Healthy Habits Initiative – We have moved the needle forward and we celebrate!
As we conclude DER’s campaign to introduce healthy habits into our everyday routines, we are confident that we moved the needle in a positive direction to help us operate at our greatest capacity. We want to say thank you to every person who challenged us and joined us on this new annual journey. We have found that this challenge added new excitement to our team, and we have held each other accountable to embrace new important routines in this Healthy Habits Initiative. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to encourage us as we accepted this challenge.
Next week, as we anticipate new faculty beginning to arrive on campus, our DER newsletter feature article will once again shift back to highlighting articles and instruction that will help inform and promote your success as a researcher. Additionally, the newsletter will continue to share valuable resources that help put power at your fingertips. Such resources include:
Feature articles that will inform and increase your success in research;
Stories and highlights regarding research success within MSU College of EGR;
Articles from sponsors such as NSF promoting trending stories related to “What’s hot in science;”
Funding announcements focused on engineering related topics and links to key sponsor funding database and search tools;
Internal (MSU) Funding Notifications & News;
International Funding Opportunities;
Links to current sponsor newsletters and important sponsor updates;
Links to personal and professional development opportunities to strengthen your broader impacts related to your research;
Quick access to important training resources within DER including DER Seminar Catalog (Available On Demand!);
As always, updates regarding DER, proposal volume, and more will continue to be the focus of this weekly publication.
To follow the trend within the Healthy Habits Initiative, I would like to share a recipe that features one of my favorite healthy snacks. I was born in Racine, Wisconsin and one of my favorite snacks in America's Dairyland, has always been cottage cheese. There as so many different healthy things you can make with cottage cheese. I love plain cottage cheese, but in my research, there were so many different recipe ideas that take cottage cheese to the next level. Here are 3 Quick Healthy Cottage Cheese Recipes
shared by The Protein Chef that incorporate Cottage Cheese. Try this special recipe for “Cottage Cheese Scramble” and you will be thankful you did.
3 large whole eggs
½ cup cottage cheese - fat free
Black pepper to taste
Chop the chives
Crack and beat the eggs
Cook the eggs in skillet or griddle (either non-stick or greased) over medium-low heat, stirring constantly
Transfer the scrambled eggs to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and combine.
Enjoy! Feel free to add hot sauce or other seasonings that you like.
To close this Healthy Habits Initiative campaign, I want to invite you back each week to this DER newsletter. Our goal with the valuable weekly newsletter is to make this standout resource for MSU researchers which will promotes their success by helping to provide the latest information, link them to valuable research-related resources, and streamline the research development process. We invite you to share feedback regarding additional tools that you would like to see added to the newsletters. To send your feedback or to submit a question, feel free to submit your requests to email@example.com. As always, DER is here to help you develop your strongest proposal and promote your success.
Michigan State University and the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, or GVSC, launched a new mobility research initiative as part of a five-year research program to advance autonomous ground vehicle research with Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
“MSU and its partners are truly driving the future of mobility,” said MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “Today, we celebrate another success story of this long-standing relationship — a $9 million investment for building the next generation of lightweight, all-terrain autonomous ground vehicles — right here on campus.”
Tom Voice, senior associate dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering, served as emcee for the hour-long ceremony. The speakers were:
Teresa K. Woodruff, University Interim President.
Thomas Jeitschko, University Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Michael Cadieux, director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - Ground Vehicle Systems Center.
David Gorsich, U.S. Army chief scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems.
Leo Kempel, Dean of the MSU College of Engineering.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters.
U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar (video greeting).
U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin
Bogdan Epureanu, director of the Automotive Research Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan.
Mahmood Haq, director of the MSU Composite Vehicle Research Center and co-primary investigator on the five-year U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems research initiative.
The MSU-U.S. Army initiative will build on MSU’s history and leadership in mobility. MSU Mobility research is focused on developing integrated systems of communication and control for automated vehicles and their environments.
“The partnership between MSU and GVSC will conduct critical research that will help ensure the United States is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology for years to come,” said Rep. John Moolenaar in a video message. “I am proud my work on the House Appropriations Committee was able to fund this effort, because it will create good-paying jobs and grow the STEM field in Michigan.”
Another important part of this new initiative is the opportunities for undergraduate researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will participate in the program.
“This incredible partnership will help our state continue to play a critical leadership role in the future of mobility. Our military, economy and students will all benefit from this innovative work,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “I’m excited to see what groundbreaking technologies happen here.”
A few of the priorities for the program this year include ... Learn more Here.
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through July 26, 2023
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.
Description: The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Electricity (OE), is releasing a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for innovative long duration energy storage system (ESS) demonstration projects that advance a technology towards commercialization and validate its cost and performance in the field to the energy stakeholder community. These demonstrations will contribute data to the National Lab led Rapid Operational Validation Initiative (ROVI) in order to unlock insights about the performance of these systems that will accelerate the testing and validation process for emerging technologies.
The FOA will contain three areas of interest based on eligible technology: 1. Lithium Batteries 2. Flow Batteries 3. Other Innovative Technologies, that will each be eligible for up to $5 million in federal funding available with 50% cost share provided by the applicant organization(s).
