Did you know that NSF recently launched their Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP)? This new directorate will deepen the agency’s historic mission to advance use-inspired and translational research in all fields of science and engineering, giving rise to new industries and engaging all Americans--regardless of background or location--in the pursuit of new, high-wage jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). TIP will power innovative technologies, addressing the foremost challenges of our time like climate change, critical and resilient infrastructure, and nurturing an equitable workforce for future, high-wage, quality jobs.
“The directorate called Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) launched following the value proposition from VANNEVAR BUSH (Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development) in his book titled SCIENCE, THE ENDLESS FRONTIER (Originally published: 1945) which helped to value the proposition for Federal investment in basic research which. This is why Federal investment in basic research is so critical to being able to power the frontiers of science and engineering, and in turn to power the frontiers of society and economy, as well.” Dr. Erwin Gianchandani (NSF Assistant Director for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships)
For more than seven decades, the U.S. National Science Foundation has been at the forefront of the research, innovation and education that has transformed American lives, powered the economy, and elevated the nation's competitiveness on the global stage. NSF investments have given the world Doppler radar, bar codes, the modern internet, web browsers, magnetic resonance imaging, laser eye surgery, DNA analysis and synthetic biology.
Imagine what will be possible when we can speed the development and deployment of the next generation of these technological marvels with an eye toward addressing the foremost challenges that society and the economy face today.
Enter "TIP," Technology, Innovation and Partnerships--a new NSF directorate that creates breakthrough technologies; meets societal and economic needs; leads to new, high-wage jobs; and empowers all Americans to participate in the U.S. research and innovation enterprise. TIP is a unique opportunity that engages the nation's diverse talent in strengthening and scaling the use-inspired and translational research that will drive tomorrow's technologies and solutions.
GOAL: Maximizing NSF’s impact
NSF has advanced the full spectrum of fundamental research and education in all fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, for more than 70 years - from foundational, curiosity-driven research that has led to new knowledge about our world, to use-inspired, solution-oriented research that has directly impacted people's everyday lives. At every stage, investments across this spectrum have been deeply intertwined.
The TIP Directorate doubles down on the agency's commitment to support use-inspired research and the translation of research results to the market and society. In doing so, the new directorate strengthens the intense interplay between foundational and use-inspired work, enhancing the full cycle of discovery and innovation.
- Explore the links below for opportunities to learn more about TIP programs as well as the various ways to engage. Program resources include reports, videos, FAQs, guides, workshops, webinars, fact sheets, and more.
Events & Webinars
- TIP programs host a variety of events and webinars about funding opportunities, programmatic updates, workshops, and partnership opportunities. Check back often to see what’s new, how to get involved, and when to take action.
Be sure to get familiar with NSF’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) resources and contacts which will provide new opportunities for advancing your research in engineering. Remember, DER is here to help you connect with knowledgeable individuals, find subject-specific resources, and connect with these important new opportunities. If you have questions related to TIP or other NSF directorates, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. DER is here to help.
Researchers are designing tiny, versatile particles to help doctors better detect and treat the world’s leading cause of death
MSUToday’s “Ask the Expert” articles provide information and insights from MSU scientists, researchers and scholars about national and global issues, complex research and general-interest subjects based on their areas of academic expertise and study. They may feature historical information, background, research findings or offer tips.
Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death, killing nearly 20 million people every year. In the United States, it was responsible for one in every five deaths in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Michigan State University Associate Professor Bryan Smith. Credit: Matt Davenport/MSU
It’s no surprise, then, that researchers like Bryan Smith of Michigan State University see a huge opportunity for new, innovative diagnostics and therapeutics to help patients affected by heart disease and other cardiovascular health issues.
In particular, Smith and his team are developing what are called nanomedicines. These are tiny, versatile particles that researchers are engineering to zero in on problem sites in the body to maximize a treatment’s power and minimize its side effects compared with what’s currently available.
Smith was recently invited by the journal Nature Cardiovascular Research to provide an overview of nanomedicines in the realm of heart health for the research and clinical communities. We’ve caught up with him to ask a few questions about what his work could mean for the general population.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Michigan State University researchers are designing tiny treatments and diagnostics called nanomedicines to help fight cardiovascular disease with fewer side effects. Illustration credit: May Napora/MSU
When we talk about cardiovascular disease, it isn’t just one thing. It’s all the issues that can affect the heart and blood vessels as well as the blood. It could be a disorder of the myocardial tissue that’s pumping the blood, or a pacemaker issue, or ischemia, which is a lack of blood supply to a region. There can be problems with blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is the big one, but there are lots of different blood vessel disorders that all fall under cardiovascular diseases.
