closely familiarized yourself with any solicitation requirements,
built your budget,
provided all final non-technical and technical documents,
and we have pushed your compliant proposal forward for submission.
At this point you may be asking yourself, “What happens next?”
As your pre-award support office, DER helps you develop first-class sponsor-compliant proposals. Once that step is completed, we work with our counterpart(s) in the appropriate MSU Central Office to complete final compliance reviews, provide needed university signature(s)/endorsements, and finalize the submission (as applicable).
Now let us venture into the roles and responsibilities of those MSU Central offices as you move beyond proposal submission. Who are the university-level offices responsible for pre- and post-award at MSU, and how do they differ from each other? Though the answer seems complicated, here are a few useful details to help differentiate these important offices within your MSU Team. In addition to the information below, definitions and descriptions regarding roles and responsibilities related to your funded proposal can be found at “Roles and Responsibilities.”
Mission Statement: Business Connect serves as MSU’s front door for corporations, directing business to the right MSU resources – from recruiting students to finding a researcher for a specific project – and enabling two-way strategic communications and planning for business customers. The Business Connect team also supports entrepreneurial and regional economic development efforts. We, as well as MSU Technologies and Spartan Innovations, are part of the MSU Innovation Center.
Facilitates rapid, high-quality customer connections with Michigan State University’s research and service knowledge base and to provide support to entrepreneurs.
Ensures alignment of customer business goals and needs with MSU’s intellectual capacity and ability to deliver.
Coordinates the timely completion of contractual negotiations and other business agreements between MSU and partner organizations.
Mission Statement: CGA is a unit dedicated to superior post-award administration. CGA’s mission is to support MSU's research and creative endeavors by providing timely, accurate, and courteous assistance to faculty and support staff with the financial and contractual administration of their grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
CGA has four teams that function to address all your post-award needs, monitoring awards from account set-up through close-out and even audits. CGA is the post-award/compliance office once a grant/agreement/contract is signed in OSP.
Sets up accounts
Completes effort Reporting
Manages no Cost Extensions
Processes expenses, and monitors allowability
Performs financial and technical reporting, as well as account close-out
Cash Management Group
Submits reporting for Line of Credit (LOC) accounts and deals with check deposits.
Other (depending on the specific issue, individual teams)
Advise faculty and staff about external agency regulations
Liaison with sponsors for post award transactions including amendments, prior approval requirements, progress reports, and other inquiries
As we conclude this Proposal Development Series, we hope you have gained a better understanding of the steps/phases of the proposal development process as well as the individuals involved throughout your project’s lifespan. Utilizing these effective resources will give you the strongest foundation for success. Remember, DER is here to help. If you have specific questions related to your upcoming proposal development, submission, and perspective awards, please send an email to email@example.com.
REMINDER: Tuesday, September 26th from 12-1 PM EDT, DER presents DER is Here to Help - proposal & proposal development resources geared to promote success (Seminar Room (3405A EB) & virtually (Zoom)). 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 will focus on services offered within the Division of Engineering Research, and the various ways we can help you increase your sponsored research expenditures. Feel free to share any questions during the session. All faculty and staff are welcome and are encouraged to be prepared with any questions. We hope to see you there!
Lunch will be provided in the Seminar Room!
TO: All Faculty, Deans, Directors, and Chairpersons
FROM: Douglas A. Gage, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Innovation
SUBJECT: Reporting of International Activity to the Federal Government
DATE: September 12, 2023
Michigan State University (MSU) remains committed to global
engagement and supporting international collaborations. At the same
time, research security continues to be a high priority for federal
funding agencies. To make sure these commitments and priorities are
aligned, please note the following recommendations:
Keep up to date on sponsor requirements for disclosure.
Following this short summary section, general guidance and resources
that may be helpful are provided.
