Requests for Applications

  • Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Alzheimers Disease Related Dementias (ADRD) Research (R03 Clinical Trial Optional)
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 3, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in Basic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Alzheimers Disease Related Dementias (ADRD) Research (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 3, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Advancing HIV Therapeutic Vaccine Science (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 27, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required)
    National Cancer Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 19, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

  • Cooperative Agreement to Support Regulatory Research Related to the 2018 Prescription Drug User Fee Act and the 21st Century Cures Act
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): June 25, 2018, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • Strengthen Regulatory Systems to Ensure the Safety and Quality of Food and Medical Products (U01)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): July 2, 2018, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 4, 2018; February 26, 2019; September 4, 2019; February 26, 2020; September 4, 2020; February 26, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time

  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (DP1 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 14, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

Program Announcements

  • Identification and Management of Behavioral Symptoms and Mental Health Conditions in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time 

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:


Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities: multiple due dates in May & June

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is excited to announce the opening of a new Grand Challenges grant opportunity: Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development.

This Grand Challenge is being launched during the centenary year of the 1918 flu pandemic, with the goal of identifying novel, transformative concepts that would lead to development of a truly universal flu vaccine. Such a vaccine would alleviate the need for annual seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns and would prepare the world for the next influenza pandemic. Application deadline is June 22, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT.

Please also see the other currently open grant opportunities:

Grand Challenges Explorations grant opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) proposals for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges grant opportunities

Additional global funder grant opportunities

  • The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI). Training will be at the intramural laboratories of NIH. Application deadline is May 11, 2018.
  • The Templeton World Charity Foundation announces Round 1 of its new Global Innovations for Character Development initiative. Application deadline is June 15, 2018.
  • Magee-Women’s Research Institute in Pittsburgh is accepting applications for the $1 million Magee Prize that will be awarded at the inaugural Magee-Women’s Research Summit on Oct. 9-10, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Prize will fund a collaborative team of scientists at Magee and elsewhere in the world whose groundbreaking research in reproductive sciences and women’s health will advance knowledge in the field and improve lives globally. A letter of intent is due by May 11, 2018 and applications for the Magee Prize are due by June 15, 2018.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world on the open grant opportunities listed above. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message. And we invite you to explore an interactive world map of ideas funded to date across the global Grand Challenges network.

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.

VentureWell: Events and Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering

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.


 Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 22, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-541   The goal of the interagency Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biomedical and biobehavioral research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) …   More at
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 22, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-540   The proliferation of mobile and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, and their pervasiveness across nearly every sphere of our society, continues to raise questions about the architectures that organize tomorrow’s compute infrastructure. At the heart of this trend is the data that will be generated as myriad devices and application services operate simultaneously to digitize a complex domain like a smart building or smart industrial facility. A key shift is from edge devices consuming …  More at

Restorative Justice Healing Circle Saturday

by Robert Bishop, Office of Academic and Community Conduct

The Office of Academic and Community Conduct has organized a Restorative Justice Healing Circle and you are invited to participate. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 28) in Wads G17-19 (located on the ground floor of Wadsworth Hall, across from the sauna). The focus of the healing circle will be to address the number of bias-related incidents that have occurred during the 2018 spring semester.

Healing circles can be used to address conflict holistically and solve problems. They provide an opportunity for individuals impacted by incidents that create harm and/or negative impact to have a voice to address those harms/impacts. They also provide an opportunity to discuss solutions to restore integrity to the community by making things whole again.

What does it look like?

At a healing circle, a minimum of three participants sit in a circle of chairs, ideally without tables or other obstructions between them. They use a talking piece to take turns speaking and determine (1) what happened and why, and (2) how it can be fixed. Healing circles can be used in a myriad of settings including schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, among family and friends, and in the juvenile and criminal legal systems.

Discussion and resolution of the problem may be achieved in a single session, but healing circles may extend into multiple sessions until genuine consensus is reached. Circle processes are simple and organic, but are by no means the complete resolution. Feel free to join the conversation.

Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” Education Session

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, “Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards” from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9th.  The session will be in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Registration is open and ends on May 8.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research.  Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat!

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided, please bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, please contact Ramona Englund at 487-2654 or

Innovative New Materials Startup Competition: Applications due May 11, 2018

One of my colleagues Arno Zimmermann from the Forbes 30 Under 30 let me know of a global startup competition he is running. It is supported by Covestro and Dechema honoring innovation around new resources with a focus on CO2, biomass, or other innovative use of feedstocks in Berlin on June 25th. Travel will be covered and there is prize money and significant industry representation in the competition. Would you or do you know of any startups with a new materials innovation that would be interested in submitting an application? I have attached more details below and Arno is CCed to help answer any questions; please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be a fit to apply.

Technische Universität’s “Resource Innovators” in the Chemical Industry

Second Berlin Resource Summit Startup Competition

Do you work in the field of sustainable chemistry, sustainable use of resources or raw material innovations? As you develop new products, services, and business models, apply and take advantage of the Resource Summit to pitch the idea of your startup! The winners of the ideas competition will receive prize money, attention from the right audience and useful contacts in the industry.

We invite you to participate! Start-ups that deal with the market-oriented use of alternative raw materials.  An expert jury headed by DECHEMA Director Prof. Kurt Wagemann and Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker from the Institute of Chemistry at the TU Berlin will select the most promising business ideas.

To learn more about the application, check out the website. Applications are due May 11, 2018.
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In-Person OR Online Training — Start or Grow Your Business in the Upper Peninsula

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Starting a Business | April 25 | 5:30 PM
Writing a Business Plan | May 2 | 5:30 PM
Fundamentals of Small Business Marketing | May 9 | 5:30 PM
Understanding Your Financial Position | May 15 | 5:30 PM
Cyber Security Awareness for Small Businesses | May 23 | 5:30 PM
Grow Your Business With Government Contracting | May 30 | 5:30 PM
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