So it’s a little bit like how we talk about cancer. Cancer isn’t one disease. It’s many different diseases that all have different pathways, but they all fall under one major heading. It’s similar for cardiovascular diseases, except that the differences between them are usually much more obvious.
I recently had a relative with a cardiovascular disease who needed open-heart surgery. That was scary, but it didn’t scare me as much as when I learned another relative had cancer. Hearing that cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death, I feel like I didn’t fully appreciate its severity. Why do you think that is?
Team wins recognition for privacy and democracy-affirming innovations
A research team from Michigan State University has won recognition in
an international competition focused on privacy-enhancing technologies
(PET) that bolster democracy. The groundbreaking results of their
research were showcased at the second White House Summit for Democracy, convened by President Joe Biden from March 28-30, 2023.
Led by Jiayu Zhou,
associate professor of computer science and engineering at MSU, the
team collaborated with researchers from the University of Calgary to
secure third place
in the Financial Crime Prevention Track. Zhou, who heads MSU's ILLIDAN
Lab, guided his doctoral students Haobo Zhang and Junyuan Hong,
alongside Professor Steve Drew, head of the DENOS Lab at the University
of Calgary, and his graduate student, Fan Dong.
World-leading experts from academic institutions, global technology
companies, and privacy start-ups competed for cash prizes from a
combined United States-United Kingdom prize pool of $1.6 million. The
winning solutions addressed practical data privacy concerns in real
world scenarios related to financial crime and pandemic responses. Read
more on the U.S. PETs Prize Challenge.
Zhou explained that the ILLIDAN Lab specializes in developing novel
machine learning solutions, focusing on transfer learning, robust
learning, and federated learning methodologies and theories. Meanwhile,
the DENOS Lab leads groundbreaking research in distributed learning
systems, federated learning, AIOps, edge computing, and cloud-native
initiatives for blockchain services.
The EREF invites applications for projects and research related to sustainable solid waste management practices that pertain to the following topic areas: climate change impacts on and from solid waste management; quantifying circularity of materials; quantifying environmental burden of plastic wastes; environmental justice relating to solid waste; waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products (including but is not limited to waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, other thermal or biological conversion technologies); strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling.
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above.
Principal investigators may include full-time faculty at academic institutions, post-doctoral employees, and principals or senior personnel at non-academic institutions.
Graduate students are not eligible to be principal investigators.
Pre-proposal submissions are limited to two (2) submissions per principal investigator during a particular submission period. Beyond this, the PI cannot be listed as a PI or co-PI on other submissions that round but may be listed as a supporting investigator on other submissions.
A pre-proposal template is available on the website.
Submission portal opens 15 days prior to the pre-proposal due date.
Event Description: This DER seminar
"Resources and Paths to Securing Corporate and Foundation Funding for Research"was presented by individuals from DER, Corporate Relations, and Foundation Relations and provide an overview of the services & resources available in streamlining the process in seeking and securing gifts. This seminar highlighted how to best work with internal partners to access corporate and foundation funding for your research. This session included time for open discussion. Attendees came with questions and were ready to learn how to open the door to securing gifts that will elevate your future research.
Adam Kingston, Senior Director, Foundation Relations, University Advancement
Kyan D. Zeller, Senior Director, Corporate Relations, University Advancement
Jennifer Jennings, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, College of Engineering
Jennifer Sergeant, Research Administrator, Division of Engineering Research, College of Engineering
Description: The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking potential performers who are interested in pursuing future Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation (RDT&E) opportunities in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Cyber (C5) functions associated with Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (ISRT) applications from the space domain. To this end, ONR is interested in leveraging prior and current Science & Technology (S&T) investments made by our Industry partners independently, or in cooperation with US Government Agencies, or Service Laboratories.
Reference number: N00014-23-S-BC07
Issue date: 03/30/2023
Response due: 04/26/2023 05:00 PM US/Eastern
NAICS: 541714-Research and Development in Biotechnology (except Nanobiotechnology)
PSC / FSC: AC13-NATIONAL DEFENSE R&D SERVICES; DEPARTMENT OF DEFEN
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 email@example.com to expedite service.