These projects will support DOE priorities such as the Long Duration Storage Shot and Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) and address challenges identified in DOE’s Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) Pathways to Commercial Liftoff report, Electricity Advisory Committee’s (EAC) 2022 Biennial Energy Storage Review, and the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB) blueprint for lithium batteries. As required under Section 3201(c)(4), DOE is required to “make publicly available a report describing the performance of those programs.”
To fulfill this requirement, OE anticipates separately funding a competitively selected national lab consortium to implement the Rapid Operational Validation Initiative (ROVI), which will implement “accelerated life testing protocols to predict estimated lifetime metrics with accuracy,” as required under Section 3201(b)(3). ROVI will leverage the data from projects funded under this FOA to accelerate commercial development and deployment of a wide range of lithium batteries, flow batteries, and other storage technology. Applicant teams would be expected to work with the ROVI Lab Consortium to negotiate data sharing requirements and allocate a portion of the awarded funding to ensure these requirements are met.
Additional Information: The purpose of this
fellowship is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training
of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical
health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as
scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or
related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular,
cerebrovascular and brain health.
The trainee and mentor should collaboratively provide a
thoughtfully planned, systematic proposal aimed at clearly answering an
investigative question in cardiovascular, cerebrovascular or brain
health research. (5-page limit). A fellow must have primary
responsibility for the writing and the preparation of the application,
understanding that the mentor will play a significant part in providing
guidance to the applicant.
At the time of application, the applicant must be:
in a post-baccalaureate PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD, DDS, DrPH, or PhD in
nursing, public health, or equivalent clinical health science doctoral
student who seeks research training with a sponsor prior to embarking
upon a research career.
a full-time student working towards his/her degree.
At the time of award activation,
the candidate must have completed initial coursework and be at the
stage of the program where they can devote full-time effort to research
or activities related to the development into an independent researcher
or a related career aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.
For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in learning about additional foundation funding
opportunities, please visit the MSU Foundation Relations website.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science (SC) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced $5.25 million for 11 research projects in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).
The SC-NNSA Joint Program in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas was established to steward HEDLP science within the Department of Energy. HEDLP research is directed at exploring the behavior of matter at extreme conditions of temperature, density, and pressure, including laboratory astrophysics, planetary science, laser-plasma interactions, relativistic optics, plasma hydrodynamics, plasma atomic physics, and radiation transport.
“This joint program is a critical component of our stewardship of discovery-driven science and continues to deliver exciting scientific results,” said Jean Paul Allain, Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences (FES). “Better understanding this extreme state of matter benefits a broad range of applications in science, industry, medicine, and fusion energy-relevant technology.”
“This is an exciting time for high energy density science. We are happy to support cutting edge research and aid in the development of the next generation of elite scientists,” said Kevin Greenaugh, Chief Science and Technology Officer for Defense Programs in NNSA. “This work will advance our understanding of hot, dense, high-pressure environments that exist on scales ranging from nuclei to galaxies.”
Projects funded in this announcement will explore rarefaction waves, magnetic reconnection, warm dense matter, bright laser-driven radiation sources, laser-plasma accelerators, and capsule materials for inertial confinement fusion.
The projects were selected by competitive peer review under the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for High Energy Density Laboratory Plasma Science. They will last up to three years, with total funding of $5.25 million: $4.85 million in FY23 and $0.4 million in outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations.
Additional Information: The Foundation aims to support teams of creatives, technologists, researchers, and social/cultural workers to design and build prototypes and pilots that will bring into reality innovative solutions to Internet connectivity particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable or not readily accessible. The Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies (BOLT) Grant Program is designed to support teams of innovators working to expand the possibility of Internet connectivity and access globally through the development of prototypes and pilots. Teams may include creatives, artists, technologists, researchers, social or cultural workers and must be housed in a relevant non-profit organization or institution. The Foundation seeks to fund teams housed in organizations that align with the Internet Society’s mission and its work for an open, globally connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.
Teams should be focused on building technical and social innovations related to Internet connectivity that strive to be:
Relevant to users and community
Imaginative and engaging in experimentation and play
Additional Information: BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career. BrightFocus is committed to supporting scientists from diverse backgrounds to foster creativity and innovation in addressing complex scientific challenges. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are from groups underrepresented in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. Applicant must be within 5 years of degree conferral.
Description: The VBFF program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)). VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) manages the VBFF program for USD (R&E). To accomplish this task, ONR is soliciting proposals for the VBFF program through this FOA. This FOA seeks distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the VBFF Fellows and the DoD.
VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious “blue sky” research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.
The objectives of the program are to:
Support unclassified basic scientific and engineering research that could be the foundation for future revolutionary new capabilities for DoD.
Educate and train student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense workforce.
Foster long-term relationships between university researchers and the DoD.
Familiarize university researchers and their students with DoD’s current and projected future challenges.
Increase the number of talented technical experts that DoD can call upon.
Additional Information: BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. BrightFocus is committed to supporting scientists from diverse backgrounds to foster creativity and innovation in addressing complex scientific challenges. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are from groups underrepresented in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.
The Standard Award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.
Applicant must be allowed by institution to apply for and manage a grant award and mentor students.
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 email@example.com to expedite service.