Healthy Habits Initiative - DER staff are on the move!
Have you seen our DER staff out and about in the halls this week? Watch out—some DER folks are motivated speed-walkers! We even got out the stopwatch earlier this week to time laps around the building. As we wrap up the first week of our staff Healthy Habits Initiative challenge and gear up for the last two weeks of CAREER proposal development and submission, this fun activity has created some new energy in the office. This week’s goals included increased water consumption, regular walking and gym attendance, and improved sleep routines. Along with the Healthy Habits Initiative challenge we’ve seen a big uptick in new proposals in the last week and are up to a dozen CAREER proposals in progress. Our team is up to the challenge for sure, but remaining intentional about our healthy habits will help us to remain calm and focused as we assist you every day.
Long, busy days can leave us depleted. I stumbled across this article earlier in the week and shared it with the team—it includes some interesting ways to fight that tired feeling. If we hear any of you humming as you walk the hallways, we’ll assume that you’ve read the article. Another way to battle the afternoon yawns is an afternoon break of dark chocolate and caffeine. Even if you’re trying to cut down on sugary treats, it’s possible to enjoy rich chocolate pudding. The tofu version provides protein (>9 g/serving if divided in thirds); alternatively, the avocado version provides vegetable and healthy fat benefits!
Chocolate Pudding Two Ways
In a small food processor, combine:
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted, and cooled slightly*
1 T cocoa powder
2 T honey (or maple syrup)
1 tsp espresso powder (opt)
1 box silken tofu (~12 oz) OR 2 medium avocados, roughly chopped
Pinch of salt (a tiny bit will make your pudding taste much better)
1-3 T milk (or non-dairy alternative) –add as needed
Blend all ingredients except the milk until smooth. Add milk a bit at a time if the mixture is too thick or won’t blend. Once completely blended and creamy, taste, and adjust honey/maple syrup and salt to your taste. The avocado version tends to need a bit more sweetener. Divide into small containers (makes 3-4 servings), and refrigerate before serving. Delicious topped with strawberries or raspberries!
*Using high quality, 100% chocolate will deliver the most nutrition; however, if you need to substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips, simply reduce the other sweetener to taste.
More recipes and updates are on tap for the coming weeks, in addition to our usual proposal and grant related content. As always, DER is located in Room 2527 of the Engineering Building, and we are here to help. If you have questions regarding DER or an upcoming proposal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by for a visit.
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Deadline: Accepting applications August 15 – September 4
Description: MSUs STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP) is recruiting MSU participants for a six-month science engagement program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, STEMAP is designed to promote open-minded exchange between members of the public and the scientific community. Through workshops, peer learning, and one-on-one mentoring, participants will learn how to establish two-way communication and build trust between scientists and public audiences who are less likely to visit typical informal science education venues (e.g., museums and science festivals).
Participants will gain new public engagement skills and demonstrated broader impacts experience to cite in their NSF grant applications.
Who can apply? MSU faculty, research staff, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome to apply. Applicants must have an active program of STEM-based research.
For questions, contact Dr. Miles McNall, director for community-engaged research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, University Outreach and Engagement.
Description: It’s time to innovate with Sony! Apply for the 2023 Sony Research Award Program.
Learn more about the Sony Research Award Program, submission
guidelines, and application deadlines during Sony’s webinar with Mark
Ortiz, senior manager of the Strategy & Planning Office for Sony
Corporation of America’s R&D Center U.S. Laboratory.
The Sony Research Award Program is an academic award initiative
created to provide U.S., Canadian, select European countries, and Indian
universities funding for emerging and innovative technology research
projects in collaboration with Sony’s own research division. The program
comprises the Faculty Innovation Award and the Focused Research Award
within three broad subject categories: Information Technology, Devices
& Materials, and Life Sciences. The Program is now in its eighth
With awards of up to $150k per year for each accepted proposal, the
Sony Research Award Program creates new opportunities for university
faculty to engage in pioneering research that could drive new
technologies, industries, and the future.
Meet the Speaker: Mark Ortiz, Senior Manager, Strategy & Planning Office, Research & Development Center U.S., Sony
Format: This is an informational webinar with an
opportunity for Q&A with the speaker at the end. Participation is
welcome and encouraged.
