The March 14th, 2023 EGR seminar recording of the 2023 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), is now available on demand. This session also included additional guest speakers including Dr. Lauren Aerni-Flessner (Grant Editing and Proposal Services Team, MSU Office of Research and Innovation) and Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant, MSU Office of Research and Innovation). The important session led a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. These resources and tools shared during the webinar are available below.
It is critical that applicants build their strongest NSF Career Proposal each time they apply. Remember, NSF has strict eligibility requirements to apply for this grant including that you hold at least a 50% tenure-track position, are an untenured assistant professor (or equivalent), and you received no prior or concurrent Federal support for duplicative research. Per the NSF guidelines, applicants are permitted up to three submission attempts (one per annual competition) for a CAREER award. You will find all the requirements and details listed in the solicitation for the CAREER Award, NSF 22-586.
There are many additional resources available to assist you in the proposal development process.
The DER Research Administrators are here to assist with experience and attention to detail to make your proposal attempt count. To begin the proposal process, take advantage of the resources listed above. Also, submit your Proposal Processing Form and a DER Research Admin will be assigned to help you navigate the proposal submission process. If you have additional questions regarding NSF Career Proposals, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline for the 2023 NSF CAREER Proposal is July 26, 2023.
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Writing a winning grant requires a winning strategy. In this two-day
(afternoons of May 10 & 11) webinar designed for faculty members,
postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and administrative staff
who have some exposure to writing grant applications, Write Winning Grants
comprehensively covers practical and conceptual aspects essential to
the proposal-writing process. Learn how to tailor your content to
relevant agencies, develop strategies for each section of the
application, and to articulate your proposal in a way that makes
reviewers want to read it.
This two-part, virtual seminar comprehensively addresses the
practical, conceptual, and rhetorical aspects of writing competitive
grant proposals. Dr. Robertson will cover:
Critical steps for organizing and planning your proposal (all of
the things you need to do before you start writing a full proposal in
order to have a competitive edge)
Understanding the role (and mindset) of your reviewers
Our 4-paragraph rhetorical strategy for writing a compelling
Specific Aims page (NIH), Overview & Objectives (NSF) section, or
the equivalent for other funding agencies.
Specific strategies and tips for each major section of a grant proposal
Emphasis is placed on doing the “extra” things that can make the
difference between being funded versus not. Regardless of the target
agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of
logic, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing
that they are being led. We also emphasize the fact that applicants are
writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who read
the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have
read little, or none, of the proposal before the meeting of the review
This seminar is appropriate for junior through senior faculty
members, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students who have had some
exposure to writing grant applications, either through training,
mentoring, or personal experience. All participants may use the seminar
for new ideas on gaining a competitive edge in “proposalship”, how to
write for a broad spectrum of reviewers, and/or for strategies in how to
mentor others in proposal writing.
This seminar will focus on proposal writing for a broad range of funding agencies.
Note that the majority of this content will be relevant and usable
for individuals applying to various funding entities (e.g., private
foundations, professional organizations, and state/other federal
agencies). This is because the core structure/format of most grant
proposals, and the review criteria for most grant proposals, are very
similar across funding entities, often merely called something
Attendees will receive a copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook,
which has been written to complement and extend the seminar. Cost to
order and receive your agency specific workbook is $90. Registration and
payment are due April 1, 2023. More detailed workbook information can
be found below.
Presenter: John D. Robertson, Managing Member, Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, LLC
DoE: Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) FY23 Multi-Topic FOA, Golden Field Office - DE-FOA-0002997
This Funding Opportunity (FOA), issued by the Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, on behalf of the Industrial Efficiency
and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) will advance the strategies identified
in the Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap and Industrial Heat Energy
Earthshot and will focus on cross-sector approaches for industrial
decarbonization (such as thermal processing, low-carbon fuels
utilization, and exploratory cross-sector topics), along with
high-GHG-emitting subsectors (such as chemicals, iron and steel, food
and beverage, cement and concrete, and forest products). By accelerating
the development and adoption of sustainable technologies that increase
efficiency and eliminate industrial GHG emissions, the research,
development, and prototype or pilot-scale technology validation and
demonstration activities to be funded under this FOA will contribute to a
clean and equitable energy economy, bolster the technological and
economic competitiveness of domestic manufacturing, and boost the
viability and competitiveness of U.S. industrial technology exports.
This FOA is part of an integrated industrial decarbonization
technology development strategy for DOE’s basic and applied research
offices. Rooted in the principles identified in the 2022 Industrial
Decarbonization Roadmap, DOE is building an innovation pipeline to
accelerate the development and adoption of industrial decarbonization
technologies with investments spanning foundational science; research,
development, and demonstrations (RD&D); and technical assistance and
workforce development. DOE’s highly coordinated RD&D investments –
leveraging resources and expertise from the Offices of Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM),
Nuclear Energy (NE), and Science (SC) – are designed to achieve deep
decarbonization across the industrial sector, targeting both
industry-specific innovations and crosscutting technologies. This
technology development strategy complements the demonstration and
deployment efforts led by DOE's Offices of Clean Energy Demonstrations
(OCED) and Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and the Loan
Programs Office (LPO). This FOA and its associated projects are distinct
from any existing or forthcoming efforts funded under the Bipartisan
Infrastructure Law or Inflation Reduction Act, including activities
related to Industrial Demonstration Projects.
