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Funding available for COVID-19 research

Many federal and private sponsors have issued special calls or guidance on using existing funding mechanisms for research on COVID-19, including the following:

Federal funding opportunities can also be found by entering the word “covid” in the search in the keyword field in the “Search Grants” section of grants.gov.

As more opportunities come to our attention, we’ll update the list of COVID-19-related funding opportunities on the Research & Innovation website. Similar lists can also be found on the following organizations’ websites:


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Apply for CFR PREP program any time

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The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:

  • Journal page charges
  • Book publication
  • Article or book chapter reprint costs
  • Exhibition or performance costs
  • Performance or composition costs

Applications to this program may be made at any time.  Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.

Before applying for PREP program reimbursement, please read the program guidelines carefully.

Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2019-2020 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).

About CFR

CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University.  In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS.  Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.


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CFR Faculty Research Grant recipients announced

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The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants Program awards three types of funding — summer research appointments, research graduate assistantships, and grants to promote research. Proposals are due annually during fall semester, with awards typically announced during J-term.

For 2019-2020, CFR received 57 proposals and funded 25. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Elizabeth Bell (Political Science) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Mithun Bhowmick (Mathematical & Physical Sciences) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Eileen Bridge (Microbiology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Nathanial Bryan & Paula Saine (Teacher Education) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Qing Burke (Accountancy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Andrew Casper (Art) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Wen-Ching Chuang (Western Program) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Michael Crowder (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Kate Dannies (Global & Intercultural Studies) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Saruna Ghimire (Sociology & Gerontology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Paul James (Biology) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Joseph Johnson (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Andrew Jones (Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mahmud Khan (Physics) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Emily Legg (English) –Summer Research Appointment
  • Imran Mirza (Physics) — Summer Research Appointment, Grant to Promote Research
  • Jason Rech (Geology & Environmental Earth Science) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Paul Reidy (Kinesiology & Health) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Carlo Samson (Physics) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Jay Shan (Information Systems & Analytics) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Jinjuan She (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Haifei Shi (Biology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mark Sidebottom (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Yoshi Tomoyasu (Biology) — Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Christopher Wolfe (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment, Grant to Promote Research

Updated January 24 to include the number of proposals received by CFR in 2019-2020.

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Apply for CFR PREP program any time

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The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) invites Miami University’s tenure-eligible and tenured faculty (including librarians holding the M.S.L.S. degree or equivalent) to apply for support from the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance (PREP) Costs program. The PREP program provides reimbursement up to $500 for the following:

  • Journal page charges
  • Book publication
  • Article or book chapter reprint costs
  • Exhibition or performance costs
  • Performance or composition costs

Applications to this program may be made at any time.  Reimbursement is limited to $500 per faculty member per academic year.

PREP awards were made to the following faculty in 2018-2019:

Luis Actis (Microbiology)
Bernard Au  (Art )
Ricardo Averbach (Music) 
William Berg (Kinesiology and Health)
Per Bloland (Music)
Rachel Blum (Political Science) 
Mike Brudzinski (Geology and Environmental Earth Science)
Joomi Chung (Art) 
Randal Claytor (Kinesiology and Health) 
Carole Dabney-Smith (Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Thomas Fisher (Statistics) 
Maria Gonzalez (Biology) 
David Gorchov (Biology) 
Bartosz Grudzinski (Geography)
Kimberly Hamlin (Global and Intercultural Studies/History) 
Michael Hatch (Art) 
Susan Hoffman (Biology) 
Frank Huang (Music) 
John Humphries (Architecture and Interior Design) 
Mariana Ivanova (German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures) 
Ben Jacks (Architecture and Interior Design) 
Vrinda Kalia (Psychology) 
Brian Keane (Biology) 
Michael Kennedy (Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Seonjin Kim (Statistics) 
Chun Liang (Biology) 
Patrizio Martinelli (Architecture and Interior Design) 
Claire McLeod (Geology and Environmental Earth Science) 
Kimberly Medley (Geography) 
Andrew Offenburger (History) 
Kaara Peterson (English) 
Ellen Price (Art) 
Jason Rech (Geology and Environmental Earth Science )
Lindsay Regele (History) 
Noriko Reider (German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures) 
Andrea Righi (French and Italian) 
Paul Schaeffer (Biology) 
Haifei Shi (Biology) 
Leonard Smart Jr. (Psychology) 
Nancy Solomon (Biology) 
Cecilia Suhr (Humanities and Creative Arts) 
Harvey Thurmer (Music) 
Paul Urayama (Physics) 
Michael Vanni (Biology)
Whitney Womack Smith (Languages, Literatures, and Writing) 
Mehdi Zanjani (Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering)

Before applying for PREP program reimbursement, please read the program guidelines carefully.

