Note: DER will be observing the extended holiday break as announced by President Stanley starting December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022. Please work with your Research Admin to meet any impacted deadlines prior to December 24, 2021.
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During the Season of Giving, DER shares Tips for Incorporating Cost Share into Your Proposal
With the holiday season in full swing, we often talk about “giving.” To continue the theme, let us talk about cost share. Cost Share on research proposals is a common occurrence these days and can be complicated. Sponsors may require cost share from 10% to 100% (one to one match). A few extra steps early in the process can help eliminate unnecessary pitfalls
and scrambling days before your submission deadline. Here are a few helpful tips:
Review the solicitation early to identify required cost share… do a text search for “match” or “cost share.”
Cost share commitments require additional scrutiny and approvals from departments, colleges, or MSU Office of Research & Innovation.
Academic Year cost share from PI and Co-I is the most straight forward way to fulfill cost share. Remember to provide your Current and Pending (C&P) document to your Research Administrator. Your Department Chair and Research Dean will review your C&P along with any cost share commitment documentation to ensure AY time has not been overcommitted based on your appointment.
Cost share burden should be ‘shared’ by all departments, colleges, and subcontracts in proportion to the respective effort and budgets. Work with your co-PIs or co-Is to make sure they have support from their Chair and college to provide cost share.
Cost share should roughly align proportionately with the overhead credit split among your MSU co-PIs or co-Is.
When including national labs that do not contribute cost share, remember that MSU must pick up extra cost share to meet the % of total budget required as cost share.
Work with your Research Administrator to determine any special cost share rules or limitations (e.g. unrecovered indirect cost permitted or not).
Cost share equates to “real” funds being contributed to your proposal if awarded.
Difference between Voluntary Cost Share and required cost share
The cost share conditions described above relate to required cost share, i.e., cost share that is explicitly required by the sponsor in the solicitation and funding guidelines.
Voluntary cost share can be of two forms.
Faculty commits support of a proposed research effort that is not quantified and not explicitly budgeted. A note is added in the proposal (internally to MSU) stating this commitment is done voluntarily and covered by the PI and/or department.
Faculty commits support of a proposed research effort that is quantified and is explicitly budgeted. This is done at the discretion of the faculty and funding is often covered by faculty start-up funds. Voluntary cost share that is quantified and budgeted is generally discouraged by both the college and university. Allow extra time to communicate to your Chair and Research Dean to gain support if this is desired.
Cost share is a common reality in today’s funding environment and a few extra steps will ensure that your proposal is submitted on-time and without the extra stress of delays to final approval and submission caused by cost share issues. If you have additional questions regarding cost share, please send an email to email@example.com. Additional information can be found here Cost Share Policy.
IMPORTANT: THIS WILL IMPACT ANY PROPOSALS WITH SUBMISSION DEADLINES 12/24/2021-01/03/2022
December 02, 2021
From: SPA/OSP/CGA Leadership Team
Good afternoon colleagues. Sponsored Program Administration (SPA), the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and Contract and Grant Administration (CGA) will be observing the extended holiday break as announced by President Stanley on Friday, November 19th starting December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022.
What does this mean for proposal deadlines?
OSP would encourage campus to follow the Deadline Policy and have all proposals with deadlines from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022 to OSP by Tuesday, December 21st. However, proposals need to be submitted to OSP by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 23rd to be submitted for any deadlines that fall between December 23rd and January 3rd.
What does this mean for other award or reporting deadlines?
All other award or reporting deadlines during this timeframe that require SPA/OSP/CGA involvement, will need to be submitted to OSP/CGA/SPA by 8:00 a.m. on December 23rd. Please communicate known deadlines to the appropriate group within SPA/OSP/CGA as soon as possible or at least by December 16th.
If you have any questions on how the extended holiday break will impact SPA/OSP/CGA processes, please email the SPA helpdesk by December 16th. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide up to $110 million for basic research and technology development to design and engineer plants and microbes for the production of advanced biofuels, bioproducts, and biomaterials. The research will elucidate fundamental biological processes to enable genome-scale redesign and editing to develop more productive and resilient crops and novel microbial strains that can efficiently produce valuable chemicals and materials that will advance a sustainable and secure bioeconomy.
“Plants, bacteria, and fungi have enormous potential to be manipulated and fine-tuned to produce a broad diversity of compounds, including new chemicals and new types of materials that we have not discovered yet,” said Sharlene Weatherwax, DOE Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research. “Genome engineering tools allow us to control what molecules organisms make. New tools for genome-scale editing and engineering will not only advance biotechnology but will also enable novel fundamental biological discoveries.”
Next generation genome engineering technologies aim to unlock the potential of plants and microorganisms to safely and efficiently convert renewable biomass into high-value bioproducts and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, addressing climate change and clean energy challenges. These technologies could also be used to convert petroleum-derived polymers into fuels, valuable chemicals, and materials with novel properties, advancing us towards a circular bioeconomy. This research will support multidisciplinary systems biology studies that integrate multi-omics technologies, computational modeling, high-throughput testing and analysis approaches, and in vivo or cell-free engineering technologies to address these challenges. Supported research will also lead to the development of high-biomass plant lines that tolerate extreme conditions, and the generation of microbial strains with new capabilities, such as the capacity to produce new materials and composites with novel properties.
Applications will be open to universities, industry, and nonprofit research institutions as the lead institution, allowing collaborations with DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and other Federal Agencies. Total planned funding is $110 million over five years, with outyear funding contingent on Congressional appropriations.
The Funding Opportunity Announcement, sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Department’s Office of Science, can be found here.
MSU pavement research earns national recognition again
For the fourth time in four years, pavement performance research by experts from the Michigan State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has received national recognition during the Long-Term Infrastructure Performance (LTIP) Student Data Analysis Contest (Pavement).
Civil engineering Ph.D. student Muhammad Munum Masud won second place for his paper entitled, Guidelines for Effective Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) Equipment Calibration, Application for Modeling WIM Errors, and Comparison of the ASTM and LTPP Protocols. He was also a national winner in 2020.
The award-winning research is a collaboration with his adviser, Associate Professor Syed W. Haider, Ph.D., P.E.
“The Long-term Pavement Performance database is the world’s largest data collection effort (over 20 years) to understand how to improve pavement performance and longevity based on different climates, traffic loads, road materials, and construction practices,” Haider explained. “MSU continues to win awards for its contributions to the national effort that is improving the understanding of sustainable and better performing highway infrastructure.”
The Spartan Engineers will be recognized during the 101st annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board on Jan. 10, 2022. The contest is hosted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Attention: Faculty, Research and Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
8-part series of workshops will introduce participants to all aspects of
building your Broader Impacts plan. Participants can register for one workshop
or all sessions. But be sure to register only for the sessions that you want to
Description: webinar titled “Finding Funding” presented by Dr. Lauren Aerni-Flessner (Grant and Project Management Specialist in the College of Engineering), will walk you through tips for finding funding opportunities to support your research. It will cover the information you need to begin your search, and useful strategies for finding government and foundation funding opportunities. Additionally, you will learn effective practices for successfully targeting funding sources that align with your focused research and increase your probability of funding. All researchers are welcome and are encouraged to be prepared with any questions. Watch it now on demand!!!