Do I need DER for my Pre-Application/Pre-Proposal? Tips to help PIs know when to enlist DER…
With many DOE pre-applications (or other pre-proposals) coming due in the coming weeks, DER was recently asked for clarification as to when faculty need to work directly with DER prior to submitting a pre-applications/pre-proposal. The simple way of remembering when to enlist DER is by reviewing your solicitation to determine if any of the following elements are required for a compliant pre-applications/pre-proposal.
The Pre-Applications/Pre-Proposal requires a detailed budget
The pre-proposal includes cost share commitment(s)
The RFA indicates that there is only a 5% variance allowed between the pre-proposal budget and the full proposal budget
The subaward category is more than 75%
of the total budgeted direct costs
The sponsor requires a budget review by MSU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
An authorized MSU signature is required
to submit my pre-applications/pre-proposal
There are intellectual property ownership and/or export control issues
OSP confirms or determines that the proposal requires special review or approvals
The pre-proposal is submitted via System-to-System submission
The solicitation requires the submission of Current & Pending/Other Support forms
If any of the above are required for a compliant pre-applications/pre-proposal, MSU requires a budget review by OSP and a fully routed Kuali Research (KR) (previously Kuali Coeus or KC) proposal. Additionally, if you have a pre-proposal or white paper that needs to be submitted via FedConnect, a proposal development (PD) document does not need to be re-routed; however, final submission does need to be completed by OSP. Please submit documents to be submitted via FedConnect to DER at least 2 business days before the sponsor deadline, so that we can work with OSP to ensure submission.
DER can help you with these processes. To begin, be sure to complete your Proposal Processing Form (PPF) and a DER Research Administrator will be assigned to help you navigate this process.
DER is always here to help you successfully maneuver the proposal process and minimize unforeseen potholes. Never hesitate to ask for clarification if you are unsure. If you have questions regarding your upcoming pre-proposal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
New funding opportunities to support research post-COVID
Blog: Public funding moves research enterprise from pause to fast-forward - By Anthony Boccanfuso, UIDP
The pandemic ramped up new research in vaccines, therapeutics, personal protective gear, and other R&D to mitigate its effects. But for nearly two years, a wide swath of non-COVID research were impacted—because of changes in resource allocation, pandemic-imposed isolation, lack of access to facilities, and a gap in support systems researchers and their teams rely on (see this research
on the pandemic’s effect on productivity and mental health).
Continuing its tradition as the United States’ leading research test lab for piloting new approaches, the National Science Foundation is at it again with the creation of a new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP), which has a mission to advance use-inspired and translational research and strengthen partnership-centric research engagement.
One example is the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program’s new offering, the aptly-named SPRINT (shorthand for the Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Supporting Research in Nascent Translation). If you’re not familiar with the PFI program, it offers those investigators with active NSF funding the chance to accelerate translation of research and technology from lab to market by introducing tangible support for commercialization and partnership development. All researchers with a PFI award are eligible for supplemental funding to reignite and boost translational research activities. Awardees can request up to 20% of the original PFI award through this funding. See the details and share with your colleagues. Read more.
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through May 18, 2022
Keep up with today’s research news from the U.S. National Science Foundation. This is a daily look at noteworthy scientific findings from researchers around the country.
Four Spartan Engineering faculty members at Michigan State University
have received National Science Foundation Early Career Development
(CAREER) Awards and will advance their research efforts with a combined
$1.88 million over the next five years.
NSF has provided Spartan Engineering researchers with 21 CAREER Awards in the past five years.
NSF CAREER Awards support junior faculty members who exemplify the
role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and education. It
is among NSF’s most prestigious national honors.
Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said four more NSF CAREER Awards bring the college’s total to 21 in the past five years.
“This is a very prestigious award for early career faculty members,”
Kempel said. “I know from personal experience that it can be
transformational for a faculty member and allows them to investigate a
new area of scholarship with secure funding for at least five years. I
am very proud of all of my colleagues in the College of Engineering and
look forward to how they transform their work into future innovations
with the help of this support.” … Learn more Here.
Valuable Proposal Development Assistance is Now Available in the College of Engineering
Lauren Aerni-Flessner (Grant and Project Management Specialist in the College of Engineering) provides faculty in the College of Engineering with valuable grant proposal preparation support for grants to each of MSU’s sponsors & agencies. She is available to help faculty with proposal editing, first draft reviews, and coordination for complex proposals. For any questions, please contact Lauren directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Challenge is a low-risk entry point for researchers beginning to explore how their technology and innovative concepts might apply to solving big challenges in the agricultural, environmental, and industrial biotechnology industries.
When: Announcement will be distributed in early May and participant papers are due by June 13, 5:00 PM EDT.
MSU researchers have access to a funding search tool that also has the ability to provide alerts on new funding opportunities. Check out Trending Research Topics using MSU Scholars. Using the “Research at a Glance” instrument, you can quickly navigate research activities for MSU faculty over the past 36 months. This powerful tool can assist you in seeing research trends filtered by discipline, find potential collaborators areas of interest, and quickly view publications related to MSU research. The MSU Scholars database is also an excellent way to find other researchers for collaborative projects. View this short video for a demonstration of the program. Be sure to enter research interests and key words for best matching. Researchers should log in to the Faculty Insight Discovery section of MSU Scholars using an MSU NetID to get started.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2018 to 2022 as of (05/20/2022).
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!!! A recording of Sessions 2-4 will not be released as they will include peer to peer feedback regarding proprietary information included in CAREER proposals that will be submitted in this round. To be part of sessions 2-4, please contact Dr. Robert Ofoli
(Associate Professor) directly.