Category Archives: Faculty Opportunities

Letter of Intent Deadline for NSF’s PREEVENTS is July 27, 2018.

The deadline for submitting a letter of intent to NSF’s ongoing Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events Program (PREEVENTS) is July 27, 2018.  NSF and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) have supported basic research in scientific and engineering disciplines necessary to understand natural hazards and extreme events, including through the Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) program and multiple core programs in the GEO Directorate.  PREEVENTS is a successor to Hazards SEES and is one element of the NSF-wide Risk and Resilience activity, which has the overarching goal of improving predictability and risk assessment, and increasing resilience, in order to reduce the impact of extreme events on our life, society, and economy.  PREEVENTS provides an additional mechanism to support research and related activities that will improve our understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events in the geosciences. PREEVENTS is focused on natural hazards and extreme events, and not on technological or deliberately human-caused hazards.  PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events.  In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.  More information on this NSF funding opportunity can be found here.

VentureWell Opportunities

E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Applications are due October 3. Attend the upcoming webinar on July 10 at 12:00 pm ET to learn more about the program. Register here
The 1.5 day workshop will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, October 16-17, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Members of the U.S.-based BME-IDEA consortium will meet to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. institutions that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation. Register now

OPEN 2019

Save the date! OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30, 2019.
If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! The VentureWell OPEN conference gathers together representatives from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. Call for proposals and registration will open in August. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.


Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation

This device-focused QuickFire Challenge, announced by the Victorian Government in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, is aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies. The Victorian Government will award up to AUD 300,000 to the top solutions including access to the device prototyping lab and mentorship and coaching from Johnson & Johnson Medical Device experts. The deadline to apply is June 22.


Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

This year, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship program will bring up to 150 of the most innovative social entrepreneurs from around the world to the SOCAP conference, October 23-26 in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Go West Summit

Learn about available resources and promising practices surrounding making, inventing, and entrepreneurship at the Go West SummitSeptember 20-21 in San Francisco, CA. The Lemelson-MIT Program is teaming up with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the California Community College’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative to host a fall conference to support invention education pathway offerings for students across K-16.

NACCE 2018

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), recently opened their registration for their annual conference, NACCE 2018 The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Revolution. They are featuring keynotes from engaging entrepreneurs that have innovated in areas ranging from 1980’s rock and roll memorabilia to one of the co-developers of Amazon’s Alexa. Panels and breakout sessions featuring NACCE members from across the United States will share best practices for entrepreneurial leadership and experiential teaching across academic disciplines. The event is October 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

A new must read in innovation and entrepreneurship
The new VentureWell report, Innovator Insights: Illuminating the Path for Tomorrow’s Inventors, explores the needs, challenges, and gaps in the early-stage innovator support ecosystem. Download the report.

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists Now Accepting Entries

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is now open for entries! This is the sixth year that Science and SciLifeLab will present this award, which offers four recent PhD graduates a life-changing opportunity.

Recent doctoral graduates in the life sciences may submit a 1000-word essay based on their thesis work. Four winners — in the categories of Cell and Molecular Biology,
Ecology and Environment, Genomics and Proteomics and Translational Medicine — will be selected for this international award. Make sure your recent PhD graduate doesn’t miss out on this opportunity!

Application deadline: July 15th, 2018

The winners will:

  • Have their essay published by Science
  • Receive up to 30,000 USD in prize money
  • Be honored in Stockholm, Sweden in December

Boston Scientific sponsored summer accelerator program

I wanted to bring this opportunity that might be attractive to Michigan Tech healthcare startups.

Boston Scientific is partnering with several institutions to offer an opportunity for early stage startups to take part in a 7 week Accelerator Program this summer.  There is more information in the attachment, which also contains a link to the application website.  Please distribute this to those in your ecosystem who would be interested in attending this summer session.  Applications are due by June 22nd.  There will be another session in the fall.

Please feel free to reply to me for further information, and forward this to others in your organization.

Thank you!


Kate Taylor, PhD

Global Innovation Program Manager

Global Technology

Boston Scientific

3 Scimed Place MS C290

Maple Grove, MN 55311

gBETA Medtech Summer 2018 v3 (2) (002)

Looking for team members for MDOT Proposal – “Evaluating New Technology for Roads Program Initiatives in Safety and Efficiency- (ENTERPRISE) Phase II”

MDOT has released a new RFP titled “Evaluating New Technology for Roads Program Initiatives in Safety and Efficiency- (ENTERPRISE) Phase II”- due July 16 – which MTTI will be submitting a proposal on.  Aurenice Oliveira (ECE) and Colin Brooks (MTRI) are looking for partners to team with for this submission.  We need partner(s) to cover all 11 Primary Projects listed by MDOT for a complete proposal.  We currently have experience in items 5, 8, 9, and 10; though if you’re interested in those, please feel free to respond as well.

Please fill in the short form with your interests by COB Friday, June 14, 2018.