The topics included are:
Topic 1: Decarbonizing Industrial Heat
Topic 2: Low-Carbon Fuels Utilization R&D
Topic 3a: Enabling Flexible Industrial Energy Use
Topic 3b: Enhanced Thermal Conductivity Materials
Topic 4: Decarbonizing Chemicals
Topic 5: Decarbonizing Iron and Steel
Topic 6: Decarbonizing Food and Beverage Products
Topic 7: Decarbonizing Cement and Concrete
Award Size: $750,000 up to $10M | Deadline: December 1, 2023
Amazon Research Awards issues spring 2023 call for proposals
Submission deadline: April 26, 2023
Amazon Research Awards (ARA) is announcing the spring 2023 call for
proposals (CFP) for the AWS AI: Generative AI research area, a new focus
area for this cycle. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. PT on
April 26, 2023.
Proposals will be reviewed for the quality of their scientific
content, creativity, and their potential for impact at scale. Proposals
related to theory, practice, and novel new techniques are all welcome.
ARA provides grant recipients unrestricted funds and AWS promotional
credits. Funded projects are assigned an Amazon research contact, and
recipients also receive training resources, including AWS tutorials and
hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers.
This virtual speaker series focuses on community-engaged research theory and practice that pursues the dismantling of structures of oppression and addresses issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Leading scholars and practitioners will share how they advance the cause of social justice through their community-engaged research and pose critical questions for us to improve our own scholarship and practice.
Building Relationships in Community Engagement Through Invitations
Speaker: Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Director, African American Studies Program, Ball State University
This session introduces and explores the concept of invitational validity, which is conceptualized as the extent to which decolonizing/co-decolonizing methodology and other methodological frameworks seek to create space for researchers to engage with Indigenous and marginalized communities to which they do not belong. Authentic, reciprocal friendships lead to invitations to enter spaces that are not organically ours and allows us to collaborate with communities regarding the creation of questions and determining the who, how and why that we seek answers to those questions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is releasing this Funding
Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications in accordance
with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as
the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), and the Inflation Reduction Act
of 2022 (IRA).
Demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of industrial
decarbonization approaches will promote widespread technology
implementation and drive a U.S. edge in low- and net-zero carbon
manufacturing while helping to substantiate a market for low-carbon
products. To maximize the transformative potential for these funds, DOE
will prioritize a portfolio of projects that offer: Deep
decarbonization, by demonstrating significantly less carbon-intensive
industrial production processes leading to materials that can be labeled
as having substantially lower levels of embodied greenhouse gas
emissions; Timeliness, through rapid technology demonstrations that can
address emissions in the near-term, meet funding horizons, and be
replicated by fast followers; Market viability, with technological
approaches designed to spur follow-on investments for widespread
decarbonization as well as partnerships between buyers and sellers of
the materials produced, with special consideration given to industries
that are focusing on shifting entire ecosystems and enabling new market
structures for low-carbon products; and Community benefits, tailored
through substantial engagement with local and regional stakeholders, as
well as labor unions and Tribal Nations across the project lifecycle,
supporting environmental justice and economic opportunity for local
DOE expects to award up to approximately 55 projects in high
GHG-emitting industries and for cross-cutting technologies as discussed
in Section 1.3 of the FOA. DOE anticipates providing awards to teams
that are led by a single, for-profit organization or owner/operator of
an eligible facility and encourages applicants to strengthen projects by
partnering with experts, universities, labor unions, community-based
organizations, non-governmental organizations, product off-takers,
and/or national laboratories, as outlined in Section 3.0 of the FOA.
Given the transformative potential of these funds, DOE seeks first- or
early-of-a-kind commercial-scale projects. These could include new
technologies that have been proven at a pilot scale but have yet to be
deployed commercially, technologies that are being pursued
internationally but do not have a foothold in the U.S., or other
early-of-a-kind projects that face market or adoption risks.
All projects should incorporate a path from demonstration to
deployment that includes sustained operation after completion and
substantiate the projects’ ability to meet priority criteria. DOE will
apply the following four-phase structure for projects selected under
Phase 1 will encompass initial planning and analysis activities
to ensure that the overall concept is technologically and financially
Phase 2 will finalize engineering designs and business
development, site access, labor agreements, National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) review, permitting, and offtake agreements.
Phase 3 will encompass installation, integration, and construction activities.
4 will ramp-up to full operations including data collection to analyze
the plant’s operations, performance, and financial viability.
Award Size: $35M up to $500M | Deadline: August 4, 2023
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 email@example.com to expedite service.