Student pitch competition: solutions to social and economic challenges

An innovative plan to tackle obesity and a new e-commerce tool for online purchases are among the ideas students will pitch next week during a competition at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, in partnership with its Center for Research and Learning, will host the third annual Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges on Thursday, March 6.

The student idea “pitch” competition will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Thirteen finalists will take the stage this year to share their ideas as the first step in potentially making them a reality. The projects and ventures represent a broad cross section of fields. For example, ideas to be pitched include a system establishing art therapy programs in high-risk schools, an e-commerce tool for use when purchasing clothing online, and a plan to tackle obesity through an innovative new program for college students.

Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges was established to encourage IUPUI students to provide innovative ideas to solve some of the social and economic challenges facing Indiana, the nation and the world. IUPUI students, as individuals or working in teams, are asked to propose new products and/or ventures, within both the for-profit or nonprofit sectors.

The finalists will have three minutes to present their concept or solution to a panel of business community judges using an “elevator pitch” format — without the benefit of slides or other props. The objective is to convince the judges that an idea is an incredible venture or opportunity. The time constraint challenges the students to present themselves, and their ideas, in a concise and persuasive manner, a skill they will need in their professional lives and as future innovators and entrepreneurs.

The students judged to have the most innovative ideas will be awarded cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500 and $500 for first, second and third place, respectively. Audience members will also have a chance to cast a ballot for their favorite idea in an “Audience Choice” category for a prize of $1,000.

For more information, contact Karen White at kfwhite@iupui.edu or 317-274-1083.

Workshop focuses on applying for NSF funding

Friday February 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
UL – Lily Auditorium

How to prepare and submit grant proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the focus of presentations by representatives of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of Research Administration and NSF awardees on the IUPUI faculty.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission, priorities and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Specific topics include a description of the various funding mechanisms and their appropriateness for each career stage, attributes of high quality proposals, and resources available within the University to support proposal development.

Highlighting the event is a panel discussion by current NSF reviewers who will provide an in-depth look into the peer review process.

Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register for this workshop.

2013 IUPUI Research Day: Come and Imagine the Future

Research and creative activity matters at IUPUI and is making an impact every day, locally and throughout the world. The growing advancements in technology and the realization of exciting innovations mean that the skills needed to solve today’s problems and to take advantage of current opportunities are changing at a faster rate than ever before. Now…imagine the future in our globalized job and economic market, highlighting emerging fields of study and celebrating the cutting-edge research and creative activities that fuel economic development in Central Indiana and beyond. The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announces the 5th Annual IUPUI Research Day, an event that will allow participants to do just that…Imagine the Future!

Research Day will be held on Friday April 5, 2013, in the IUPUI Campus Center. The keynote speaker this year is IUPUI’s own Dr. Loren Field. Dr. Field’s presentation will occur during the morning plenary session from 9:30 am to 10:50 am.  This daylong celebration of research and creative activities at IUPUI will also include two poster sessions showcasing the research of our students (graduate, professional and undergraduate) and faculty, recognition of the 2013 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recipients, and a networking reception.

Dr. Field is internationally renowned for his work in genetics and cellular biology, including pioneering efforts in cardiac stem cell research. He is professor of medicine and pediatrics at the School of Medicine and has an appointment in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology.  Prior to his recruitment to Indiana University, Dr. Field was a Senior Staff Investigator at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Dr. Field has served on numerous grant review programs for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and on the editorial board of a number of journals focused on cardiovascular research.  He is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (1992-1997), a Founding Fellow of the International Society of Heart Research (2001), a participant of several American Heart Association Science Writers Forums, and a recipient of the Bristol Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant Award (1996-2000). 

Dr. Field is also the recipient of the 2012 Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. Research Scholar Award. The award is IUPUI’s highest recognition of outstanding, continuing research, scholarship or creative activity by a faculty member. Dr. Field has a long-standing interest in the regenerative capacity of the adult heart; his research efforts are focused on enhancing this regenerative activity with the hopes of developing interventions to treat failing hearts.  The success of this research would offer the potential for seriously ill patients whose tissue has been damaged by heart attack to “re-grow” their own hearts. Imagine what the future holds for this critically important field of inquiry and practice.

To register, visit http://crl.iupui.edu/Events/eventsRegistration.asp?id=3091. For more details about all Research Day activities, please go to http://research.iupui.edu/events/researchday2013/index.php.  Questions can be directed to Etta Ward at emward@iupui.edu or 278-8427.

