Reminder: The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award is NSF’s most prestigious award for faculty beginning their independent careers. The submission deadline is July 26, 2021. There are strict eligibility requirements to apply for this grant including that you hold at least a 50% tenure-track position, are an untenured assistant professor (or equivalent), and you received no prior or concurrent Federal support for duplicative research. You will find all the requirements and details listed in the solicitation for the CAREER Award, NSF 20-025.
There are many resources available to assist you in the proposal development process.
DER recently hosted a NSF Career Proposal Preparation Seminar presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (video recording of presentation, slides) to empower and educate faculty to prepare for their CAREER award.
For assistance with planning and review/editing of your career proposal, feel free to contact Shobha Ramanand, Ph.D., Senior Research Specialist, Office of VP for Research & Innovation, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (517) 432-4499.
NSF consultant services available by contacting Sara Steenrod, PhD, Grant Consultant with OSVPRI, email: email@example.com.
It is critical that your NSF Career Proposal is as strong as possible. Per the NSF guidelines, applicants are permitted up to three submission attempts (one per annual competition) for a CAREER award. Do not let an issue with compliance cause one of your proposal chances to be Returned Without Review! The DER Research Administrators are here to assist with experience and attention to detail to make your proposal attempt count. To begin the proposal process, please submit your Proposal Processing Form and a DER Research Admin will be assigned to help you navigate the proposal submission process.
If you have additional questions regarding NSF Career Proposals, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification from MSU OSP
Subject: Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
SPA News Listserv
NIH has released NOT-OD-21-073
outlining changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support format. These updates are effective beginning May 25, 2021 and apply to applications, Just-in-Time (JIT) submissions and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR).
Summary of Changes
Section B is renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’
Section D is removed from the non-Fellowship Biosketch. Details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years may be included in the personal statement, Section A.
Section D on the Fellowship Biosketch is updated to remove ‘Research Support’
A template, instructions and FAQs are available on the NIH website. The updated template will be available in SciENcv later this month, allowing Investigators with an existing biosketch in SciENcv to transfer the information to the new format.
Forms have been reorganized to separate funded projects from in-kind support
A signature block is added for the Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify to its accuracy
For submissions that include non-domestic activities and resources, senior/key personnel are required to submit copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to their non-domestic appointments, affiliations and/or employment with a non-domestic institution. All supporting documents have to be in English and must be included as part of the Other Support submission.
An Other Support format page, instructions and FAQs are available on the NIH website. NIH anticipates this will also be available in SciENcv beginning in FY22. Until that time, use of the format page available on their website will be required, converted to PDF and electronically signed.
More information will be forthcoming as we update our process and webpages with this new information. If you have questions relating to applications or JIT, please contact your OSP Proposal Team. For questions relating to RPPR, please contact the CGA Cash Management group.
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.
Do you need assistance with your NSF Career Proposal? Assistance is available with planning and review/editing of your proposal. For assistance, feel free to contact Shobha Ramanand, Ph.D., Senior Research Specialist, Office of VP for Research& Innovation, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. (517) 432-4499. Assistance is also available by contacting Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant with OSVPRI), Email: email@example.com. The submission deadline for NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF 20-525 is July 26, 2021.
PVA is seeking proposals for research grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis, secondary health effects and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis and support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, as well as to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research. Grants are up to $150,000. Applications are due July 1, 2021.
The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts will provide grant support for specific projects that bring an innovative approach to long-standing and complex issues related to all aspects of stemming the tide of the nation’s opioid crisis. This RFP targets projects which can explore and/or evaluate new “outside-the-box” ideas, bring together approaches from several diverse fields, and engage multidisciplinary, cross-sector teams to solve some of the crisis’ most intractable problems.