Archives—March 2016

Ford College Community Challenge Grant 2016

Ford Motor Company Fund is requesting proposals for an innovative grant-making initiative: The Ford College Community Challenge. This program is designed to empower student-led projects at higher education organizations to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs.

The overarching theme of the Ford College Community Challenge is “Building Sustainable Communities.”

“At Ford, we understand that to be a truly sustainable organization, we must play an active role in the larger community, helping address a wide range of vital issues from education to safety to mobility”.

Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need that addresses the issue of building a sustainable community. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc.

Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects. Winning proposals must, at a minimum:

1. Describe an innovative approach to “Building Sustainable Communities”

2. Involve students in a leadership role

3. Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way

4. Involve a community-based organization as a partner

5. Involve the school of business, engineering, or design in some way

Transmittal and other internal processing documentation will be reviewed and approved for submission by the Office of Innovation & Industry Engagement. Proposals will be submitted on your behalf by Michigan Tech’s Ford Liaison.

  • Proposals are due Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm for internal review and processing prior to the submission deadline of Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
  • Twenty proposals from the 1st round will be selected in early June 2016 to advance to the 2nd round of the competition.  These proposals will be asked to provide an additional “elevator speech” description of their projects, delivered via video.
  • Award winners will be announced and projects implemented in fall 2016.

Faculty and staff who would like to submit a proposal should contact Pete Cattelino, Office of Industry Relations (, 487-3486), to obtain a full RFP and further information.

Keweenaw Medical Conference in Copper Harbor: Aug. 26-28th

I’m contacting you because you attended the 2015 Keweenaw Medical Conference in Copper Harbor, sponsored by the Marquette-Alger County Medical Society.  We just started planning for this year’s conference.  It’s going to be August 26th-28th at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.  We plan to include both oral research presentations, and a jurried poster session.  We’ll also be doing clinical lectures, and of course some social events.  I’m hoping you’ll all consider attending again this year.  I think it’s really a unique opportunity to bring together the “UP medical community” – researchers, clinicians, and students.  As more information on the event is available I will update our website

NSF RFPs due in later April










 Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 19, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-533
Advancements in data-driven scientific research depend on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure. Researchers rely on a variety of networked technologies and software tools to achieve their scientific goals. These may include local or remote instruments, wireless sensors, software programs, operating systems, database servers, high-performance computing, large-scale storage, and other critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. This complex, distributed, …
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NSF SBIR/STTR Program Director Opportunity

Greetings from NSF!

This note is to alert you that effective immediately, we are hiring several new Program Directors (PDs) in the SBIR/STTR program.  The PDs are responsible for leading most of the critical operations of NSF’s small business programs.  The PDs lead the merit review process, bringing in technical and commercial experts to give NSF great advice on the proposals that we receive, conduct due diligence on applicant companies, make funding recommendations, and work with entrepreneurs before, during, and after the application process to maximize the broader impacts of our funding.  They are also responsible for doing outreach to the entrepreneurial and research communities and for interacting with stakeholders and partners within NSF and within the Federal government more broadly.

NSF is looking for folks with a strong technical background in science or engineering (PhD or MS plus significant experience doing technical things), and also with technology commercialization experience (ideally at start-ups and small businesses and/or in the investment community).  In addition, we want folks with strong interpersonal and communications skills, a “roll up your sleeves” work ethic, personal integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics, and a passion for start-ups and innovation.  These individuals are expected to be based at NSF’s headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Job announcement is posted on the NSF website here:

Questions regarding this amazing opportunity?

IIP Program Director Search Committee
Dr. Joseph Hennessey
Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships
Directorate for Engineering
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Dr. Hennessey at the address above. 

Please spread the word to any colleagues who might be a good fit and share within your professional networks! 

Intelligence Community Research Opportunities Now Available for Postdoc and Faculty Teams

ORAU is now accepting proposals for the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.  Recent Ph.D. graduates or Ph.D. students who will soon complete their degrees are invited to collaborate with full-time faculty or staff members from accredited colleges, universities, and U.S. Government laboratories who will serve as the Postdoc’s local Research Advisor.  In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to one of the research opportunities identified at

If selected for an IC Postdoc Program appointment, the Postdoc will conduct the research described in the proposal at the advisor’s location.

Postdoctoral appointments typically last for twenty-four months, with an initial appointment of twelve months and a subsequent twelve month renewal.  The Program has the discretion to fund a third year, if outlined in the original proposal. Each twelve month award of an IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship confers these elements:

•          To the Postdoc – a stipend award and insurance supplement ranging from $75,000 to $79,000 (depending upon the location of the appointment.), as well as a $6,000 travel allowance.