 

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Workshop: Research Commercialization, Intellectual Property, and Entrepreneurship

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Where: University Library, Room 1126

IUPUI faculty and students from across the disciplines are involved in innovative and exciting research projects — some of which might lead to inventions, technologies, software programs, or businesses.  This workshop introduces faculty and students to the basics of research commercialization, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship in the IU system.

Representatives from the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the IU Research and Technology Corporation will outline the steps from research idea to commercial implementation in this informative session.  They will answer such questions as: What are IU’s intellectual property policies? Should my software be open source or proprietary? Are there other researchers or community partners that can help me develop my idea? How do I translate my university research into a commercial product?

Click here to register

Save the Date: 2013 IUPUI Research Day: APRIL 5, 2013

Save the Date: 2013 IUPUI Research Day: APRIL 5, 2013

On April 5, 2013 the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will host the 2013 IUPUI Research Day. This open house celebrates the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities of IUPUI. This full day event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Research Day provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, their academic, industrial, and governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, to explore new collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Click here to register. More details will be announced in upcoming Research Enterprise issues.

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (IAHI) Grant Information Session

Sponsored by The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

When: Thursday, February 07, 2013 | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Where: University Library, Room 1126

This session will provide participants with an overview of the IAHI internal funding opportunity, how to apply and more importantly how to develop a competitive proposal. Members of the IAHI grant advisory group will be present to answer questions, as well as IUPUI faculty who have received IAHI funding and who have reviewed arts and humanities proposals.

REGISTER HERE: http://crl.iupui.edu/Events/eventsRegistration.asp?id=3105

Call for AY 2013-2014 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) Proposals

The Center for Research and Learning welcomes proposals for the AY 2013-2014 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) at IUPUI. Proposals should represent two or more disciplines and should offer undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a substantive research experience focused on a significant research problem.

This is a unique opportunity provided to IUPUI faculty and researchers for mentoring students while conducting pilot projects or testing new techniques and designs.

Some key points regarding this year’s program are as follows:

  • Faculty writing proposals are encouraged to review the document entitled MURI FAQs for Faculty Submitting Proposals.
  • Proposals must be submitted by using the current version of the MURI Project Proposal Form.
  • The MURI Review Committee will review the submitted proposals using the MURI Proposal Evaluation Form (log in with IUPUI username and password).
  • Graduate students and post-doctoral trainees may also serve as co-mentors on a team.
  • Proposals are due by midnight on March 22, 2013, to the following address: CRLGrant@iupui.edu
  • The Proposal Review Committee Meeting is currently scheduled for April 12, 2013
  • The announcement regarding funded proposals is currently scheduled for April 16, 2013.
  • Once the selected projects are posted to the CRL website, students may apply to MURI and rank their project choices beginning April 30, 2013 with a deadline of September 10, 2013.
  • The Academic Year program begins on October 4, 2013, and continues through April 30, 2014.

MURI is jointly funded by the Center for Research and Learning, a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and the School of Engineering and Technology.

Project proposals from all disciplines on the IUPUI campus are encouraged.

For more information contact Elizabeth Rubens erubens@iupui.edu

Signature Centers Initiative Proposal Workshop

The Signature Centers Initiative (SCI) was begun in 2006 in an effort to create strong research units, which are uniquely identifiable with IUPUI and will lead the way in world-class research and creative activities that will substantiallyenhance the reputation of our campus. I am happy to announce the 6th round of submission for SCI proposals. Application guidelines are attached to this message. Deadline for application is April 1, 2013. Please share this announcement with faculty in your school.

Moreover, our office will offer a workshop on January 11, 2013, for those interested in applying for SCI funding. Registration for the workshop is strongly encouraged. A description of the workshop and the link to the registration site are provided below.

Center Proposals for Signature Centers Initiative

When: Friday, January 11, 2013 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Where: University Library, Room 1126

This workshop is intended for those interested in submitting high quality center proposals to the Signature Centers Initiative program.  The intent is to provide the participants with a better understanding of what constitutes a research center and its desired attributes. In addition, the review process and review criteria for Signature Centers Initiative applications will be discussed. Ample time will be given for questions.

To register: http://crl.iupui.edu/Events/eventsRegistration.asp?id=3080