In today’s article we are focusing on MSU’s Account Explorer, and the important resource it is for MSU researchers. This powerful tool provides the following critical information when managing awards:
CGA view into the contractual and financial parts of an award without using KFS.
Provides account specific notes.
Identifies PI and departmental administrator responsibilities.
Updated throughout the life of a project to reflect accurate award information.
Identifies subcontractor information per award.
Provides functions not easily available in KFS.
Budget vs. Actual (easily accessible)
Payroll (easily accessible)
To assist in navigating Account Explorer, CGA provides a series of instructional videos for an overview of the Account Explorer (AE) post-award tool on the SPA website. It also includes the following associated tabs within AE: Billing, Budget to Actual, Expense Summary, Mailings, and Spendable Balance. Kristy Smith, Contract and Grant Administration (CGA) Manager, navigates through the corresponding AE portions on the SPA website with audio instruction, while highlighting key points and important information. Learn more by visiting https://osp.msu.edu/PL/Portal/TrainingVideos.aspx.
If you have additional questions regarding Account Explorer, please send an email to email@example.com.
Good afternoon. As has been previously communicated, NIH’s new Policy for Data Management and Sharing is effective on January 25, 2023. NIH’s policy requires researchers to submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan with most NIH applications and to implement the approved plan if a project is funded.
In response to the release of the NIH’s optional DMS Plan format page, we have received questions related to Element 6: Oversight of Data Management and Sharing, which states: “Describe how compliance with this Plan will be monitored and managed, frequency of oversight, and by whom at your institution (e.g., titles, roles).”
The PI will want to consider what is a reasonable oversight methodology for their proposed project. Building on one of the samples from NIH as a template, we have developed an option for language below that investigators may choose to use as a starting point in drafting their response for Element 6. Please note that the paragraph as written may need adjustments or may not work for the specific project/staffing and/or NIH specific direction in a Request for Applications (RFA). The PI may need to modify or create their own wording to communicate planned oversight. Please also be aware that SPA/OSP/CGA* does not plan to assume responsibility for monitoring oversight with DMS plans.
Data will be submitted by a project data manager from the PI’s project team. The data manager will oversee data collection, analysis, storage, and sharing. Compliance with the plan will be monitored by the PI routinely. The PI will conduct periodic meetings with key study personnel to ensure the timeliness of data entry and will review data to ensure quality of data entry. The PI is aware of MSU resources at: Data Management Plans-Resources for MSU. The PI will ensure data are submitted and shared according to this DMSP.
Please reach out to Erin Schlicher (firstname.lastname@example.org), or me (email@example.com) with questions or comments. Topic-specific questions can also be directed to the following areas:
Thank you for sharing this email with those that will be developing plans in your units.
*Sponsored Programs Administration/Office of Sponsored Programs/Contract and Grant Administration (SPA/OSP/CGA)
Twila Fisher Reighley (she/her), Assoc. VP for Research, Sponsored Programs Administration, Michigan State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear colleagues, NSF requires a project plan as part of new proposals when off-campus/off-site components will occur to ensure safe and inclusive working environments for off-campus research. The email below was sent today to those that have submitted to NSF as investigators in the past. The email includes more information including weblinks to policy and MSU’s implementation (a template to support the project plan development, FAQs, and contacts). Please let me (or contacts identified) know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks.
Effective January 30, 2023, NSF will require PIs to take an additional step to safeguard participants when engaging in off-campus research activities: NSF policy. Since you have submitted proposals to NSF previously, we want to make you aware of this requirement. Any proposals for NSF funding submitted on or after the effective date that include off-campus activities will be subject to the NSF policy.
NSF's new requirement states that a plan to ensure a safe and inclusive work environment must be created prior to proposal submission and distributed to each participant in advance of departure for an off-campus research activity. Off-campus or off-site research is defined by NSF for this requirement as "data/information/samples being collected off-campus or off-site, such as fieldwork and research activities on vessels and aircraft." The underlying premise is that all participants need to know how to recognize and report inappropriate behavior and receive guidance in advance to help them feel safe and protected when they are away from campus.
The creation and distribution of the plan to project participants is the responsibility of the PI. To ease the administrative burden, a template plan has been developed for PIs to use. This template is available as a fillable PDF on MSU's NSF Safe and Inclusive Environments webpage. The project-specific portion (Section II) of the template document will need to be completed before proposal submission. You may use or re-use the same plan throughout your project if your off-site work is the same throughout the grant period, but you must make sure that all participants (regardless of when they join the grant) receive a copy of the full plan before they participate in off-campus research. If the work varies (e.g., fieldwork in a remote location one year and research activities at another US institution at another time), you will need to update your plan to reflect the specific special needs pertinent to each activity and re-distribute the updated plan. For project plans for new projects, please obtain the most current version of the MSU template at time of proposal.
