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2019 Ford C3 Contest is Open and due April 3.

On behalf of Farah Harb, Ford Fund Global  Education Programs Analyst, we invite you to submit a proposal for the 2019 Ford College Community Challenge (C3), an innovative national challenge-grant initiative.  As a member of the Ford Blue Oval Network, you understand the importance of community-enriching projects for individuals and students.

This grant is designed to work with colleges to catalyze student-led, neighborhood-building projects that address pressing local needs through the theme “Making Lives Better.” Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals that will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas.

How to Enter


Feel free to share this news with other schools for multiple proposals for different projects.  We look forward to reading your ideas. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for Ford C3-related news.

If you have any questions, please direct emails  to

NSF revises small business application process

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is piloting changes to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal submission process. The pilot replaces a recommended pre-proposal step, the Executive Summary, with a required first step, the Project Pitch.

Starting in March 2019, startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they are a good fit for the SBIR/STTR program’s objectives of supporting innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Startups or entrepreneurs can submit a Project Pitch at any time during the pilot, which runs through December 2019.

More details about the NSF’s new process are available at

Join our first webinar about the Project Pitch on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET.


Dear Colleague Letter: Revisions to the Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart and Connected Communities Program Deadlines


Andrea Belz to lead NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Application Guide – February 2019


Letter of Intent Deadline Date: March 25, 2019
Program Guidelines: NSF 19-550  In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering …   More at

ORNL Virtual Career Fair is Feb 20.


Interested in a STEM internship or research experience at the largest U.S. Department of Energy open science laboratory?

Don’t miss out! Join Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. ET for the L.I.V.E. ORNL Science Education and Workforce Development Virtual Career Fair!


If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact us at


ORNL Virtual Career Fair Flyer 2019

Volunteers needed for Spoken Dialogue Data Collection

The Computer Sciences department is looking for volunteers to take part in a study that will collect audio recordings of two-person conversations. This study is a part of an ongoing research into improving Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. The research is lead by Keith Vertanen (CS).

AAC devices help non-speaking individuals communicate and provide a crucial communication capability for people with conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism and cerebral palsy.

During the study, you will be asked to record yourself speaking a series of turns in an existing two-person dialogue. The study takes approximately one hour and will take place on campus. You will be paid $10 cash.

To participate, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a fluent speaker of English
  • Be willing to have your voice recorded and shared as part of a public research data set

Click here to schedule a session. For more information, email Jiban Adhikary.


NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows

Solicitation: NSF 19-507
Due Date: July 01, 2019
Institutional Limit: 2


Growing Convergence Research (GCR)


Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I


Solicitation: NSF 19-555
Due Date: March 04, 2019
Institutional Limit: 1
Limit Summary:An organization may submit no more than ONE STTR Phase I proposal per full proposal submission window. Submission of an invited STTR Phase I full proposal to a given submission window precludes the same applicant to the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review.


EHR Core Research: Production Engineering Education and Research (ECR: PEER)


Dear Colleague Letter: Transitioning the NSF Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) Program

Pavlis Honors Pathway Program Now Accepting Applications

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications for fall 2019. Students are eligible to apply if they have two or more years remaining on campus. Pavlis offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference.

If you know of a student who may be interested in graduating with honors from Michigan Tech, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 8, however, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited.

Find out why success means more than GPA:

Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice AI Funding Opportunity

Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice AI Funding Opportunity — NIJ seeks proposals for innovative, investigator-initiated technology research and development (R&D) projects to apply advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote the successful reentry of offenders under community supervision. Ideally, the R&D funded through this solicitation will result in fielded AI solutions that remain in use with community supervision agencies at the completion of the project. Proposals are due by May 13, 2019.  The NIJ AI solicitation is available here.