Following the Solicitation Instructions Closely Will Help Boost Your Proposal
If there were two fundamental rules of proposal writing, they would be 1) “Follow your solicitation closely” and 2) “Make it simple for the reviewer to navigate your proposal and easily find all required proposal elements.” To accomplish each of these key concepts, you should be knowledgeable of your solicitation. Here are a few critical details to watch for in your solicitation.
The submission time zone. MSU is in the Eastern Time Zone and this applies to submission deadlines regardless if the project PI is currently located inside or outside of Michigan.
The words “must” or “required” or “mandatory”. This means the element, wording, or document must appear in your proposal and should be very clear.
Specific wording. Sometimes not all documents/sections are applicable to your proposal.
Solicitation outline of required documents and entry points. Documents, sections, headers, etc. should be submitted in the required order, if possible, to prevent compliance issues.
Always make things as reader-friendly for the sponsor’s reviewer(s). Be sure to follow solicitation instructions closely and make your proposal easy to navigate.
A solicitation is your best, and sometimes the only, guide to submitting that great proposal. Following guidelines exactly make for a better proposal and a happy reviewer.
If you have additional questions regarding specific notes/requirements from your solicitation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Attention students who are applying for external grants, make sure your designated faculty advisor knows to start that process early. Remember there are College and MSU deadlines that need to be followed to be eligible to complete the application. If you have questions regarding specific deadlines related to your grant of interest, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Collaborators and Personalized Funding Alerts
If you have a project in mind and are in search of funding opportunities or collaborators from other units at MSU or beyond, you can use the MSU Scholars’ Faculty Insights
tool (requires MSU Net ID). Enter a term (such as “Coronavirus”) in the search box under Research Topic, and you’ll see a list of scholars at MSU who do work on the topic entered. Or, search nationally by clicking on the “Include National Data” checkbox. Click the “Funding” tab at the top for a list of open funding opportunities related to the search topic.
Contact info for your DER Team
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2017 to 2021 as of (04/09/2021).