Federal Policies: Watch these developments for research funding impacts
One of our goals in DER is to keep an eye out for policy changes at the national level that may impact your grant-seeking and research endeavors. We monitor communications from The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), as well as individual federal agencies and other trusted outlets. Following are some key topics that will directly impact the College of Engineering in positive ways.
White House requires immediate public access to all U.S.-funded research papers by 2025: by the end of 2025, federal agencies must make papers that describe taxpayer-funded work freely available to the public as soon as the final peer-reviewed manuscript is published. Data underlying those publications must also be made freely available “without delay.”
This will likely increase publication costs
Data Management & Sharing
The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy is set to go into effect in January 2023. As a new, broader policy, institutions may need to build or enhance existing services and infrastructure to meet compliance and implementation responsibilities.
Changes in format and content requirements for Biosketches and Current & Pending documents for federal R&D grants and cooperative agreements
Over the past several months, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Research Security Subcommittee has worked to develop consistent disclosure requirements for use by senior personnel, as well as to develop proposed common disclosure forms for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending (Other) Support sections of an application for Federal research and development (R&D) grants or cooperative agreements.
If you have questions regarding any of the topics listed above, or have other questions regarding your upcoming proposal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. DER is here to help.
Interested in COGR? COGR's primary function is to advocate for policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and research institutions as it relates to research and graduate education. COGR does this by providing information, analyses, advice, policy perspective, and historical context to its members and by making certain that federal agencies understand academic operations and the impact of proposed regulations on research institutions.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through September 28, 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.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is pleased to announce Michigan’s 2023 High Water Infrastructure Grant Program Request for Proposals for a one-time release for up to $14.25 million as appropriated by the Michigan Legislature under Section 1006 of PA 87 of 2021. This grant program will provide infrastructure and planning grants that directly address the impacts and vulnerabilities presented by severe weather events, with a focus on projects that address flooding, coastline erosion, urban heat, and storm water management.
Regional councils of government, local units of government, and public or nonprofit organizations with sponsorship from local units of government are eligible for funding under this grant program. Funding is available state-wide and restricted to infrastructure and planning projects that directly address the impacts and vulnerabilities presented by the Great Lakes high-water and severe weather events. Eligible activities will be project-specific and determined on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, as well as application forms, please visit the Michigan Coastal Management Program’s website. For questions on this funding opportunity, please contact Ronda Wuycheck, Michigan Coastal Management Program Manager, at 517-420-5921 or WuycheckR@Michigan.gov
Call for Applications: Amazon Research Awards Fall 2022
Apply before October 19, 2022
As the Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program continues to expand in scope, so does the call for proposals list. To that end, as of Sept. 16, Amazon Research Awards opened its fall 2022 call for proposals related to four research areas. The full list, and links to additional details, is below. The deadline for submissions is October 19, 2022.
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.
This edition of the call for proposals reflects Amazon's ongoing efforts to collaborate with researchers in a variety of areas.
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.
Before applying, researchers are encouraged to visit the ARA website and read the frequently asked questions for more specific program information. Decision letters will be sent out in March 2023.
Funding Will Support Projects That Reduce Carbon Emissions Attributed to Energy Use and Cooling of Data Centers
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $42 million in funding to overcome technology barriers associated with the development of high-performance energy efficient cooling solutions for data centers. Used to house computers, storage systems and computing infrastructure, data centers account for approximately 2% of total U.S. electricity production while data center cooling can account for up to 40% of data center energy usage overall. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will fund projects that seek to reduce the amount of energy data centers use for cooling to lower the operational carbon footprint associated with powering and cooling data centers. This funding will support President Biden’s goals to reach net zero carbon emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050.
“Extreme weather events, like the soaring temperatures much of the country experienced this summer, also impact data centers which connect critical computing and network infrastructure and must be kept at certain temperatures to remain operational,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Creating solutions to cool data centers efficiently and reduce the associated carbon emissions supports the technological breakthroughs needed to fight climate change and secure our clean energy future.”
DER Seminar, “DER is Here to Help (proposal & proposal development resources geared to promote success) - the recording of the session is now available in our DER Seminar Catalog.
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 focused on services offered within the Division of Engineering Research, and the various ways we can help you increase your sponsored research expenditures. … Watch now on demand!!!
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is pleased to announce the availability of grants that support the cleanup and reuse of scrap tires in Michigan.
When scrap tires are dumped illegally in the environment, they become a fire hazard and a mosquito breeding ground. Through grants, scrap tires can be collected, processed, and used in paving products for roads, manufactured products, and energy production.
The Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant is available for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles. EGLE will give priority to collection sites where tires were accumulated prior to Jan. 1, 1991, as well as collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare, or the environment. Local units of government and nonprofit organizations are also eligible for funding for cleanup days and roadside cleanup grants.
Scrap Tire Market Development Grants are available to fund up to 50% of total eligible costs for projects that demonstrate new or increased uses of scrap tires in manufactured products or paving projects. EGLE will prioritize proposals based on the amount of scrap tire material being used in developing the project or product, demonstration of a new use of scrap tire material, and demonstration of a viable market for a proposed product.
EGLE will accept scrap tire grant applications with all supporting documentation received on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Stay up to date on other EGLE news at Michigan.gov/MIEnvironment.
Funds investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment, demonstrated by federal or equivalent funding from multiple sources and excellent publication records with substantial impact, who have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches that are aligned with the AHA's mission.
Pre-proposal Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Proposal Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
Award Start Date: April 1, 2023
Established Investigator Award
Supports established investigators in rapid career growth phase, with records of accomplishments and showing extraordinary promise. Candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular science disciplines that support the AHA’s mission, as indicated by funding and publication history and scientific accomplishments. Candidates should propose an innovative/novel research direction that challenges existing paradigms and employs novel concepts, approaches, or technologies.
Pre-proposal Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
Proposal Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023
Award Start Date: April 1, 2023
Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) on Biologic Pathways of Chronic Psychosocial Stressors on Cardiovascular Health
Pre-proposal Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
Proposal Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023
Award Start Date: April 1, 2023
Collaborative Sciences Award
Fosters innovative collaborative approaches to research projects that propose novel pairings of investigators from at least two broadly disparate disciplines. The proposal must focus on the collaborative relationship, such that the scientific objectives could not be achieved without the efforts of at least two co-principal investigators and their respective disciplines.
Pre-proposal Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022
Proposal Deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Award Start Date: July 1, 2023
Innovative Project Award
Supports highly innovative, high-impact research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular research. The idea proposed here should not have been submitted in whole or in part in a previous proposal for AHA support.
Pre-proposal Deadline: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2023
Award Start Date: July 1, 2023
AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
Stimulates research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees related to scientific research training. Eligible institutions may not have been major recipients of NIH support. Awards provide funding for small-scale research projects related to cardiovascular diseases and brain health, enhancing the research environment at eligible institutions, and exposing students to research opportunities.
ATTENTION: FACULTY, RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC STAFF, POSTDOCS, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
Description: 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.
This session is essential to helping you learn about developing strong partnerships for Broader Impacts (BI) projects. Meet potential BI partners from MSU, hear success stories, and learn how to avoid pitfalls. Don't miss this opportunity to make connections and get practical advice about planning your BI project.
Each proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) must include a broader impacts (BI) plan and this BI plan must include a strategy for evaluating the broader impacts of the proposed research. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about methods for evaluating the broader impacts of your research. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft BI evaluation plan.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2019 to 2022 as of (09/23/2022).
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 email@example.com to expedite service.