The AAMU-RISE Foundation will host a STTR/SBIR Conference
Small Business Technology Transfer/Small Business Innovation Research
Is your institution prepared for the paradigm shift? Funding for research and development is moving away from grants. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts. This conference is also ideal for scientists and small businesses.
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
Please find the conference registration link:
AAMU-RISE Foundation SBIR/STTR Conference
EPA is announcing the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge prize competition that asks student teams to design green infrastructure for their campus. This year, teams will incorporate climate resiliency and consider community engagement in their stormwater management designs. EPA is calling for college and university students to form teams with a faculty advisor to participate in the competition. EPA encourages teams to be multidisciplinary (comprised of planners, engineers, designers, scientists, and more). Teams will be able to submit in either the master plan or demonstration project categories.
Registration for this year’s competition will be open from September 1-30, 2016. Submissions for this year’s competition will be due December 16, 2016 and winners will be announced in Spring 2017.
EPA will offer faculty and student prizes. Faculty advisors will receive $3,000 for first-place teams and $2,000 for second-place teams. Student team members will receive $2,000 for first-place teams and $1,000 for second-place teams.
Please see (https://www.epa.gov/campusrainworks) for more information. Additional questions may be directed to Katelyn Amraen at RainWorks@epa.gov
On Thursday, March 24, 2016 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency will conduct a webinar.
This webinar will feature a presentation by Departmental programs for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available USDA opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions. Registration information is below.
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- For the Webinar, navigate to the following url: https://usdard.adobeconnect.com/gbojes/
- For Audio Only, Dial into the conference line (888-844-9904) from your phone and provide the access code (6815772#)
The National Science Foundation just released a new solicitation – Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES).
NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. The initiative aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status. Significant advancement of these groups will result in a new generation of promising STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future in science and technology.
The grand challenge of broadening participation in STEM is to transform the STEM enterprise at all levels in order to fully engage the nation’s talent for the ultimate improvement of the STEM enterprise. As a comprehensive national initiative, NSF INCLUDES aims to address the various complex equity and inclusion-related challenges and opportunities that characterize the nation’s cultural and linguistic diversity, with a specific emphasis on the aforementioned groups. The goal is to achieve national level impact and progress toward STEM inclusion. Viewing this challenge as a social innovation problem, NSF is particularly interested in using approaches to scaling and growth such as collective impact, networked communities and strategic partnerships. The objective is to develop networks that involve representative organizations and consortia from different sectors that are committed to a common agenda to solve a specific STEM inclusion problem at scale. The long-term goal of NSF INCLUDES is to support, over the next ten years, innovative models, networks, partnerships, and research that enable the U.S. science and engineering workforce to thrive by ensuring that women, blacks, Hispanics, and people with disabilities are represented in percentages comparable to their representation in the U.S. population.
|NSF INCLUDES aims to fund approximately 40 Design and Development Launch Pilots at ~$300,000 each. Proposers are encouraged to enlist partners (e.g., industry, foundations, states) who can help leverage and expand support beyond the federal dollars. More importantly, in FY 2017, all Pilot projects will be eligible to apply for full NSF INCLUDES Alliances, proposed in the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request at a level of $12.5 million each for five years.
Below is the link to the NSF INCLUDES solicitation and a Dear Colleague Letter about the program. HTML: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16544/nsf16544.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click Public Comment: Please see Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 16-048 for related information.
The National Science Foundation’s updated Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) solicitation has just been released. HBCU-UP is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce. To this end, HBCU-UP provides awards to develop, implement, and study evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. Support is available for Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Research Initiation Awards, Implementation Projects, Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects, and Broadening Participation Research Centers; as well as other funding opportunities.
Below is a link to the solicitation.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 17, 2016. The nomination solicitation is available online at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16534/nsf16534.pdf.
Eligible science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentors, both individuals and organizations, may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or friend. Nominations of non-academic organizations and small businesses working to expand STEM talent by mentoring in formal and informal settings also are encouraged.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the award program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). STEM mentoring activities in all sciences, including the biomedical sciences, are eligible for nomination.
NSF is casting a wider net this nomination season to ensure all STEM mentors in the country are recognized for their contributions and to send a message that expanding STEM talent is a community effort. “It’s important to have a robust pool of nominations because that’s really the best way that NSF can get a national snapshot of all of the great work that’s going on in mentoring. Not everyone will win, of course, but we really can best shape our programs when we have a good understanding of what the great ideas are, where people are having success, and how well they’re doing,” said Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of NSFs Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
Webinar, August 27 from 2:00PM-3:30PM EST
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) will host a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.
The WHIHBCU will co-host a webinar with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on August 27, 2015 from 2:00PM-3:30PM EST.
This webinar will feature a presentation by NSF highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Representatives from the HBCU community are invited and encouraged to view the webinar live and ask questions. Webinar information is listed below.
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Webinar link and call information forthcoming!
Please feel free to distribute this information to your networks. We look forward to the webinar!