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    Research News

    May 2005 Issue

    Table of Contents:

    Editor's Desk

    Mary Spina Says Goodbye

    SBIR/STTR Workshop Results

    National Science Foundation CAREER Announcement

    Research Support Services 2005 Workshop Series

    Recent IIT Awards

    NCIIA Grants - deadline May 13

    Program Funding and Grants Administration Seminar

    ERIF Report - Dr. M. Vural

    ERIF Report - Dr. X. Li and Dr. G. Raman


    Past Issues of Research News

    From the Editor's Desk

    Dear Readers,
    Research News will now be published monthly, allowing for a more timely reception of information. We hope you enjoy the new schedule.

    - Julia Chase
    Editor, Research News
    Director, Communications for Graduate Affairs and Research

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    Thank You and Goodbye
    By Mary T. Spina, CRA

    As you know, my last day will be May 31. IIT has been my professional home since 1998 and I feel that we have accomplished many things at the Graduate College. With the solid staff that has been established in Research Support Services, I know that many achievements will follow in the future. I have been provided many opportunities for growth within my profession and have always felt supported in my endeavors.

    There are so many people that I would like to thank for making work fun, challenging and motivating. But to risk leaving anyone out, I'll just broadly say "thanks" to everyone. I will truly miss IIT and the wonderful people that I have been lucky enough to work with on a daily basis. IIT will remain a special part of my life and I wish the university every success in the future.

    I am looking forward to being a stay-at-home mom with my son, Jeremy, something I have wanted to do for some time. I'll keep in touch, bothering some of you with digital pictures of Jeremy and our adventures to Lincoln Park Zoo, the Botanic Gardens, museums, the park. And I may even visit sometime.

    Take care and thank you.

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    SBIR/STTR Workshop Results
    By Robert LaPointe

    The Graduate College hosted its third Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) workshop on Friday, April 15, 2005. Forty faculty members, students and entrepreneurs attended and received an overview of SBIR and STTR programs. Bill Price reviewed the grant application process and offered strategies on how to compete an application. Bob Anderson gave a presentation on how a SBIR grant can be used to raise start-up capital for small businesses, and how these funds fit into the overall business plan. The workshop ended with Grant Bunker and Ivan Nesch speaking about their experiences in applying for and receiving funding from the SBIR and STTR programs. For those unable to attend, the Graduate College plans to offer another workshop in the fall.

    SBIR programs are administrated through federal agencies with extramural research and development budgets over $100 million using an annual set-aside of 2.5% for small companies to conduct innovative research or research and development (R/R&D) that has potential for commercialization and public benefit. To date over $12 billion has been awarded by the SBIR program to various small businesses.

    For more information on the SBIR program please go to

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    National Science Foundation CAREER Announcement

    The National Science Foundation CAREER proposals deadline dates have been announced.
    NOTE: Because this competition results in a large number of proposals generated by IIT faculty, proposals not submitted by these deadlines risk not being submitted to NSF. If you are planning to submit a proposal, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) at 312-567-3035 or Domenica G. Pappas, CRA, Director of OSRP at
    For administrative portions of your proposal, the deadlines are:

    July 12: BIO, CISE, EHR
    July 13: ENG
    July 14: GEO, MPS, SBE, OPP

    Completed full proposals ready for submission have these deadlines:

    July 15: BIO, CISE, EHR
    July 18: ENG
    July 19: GEO, MPS, SBE, OPP

    By July deadline the applicant must:

    • Hold a doctoral degree in a field of science or engineering supported by NSF
    • Be untenured
    • Have not previously received an NSF PECASE or CAREER
    By October 1st, following the July deadline, the applicant must:

    Be employed in a tenure-track position (or tenure-track-equivalent position) as an assistant professor (or equivalent title); Tenure-track associate professors are not eligible.

    Proposers may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition, and may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

    You should read the solicitation (05-579) carefully.

    There is an FAQ document available at:

    There is a checklist page available at:

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    Research Support Services Workshop Series for 2005

    Mark your calendars! IIT Graduate College Research Support Services will offer the following workshops in 2005. Workshop Descriptions are as follows; dates are below:

    Fund Searching workshop: Learn to search for funds for your research program. Set up automatic alerts so you learn of new solicitations in your field of research as soon as possible!

