Archives—July 2018

DARPA Young Faculty Award – Proposer’s Day Webinar

Like NSF’s CAREER program, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) offers an early-career faculty program. The program is open to all tenure-track Assistant Professors AND (unlike NSF’s CAREER program), tenured Associate Professors within 3 years of their tenure appointment.
If you have potential interest in this program, DARPA is hosting a “proposer’s day” webinar on August 8 from 1:30-3:30pm. Additional information about the proposer’s day, and some information about YFA eligibility, is available in the announcement that is available here:
The research development office has registered for the webinar and will host a group viewing/discussion on August 8 from 1:30-3:30pm in MUB Ballroom B3. If you are interested but unavailable to join us, you can consider registering for the webinar on your own as well. Information is available at the link above.


Full Proposal Deadline Date: August 22, 2018
Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

Program Guidelines: NSF 13-542
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and …
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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)


Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

NASA iTech Cycle 3 due Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

We’ve just announced the next phase of NASA iTech, and as someone whose College or University is renowned for their work with startups and cutting edge technology, I’d like to personally invite you to consider passing this information on to one or more of your colleagues who have exciting and relevant technology and suggest that they or their students enter Cycle 3. The deadline is Friday, August 31, 2018.

NASA iTech provides an opportunity for the innovative thinkers of today to play a vital role in the future of our space journey.  If selected as a finalist, your faculty/student lead company will have the opportunity to present their solution to one of NASA’s challenges to space industry leaders and explore new technology development partnerships with industry leaders.

The companies that participated in previous NASA iTech Cycles are moving forward in big ways. For example, InnaMed was selected to be a part of the prestigious Y Combinator, Aequor has been selected for Johnson & Johnson’s JLabs program and Liberty Biosecurity/Harvard Medical team’s innovation was featured in Science magazine.   One participants have entered phase 1 clinical trials (Context AI).  Another has spun off their start up company from their University (Dr. Hadi Gashemi).  These and others have raised a considerable amount of startup capital (over $200M in the last two years), making NASA iTech one of the most successful programs of its type in the world.

You can see a video about the Cycle 1 Finalists here:
You can see a video about the Cycle 2 Finalists here:
NASA iTech Cycle 3 has new challenge focus areas that may better align with the technologies developed by your institution, faculty or students than Cycle 1 or 2. These include:
  • Big Data & Data Mining: Success in the face of too much data
  • Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Robotic Capability: Success in the face of too little data
  • Revolutionary Concepts for Communications: Less weight, smaller antennas, higher throughput
  • Medical Breakthroughs: New approaches that will revolutionize human health and healthcare
  • X-Factor Innovations: solutions that demonstrate a strong potential to solve a critical need for NASA that is not identified in one of the other five Cycle 3 focus areas.
Top finalists for Cycle 3 will be provided per diem and lodging expenses to present their innovative ideas in person to NASA and other space industry leaders and potential investors during the Cycle 3 NASA iTech Forum which is planned for October 23-26, 2018.

The deadline for the 5-page white paper entries is Friday August 31, 2018.

For more details:

You can see the finalist pitches from Cycle 2 here:
You can visit or join the conversation at our LinkeIn group

I hope that you will pass this on to your Tech Transfer, Engineering and Science related people who may find it valuable.


Thomas Flake
Project Lead
NASA’s iTech Program

I-Corps Workshop Announced for August

This is a great experience to vet an innovative idea and to gain perspectives to share in your classrooms!

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop beginning in August. Dates for the upcoming workshop are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Apply today for this great experience. For more information on the Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program, or to apply for the August workshop, visit our I-Corps page.

Read the full Tech Today story.

Mi-TRAC RFP: Due September 24

Dear Colleagues,  Below is an opportunity for funding to help translate your research and student projects from the idea/preliminary prototype stage to a deployable prototype for commercialization.  I’d be happy to discuss my own experiences in this area and provide guidance on any proposals.   Best – Adrienne


We’re excited to kick off the third year of FFMI’s MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub. With the renewal of funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), FFMI’s biomedical research innovation and commercialization program is continuing to grow and expand across the state of Michigan.

The first two years of this translational research program have been a resounding success, with funded projects from U-M, as well as many of our statewide partners such as Henry Ford Health System, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, Spectrum Health, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and the Beaumont Health System. The FFMI MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub program, in partnership with the U-M Office of Tech Transfer, has an operating budget in excess of $4 million, with half of the funds coming from MEDC and half from partnering organizations with projects chosen for funding.

Innovators from all units at the University of Michigan, other institutions of higher education, non-profit research centers, and hospital systems across Michigan are eligible to submit biomedical projects for funding consideration. The program offers early-stage funding opportunities throughMi-Kickstart, and Mi-TRAC is our funding program for mid-stage commercialization projects.


We have posted the RFP for Mi-TRAC in Competition Space, with proposals due Monday, Sept. 24. Each proposal will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, potential health care impact and significance, the potential for commercialization, and likelihood of obtaining further support. Earlier this year, 11 different proposals were awarded in the four targeted markets of devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, and healthcare IT, and we’re looking forward to growing that number. The RFP for the next Mi-Kickstart will be announced later in the fall.

Complete instructions for proposal submission can be found at the Mi-TRAC website, and
I encourage you to contact Brad Martin, Sr. Director of Commercialization Programs, for a
pre-proposal consultation.

We’re excited to continue working closely with our MEDC partner to broaden the scope of this unique innovation pipeline program and expand to more institutions across the state. The FFMI team looks forward to working with you on projects that are paving the way for positive impact for patients and their families.
Best regards,

Connie Chang, M.B.A.
Interim Executive Director
Fast Forward Medical Innovation

DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program

If you’re interested in laboratory research, consider applying to the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program through the Department of Energy. If selected you would have the chance to intern with one of the DOE research labs for a semester.
They offer paid internships for Fall, Spring and Summer and are currently accepting applications for the spring term 2019.