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Register now for the
Research Commercialization Introductory Course Starting Friday April 15

The Research Commercialization Introductory Online Course is designed to help researchers better understand what research commercialization really is and how it works. This is a very popular online course with generally over 1000 researchers taking it each time it is offered. It is taught by government and industry experts. 

The Research Commercialization Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (especially grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months. 

Research can be commercialized in a number of ways. Your research will likely result in various artifacts, such as articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, and it is these artifacts that are commercialized in one form or another. Most commonly, research is commercialized by the researcher being employed by a company or lab. (This also can be as an independent contractor in the form of a part-time consulting agreement). In some cases, commercialization might take the form of licensing patents to an independent company. In rare but important cases, it might take the form of creating a startup by you and your colleagues. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).

Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs

Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A. 

Please forward this announcement to S&E graduate students and post-docs. 


This workshop course is offered free of charge but registration is required.

Click here to register or go to 


Registered students who achieve 60% or greater on the final online multiple-choice test at the end of the program will be granted a Certificate of Successful Completion for this course.

Class Schedule:

Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research
Friday, April 15, 2011, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Panelists: Steve Ferguson (NIH), Henry Wixon (NIST), Frank Barros (DHS)

Lecture 2: Patents, Copyright, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
Monday, April 18, 2011, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Panelists: Henry Wixon (NIST), Bruce Goldstein (NIH)

Lecture 3: Employment and Consulting Agreements
Friday, April 22, 2011, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Panelists: Ed Clancy (ACTA Technology, Inc), Robert Stulberg (Rothman & Stulberg, LLP)

Lecture 4: Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements
Monday, April 25, 2011, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Panelists: Mojdeh Bahar (NIH), Steve Ferguson (NIH)

Lecture 5: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
Friday, April 29, 2011, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Panelists: Frank Barros (DHS), Ali Andalibi (NIH), Christine Villa (BRTRC, Inc.)

Lecture 6: The Research-Intensive Company and Early Stage Funding
Monday, May 2, 2011, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Panelist: Ashley Stevens (Boston University)

Co-Organizers and Co-Moderators:

Ali Andalibi
Program Director
National Cancer Institute
SBIR Development Center
National Institutes of Health 

Clara Asmail
Sr. Technical Advisor, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
formerly SBIR Program Manager
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) 

Frank Barros
SBIR Program Analyst
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Steve Ferguson
Deputy Director, Licensing & Entrepreneurship
Office of Technology Transfer
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Juan E. Figueroa
Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Tony Stanco
Executive Director
National Council Of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer

Christine Villa
Chief Technology Officer, BRTRC, Inc.
Principal Consultant, DOD SBIR/STTR Programs

For more information about this webinar contact us at or visit

* If you are unable to view/click on the registration link, contact us at

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By Admin (on 3/21/2011 @ 15:16:39, in Workshops, read 1706 times)

This Friday (March 25th) Xavier University is hosting a one-day grant-writing workshop (see attached for the agenda and a biography of the speaker).  Two slots have become available.  If you are interested in attending and have not already registered for the event (you should have received a reminder email last week), please contact Carol Mitton at  The slots will be given to the first two individuals who send an email.  A confirmation email with directions and location will be sent to the two additional individuals who will be attending the seminar.  This email was distributed to all faculty/staff.

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By Admin (on 3/21/2011 @ 15:14:36, in Workshops, read 1652 times)

The University of New Orleans, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting a workshop on U.S. Department of Education funding opportunities and proposal submission process (agenda attached).  The speaker is Dr. Marjorie Piechowski who is the Director of Research Support at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, College of Engineering and Applied Science.  She has a long career of grant writing and speaking engagements; she is also very knowledgeable of the Department of Education structure and funding process. The afternoon section on application procedures, review process, negotiation and award process will be applicable to a wide range of funding opportunities such as National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, in addition to U.S. Department of Education. Attached is a short biography of Dr. Piechowski.

