Over the past two weeks, it has felt as if everything
was going wrong. Everything seemed to be breaking. In the middle of those
moments, it felt as though nothing was working out…
It all started with sump pump problems in my
basement, where my pump monitoring device indicated that the pump was running
excessively. Luckily, I managed to drive home just in time before the basement
flooded. We thought it was fixed after installing a new pump, but it failed a
few days later, resulting in two inches of water covering half of my basement.
This was a big mess. Thankfully, everything is now working well, and my
basement is dry, just in time for the heavy rain this week.
In addition to the basement flooding, I
encountered problems with my car ignition. The key was difficult to turn, and
at one point, it would not turn off the car. Pushing too hard in a moment of
panic forced the key blade to break off in the ignition while the engine was still
running. After a frantic hour and a half drive home, it took pliers to get the
broken key to turn and the engine to shut off. Fortunately, later today I’ll
have the ignition switch replaced, and my car will be back to working order.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, I
took my phone to a repair shop for a quick and simple fix to replace the
cracked backing and failing battery. That day, I left the store and had to go
back five more times because the repair shop broke something different each time
they tried to repair the last sequential thing they just attempted to repair.
After six hours, and a day full of frustration, I ended up leaving the store
with a new phone.
“Perspective is everything when you are
experiencing the challenges of life.” - Joni Eareckson Tada
You also may have experienced incredible challenges
this week, but we are reminded that valuable support from others helps each of
us to successfully overcome these challenges. We rely on one another to help overcome
trials. I want to say a special thank you to our DER team including Marcy,
Ziba, Andy, Krista, Robert, Jennifer, and Lisa. They were diligent, reliable,
professional, and always willing to step up and keep DER going while I was off
dealing with these obstacles.
At DER, our team is experienced with helping
faculty navigate challenges and help you proactively avoid unnecessary pitfalls
as we submit proposals on time. Over the years, we’ve had instances when PIs
became ill, went to the hospital, had a child, missed flights, and had many
personal issues come up, all during proposal deadlines. We never know when
unexpected events will happen; however, the DER staff is here to ensure that
your proposal reaches the finish line on time, every time. I can confidently
say that Marcy, Ziba, Andy, Krista, Robert, Jennifer, and Lisa are always there
to help get you and your proposal across the finish line, just as they were
there for me these last two weeks.
If you have additional questions regarding
DER or regarding your upcoming proposal, please send an email to email@example.com or feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions relating to DER.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through April 5, 2023
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.
2023 STEM & Oratorical Competitions (May 6 2023 11:00AM to May 6 2023 12:30PM – Virtual) - The National Organization for Blacks In Government is now accepting applications for the 2023 STEM and Oratorical Competitions. Applicants can complete at the local, region, and national levels during the next 5 months. The official STEM Theme is: The Water Crisis in America, How do we Repair it? and the Oratorical Theme is: Are Voting Rights Essential for the 21st Century American? Why or Why Not? These competitions challenge the creative minds of high school students ...
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
AWARD AMOUNT: Grant award: $135K/ 2 years ($270K total)
DEADLINES: Application due May 31, 2023
OVERVIEW: LCRF is collaborating with Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca to fund innovative projects focused on antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) to improve outcomes for people with lung cancer. Projects should focus on one or more of the following topics that support research studies to develop further understanding of the mechanism of action and biomarkers for TROP2 directed ADCs in lung cancer and HER2 directed ADCs in HER2 mutant NSCLC and primary and acquired resistance to TROP2 directed and HER2 directed ADCs, including:
Employment of state-of-the art technology to characterize ADC target expression on patient biopsies
Development and evaluation of patient-derived xenograft models (PDX) from patients responsive and/or resistant to TROP2 directed or HER2 directed ADCs
Discovery and/or validation of predictive biomarkers of TROP2 directed or HER2 directed ADCs efficacy in the lung cancer
Prevalence of potential prognostic or predictive biomarkers from lung cancer cells and/or blood
Co-expression of the identified biomarkers with other known biomarkers (eg actionable drivers, immune-related biomarkers, poor prognosis biomarkers)
Evolution of the biomarkers pre-, during- and post-SOC treatment
Investigators must be post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, or mid-career investigators with less than ten years’ experience since their initial faculty appointment.
Senior investigators with more than 10 years’ experience since faculty appointment are generally not eligible for funding and are encouraged to mentor a junior team member through the application process.
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: The Department of Energy requires a Small Business contractor capable of providing Professional Management and Analytical support services in the following areas: Financial, Budgetary, Engineering/Technical, Market Analysis, Risk, Credit and Economic Analysis, Program Management Support, Outreach services. Financial Training services, and Information Technology application support, (see Attachment J for the Applications), as described in greater detail within the PWS Task Areas.
Reference number: 89303023RLP000020
Issue date: 03/30/2023
Response due: 05/01/2023 11:00 AM US/Eastern
Set Aside: Total Small Business Set-Aside (FAR 19.5)
NAICS: 541611-Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
PSC / FSC: R408-SUPPORT- PROFESSIONAL: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT/SUPPORT
Contracting office: Headquarters Procurement Services, U.S. Department of Energy, MA-64, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585
AWARD AMOUNT: Grant award: $250K/3 years ($750K total) including 10% IDC
DEADLINES: LOI 5/01/23 – 5:00 PM EST
OVERVIEW: The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research aims to accelerate cures for cancer by integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology. The Emerging Leader Awards support innovative cancer research from the next generation of leaders. These grants are awarded to outstanding early career investigators to support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from their current research portfolio. Projects for this award must be centered on evidence-based laboratory, data, and/or medical science.
MD, PhD, or equivalent is required.
Applicants must be three to eight years from the start of an independent faculty research appointment as of December 31, 2023. Exceptions due to prolonged medical or family leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants will be requested to provide a biosketch (NIH format or similar) and a list of current grants and other funding supporting the lab.
Invited applicants will be notified the week of June 12th with Applications Due July 24, 2023, by 5pm ET.
Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
(NEW DATE) April 14, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI (Lunch, beverages, and parking passes are provided)
Spend a full day with MSU's Broader Impacts (BI) consultants away
from your everyday responsibilities working on the BI plan for your next
National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal. We will start with a quick
overview of the fundamentals of broader impacts and an introduction to
the ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit, a suite of online tools to assist you
in developing your BI plan (first hour). BI consultants will be on hand
throughout the day to answer your questions and provide individual
consultation and feedback on your BI plan (rest of the day). BI retreat
participants will come away with portions of their BI plans written.
Broader Impact Consultants:
Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, University Outreach and Engagement
Sara Steenrod, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
Lauren Aerni-Flessner, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
Quantum computing promises to have wide-ranging impact on many aspects of our lives including our health. But how? And when? These questions generate both optimism and skepticism about quantum computing applications.
Key to accelerating advances using any new computational method is the co-development of application, software, and hardware. Wellcome Leap's $40M +$10M Quantum for Bio (Q4Bio) Supported Challenge Program is focused on supporting the development of new quantum computing algorithms specifically for health applications and will award $10M in prizes for the demonstration of quantum-enabled solutions.
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.