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September 25, 2020
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SciENcv Account and Format Changes
SciENcv Account and Format Changes

The new NSF 20-1 PAPPG requirements for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support formats become effective on October 5th. Want help?  DER invites you to add as a delegate on your SciENcv/NCBI account for your NSF proposals.

Delegates have the ability to view, edit, and create profiles in the original account holder’s SciENcv, as well as edit the account holder’s My Bibliography. This will allow DER to help your NSF proposals stand out even further. Click here for instruction guide. Additional info available Click here to learn more.

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
Reminder: DER Tools to Support Faculty

While many faculty are still working remotely, DER is here with various tools to support them. DER uses video conferencing and screen sharing during the budget development process to help work with faculty as if they were still in the office and visiting physically. Contact anyone in DER to learn more. 

DER Seminar Submissions

DER is currently working on scheduling the fall DER Seminar Series. If you have an idea for a seminar please share that by email to Robert Nelsen at, or Max Gates at

$150,000 WiSTEMD J&J Scholars Program

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM²D leaders and feed the talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM²D disciplines:

  • Science; M.D., Ph.D.
  • Technology; Ph.D.
  • Engineering; Ph.D.
  • Math; M.S., Ph.D.
  • Manufacturing; Ph.D.
  • Design; M.A., M.S., MDes, MArch, MFA, MLA, Ph.D.

Funding amount:

$150,000 over 3 years, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the Johnson & Johnson Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds.

To learn more, click HERE.

Facebook Agent-based User Interaction Simulation to Find and Fix Integrity and Privacy Issues

Kalyanmoy Deb, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Vishnu Boddeti, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, have received a Facebook Research Award for a project entitled "MoCA: Multi-Objective Co-Evolutionary Learning Agents".

Abstract: Large scale web-enabled systems underpin a variety of online social interactions. Therefore, it is critical to prevent abuse of such systems and ensure the integrity and privacy of user information. The complexity of modern large scale web applications, however, precludes manual identification of potential vulnerabilities. This proposal seeks to address this challenge, by automatically designing co-evolving learning agents, i.e., either cooperative or competing, to automatically identify both system vulnerabilities and solutions to mitigate them.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2018 to 2021 as of (09/25/2020).

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DER Seminars
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

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. 

Watch the Seminar Here

DER Seminar Website

Internal Funding Notifications & News
September 24th, 2020 Newsletter

OIRC becomes Global IDEAS

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      NIH Weekly Funding Opportunities and Notices

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      September 22th, 2020
      TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter

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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

      428 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing
      MI 48824-1226 United States

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