•          To the College, University, or U.S. Government Laboratory– an award of up to $15,000

($10,000 for a Research Advisor stipend and $5,000 laboratory allowance). The university, college, or federal lab award is provided in installments as an organizational stipend. The Research Advisor may submit a request to transfer the balance of his or her stipend to the postdoc appointee if both are in agreement.

•          To the Research Advisor – a travel allowance of $2,000 for the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program travel. The Research Advisor may request to transfer the balance of his or her travel allowance budget to his or her laboratory allowance if he or she will not be incurring any costs for programmatic travel.

Proposals will be accepted through April 15, 2016.  For more detailed information about the program, research opportunities, requirements, or eligibility, visit or contact:

NSF RFPs due in mid to late April


 Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: April 15, 2016
Design and Development Launch PilotsProgram Guidelines: NSF 16-544
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields.  NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM …
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 Solicitation: NSF 16-555
Due Date: June 20, 2016
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary:An organization may submit no more than two Phase I proposals in total during this cycle, which is defined as this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation. For example, an organization may submit one (1) SBIR Phase I and one (1) STTR Phase I proposal, two (2) SBIR Phase I proposals, or two (2) STTR Phase I proposals during this cycle. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.The submission of the same project idea to both this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged. 

 Solicitation: NSF 16-554
Due Date: June 16, 2016
Institutional Limit: 2
Limit Summary:An organization may submit no more than two Phase I proposals in total during this cycle, which is defined as this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation. For example, an organization may submit one (1) SBIR Phase I and one (1) STTR Phase I proposal, two (2) SBIR Phase I proposals, or two (2) STTR Phase I proposals during this cycle. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made. The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged. 


BBC SBIR Opportunities: Emerging Technology Fund, Patent

Upcoming DoD SBIR Proposal Prep Class Offers Rare Opportunity to Meet Directly With Navy SBIR Reps
BBCetc’s April 21 “SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep for the Dept. of Defense” class will feature two representatives of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) SBIR program. Richard McNamara, NAVSEA SBIR Transition Manager, and Jonathan Leggett, NAVSEA SBIR Outreach Coordinator, will provide an overview of the Navy SBIR program, what NAVSEA looks for in a good proposal, how proposals are evaluated, and what and how NAVSEA buys. In addition, the full day workshop will discuss SBIR/STTR program basics and writing a winning proposal for any DoD component (including Navy, Army, Air Force, DARPA, etc.
The class, presented by Becky Aistrup, BBCetc’s DoD expert, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Macomb OU Incubator in Sterling Hts. and be followed by one-on-one meetings for those interested in talking separately with the NAVSEA reps. A sign-up sheet for private meetings will be available at the training. In addition to talking about your technology, those who take advantage of private meetings will also receive a Program Executive Office organization chart and lists of SBIR Points of Contacts (POCs) and current Tech Warrant holders with their contact info. For items that do not fit with Navy direct procurements, the NAVSEA reps will make referrals to the Naval Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), Rapid Innovation Fund or any Primes that might be appropriate.
NAVSEA is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands and is tasked with engineering, building, buying and maintaining ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet’s current and future operational requirements. REGISTER
Revenue Projections for the SBIR/STTR Commercial Plan
By Michael Kurek, PhD, BBCetc Partner
As you go about preparing the revenue projections for your SBIR/STTR proposal, be aware that reviewers will make two assumptions about your projections: 1) they’re based on guesses, and 2) the numbers are over-estimated.
They are correct 99+% of the time. So your goal is not to convince them that yours are “conservative” projections, only that they are consistent with your commercialization strategy and your business model. Let me illustrate with some examples:
  1. If you plan is to license your technology, your Revenue Model will typically include license fees and royalties, but not product sales.
  2. Developers of complex or specialized software often enter the market by using their product to provide services to their customers, who eventually purchase the product for in-house use. In these cases the Revenue Model might include service fees that eventually convert to subscription revenue or product sales. Also, software customers often pay annual maintenance-and-update fees equivalent to 10-20% of the initial purchase price.
  3. If the commercialization plan involves joint product development with a strategic partner, pre-negotiated success fees (sometimes referred to as “milestone payments”) are often paid to the junior partner as part of the partnering agreement. If the senior partner will also be responsible for marketing and sales, it typically pays annual license fees and royalties to the junior partner. Read on
Don’t Forget the Consortium and Contractual Arrangements Document
By Andrea Johanson, PhD, Principal Consultant, BBCetc
If you are working on a submission for the upcoming NIH deadline don’t forget about the Consortium and Contractual Agreements document. This is the section that many people forget or rush to do at the last minute.

