Following the Solicitation Instructions Closely Will Help Boost Your Proposal
If there were two fundamental rules of proposal writing, they would be 1) “Follow your solicitation closely” and 2) “Make it simple for the reviewer to navigate your proposal and easily find all required proposal elements.” To accomplish each of these key concepts, you should be knowledgeable of your solicitation. Here are a few critical details to watch for in your solicitation.
The submission time zone. MSU is in the Eastern Time Zone and this applies to submission deadlines regardless if the project PI is currently located inside or outside of Michigan.
The words “must” or “required” or “mandatory”. This means the element, wording, or document must appear in your proposal and should be very clear.
Specific wording. Sometimes not all documents/sections are applicable to your proposal.
Solicitation outline of required documents and entry points. Documents, sections, headers, etc. should be submitted in the required order, if possible, to prevent compliance issues.
Always make things as reader-friendly for the sponsor’s reviewer(s). Be sure to follow solicitation instructions closely and make your proposal easy to navigate.
A solicitation is your best, and sometimes the only guide to submitting that great proposal. Following guidelines exactly make for a better proposal and a happy reviewer.
If you would like more information regarding these essential approaches to proposal writing, or have additional questions regarding specific notes/requirements from your solicitation, please send an email to email@example.com.
Summary: The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group’s Distinguished Investigator (ADI) program supports early-stage research with the potential to reinvent entire fields. For 2022, up to eight awards will be made for up to $10M total funding to support research in the areas of: 1) Protein Lifespan and 2) Nutrient Sensing. Submissions are welcomed from researchers across all career stages, from Assistant Professors and similar positions onward. Grants range between $1 million and $1.5 million over three-year terms to individuals and scientific teams. Up to four awards will be made in in both the Protein Lifespan and Nutrient Sensing Programs. The application process begins with submission of an LOI. LOI’s are due by 11:59am Pacific Time on March 1, 2022. An overview and links are below. Please forward this to any faculty in your units that many have interest.
The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) program supports early-stage research with the potential to reinvent entire fields. Grants range between $1 million and $1.5 million over three-year terms to individuals and scientific teams. More than 90 Allen Distinguished Investigators have been awarded since 2010. Read more about the ADIs on our website. Up to eight awards will be made for up to $10M total funding to support technology development in 1) Protein Lifespan and 2) Nutrient Sensing. We welcome submissions from researchers across all career stages, from Assistant Professors and similar positions onward.
The program seeks to have a lasting impact on the direction of research, aiming to serve as a catalyst upon which future research is founded. This program seeks to enable scientists to take risks with new ideas and approaches, and strongly believes in interdisciplinary approaches that allow scientists to look beyond their own disciplines, and to explore approaches with colleagues in other disciplines in order to bring new perspectives to challenging problems where traditional approaches within a discipline may be ‘stuck.’ The program is especially interested in approaches that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional government sources, including methodological and technological advances that are often necessary complements to scientific advance and often difficult to fund through traditional sources. This program encourages and supports researchers including novel methodological, theoretical, and technological elements in their proposals.
We invite proposals along two tracks:
Technology development (How Proteins Change or Behave Across Their Lifespan) - proposals to develop new technology and/or refine existing hardware, software, tools, and/or models.Projects may focus on technology for a variety of purposes relating to how proteins change or behave across their lifespan, including but not limited to visualizing the absolute age of the proteome; determining individual protein ages; following the dynamics of individual or multiple proteins from birth to degradation; and manipulating protein turnover for therapeutic application. https://alleninstitute.org/media/filer_public/ca/30/ca3027f7-919c-4c77-8561-d2a085abb3d7/2022_protein_lifespan_adi_loi_announcement.pdf
The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) program supports early-stage research with the potential to reinvent entire fields. Grants range between $1 million and $1.5 million over three-year terms to individuals and scientific teams. Up to four awards will be made in both the Protein Lifespan and Nutrient Sensing Programs.
Letters of Intent Due BY: March 1. 2022 by 11:59 Pacific Time.
RFP Research Grants: Nutrition, Care & Development of Infants/Young Children
The Gerber Foundation’s is accepting concept papers for its 2022 research grantmaking. Gerber’s priority is support for projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children. Gerber’s research program has three focuses: 1. Pediatric Health, 2. Pediatric Nutrition and 3. Environmental Hazards.Maximum grants are $350,000. Projects should focus on solutions to issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application. An overview of Gerber’s research priorities, along with links, is below. Concept papers are due by May 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm EST.Please provide to any faculty in your units that may have interest and let me know if any plan to submit a concept letter and have them let me know if they plan to apply at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.
Gerber’s Pediatric Health & Nutrition Program has three focus areas:
Prediatric Health--Promoting health and preventing or treating disease is the primary focus of this target area. Of particular interest are applied research
projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:
Better diagnostic techniques (more rapid, specific, sensitive, or less invasive)
Better treatment (improved, less stressful or painful, optimal dosing, fewer side effects.
