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November 6th, 2020
DER Funding Database

Weekly In Progress Report

DER’s “Did You Know?” Spotlight

This week in DER’s “Did You Know?” spotlight, we are featuring CDA/MTA/DUA. Did you know that MSU Technologies can handle your Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements directly without having to complete a proposal processing form (PPF) with DER? The link can be found on the MSU Technologies website starting on their “Agreement Portal.”

Sometimes an MSU researcher needs to begin collaboration with an industry partner or government agency outside of a formal grant or award. When the partner requests an CDA/NDA with MSU, you can initiate the process with MSU Technologies to obtain a signature on Confidentiality/Nondisclosure Agreements. No PPF, no KC proposal, no KC routing! It’s that easy!

To learn more about these agreements, when to use them, and other agreements MSU Technologies can help with, check out the MSU Technologies website.

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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MSU Science Festival: Submit your proposal to present


The MSU Science Festival, now in its 9th 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.

Because of the uncertainty due to the coronavirus, the 2021 Festival will be online with synchronous events and some asynchronous experiences.

Learn more Here.

Agilent Early Career Professor Award 2021 focus - immunological responses to infection, autoimmunity or cancer
  • Promote and encourage excellent research enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their career
  • Build the prominence of Agilent as a sponsor of university research

2021 Focus: Contributions to the development of breakthrough solutions to understand or manage immunological responses to infection, autoimmunity or cancer. Learn more Here.

NSF IUCRC Webinar - Ways to assess the end-of-life fate of plastics

This webinar will provide an overview of the latest technical understanding, methods, and industrial implications associated with various ways to assess the end-of-life fate of plastics. This work is supported through the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, an NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center. This webinar will also provide an opportunity for industrial partners of the Center to discuss how their business engages with the center and how this research ultimately benefits their companies. Learn more Here.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

BWF identified Innovation in Regulatory Science as an important, underfunded area. This initiative is designed to provide financial support to stimulate research efforts in this area. The program's focus is on providing support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make. This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, systems pharmacology, and food safety and nutrition to name a few. Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., or M.D.-Ph.D. degree. Learn more Here.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2016 to 2021 as of (11/06/2020). 

Take a closer look
DER Seminars
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

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.

Watch the Seminar Here

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Internal Funding Notifications & News
November 5th, 2020 Newsletter

OIRC becomes Global IDEAS

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Issue 56: Friday Updates, 8/28/20

      Fall 2020 Newsletter
      The Engaged Scholar E-Newsletter
      November 1st, 2020
      Burgess E&I Weekly
      External Sponsor Notifications & News
      Ongoing Updates and Posts
      NSF News Releases

      November 6th, 2020
      NIH Weekly Funding Opportunities and Notices

      Ongoing Updates and Posts

      Press Releases and Funding Opportunities

      November 3rd, 2020
      TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter

      October 2020 E-Newsletter

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      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

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