The template has been designed to help you identify areas where you may need to think about special circumstances. We have also created a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you consider viable options that you may wish to deploy for special circumstances. In addition, on January 25, 2023, two of the NSF Directorates* issued supplementary guidance requiring that a two-page supplementary document be attached to applications. We anticipate PIs will be able to link to or summarize the information in the summary plan to support that requirement. We also expect that there may need to be periodic updates to MSU’s plan guidance based on evolving information from NSF, and information on our webpage will be updated accordingly.
For ease of implementation, feel free to begin deploying these plans on any of your NSF funded grants with off-site work immediately. However, if you prefer to wait until your next NSF application that includes off-site work to develop a plan, that is also acceptable. You will also want to watch if you are mandated to complete and distribute a plan to participants by looking at your Notice of Grant Award. Your NGA will include a term and condition requiring this type of plan, if applicable. Most likely, you will start seeing these terms in the summer of 2023 as awards are issued in response to competitive proposals submitted after January 30, 2023.
Founded in 1848, AAAS — which is pronounced “triple-A-S” — is the world’s largest general scientific society. In 1874, the society started recognizing distinguished individuals as fellows for their contributions to science and society.
MSU’s 2022 fellows represent five colleges and have been selected for advancing a breadth of research in areas that include education, plant biology, evolutionary ecology, anthropological archaeology and low-cost sensing technology for health care and food safety.
“I am proud to join AAAS in recognizing MSU’s researchers not only for their excellence in the classroom and laboratory, but also in shaping the way we teach and perform science to make it more accessible, impactful and inclusive,” said Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “I congratulate our new fellows for this recognition and extend my appreciation for their embodiment of our shared values as they prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators.”
In total, this year’s cohort includes more than 500 trailblazers worldwide in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The related acronym STEMM, where the additional M stands for medicine, also appears in this year’s honors.
Past honorees include actor and science communicator Alan Alda, Nobel laureate and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and engineer Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to travel to space.
“Becoming a AAAS Fellow is among the most distinct honors within the scientific community,” the society said. “The AAAS Council elects its fellows deliberately and carefully to preserve the honor attached to this recognition.”
Alocilja, Case, Fairweather, Lovis and Shiu join more than 175 current and past Spartans who have been honored as fellows. Read on to learn more about MSU’s 2022 AAAS Fellows.
Alocilja was selected as a fellow in engineering for outstanding contributions in biosystems engineering, biosensors, materials, microtech and low-cost, easy-to-read infectious disease tests. She also is honored for teaching, outstanding mentoring, advancing diversity and inclusion and creating and supporting international programs in science and engineering.
“Being elected as a AAAS Fellow is a tremendous honor and a humbling experience for me,” Alocilja said. “I thank God for this unexpected recognition. I also thank my students for their hard work, my colleagues for their encouragement and my family for their support. The AAAS mission of ‘advancing science, serving society’ encapsulates my passion and will continue to guide my future endeavors.”
Summary: The National Geographic Society has issued an RFP for its 2023 Levels 1 & 2 Explorer Grants. Funded projects will incorporate science, storytelling, and/or education, and must align with one or more of the Society’s five focus areas: Ocean, Land, Wildlife, Human History & Cultures, and Human Ingenuity. Recipients of a National Geographic Society grant are given the title National Geographic Explorer if they have not already received the title through another grant, fellowship, award, or similar opportunity. This opportunity is especially relevant for those who are engaged in work in one of the Societies’ Five Focus Areas, either in the US or overseas. Level 1 grants are for up to $20,000 for projects up to one year. Level 2 grants are for up to $100,000 for projects up to two years. The application deadline for both grants is April 12, 2023. An overview and links to the full RFP are below. Please forward this to any faculty in your units that may have interest.
The National Geographic Society’s Grants Program provides seed funding and support to early career individuals, as well as those more advanced in their careers, who are working to address critical challenges, advance new solutions, and inspire positive transformation across all seven continents. Funded projects will incorporate science, storytelling, and/or education, and must align with one or more of the Society’s five focus areas: Ocean, Land, Wildlife, Human History & Cultures, and Human Ingenuity. Recipients of a National Geographic Society grant are given the title National Geographic Explorer if they have not already received the title through another grant, fellowship, award, or similar opportunity.
Level I Grants: Level I Grants are designed for individuals who may be earlier in their career, those looking to establish themselves better in their field, those seeking mentorship from others in their field and beyond, or those who want to grow their network and enhance their impact by joining a global community of National Geographic Explorers. This opportunity is best suited for individuals who have the potential and desire to make significant positive contributions to their field by leveraging the funding, capacity, and additional support provided by the National Geographic Society and connections to other Explorers. These grants are highly competitive, and priority will be given to applicants who thoughtfully demonstrate how joining the Explorer Community will help to advance their career. NOTE:
The National Geographic Society is accepting pre-applications for Level 1 Grants, which helps to insure that invited applicants are prepared to submit competitive full applications if invited. Funding requests at this level can be up to $20,000. Projects can be up to one year in length.