The Department of Education funds TRIO, education/teaching related programs, and a variety of other disciplines.  Examples of potential funding includes fellowships and graduate assistantships, disability training, and overseas programs.  This workshop will provide attendees with information on new funding opportunities.

The workshop is being held on April 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 236 of the Lindy Boggs Center in the UNO Research and Technology Park.  Attached is a map and directions.  A box lunch will be provided.  Workshop sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

We are requesting that all interested individuals register for the event by completing the information on the following link:  All interested individuals must register by April 1st.  Registration is necessary to ensure the room size is the adequate, the correct quantity of handouts is available, and the appropriate number of box lunches is ordered.  We appreciate timely registration.

This workshop is open to all interested faculty and staff.  There is no fee to attend.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Carol Mitton at 504-280-5546 or

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By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/15/2011 @ 14:43:05, in Workshops, read 1665 times)
NSF Biology held an outreach session at UNO from 1-5 pm on Monday, March 14th. The first session was led by Elaine Washington and was targeted towards Sponsored Research Officers, associated administrative staff and PIs with limited knowledge of fastlane. The second session was jointly led by NSF Program Officers in the Biology Directorate (Richard Rodewald, Carol Burdsal and Nicola Anthony) and provided an overview of PI funding opportunities in biology within the Foundation. Thanks to those at NSF for coming to UNO. We are currently arranging a visit from the US Department of Education. Stay tuned for details.
By Admin (on 1/11/2011 @ 15:39:07, in Workshops, read 1927 times)

The grant writing seminar, Writing Winning Grants, will be conducted by Peg AtKisson on March 25, 2011 at Xavier University and will emphasize such topics as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.  This seminar will be focused on NIH grants, however the components will apply to several granting agencies.  The seminar is co-hosted by Xavier’s Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Xavier’s Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC), Xavier’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and FASEB MARC.  For more information on the seminar, please see the 11/30/10 post on the Research blog (  The Office of Research will pay the $80 fee for full-time UNO faculty or those who meet the definition of a Principal Investigator (see attached IMD 85.003).

Please click this link and complete the registration for the grant writing seminar.  All faculty and staff who plan on attending must register through this link; seminar materials will be ordered from the list that is generated through the registration survey.  Please register as soon as possible.  If you have not already informed Carol Lunn of your intention to attend the seminar, please contact her ( so we can keep a list of the UNO personnel attending the seminar.

If you are interested in the Phase 2 of the Seminar (individualized assistance in writing your proposal), please contact Carol Mitton ( before January 28th.  The cost of this phase is $3,475 per person and it will NOT be paid by the Office of Research.  You must find another source to cover the cost.

More information will be provided to the registered attendees as it becomes available.

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By Admin (on 11/30/2010 @ 15:44:42, in Workshops, read 2187 times)

Xavier's RCMI program, Xavier’s LCRC and the Xavier’s Office of Sponsored Programs will be co-hosting a one-day seminar and an extensive workshop for faculty members on how to write winning grants.  

Phase 1 Seminar – Writing Winning Grants:  

The seminar is planned for March 25, 2011 and will emphasize such topics as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.  Attached is a detailed description of the seminar and a biosketch of the presenter. There is no charge for the seminar, however faculty from LSU, UNO, Dillard and Tulane must pay for their workbooks.  The workbooks cost $75 each, plus $5 in shipping.*


Phase 2 Workshop – Proposal Writing Workshop:

The workshop builds upon the Write Winning Grants seminar and allows up to thirty persons to interact individually with workshop presenters over a period of between four and six weeks.  The program has three objectives for each participant:

  • To write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable
  • To better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process
  • To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application's success and failure.

