Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv)
is a new electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.
What SciENcv does:
Eliminates the need to repeatedly enter biosketch information
Reduces the administrative burden associated with federal grant submission and reporting requirements
Provides access to a researcher-claimed data repository with information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments
Allow researchers to describe their scientific contributions in their own language
Who Developed SciENcv:
The SciENcv utility is a cooperative project requested by the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), which is an association of academic research institutions and federal agencies. In collaboration with the FDP, SciENcv is being built by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health under the aegis of an interagency workgroup composed of members from the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation (NSF), The Smithsonian, and the United States Department of Agriculture. The interagency workgroup operates under the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Research Business Models
and Science of Science Policy Committees.
Principles of SciENcv:
Any researcher may register
Leverages data from existing systems
Data are owned by the researcher
Researcher controls what data are public
Researcher edits and maintains information
Researcher provides own data to describe research outcomes
Researcher has ultimate control over data in biosketch
If you have questions regarding SciENcv, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, DER is here to help provide the latest sponsor policies and strongest proposal development tools to help you build your most impactful proposal.
Summary: The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has issued an RFP for a project in which a research team incorporates equity and social dimensions into community climate adaptation and watershed management, to help utilities identify issues that have a particular impact on socially vulnerable populations. The research team will conduct a comprehensive literature review including a review of WRF’s research efforts to date in related areas and evaluate the state-of-the-practice and advancement in the field of climate adaption planning and holistic watershed management, as well as triple bottom line (TBL) analyses that include social and equity components. Grants are up to $150,000. Applications are due by November 22, 2022. An overview and links to the RFP are below. Please forward this notice to any faculty who may have interest.
The research approach in this project includes three main components: (1) inter-disciplinary literature and case study review of processes and practices for incorporating equity and social vulnerability considerations into utility climate adaption planning and watershed management; (2) a national survey through a network of utilities and municipalities, as well as collaborating partners; (3) preparation of a utility-facing guidance document including expanding TBL analysis framework from previous WRF efforts (e.g., WRF projects 3125, 4570, and 4852) to further incorporate social and equitable considerations into the quantification of community benefits. The guidance document should include case studies of best practices and applications that span different-sized water utilities and geographic regions.
The research team will conduct a comprehensive literature review including a review of WRF’s research efforts to date in related areas. In addition, the research team will evaluate the state-of-the-practice and advancement in the field of climate adaption planning and holistic watershed management, as well as TBL analyses that include social and equity components. In addition, the research team will conduct an online survey at a national scale, focusing on the perspective from utilities and municipalities, with a goal to synthesize case studies from different-sized utilities and municipalities, as well as different climate regions. Furthermore, the research team will reach out to related national organizations (e.g., U.S. Water Alliance) and selected community-based organizations (e.g., non-government organizations at regional levels) for information gathering, which are critical to understanding how to bring their perspectives into this process.
Project Objectives: The outcome of this research will help outline the essential features of a holistic, equity-informed approach to community climate adaptation planning and watershed management that effectively incorporates equity and social dimensions. Many utilities seeking to incorporate equity and social dimensions can benefit from, as examples, a set of starting questions such as:
“What is our social baseline?”
“Where are we now?”
“What are existing structural and institutional barriers to equity?”
“What strategies can we use to achieve more equitable outcomes?”
“How can community voices be engaged and considered effectively in the development and selection of holistic watershed management approaches?”
“What application of TBL analysis would help ensure that ‘who benefits and who pays’ factors into the analysis?”
A stand-alone literature review synthesis document, including annotations for the list of publications and resources used.
One invitation-only virtual workshop, along with workshop planning and all supporting materials (e.g., agenda, presentations, meeting notes, and workshop summary).
An interactive utility-facing document
This document will include case studies and a decision support framework that can identify major attributes of communities across different climate regions and how to measure success. o In addition, this document will include a chapter and supporting technical appendix that summarizes the knowledge gaps, research needs, and preliminary project concepts for recommended research projects.
Webcast and public outreach materials (e.g., infographics that can help communicate research findings to utilities, municipalities, and general public).