Questions about the program may be directed to OARS or to Po-Chang Chen, 2019-2020 CFR Chair (513-529-2261).

About CFR

CFR is charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University.  In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS.  Guidelines for all CFR programs — including detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures — are available on the OARS website.


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Preferences, filters can help target searches in SPIN

This is the fourth in a series of updated posts (the others are herehere, and here) designed to help Miami University faculty, staff, and students learn to use SPIN to find potential sources of funding for their research, scholarly, and creative projects.


The basics

You do not need a profile to conduct searches or to set preferences and filters in SPIN. However, if you want to save your preferences/filters so that they are active when you access SPIN in the future, you will need a profile and you will need to login to SPIN each time you use it. For more about accessing SPIN and creating a profile, read this post.

Setting preferences and filters

Setting preferences and filters in SPIN helps target results to weed out opportunities that may not be relevant to your situation. For instance, if you are a faculty member, you could set your preferences to exclude opportunities for which only students are eligible to apply.

One preference we recommend most users change from the default is whether SPIN displays opportunities that may already be closed. By default, SPIN does not display these opportunities. That means that if a program has a deadline of March 1 and it is now March 15, SPIN will not display that program in its list of search results. However, it can be useful for researchers to be aware of these opportunities as they plan their future submissions, so we recommend changing preferences to include these opportunities. Instructions for making this change are outlined below and may serve as a model for making other adjustments to preferences so that search results are as relevant as possible.

To change the default “Closed Opportunities” preference:

  • Hover over Preferences in the black menu bar.
  • Select the preference you would like to adjust, in this case Closed Opportunities.
  • In the resulting pop-up window, use the drop-down menu to change the “Opportunities that have no documented future deadlines” field  from “Exclude” to Include.
  • Click the Save and Exit button.

Once you have set a preference, you’ll see this text under the search box in any type of search: “You have additional filters active. Click here to edit them.”  To edit multiple preferences at once:

  • Click on the Click here to edit them link.
  • On the “Current Settings” page, click on the Edit button in the top right corner of the group of preferences you want to adjust. (To remove all preferences/filters and start over with SPIN’s default settings, click the Reset Filters button near the top right of this page.)
  • In the resulting pop-up window, adjust your settings. Note that there are multiple tabs across the top: “Applicant Location,” “Applicant Type,” “Project Type,” “Project Location,” “Citizenship,” and “Sponsor Type.” You will select your preferences the same way you did in the keyword search – by dragging and dropping them from the left, options box into the right, “Chosen” box. (You can also select options and use the arrow button in the middle to move them to the “Chosen” box.)
  • Once you have your preferences adjusted, click the Save and Exit button in the lower right of the pop-up window.

More help

If you need more help working with preferences and filters, watch this training video.  (More training videos can be found in SPIN by hovering over Help in the menu bar and selecting Training Videos.)


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View and bookmark records and create reports in SPIN

This is the third in a series of updated posts (the others are here and here) designed to help Miami University faculty, staff, and students learn to use SPIN to find potential sources of funding for their research, scholarly, and creative projects.


The basics

You will need a profile if you want to bookmark records in SPIN. For more about accessing SPIN and creating a profile, read this post.

In this post, we will be talking about what you can do in SPIN after you conduct a search. If you need to brush up on conducting searches on SPIN, read this post before continuing here.

Viewing records

Once you click the Locate Funding button in SPIN, you will be presented with a list of results that looks something like this:

To view the full record for a listed opportunity, click on the link for the opportunity in the “Opportunity Title” column. A pop-up window will display the full record.

Note that to see all of the available information for the record, you will need to click through the tabs — “Opportunity Description,” “Eligibility Requirements,” “Funding Guidelines,” and “Sponsor Information” — that appear at the top of the record.

To sort the list of return results by a particular column, click in the column header.

To sort by multiple columns, drag the column headers and drop them into the “Group by” table header in the order you want to sort.

Bookmarking records

Once you find an opportunity that looks like it might be a good fit for your project, you can bookmark it to make it easier to find later.

To bookmark an opportunity, click on the + in the far right “Bookmark” column for that row.