MDOT Primary Project List:

  1. Evolution of ITS in Asset Management
  2. Phasing out Legacy ITS Systems/Devices
  3. Real-Time Integration of Arrow Board Messages into Traveler Information Systems – Phase III
  4. Update of Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System (RICWS) Materials Developed in Phases I-III
  5. ITS Infrastructure Integration into Digital Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Secondary Projects – Objectives to be briefly addressed in the consultant’s proposal
  6. Capability and Usage Guidelines for Color Changeable Message Signs.
  7. Crash Modification Factors (CMFs) for ITS devices
  8. Future of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) within ITS as a Platform
  9. Maintenance of ITS in Rural Areas
  10. Shared Use of Connected Vehicle Roadside Units
  11. Use Cases and Benefits of Active Traffic Management (ATM) Strategies

Here is a link to the RFP for more information.

If you know of external partners you think may be interested in partnering with MTU, please send me an email with contact information and which project(s) would be applicable, and we will follow up with them as well.

Gov. Snyder, state leaders launch $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge

Grants will help create new transportation solutions for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans

As one of the first states to allow self-driving vehicles on public roadways, Michigan is a national leader in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) projects.

On May 30, Gov. Rick Snyder announced an $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge grant initiative to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state.

“As residents change the way they live, travel and use services, many of the technologies that are changing the transportation industry will be designed, tested and created in Michigan,” Snyder said. “The $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge provides an opportunity to deliver innovative transportation solutions and further position the state as a leader in startup testing and deployment.”

The $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge will engage the state’s robust technology, start-up and transportation networks – along with service providers, advocacy groups and state agencies, including the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Bureau of Services to Blind Persons.

Michigan Mobility Challenge grants will be awarded to fund the demonstration of multiple projects of varying size based on pilot submissions and proposed service areas. The grants will be used to subsidize a portion of the cost to plan, deliver and monitor the demonstration services for a three- to six-month period, with the remaining costs being covered from fares, local contributions and other funds.

“As the needs of residents change, we must develop creative solutions for addressing transit and infrastructure gaps that evolve with geographical shifts,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “The $ 8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge allows us to use the assets we have and introduce new methods for getting travelers to their destinations as safely and efficiently as possible.”

An RFP will be issued June 4, 2018, at which point teams can submit their proposals for consideration. The first round of projects are slated to be introduced in target communities by fall 2018. For more information about the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge, please visit:

ORAU Information: Opportunities for All Institutions

Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI)NEW!

The BARI program supports basic research in science and engineering stemming from interactive collaborative efforts between U.S. institutions of higher education and U.K. institutions of higher education that is of potential interests to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.K Ministry of Defense (MOD). The program is focused on international collaborative research efforts where teams from the United States and the United Kingdom combine unique skillsets and approaches to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of mutual interests to the U.S. DoD and UK MOD. The area of interest is artificial intelligence (AI) and collaborative decision making. The research goal is to progress beyond collaborative human-machine sense making to develop approaches that might also enable collaborative decision making. The end goal is for humans and technology to be effective parts of the same team, with a machine behaving as an equal team member that can reason as well as its human team mates. These teaming capabilities are an essential step toward a more general AI that is capable of true human-machine teaming.  Applications due Friday, July 6th, 2018.


The 19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment FairReminder

The 19th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs. The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, so students may come to all university tables during the day.  We do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.



The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee at to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. US Citizens must apply by July 26. Non-citizens, including legal permanent residents, must apply by June 14. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available.  For additional information, you may contact Emily Isaacs at The ORISE phone number is 865-576-1234.


ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3 applications opening this SeptemberNEW!

Innovation Crossroads is an entrepreneurial fellowship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that supports leading technology innovators as they work to transform an energy or advanced manufacturing idea with global potential into a successful startup company.  We will begin accepting applications for cohort 3 this September. Entrepreneurially-minded individuals can  learn more about the program at and sign up for Cohort 3 updates!

Program Benefits

  • A two-year fellowship stipend to allow innovators to focus totally on their startup company
  • R&D funding support to be used in collaboration with ORNL researchers and facilities
  • Business mentorship, education, and introductions to potential customers, partners, and investors

Important Dates

  • September 2018 – Applications open
  • May 2019 – Cohort 3 begins


University Partnerships Office

 Nominations Open for 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

  1. Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences (note: history is classed within the humanities and is not a field of competition in 2018)

Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018 are eligible. The fields of competition for 2019 will be humanities/fine arts and biological and life sciences.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. June 8. E-mail nominations to are preferred. Contact Charlesworth with any questions about the competition.

Fall 2018 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2018 finishing fellowships are being accepted beginning May 15, 2018 and are due no later than 4pm, June 28, 2018 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Materials emailed to is preferred. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  4. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

This email account is monitored by staff in the Graduate School.  You may reply to this email with any questions you have.
Michigan Tech Graduate School

906-487-2327 (voice)

906-487-2284 (fax)

Resources for current students:

Fall 2018 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2018 PHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, June 28, 2018 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth (email to gradschool@mtu.edupreferred) in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission.
  2. Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application.
  3. Must be 2 years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.
  4. Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • health research and technology development
  • health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • rural healthcare access, informatics, and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

This email account is monitored by staff in the Graduate School.  You may reply to this email with any questions you have.
Michigan Tech Graduate School

906-487-2327 (voice)

906-487-2284 (fax)

Resources for current students: