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July 10th, 2020
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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
As the university begins to move towards restarting human research activity that requires in-person interactions and continues to support research that can be done remotely, there are important IRB considerations regarding the conduct of human research in the time on COVID-19. This webinar will highlight some practical IRB considerations for conducting research remotely and research activities that require face to face interactions, with time for questions at the end of the session. Click HERE

Dissertation Completion Fellowship nomination for PhD Candidates

As described in the linked document, the DCF awards are intended to support PhD candidates (having passed the comprehensive exam) in making substantial progress on their dissertation. DCF nominations may only be submitted by faculty advisors; students cannot apply directly for these awards. These are due no later than July 17th. Click HERE for the nomination form.

MTRAC AgBio Innovation Challenge (Pilot)

The MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub at MSU is pleased to announce the first-of-its-kind AgBio Innovation Challenge. The challenge is an opportunity for innovators at Michigan's public universities, non-profit research institutes and public hospital systems to identify AgBio applications for early-stage technologies under development in their laboratories or institutions. The objective of the challenge is to increase awareness and interest (among researchers) in the wide range of technical challenges now facing businesses and end-users operating in the agriculture, bio,aterials and bioprocessing markets. Click HERE for more.

Undergraduate Research Programs & Engage in Mid-SURE

1. Share Programming

Do you know a student who might be considering pursuing a graduate degree? If so, invite them to attend the Office of Undergraduate Research's "Grad Chats"

2. Engage in Mid-SURE to Evaluate the Virtual Research Forum

The URCA is seeking faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students to serve as evaluators for undergraduate students' 5-minute recorded presentations at MID-SURE. Learn more HERE and sign up HERE

3. Promote academic excellence

The Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (MID-SURE) will be an asynchronous, virtual event consisting of pre-recorded poster presentations of less than 5-minutes in length. Registration will close on Sunday, July 12th at 11:59 pm. Register HERE

Summer Series for Faculty Practitioners: Special Topics in Community-Engaged Learning

MSU will be hosting several sessions this summer as a series of special topics for faculty practitioners to discuss academic community-engaged learning at MSU. Community-engaged learning combines academic coursework with institutional resources to address commmunity needs and challenges. To view a full list of workshops, click HERE

Training, Education, & Resources

SPA/OSP/CGA, in collaboration with SPROUT and an extensive network of MSU staff involved in pre-award, post-award and compliance aspects of research administration, provide a certified training series for research administrators and other support staff with responsibilities for research proposals, grants, contracts, and pre- and post-award administration at MSU. Learn more HERE.

Request for Applications: CZI Deep Tissue Imaging RFA

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Imaging program seeks to enable researchers everywhere to visualize, measure, and analyze the biological processes underlying health and disease. CZI invites applications for its new Deep Tissue Imaging Request for Applications (RFA) to help support innovations in deep tissue imaging technology, focused on obtaining critical, high-resolution data at the cellular level.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

 BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide funds to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers. Learn More HERE

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume as of (07/10/2020).

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DER Seminars
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

The NSF Career Awards seminar presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur will empower and educate faculty who are looking to submit an NSF Career Award. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the ways to achieve your NSF Career Award. Please bring your NSF questions and be prepared to enhance your knowledge.

Watch the Seminar Here

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      National Institutes of Health

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      Office of Naval Research

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