In the bookmark pop-up window, click the Create new group radio button and enter a name for what the record relates to (e.g., your project name).

Working with bookmarks

To view a bookmarked opportunity, do the following:

  • Hover over Bookmarks in the black menu ribbon.
  • Hover over the name of the group you added the bookmark to.
  • Click on the name of the opportunity. The record will open in a new window.

 

To remove a bookmark group, hover over Bookmarks in the menu ribbon and then click on Manage Bookmarks. On the next screen, click the trash can icon in the far right “Delete” column for the row of the group you want to remove from your bookmarks. To remove a bookmark, begin by clicking the right-pointing triangle in the far left column for the row of the group that contains the bookmark. Once the group is expanded to display the bookmarks it includes, click the trash can icon in the far right “Delete” column for the row of the opportunity you want to remove from your bookmarks. Finish by clicking the Save Changes button to the upper right of the bookmark table.

 

Creating reports

If you would like to create a report of funding opportunities — either ones returned as results from a search or ones you’ve bookmarked — for use outside of SPIN, follow these steps:

  • For Bookmarks only: Click the right-pointing triangle in the far left column for the row of the group you want to create the report on.
  • Click the Export button to the upper right of the search results or bookmarks table.
  • Click the appropriate radio button under Export to Microsoft Excel or Export to Microsoft Word, depending on your preference.
  • Follow the prompts to download your report.

Next time

In the next SPIN post, we’ll show you how to set preferences and filters.


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Deadlines for 2019-2020 internal funding programs announced

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University Senate charges the Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) with supporting and encouraging the development of research and creative activity at Miami University. In carrying out this charge, the CFR administers programs that support and celebrate faculty research and creative activities. Application to these programs is made through OARS. The CFR Program Guidelines provide information, eligibility criteria, and application procedures for these programs.

Faculty Research Grants Program

The Faculty Research Grants Program encourages proposals addressing new avenues of research and scholarship either for the investigator or for the institution, initiating new projects and pilot studies, or testing novel or transformative research/creative ideas.

The deadline for applying for the Faculty Research Grants Program is 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2019. Awards are generally announced in mid-December.

Distinguished Scholar & Junior Faculty Scholar Awards

The Distinguished Scholar and Junior Faculty Scholar Awards programs celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding Miami researchers each year. Exemplary Miami faculty members are nominated by their peers to be recognized for superior research and scholarly activities. The deadline for OARS to receive nominations for the Distinguished Scholar and Junior Faculty Scholar Awards is Friday, December 6, 2019.

Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, & Performance Costs (PREP) Program

In addition to these faculty recognition programs, the CFR oversees the Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance Costs (PREP) Program, which provides reimbursement for certain costs associated with research and creative activity. PREP applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

The Committee invites you to apply for support from these CFR programs and to nominate colleagues you believe are qualified for the Distinguished Scholar Award. Degree and rank at the date of application shall determine eligibility. The Committee encourages proposals from all disciplines and campuses at Miami University.

Programmatic questions may be directed to Po-Chang Chen, 2019-2020 CFR Chair (513-529-2261). Administrative questions may be directed to OARS (513-529-3600).


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Learn how to conduct searches in SPIN

This is the second in a series of updated posts (the first is here) designed to help Miami University faculty, staff, and students learn to use the SPIN funding opportunity database to find potential sources of funding for their research, scholarly, and creative projects.


The basics

You do not need a profile to conduct searches in SPIN. All Miami faculty, staff, and students have access to SPIN’s search functions while they are on campus or connected to Miami’s VPN. You will need a profile if you want to save your searches and if you want to receive automated emails alerting you to opportunities relevant to your saved searches. For more about accessing SPIN and creating a profile, read this post.

SPIN has three types of searches — text, keyword, and advanced. The text search interface is displayed by default when you first access SPIN. The keyword and advanced search interfaces can be accessed by hovering over Search in the black menu ribbon near the top of the screen and then selecting the desired interface from the drop-down menu.

Text search

Text search works just like searching for something on Google or another search engine.

Simply type in your search terms and then click the Locate Funding button to the right of the search box.

You can use operators to help ensure your search returns more relevant results. The following “Text Search Help” information can be found by hovering over Help in the black menu ribbon near the top of the screen and selecting Search Help and then Text Search from the drop-down menus:

SPIN’s Text Search allows you to search all the text associated with opportunity records by simply typing the word(s) you want to search for in the search box and clicking Locate Funding. Your search criteria will be matched against opportunity title, sponsor name, synopsis, objectives, funding opportunity number, contact email address, keywords, and several other fields. Inflectional forms of search terms are automatically included. For example, if you type in ‘test’, programs will be searched for ‘test’, ‘tests’, ‘tested’, and ‘testing’ by default.

