Archives—September 2018


09/19/2018 12:00 PM EDT

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For more information, see NSF’s press release.

What NSF is doing:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will release a term and condition requiring awardee organizations to report findings of sexual harassment. It will be posted in the Federal Register Sept. 21, 2018 and go into effect Oct. 21, 2018.


09/18/2018 09:46 AM EDT

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop programs and resources that will accelerate the translation of fundamental research to practical applications, improving quality of life and increasing the economic competitiveness of the United States through a New England regional hub under the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) …

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Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 22, 2018
Life Sciences, Geosciences
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-573  The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have …More at

VentureWell Events & Opportunities


VentureWell is seeking seed-stage startups to participate in ASPIRE, an intensive 5-day workshop to prepare for the fundraising and company-building activities necessary for launch and impact. Startups should have engineering and science innovations that minimize negative impacts on the environment, especially in ocean health, agriculture, and energy. The workshop will take place in Baltimore, Maryland; November 12-16. The deadline to apply is September 30! Learn more

2  E-Team Grant Program

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. The deadline to apply is October 3. Learn more

3  OPEN 2019

OPEN 2019 will be in Washington D.C., March 28-30, 2019.
If you’re an entrepreneurship educator or student, or from the wider world of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ve come to the right place! The VentureWell OPEN conference gathers together representatives from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn emerging best practices in the rapidly evolving field of technology entrepreneurship education. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 5. Learn more

4  Faculty Grants

Receive up to $30k by creating new or transforming existing courses and programs to help students develop novel inventions and gain entrepreneurial skills to bring these inventions to market. The deadline to apply is November 7. Learn more

5 Lean LaunchPad®

The Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar is a 2 day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. Attendees will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use. The workshop will take place at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, November 28-29. Register now


6 Baylor New Venture Competition

The Baylor NVC is a multi-round, global business plan and elevator pitch competition that showcases student created, managed, and owned-for-profit ventures. The competition consists of an online component as well as an in-person, at-Baylor competition event February 21-23, 2019. This two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition showcases collegiate entrepreneurs from across the globe. Grand Prizes of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 are awarded to the top three student teams, respectively. The deadline to apply is October 1.

7 U.S. Department of Health & Human Service SBIR/STTR Conference

This three-day national HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is designed to educate attendees about the America’s Largest Seed Fund and how to apply for these research and development dollars. The HHS’s SBIR/STTR programs allow US-owned small businesses to forge academic partnerships and build productive businesses. With this funding, the partners can engage in research and development that has a strong potential to deliver products and services, including medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, to improve the health of Americans. This event takes place in Dallas, Texas, October 30 – November 1.

8 KEEN Conference

Register for the 2019 KEEN National Conference to see first-hand how the entrepreneurial mindset is impacting universities across the country. Whether at the nightly receptions or during any of the workshops, you will learn how others are fostering the entrepreneurial mindset in their classrooms and forge lasting relationships within KEEN. You’ll leave the conference with tools you can immediately implement, including faculty engagement strategies, pedagogical approaches, and curricular and extra-curricular examples. The conference will take place January 3-5, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas.


DARPA Announces New Funding Opportunity in Artificial Intelligence

Shared by Federal Science Partners — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is issuing a Disruption Opportunity (DO) Special Notice (SN) inviting submissions of innovative basic or applied research concepts in the technical domain of artificial intelligence and game theory. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of applying recent developments in these areas to complex military decision making in changing multi-agent environments with imperfect information. The goal of Serial Interactions in Imperfect Information Games Applied to Complex Military Decision-Making (SI3-CMD) is to demonstrate the feasibility of applying techniques from artificial intelligence, game theory, and decision sciences to complex military decision making. In particular, Phase 1 is intended to produce a detailed feasibility analysis and Phase 2 an initial pilot demonstration on a real or realistic problem that includes most if not all of the characteristics described in the Introduction.  Additional information regarding this DO can be found here.

NSF Issues Funding Opportunity for Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs

Shared by Federal Science Partners — NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015. Four Big Data Hubs (BD Hubs) Midwest, Northeast, South, and West were established. The BD Hubs provide the ability to engage local or regional stakeholders, e.g., city, county, and state governments, local industry and non-profits, and regional academic institutions, in big data research, and permit a focus on regional issues. These collaborative activities and partnerships play a critical role in building and sustaining a successful national big data innovation ecosystem. This new solicitation continues the operation of a national network of BD Hubs. It builds on demonstrated strengths of the program, which has grown to include a set of BD Spokes affiliated with the BD Hubs, and is responsive to the recent developments in data science. The BD Hubs will continue to nucleate regional collaborations and multi-sector projects, while fostering innovation in data science. The NSF BD Hubs program is aligned with NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea. NSF has allocated an estimated $16 million to support successful proposals.  Proposals for this solicitation are due by December 18, 2018.

NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Request for proposals

NASA has released the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Appendix E” on September 14, 2018. We are contacting you to ask that you forward this announcement to your member universities for distribution to interested faculty and graduate students.

NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System NRA

The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system ( This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, or commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, and from related ground-based studies. The PSI system is a tool designed for researchers to data mine information from reduced-gravity physical sciences experiments and use it to further science in accordance with the open science approach, while also meeting the requirements of the nation’s Open Data Policy. The current call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of December 14, 2018. Data from 55 investigations are eligible for this NRA. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The award for each proposal selected will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for a total maximum award amount up to $200,000 for a two-year period.

The NRA is available at: The full announcement of the release of the NRA is included below.

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 2 pm Eastern Time on October 16, 2018. To participate, navigate to and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 994 785 143 / meeting password: $psinra102018. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-4685 and enter the conference passcode: 544479#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to For additional information, see the PSI website.


Milestones connected to this NRA:

Sep 14, 2018 – Release NRA Appendix E

Oct 16, 2018 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Oct 23, 2018 – Notices of Intent Due

Dec 14, 2018 – Proposals Due

May 31, 2019 – Announce Selections (target)


If you have any questions about the NRA or the PSI system, please do not hesitate to contact the PSI NRA team.



Fran Chiaramonte, Cynthia Frost, Preethi Manoharan, Teresa Miller, Cheryl Payne, and Harri Vanhala

2018 First-Year Engineering Ethics Panel Today

The Department of Engineering Fundamentals and Career Services are sponsoring the 2018 First-Year Engineering Ethics Panel from 6 to 7 p.m. today (Sept. 19) in the Rozsa Center.

The event will be moderated by Leonard Bohmann (CoE). The goal of the ethics panel is to provide first-year engineering students at Michigan Tech a strong connection to the work that engineers do in their professional environment and the ethical decisions they make along the way.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with the panelists one-on-one from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Industry representatives from the following companies are scheduled to be in attendance:

  • Joseph Lambert – Sequoia Applied Solutions
  • Brandon Stimac – Highland Copper
  • Jesse Fairchild – FDS Engineering
  • Hans Anderson – Burton Industries
  • Tim Luikart – Ford Motor Company
  • Britta Jost – Caterpillar Inc.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program Overview Session Tomorrow

The Research Development Office is hosting an overview session on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for eligible students. The session is at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 20) in the Administration Building, room 404.

If you know a student who has research and leadership experience and meets the eligibility requirements, encourage them to consider applying for this prestigious fellowship.

Eligible students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply. If eligible students cannot attend this overview session but would like to be invited to the follow-up sessions, let Jessica Brassard know.

Training, Funding, Networking – E-Team Application Deadline is October 3

VentureWell is seeking student-led teams with science and engineering-based inventions that address the world’s biggest problems.

Apply now: E-Team Grant Program 

Teams can receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward.

Program Information

  • Deadline to apply: October 3
  • Workshop Dates: January 2019
  • Workshop Location: Boston, MA

Who Should Apply?
We are looking for student-led teams with inventions that address a social or environmental need. Some technology examples that we fund include medical or healthcare-related devices, clean energy technologies, and technologies for low-resource settings.

For this upcoming cycle we are looking for inventions in ocean health, cleantech, and energy.

  • Environmental and Ocean Health: We are seeking innovations that address these critical issues and more to improve the health of our planet and conserve natural resources.
  • Clean Energy and Materials: We are seeking innovations that offer greener and improved alternative solutions in energy, materials, and manufacturing.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: We are seeking innovations that can make agriculture more sustainable and productive while minimizing negative climate impacts.
  • Affordable Medical Technologies: We are always interested in innovations that can improve patient outcomes while lowering the cost of healthcare.

We are always open to applications with novel science and engineering-based inventions solving any of the world’s biggest problems that have significant commercial potential. We encourage applicants to submit ideas in the above areas AND others.

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$10K Challenge for 270 degree SICK lidar sensors (TiM) and accessories

SICK, Inc. is a world leader in the production and distribution of industrial automation components.  With their worldwide headquarters located in Waldkirch, Germany and their USA headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, SICK offers a wide variety of industrial-grade products designed for the factory, logistics & process automation industries.

SICK, Inc. proudly announces the launch of the TiM$10K Challenge to a select number of US colleges and universities.  If you are receiving this notice you have the opportunity to participate in this prestigious event, with the winning team being awarded $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to visit our worldwide headquarters in Waldkirch, Germany!

Please see the attached contest flyer, program details for official rules and let us know if you have what it takes to face the challenge!!  Please forward to any interested parties within your university.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards,
Stephanie Stanton
Human Resources Business Partner, Talent Management