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September 4, 2020
DER Funding Database

Weekly In Progress Report

DER Director News
Shoppell named interim director for Division of Engineering Research

Jacque Shoppell will serve as interim director for the Division of Engineering Research (DER) in the MSU College of Engineering, starting Aug. 24.

She is currently the DER assistant director and has been a staff member at MSU for 35+ years.

Shoppell replaces DER Director Kelli Martin, who will become the chief financial officer for Traverse City. Learn more HERE.

Engineering Research Reactivation SharePoint

The Engineering Research Reactivation all-inclusive SharePoint page has helpful reopening resources, important processes, and documents that need to be completed and approved to "return to research". Please request access if prompted. 

Important Announcement: 

Where is my "LABORATORY PLAN FOR A SAFE RETURN" in the approval process?

You can see what step of the approval process your plan is on by looking under the “Engineering Research Reactivation” folders on the SharePoint site. 

  • If the plan has been approved by the Department Chair, you can see if it has been sent to VPRI by clicking on “EGR ADR Review” > “At VPRI for Review”. If the plan is in the “At VPRI for Review” folder then it is currently being reviewed by VPRI.
  • To check to see if your plan has been completely approved by all required departments (DC, EGR Dean's Office, and VPRI), you can click on the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder. If your plan is in the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder then you approved to return to research. Monique Blackmer ( will reach out to you. 

SharePoint Page
DER Tools to Support Faculty

While many faculty are still working remotely, DER is here with various tools to support them. DER uses video conferencing and screen sharing during the budget development process to help work with faculty as if they were still in the office and visiting physically. Contact anyone in DER to learn more.

DER is Here to Help

To new faculty, DER is here to help and would be glad to provide one on one instruction as you acclimate to MSU systems. You can reach out to Robert Nelsen (DER Research Admin) or phone 517-355-5103 to set that up. DER has recorded an instructional video online that is available for new faculty. The video discusses various research related resources in the College of Engineering. The video also describes services available through DER. Please find that video here.

Sony Research Award Program

Solid research is the underlying driving force to crystallize fearless creativity and innovation. While we are committed to run in-house research and engineering, we are also excited to collaborate with academic partners to facilitate exploration of new and promising research. The Sony Focused Research Award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct this type of collaborative, focused research. The award provides up to $150K USD* in funds, and may be renewed for subsequent year(s). A list of candidate research topics appears below. Please select the Focused Research Theme for which your submission is written. Learn more HERE.

Call for Proposals – 2020 Pre-College & Youth Outreach Conference

You are invited to submit program proposals for the annual Michigan Pre-College & Youth Outreach Conference to be held ONLINE on November 19-20, 2020. This year’s theme is Gen Z and Beyond: Connecting to Tomorrow’s Youth.

This annual conference rotates among colleges and universities across the state. Representatives from many colleges and universities, as well as K-12 educators and other partners, contribute to its planning. This is a conference for those who wish to improve college attainment among Michigan students and equip them to succeed in our evolving global landscape. Learn more HERE.

Facebook Fellowship Program

The Facebook Fellowship is a fully-funded, global PhD program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.

The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study. We also encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply, especially those from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters. Learn more HERE.

Funding Opportunity: Schlumberger Foundation 2021–2022 Faculty for the Future Fellowships

The Schlumberger Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports science and technology education. Recognizing the link between science, technology, and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation flagship program is Faculty for the Future.

Purpose: This program awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging countries to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at leading universities worldwide. Learn more HERE.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume as of (09/4/2020).

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DER Seminars
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

The MTRAC @ MSU seminar hosted by Joseph Affholter will provide an overview of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program based here at MSU. Referred to the AgBio Innovation Hub, the program provides competitive, early-stage translational research and risk assessment funding for technology-based innovations with potential to create value in the agriculture, food, fiber, bioproducts and bioprocessing (“AgBio”) industries. 

Watch the Seminar Here

DER Seminar Website

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      Primary Funding Agencies
      U.S. Department of Defense

      National Aeronautics and Space Administration
      National Institutes of Health

      National Science Foundation

      Office of Naval Research

      Research in Germany - Land of Ideas

      U.S. Department of Energy

      United States Department of Agriculture

      Division of Engineering Research

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      MI 48824-1226 United States

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