Geo-Mining Proposal Support
This page is a beginning compilation of example proposal sections that may be beneficial when putting proposals together. It is the intent that when this page is complete, it will be easy to copy and paste sections from this page into required proposal sections. Then edits can be done to fit specific proposal topics.
Data Management Plan Template
The Data Management Plan Template uses the HAZHub Natural Hazards Archive described on the department web page. Please modify this to fit your project. You are welcome to use the archive for your data, but it is not required if you have plan that better fits your project. Please contact Carol Asiala if you would like assistance in using HAZHub.
Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources
Note: facilities, equipment and other resources available to the project from collaborators should also be documented in this section.
Michigan Technological University is a doctorate-granting institution with a Carnegie Classification of high research activity. Michigan Tech provides a scientific environment conducive to successful research, as emphasized in the university’s strategic plan to “cultivate a community of research inspiration, productivity, and excellence.“
A full list of the GMES department lab facilities can be found at our labs and equipment web page.
Specific field and laboratory equipment available for project use.
There are computer labs available for student access both for coursework and research. The Department of Geological & Mining Engineering and Sciences operates two graduate student computer labs with access to high-end, dual-boot Windows/Linux computers which have access to several clusters of high performance computers. Desktop computers are available to all faculty members. The computers have been installed with standard office productivity software and number of statistical and mathematical software including SPSS, MATLAB etc. Dedicated storage and web hosting are available for this project. These computers are connected through the central server of the department and have access to the Michigan Tech electronic library. All faculty and staff have access to the University’s computer facilities and computer support services. The computer system is supported by University IT-help personnel.
High performance computing
Select text from the Research Computing group to describe the high performance computing resources available to Michigan Tech researchers: http://hpc.mtu.edu/resources/
Every graduate student at Michigan Tech has a shared office. Offices are equipped with desktop computers and access to several high performance computing clusters (See Computer Section above). All students and faculty have access to standard office hardware (color printers, fax, copiers, etc.). Each faculty member has their own office in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.
N/A - Clinical facilities will not be required for the conduct of this research.
N/A - Animal facilities will not be required for the conduct of this research.
The Michigan Tech library maintains paper and/or electronic subscriptions to the premier research publishing companies and organizations (e.g., American Geophysical Union, Elsevier, and Wylie). Additional materials are available through interlibrary loan within a few days.
Some proposals request Mentoring and Startup information for early investigators
New faculty (early stage investigators) begin their appointment with a start-up package intended for seeding a vibrant research group and program. Typical start-up resources for new faculty include 4 months of summer support and a reduced teaching and service load during their first two years, two academic years of graduate student assistance, approximately $25,000 for building a state of the art simulation laboratory, discretionary funding for travel, training, and laboratory supplies.
The Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences (GMES) has an approved mentoring plan that entails required and optional activities for untenured (early career) faculty in conjunction with the department chair and senior faculty. The mentoring plan focuses on support of proposal writing, grant management, scholarship (refereed journal papers and conference presentations), student advising, and teaching. Faculty also have the option of seeking mentors outside the department to provide additional perspectives on faculty success in teaching, research, and student mentoring. Moreover, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development provides support and instruction in all aspects of traditional through flipped-classroom instruction. A peer evaluation of teaching effectiveness is under development in the department.
Michigan Tech’s Sponsored Program’s Office (SPO) regularly hosts workshops on different aspects of research proposal and award preparation and project management. Professional staff in the SPO are dedicated to support faculty in proposal preparations, including contributing to helping to form teams for large proposals and facilitating the compilation of the complete application. The GMES department has two professional staff that work with individual faculty on preparing budgets and proposal forms, reviewing the proposal drafts with respect to the request for proposal requirements. They also can oversee or facilitate budgetary project management for awarded projects.
Centers and Institutes:
Research centers and institutes across the Michigan Tech campus foster collaborations between faculty on multi-disciplinary research areas. The following subset of centers and institutes may be a resource for some GMES proposals.
