominate your candidate(s) again this year!  

The 2016 C3E Awards honor mid-career leadership and achievement in eight categories: Advocacy, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Government, International, Law & Finance, and Research. Each winner will receive an $8,000 prize and national recognition at the annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, which we are excited to announce will be held at Stanford University in late May. Nominators of the winners will also be invited to attend this event.

You may nominate one person per category, and we encourage re-nominations. Nominations should be up to date and customized to the category selected. Please submit your nominations at by January 8, 2016.

We look forward to receiving your nominations. Thank you for your interest! Together, we can raise women’s visibility and expand gender diversity in clean energy. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail

*The U.S. C3E program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, the MIT Energy Initiative, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.*

NSF RFPs for late Dec. 2015: Deadlines in Jan.

 Full Proposal Window: January 19, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-608
DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. MGI recognizes the importance of materials science to the well-being and advancement of society and aims to “deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost.” DMREF integrates materials discovery, development, …
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 Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 18, 2016
Development and Implementation (DIPs)

Program Guidelines: NSF 14-526
The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts:

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Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Summer Internship – Application deadline: January 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” Internships will primarily focus on projects related to Advanced Technology Demonstration programs, or are otherwise in the areas of: Materials Research and Supporting Technology, Advanced Analytics, Nuclear Forensics, Program Management, Radiation Detection, and Shielded Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Detection.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses. Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are anticipated at:

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)
  • National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Las Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Savannah River National Laboratory (Aiken, SC)

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required.

Application deadline: January 27, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at:

DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at

Incorporate written and oral communication into quantitative courses – Jan. 7th

Faculty in your department might be interested in attending a presentation by the ME-EM’s Technical Communication Program Advisor, Nancy Barr, who will be discussing ways to incorporate written and oral communication into quantitative courses, tips for assessing writing efficiently and effectively, and ways to make the best use of GTAs (who might also be interested in attending).
For more information on the session, please contact Nancy Barr at 487+4519 or

Professional Development Day 2016 Registration is Now Open

by Student Affairs & Advancement Professional Development Committee

Registration for Student Affairs and Advancement Professional Development Day is now open. Plan to attend Jan. 7, for a day of personal and professional development.

Visit the website for a full list of session descriptions and to register. Attendees are asked to register by 5 p.m. Dec. 22. All staff, faculty, graduate students and retirees are encouraged to participate in the sessions.

Professional Development Day is coordinated by the Student Affairs and Advancement Professional Development Committee and is cosponsored by Staff Council. For additional information, email Paula Nutini or call 7-3609.

Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program: January Resources

January 6 – Policies and Procedures for SBIR/STTR Awardees
You’ve won your award. Now your task is to management the funds you’ve received not only to stay in compliance with government regulations, but to direct your business in an organized manner. This webinar provides information on how to set up and manage procurement policies, payroll, employee leave and other internal controls that are necessary for success.
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $30  REGISTER
January 21 – SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for NIH
This class presents critical information for developing a competitive proposal for National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR program.  In addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs, it covers registrations necessary for submission, strategies for targeting your proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations, how to approach each section of the proposal, tips on navigating the submission process, and more.
Location: UM North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Ann Arbor
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost: $75 for Michigan companies; $150 all others (lunch is included)  REGISTER
January 28 – SBIR/STTR 101: Intro and Overview
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.
Location: UM North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Ann Arbor
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary, but registration is required REGISTER
Free to Michigan Companies: Pursuit Recorded Webinar Library
Contact BBCetc for the discount code.

Agencies making decisions on budgets for the next 2 years: Please talk to your agency contacts!

All:  Here is the APLU summary of the federal budget actions last week.  There are links to more details.  Over the next 45 days, agencies will be finalizing their spending plans since they just now have their final numbers for the current year.  That will have to shake out before the funding numbers get down to the program level.  In the two-year budget deal signed earlier, almost all the increases are in FY16 – FY17 will basically be flat.  What that means is that the agency spending plans developed in the next month and a half will basically be 18-month [two fiscal year] plans.  That means that the next 45 days are very significant in terms of spending decisions, and this is a particularly critical time to be in touch with your agency contacts as these plans are being developed.  Due to the elections, FY17 will almost certainly be funded through a continuing resolution [meaning no new starts], again indicating that the next few weeks will be critical in determining agency programs for the next two years.
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To:      Council of Presidents

From:  Peter McPherson, APLU President

Date:   December 18, 2015

Re:      Congressional Approval of FY16 Appropriations and Other Key Legislation

Through a series of votes today and yesterday, the House and Senate gave final approval for a Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that increases investments in research and student aid and a tax extenders measure that makes permanent certain tax benefits for students and universities.  Below you will find a brief summary of both measures with links for additional information.

Please know the funding increases and tax provisions included in these measures would not have been possible without your concerted efforts to ensure your congressional delegations knew of the significant importance they have for their local universities and their students.  Thank you for all of the outreach you did, including over these last few weeks and months as a deal was crafted.

FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

The Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill represents a significant step forward in our nation’s efforts to expand access to higher education and invest in cutting edge research to help ensure the U.S. remains the global innovation leader.

