Jan. 4, 2018


Proposed Changes to Commencement Ceremonies
Last semester, our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and administration have been engaging in discussions centered around retaining our valued commencement traditions, while also accommodating our growing number of graduates. We have listened to your responses and write today to provide you with our Commencement redesign plan.  Please note that these changes will not take effect until the December 2018 ceremonies. Read more >>


Reviewers Needed for 2018 President's Book Award Submissions

Department of Energy Seeking Applicants for Solar Energy Innovators Program

Applications Open for 2018 Summer ORISE Fellowship at Centers for Disease Control

Research Opportunities Available in the National Center for Toxicological Research Summer ORISE Fellowship

Spend a Summer Researching at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

New Faculty Development Videos Outline the Numerous Resources Available for Faculty

iLaunch Competition Applications Open Now Until March 1st



Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The deadline for applications for the FY 2018 awards is Monday, January 8, at noon EST. Each ORAU member councilor may submit up to two applications each year. All applications must be received electronically at PoweAwards@orau.org. Fax submittals will not be accepted. For more information >>

ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program: Phase 2 Deadline March 26, 2018
The deadline for the ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program Phase 2 joint ORAU/university proposal submissions is March 26, 2018. As a reminder, ODRD projects are joint collaborations consisting of innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of ORAU’s core capabilities and our member universities research interests. Universities may propose ODRD Concepts for potential collaboration with an ORAU subject matter expert (SME). University ODRD concepts are vetted by each school’s ORAU Councilor and submitted on the Value Through Partnerships External SharePoint Site: https://upo.orau.org/Partners/default.aspx. Research concepts need to be submitted as early as possible to provide sufficient time to develop the joint proposals. After matching interests, Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications are submitted by the ORAU SME, on behalf of the collaboration team. Phase 1 participation is not a requirement for Phase 2. Phase 1 travel grants are considered on an on-going basis. For additional program information, please visit the ODRD Program page on the ORAU website >>


Notices of Intent Now Submitted Through Competition Space
To submit your notice, go to https://ttu.infoready4.com and click on “Limited Submission Notice of Intent.” Click the “Apply” button and login through the “Texas Tech University Login” option. You will use your eRaider login. Fill in the necessary information on the application form. Once your application is completed, click on “Submit.”

Epicenters for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs); Cycle II Multicenter
Program Studies
Jan. 23

American National Election Studies Competition (ANES)
Jan. 23

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Feb. 8

The Funding Resources and Limited Submissions pages have more listings and information.


Please note that the number of external awards for which the university will provide incentives to faculty has been expanded to more than 200. For a comprehensive listing >>

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
Feb. 1, 2018

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellows
April 11, 2018

July 18, 2018

The Targeted External Awards for Faculty page has a complete listing of eligible awards.


March 5 - 23
March NSF Regional I-Corps Programs
Innovation Hub at Research Park
The Innovation Hub at Research Park, in partnership with the Southwest I-Corps Node, is offering a regional NSF I-Corps program to develop the commercial value of academic research and innovation. The program introduces teams to the lean launchpad approach, which helps teams assess the potential value of their innovation and quickly and effectively validate their commercialization strategy. Teams completing the regional program will be eligible to apply for the national NSF I-Corps program and a $50,000 I-Corps team grant. Contact Weston Waldo for more details. To apply >>

March 6 - 8
73rd Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions
ORAU's 73rd Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be focused on "Public Health Security and Biological Threats." The meeting will focus on the issues related to preparedness for bioterrorism and other major public health threats. Your participation will provide an opportunity for you and your colleagues to discuss key science and technology challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia and federal agencies will share their views on the effective strategies for continued progress in areas of national importance for global health security. Visit the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions official website to view the agenda and featured speakers as well as complete your registration. Please designate a proxy to attend if you are unable to attend. Due to security requirements, registration for non-US Citizens closes on February 6, 2018 and registration for US Citizens closes on February 13, 2018. If you have any questions send an email to university.partnerships@orau.org.

March 25 - 27
2018 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop
Charlotte, NC
Sponsored by the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, this workshop will cover the basics of CAREER proposal writing and review.  It will include presentations by NSF Program Officers and recent CAREER awardees, a mock panel review using actual awarded and declined CAREER proposals, and a feedback session where small groups will review and discuss the draft CAREER proposal project summaries that each participant prepared.  Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with current and previous NSF Program Officers.  The workshop will be hands-on, requiring that all participants read and review six CAREER proposals, actively participate in the mock panel reviews, which are designed as a realistic simulation of actual CAREER proposal review panels. Application deadline for this event is January 8, 2018. For more info >>


Life Outside of Brian: A Look at the Cast Before and After Monty Python
Outlandish, funny and absurd, Monty Python has been making people laugh since the 60s. The comedy troupe, made up of members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin, are known worldwide for their comedy sketches and movies such as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Learn more >>

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