You can also build complex searches using various logic and grammar parsing. The commands can be combined together, along with parenthetical logic to dictate the order of operations, to build complex queries to precisely define your search. For example, you might search for: “science education” OR STEM –cells to find all opportunities (based on your preferences and filter settings) that include the words science and education adjacent to one another in that order as well as opportunities that have the word stem in them but will exclude opportunities that include stem cell.

The table below lists common examples of the syntax that can be used when constructing text queries.

Example Input Description
Scientific research Searches for records containing ‘scientific’ and ‘research’ or their inflectional forms.
Scientific OR research Searches for records containing ‘scientific’ or ‘research’ or their inflectional forms.
“Scientific research” Wrapping terms in double quotes searches for records containing the phrase ‘scientific research.’
Scientific -research Inserting a minus symbol before a term searches for records containing ‘scientific’ and not ‘research.’
+scientific Inserting a plus symbol before a term performs search after disabling expansion for inflectional forms.
Scient* Appending an asterisk to a term invokes a wildcard search: searches for records containing ‘scient’ and any suffix.
<scientific research> Wrapping terms in angled brackets searches for records containing ‘scientific’ and ‘research’ and ranks results by the proximity of the two.

Keyword  search

A major advantage to using the keyword search is that you can be sure you are searching for records using the same vocabulary that InfoEd staff use when they catalog the records. That’s because you will select the terms from a pick list provided within SPIN.

To access keyword search, hover over Search in the black menu ribbon and select Keyword Search from the drop-down menu.

Next, click the Select Keywords link above the search box.

In the resulting pop-up window, you will see a list of keywords in the box labeled “CATEGORY 1.”

Click on any keyword to see a list of sub-categories, which will be displayed in a box labeled “CATEGORY 2.” Any keyword in the “CATEGORY 2” box that has a > next to it can be clicked to produce a list of sub-sub-categories, which will be displayed in a box labeled “CATEGORY 3.”

To select any keyword, check the box next to it in the “Choose keywords” box that appears below the categories boxes. Selected keywords will be displayed in the “Selected keywords” box to the right of the “Choose keywords” box.

To remove a keyword from the “Selected keywords” column, simply click on the keyword in that box.

When all the desired keywords are in the “Selected keywords” column, click the Save Selections and Continue button in the upper right of the pop-up window.

The pop-up window will close and your chosen keywords will be automatically populated into the search box. Be sure the desired operator is selected (“AND” searches for only those records that contain all of the chosen keywords; “OR” searches for records that contain at least one of the selected keywords). Finally, click the Locate Funding button to display the search results.

Advanced search

Advanced search is the most flexible search option because it gives you access to every field in the database record — from contact fax number to sponsor type.

To access advanced search, hover over Search in the black menu ribbon and select Advanced Search from the drop-down menu.

Advanced search works by selecting a database field and an operator from drop-down menus, and then entering a search term.

The logic of the operators will change to be consistent with the record field selected. For instance, when “Full Program” is selected the logic is “Contains”/”Does Not Contain.” When “Deadlines” is selected the logic is “Equal To”/”Greater Than”/”Greater Than or Equal To”/”Less Than”/”Less Than or Equal To”/”Not Equal To.”

With some record fields (e.g., “Sponsor”), when you begin typing in the search term field, SPIN will employ predictive text to offer suggestions. To select a suggestion, simply click on it.

To search an additional field at the same time, click on the Add New button near the top of the page. You can continue using the Add New button to add as many fields to your search as you’d like. You can remove a field from your search by clicking on the x in the far right of its row.

Once you have added the desired fields, click the Locate Funding button.

Saving  searches

To save searches, you must have a profile and you must be signed in (more here). There are a couple of reasons you might want to save a search:

  • So that you can run it again at a later time with a single click.
  • So that you receive automated emails alerting you to opportunities that match your search.

Any time you conduct a text, keyword, or advanced search while you are signed into SPIN, you will see a “Save” button to the right of the “Locate Funding” button on the search results page. To save your search, click the Save button, fill in the requested information and make the desired selections in the resulting pop-up window, and then click the Save Changes button.

