export control steps are in place to help protect you, and MSU, during
the course of your research. Not completing these steps may slow down
the processing of your award and increase risk.
State University is required to comply with a variety of U.S.
Government statutes and regulations dealing with export controls and
trade sanctions (ECTS). ECTS has developed the on-line Export Control
and Open Research Review Worksheet (ECORRW) to help identify export
controlled technologies or materials found on the International Traffic
in Arms Regulations (ITAR) list, and/or the Export Administration
Regulations (EAR) list, and to identify research activities planned with
international entities that may be subject to trade sanctions. All PIs
and other project personnel are individually responsible for compliance
with export controls and trade sanctions.
The following links contain resources for export control policies and procedures within the University.
Why is it incredibly important to follow export control guidelines?
To understand that items, data, and/or information does not need to leave the country to be considered exported.
To know that legal liability may be imposed for violation of export control laws and regulations. Violators may
incur both criminal and civil penalties. The Arms Export Controls Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) provide that willful violations of the defense controls can be fined up to $1,000,000 per violation, or ten years of imprisonment, or both.
be aware of instances where export control guidelines were not
followed. Examples of non-MSU related export control findings are
common. One example can be found here.
Soft implantable probe monitors chemistry of brain and gut health
Working with Stanford University, engineers at Michigan State University have invented what they call “NeuroString” — a soft implantable probe that enables researchers to study the chemistry of brain and gut health. They described the probe June 1 in the journal Nature.
“The mainstream way people are trying to understand the brain is to read and record electric signals,” said Jinxing Li, the paper’s first author and an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in MSU’s College of Engineering. “But chemical signals play just as significant a role in brain communication, and they are also directly related to diseases. My lab at MSU focuses on developing cutting-edge neuroprobes and microrobotics.”
Imbalances in chemicals known as neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, are linked to many mental health conditions and neurological diseases, including addiction, depression and Parkinson’s disease.
The team designed this first iteration of NeuroString to measure dopamine and serotonin present in in both the brain and the gut’s enteric nervous system that also plays a key role in physical health and mental well-being. Dopamine is best known for its role in the brain’s reward system. Serotonin is the target of antidepressants such as Prozac. Both neurotransmitters are also involved in sleep, movement and digestion.
Existing implants that measure dopamine and serotonin are made of rigid, brittle materials including glass and carbon rods. The implants can not only shatter, but they also chafe against squishy tissue, inflaming cells and degrading the implant.
“We developed a soft probe that can measure the chemical dynamics of soft organs in their natural states,” said Li, who’s also a member of MSU’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, or IQ. “We’re not damaging the biology — or the probe.”
Valuable Proposal Development Assistance is Now Available in the College of Engineering
Lauren Aerni-Flessner (Grant and Project Management Specialist in the College of Engineering) provides faculty in the College of Engineering with valuable grant proposal preparation support for grants to each of MSU’s sponsors & agencies. She is available to help faculty with proposal editing, first draft reviews, and coordination for complex proposals. For any questions, please contact Lauren directly at email@example.com.
Join us for the UIDP webinar - Sony Research Award Program (UIDP webinar)
Friday, July 15, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Description: It’s time to innovate with Sony! With awards of up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, the Sony Research Award Program creates new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries, and the future. UIDP is hosting an informative webinar to provide more information about the award program, submission guidelines, and application deadlines.
Eligible Applicants: Sony accepts applications from Principal Investigators (PIs) who are full-time professors (adjunct professors are not eligible) or researchers and are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at a university/educational institution in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors are eligible to apply. For the UK, this includes Senior Lecturers, Principal Lecturers, Lecturers, and Readers who are eligible to supervise Ph.D. students at their institutions.
Who Should Attend: Active university researchers, university research leadership, industry liaison office personnel, and college and departmental administrators.
Format: This is an informational webinar with an opportunity for Q&A with the speaker at the end. Participation is encouraged.
The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. This webinar will present information and best practices, as well as provide an opportunity for robust Q&A in support of the current NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) NSF 22-580 solicitation.
The live Q&A with the seven-member NSF ERC program director team will address themes of interest to ERC principal investigator teams as well as the all-important industry/stakeholder community that collaborate with these ERCs. The awards for each new ERC amount to well over $50 million over a decade in support of themes that have the potential for societal impact, translation to the marketplace, and are centered around a systems engineering approach.
Learning about the structure, requirements, and best practices of assembling a competitive proposal to this year’s NSF’s 22-580 ERC competition;
Hearing every member of the ERC program director team respond to live questions and present an aspect of the ERC competition and learning how to schedule one-on-one consultations; and
Seeing responses to questions you may not have thought of yet from a broad range of industrial/stakeholder and academic experts in the vast audience. Ask your own questions inspired by what you hear!
Format: This highly participatory webinar includes interactive discussion and Q&A from webinar attendees.
Who Should Attend: Industrial representatives are highly encouraged to register. This webinar is also for interested registrants within university engineering and science departments, as well as experts/stakeholders in the fields of government engagement, economic development, state and local government, national laboratories, partnership management, diversity and culture of inclusion experts, regulatory/policy agencies and groups, research administration, workforce development, student engagement, communications professionals, and research leadership. ... Learn more Here.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2018 to 2022 as of (06/10/2022).
Description: The 2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), will lead a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. Session 1 will also include presentations by previous CAREER award winners, and presentations from others key resources from around campus. UPDATE: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline (NSF 22-586) is now July 27, 2022. Watch it now on demand!!! A recording of Sessions 2-4 will not be released as they will include peer to peer feedback regarding proprietary information included in CAREER proposals that will be submitted in this round. To be part of sessions 2-4, please contact Dr. Robert Ofoli
(Associate Professor) directly.
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.