MSU announces new Facilities and Administrative (or Indirect Cost) rates
As shared this week by MSU Contract and Grant Administration (CGA), MSU has a new Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rate agreement that will go into effect for proposals with budgets that start on or after July 1, 2023. The new rate is effective through June 30, 2027. DER will update budgets accordingly following instructions from both OSP and CGA. The newly approved Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rates may temporarily result in delays or extra steps when having your budget approved by OSP. DER appreciates your understanding in this process. See CGA’s message below.
Friday, April 28, 2023
The University has negotiated a new F&A rate agreement which goes into effect July 1, 2023 until June 30, 2027. The MSU F&A rates for July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2027 are:
Research – 57%
Other Sponsored Activities – 37%
Off-Campus – 26%
The increase in the “Research” rate (+.5%) is primarily due to an increase in costs for major infrastructure projects. The “Other Sponsored Activities” rate increase of (+1%) is due to the increase in non-research sponsored activities and the “Off-Campus” rate remains unchanged. Consistent with past practice, the new F&A rates will apply to new proposals and will not retroactively apply to current awards. This new F&A rate agreement also applies to HFH+MSU HS proposals submitted through MSU.
The new F&A rates will be available in the KR system Friday, May 5th. If you have a budget in progress and the project start date is after July 1st, we encourage you to update the F&A rate by clicking the “Sync All Rates” button in the Rates Option prior to sending the budget to the Office of Sponsored Programs for review. If you have any questions, please contact your Proposal Team or the KR helpdesk.
Additionally, a PDF copy of the new rate agreement is attached and will be available on the SPA website at the following link: Facilities & Administrative Cost Rates in the next few weeks. If you have any questions regarding the new F&A rates, please contact a member of the CGA or OSP management team or contact me directly at email@example.com.
Sincerely, Evonne (Evo) Pedawi Executive Director
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AWARD AMOUNT: Award amount: $75K /2 Years* ($150K total)
DEADLINES: LOI due July 31, 2023
OVERVIEW: The Conquer Cancer Now Award is given to young and innovative cancer researchers focused on cancer genetics, cancer biology and cancer immunology. By specifically targeting promising early-career scientists and providing critically needed “seed” money for innovative projects, Concern Foundation supports development of the next generation of cancer researchers and thus promotes progress in understanding cancer biology and improved approaches to cancer.
Proposals must be hypothesis-driven and centered on cancer genetics, cancer biology, or cancer immunology. Concern will not fund clinical trials, cancer epidemiology, or behavioral studies. Grants are awarded to independent investigators who are at the start of their scientific career (i.e., junior faculty) and are at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent with explanation). Priority is given to proposals from independent investigators who have yet to obtain significant funding for their work.
Recipients are selected based on peer review by a Scientific Review Committee and is based on the following criteria:
Focus on the foundation's mission to fund the best research in the areas of cancer genetics, cancer biology, and cancer immunology.
Significance and originality of the proposal.
Strong hypothesis-driven scientific approach.
Feasibility of the aims of the proposal.
Qualifications of the investigator and his/her team.
Institutional commitment, scientific research environment, and availability of resources to support the proposed project.
*Second year of funding is not guaranteed and is based on evidence of sufficient progress based on the required progress report, availability of funds, and approval of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research Executive Board.
Applicant who is PI on an existing R01 or equivalent is not eligible.
Concern Foundation accepts grant applications from institutions in the United States and abroad. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Notification of LOI selection will be approximately September 5, 2023.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award amount: $200K/2 Years with the opportunity for an additional $400K over 2 years. ($800K total)
DEADLINES: Applications due July 6, 2023, by 4:00 p.m. EST.
OVERVIEW: This award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.
The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.
Applicants must belong to one of the following categories:
Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first five (5) years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position (Cut-off date: July 1, 2018).
Clinical Instructors and Senior Clinical Fellows (in the final year of their sub-specialty training) holding an MD/DO who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a tenure-track faculty position. Such individuals must have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, dedicated laboratory space and the support of their institution.
Distinguished Fellows with an exceptional record of research accomplishment identified by their institution to pursue an independent research program and who have dedicated laboratory space. These candidates are markedly distinct from traditional postdoctoral fellows.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following:
The applicant’s capacity to conduct bold, exceptionally creative research.
The novelty and creativity of the proposed research. Incremental research will not be funded.
The potential of the proposed research to lead to advances that will significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, treatment or basic understanding of cancer.
The applicant’s lack of resources to pursue the proposed research.
