Special grant opportunity available to support coastal ecosystems and communities

The OGL’s Coastal Management Program today announces a grant funding opportunity focusing on healthy coastal habitats, waters and communities.

Coastal Program Manager Ronda Wuycheck said, “for this initiative, we’re seeking to partner with coastal communities on nature-based solutions while improving connections to the coast for public use and enjoyment.”

The grant funding opportunity will make $300,000 available for planning projects that protect, preserve, restore and enhance coastal ecosystems. Coastal Management Program staff will provide technical assistance and guidance to grantees.

Download the coastal grant funding opportunity

Complete applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than September 4, 2018. For more information, visit the Coastal Program’s website or contact Karen Boase.

Celebrating 40 years in 2018, Michigan’s Coastal Management Program works in partnership with NOAA, which supports a network of state-federal partnerships protecting America’s coasts. 

Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington

Greetings, this is Paul Neubert from the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington. I am reaching out to you in the hopes that you can please pass along the opportunity detailed below to your faculty, advising staff, and rising senior (or current masters) students in your engineering and sciences departments.

Please also find further information about the event in this linked flyer, and at our website:


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)

FY 19 Fringe Benefit Rates

by Office of the Vice President for Finance

The Office of Naval Research has recently approved Michigan Tech’s Fiscal Year 2019 predetermined fringe benefit rates effective July 1, 2018. The rate agreement can be found online.

Beginning July 1, 2018, these rates will be applied to all funds including active sponsored projects. Effective immediately, the rates will be used for Sponsored Programs proposal budgeting.

In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2019 approved predetermined fringe benefit rate agreement, the rates effective July 1, 2018, are as follows:

  • Regular Non-Student Employees Rate 37.4%
  • Summer/Additional Compensation Rate 20.5%
  • Graduate Student Rate 8.6%
  • Temporary Employees Rate 10%
  • Undergraduate Student Rate 0%

If you have any questions regarding proposals and budgeting, email Lisa Jukkala or call 7-2226. For questions regarding charging of sponsored projects, email Tammy LaBissoniere or call 7-2244. For questions regarding charging of non-sponsored funds, email Sue Laajala or call 7-2121.

Updated Tables for Estimating GRA Stipends and Tuition

by Office of the Vice President for Research

The Vice President for Research Office has updated the graduate student tables for budgeting stipends and tuition. These rates are to be used immediately in proposal budgets to external sponsors.

The tuition rates per credit differ between Non-Engineering/Computer Science and the Engineering/Computer Science disciplines. Remember to take this into account when budgeting for one credit. Budgeting for research mode is now an option at the proposal stage; those rates are also included in the table.

The updated GRA Stipend Rates and GRA Tuition Rates tables can be found on the VPR forms page.

SRC opens TWO Solicitations: Computer Aided Design and Test (CADT) and Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP)

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting white papers in the areas of Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT) and Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP).  Please note that white papers addressing the needs in the corresponding Research Needs documents may be uploaded until July 11, 2018 @ 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. Each researcher may be involved in no more than two submissions per call. A selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal for further consideration for a research contract.

The white paper solicitations, needs documents, and instructions for web-based submissions can be found at:

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.  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_RFP_RES_REQ2480_posted_624529_7.pdf

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: www.michigan.gov/mobilitychallenge.