Pre-Application: October 29th, 2018
The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive research concepts and inventive processes to advance vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.
The 2019 Michelson Prizes have been expanded to include three focus areas: Human Immunology, Computational Biology and Protein Engineering, andNeglected Parasitic Diseases. All focus areas are aimed at supporting research with the potential to transform vaccine and immunotherapy discovery.
Applicants must be under the age of 35 at the time of pre-application submission (born on or after Oct 29, 1983) and affiliated with an academic, nonprofit, industry or government research organization. International researchers are encouraged to apply.
For more information and program details please visit the Human Vaccines Project website.
NASA Centennial Challenges Program
Deadline: January 24, 2019
In accordance with the NASA Prize Authority, the NASA Centennial Challenges program has released Phase 1 of the CO₂Conversion Challenge. Interested teams that wish to compete may now register on the official Challenge site at www.co2conversionchallenge.org.
NASA Centennial Challenges is a program of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the nation. NASA is providing the prize purse, and NASA Centennial Challenges will be managing the Challenge with support from Common Pool.
The CO₂ Conversion Challenge is devoted to fostering the development of CO₂ conversion systems that can effectively produce singular or multiple molecular compounds identified as desired microbial manufacturing ingredients and/or that provide a significant advancement of physicochemical CO₂ conversion for the production of useful molecules. NASA envisions this competition having two phases with a total prize purse of up to $1 million. Phase 1 (the current phase) is the Concept Phase with a prize purse of up to $250,000 to demonstrate capabilities to develop technologies to manufacture “food” for microbial bioreactors from CO₂ and hydrogen molecules, with the ultimate goal of producing glucose. The initiation of Phase 2, a Demonstration Challenge with a prize purse of up to $750,000, is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieve the Challenge goals. The official rules for Phase 2 will be released prior to the opening of Phase 2.
Official documentation related to this Challenge can be found at www.co2conversionchallenge.org.
Interested teams should submit their registration by 5:00pm Central Time on January 24, 2019. Submissions must be received by 5:00pm Central Time on February 28, 2019. No further requests for review will be accepted after this date.
Inventors at University of Utah Eligible for New NAI Membership Program
Faculty, staff and students at University of Utah are now eligible to apply for the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) newest membership category, the Senior Member Program.
The University of Utah is a member of the NAI, which recognizes and honors invention and innovation within the academic community. As a member institution, individuals within our community have an exclusive eligibility for the NAI’s Senior Member Program.
“The Senior Member Program is an incredible opportunity for our member institutions to involve inventors and innovators at every point in their careers,” said Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI. “We are eager to welcome the first class of Senior Members, who will have access to singular opportunities for networking and career growth.”
The Senior Member Program recognizes active researchers with success in patents, licensing and commercialization who aspire to make a positive impact on the welfare of society. The eligibility requirements state that nominees must be affiliated with a Member Institution of the NAI, such as University of Utah.
Nominations for the Senior Member Program open on Oct. 1, 2018 and will continue on a rolling basis. Notices of election will be announced quarterly. For more information, contact Jacquie Burckley, NAI Senior Member Coordinator.
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF ENG, GEO, and SBE Directorates Accepting Proposals for Research Related to the 2018 Hurricane Season
Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), and the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) encourage the submission of proposals that address challenges related to Hurricane Florence, similar events that could occur in the coming weeks, and their aftermaths. These directorates support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results enable families, communities, businesses, institutions, and governments to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from future catastrophic events. With this DCL, NSF seeks to support research on new science and engineering questions posed by such natural disasters, primarily those that require immediate, time-sensitive data collection and other research activities to advance basic science.
The ENG, GEO, and SBE directorates invite proposals to support time-sensitive research seeking to address the challenges related to Hurricane Florence and any other hurricanes that might occur in the United States prior to October 31, 2018. Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposals may be submitted to conduct new research related to these hurricanes. Although NSF accepts RAPID proposals at any time, Hurricane Florence-related RAPID awards proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time on October 15, 2018.
Submission Guidelines: The RAPID funding mechanism supports projects for which there is an urgent need for data, facilities, or specialized equipment that can be utilized for quick-response research about natural disasters. RAPID proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief. They may not exceed five pages. Requests may be up to $200,000 and up to one year in duration. See the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.E.1 for instructions on preparation of a RAPID proposal. Proposals submitted pursuant to this DCL must designate the proposal as being related to this DCL by including “2018 Hurricane Season:” at the beginning of the proposal title.
To submit a RAPID request, investigators must contact the ENG, GEO, or SBE Program Officer most closely related to the proposal topic before submitting to determine if the proposed activities meet NSF’s guidelines for these types of submissions or whether the proposed work is more suitable for submission as a regular research proposal.
Proposals submitted pursuant to this DCL may request the use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources such as Blue Waters or Stampede2. In these cases, investigators must contact the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) prior to submission of the proposal.
Research proposals relating to a better fundamental understanding of storms and their impacts (physical, biological and societal), human aspects of natural disasters (including first responders and the public), means of improving emergency response methods, and approaches that promise to reduce future damage also are welcome. NSF continues to support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results on the topics listed above are not time-sensitive. Such proposals should be submitted to standing programs and competitions according to their established deadlines.
Investigators with general questions are advised to contact one of the following Directorate liaisons:
ENG: Joy Pauschke, email@example.com, (703) 292-7024
GEO: Chungu Lu, firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 292-8524
SBE: Robert (Bob) O’Connor, email@example.com, (703) 292-7263
Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering
Assistant Director, Directorate for Geosciences