Applicants (including non-U.S. citizens) must be conducting independent research at a U.S. research institution.
The applicant must have received an MD, PhD or MD/PhD degree(s) from an accredited institution.
Basic and translational/clinical projects will be considered.
Applications will be accepted from all scientific disciplines provided that the proposed research meets the selection criteria.
Applicants with a background in multiple disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.
Joint submission from two collaborators working in different disciplines will be considered. (The collaborators will share the award.) Each collaborator must meet the eligibility criteria.
Applicants are expected to commit a minimum of 80% of their time to conducting research.
Applicants may apply no more than two times.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have access to the resources and infrastructure necessary to conduct the proposed research.
The department must guarantee the Investigator is conducting the proposed research independently.
Simons Foundation invites applications for Solar Radiation Management
Deadline: May 31, 2023 at 12 noon ET (Letters of Intent)
The Simons Foundation Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for a new Solar Radiation Management program (SRM).
The international collaborative research program is designed to fill
fundamental scientific knowledge gaps relevant to Solar Radiation
Management, an emerging collection of approaches, including
stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI), marine cloud brightening (MCB),
and cirrus cloud thinning (CCT), designed to modify the Earth’s
radiative balance and cool the planet. Although reducing atmospheric
greenhouse gas concentrations is the only long-term strategy to mitigate
climate change and other impacts, SRM might be able to ameliorate some
of the negative impacts this century. However, SRM also may pose
significant environmental and societal risks, including stratospheric
warming, ozone depletion, and rainfall changes, affecting water
resources and agriculture. Not enough is known about SRM systems and
their potential impacts to allow informed decision making. This call
aims to help fill key fundamental knowledge gaps in the science of SRM.
Priority areas for this call include environmentally benign materials
discovery for SAI and CCT; laboratory physicochemical characterization
of SAI and CCT materials and their interactions with light, clouds,
atmospheric trace gases, and with themselves or ambient aerosols to
improve microphysical inputs to existing climate models; approaches to
minimize cirrus cloud formation, including from aircraft emissions;
assessments of near-field (<100 km) atmospheric turbulence and its
impact on SAI and CCT interventions, primarily through modeling; and
integration of improved representations of aerosols and turbulence into
global-scale modeling, and characterization of global and regional
impacts of novel materials for SAI and CCT.
Areas not within the scope of this program include social science research and in-situ field experiments involving aerosol release.
The program is anticipated to award $10 million yearly over five
years. Proposal budgets for three years should be at most $500,000
annually, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent modified total
direct costs). Allowable indirect costs to the primary institution for
subcontracts are not included in the $500,000 budget threshold. Up to 20
awards will be funded, although some of the original $10 million may be
held in reserve to award during a potential two-year renewal period
after the initial three-year award.
Proposals may be from individual investigators or small teams; the
latter are not required to be from the same institution. Investigators
can be science/engineering faculty at PhD-granting research universities
or PhD-level research staff members at nonacademic institutions.
Letters of intent are due May 31, 2023, at 12 noon ET, and upon
review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal,
due October 3, 2023, at 11:00 am ET.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Simons Foundation website.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award amount: $150K /4 Years ($600K total)
DEADLINES: LOI due August 1, 2023
OVERVIEW: The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization.
Projects should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences.
Projects should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs.
Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged.
Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.
The program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences.
Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.
No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.
Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total.
The Foundation does not support clinical research, clinical trials, or single target drug discovery projects. Individuals with strictly clinical appointments are not eligible to apply.
June 5, 2023 2:00 PM ET to June 8, 2023 4:00 PM ET
Note: Registration will open on Wednesday, May 10 at 12PM ET.
Join the National Science Foundation for the Spring 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the week of June 5, 2023.
Just like the in-person grants conferences, the NSF Virtual Grants Conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators.
New programs and initiatives
NSF's merit review process
NSF directorate sessions
Award management topics
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The NSF Grants Conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF staff will provide up-to-date information about policies and procedures, specific funding opportunities and answer attendee questions.
May 8 2023 12:00PM to May 12 2023 6:00PM NSF (virtual)
The 2023 NSF Engineering CAREER Proposal Workshop will be held
virtually over three days: May 8, May 9, and May 12, 2023, from 12:00 PM
to 6:00 PM Eastern Time each day.
This virtual workshop will provide early career faculty with
knowledge and strategies to enable the formulation of more competitive
CAREER proposals for submission to the NSF Directorate for Engineering
(ENG) in 2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with NSF Program
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