As part two of this feature, we are continuing to provide additional resources that will help MSU Faculty navigate any funding changes related to the new political administration. We highly encourage researchers to pay close attention as the new administration roll out their goals and policies. It is critical that researchers need to have a strategic plan when determining how their individual focused research ambitions fit into these administration policy targets. Did you know that there are extremely knowledgeable MSU Faculty and staff who have extensive experience navigating multiple administration transitions? These informed individuals and helpful resources are available and may help you avoid pitfalls and assist you in interpreting where research funding is headed in the foreseeable future.
Within the College of Engineering, we have strong Department Chairs who have extensive experience securing research funding through federal, state, and local sources. Additionally, Dr. John Verboncoeur (Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) email@example.com, closely monitors shifts in federal spending and attends regular meetings where new funding focuses are shared.
Contacts within the College of Engineering and outside the college are available to help navigate shifts in funding. Individuals who can assist include Jennifer Jennings (Associate Director of Engineering Corporate Development) firstname.lastname@example.org, who serves as a liaison to foundation sponsors, including corporate foundations, and Mary Anne Walker (Senior Specialist with MSU Office of the VP for Research and Innovation) email@example.com, who is a great resource for international funding/student related policy. These individuals can help you develop your strategic plan and promote efficiency and success when pursuing research funding. Additional resources are listed below.
Online Resources for Identifying Possible Funding
MSU FUNDING OPPORTUNITY RESOURCES: The Foundation Directory Online Professional, an online database with information about more than 165,000 grantmakers. http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/grants
The Office of the Senior VP for Research and Innovation provides a Find Funding webpage with information about resources for finding federal, state, and foundation funding opportunities, corporate and business funding, and MSU internal funding opportunities. https://vp.research.msu.edu/find-funding
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) will reach out to you.
ARPA-E announced an additional $47 million in funding for 7 new projects as part of the Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program. These selections bring total SCALEUP program funding to over $70 million for 9 projects, building on $24 million in previously announced SCALEUP “Fast Track” selections. The new SCALEUP teams are receiving funding to support the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive new electric vehicle batteries, data center efficiency, grid modernization, emissions mitigation, and storage technologies. Learn more HERE.
The offices of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and University Outreach and Engagement are excited to announce the Broader Impacts of Research: Strategies, Resources, and Partners event taking place March 17-18, 2021. It will provide faculty, staff, and students who are interested in applying for NSF grants an overview of the broader impacts (BI) of research criterion and introduce them to the wide array of resources, supports, and partners available at MSU to help them design innovative broader impacts activities and write winning BI plans.
The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. Learn more Here.
The Dreyfus program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering, initiated in 2020, provides funding for innovative projects in any area of Machine Learning (ML) consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences and engineering. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical insight and innovation in the field. The Foundation encourages proposals to significantly stimulate and accelerate the development of the use of ML and other related aspects of data science to the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Learn more HERE.
The American Cancer Society has released several grant opportunities recently. The award amount for them is up to $400,000. Most of them have deadlines on April 1st, 2021 and October 15th, 2021. To view individual grants, go HERE.
The Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Education Program (NDEP) seeks innovative applications on mechanisms to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, outreach, and/or workforce initiative programs, here onto referred as STEM activities. NDEP also seeks innovative applications on mechanisms to specifically implement Biotechnology outreach and workforce development, which here onto will be referred as Biotech activities. Additional NDEP efforts also includes a pilot program in Enhanced Civics education. Learn more HERE.
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Board of Directors has identified a high priority research topic in the area of managing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and has issued a request for pre-proposals (RFP) on the topic to support the long-term needs and strategic direction of the solid waste industry. Learn more HERE.
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Board of Directors has identified a high priority research topic in the area of managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills and has issued a request for pre-proposals (RFP) on the topic to support the long-term needs and strategic direction of the solid waste industry. Learn more HERE.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2017 to 2021 as of (01/29/2021).
The Project Summary is one of the most important parts of every NSF grant proposal. A clear and concise Project Summary will make a positive first impression on reviewers and succinctly convey the key points of your project. However, writing a strong Project Summary can be deceptively hard. With only a single page to work with, it can be difficult to decide which information to include and how to best frame that information for impact. During this seminar, Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant with OSVPRI) will walk you through best practices for writing a compelling Project Summary for your next NSF proposal.