Great Lakes Research Center
Director: Guy Meadows
The vision of the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) is to become a world-class institute in interdisciplinary aquatic sciences, policy, engineering, and technology. We will develop unparalleled strength and expertise in four core areas: aquatic ecology and ecosystem dynamics, marine engineering and technology, aquatic resources and human dimensions, and education and outreach. Research at the GLRC will not only advance our knowledge in these four areas of focus but will also inform resource managers and the general public, enabling them to advance the sustainable use of freshwater resources.
Center for Water and Society (CWS)
Center for Water and Society (CWS)
Director: Noel Urban
The mission of the Center for Water and Society (CWS) is to support research, education, and outreach in all disciplines at Michigan Technological University related to water issues. The goal is to establish Michigan Tech as a state, regional, national, and international leader in these disciplines and, in particular, in interdisciplinary approaches to solving water-related problems.
Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI)
Director: Will Cantrell
The Earth Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) is a focus for interdisciplinary activities in earth, atmospheric, oceanographic and space sciences at Michigan Technological University. EPSSI's purpose is to enable its members to offer programs and pursue research opportunities in those disciplines that go beyond the scope of individual academic departments. Remote sensing comprises not just instrumentation or measurement tools, but represents a perspective that employs a broad morphology of disciplines and demands interdisciplinary breadth. For example, current members collaborate on projects spanning imaging science, atmospheric science, data/signal processing, data visualization, and remote sensing instrumentation. These are typically applied to a specific problem in earth system science, ecosystem studies, limnology/oceanography, global change, and a host of other areas.
Computational Science and Engineering Research Institute (CSERI)
Director: Warren Perger
The Computational Science and Engineering Research Institute fosters computationally intensive research and graduate education in sciences and engineering. The Institute brings together faculty and students from across campus who have a common interest in and need for computational resources beyond those usually available in desktop workstations.
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MITRI)
Directors: Robert Shuchman and Nikola Subotic
MTRI is a recognized leader in the research, development, and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences, and environmental processes.
MTRI offices are headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and occupy space totaling 14,003 square feet. MTRI brings advanced GIS and remote sensing capabilities to the proposed project. MTRI’s fully-equipped Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) is the primary source of hardware and software resources for all geospatial projects. The SAL includes a full suite of GIS and remote sensing software, a large and scalable storage system, and large-format printing capabilities. GIS software includes ESRI’s ArcGIS (ArcInfo), ArcIMS, ArcSDE, ArcPad, Spatial Analyst, and the Geostatistical Analyst; remote sensing software includes ERDAS Imagine, ENVI with IDL, ERMapper, Definiens eCognition, IDRISI, PCI Geomatica, PolsarPro, and other relevant software including Google Earth Professional and Trimble Pathfinder Office. The SAL data storage system holds up to 6 terabytes of spatial data. MTRI operates two ArcIMS servers, an ArcGIS server development platform, an Image Web Server, a remote access GIS server, and six high-speed GIS workstations. Relevant hardware includes: desktop CPU's running Linux and/or Windows, a cluster-based computer (3 node, 72 CPU's, 192 GB RAM, 4.5 TB disk storage) for numerically intensive applications, multi-terrabyte network-attached storage servers, LTO-3 robotic tape system for backup and recovery, Gigabit Ethernet backbone to support network-intensive tasks, and network printing and plotting hardware. A wide range of additional software is available including open source and proprietary applications and libraries used for GIS (QuantumGIS), ESRI tools and remote sensing (ENVI, ERDAS), statistical software (R, JMP, Matlab), compilers/IDEs for scientific programming (Python, C, C++, Matlab). Available application servers include HTTP servers, FTP servers, a Confluence wiki server, a Windows Terminal Server, and geospatial web servers (GeoServer, GeoDjango, ERDAS Image Web Server, ESRI ArcGIS Server). A 16 CPU 32 GB server running virtualization software can be used to develop customized virtual environments.
Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI)
Director: Ralph Hodek
The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will provide the operating structure, resources, recognition, and leadership, in a collaborative environment, that supports research, education, and outreach leading to sustainable solutions for transportation.