Who Should Attend: University research office
personnel, industry liaison office personnel, technical department
chairs, and potential principal investigators who are dedicated to
forming research partnerships to lead their groups to advance innovative
Additional Information: Sloan's programs in Digital Technology explore how the internet and computing technology are creating new opportunities to empower the scientific enterprise and expand the public's access to knowledge. Ongoing specific program areas include:
Better Software for Science – Software is increasingly central to scientific research, but academia often fails to leverage best practices for software engineering from industry or elsewhere. To realize the full potential of software in advancing discovery—whether in data science, computational modeling, or machine learning—this program aims to adapt and extend approaches from other contexts into academic software development while recognizing the unique workflows and incentives of the research enterprise. Rather than funding individual scientific software development projects, grants in this area focus mainly on tooling, institutions, economic models, and incentives around the production, maintenance, and adoption of research software.
Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology – The Sloan Foundation continually explores the intersection of research and technology to identify emerging focus areas where recent innovation, changing contexts, or scarce funding open up potential opportunities for new programs. Exploratory grantmaking is intended to bring community needs and priorities into sharper focus and allow us to determine whether there is a clear strategy and potential impact for the Foundation in a specific area. Supported activities may include workshops and other expert convenings, early software development and prototyping, landscape analyses, development of protocols and standards, initial research on and engagement with potential user communities, and demonstration or other proof-of-concept projects.
Additional Information: The Joyce Foundation has been a leading foundation funder of policy work related to the Great Lakes. Through support of research and policy advocacy, Joyce works to address three of the region’s critical long-term environmental challenges: climate change, the safety and accessibility of the water we drink and the health of the Great Lakes.
Climate Solutions-- Joyce will support work on clean energy policy in Great Lakes states to secure long-term commitments to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040.
Great Lakes & Drinking Water—Joyce will support work to address major threats to the Great Lakes, by supporting work that:
Addresses major threats to the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes;
Makes certain that the next generation in the Great Lakes region has access to safe, affordable drinking water for everyone. For this, Joyce will focus on efforts to develop and support utility, municipal, state and federal policies that: a) Reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water; b) Ensure high quality and affordable drinking water.
Projects should be collaborative partnerships involving key regional/state stakeholders, given the Joyce Foundation’s emphasis on impacting regional policy.
Important: It is strongly suggested that, before sending in an RFP, you reach out to Larry Wallach at: email@example.com to discuss your concept/proposed project.
The mission of the American Hearing Research Foundation is to fund groundbreaking research that can help us understand our hearing and balance functions, find solutions to hearing and balance disorders, and educate people about these. Research topics must be related to hearing and balance disorders of the inner ear. Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, AuD, or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.
Priority is given to investigators early in their careers who need seed funds to generate results and data that can be used to support applications for larger grants (i.e., NIH grants) in the future.
Proposals should relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear. Both basic and clinical studies may be proposed that investigate aspects of the auditory and vestibular systems including but not limited to genetics, neurotology, anatomy, auditory processing, molecular and cellular biology, therapeutic studies, and investigations of current or experimental devices (i.e., cochlear implants). AHRF donors have given special support for research that explores Meniere’s disease (mechanisms, causes, or treatments) and the causes or mechanisms of sudden hearing loss. Proposals that address these areas of interest will receive special consideration during the review process.
Description: This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement no. DE-FOA-0003014 Regional Initiative for Technical Assistance Partnerships (RITAP) to Advance Deployment of Basin-Scale Carbon Transport and Storage and Community Engagement. The projects funded under FOA-3014 (RITAP) will build on the knowledge and experience gained through past and current efforts to address the unique challenges and opportunities of multiple CCUS and storage-based CM projects developed within a single geologic basin or sub-basin. Challenges may include pressure interference among neighboring storage facilities, pore space and mineral rights conflicts, transportation rights-of way, diverse regulatory jurisdictions, etc. The projects would provide a valuable public information resource for developers of carbon storage sites that need assistance in addressing these challenges and affected communities that seek to participate in the resolution of these challenges.
DISCLAIMER: This Notice of Intent is for informational purposes only. This is solely a Notice of Intent and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Department of Energy is not accepting applications under this Notice of Intent.
Additional Information: Recognizing the vital role cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. The specific target group are researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences.
BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $560,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. Proposals that include deep or machine learning applications of artificial intelligence are particularly encouraged. Special consideration will also be given to proposals that investigate the connection between climate change and human health.
Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Candidates must hold a PhD degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical, mathematical, computational, theoretical, and engineering science. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or master’s degree.
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)
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