Month: November 2021

Call for Proposals from Michigan Tech Faculty and Staff: Sustainable & Resilient Communities Early Career and New Directions Research Awards

Call for Proposals: 

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Early Career Award or New Research Directions Award

Summary: The Tech Forward Initiative on Sustainability & Resilience (ISR) invites applications from Michigan Tech faculty and staff for the Sustainable & Resilient Communities Early Career Award or New Research Directions Award. The Early Career Award is intended for early career researchers on campus (assistant professors or research staff in the first five years). For early career faculty and staff who have already used their start-up funding or who have limited access to start-up funds, preliminary work in sustainability & resilience research can contribute to future research leadership. The New Directions Research Award is for established researchers on campus (tenured faculty or research staff who have worked at Michigan Tech for more than 5 years) who are pursuing new ideas or topics in their work. For more established faculty and staff, starting a new research direction to contribute to sustainability & resilience research can be challenging, and this award provides an opportunity to develop new research directions. ISR expects to award 2-4 Early Career Awards and New Directions Research Awards for faculty and staff who aim to make significant contributions to research addressing sustainability & resilience. This is potentially a one time opportunity for researchers to grow their engagement with sustainability & resilience in new ways! 

Objective: The goal of these Awards is to advance new activity associated with research and leadership in sustainability and resilience at Michigan Tech. Sustainability and resilience are grand challenges that require collaboration, engagement across disciplines, and institutional leadership. Through these awards, ISR aims to grow Michigan Tech’s leadership in sustainability and resilience in ways that can be maintained through continued engagement. 

Funding Amount and Funded Activities: Awards are expected to provide $5,000-$7,000, and ISR could support up to 4 proposals at this funding level. In exceptional circumstances,1-2 awards up to $15,000 may be considered, although funding level is expected to be commensurate with expectations for impacts associated with future increases in research activities and impacts. Awards expenditures should be planned for February-December 2022. Funding may be provided for student hourly work, access to or collection of seed data, professional development opportunities, and/or pilot/proof of concept work, etc., that can contribute to future research proposal development. Researchers are expected to build a detailed budget and budget justification explaining why the award is necessary to support the work. All proposals should clearly explain what additional sources of support will be leveraged, if any, and what the expected results from this funding are in terms of value added for the researcher, for ISR, and, importantly, for the broader Michigan Tech community. Most importantly, proposals should explain what kinds of impacts the work will have for the Michigan Tech community and how this award will propel productivity in sustainability & resilience research. 

Mentorship: As part of this award, each awardee will be matched with a mentor/potential future collaborator from Michigan Tech to support development in sustainability & resilience research leadership. Proposers should identify 2-3 potential mentors/future collaborators (Michigan Tech faculty or staff) from across campus. The ISR WG will help to create mentorship/collaborator matches and support the structure of early mentorship discussions. 

Deadline: Submissions via email are due no later than January 10, 2022. A second round of Awards may be available in spring 2022, pending funding availability. Awardees will be expected to complete a post-award report and present to the ISR WG about their work after the award period.

Submission Process: Proposals should include and will be evaluated based on the following: 

  • A title indicating whether the submission is to be considered for an Early Career or New Directions award
  • Project start and end dates; must be begin after February 2022 and be completed by December 2022
  • Project description, clearly explaining the significance of the work for growing Michigan Tech’s leadership in research that addresses grand challenges for creating more sustainable and resilient communities (2 pages maximum; at least 11-point, Times Roman font, 1-inch margins)
  • A paragraph that details what kinds of impacts the work will have for the Michigan Tech community and how this award will propel future research productivity in sustainability & resilience research
  • Identification of 2-3 potential mentors 
  • A detailed budget and budget justification, including details on what additional resources, if any, are being leveraged for the proposed project. These additional resources may include other sources of funding, other data or laboratory needs, etc. 

Proposal narratives, potential mentors, budgets, and budget justifications should be submitted as a single document via email to Chelsea Schelly, cschelly@mtu.edu. Given the flexible nature of this award, potential submitters are encouraged to reach out with questions or to pitch ideas before developing a proposal. ISR looks forward to receiving your inquiries! 


MTU recognized in the 2021 Sustainable Campus Index

Michigan Tech was highlighted in the Sustainable Campus Index for contributions to the L’Anse Community Solar Project. This work brought together a team of engineering researchers and students from the Alternative Energy Enterprise, advised by Jay Meldrum, to work with local and state partners to bring solar to the Community of L’Anse, while meeting the needs of lower income residents. The project successfully installed 340 panels and had a 100% subscription rate after six months. Read more about the project (see page 55) and other important sustainability milestones from around the country in the 2021 Sustainable Campus Index.

The Sustainable Campus Index highlights innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from institutions that participate in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Reporting (STARS) program. Michigan Tech earned a Silver rating in their first STARS submission in October of 2020.


Public Viewing – Achieving Drawdown: A Hopeful, Science-Based Approach to Stop Climate Change. Monday, 11/08 @ 8pm, Fisher Room 126

What: Watch party for the webinar, Achieving Drawdown: A Hopeful, Science-Based Approach to Stop Climate Change

Where: Join Campus Climate Corps and other sustainability advocates in Fisher, Room 126, for a viewing party or see details below for information on how to tune in virtually

When: Monday, 11/08 @ 8pm

Details: After a summer marked by wildfires, air quality alerts, droughts, and heatwaves, we could all use a little climate hope. Join Dr. Jonathan Foley and the Central Minnesota chapter at 8 PM EST on November 8, for an inspiring presentation: Achieving Drawdown: A Hopeful, Science-Based Approach to Stop Climate Change. Dr. Foley is a leading climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. His work focuses on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.

Feel free to join us in person or you can register for the event here. Please note the confirmation will come from “Plymouth Church Meetings,” the event’s co-host. Make sure to register early – space is limited! If the webinar is full by the time you register, don’t worry – it will be co-broadcast live via YouTube. You can find the livestream here on the day. If you have any questions, feel free to email info@climaterealitymsp.com.


Live From COP26 in Glasgow!

Michigan Tech students and alumni, in collaboration with Colorado State University, will be participating in two virtual “Live From the COP” events at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP). For an insider’s take on the event and conference proceedings, click on the links below to register for a short report by participants. This multi-institutional, transnational project is led on the Tech campus by PI Sarah Green (CHEM), who is currently in Glasgow for COP26.

November 3rd: 1:00-2:00 EDT

November 10th: 12:00-1:00 EST