To begin this new quarterly entry in the DER Newsletter, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank everyone who reached out to welcome me to DER and back to MSU.
During my interview I was asked the question, “What immediate changes are you going to make within DER?” To that I responded, the first thing I will do is to spend time listening and learning. I understand that there are many different aspects to DER’s processes that I will become more familiar with as time goes on.
As I progress through my first phase in this role, I keep coming to the same conclusion. We have a dedicated staff who is working hard to serve a faculty who is changing the world through innovation in their respective disciplines. Now it is our turn to push DER further to match your innovation, not only continued steadfast service, but to innovate our operations to bring you new tools for success in the everchanging discipline of Research Administration. Together we can foster and support your research success.
As we continue to innovate our DER processes, I want to remind faculty and staff that I am always available for your ideas of ways that we can continue to streamline our processes to help our staff continue to become stronger in their Research Administration discipline. DER is here to help and support faculty. Feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 (email@example.com) will reach out to you.
ARPA-E announced an additional $47 million in funding for 7 new projects as part of the Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program. These selections bring total SCALEUP program funding to over $70 million for 9 projects, building on $24 million in previously announced SCALEUP “Fast Track” selections. The new SCALEUP teams are receiving funding to support the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive new electric vehicle batteries, data center efficiency, grid modernization, emissions mitigation, and storage technologies. Learn more HERE.
The offices of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and University Outreach and Engagement are excited to announce the Broader Impacts of Research: Strategies, Resources, and Partners event taking place March 17-18, 2021. It will provide faculty, staff, and students who are interested in applying for NSF grants an overview of the broader impacts (BI) of research criterion and introduce them to the wide array of resources, supports, and partners available at MSU to help them design innovative broader impacts activities and write winning BI plans.
The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. Learn more Here.
The Dreyfus program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering, initiated in 2020, provides funding for innovative projects in any area of Machine Learning (ML) consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences and engineering. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical insight and innovation in the field. The Foundation encourages proposals to significantly stimulate and accelerate the development of the use of ML and other related aspects of data science to the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Learn more HERE.
The American Cancer Society has released several grant opportunities recently. The award amount for them is up to $400,000. Most of them have deadlines on April 1st, 2021 and October 15th 2021. To view individual grants, go HERE.
The Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Education Program (NDEP) seeks innovative applications on mechanisms to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, outreach, and/or workforce initiative programs, here onto referred as STEM activities. NDEP also seeks innovative applications on mechanisms to specifically implement Biotechnology outreach and workforce development, which here onto will be referred as Biotech activities. Additional NDEP efforts also includes a pilot program in Enhanced Civics education. Learn more HERE.
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Board of Directors has identified a high priority research topic in the area of managing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and has issued a request for pre-proposals (RFP) on the topic to support the long-term needs and strategic direction of the solid waste industry. Learn more HERE.
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Board of Directors has identified a high priority research topic in the area of managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills and has issued a request for pre-proposals (RFP) on the topic to support the long-term needs and strategic direction of the solid waste industry. Learn more HERE.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2016 to 2021 as of (01/15/2021).
The Project Summary is one of the most important parts of every NSF grant proposal. A clear and concise Project Summary will make a positive first impression on reviewers and succinctly convey the key points of your project. However, writing a strong Project Summary can be deceptively hard. With only a single page to work with, it can be difficult to decide which information to include and how to best frame that information for impact. During this seminar, Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant with OSVPRI) will walk you through best practices for writing a compelling Project Summary for your next NSF proposal.