Did you know that Michigan State University receives monetary support from a variety of initiatives, donors, and sponsors?
One classification is a gift proposal which typically has no strings attached. When the question, "Is this a sponsored project or a gift?" arises, you should consider the following to classify the prospective funding as a gift:
A “Gift” is, or has the following characteristics (additional guidelines may apply):
A monetary donation or item(s) of value given to the University by a donor without a requirement for something of value in return, other than recognition.
Funding for a general or specific purpose, within a general area of work.
No requirement for return of unexpended funds.
No technical reports required. Non-technical reports are recommended as a courtesy.
No restriction on publication rights. Acknowledgement of donor support in publication is recommended as a courtesy.
If the source of the funds is a government agency, the funds are NOT a gift and may NOT be treated as such. Note that most private and corporation foundations refer to their funding as grants so use of the word is not determinative in and of itself.
A Gift proposal can be a great way of bringing funds, equipment, or materials to support your research portfolio. For gift proposals within the College of Engineering, please begin by completing your Proposal Processing Form; gift proposals are then assigned to Jennifer Sergeant
(DER Research Administrator). Be sure to also be in contact with Jennifer Jennings
(Associate Director Corporate/Foundation Relations College of Engineering) email: email@example.com or phone: (517) 432-6573. Jennifer Jennings will assist you in determining if this is a sponsored project or a gift. She will also assist in communication with the donor/sponsor offering the gift and she will help to provide any special instructions and necessary letter(s) needed for proposal development and routing.
Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and other university leaders officially introduced a new $4 million, one-story facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 6.
The William A. Demmer Engineering Center will provide an on-campus facility for registered student organizations in the College of Engineering. The 10,000-square-foot building is located near the corner of Farm Lane and Mount Hope roads, adjacent to the MSU Scene Shop Teaching Lab on the south end of campus.
“This new center is a wonderful example of how our university’s new strategic plan is helping students,” Stanley said. “This facility is clearly adding an innovative and inspiring space for future engineers to work together outside of their classes.”
Stanley offered thanks to William and Linda Demmer for their generosity and loyal support of Michigan State and the College of Engineering.
The heart of the new Demmer Engineering Center will be an open shop area, where walls and barriers will be kept to a minimum to create flexibility for current and future projects. Core features of the space include a machine shop, computer numerical control, dynamometer space and a ventilated chamber for composite materials work. A dedicated conference space will allow collaboration among team members, faculty members and visiting professionals.
A modern design center will feature a bank of computers and equipment — such as plotters and 3D printers — allowing students to apply their technical expertise and creativity on new or redesigned projects.
Riley Lawson, a senior in electrical engineering and advanced mathematics, is the current president of the Engineering Student Council. He is also the chief engineer for STARX, a student organization that builds by hand exoskeletons that will someday help firefighters carry heavy equipment in difficult terrains or emergency situations.
“When space limitations forced our sub teams to work in various locations around campus, we encountered integration difficulties because development wasn’t done in parallel. The William A. Demmer Engineering Center offers us the space to collaborate on a more cohesive exoskeleton and easily exchange knowledge and experiences with other student organizations. On behalf of the many students who will thrive in this space, I’d like to thank the Demmers and many others for recognizing our need and committing to student success.” … Learn more Here.
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through October 12, 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.
NSF grantees solving problems created by single-use plastics (Single-use plastic waste is one of the six major contaminants identified by researchers as a primary threat to our oceans. Despite society's best efforts, most plastic materials are too complex to be efficiently recycled with existing technologies. A single piece of plastic waste may contain a variety of polymers, additives, dyes or even other materials such as metals and adhesives. Researchers across multiple scientific disciplines are working on innovative ways to address this issue, with multiple directorates in the U.S. National Science Foundation powering both basic and applied research efforts…)
ARPA-E 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.
Through the Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy,
Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing
Systems (COOLERCHIPS) program, 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
“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.”
Friday (today), October 14th from 12-1 PM EDT, DER presents Overview of John Deere’s Technology Needs featuring Dr. Brij Singh (Seminar Room (3540 EB) & virtually using Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/92762408461). You are invited to join Dr. Brij Singh Friday, Oct. 14th at Noon in the Seminar Room (3540 EB) as he shares about John Deere’s Technology Needs and opportunity for collaboration with MSU (in-person attendance is encouraged). Brij Singh is John Deere’s Manager of External Relations for Emerging Technologies. His team is responsible for working on the new technology that will be available in the market within a scope of 5 years. Deere is focused on solving the world's issue of an increasing population that includes fewer farmers, through autonomous and electrified solutions. Last January at CES they revealed their fully autonomous tractor. In 2023, John Deere returns to CES as a Keynote. Dr. Brij Singh is a Technical Fellow – Power Electronics Engineering in John Deere Inc. Come prepared with questions for Dr. Singh. … Learn more Here.
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The MSU Science Festival, now in its 11th year, is an amazing multi-day series of events for people of all ages to experience science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through live presentations.
Every April, MSU Science Festival programs highlight ground-breaking scholarship and research through various types of engaging presentations. For the upcoming 2023 Festival, we're excited to bring programs and events back live and in-person, including the very popular Expo Days, that feature hands-on activities and presentations!
For assistance planning your program or event, please reach out to our team at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation formats include:
Talks with experts
Demonstrations and performances
Behind the scenes tours
Outdoor exploration activities
Why present at the festival?
Meet National Science Foundation (NSF) requirements for broader impacts
Inspire future generations about STEAM fields and opportunities
Who can present?
MSU faculty and academic staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students
ATTENTION: FACULTY, ACADEMIC STAFF, EXTENSION PROFESSIONALS, POST-DOCS, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
Charrettes have been used to solve planning and design problems in the built environment for decades, but this webinar will explore their use in applied research. Learn what a charrette is and hear two case studies that provide examples of charrettes in non-planning and design contexts. Webinar participants will come away with an awareness of the charrette process and an understanding of how charrettes might be a new and innovative approach to their community-engaged, participatory research.
… Learn more Here.
Holly Madill, Director, National Charrette Institute, Michigan State University. Holly Madil will detail what a charrette is and how it can be used for community-engaged, participatory research.
Linda Nubani, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University. Linda Nubani will explore how a charrette was used in her crime prevention project, "Designing Safe Neighborhoods in Southwest Lansing."
Ehab Meselhe, Professor, Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering, Tulane University. Ehab Meselhe will explain how a virtual charrette was used to help a team develop a framework for a decision-support tool for the Gulf of Mexico through his project, "From Planning to Adaptive Management: Natural Resources Decision Making in Response to the Allocation of Riverine Inflows in the Northern Gulf of Mexico."
Most of ONR’s solicitations are for research and development and are accomplished through BAAs announcing research interests. BAAs are a streamlined method used to advertise and solicit performers for ONR research areas. A BAA or FOA is used to fill requirements for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. FOAs only result in the award of an assistance instrument and BAAs may result in the award of both acquisition and assistance instruments. BAA Calls are often released to focus attention on a specific topic and funding availability.
Although less frequently used than announcements, the RFP is another solicitation method. RFPs are used in negotiated acquisitions to communicate Government requirements for supplies and services where there is a common statement of work. ONR RFPs are posted at https://sam.gov/content/opportunities
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2019 to 2022 as of (10/07/2022).
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.