Submitting at least one open access peer-reviewed journal paper and additional outreach products as applicable.
The anticipated period of performance for this project is 24 months from the contract start date.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The online proposal system allows submission of your documents until the date and time stated in this RFP. To avoid the risk of the system closing before you press the submit button, do not wait until the last minute to complete your submission. Submit your proposal at: https://forms.waterrf.org/222616939029866.
The maximum funding available from WRF for this project is $150,000. The applicant must contribute additional resources (which could be in-kind) equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award. For example, if an applicant requests $100,000 from WRF, an additional $33,000 or more must be contributed by the applicant.
DEADLINE: Applications due by: November 22, 2022 before 3:00 pm MT.
CONTACTS: Questions to clarify the intent of this RFP and WRF’s administrative, cost, and financial requirements may be addressed to the WRF project contact: Harry Zhang, PhD, PE, at (571)384-2098 Email: email@example.com.
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How nature and the lab can teach us about climate change
With $12.5 million from NSF, MSU and UC Merced will help improve climate models and conservation efforts by studying symbiosis in insects, sea anemones and squid
Michigan State University and the University of California, Merced are working to get a better handle on the huge problem of climate change with the help of some very small organisms.
With $12.5 million from the National Science Foundation, MSU and UC Merced are launching an institute to focus on a new angle in climate change. The team will study impacts on microbes and their symbiotic relationships with host animals, including squid, insects and sea anemones. This information can better inform future climate models as well as immediate and long-term conservation strategies, the team said.
“There’s a lot of funding directed toward climate change, but everyone is looking at what you can see. We wanted to approach this problem through a microbial lens, so we proposed looking at symbiotic interactions,” said the institute’s director, Michele Nishiguchi of UC Merced. “Microbes are invisible, and they are important because they are on everything.”
“The vast majority of animal life has evolved with and in close contact with microbial life,” said MSU’s Elizabeth Heath-Heckman, a co-principal investigator for the project, which is called the Institute for Symbiotic Interactions, Training and Education, or INSITE.
Most of ONR’s solicitations are for research and development and are
accomplished through BAAs announcing research interests. BAAs are a
streamlined method used to advertise and solicit performers for ONR
research areas. A BAA or FOA is used to fill requirements for scientific
study and experimentation directed toward advancing the
state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than
focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. FOAs only result in
the award of an assistance instrument and BAAs may result in the award
of both acquisition and assistance instruments. BAA Calls are often
released to focus attention on a specific topic and funding
Although less frequently used than announcements, the RFP is another
solicitation method. RFPs are used in negotiated acquisitions to
communicate Government requirements for supplies and services where
there is a common statement of work. ONR RFPs are posted at https://sam.gov/content/opportunities
ARPA-E announced up to $42 million in funding to overcome technology
barriers associated with the development of high-performance energy
efficient cooling solutions for data centers. Used to house computers,
storage systems, and computing infrastructure, data centers account for
approximately 2% of total U.S. electricity production while data center
cooling can account for up to 40% of data center energy usage overall.
Through the Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy,
Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing
Systems (COOLERCHIPS) program, ARPA-E will fund projects that seek to
reduce the amount of energy data centers use for cooling to lower the
operational carbon footprint associated with powering and cooling data
“Extreme weather events, like the soaring temperatures much of the
country experienced this summer, also impact data centers which connect
critical computing and network infrastructure and must be kept at
certain temperatures to remain operational,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
“Creating solutions to cool data centers efficiently and reduce the
associated carbon emissions supports the technological breakthroughs
needed to fight climate change and secure our clean energy future.”
Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff, and Graduate Students
Tuesday, November 1 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Zoom
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Description: interested in collaborating with nonprofits, industry, or government partners on your research? New to community-engaged research and wondering how to get started? Curious about the connections between your discipline and community engagement? Then this workshop is for you. Together, we will review the basics of community-engaged research, including definitions, examples from multiple disciplines, theories and conceptual frameworks, partnership building, and community engagement practices. Participants will come away with tools and resources for initiating conversations with community partners about how to work together on research.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite service.