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July 1st, 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
Building Approvals

Research Reactivation is in progress. Several buildings have already had their plans for reactivation approved as well. Recently, both the Civil Infrastructure Laboratory and the Engineering Research Complex have both been approved. To learn more on research reactivation and building approvals, click HERE.

Funding Opportunity: Great Lakes Protection Fund 2020 Grants

The Great Lakes Protection Fund is seeking to fund projects to advance and expand innovative actions to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes. For 2020, the Fund is particularly interested in projects to better manage nutrients on farmland and increase the adoption of regenerative agriculture systems. More information HERE.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications in support of open-source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. The goal of the program is to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these critical tools. Click HERE to read more. 

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

What is a "Rolling" Submission Date?

 Recently, NSF has posted a growing number of funding opportunities indicating “applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.” With “rolling” submission dates, NSF defines the first and last days applications will be accepted and you pick the day between them to submit your application. Read more HERE.

July 5 Due Date Reminder

Don’t forget that when an application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date shifts to the next business day, according to NIH Policies. Therefore, the standard July 5, 2020 R01/U01 due date moves to Monday, July 6, 2020. Read more HERE

NSF ADVANCE Proposal Preparation Webinar - July 29th

The NSF ADVANCE program office will provide an overview of the Adaptation and Partnership funding opportunities in the ADVANCE solicitation (NSF 20-554). Q and A will follow the presentation. Register for the Webinar HERE.

Celebrating our 2019-20 Graduate Awardees

The College of Engineering is pleased to share the doctoral students selected for the 2019-20 Fitch H. Beach Award for Outstanding Research and for the Outstanding Graduate Student awards in each program. Read more HERE.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume as of (07/01/2020).

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DER Seminars

Summer Seminar Update:

  • Coming on July 8th, DER will be hosting an NSF Career seminar.
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

John Verboncoeur, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and Dr. Scott Calabrese Barton, Engineering Research Committee Chair, presented on the reopening of research within the College of Engineering. This seminar was a continuation of the past seminars and will serve as an update on the current state of the reopening process. In addition, there were helpful resources that will help guide individuals through this reopening phase.

Watch the Seminar Here

Engineering Research Reactivation 4 Slides

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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