Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Summer 2016 selections are in progress

Apply TODAY for the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Summer 2016 selections are in progress

Learn more about the program and ORNL and apply at


Application is always open and selections may be made year-round; apply TODAY for best chance of summer 2016 selection

Opportunities for qualified students and alumni to participate in hands-on research and technical internships in a real-world setting with award-winning scientists

AS/AA, BS/BA, MS, and PhD students, Recent AS/AA and BS/BA Graduates are eligible – all majors
Stipend based on academic status
Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
Full-time and part-time appointments
Professional development activities
Minimum GPA – 2.5/4.0
U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) only

HERE at ORNL is a research program that allows university faculty, undergraduates and graduate students to conduct short-term laboratory research alongside leading scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Global Marathon is a free, virtual conference for women in engineering and technology: March 8 – 10

Free, Virtual, 3-day conference
March 8 – 10, 2016

Starts each day at 11:00 am (U.S. eastern time)

Connect with women in engineering and technology from
around the globe.

Keynote Speakers

Sandy Magnus, Former Astronaut and Executive Director AIAA
Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Elliot Kotek, Co-founder,
Not Impossible Now

From Idea to Impact
Meighan Stone, President, the Malala Fund and Diane Melley,
Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM and
2016 Global Marathon Chair

Speak. Act. Serve. How Women Will Change the World

Speaker and Session Highlights

Tracy Hoover, CEO,
Points of Light

Trends in Service and Tips for Success
Tiffany Martindale,
Impact Analysis Director, Engineers Without Borders

Service with Impact
Eden Full, CEO, SunSaluter
Millennials: Reach Back and Inspire the Next Generation
Barbara Ruskino,
Vice President of NS&E,
Bechtel Corporation

What you need to know to get hired, thrive, and advance
Amy Shah, Sr. VP and CMO,
TE Connectivity

Tips for Communicating Across the Company and Across an Ocean
Suzy Deffeyes,
IBM Security Division

LGBTQ+ Experiences Around the World
And other speakers from:
3M, Boeing, Bridges to Prosperity, Cognitive Scale, Design Squad, DuPont, Fluor, IBM Africa, Motorola Solutions, Ritz Carlton, United Nations, UPS, VineSleuth and more.

Follow the Marathon

US Army CERDEC Industry Days March 31 – April 1

Please see the attached link to CERDEC’s Industry days.  CERDEC is the Army’s Communications and Electronics Research Development Engineering Center and funds most applied and other electronics and communications focused research for the Army, located in Aberdeen Proving Grounds Maryland.  This would be a great opportunity to learn about CERDEC and what funding priorities they have.  The registration is first come first serve and closes on 28 February, so if you want to attend you may want to register soon.  Please pass this along to anyone else you know that might be interested and feel free to ask me any questions.
Link to the announcement:
If you want to attend link to registration:

Paul D. Hoppe
Associate Director, Research and Industry Development
Michigan Technological University
202I Lakeshore Center
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone: 906.487.3098
Mobile: 443.243.9236
Fax: 906.487.1412

RFPs for NSF: Due dates in March-May

Solicitation: NSF 16-540
Due Date: May 16, 2016
Institutional Limit: See Limit Summary
Limit Summary:An Institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. See Additional Eligibility Information below for more details.


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 15, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-521
The MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species at regional to continental scales as well as planning, training, and development activities to enable groups to conduct MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science research.

More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503425&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 17, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-523
The International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. NSF expects to make 1-2 awards to link U.S. research networks with peer networks in Europe and Africa and leverage existing international network connectivity. High-performance network connections funded by this program are intended to support science and …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503382&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 17, 2016
Program Guidelines: NSF 15-611
Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet’s biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the …
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503446&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click



RFPs for NIH: due dates in April – July

Requests for Applications

    • NIAID SBIR-Technology Transfer Direct Phase II (R44)
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Application Receipt Date(s): June 23, 2016
    • SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44)
      National Cancer Institute
      Application Receipt Date(s): July 13, 2016
    • NLM Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15)
      National Library of Medicine
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Application Receipt Date(s): April 18, 2016

Program Announcements

  • Multidisciplinary Research in Vulvodynia (R21)
  • Multidisciplinary Research in Vulvodynia (R03)
  • Multidisciplinary Research in Vulvodynia (R01)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
  • Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 19, 2016; September 19, 2017; September 19, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • Limited Competition: NIGMS Legacy Community-Wide Scientific Resources (R24)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 18, 2016; October 18, 2017; October 18, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative: Enabling Biomimetic Tissue-Engineered Technologies for Cancer Research (U01)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 31, 2016; November 30, 2016; May 30, 2017; November 30, 2017; May 30, 2018; November 30, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • Rapid Assessment of Zika Virus (ZIKV) Complications (R21)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Eye Institute
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning on April 20, 2016.

