Category Archives: Faculty Opportunities

NSF CAREER 2018 Intent to Submit Requested

by Research Development & Sponsored Programs

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER program is open to tenure-track assistant professors in all NSF-supported disciplines. Eligibility criteria, proposal deadlines and additional details can be found on the program web page. Faculty planning to submit to the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program this July are requested to submit a non-binding online “intent to submit” form to help the sponsored programs office plan for submissions. If you are planning to submit a CAREER proposal in 2018 and have not yet completed the form, please do so by Thursday (May 31).

Summer Writing Meetups: Fridays at noon through the summer

The research development office will be hosting Summer Writing Meetups at the Library every Friday at noon through the summer. These meet ups will start on May 25, 2018. Here’s a link to the calendar invite  and can also be seen on the RD Toolkit home page. These are open to all. Feel free to share and encourage colleagues at any career stage, as well as postdocs, grad students, and proposal support staff.

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

The annual faculty trip to Washington DC was this week.  In addition to visiting NSF, Federal Science Partners, and NIH, we were able to visit AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) offices.   We met Dr. Jennifer Pearl who is the Director of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program.   I’d highly recommend that you consider applying for one of these for your next sabbatical and/or encourage your PhD grads & postdocs to apply.  Assignments are made across the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of government. A common assignment for faculty is in NSF, NIH, NIST, DoE, DoD, etc. in positions providing perspective reports, new funding initiatives, and related.

Applications are due in Nov for assignments beginning 9-10 months later (Sept).

Details at

This is definitely a pay it forward type of activity!

Quotes needed for purchases of $10,000 to $49,999

The federal regulations, 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance (UG), for external sponsored projects has been updated. Although much of the UG took effect on Dec. 26, 2014, the government delayed implementation of the procurement sections.

Procurement guidance focuses on increased competition and transparency in the procurement process. The UG section 200.320(a) and (b), which address required documentation for purchases on external sponsored projects, warrant changes in Michigan Tech’s current procurement practices.

Effective July 1, purchases of $10,000 to $49,999 on external-sponsored projects require two or more quotes from qualified suppliers. A listing of all procurement thresholds is available on the Purchasing website. It is of particular importance to note that reallocations of expenditures to external sponsored projects will not be allowable if two or more informal quotes were not attained at the time of purchase. We encourage applying these guidelines now as it may prove to be beneficial for the PI and the department.

Nominations open for the 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4pm, June 8, 2018, following our online instructions. This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of:

  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. You can find a list of eligible students here:

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 8, 2018; e-mail nominations to are preferred.  Contact Debra Charlesworth ( if you have any questions about the competition.

Come to the annual Lake Superior Celebration and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative 10-Year Celebration ~ 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 10th at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

**Due to the power outage at the GLRC on Thursday, May 10, we have had to relocate the Lake Superior Celebration to the Forestry Atrium at MTU**

The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) from 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 10. The event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to all.  The Lake Superior Celebration will include informative displays by local agencies and organizations. There will be hands-on activities for youth, displays and presentations.

Hands On Activities for Students in 104 GLRC include:

6:15 pm   Leave No Trace Recreation  w/ Copper Harbor Trails Club (Nathan Miller)

6:45 pm   Make Your Own Packaging (small paper boxes)

7:15 pm   Make Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothies & Plant Spring Flowers.
More than a dozen community organizations and businesses will have displays:

  • Walking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw
  • How the Rock Connects Us – Book signing with Professor Emeritus Bill Rose
  • Calumet Farmers’ Market
  • G & A Farmers Market & Garden Center
  • MORE!

MTU Sustainability House by resident Hannah Reish
Student Presentations – EB Holman Students, Dollar Bay HS Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics


World Water Day art exhibit
Lake Superior Soundscapes
Live Music: A Handful of Humans instrumental & song!

Refreshments: cake, lemonade & coffee provided.

The event is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and the Great Lake Research Center. For more information: contact:  Shawn Oppliger at 482-0331 or at the Copper Country ISD or Joan Chadde 906-487-3341 and  at Michigan Tech.

Visit the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative on the web or on Facebook.

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI)

Bringing schools & communities together in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its watershed.

All Invited!  Free! 

Sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center

Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Funder-Researcher Conversation: May 9th Visit from the Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michigan Foundation

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michigan Foundation will be on campus Wednesday, May 9th  to engage with researchers who focus on applied projects designed to improve the quality, cost and access to health care. Investigator Initiated Research awards are up to $75,000 per year. The next submission deadline for this program is June 29th.

Dr. Nora Maloy, Director of Research Programs will provide a brief presentation on their  Investigator Initiated  Research Program.  There will also be a brief overview of health-related research happening on campus.

This will be followed by an open conversation between funder and faculty.  During this time faculty can informally ask about project ideas and receive feedback on alignment and/or suggestions for better aligning project ideas with BCBSM funding priorities.

All are welcome to attend an informational session on Wednesday May 9th from 11:00 to noon in the 2nd floor conference room of the Great Lakes Research Center.

For seating purposes, please RSVP if you plan to attend this session by emailing

DOE Funding Announcements: time-sensitive notice

See below for information related to a number of DOE RFPs that have been released recently (and some more that are coming in the near future). Some of these have short deadlines associated with them. (A surprising outcome of the federal budget situation is that a number of agencies, including DOE, have received sizeable pots of $$ that they need to spend relatively quickly).

Links to DOE funding portals


DOE Office of Science:




ORAU Information: Opportunities for All Institutions

2018 DOE Cyber ConferenceReminder

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of the Chief Information Officer will host the 2018 DOE Cyber Conference on June 4-7, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the Renaissance Austin hotel. The Conference is designed to bring together the DOE enterprise, the federal interagency, academia, international partners, and private industry to advance cyber and IT modernization efforts across DOE’s diverse and shared missions. The Conference will be an interactive forum for communication, collaboration, and training, as well as a platform for sharing information and best practices to support the Department’s energy, science, nuclear, and national security missions. The agenda will consist of plenary sessions to highlight the latest developments and innovations, breakout sessions to foster new cooperation and partnerships, and practical training exercises to enhance the capabilities of the information technology and cyber workforce.  The deadline to register is May 11, 2018. For more information, please visit


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.


Immediate Fellowship Opportunities in the HHS/OASH Chief Medical OfficeReminder

Two fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC.  The Chief Medical Officer serves as the primary medical advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations.  The fellow may have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting the Mentor (project lead) who provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing extremely complex, national-level public health projects.
  • Conducting background searches for project team objectives.
  • Tracking public health data to be utilized in opioid initiatives.
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Developing written products and oral presentation materials for a variety of initiatives related to opioids, pain, behavioral health, and the social sciences.

To apply visit


Immediate 2018 ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at DHHSReminder

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC is accepting applications for an ORISE Fellowship.  The candidate will be mentored by the Senior Leadership in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and be involved alongside the Assistant Secretary for Health directly.  The candidate will assist the Mentor (project lead) who provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing extremely complex, national-level public health programs in collaboration with local, state, other federal and/or international governments, various public, non-profit, private and health-related organizations. The candidate will provide support for establishing systematic methods for program execution and advocacy that include identification of objectives, evaluation criteria, and legal and regulatory compliance requirements.


Savannah River National Lab – Postdoc Opening – Data ScienceReminder

The National Security Directorate at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the field of data science, with particular interest in network identification and data visualization.  They are especially interested in enthusiastic candidates that can demonstrate significant experience with a wide range of data science applications.  Their Postdoctoral Research Associates have initial one-year appointments, with an option to renew for up to three years, depending on project needs and the continued availability of funding.  The salary and benefits are competitive.  They encourage publication of non-classified results of research efforts, and appreciate candidates that can demonstrate their scientific productivity through peer-reviewed publications and novel research approaches to complex problems.  Successful candidates will have relevant data science experience, critical thinking skills, data processing skills, and a demonstrated ability to synthesize these skills into effective experimental design, execution, and reporting.  For more information and to apply go to


ORNL Neutron Scattering Post-Master’s Research AssociateReminder

The Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) invites applications for a M.S. biochemist/molecular biologist to join the Large Scale Structures Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at ORNL operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out 1000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for 2000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:


Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants (BETR Grants) Information

This is information that can aid with developing research grant proposals.
Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants (BETR Grants) is an organization has been talking with funding agencies on how to incorporate information on sustainable laboratory practices and shared lab facilities into grant proposals.
There are suggestions of how to incorporate factors like equipment sharing, space utilization, energy and water conservation, and lab assessment into proposals.
Please pass this along to those who may be interested.