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Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative

The Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative program supports basic multi-disciplinary research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. 


The goal of the Department of Energy's, ARPA-E’s ULTRAFAST program is to advance the performance limits of silicon, wide bandgap and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor devices and significantly improve their actuation methods to support a more capable, resilient, and reliable future grid. 

External events and announcements

NSF's S&CC and CIVIC programs - seeking reviewers

NSF is once again seeking reviewers for both the Smart & Connected Communities program and the related Civic Innovation Challenge program. 


If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for these programs over the coming months, please respond to the questionnaire by March 10.

KU Center for Genomics — 2nd Annual Research Symposium

The KU Center for Genomics invites you to the 2nd Annual Research Symposium. The meeting will be held in person on Friday, May 19, at Maceli's Banquet Hall in Lawrence. The symposium aims to highlight genetics and genomics work by researchers at regional institutions in diverse fields from evolutionary biology to anthropology to engineering. They will have an exciting keynote talk from UCSF Postdoctoral Scholar, Colin Brand on his work examining molecular phenotypes using machine learning.


Everyone is invited, especially postdocs, graduate students, research staff and undergraduate students, to apply to present their work via poster or oral presentation. Abstracts are due March 15 for oral presentations. Registration is open until April 15, 2023. The event is free for anyone to present or attend, and registration is required. 


Read additional information about the symposium including registration information.

Please contact with any questions.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Competition Opening Soon

Applications due September 15, 2023

Curious where your Fulbright journey could take you?

Join a webinar to learn more!

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program's 2024-25 competition will open soon,featuring over 400 awards offered in more than 135 countries. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards allow academics, professionals and artists who are U.S. citizens to teach, research, and carry out professional projects abroad.

The first webinars of the year will share details about the U.S. Scholar Program, awards and the application process. Register to join us and learn more:

March 8: Europe and Eurasia

March 16: Western Hemisphere

March 22: Sub Saharan Africa

March 30: Middle East and North Africa

Visit the webinar schedule for details about events throughout the competition, featuring specific countries, regions and disciplines.

Apply to Present at the Innovation Festival

Applications are being accepted from companies and individuals interested in presenting about company or academic efforts and research in the following topic areas:

  • Deep Tech: Biology, Engineering, Agriculture, Space, Energy, Digital, and more!
  • Tech Cluster Development Efforts
  • Start-up Pitches
  • Investor Talks
  • Talent Recruitment Talks
  • Research or Project Talks: Genetic Mechanisms, Engineering Advancements, Nutrition & The Microbiome, Digital Health, Drugs & Pharmacology, Development & Disease, Data Science, and Computational Biology

Oral and poster presentations are available. Add your insight and expertise to the Innovation Festival lineup. Apply to present, TODAY! 

BioKansas Early Career Webinar Series

Build your professional knowledge and advance your skills with the BioKansas spring webinar series. This series contains lessons essential to your success.

Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths - March 14

Join this session to familiarize yourself with data on the value of professional skills for bioscience careers and career satisfaction; discuss ways to strengthen professional skills; and learn strategies to demonstrate professional skills in resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

Writing an Effective Resume - April 11

Join this session to: understand the key differences between a resume and Curriculum vitae, learn how to structure a resume, receive tips on formatting, explore ways to effectively highlight your experiences, and discover how to tailor a resume for each role.

These courses are appropriate for early career scientists from undergraduate through postdoctoral level.

Students and postdocs from BioKansas member institutions are invited to attend the series for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact BioKansas for a discount code.

NSF GRANTED Office Hours

2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays through April 26

Heard about the new Growing Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity, or GRANTED, and you want to learn more? Thinking about applying to our most recent Dear Colleague Letter? Then NSF invites you to GRANTED office hours, held every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. to meet with the GRANTED team of Program Directors.

  • All meetings during office hours are 1-on-1. Guests are seen in the order they join. You may have to wait if others join before you.
  • If you need captions or other accommodations, please contact Dina Stroud in advance.

Learn more.

NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Office Hours

1-2 p.m.

Thursday, March 2

2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15

NSF Program Directors will be available at virtual office hours to answer your questions about NSF's Revolutionizing Engineering Departments, or IUSE/PFE: RED, program solicitation 23-553. The RED program supports radical changes to the training of undergraduate engineering students to help them establish identities as professional engineers with the technical and professional skills needed to solve the complex problems facing society.

RED solicitation 23-553 is limited to the RED Two-Year track. RED Two-Year projects will develop radically new approaches among multiple two-year institutions to expand the path to engineering and engineering technology four-year programs from two-year institutions with programs such as pre-engineering, engineering and engineering technology.

At RED office hours, come prepared with your questions or simply join in to listen. Responses will be provided to questions typed into the Zoom chat window or you may use your microphone to ask a question. Office hours will not be recorded. 

Learn more and register to attend.

NSF Innovation Corps Teams Q&A Webinar


Thursday, March 2

Please join this I-Corps Teams webinar to ask an I-Corps program director questions and hear updates about the I-Corps program, curriculum, and important dates.

Register for the I-Corps Teams webinar on Zoom.

Spring 2023: Global Centers Office Hours

2:30-3:30 p.m., March 7

2-3 p.m., March 13

1-2 p.m., March 17

2-3 p.m., March 20

2:30-3:30 p.m., March 21

The Global Centers Program Team is hosting a series of Virtual Office Hours aimed at giving potential PIs an opportunity to ask questions. The series of sessions will start on March 7 and end on May 2, during which any questions about the program can be asked and discussed. Two of the sessions will have a special focus: Monday, March 13, focus on non-R1 institutions and Monday, March 20, focus on minority-serving institutions.

There are no restrictions on attending multiple sessions, so please feel free to attend the session which best fits your schedule. The zoom link will be the same for all sessions.

Frontiers Research Symposium

Thursday, March 9

Frontiers is hosting a Research Symposium on March 9 with the theme "Communicating Research to Communities." The event will begin at 11 a.m. and include a poster session and reception from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

NSF Virtual Office Hour featuring the new Safe and Inclusive Work Environments Plan Requirement

2-4 p.m.

Monday, March 20

Several solicitations from the Directorates for Biological Sciences and Geological Sciences will soon require the submission of a Safe and Inclusive Work Environments Plan that will be considered as part of the Broader Impacts criteria during the review process.

An upcoming Virtual Office Hour will occur on March 20 from 2-3 p.m. Program Officers from BIO and GEO will provide an overview of the new requirement and take your questions and comments.

If you are planning a submission that will involve off-campus or off-site research, defined as data/information/samples being collected off-campus or off-site including via fieldwork and research activities on vessels and aircraft, you are encouraged to join this webinar. 

Register to attend.

Office Hours: Preparing your Phase I Proposal for America’s Seed Fund at NSF

1-2 p.m.

March 23, April 6

Join this open-ended session to ask questions about what’s needed when creating a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer proposal. An SBIR/STTR program director will answer questions and point you to resources. Prior to this session, you're encouraged to learn more about the proposal process, then come prepared with any questions you have.

Register for the Preparing your Phase I Proposal for America's Seed Fund webinar on Zoom.

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