Level II Grants: This grant opportunity is designed for individuals who are more established in their field and/or are seeking a higher level of funding. Projects at this level should push the boundaries of the applicant’s field or discipline and be designed to achieve significant and tangible impacts. Anyone can apply for this grant, including National Geographic Explorers as well as those new to our community. Although applicants must be 18 or older at the time they submit their application, there are no restrictions related to minimum years of experience in their discipline. However, as this level is highly competitive, applicants should make a strong case for why their project is relevant and impactful, and why they are best suited to carry out the work. Funding requests at this level can be up to $100,000. Projects can be up to two years in length.
Ocean- Our Ocean work aims to explore, understand, and conserve marine and coastal systems. Across topics like oceanography, marine/coastal ecology, climate science, ocean exploration technology, community-based conservation, and related fields — our goal is to inspire and empower people across the globe to better understand and protect the world’s ocean.
Land- Our Land work aims to explore, understand, and conserve terrestrial and freshwater systems around the world. Across topics like terrestrial geosciences, terrestrial/freshwater ecology, climate science, conservation technology, community-based conservation, and related fields — our goal is to inspire and empower others to better understand and protect our lands, lakes, and rivers.
Wildlife- Our Wildlife work covers projects informed by science that inspire and empower local and global audiences to better understand and protect wildlife, including animals, plants, and fungi. Projects may examine single species or groups of species, and species-habitat relationships in the wild.
Human Histories & Cultures -- Our Human Histories and Cultures work covers projects that aim to preserve cultural knowledge and/or better understand human histories, cultures, practices, diversity, and evolution–past and present; and projects that center communities and inform and inspire global audiences with stories or lessons about humanity.
Human Ingenuity -- Our Human Ingenuity work aims to develop creative, novel, or scalable solutions to global sustainability challenges and projects that highlight breakthrough solutions and innovations. Across topics like applied artificial intelligence and technology, innovations in climate adaptation, natural resources and systems sustainability, outer space, and related fields — our goal is to inspire and empower creative minds to think in bold, impactful ways.
NOTE: The above information is an overview. If interested in applying, please read the full RFP. National Geographic warmly welcomes individuals from underserved and underrepresented groups around the world to apply.
GRANT AMOUNT: Funding requests at this level can be up to USD $20,000 for Level One grants and $100,000 for Level 2. Projects can be up to one year in length, although projects with “Technology” as the primary focus can be up to two years. Recipients of Level I Grants will join a global community of National Geographic Explorers from around the globe and gain access to training courses, software tools, and other resources. Indirect costs can be up to 15%.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Projects are submitted only through National Geographic’s online portal. Application templates, budget guidelines, and tips for applying:
Pre-Applications for Level 1:
Due April 12, 2023
Notice - May 2023
Full Applications (if invited) - June 27, 2023
All Other Applications:
Due By: April 12, 2023
Notification: September 2023
PROJECT CONTACT: If you have any questions, contact email@example.com.
In your subject line, please indicate focus area.
EGLE offers grants for new hybrid, alternative fuel, and zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles, engines, equipment, and agricultural irrigation pumps
Description: A total of $375,960 is available for clean diesel and alternative fuel engine and equipment replacement projects under a competitive grant Request for Proposals (RFP) announced today by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
The 2023 Michigan Clean Diesel Program’s RFP targets efforts to replace diesel equipment, vehicles, and engines with zero tailpipe emission, hybrid, or alternative fuel vehicles, engines, or equipment. Applicants can be any of the following: private businesses/farms; cities; townships; villages; county government agencies; public school districts; private schools; public transit agencies; port authorities; metropolitan planning organizations; or nonprofit organizations.
Applications will be accepted by email until 5 p.m., EST, March 31, 2023, and projects must be completed by August 31, 2023, and fall into one of three categories:
Agricultural Irrigation Pump Diesel Engine Replacement with Electric Equipment: Diesel engine must be replaced with an electric motor, or if the engine powers a generator that runs a submersible pump, by directly connecting the submersible pump to the electric grid. Funding may cover up to 60 percent of the cost of the electric motor, installation, and/or required electrical infrastructure (including electric line extension).
Vehicle Replacement: Funding may cover up to 35 percent of the cost of eligible vehicles that meet the California Air Resource Board’s optional low oxides of nitrogen standards, and up to 45 percent of the cost of an all-electric vehicle replacement. Eligible drayage vehicle replacement may be funded up to 50percent.
