Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for Nominations Due October 17: Opal Mann Green Award

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the OPAL MANN GREEN ENGAGEMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD for the fifth year. This award recognizes and memorializes Dr. Opal Mann Green's distinguished leadership and dedication to the values of:
• Using democracy in the classroom, in the community, and at home,
• Creating inclusionary teams, and
• Community-based learning and mutually-beneficial action around local issues valued by community members. 
This annual recognition is awarded to two or more teams of individuals whose significant contributions and accomplishments have demonstrated excellence as engaged scholars who practice collaborative democratic strategies reflected in the Kellogg Commission Seven Part Test. The seven characteristics include responsiveness, respect for partners, academic neutrality, accessibility, integration, coordination, and resource partnerships. (See page 12 - 

This recognition will reward authentic teamwork across the organizational structures within the university and community. It will reflect programs that have been valued by the community and are mutually beneficial to partners.
Historically, teams that have been recognized for their excellence by winning the Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award have been eligible for nomination for the Outreach Scholarship/Kellogg Regional Engagement Award and the national Magrath Engagement Award. 
Please nominate worthy teams in your college, department, extension center, and/or unit. Also, please share this with your faculty and staff, so that deserving teams are nominated. The deadline for submission is midnight on October 17, 2014. Additional information, including links to past award winners and application information and rules can be found at the following website:

If you have any questions, please send them to


Opal Mann Green Award Planning Committee 
Dr. Pat Sobrero (Agricultural and Extension Education)
Alice Warren (Vice Provost for Continuing Education)
Dr. Lisa Grable (
formerly of
The Science House)
Andrew Behnke (Youth, Family, and Community Sciences)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chancellor's Innovation Fund: Call for Pre-Proposals

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Technology Transfer is now accepting pre-proposal submissions for the next funding cycle of the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund.  Established by Chancellor Randy Woodson, this fund serves as a resource to assist NCSU innovators with reduction to practice or technology/product development needed to strengthen the commercial potential of intellectual property disclosed to OTT.

CIF awards of up to $75,000 are designed to support short-term (one year or less) commercially-focused research projects. Proposed CIF projects ideally incorporate study endpoints designed to directly address license-enabling milestones required by potential licensees.  Anticipated outcomes include new licensing opportunities or the launch of a new university startup company.

The submission deadline for preproposals is November 4, 2014.   Please note that all preproposal submissions must be associated with an invention disclosure on file with OTT.  For additional details related to eligibility, proposal process, criteria, and submission, please visit

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Please forward this solicitation as we would like a wide range of applicants from across NCSU's vibrant innovation landscape.



Kelly B. Sexton, Ph.D.
Office of Technology Transfer
North Carolina State University
(919) 515-7199 (phone)
(919) 515-3773 (fax)

Office of Technology Transfer
North Carolina State University
Poulton Innovation Center
1021 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

Campus Box 8210
Raleigh, NC 27695-8210

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grant Challenges Explorations in Several Disciplines and Topics

I received this recently from Terri Lomax's office. Please share widely and consider whether you may have a project that would fit with the Gates Foundation's interests.

Dear Colleagues,

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

-    Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control.
-    New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
-    New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
-    Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments to Create an Economic Ecosystem that Will Help Lift the Poorest Out of Poverty
-    Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
-    New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Second Cycle of the Global Innovation Initiative is Now Open

Colleagues, this is strongly STEM oriented, but CHASS disciplines have a lot to offer these projects. Please review and see if you can contribute.

The second cycle of the Global Innovation Initiative is now open.  

A joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom, the Global Innovation Initiative aims to support multilateral research collaboration between institutions of higher education in the U.S., the UK and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia. 

The Global Innovation Initiative seeks to support research with an emphasis on multidisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)‐related issues of worldwide significance. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Webinar: NSF CAREER Program (Junior faculty take note!)

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014
Time: 10:00am -12:30pm EST (2 hour presentation, 30 min Q&A)
Registration Link:                                 

NC State University’s Proposal Development Unit is hosting a webinar for faculty on writing a successful proposal to NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The CAREER webinar, presented by Ms. Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, will cover topics including:

·  How to decide when/if to apply for a CAREER grant
·  How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
·  How to structure your proposal
·  How to develop an education plan
·  Addressing diversity
·  Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
·  A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell reviewers
·  How to analyze reviews and decide whether to revise and resubmit
·  Q&A

A package will be provided including annotated excerpts from successful proposals and helpful resources. To register for the webinar, click on the Registration Link provided above, then click the Register button next to the Event Status heading (registration is required).

If you have questions, please contact Patrick Crowley in the Proposal Development Unit at (919) 515-7585 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Excellent Opportunity for our Grad Students! National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program

I received this from an official at the NSF today. While this looks like a STEM-heavy announcement, please note that "science" as defined in this announcement includes the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE). So it's appropriate for our graduate students; please share broadly with potential applicants and your colleagues.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend 8 weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of the seven host locations in East Asia and Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between NSF and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented Masters or Ph.D. program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science); Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields. Applicants identify and contact host researchers on their own, prior to submitting their EAPSI proposal; lists of prospective host institutions are available at the end of each Handbook.

NSF provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. Our foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location). Please see for additional information for the Program Solicitation (NSF 13-593); host location-specific Handbooks; How to Apply Guide; and Helpful Tips Applicants.

In 2015, approximately 215 EAPSI Fellows travel to seven locations in the East Asia and Pacific:
Australia – 30
China – 40
Japan – 65
Korea – 25
New Zealand – 15
Singapore – 15
Taiwan - 25

The application submission deadline for the Summer 2015 is November 13, 2014

EAPSI Informational Webinars will be conducted on Tue, September 9 and Fri, October 17, 2014, at 2:00 pm ET. Log-in instructions will be available at