Participation in non-domestic
government-sponsored talent recruitment programs may exclude an MSU
investigator from receiving awards from U.S. federal agencies. (Definition of talent recruitment programs is included in the resources below. The exclusion is connected to requirements in the Chips and Science Act of 2022.)
caution before signing or agreeing to research collaborations, whether
in the U.S. or non-domestic. Please remember written agreements need
MSU review and/or approval to participate. Please reach out to the
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) or Business Connect (BC) for
assistance with determining whether or not a proposal or document needs
review and/or approval or has research security concerns.
aware of international government agencies that have published
solicitations requiring U.S. Federal Government funding to engage in an
unfunded collaboration between the MSU investigator and investigator in
another country. If you are approached to participate in such a
collaboration, please reach out to OSP for assistance with steps that
should be considered and/or taken prior to a decision on participation.
Disclosure and research security requirements are still evolving.
Additional communications will be sent to alert MSU faculty to
significant changes in the general guidance. Don’t hesitate to reach
out to the Office of Research and Innovation if you have any questions
about these issues. Please see the Contact section below for names and email addresses (near the end of the document).
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Attention: Faculty, Research and Academic Staff, Postdocs, and
Graduate Students - This four-part series will introduce participants to
all aspects of building your broader impacts plan. Participants can
register for one workshop or all sessions. Please be sure to register
only for the sessions that you want to attend.
Description: Researchers are more effective in achieving intended
societal impacts when they have taken the time to consciously consider
their impact identity. A researcher's impact identity integrates
research identity with urgent societal needs; personal commitments,
preferences, skills; and institutional context. Come to this hands-on
workshop to develop your impact identity and vision for achieving
societal impacts throughout your career.
Description: In addition to its intellectual merits, each proposal
submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) is reviewed according
to the merits of its broader impacts (BI) plan, or the benefits of the
proposed research to society. Come to this workshop to learn more about
NSF's BI criterion and major BI goals, the six core components of a
successful BI plan, and key resources to help you develop a winning
proposal. An MSU researcher will share how he incorporated these
components into his BI plan.
Description: Spend a full day with MSU's broader impacts consultants
away from your everyday responsibilities working on the broader impacts
plan for your next NSF proposal. We will start at 10:00 a.m. with a
quick overview of the fundamentals of broader impacts and an
introduction to the ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit, a suite of online
tools to assist you in developing your BI plan. BI consultants will be
on hand throughout the day to answer your questions and provide
individual consultation and feedback on your BI plan. Lunch and
beverages are provided.
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Description: As partner states with us under the TPF-5(438)
Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative (SWZDI) pooled fund, I am
requesting your assistance in distributing this call for research
proposals to be considered by the SWZDI pooled fund for CY24. If you’re
willing, I would appreciate a notification of this opportunity be sent
to your research RFP distribution lists focusing on universities and
consultant research investigators. This posting does have some
restrictions related to the proposing team’s composition as discussed on
the first page under Eligibility. The response deadline is October 9th.
Description: The objective of this FOA is to competitively solicit cost-shared research proposals for pilot-scale field deployment and validation of efficient, cost-effective solutions ready for pre-commercialization that can eliminate flaring and non-safety related venting of natural gas at the well site.
Projects sought under this FOA include the use of innovative technologies for processing and separating oil and associated gas at the well site designed to eliminate flaring, as well as new technologies designed to convert the associated natural gas into value-added solid or liquid products. Proposals can also develop technologies that use both processing and conversion, provided the applicant demonstrates that the overall process is technically feasible, economically feasible and ready for pilot-scale field testing at the well site.
Proposals must include information on the performance of the technology to date and clearly illustrate pre-commercial status of the system in terms of its potential economic viability. Adequate consideration must also be given on how the proposed system will be deployed at the specific wellsite selected as part of the project. This should include details on any required construction and include consideration for existing infrastructure and the topology of the field site. Detailed discussion should also be included on the planned operation of the system at the well site that clearly establishes the daily target volume of natural gas that will be processed and/or converted, the required utilities, and the volume per day of any product and/or waste streams.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite service.