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October 30, 2020
DER Funding Database

Weekly In Progress Report

DER’s “Did You Know?” Spotlight

This week in DER’s “Did You Know?” Spotlight, we are featuring an incredible resource that holds a library of information that will help answer questions, streamline your steps, and provide resources to help enhance your success in securing research funding. Made available by MSU, the SPA/OSP/CGA website ( helps new and senior Research Personnel navigate the complex regulations and processes necessary for successful research and research funding.

The Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) office departments, Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Contract and Grant Administration (CGA), collaborate with MSU's researchers to provide effective and efficient administration throughout the research award process.

Be sure to visit to help you get familiar with this incredible tool.

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. 

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Joyce Foundation Environmental Grant Program

The Joyce Foundation is addressing two of the region’s critical long-term environmental challenges: climate change and protecting the Great Lakes. Re: Climate Change-- Joyce will continue to advance public policies that address climate change, but for the first time include clean energy strategies specifically designed to remedy energy-related economic and equity issues facing the next generation in our region. Click HERE to learn more. Re: The Great Lakes--We will continue to pursue efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes, while adding add a new area of focus to help ensure that everyone in our region has access to safe, clean, affordable drinking water. Click HERE to learn more.

Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers RFP

This RFP seeks Smart Farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for small-scale producer (SSP) entrepreneurs delivered through bundled farmer services and enabled by scalable digital and data platforms. Solutions should address one or more challenges faced by small-scale crop and livestock producers in one or more areas of agricultural advisory, farm management decision support, input supply, finance, insurance, market access and linkages. Solutions should use human-centered design to elucidate the barriers that prevent SSPs from improving productivity, profitability and income – then propose Smart Farming solutions that can help elevate small-scale production entrepreneurs.  Click HERE to learn more.

Leap to Launch $50M program

Leap will be launching a $50M program and call for abstracts on November 2nd, 2020. Further information on the program, guidelines for submission, and how you can apply, will be available on their website on November 2nd, 2020.

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

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2016 to 2021 as of (10/30/2020). 

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DER Seminars
Miss the Last Seminar? Watch it Here!

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.

Watch the Seminar Here

DER Seminar Website

Internal Funding Notifications & News
October 29th, 2020 Newsletter

OIRC becomes Global IDEAS

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      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

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