Engine Replacement: Funding includes, but is not limited to, replacing diesel engines with an engine certified for use with an alternative fuel (e.g., compressed natural gas or propane), or a zero-tailpipe emissions power source (grid battery or fuel cell). Funding for engine replacement may cover up to 40 percent for alternative fuel engines; 50 percent for low-nitrogen oxide and up to 60 percent for replacement with zero emission engines.
Online registration is open for a webinar explaining the 2023 Michigan Clean Diesel Grant Program: Guidelines for Grant Application is scheduled Feb. 14, 2023, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations have resulted in newly made diesel engines that create less pollution than ever before; however, millions of older, dirtier engines are still in use. In the journey toward zero-emissions vehicles and equipment, there will be a period of transition where diesel and propane technology are replaced with cleaner technologies and will be part of a bridge toward new technologies. EGLE’s Clean Diesel Program will continue to incentivize zero-emission engines, and this year’s RFP will be focused on replacement of agricultural irrigation pump diesel engines, diesel-powered vehicles, engines, and equipment with zero-emission replacements.
State and federal money fund the project, with the federal portion provided by the EPA, in accordance with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award of $50K (with the opportunity to expand future funding up to $5M)
DEADLINES: LOI due March 3, 2023
OVERVIEW: The Catalyst Awards—part of the broader Healthy Longevity Global Competition—reward bold, new, potentially transformative ideas to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being and health of people as they age, in a measurable and equitable way. 20 Catalyst Awards will be given in 2023 to U.S.-based innovators. Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as exclusive access to additional funding opportunities.
The NAM is currently seeking bold, new, and innovative ideas that aim to extend the human health span (i.e., the number of years lived in good health), especially approaches that challenge existing paradigms or propose new methodologies or concepts. High-risk ideas that could potentially yield high rewards and, in turn, dramatically change the field of healthy longevity are encouraged.
Ideas may focus on any stage of life, as long as they ultimately promote health, functioning, meaning, purpose and/or dignity as people age.
Applications may also originate from any field or combination of fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, technology, data science, and policy). Examples of topic areas include but are not limited to:
Behavioral health (e.g., social connectedness, engagement, and well-being)
Biology of aging and molecular pathways
Built environment and urban planning
Disease prevention, including biomarkers and indicators of disease
Health care delivery (e.g., technologies simplifying access to care, elder care services)
Physical health (e.g., mobility and functionality)
Policy (e.g., economic, health, and science)
Reproductive longevity and equality
Technology (e.g., telehealth; artificial intelligence; robotics; medical, assistive, and information technology)
The NAM strongly encourages ideas or projects that aim to reduce health disparities, promote health equity, or combat ageism. Application of human-centered design principals to engage older adults in the work, if applicable, are also strongly encouraged.
Deadline for Pre Applications (required): March 8, 2023 at 5:00pm ET
Deadline for Applications: April 19, 2023 at 11:59pm ET
Funding for basic research to explore potentially high-impact approaches in scientific computing and extreme-scale science.
Extreme-scale science recognizes that disruptive technology changes are occurring across science applications, algorithms, computer architectures and ecosystems. Recent reports point to emerging trends and advances in high-end computing, massive datasets, scientific machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) on increasingly heterogeneous architectures, including neuromorphic and quantum systems. Significant innovation will be required in the development of effective paradigms and approaches for realizing the full potential of scientific computing from emerging technologies. Proposed research should not focus strictly on a specific science use case, but rather on creating the body of knowledge and understanding that will inform future advances in extreme-scale science. Consequently, the funding from this FOA is not intended to incrementally extend current research in the area of the proposed project. It is expected that the proposed projects will significantly benefit from the exploration of innovative ideas or from the development of unconventional approaches.
Please see the funding opportunity for agency contacts and more details, including eligibility and application information.
Webinar: A webinar will be held to provide information to the community on the EXPRESS FOA.
Description: DER has a catalog of research and funding seminars available on demand. Seminar topics range from critical instruction for new faculty through advanced training for senior research faculty. These presentations include instruction from experts regarding themes that include best practices in research, MSU policy, sponsor compliance, industry specific seminars, and more. Check them out today and utilize this incredible resource to help streamline your proposal development and promote success in your research. Watch now on demand!!!
Recent seminar presentations include:
DER is Here to Help (proposal & proposal development resources geared to promote success)
Tips for Writing a Persuasive Grant Proposal (grant writing to ‘sell’ a project to funders)
Finding Funding (tips for finding funding to support your research)
Roles and Responsibilities (tips for understanding roles and responsibilities at each stage of the project)
CAREER Award Workshop - Session 1 (best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals)
Does effort reporting for your grants and contracts seem more cumbersome than it should be? CGA has compiled a very
helpful list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Topics range from reporting deadlines, to resolving errors, and everything in between!
As you peruse this list, you might notice that there is a dedicated email address for any questions or issues you may have when submitting effort reporting. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite service.