Commercialization 101: 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 23

Innovation and Industry Engagement will host a “Commercialization 101” session on team building strategies for early-stage companies. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.mTuesday, February 23 in Memorial Union Ballroom B1. University faculty, students and community inventors are encouraged to attend.

This session will explore how timing, funding and external factors can impact the compatibility of commercialization activities with scholarly pursuits. We will also explore the differences between establishing and growing a university lab versus launching and scaling a company. Strategies will be offered for locating technical and management talent, assessing motivations, aligning incentives and “framing” the team for SBIR/STTR and fundraising success.

Nicholas Cucinelli, a Mentor-in-Residence with the statewide Tech Transfer Talent Network, will be the speaker and John Diebel, M-TRAC Program Director, is the moderator. For more information, contact John  Diebel or call 7-1082. Light refreshments will be available.

Rekhi Innovation Challenge: Enroll student teams now

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. The team that raises the most money on Superior Ideas during the competition time frame receives a matching gift. Teams also have the opportunity to win four additional $100 prizes. The results of the 2015 competition are as follows:

Matching Gift Winners:

  • 1st Place – Baja Enterprise with $4,310 raised
  • 2nd Place – Supermileage Enterprise with $2,483 raised

Additional $100 Prizes:

  • Most Unique Donors – Supermileage Enterprise
  • Most Unique Visitors – Velovations Enterprise
  • Best Marketing Plan – Velovations Enterprise
  • Most Social Media Engagement – Supermileage Enterprise

Collectively, the teams raised $9,658 on Superior Ideas for their projects and received an additional $7,193 in prize money, bringing the overall total to $16,851.

If your student team would like to compete in this year’s challenge, please contact Natasha Chopp for more information.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges grant programs: Due either Feb. 29, March 14, or May 11

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for three grant opportunities:

1) Our Grand Challenges Explorations  fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1100 researchers from more than 60 countries.

We are accepting applications on the following six topics until May 11, 2016:

2) Grand Challenges China: New Interventions for Global Health.  This challenge focuses on calls for innovative concepts for safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions, such as vaccines and therapeutics, with the potential to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest.  This call is in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Application deadline is March 15, 2016, 8:00 am Beijing time (March 14, 2016, 5pm Seattle time). For a detailed description of this challenge, please visit the Grand Challenges site.

3) Grand Challenges for Development: Saving Lives at Birth.  USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth.  The goal of this program is to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.

Application deadline is February 29, 2016.

In addition, please see our blog on the first generation of Grand Challenges grants.  We hope you enjoy the stories.

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

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#GoStudyAbroad scholarship: Nominate a student by March 31

International Programs and Services has exciting news!
Institute of International Education (IIE) has partnered with Go Overseas to launch the #GoStudyAbroad scholarship. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students for a $10,000 study abroad scholarship.
Nomination deadline is March 31st. 
Note: Skip the question, “Where did you study abroad” if it does not apply to you.
For more information about #GoStudyAbroad, please read the press release
GoStudyAbroad_Nominate Students Flyer.jpg
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Vienna R. Chapin 
Study Abroad Coordinator
International Programs and Services
Michigan Technological University
200 Administration Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Skype ips4mtu 

DOE: Applications for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) around nuclear waste

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving applications for new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) in scientific research areas relevant to the Department’s environmental management mission and aligned with the BES core research areas in materials and chemical sciences. More specifically, BES solicits applications in two topical areas: 1) novel and innovative methods for characterization, transformation, and separation of nuclear waste; and 2) new materials for long-term storage of nuclear waste, including waste forms. Research related to contaminant fate and transport in subsurface geological environments is outside the scope of this FOA. The goal of this FOA is to initiate new multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary EFRCs aimed at accelerating scientific breakthroughs in areas that will be likely to have a dramatic impact on the cost and efficacy of future technologies for nuclear waste cleanup and storage. Details in the attached.