If you have a subaward/subcontract in your SBIR/STTR, or any other partner in the research who is providing you with services under contract, you must attach this document to your application package.

This is the best place in your proposal to list and describe each subcontractor or service provider, and to give a brief description of their capabilities, role in the project, and deliverables. Then you should also give a paragraph describing how you (as the small company) are planning to manage these collaborations throughout the course of the project. Read on

Michigan SBIR/STTR Proposers: Be sure to apply to the Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (MIETF)
With the NIH April 5 deadline looming, we want to be sure to remind all of our Michigan NIH SBIR/STTR clients that Michigan companies are eligible to apply for matching funds from the Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (MIETF) and you must do so before you submit your SBIR/STTR proposal.

The ETF was created to provide matching dollars to support commercialization of SBIR/STTR projects. The fund will match 25% of Phase I SBIR/STTR awards up to $25,000, and 25%
of Phase II SBIR/STTR awards up to $125,000. ETF awards will come in the form of grants and do not need to be paid back; however, ETF funds must be used to help bring Michigan SBIR/STTR projects to commercialization in at least one of the four Technology Sectors supported by the ETF. Learn more about the MIETF.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Offers Helpful Webinars
For participants in the SBIR/STTR program, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) Data Rights and U.S. and international rules and regulations concerning patents, trademarks, and copyrights is crucial in order to protect your ideas and brand name recognition. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is offering a series of webinars covering all aspects of Intellectual Property protections to help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract. All webinars start at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Monday, March 21 – Overview: U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
  • Tuesday, March 22 – Basics U.S. Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
  • Wednesday, March 23 – Trademarks in the U.S.
  • Thursday, March 24 – Copyrights
  • Monday, March 28 – Intermediate & Advanced Practice
  • Tuesday, March 29 – Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Strategies for Filing Abroad
  • Wednesday, March 30 – International Trademark Portfolio

Register for the webinars

More Funding Opportunities
Discovery Infrastructure for Clinical Health IT Apps Cooperative Agreement

Applications due 4/30/2016
Funding opportunity to improve provider’s ability to discover health information technology (IT) applications (apps) that integrate with electronic health record systems (EHRs). This is a cooperative agreement, NOT a small business set-aside or SBIR project. Applications due April 30. More information

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) SBIR Phase I 

Each year, NIDILRR’s SBIR program funds up to 10 Phase I feasibility projects for approximately six months for up to $75,000 each. After completion of Phase I, most awardees can compete for Phase II awards which can last up to 24 months for a total of up to $575,000. These projects are frequently related to the development of assistive technologies or other science-and technology-based products used to improve community living, health & function, or employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
Proposal deadline: April 25 View solicitation
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIAID SBIR-Technology Transfer Direct Phase II (R44)
Applications due: June 23 View solicitation

National Cancer Institute

SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44) (RFA-CA-16-008)
Applications due July 13 View solicitation
FY 2016 DoD Rapid Innovation Fund (HQ0034-16-BAA-RIF-0001B)
The goal of the Rapid Innovation Fund is to transition innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or save costs into acquisition programs. DoD seeks mature prototypes for final development, testing, evaluation, and integration. Those selected for award may receive up to $3 million in Rapid Innovation Funding and will have up to two years to perform the work.
Key Dates:
March 15 – Websites Open for White Paper Submission
April 15 -Amendment with Relevant Questions and Answers Posted on FEDBIZOPPS
May 2, 3 p.m. ET – BAA Closes for White Paper submissions
Mid-October – Full proposals due from offerors
New Features on eRA Commons
The Principal Investigator (PI) Screens for Status, JIT, and Closeout have been redesigned on the NIH eRA Commons website. Here’s  what you can expect:
  • The eRA Commons’ Status screen for PIs has a more refined interface, a responsive design and user friendly grouping of information. Searches on the Recent/Pending eSubmissions and List of Applications/Grants screens now provide a total count of applications/grants at the top of the screen. The results are grouped by Application ID/Grant number and will be expandable and collapsible as needed.
  • eRA has updated the look of both the Just in Time (JIT) and Closeout screens for PIs to improve readability and flow and support “Drag & Drop” functionality to upload files while dynamically validating file size and format.

Also, a condensed version of the Status screen for PIs is now available for use on mobile devices through a special URL – See eRA News for more information on this topic.