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August 14, 2020
DER Funding Database

Weekly In Progress Report

Joseph Affholter will be hosting the MTRAC @ MSU seminar on August 21st from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Read more below.

DER Director News
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. 

SharePoint Page
Training, Education, & Resources

SPA/OSP/CGA, in collaboration with SPROUT and an extensive network of MSU staff involved in pre-award, post-award and compliance aspects of research administration, provide a certified training series for research administrators and other support staff with responsibilities for research proposals, grants, contracts, and pre- and post-award administration at MSU. Learn more HERE.

DER Director Transition

A note from John Verboncoeur.

DER Director Kelli Martin will be stepping down to take the position as Chief Financial Officer of Traverse City. We greatly appreciate Kelli’s service as DER Director, during which she led the move to the new KC system, led many process efficiency improvements, and fostered a responsive customer service culture. Kelli led the College of Engineering in being the first college at MSU to transition to a fully electronic proposal management system, including pioneering many changes to the software to facilitate Engineering’s diverse portfolio of research administration needs, which are now being adopted by other colleges.  Please join us in congratulating Kelli on her accomplishments at MSU, and in wishing her success in her new opportunity. To read the full email, go HERE.

Data for Department Meetings available

Each Summer, DER receives requests from Department Chairs for data to share at their annual retreats.  This year, to be proactive, DER has pulled proposal data from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020 summarized by PI, status, and sponsor.  If your department is interested in exploring the data, please send an email to  As a reminder, DER will host an annual seminar in the fall to show PIs how to pull their own proposal data.  DER is here to help!

MSU Research Orientation

This asynchronous module will be available as of August 4, 2020, in the “Follow-up Opportunities” section of the New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation site within D2L.

This session will give new faculty an overview of research compliance, funding, grant administration, and resources available through the Office of Research and Innovation and other support units on campus.

This Research Orientation is required for all New Faculty and Academic Staff who have research components to their appointments.

To access this D2L site you must register as a new academic. If you are a new academic and have not received a personal invitation, please contact the Academic Advancement Network at or by phone at (517) 432-1185.

LSIC Surface Power FG update: Fall meeting

The Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) fall meeting will be held virtually on October 14th and 15th. The event will feature interrelationships between the six focus areas identified by the Consortium, especially in the context of surface power. Day one of the meeting (October 14th) will feature key note addresses and LSIC-wide plenary sessions, including a poster session. Day two (October 15th) will delve more deeply into technology areas, including smaller group discussions, focus area-specific technological needs, and interrelationships among the LSIC focus areas. LSIC’s overall goal is to foster communication and collaboration among academia, industry, non-profits, and government, and the fall meeting will continue advancing these goals through talks by thought leaders and technology pioneers, group and panel discussions, as well as poster sessions and networking opportunities. Learn more HERE.


The American Gastroenterological Association Foundation is offering multiple funding mechanisms in 2020, including:

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Celiac Disease - This award provides $100,000 per year for three years (totaling $300,000) to early-career faculty (i.e., investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent) working toward an independent career in celiac disease research.

AGA Research Scholar Award (RSA) in Digestive Disease Health Disparities - This award provides $100,000 per year for three years (totaling $300,000) to early-career faculty (i.e., investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent) working toward an independent career in digestive disease research.

AGA Research Scholar Award (RSA) - This award provides $100,000 per year for three years (totaling $300,000) to early-career faculty (i.e., investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent) working toward an independent career in digestive disease research.

Learn more HERE.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume as of (08/14/2020).

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DER Seminars
August 21st at 2:00 to 3:00 pm
MTRAC @ MSU Seminar

The MTRAC @ MSU seminar hosted by Joseph Affholter will provide an overview of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program based here at MSU. Referred to the AgBio Innovation Hub, the program provides competitive, early-stage translational research and risk assessment funding for technology-based innovations with potential to create value in the agriculture, food, fiber, bioproducts and bioprocessing (“AgBio”) industries. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. Password is 183627.

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      Primary Funding Agencies
      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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