As we step further into the 2022-23 academic year, we want to take this opportunity to greet all new EGR faculty. We also want to take this opportunity to re-introduce the Division of Engineering Research (DER) to EGR and remind returning faculty of the services that DER provides to the college.
DER is here to help, providing the following research-related resources and services to EGR faculty and staff:
Proposal development and assistance with navigating the MSU proposal process
Proposal budget development
Proposal compliance reviews
Weekly DER Newsletter containing new funding announcements, updates in sponsor and/or MSU policy and requirements, informative articles, and links to sponsor newsletters and notifications
Support with documentation and approval for incoming funding including gifts, Fee for Service, etc.
Assistance with Kuali Research (KR) and other MSU systems
Support with Export Control
Referrals to EGR faculty relating to their research interests
Research seminars and information
Support with generating reports related to research expenditures and other research related topics
Weekly In Progress Report
In addition to these important services, DER has developed tools to help streamline processes and support EGR faculty. This includes personalized secure network space available for faculty to easily transfer files to DER, as well as video conferencing and screen sharing functionality that is available during the entire proposal development process (including during the budget development) to help accommodate faculty who may have reduced time on campus.
DER is here to assist you in developing your strongest proposal. To begin simply complete your Proposal Processing Form (PPF) and a Research Administrator will be assigned to help you navigate the proposal process. If you have additional questions regarding other support provided by DER, or have specific questions related to your upcoming proposal, please send an email to email@example.com.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through September 7, 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.
Agency accessibility resources (A diverse scientific workforce is essential to a highly successful research enterprise. Reducing the barriers for individuals with disabilities not only enriches the community, but is essential to moving scientific progress forward. The U.S. National Science Foundation addresses those barriers in many ways — from directly supporting individuals' access needs to supporting research that addresses fundamental challenges…)
Michigan State University is one of the top 100 research universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, widely regarded as among the top research-intensive institutions in North America. The following story highlights one of the many examples of MSU’s research excellence and innovation.
Q: What is the difference between a lithium-ion battery and a lithium metal battery?
A: The lithium metal battery has a different chemistry. In a lithium-ion battery, graphite is used as the anode, one of the two electrodes in a battery, to host lithium ions during battery charge and discharge. In a lithium metal battery, we use lithium metal as the anode, which offers more than 10 times higher capacity than that of graphite.
Q: Why are lithium metal batteries considered the “holy grail” of batteries?
A: Our lives have been changed a lot by modern lithium-ion battery technologies from laptops, cell phones and electric vehicles, or EVs. But lithium-ion technologies have reached their theoretical energy-density limit after more than 30 years of development. The new type of battery I am working on — the lithium metal battery — is the “holy grail” of battery technology because it could provide the highest possible energy density, potentially double that of lithium-ion batteries. This means we could get double the mileage of an EV on a single charge.
Q: What are the current challenges to lithium metal battery technology?
A: Producing batteries with high energy density is important, as people have “mileage anxiety” about how far they can travel on a single charge in an EV. A fast-charging cycle is another goal because no one wants to have to wait an hour for their car to charge. In places like Michigan, issues with low temperature performance can also be an issue. The current EV battery technologies can easily lose 30% of their mileages in winter. Safety is also a concern because the batteries can be explosive. These are the very urgent technical challenges that our material scientists and battery engineers need to solve right now.
Event Description: For newer faculty, it is critical to understand all of the incredible resources that are available to help strengthen each of your future proposals. It is also important to understand the required steps to submit a university-endorsed proposal. For more senior faculty, awareness of new resources may help to streamline your proposal development processes and possibly open new streams of funding. Join the DER team as we present DER is Here to Help. This seminar will focus on services offered within the Division of Engineering Research, and the various ways we can help you increase your sponsored research expenditures. Feel free to share any questions during the session. … Learn more Here.
Thursday, September 15, 1 - 2:30 PM ET State departments of transportation can make big strides towards the
future of automated vehicles (AVs) by maintaining and building infrastructures
that will support them. This webinar will provide a framework for thinking
about the impacts AVs on the transportation network.
Wednesday, September 19, 2 - 3:30 PM ET
The Research in Progress database is a leading tool for transportation
professionals to stay updated on current or recently-completed transportation
research projects. This webinar will demonstrate how to maximize the RIP
database to find and display research, and how to distinguish between the RIP
and TRID databases.
Tuesday, September 27, 1 - 2:30 PM ET Roadway designs and signal phasing that address the safety of all road
users are being implemented in many cities around the country. This webinar
will present pedestrian safety, operations, service quality analysis methods,
and volume counting techniques.
Thursday, September 29, 1 - 2:30 PM ET Across the country, state transportation agencies have been required to
incorporate performance measures into their core business functions. This
webinar will take a look at how performance measures are defined, and review
how they fit within the larger context of strategic planning.
Thursday, October 6, 2:30 - 4 PM ET Disruptions to transportation supply chains can cause cascading
effects globally and socioeconomically. This webinar will discuss leading-edge
technologies and the impacts logistics modeling with artificial intelligence
and resilience analytics can have on a larger scale.
Broader Impacts Workshop Series (Fall 2022 - Spring 2023)
Description: Faculty, Research and Academic Staff, Postdocs, and
Graduate Students, this nine-part series of workshops will introduce
participants to all aspects of building a Broader Impacts (BI) plan.
Participants can register for one workshop or all sessions. But be sure
to register only for the sessions that you want to attend.
Researchers are more effective in achieving their intended societal
impacts when they take the time to consciously construct their impact
identities. "Impact Identity" is a concept that integrates one's
identity as a researcher with societal needs, personal preferences and
skills, and institutional context. Come to this hands-on workshop to
develop your impact identity and vision for achieving desired societal
impacts throughout your career.
In addition to its intellectual merits, each proposal submitted to
the National Science Foundation (NSF) is reviewed according to the
merits of its BI plan, or the benefits of the proposed research to
society. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about NSF's BI
criterion and major BI goals, the six essential elements of a BI plan,
and key resources to help you develop a winning proposal. Participants
will leave the workshop with a draft BI plan.
Additional Workshops in the Series
MSU Partners for Broader Impacts (November)
Evaluating the Broader Impacts of Your Research (December)
Broadening Participation in STEM Education and Careers: The Role of Inclusive Recruitment and Mentoring (January)
Broader Impacts Through Course-Based Community-Engaged Research
Winning Strategies for NSF CAREER Proposals (March)
Broader Impacts Through Policy Change (April)
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2019 to 2022 as of (09/08/2022).
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.