DER + SharePoint = More Efficient & Secure Method for Sharing Files for Your Proposals!
DER has tools in place to help make the proposal development process smooth and efficient. In 2020, DER transitioned to using SharePoint for storing and cataloging proposal files. As a result of this system transition, DER was able to help faculty have seamless and secure access to their proposal documents and create a tool to store many helpful resources. The tool also created a more secure method for sharing files with DER for your current proposal. As part of the SharePoint site, each PI has a secure shared drive dedicated to each of their proposals in which the faculty can access those current and past proposal documents for the last several years. The SharePoint network is easy to navigate, and the folders use the same naming as the email subject lines which will allow you to easily find the documents from past proposals.
If you have questions regarding your shared proposal drive, or would like help finding your specific shared drive, and instructions for pinning that to your computer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification from OSP:
April 26, 2021
Subject: NIH Revised Grant Policy Statement and Other System and Application Changes
To: SPA News Listserv
NIH has recently announced the below updates that we would like to bring to your attention.
Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement for Fiscal Year 2021.NIH published a revised Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods on or after October 1, 2020. This supersedes the previous NIHGPS dated December 2019. For an overview of the changes, see NIH’s Summary of Significant Changes webpage.
Internet Explorer to be phased out. Due to security and interoperability issues, the use of Internet Explorer (IE) to access NIH systems will be phased out by July 19, 2021. Browsers that will be supported are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and beginning on July 20, 2021 Microsoft Edge will also be supported. (Browser compatibility statement)
Commons IDs for all Senior/Key Personnel.
Beginning January 25, 2022, all Senior/Key Personnel included on the Research & Related Key Person Profile form must include their Commons ID within the application. To prepare for this update, all applications submitted to NIH will receive a warning message if no ID is included for one of the Senior/Key Persons. (NOT-OD-21-109)
If an MSU employee included in an application needs a Commons ID, or has a Commons ID that needs to be affiliated with MSU, please contact your OSP Proposal Team.
REMINDER: NIH requiring Login.gov. Beginning this year, NIH will be requiring the use of Login.gov to access its systems. All users of any NIH system must transition to using Login.gov by September 15, 2021, however, NIH is encouraging users to create and begin using Login.gov now, before the mandatory September deadline.
What do I have to do?
To link your eRA Commons account:
Select the login.gov option on the eRA Commons home screen
Once redirected back to Commons, you will complete a one-time process to associate your Commons ID to your Login.gov account
Once associated, the next time you log into eRA Commons using login.gov, you will automatically be redirected to eRA Commons without having to log in again.
Engineering Research Reactivation SharePoint
The Engineering Research Reactivation all-inclusive SharePoint page has helpful reopening resources, important processes, and documents that need to be completed and approved to "return to research". Please request access if prompted.
Where is my "LABORATORY PLAN FOR A SAFE RETURN" in the approval process?
You can see what step of the approval process your plan is on by looking under the “Engineering Research Reactivation” folders on the SharePoint site.
If the plan has been approved by the Department Chair, you can see if it has been sent to VPRI by clicking on “EGR ADR Review” > “At VPRI for Review”. If the plan is in the “At VPRI for Review” folder then it is currently being reviewed by VPRI.
To check to see if your plan has been completely approved by all required departments (DC, EGR Dean's Office, and VPRI), you can click on the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder. If your plan is in the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder then you approved to return to research. Monique Blackmer (email@example.com) will reach out to you.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies. Learn more Here.
The FY22 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) intends to support early in career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by 1 April 2015 or later, showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force and Space Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.
Pre-proposal inquiries and questions must be received by email no later than April 30, 2021. The current closing date for applications is July 12, 2021. Learn more Here.
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