Utilizing “Global IDEAS” to Help Enhance Your Research
Global IDEAS (formerly OIRC) helps deepen and broaden MSU’s positive impacts in global development. We provide services to MSU faculty and researchers who are interested in engaging in international development thought leadership, research, education, and practice. As a part of our work, we curate and distribute the Weekly Funding Update.
The Weekly Funding Update has informed MSU faculty and researchers across campus since 2014 and many report success in using it to secure external funding. The Update includes an average of 20 international opportunities each week, curated for eligibility and divided into thematic areas. Sign up here to receive the weekly Funding Update by email. Once an opportunity has appeared in the Update, this information is available in an online database until two weeks before its due date. There are currently more than 450 funding opportunities in the online database that may be viewed at any time by MSU faculty, students and staff.
Additionally, Global IDEAS provides a range of opportunities for engagement: community building and networking on campus; panel discussions with leaders from around the world; training and coaching; proposal development; and project implementation. We manage the MSU International Data Portal that provides public-facing information about MSU’s international engagement and helps to build new partnerships.
We also manage an internal database of more than 1600 MSU faculty and scholars who have interest and experience in international research and development. We use this database to identify individuals and groups who may be interested in specific opportunities and discussions.
If you would like your expertise included in our faculty database or would like to consult about international research opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reach out to the Global IDEAS Director, Allan Hruska (email@example.com), with any questions or suggestions about how we can better help our international community and deepen our global impact within the framework of MSU strategic plan.
Many thanks to the staff of Global IDEAS for contributing to this week's DER Newsletter. If you have additional questions regarding this or other resources, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through August 24, 2022
Keep up with today’s research news from the U.S. National Science Foundation. This is a daily look at noteworthy scientific findings from researchers around the country.
Broader Impacts Workshop Series (Fall 2022 - Spring 2023)
Description: Faculty, Research and Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students, this nine-part series of workshops will introduce participants to all aspects of building a Broader Impacts (BI) plan. Participants can register for one workshop or all sessions. But be sure to register only for the sessions that you want to attend.
Are you a newcomer to broader impacts or need a refresher on what they are all about? This introductory workshop covers the basics of broader impacts, including what broader impacts of research are, why they matter, and the six essential elements of a successful broader impacts plan. Participants will also learn about key resources and consultation services available to help them build their BI plans and get a sneak preview of additional workshops in the series.
Researchers are more effective in achieving their intended societal impacts when they take the time to consciously construct their impact identities. "Impact Identity" is a concept that integrates one's identity as a researcher with societal needs, personal preferences and skills, and institutional context. Come to this hands-on workshop to develop your impact identity and vision for achieving desired societal impacts throughout your career.
In addition to its intellectual merits, each proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) is reviewed according to the merits of its BI plan, or the benefits of the proposed research to society. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about NSF's BI criterion and major BI goals, the six essential elements of a BI plan, and key resources to help you develop a winning proposal. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft BI plan.
Additional Workshops in the Series
MSU Partners for Broader Impacts (November)
Evaluating the Broader Impacts of Your Research (December)
Broadening Participation in STEM Education and Careers: The Role of Inclusive Recruitment and Mentoring (January)
Broader Impacts Through Course-Based Community-Engaged Research
Winning Strategies for NSF CAREER Proposals (March)
Broader Impacts Through Policy Change (April)
Upcoming TRB Webinars
Considering Quality of Life in Transportation Planning and Development Thursday, August 25, 12:30 - 2 PM ET
There is a direct relationship between transportation investments and community resilience, equity, and sustainability. This webinar will explore how transportation agencies and state departments of transportation (DOTs) have ensured that quality-of-life considerations are comprehensively incorporated into community planning and project development processes through guidebooks, procedures, best practice research, and training.
Complete the Puzzles in Planning and Environmental Linkages Practice Tuesday, August 30, 1:30 - 3 PM ET
Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) is an approach in transportation planning for establishing the purpose and need as well as the reasonable range of alternatives in environmental documents prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This webinar will review case studies to help the various aspects come to life.
