Let DER Guide You Through the Research Maze! (Tip #4: Utilizing Proven Resources to Pinpoint Your BFF'r “best funders for research”)
In this four-part series titled, “Let DER Guide You Through the Research Maze!” we explained the function and value of various proposal components and shared ways to help you successfully navigate the research maze and promote your success of securing funding. In the first article
we shared that DER (Division of Engineering Research) is here as your primary resource to help you navigate the research maze. This description included explanations to help understand people and offices within MSU who are available to assist you in the research development process. In the second article we focused on understanding the function and details required in your Budget Justification. The third article detailed the importance of a strong Scope of Work and its notable uses. These articles and additional resources can be reviewed by visiting here.
In this fourth and final entry, we are going back to the starting line. Successful researchers begin by utilizing strong funding leads (obtained from experienced/proven sources) that align well with their focused research. Through a dynamic, effective research opportunities search that aligns well with your focused research, you can conserve your limited time and maximize your likelihood of successfully securing new funding. Below are proven resources (available at MSU) that MSU researchers should utilize when pursuing funding.
Your Department Chair or other designated leaders in your unit can help refer you to specific funding announcements/departments that align well with your focused research.
Dr. John Verboncoeur (Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) can help assess and evaluate your research funding search and refer you to specific funding announcements/departments that align with your focused research.
Program Manager(s) or Management available with each sponsor may assess your research and determine if it fits within the scope of the sponsor and/or their specific unit/department. Program Management contact information is typically disclosed in specific funding solicitations.
Sara Steenrod, PhD, Grant Consultant with OSVPRI (NSF consultant services), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let your most efficient time investment pay dividends toward your future research funding. Utilizing the proven resources above will help maximize every critical moment invested and will be heavily remunerative in your funding search. As always, DER is available to help answer your questions related to any referenced information above. If you have questions, please send an email to email@example.com. We look forward to watching you accept your awards!
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:
A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.
You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.
NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes. Visit the NSF policy outreach website
to sign up for notifications about this and other outreach events.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on October 4, 2021, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 20-1) continue to apply.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Feldman Head, Policy Office Division of Institution and Award Support Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management
OPPORTUNITY: Research on Waste Management Practices
AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $500K including 25% IDC.
DEADLINES: Pre-proposals due December 1, 2021. Pre-proposals will be accepted starting 15 days prior to the deadline date and up to the close of business (5 p.m. eastern time) on the deadline date. Pre-proposals that are deemed most relevant to the solid waste management field and that have a high perceived impact by the selection committee will receive invitations to submit a full proposal.
OVERVIEW: The sustainability movement has reached the business models of nearly every industry in the United States, and many companies, municipalities and states have set aggressive sustainability goals that include how waste streams are being managed. The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices. It should be noted that EREF defines solid waste to include:
Municipal solid waste (e.g. residential, commercial, institutional)
Construction & demolition debris
Certain industrial wastes (e.g. exploration & production waste, coal ash) and
Other wastes typically managed by the solid waste industry or generated by the public not included in the above items (e.g. electronic waste, disaster debris, etc.)
Pre-Proposal submissions are limited to two (2) submissions per principal investigator during a submission period.
Jiliang Tang of Michigan State University has been named the 2021 Rising Starby the Association of Chinese Scholars in Computing – the sole recipient of the international honor this year.
Tang is an associate professor of computer science and engineering (CSE).
Abdol-Hossein Esfahanian, professor and chairperson of the Department
of Computer Science and Engineering, said he is delighted that a
Spartan Engineer is the only one named to this significant recognition
for 2021. Learn more Here.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2018 to 2022 as of (09/24/2021).