Grant Opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges are available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Read more

Community Invited to Time Capsule Ceremony at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, University of North Dakota vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), invites the community and all students, faculty, and staff at the School and the University to the School’s Time Capsule Ceremony on Thursday, October 8, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the John W. Vennes Atrium at the SMHS, 501 North Columbia Road. The ceremony celebrates the new SMHS building, opening in 2016.

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Engineering Robotics Team Scored Top Marks in NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Once again a team of UND student engineers scored top marks in the 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Robotic Mining Competition.2015team

In May, a UND engineering team competed against 50 other teams from universities across the nation and took fourth place in the 2015 Mining Competition and first place in the outreach activity component, which took at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. This is the third year the UND team scored top awards in this NASA competition. Read more

Wayne Seames Provides Engineering Students with Experience in Global Research

Chemical Engineering faculty member Wayne Seames doesn’t need to figure out where to go on vacation the next three summers. Wayne Seames and Chemical Engineering students researching biofuels.

Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, will take three separate cohorts of five engineering students to the University of Leeds thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation International Research for Students program.  Chemical Engineering is part of the UND College of Engineering & Mines.

Seames, the principal investigator, and co-principal investigator Winny Dong of the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona Engineering College (CPP), and international host Professor William Read more

Methodology for Attrition Evaluation of Oxygen Carriers in Chemical Looping Systems

Existing methodologies for attrition evaluation of oxygen carriers in Chemical Looping Combustion systems do not adequately reflect the unique process conditions to which oxygen carriers are exposed, specifically high temperatures and cyclically reacting oxidizing and reducing atmospheres. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) project targets the development of novel equipment and methodologies that address the shortcomings of existing attrition evaluation methods through use of test conditions that broadly account for the process requirements of coal-based chemical looping systems. Read more

2015 Chemistry Homecoming Alumni Lecture

The Alumni lecturer for 2015 is Dr. Carmen Simone, she serves as President, of Trinidad State Junior College, based in Trinidad, Colorado Dr. Simones lecture, entitled “Education Matters” will be given on Friday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. in Abbott Hall, room 101, prior to the lecture at 3:00 p.m. there will be a reception in Abbott Hall, room 232.

~ Kim Myrum, Administrative Secretary, Chemisrty

Grant Opportunities Available as of September 28, 2015


Title: PHOTOVOLTAICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (PVRD), Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001387, Department: DE – GFO, Closing Date: 1/11/2016

Demonstrate a convincing ability to improve the power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability of commercial and emerging PV technologies.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal government; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits Read more

Major UAS Manufacturers Share Plans, Visions

Three of the big hitters among UAS manufacturers and operators—Northrop Grumman, General Atomics and Textron Systems—shared some of their plans, insights and visions with attendees of the 9th Annual UAS Summit and Expo in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Doug Davis, Northrup Grumman director of airworthiness, spoke on the technical challenges and needs of integrating UAS into the national airspace. Dan Fritz, director of international programs for General Atomics, provided details on the company’s plans for a UAS training academy at the Grand Sky UAS park adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. David Phillips, vice president small and medium-endurance UAS for Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, discussed the company’s efforts to transition from the military to commercial UAS market. Read more

Reception Honors Vice President for Research Grant McGimpsey and Wife Margot

Provost Thomas DiLorenzo cordially invites you to a welcome reception for Dr. Grant and Margot McGimpsey. Dr. McGimpsey began his position as UND’s Vice President for Research and Economic Development on September 8, 2015. The reception, which is open to the campus community, is on Tuesday, September 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center–Gransberg Community Room.

More information about this and other UND news can be found in the University Letter. Published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is distributed electronically to the University community and is always available online. For more information, contact editor Jan Orvik at (701) 777-3621.

~ Med School E-News, 9/25/2015

North Dakota Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference is October 21–23, 2015

The North Dakota Department of Human Services invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference scheduled for October 21–23 at the Ramada Inn and Suites in Fargo, ND. This is an event intended to educate parents, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, and first responders about autism.

Keynote speakers are John Elder Robison, Dr. Nancy Minshew, and Dr. Cathy Pratt.

Whether you are new to autism or steeped in its many complexities, this conference has something for everyone. Spaces will fill fast so register today!

For more information and to register, please read more.

~ Med School E-News, 9/25/2015

Research ND Presentation and Open Forum Friday, November 13, 2015

The IP Commercialization & Economic Development (IPCED) office is sponsoring a presentation and open forum on ND Dept. of Commerce grant program RESEARCH NORTH DAKOTA (RND) which is designed to provide grant funds for:

  • Commercialization of new technologies
  • Research & Development of new products
  • Improvement of existing products or processes

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General Atomics to Build Drone Pilot Training Academy in N.D.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will build a 16,000 square feet drone pilot training academy in the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) park just west of Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. said

Hoeven made the official announcement about the San Diego-based General Atomics training academy at the Ninth Annual UAS Summit and Expo in Grand Forks, N.D., on Monday. General Atomics signed a 10-year-lease, Hoeven said, and plans to train 60 international flight crews annually. The flight crews will be from countries across the globe including the Netherlands, France and Italy, who come to the academy to fly Predator and Reaper drones, Hoeven said. Read more

Andrew J. McLean New Chair for Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). McLean is the medical director for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, a role he will continue. McLean is a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at UND, where he has taught since 1993. Before his appointment as medical director of the ND Department of Human Services, he was medical director of the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown and the Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo. Read more

School of Medicine & Health Sciences Announces Premed Day October 24, 2015

Anyone who is interested in learning about a career as a physician or in the process of applying to medical school is invited to attend the annual Premed Day on Saturday, October 24, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS) in Grand Forks.

Organized by the UND SMHS Student Council, this is a wonderful opportunity for college undergraduates and high school juniors and seniors who are thinking about becoming a physician. Individuals who have applied to medical school and who need more specific information on the admissions process may also attend. Read more

Recent Health & Human Services Announcement for Researchers

On Tuesday, the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Susannah Fox, made several announcements about how HHS plans to enable health services researchers.

The new programs were unveiled, and here is the breaking news:

  1. All publications resulting from HHS-funded research will be freely available in PubMed Central starting in 2016
  2. HHS is creating an open data portal so that researchers can request and access datasets directly from the agency

To help researchers take advantage of these exciting new open science initiatives, HHS/Symport are providing free collaborative databases so that research teams can easily collect, store, and share datasets online. Click here to prepare your data for the age of open science or visit to learn more.

~ Mountain Labs, Symport Research Team, 9/24/2015