Pediatric Nutrition-- These programs respond to a long-time interest of the Foundation in assuring adequate nutrition for infants and young children. Projects include applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes in infants and young children. Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:
Benefits or side effects of supplementation of a specific nutrient
Effects of deficiencies or excesses of a specific nutrient
Environmental Hazards-- The Foundation is interested in projects that evaluate the effects of environmental hazards on infants and young children.Applied research projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children are the focus of this area of interest.
Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:
Exposures and their effects on infants and toddlers
**It cannot be emphasized strongly enough that Gerber Foundation is focused on applied research and, specially, is most interested in projects that can lead to direct and effective solutions to major conditions in pediatric health.
Grants up to $350,000. (NOTE: The Foundation generally receives approximately 130 concept papers for each concept paper deadline. Depending on funding availability and the mix of requests, 10-12 of these are selected for full proposal submission. For full proposals, the selection rate for funding averages 75-90%.)
Notices of Intent Due: March 2, 2022 Proposals Due: March 31, 2022
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters
has released a solicitation, titled Early Career Faculty (ECF), as an
appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella
NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research,
Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2022 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2022), on
February 2, 2022.
The Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program within STMD seeks
proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of their
outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop academic careers
related to space technology.
Proposals must address one of the following topics:
Topic 1 – Development of Lightweight Solar Sail Attitude Control Technologies
Topic 2 – Hibernation and Recovery of Solar-Powered Systems for Lunar Missions
Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals on
behalf of their outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop
academic careers related to space technology. The PI must be an
untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track at the sponsoring U.S.
university at the time of award. The PI must be a U.S. citizen, U.S.
national, or have lawful status of permanent residency. The PI must be
the primary researcher on the effort; Co-Investigators are not
permitted. Collaborators (other than NASA civil servants/JPL) are
permitted. See the solicitation (Section 3.0) for complete requirements
regarding eligibility and for definitions and restrictions regarding
A PI may submit only one proposal in response to this appendix.
NASA encourages submission of ECF proposals on behalf of early career
faculty members at all U.S. universities and especially encourages
proposals on behalf of women, members of underrepresented minority
groups, and persons with disabilities. The financial and programmatic
support for ECF comes from the Space Technology Research Grants Program
within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are planned to
start in early October 2022. NASA plans to make approximately 6 awards
as a result of this ECF solicitation, subject to the receipt of
proposals and the availability of funds. The actual number of awards
will depend on the quality of the proposals received; NASA reserves the
right to make no awards under this solicitation.
All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov)
by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent are
strongly encouraged by March 2, 2022. Proposals are due on or before
March 31, 2022. Detailed submission instructions are provided in the
solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are
urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system(s), ensure
they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal
materials well in advance of the deadline.
Technical and programmatic comments and questions may be addressed by
email to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive,
Claudia Meyer, at email@example.com.
Responses to inquiries will be answered by email and may also be
included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents located on
the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of
persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved. The solicitation is available here.
Tipping Point Announcements
Dear Lunar Technology Community,
As a follow-up to my email in late January, I am pleased to announce that the 2022 STMD Announcement for Partnership Proposals (AFPP) to Advance Tipping Point Technologies (80HQTR22SOA02) and the Announcement for Collaborative Opportunity (ACO 80HQTR22SOA01) have officially been released. Please see details below. Note that the industry forum (2/28) has limited attendance via WebEx, but that overflow will be able to connect via phone. The website also indicates that the slides from that forum will be posted.
Topic 1. Cislunar/Lunar Surface Infrastructure & Capabilities: Technologies that support global lunar utilization leading to commercial commodities and services for a robust lunar economy. Such infrastructure could include examples such as long-distance lunar power distribution; survive and operate during lunar night; in-situ Resource Utilization; lunar communications; autonomous construction. These examples for lunar surface infrastructure are not limiting and other potential examples are invited to create a robust lunar economy.
Topic 2. In-Space Infrastructure & Capabilities: Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) technologies that support additional future services for a growing LEO/GEO economy. Such infrastructure could include examples such as climate research or service; assembly and manufacturing technologies; distributed autonomy; measurement/observation capabilities; entry, descent, and landing; advanced propulsion. These examples for LEO/GEO technologies are not limiting and other potential examples are invited to create a robust LEO/GEO economy.
Description: The first seminar of 2022 will engage individuals from DER, OSP, and CGA to provide an overview of the lifecycle of an award - from proposal development to award close-out. Join us for a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities at each stage. You will be better prepared to submit fundable proposals and to effectively and efficiently manage subsequent awards from start to finish with the help of your MSU support system. All researchers are welcome and are encouraged to be prepared with any questions. Watch it now on demand!!!