The University Record, April 15, 1998

Research Reporter

Merrill Lynch Forum Opens Competition for Doctoral Students

The Merrill Lynch Forum has announced an "Innovation Grants Competition" challenging doctoral students to create commercial applications of their dissertation research and has committed $300,000 in cash grants to winning applicants and their universities.

The competition is open to doctoral students who successfully defend their dissertations between Jan. 1, 1996, and July 1, 1998. Entrants will be required to submit a 3,000-word explanation of how their dissertation topic could be translated into a commercial product or service. This description must include: a summary of the dissertation, a description of the most significant commercial idea embodied in it, an analysis of the potential market for the product or service and a discussion of technical steps necessary to bring the innovation to market.

The winning proposal (1 award) -- $50,000; second place (2 awards)-- $20,000 each; and third place (2 awards) -- $10,000 each. Additionally, the winning candidates' university department will receive a $5,000 Innovation Grant in recognition of the institution's support for the entrant.

Deadline: July 1. Additional information can be found at the Web site,, or by calling 1-888-33Forum.

NASA Life Sciences Division Changes Two Program Deadlines

The Life Sciences Division of the NASA Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications has announced a change in the schedule for the release of the NASA Research Announcements (NRA) for the following programs: Gravitational Biology and Ecology, and Biomedical Research and Countermeasures. In the past, the announcement was released in December/January. The new scheduled release date of the announcements is June 1998 and the scheduled proposal due date is October 1998. The NRA will be available on-line at

Jovian System Data Analysis Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is soliciting proposals for basic research in the area of analysis and interpretation of data related to understanding the Jovian system. The objective is to enhance the scientific return from the Galileo mission by broadening the scientific participation in the analysis and interpretation of orbiter and probe data from the primary Galileo mission. Deadline: June 19. Additional information (NRA 98-OSS-05) can be obtained from Neil Gerl, 763-6438, or neilgerl@ Web Site: http://www.hq.nas

NASA/NSF Interagency Research Announcement Investigations of Antarctic Ice Using Satellite Data

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation announce the joint solicitation of proposals for scientific investigations in support of the Office of Earth Science Program and the United States Antarctic Program specific to investigations of Antarctic atmosphere/ocean interactions that affect climate or the mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet. Deadline: May 20. For additional information (NRA 98-OES-03), contact Neil Gerl, 763-6438, or Web Site: http://www

Humanities Fellowship Applications Available

Applications for the Fellowship Program for the National Endowment for the Humanities are available through DRDA. Proposals are submitted directly to NEH for this program by the individual applicant. Deadline: May 1. Contact: Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354.

Washtenaw Council for the Arts

The deadline for the minigrant program for the Washtenaw Council for the Arts is June 5. The program provides up to $2,000 on a matching basis. Contact: Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354.

National Endowment for the Humanities Sets Deadline for Preservation and Access Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities will provide grants to create, preserve and increase the availability of resources for research, education and public programming in the humanities. Deadline: July 1. Contact: Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354.

U.S. Department of Education Announces FIPSE Competition

The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) competition, Disseminating Proven Reforms, CFDA 84.116P, is designed to focus on problem areas or innovative improvements in postsecondary education. Deadline: June 5. Contact: Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354.