Note that the pop-up window contains this question: “Would you like to configure SMARTS automation?” SMARTS automation is a function that allows you to automatically receive updates when existing results from this particular search are updated or when new results for this particular search are added. To enable this feature, select HTML or Plain Text from the upper drop-down menu, adjusting the notification frequency in the lower drop-down menu. (This feature can also be enabled and adjusted in the “Funding Alerts” menu.)

Working with saved searches

To view your saved searches, hover over Saved Searches in the black menu ribbon and select Manage Saved Searches from the drop-down menu. To re-run a saved search, click the icon in the “Run” column (far left). To delete a saved search, click on the trash can icon in the “Delete” column (far right). When you’re finished, click the Save Changes button.

Next time

In the next SPIN post, we’ll show you how to work with records and bookmarks and how to create reports.


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Getting started with SPIN, Miami’s database of sponsored funding opportunities

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Miami University subscribes to InfoEd’s SPIN Global Suite, a database of sponsored funding opportunities. We’ve updated a series of posts we ran a few years ago and are re-running it as an introduction for our new researchers and a refresher for our seasoned ones. 


Accessing SPIN

All Miami University faculty, staff, and students have access to SPIN while on campus (or connected to Miami’s VPN). Anyone accessing SPIN from a Miami IP address can run searches without creating a profile and signing in.

Creating a Profile

While a profile is not necessary to search the SPIN database, there are some advantages to creating a profile. Users with profiles can:

  • Access SPIN from off campus by signing in.
  • Save searches so they can be run again with just a few clicks.
  • Opt in to automated emails (known as SMARTS Funding Alerts) about new or revised opportunities that match established search criteria .
  • Bookmark funding opportunities so SPIN records can be accessed quickly.

To request a profile, follow these steps:

  • While in SPIN, click on Sign In in the upper right corner.

Screen shot of the SPIN home page. At the top on the far left are the Miami University and SPIN logos. At the top on the far right are the words "Miami University" followed by a "Sing In" hyperlink. Below that are SPIN's menu items: Search, Preferences, Saved Searches, Bookmarks, and Help. Below that is a search box and "Clear" and "Locate Funding" buttons. Below the search box is this text: "You have additional filters active. Click here to edit them."

  • On the “Login” screen, click on the Need to create a new profile? link below the Login button and the Sign In Help link on the left side of the page.

Screenshot of the SPIN login page. On the left side of the screen there is a header that says "Login." Below that is a subheader: "Sign in using SPIN credentials." Below that are text fields to enter a Username and Password, followed by a checkbox labeled "Remember me? What's this?" Below that is a Login button. Below that is a "Sign In Help" link and below that is a "Need to create a new profile?" link, which is highlighted in yellow.

  • On the “Profile Request” page, make sure Miami University is selected from the “Institution” drop-down menu. Then, enter your first name, your last name, your @miamioh.edu email address, and a username in the specified fields. The choice of a username is up to you — it does not need to be the same as your Miami 6+2 unique ID (but it can be).

Screenshot of the "Profile Request" screen. Underneath the "Profile Request header, are these instructions: "Please enter your information to create a new profile. After clicking Save, you will receive an email confirming the submission of your request to your institution's SPIN administrator." Below those instructions are fields for Institution, First name, Last name, Email address, and Username. Below that is a CAPTCHA box. In the upper right corner is a Save button.

  • Check the “I’m not a robot” box in the grey CAPTCHA box below the “Username” field and then click the Save button in the upper right.
  • You will receive an automated email letting you know that your profile has been submitted for approval by OARS. We generally approve profiles within 24 hours for requests submitted Sunday through Thursday. Requests submitted on Friday or Saturday or adjacent to a University holiday may not be approved until the next business day. Please be aware that we will approve only profiles that have an @miamioh.edu email address, as that is the only way we can verify the requestor’s affiliation with Miami University.
  • Once your profile request has been approved, you will receive another automated email with directions for resetting your password. Even though it’s not intuitive, you will follow these directions to establish your password.

Logging into SPIN

Once your account has been activated, you can sign in to SPIN by:

  • Clicking on Sign In in the upper right of the SPIN homepage.

Screen shot of the SPIN home page. At the top on the far left are the Miami University and SPIN logos. At the top on the far right are the words "Miami University" followed by a "Sing In" hyperlink. Below that are SPIN's menu items: Search, Preferences, Saved Searches, Bookmarks, and Help. Below that is a search box and "Clear" and "Locate Funding" buttons. Below the search box is this text: "You have additional filters active. Click here to edit them."