    Compliance workshop: Learn about IIT's review committees: IRB (Institutional Review Board) for human subjects research; IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) for research involving animal subjects; and IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee) for research involving biological materials and other potentially hazardous agents. Find out how to apply and how to make sure your project complies with institutional guidelines.

    Proposal Writing workshop: Learn to craft a high-quality, compelling, competitive research proposal.

    Budgeting Basics workshop: The workshop will cover budget item definitions and what a good budget justification should include. Participants will develop a typical budget used in proposal submissions.

    Tentative Schedule of Workshops, 2005:

    April: Budgeting Basics workshop, April 8th

    May: Fund Searching workshop, May 13th

    July: Proposal Writing workshop, July 15th

    September: Fund Searching workshop, September 9th;
    Budgeting Basics workshop, September 16th;
    Compliance workshop, September 23rd

    November: Proposal Writing workshop, November 11th.

    The above are tentative dates; please watch for emails and future issues of Research News describing exact time, location, and signup procedures.

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    Recent IIT Awards

    Awards received during March 2004 at IIT

    Proposal Submission Comparison FY 04/05

    Important Note: a "$0" next to an award indicates a no-cost extension has been granted.

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    NCIIA Grants - deadline May 13
    Twice yearly the NCIIA awards grants totalling over $1 million to its member institutions to support and strengthen invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship through curricular development and the work of Advanced E-Teams. This RFP reflects an expanded focus, placing priority on products, technologies and curricula that benefit the environment and the human condition.

    Grants are awarded in two major categories:

    • Course and Program grants - awarded for the purpose of strengthening existing programs or building new programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Grants are up to $50,000 for periods of 1-3 years.
    • Advanced E-Team grants - provide E-Teams with the support they need to bring an innovative product or technology from idea to prototype, and eventually to market. Grants are up to $20,000 for periods of 12-24 months.
    • Other grant categories - resource grants for new initiatives that will develop into useful resources for E-Teams. Also dissemination grants to faculty to present NCIIA-related papers at professional meetings and conference sponsorship grants to organizations that share similar objectives

    Apply for an NCIIA grant online at

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    Program Funding and Grants Administration Seminar
    June 23-24, 2005 hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. NIH electronic research administration labs will be offered on Wednesday, June 22.

    Information on programs and logistics for the 2005 NIH Regional Seminar is available from the NIH Office of Extramural Research regional seminar website at:

    Questions regarding registration or logistics should be directed to the host university. Questions on the program content may be directed to Megan Columbus, NIH Regional Seminar Coordinator, at 301-435-0937 or

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    ERIF Report: Dr. M. Vural

    Dr. M. Vural received an award from IIT's ERIF program (Educational
    Research Initiative Fund). ERIF award recipients are required to submit a
    final technical report for Research News.

    Dr. Vural's final technical report, "Infrared Detector-Optics System for In-Situ Measurement of Plastic Work Converted into Heat during Dynamic Deformation of Solids," may be found here.

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    ERIF Report: Dr. X Li and Dr. G. Raman

    Dr. X. Li and Dr. G. Raman received an award from IIT's ERIF program (Educational Research Initiative Fund). ERIF award recipients are required to submit a final technical report for Research News.

    Dr. Li's and Raman's final technical report, "Modeling and Large-scale Simulation for Acoustic Seal Technology," may be found here.

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    Editor and Production Coordinator: Julia Chase

    Ali Cinar, PhD
    Dean of the Graduate College and
    Vice Provost for Research
    (312) 567-3637

    Alexander J. Flueck, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research
    (312) 567-3625

    Mary T. Spina, CRA
    Assistant Dean for Research
    Executive Director, Research Support Services
    (312) 567-3035

    The Staff of Research Support Services:

    Toni R. Allen
    Associate Director
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035

    Pamela Andrews
    Research Coordinator
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3022

    Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA
    Office of Research Compliance and Proposal Development
    (312) 567-7141

    Robert Lapointe, MBA
    Manager, Research Marketing & Business Development
    Graduate College
    (312) 567-7135

    Domenica G. Pappas, CRA
    Office of Sponsored Research & Programs
    (312) 567-3035

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