MSU’s scheduled transition from KC (Kuali Coeus - Research Administration System) to KR (Kuali Research Administration System) is now complete. The KR system includes many enhancements to simplify and streamline the proposal development and routing process. These enhancements went active on Sunday, April 24, 2022, and the system tools are easily accessible using your regular system access points, such as through EBS. Easy to follow training resources have been created by MSU Sponsored Programs Administration to assist you in familiarizing yourself with this improved system.
Helpful KR Training Resources
Please see the following training resources for the new COI module:
Questions: If you have questions related to the content or business processes for the COI module, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have system related questions for the new COI module, please contact the Kuali Helpdesk.
If you have additional questions regarding the KR system or other helpful proposal resources, please email email@example.com.
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.
NSF releases a replacement funding announcement for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The new announcement is NSF
Highlighted updates for the replacement funding announcement include an updated submission deadline. The updated Deadline Date for this new announcement is July 27, 2022 (Fourth Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter). This funding announcement replaces: NSF 20-525.
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on three important criteria: The criteria are 1) performance of innovative research at the frontiers of science, engineering, and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach, and 3) commitment to STEM equity, diversity, accessibility, and/or inclusion. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty-six nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.
Updates and Announcements regarding Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) can be found here.
A civil engineer at Michigan State University has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will examine growing issues related to droughts, water scarcity, and flooding in Taiwan. Taiwan is known for the world’s massive semiconductor industry.
Yadu Pokhrel, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will explore an “unparalleled opportunity” to develop new projects related to the increasing hydroclimatic extremes brought on by climate change. He will be in Taiwan for six months from August 2022, collaborating with scholars at the National Taiwan University and beyond.
“Taiwan is rich in water resources, but it receives over 80 percent of its rain during May to October. A lot of that rain is brought by typhoons which are necessary to fill reservoirs and lakes under normal situations, but too much causes destructive floods. Then, there is little rain during the rest of the year, so there is either too much water from massive typhoons or too little during drought periods,” he said.
Climate change is making the disproportionate rainfall distribution even worse, adding challenges to secure water for drinking, food production, and industry needs.
ASK THE EXPERT: Hear Yadu Pokhrel commenting on Earth Day and the impact of climate change here.
“The 2020-2021 drought was the worst in over a half century,” Pokhrel continued. “Lack of sufficient rainfall caused the reservoirs to dry up, which exposed the vulnerability of Taiwan’s water systems. These changes in water systems have impacted water supplies for all societal sectors including the semiconductor industry, which likely affected the supply of modern gadgets ranging from cars and computers to dishwashers and even toys in the U.S.”
2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 2) - May 2 2-5PM
CAREER Award Workshop #2: The Pitch
Goal: to provide an opportunity for each candidate to present a
five-minute pitch of his/her project and receive input from a panel of
Minimum content of each pitch presentation:
Title of proposal
Synopsis of project, including aims and major research, educational, and service activities
Extent to which proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, and/or potentially transformative concepts
Extent to which project will serve as a springboard to the applicant’s career
Metrics and/or other evaluation schemes to assess success and/or failure
Availability of resources to achieve stated goals
of the potential for the proposed activity to advance knowledge and
understanding within its own field or across different fields
Discussion of the potential for the
proposed activity to benefit society and/or advance desired societal
outcomes (Broader Impacts)
Evaluation of pitches:
We will establish a panel of reviewers to provide oral feedback on
the spot, then compile collective reviewer written responses to deliver
to each faculty member. The panel will be charged with assessing the
Potential for the proposed activity to a. advance knowledge and
understanding within its own field or across different fields
(Intellectual Merit); and b. benefit society or advance desired societal
outcomes (Broader Impacts)
Extent to which the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts
Whether plans for carrying out the proposed activities are well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale.
If the project description incorporates a mechanism to assess successes and failures.
Qualification of the individual, team, or institution to conduct the proposed activities.
there are adequate resources available for the PI (either at the home
institution or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed
Dear Michigan State University, the Wright Brothers Institute, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), invites you to participate in the Third year for designing a RF power system using Gallium nitride as a semiconductor. We are looking for applications that are dual use (Military and Civilian application). You are being invited because of your identified expertise in RF power amplification design and vision for commercial and military uses.An information meeting will be presented on 20 May 2022 to layout this year’s challenge and to answer questions from potential participants. This will be via a Zoom Webinar (you will be emailed the details to join 2 weeks prior to the event). This challenge is the Third in a challenge series issued as part of a DoD investment strategy to help the United States lead the world in this technology, therefore this challenge is limited to US citizens only.
This challenge is looking for white papers outlining a design concept that takes advantage of the GaN superior performance over other semiconductor materials for RF power amplification. The white paper should outline a dual use (Military and/or Commercial) circuit for enhanced performance using the GaN semiconductor. The white paper should outline the projected performance enhancement and the military and civilian use case. The best white papers (most commercially viable with projected military advantage) will be awarded not to exceed $200,000.00 to design the circuit, project its performance enhancement, deliver the design to the AF to build the circuit, then build and test the circuit to validate the circuit performance against the projected gain. The white papers will be evaluated by an AFRL judging team. Evaluation criteria will be presented at the workshop. Once selected the companies will be awarded 50% to cover the cost of the design up front. 30% will be given once the design is delivered to the AFRL team who will send the design to one of two industrial “Forges” to fabricate and send 40 chips back to the team to build up the design and validate the predicted performance against 10 of the chips. Upon completion of the device testing, and acceptable report to the AF review team, the team will be given the remaining 20%. The team will have to provide the 10 circuits that were tested back to the government for independent testing/validation.
There are some slight changes from last year’s competition that will be explained at the kickoff meeting.
The submitters will have to agree to Gov use rights for the IP created but they will keep the commercialization rights and if selected sign a non-disclosure agreement with the participating foundries.
This 8-part series of workshops will introduce you to all aspects of building your Broader Impacts plan. You can register for one workshop or all sessions but be sure to register only for the sessions that you want to attend.
Increased partnerships between academia and industry and increased economic competitiveness of the U.S. are key Broader Impact areas. In this workshop, panelists representing university offices that support commercialization, entrepreneurship, and industry partnerships discuss their services and how best to collaborate with them to achieve your research impact goals.
Note: Register prior to date of event to receive Zoom information
First Friday of each month 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6
Friday, June 3
Friday, July 1
Friday, August 5
Would scheduling regular, specific times to write about your outreach or engagement work be helpful? If so, please join us on the first Friday of each month for three hours of dedicated time to advance your scholarship. Past participants have written journal articles, grant proposals, book chapters, theses or dissertations, curricula, pieces for public audiences, and community engagement portfolios.
Participants should plan to write for the full three hours. We start the write-in by sharing writing goals for the day and wrap up with accomplishments and next steps.
Description: The 2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), will lead a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. Session 1 will also include presentations by previous CAREER award winners, and presentations from others key resources from around campus. UPDATE: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline (NSF 22-586) is now July 27, 2022. Watch it now on demand!!!