  • Entering your username (which you established when you requested a profile) and password (which you created by following SPIN’s directions for resetting your password).

Screenshot of the SPIN login page. On the left side of the screen there is a header that says "Login." Below that is a subheader: "Sign in using SPIN credentials." Below that are text fields to enter a Username and Password, followed by a checkbox labeled "Remember me? What's this?" Below that is a Login button. Below that is a "Sign In Help" link and below that is a "Need to create a new profile?" link.

  • If you forget your username or password, click on Sign In Help link below the Login button.

Next up

In the next SPIN post, we’ll show you how to conduct searches.


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New inclusive innovation and commercialization initiatives provide opportunities for Miami students, faculty, and staff

Two new initiatives give Miami University students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to help usher in a new era of inclusive innovation and commercialization.

Miami University–AFRL Research Technology Commercialization Accelerator

Members of the Miami community are encouraged to work with technology transfer staff to identify patents or patent applications in the Air Force Research Lab’s (AFRL) open portfolio that match their current interests. These patents could supplement a current line of inquiry or jump start an innovation.

An agreement between Miami and the Wright Brothers Institute of Dayton gives Miami support in reviewing and accessing the Air Force Research Lab’s entire open portfolio of more than 1,000 patents and patent applications. The portfolio reflects the breadth of AFRL research programs.  Technological advances that include innovations in energy storage, healthcare monitoring, and advanced manufacturing go far beyond military sciences.

As a steward of taxpayer dollars, AFRL is committed to transferring technologies with non-defense applications to the commercial sector, where they can benefit everyday Americans.

“Miami University has a wealth of researchers and entrepreneurs with the drive and know-how to mature these technologies and bring them to market,” says David M. M. Taffet, executive-in-residence.  “The Miami University-AFRL Research Technology Commercialization Accelerator is a model for how a university can work at the speed of business.”

Among the ways students will be involved with the AFRL portfolio is through a capstone course in the Farmer School of Business, led by Wayne Speer, an instructor of marketing..

Students, faculty, and staff who are interested in exploring the AFRL open portfolio should contact either Matt Willenbrink or Jim Oris. Willenbrink is director of technology partnerships at the University of Dayton, Miami’s tech transfer partner.  Oris is Miami’s associate provost for research and scholarship.

Miami University–University of Dayton Technology Validation and Start-up Fund

Applications to the Miami University–University of Dayton Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) will be accepted beginning this month.

Supported by matching funds from the Ohio Third Frontier program [link], the Miami-UD TVSF represents an innovation because it is a partnership between a public and a private institution and because it spans two regional job markets.

Initial applications will be for Phase 1 or technology validation projects. Ohio Third Frontier defines the objectives for Phase 1 projects as follows:

  • Generate the proof needed to move technology to the point that it is either ready to be licensed by an Ohio start-up company or otherwise deemed unfeasible for commercialization.
  • Perform validation activities such as prototyping, demonstration and assessment of critical failure points in subsequent development, scale-up and commercialization in order to generate this proof, with strong preference for these validation activities being performed by an independent source.

“We would like to see projects that have high commercial potential by enabling product or services that have competitive advantages,” says Willenbrink. “A successful application will clearly detail both the commercial potential and specifically how the funding will move the technology closer to being commercialized.”

The TVSF offers an accelerated path to commercialization because projects that receive Phase 1 funding are better positioned for success in Phase 2, the start-up phase.

“Phase I TVSF projects are managed by the universities and are designed to bring university technology closer to being licensed or spun-out as a startup company. Phase II projects are for companies to further develop Phase I efforts,” says Willenbrink.

Anyone at Miami who thinks they would like to pursue a technological venture is encouraged to contact Willenbrink and Taffet to discuss potential ideas and learn more about the application process.

Both the Miami University–AFRL Research Technology Commercialization Accelerator and Miami University–University of Dayton Technology Validation and Start-up Fund are designed to leverage Miami University resources to benefit the wider community. All Miamians — including those from traditionally underrepresented groups — are encouraged to explore opportunities for sharing their talent, knowledge, and skill through these programs.


Written by Heather Beattey Johnston, Associate Director of Research Communications, Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship, Miami University.

Lightbulb image by PIRO4D via Good Free Photos, public domain. The Five Cogs of Innovation image by Jurgen Appelo via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.