Making the Research in Progress Database Work for You Wednesday, September 19, 2 - 3:30 PM ET
The Research in Progress database is a leading tool for transportation professionals to stay updated on current or recently-completed transportation research projects. This webinar will demonstrate how to maximize the RIP database to find and display research, and how to distinguish between the RIP and TRID databases.
Performance Measures for State Aviation Agencies Thursday, September 29, 1 - 2:30 PM ET
Across the country, state transportation agencies have been required to incorporate performance measures into their core business functions. This webinar will take a look at how performance measures are defined, and review how they fit within the larger context of strategic planning.
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Students will perform graduate thesis research at national laboratories
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Solicitation 2 cycle. Applications are due 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
SCGSR application assistance workshops will be held on September 19, 2022 and October 20, 2022. The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program; register here. The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process; register here.
The SCGSR program supports awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or host site in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist — with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall graduate theses while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. SCGSR is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to more than 870 graduate awardees from 155 U.S. universities to conduct thesis research at all 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the Office of Science’s six research programs offices and two R&D and production offices and with the DOE national laboratories/facilities. Program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). More information can be found at https://science.osti.gov/wdts.
RFP: Research Grants: Nutrition, Care & Development of Infants/Young Children
The Gerber Foundation’s is accepting concept papers for its 2022 research grantmaking. Gerber’s priority is support for projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children. Gerber’s research program has three focuses: 1. Pediatric Health, 2. Pediatric Nutrition and 3. Environmental Hazards.Maximum grants are $350,000. Projects should focus on solutions to issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application. An overview of Gerber’s research priorities, along with links, is below. Concept papers are due by November 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm EST.Please provide to any faculty in your units that may have interest and let me know if any plan to submit a concept letter and have them let me know if they plan to apply at: email@example.com.
Gerber FOUNDATION:The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.
Gerber’s Pediatric Health & Nutrition Program has three focus areas: Prediatric Health--Promoting health and preventing or treating disease is the primary focus of this target area. Of particular interest are applied research projects
focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:
Better diagnostic techniques (more rapid, specific, sensitive, or less invasive)
Better treatment (improved, less stressful or painful, optimal dosing, fewer side effects.
Pediatric Nutrition-- These programs respond to a long-time interest of the Foundation in assuring adequate nutrition for infants and young children. Projects include applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes in infants and young children. Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:
Benefits or side effects of supplementation of a specific nutrient
Effects of deficiencies or excesses of a specific nutrient
Environmental Hazards-- The Foundation is interested in projects that evaluate the effects of environmental hazards on infants and young children.Applied research projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children are the focus of this area of interest.
Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:
Exposures and their effects on infants and toddlers
New diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, less invasive
New treatment regimens that are improved or novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, provide optimal dosing
Assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.)
Risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.
Note that the Foundation is looking for projects that will result in ‘new’ information, treatments or tools that will result in a change in practice. The board rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers (parent or provider educational programs).
**It cannot be emphasized strongly enough that Gerber Foundation is focused on applied research and, specially, is most interested in projects that can lead to direct and effective
solutions to major conditions in pediatric health.
Please carefully review the Gerber Foundation website and the list of recently funded grants under each of the above three areas as well as the Gerber Foundation’s 2020 Annual report here.
GRANT AMOUNT: Grants up to $350,000 (NOTE: The Foundation generally receives approximately 130 concept papers for each concept paper deadline. Depending on funding availability and the mix of requests, 10-12 of these are selected for full proposal submission. For full proposals, the selection rate for funding averages 75-90%.)
Application Process: There is a two step process: 1. Submission of a concept paper and 2. Full proposal for those invited.
Concept Papers Due: November 15, 2022 by 4pm EST. Decisions usually made within there weeks of submission.
Proposals (if invited) Due: February 15, 2023 by 4pm EST.
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)
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.