Global Engagement Opportunities

USAID TechCon 2016 Call for Session Proposals

Red, white and blue graphic with 4 photos of people along with the words "TechCon - Connecting to accelerate global development - Boston Area - November 10-12, 2016"You are invited to submit proposals for sessions that will engage participants in discussion, spark provative debate, and encourage hands-on learning at TechCon 2016!

Why TechCon?

TechCon aims to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration and foster a community of practice  among a diverse set of actors working to solve the world's biggest challenges in international development. TechCon will provide a forum to learn and engage around breakthrough ideas in this space while facilitating the exchange of ideas, best practices, failures, tools, and methodologies.

What We're Looking For:

TechCon invites proposals for sessions that will engage participants in discussion, spark provocative debate, and encourage hands-on learning. You can apply to host a 45-minute session or 1 hour 45 minute workshop. Note that there are far fewer workshop slots available.

The deadline to submit proposals is June 24 so apply today!

Global Innovation Exchange Logo "Global Innovation Exchange"

USAID’s Innovation Marketplace Competition is showcasing student innovators who are using science, technology, innovation and partnerships to tackle global challenges. Eligible participants must be under age 30 to compete, financial and mentorship support for projects will be awarded a the HESN TechCon in mid-November 2016. 

Apply online: Global Innovation Exchange Applications must be completed by May 31, 2016

Logo to the Spartan Think TankSpartan Think Tank

Innovate, Inspire, Compete: Spartan Think Tank

Spartan Think Tank is a fun and interactive program to engage principal investigator-graduate student teams in patenting MSU’s innovative research. The program is designed for graduate students to represent each technology with the support of their PI in a business pitch style competition. Teams enter the competition by completing an invention disclosure form found on our website. All teams get an immediate prize for entering the competition, all technologies will be reviewed for patentability, and cash prizes of $1,000 are given to the best three presentations.

Spartan Think Tank is an excellent opportunity to advance research and build national and international recognition. Patents increase and diversify funding opportunities, and increase the success rate of grant applications such as SBIR, STTR, DARPA, and ARPA-E from the NIH, NSF, DOE, and DOD. Patents also open up funding opportunities within the MSU Innovation Center.

Please go to our website for more information:

U.S. Aid - Development Innovation Ventures

Development Innovation Ventures

Apply for the Lab's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV). DIV looks for compelling new development solutions in a year-round competition, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries around the world.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas

Photo of Laura Bailey (2014) speaking to some residents of Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas Undergraduate is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award.

For deadlines, applications and other information about the grants, visit the MSU Honors College website