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October 09, 2020
DER Funding Database

Weekly In Progress Report

SciENcv Account and Format Changes

The new NSF 20-1 PAPPG requirements for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support formats become effective on October 5th. Want help? DER invites you to add as a delegate on your SciENcv/NCBI account for your NSF proposals.

Delegates have the ability to view, edit, and create profiles in the original account holder’s SciENcv, as well as edit the account holder’s My Bibliography. This will allow DER to help your NSF proposals stand out even further. Click here for instruction guide. Additional info available Click here to learn more.

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. 

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Celebrating TRB's Centennial by Exploring the Future of Transportation Research

What is the future of transportation research and what is TRB’s role in that future? Learn from our panel of experts about how the scale and scope of TRB’s activities expanded steadily over the last 100 years, and what we might expect in the transportation field during the next 100 years. Join us on Thursday, November 12 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET for a webinar with a panel of TRB veterans and younger TRB leaders to learn about the past and discuss the future. Learn more HERE.

DER Seminar Submissions

DER is currently working on scheduling the fall DER Seminar Series. If you have an idea for a seminar please share that by email to Robert Nelsen at, or Max Gates at

Community-Engaged Research: Getting Started

Interested in collaborating with K-12 school, nonprofits, industry, or government partners on your research? New to community-engaged research and wondering how to get started? Curious about how to establish partnerships for your community-engaged research? Then this workshop is for you. Together, we will review the basics of community-engaged research, including definitions, examples from multiple disciplines, theories and conceptual frameworks, partnership building, and community engagement practices. Learn more HERE.

Finding Foundation Funding

If you missed the October 1 Coffee Break on Foundation Funding, be sure to visit the event page where both the slides and videos from the presentation are now posted. We sincerely appreciate and thank both Tim Wuchter from University Advancement for his expert advice on connecting with foundation officers, and Anita Ezzo for her excellent demonstration on using the online directory available through MSU Libraries to search for foundation funding. Learn more HERE.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2016 to 2021 as of (10/09/2020).

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DER Seminars
  • Coming on October 20th, DER will be hosting a seminar on Writing a Compelling Project Summary.
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

The MTRAC @ MSU seminar hosted by Joseph Affholter will provide an overview of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program based here at MSU. Referred to the AgBio Innovation Hub, the program provides competitive, early-stage translational research and risk assessment funding for technology-based innovations with potential to create value in the agriculture, food, fiber, bioproducts and bioprocessing (“AgBio”) industries. 

Watch the Seminar Here

DER Seminar Website

Internal Funding Notifications & News
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OIRC becomes Global IDEAS

Spring 2020 Newsletter


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      The Engaged Scholar E-Newsletter
      October 5th, 2020
      Burgess E&I Weekly
      External Sponsor Notifications & News
      Ongoing Updates and Posts
      NSF News Releases

      October 9th, 2020
      NIH Weekly Funding Opportunities and Notices

      Ongoing Updates and Posts

      Press Releases and Funding Opportunities

      October 6th, 2020
      TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter

      September 2020 E-Newsletter

      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

      428 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing
      MI 48824-1226 United States

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