The interested faculty must apply to the workshop by submitting a proposal.  If selected, the faculty member will work with Peg AtKisson one on one to prepare a grant application.  Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by telephone, fax, and email.  More information will become available as the seminar and workshop approach.  Both new and revised applications can be prepared.  Assistance in responding to prior review is provided to those who are writing revisions.  The proposal writing workshop is $3,475 per person and must be paid by faculty at LSU, UNO, Dillard, SUNO, and Tulane.**

Please indicate your interest in attending the following:

  1. The March 25th seminar only ($80 workbook/ shipping)
  2. The March 25th seminar and subsequent workshop ($80 workbook/shipping and $3,475 workshop)

More information will be distributed as the seminar and workshop dates approach.  At this time, Xavier is attempting to gauge interest in the seminar and workshop.   

*UNO’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will pay the materials fee of $80 only for the Phase 1 Seminar. Anyone who meets the definition of a Principal Investigator (policy attached) is eligible to have their materials fee for the Phase One Seminar paid for by ORSP.  **ORSP will NOT pay the $3,475 for the Phase Two Workshop.

If you are interested in attending please contact Carol Lunn ( in UNO’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by CLOSE OF BUSINESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1. More information will be sent later, but we are trying to gauge interest in the seminar.


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By Admin (on 11/4/2010 @ 15:42:15, in Workshops, read 1777 times)
I wanted to make you aware of a student research opportunity this coming summer. The program is for juniors, seniors and early graduate students. NASA is sponsoring the 2011 Student Airborne Research Program after the success of SARP in 2009 and 2010. The National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the University of North Dakota organizes the program for NASA. The program gives a total research experience to the students starting with lectures from university research faculty and NASA staff on all aspects of airborne research, hands on experience with airborne instrumentation, flight experience on a research data flight, sample and data analysis, and preparation and presentation of their research results. The 6 week program will be run from two locations in California, the University of California at Irvine campus and the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA. The 2010 program included 29 students from 24 universities from all areas of the country. Three outstanding student presentations were selected for presentation at the NASA booth at the 2010 American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA this December.

I am attaching the SARP 2011 flier which can also be accessed at

along with the application materials. Please direct questions on the program to
By Admin (on 10/27/2010 @ 15:37:38, in Workshops, read 1874 times)

Please allow this email as a reminder of NSF Day at Louisiana Tech University on November 30, 2010.

We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity as NSF representatives from seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering will make cross-disciplinary presentations on their programs; provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission. priorities and budget; and concurrent breakout sessions are planned for:

Biological Sciences

Computer & Info. Science & Engr.

Education & Human Resources



Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

For registering and additional information please access the following link—

Thank you!

Martha Stevens

Louisiana Tech University


By Admin (on 10/25/2010 @ 15:36:40, in Workshops, read 1919 times)





SPEAKER:                  Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Building Physics, Institute of Construction and Materials Science, University of Innsbruck

TOPIC:                       “The Philosophy of ‘Passive House’ Building”

(Energy Efficient Green Buildings to Minimize the Environmental Footprint)

DATE:                         Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

TIME:                         12:30 – 1:30 PM

PLACE:                       Engineering Building, EN 101 (Conf. Room)

Coffee and cookies will be provided.

1-hr Professional Development Hour (1-hr PDH) towards P.E. licensure


About Dr Feist: 

Dr. Feist is an expert on “passive houses,” which are highly energy efficient buildings (green buildings) with a reduced environmental foot print.  More about his work can be gleaned from visiting the following URLs:


By Admin (on 10/13/2010 @ 15:30:14, in Workshops, read 2397 times)

The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) has received funding from FEMA through GOHSEP to host a Disaster Resistant University Workshop on its main campus in New Orleans, LA. This workshop will allow members of the higher education community to engage and share ideas related to mitigation and disaster resilience

Workshop topics will include mitigation planning, conducting risk assessments, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, short- and long-term recovery planning, integrating resilience into the curriculum, CERT, protecting critical information systems, conducting outreach within and outside of campus, identifying funding sources formitigation activities, linking planning to implementation, preparing for pandemics, campus violence, involving students in mitigation planning and more!

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, November 5, 2010. Submission forms can be found at

Registration is $25

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