For education/student aid programs, the measure:

  • Ensures the maximum Pell grant award will increase by $140 to $5,915 in the 2016-2017 school year while not dipping into the Pell surplus.
  • Increases TRIO by $60 million to $900 million (a 7.1% increase over FY15)
  • Increases GEARUP by $21 million to $323 million (7%)

For research, the measure:

  • Increases funding for NIH by $2 billion to $32.1 billion (a 6.5% increase over FY15) — the largest single increase for the agency in over a decade.
  • Increases funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative by $25 million to $350 million (7.7%)
  • Increases funding for the Department of Energy Office of Science by $279 million to $5.35 billion (5.5%)
  • Increases funding for NSF by $119 million to $7.46 billion (1.6%)

Important programs cut in either or both the House and Senate bills earlier this year, such as the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Institute of Education Sciences, Title VI International Education, and Health Resources Services Administration Health Professions are fully restored to Fiscal Year 2015 levels.  Unfortunately, the First in the World Program did not receive any funding.

The bill also significantly increases the opportunities for U.S. universities to partner and help develop institutions of higher education in developing countries and supports the global food security research at U.S. universities through the Feed the Future Innovation Labs.  APLU’s International Advocacy Coordinating Committee was essential to building support on Capitol Hill for these programs.

A more complete summary of the FY16 omnibus appropriations bill can be found here.

Tax Extenders Bill

The tax extenders bill addresses several provisions that were set to expire in 2017. The measure costs more than $650 billion over the next ten years.  Among the highlights included in the measure:


  • Makes permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit that provides low and middle-income families with an annual tax credit of up to $2,500 per student for college expenses.
  • Makes permanent the IRA charitable rollover tax deduction that will facilitate greater philanthropic contributions to universities.
  • Makes permanent the R&D tax credit, which benefits U.S. industries seeking to conduct applied research and development activities, often building upon the scientific knowledge gained through the basic research performed at our institutions.
  • Extends the tuition and expenses deduction through 2016.
  • Reforms 1098-T reporting requirements so institutions report only qualified tuition and related expenses paid by students rather than choosing either amounts paid or amounts billed.  Some institutions have concerns that this is a very difficult administrative burden.

The full tax extenders measure can be read here.

Perkins Loan Extension

One more pertinent action Congress took this week was to pass legislation under unanimous consent, which extends the Perkins Loan program for two years.  As you may recall, authorization for this campus-based aid program expired at the end of September.  The details of the extension bill are not ideal, as it limits graduate student participation and mandates that new Perkins recipients exhaust unsubsidized Stafford loans before taking Perkins.  However, enactment keeps the program alive and will allow Congress to more thoroughly consider the Perkins Loan program in the context of the Higher Education Act, which is the appropriate vehicle. APLU will advocate for restoring graduate student eligibility and fixing other problems in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

We’ve taken an important step forward with these measures, but more work lies ahead in 2016. Thank you again for all of the work you put into making sure your congressional delegation understood these priorities.

All of us at APLU wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season and new year!  1307 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005-4722   202.478.6040   fax 202.478.6046

Michigan Tech Research Computing: Link to posts & Student Internship Opportunity

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Blue Waters Student Internship Program

Deadline: 2016-02-01

Blue Waters Student Internship ProgramAs part of the Blue Waters efforts to motivate and train the next generation of supercomputing researchers, the program is sponsoring 20 undergraduate research interns each year. The goal is to engage undergraduate students in petascale computing research and development projects.

The program provides each student a stipend totaling $5,000 and a two-week intensive high-performance computing workshop. Select students will travel to The Blue Waters Symposium. This program includes support for undergraduate internship activities at any accredited degree granting institution in the United States.

The internships awarded through this program may be for students working with a faculty mentor on their home campus, or at another campus. Interested faculty can work with a particular student that they identify, or may select a qualified student with Blue Waters support through our program.

More information about the internship can be found at:

NSF RFPs for mid Dec. 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 11, 2016

Program Guidelines: NSF 16-504

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the …
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 Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 11, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-506
Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and …
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 Letter of Intent Deadline Date: January 12, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-510
In 2012, the Administration announced the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative to address some of the Nation’s most pressing R&D challenges in extracting knowledge and insights from large, complex collections of digital data. To this end, NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and …
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 Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 13, 2016
Development and Implementation Tiers for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation

Program Guidelines: NSF 15-585
A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate …
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Teams invited to compete for Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

At a keynote address Tuesday during the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, announced the launch of the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid and unmanned ocean exploration.

As part of the total $7M prize, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering a million dollar bonus prize to teams that demonstrate their technology can “sniff out” a specified object in the ocean through biological and chemical signals. David Schewitz, Shell vice president of geophysics for the Americas, and Richard Spinrad, chief scientist at NOAA, joined Diamandis on stage to launch the new competition.

David Ciochetto, research engineer in Michigan Tech’s Physics Department feels the competition could be of special interest to the Great Lakes Research Center community and to those in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering working on underwater robotics.