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September 18, 2020
DER Funding Database

Weekly In Progress Report

DER Director News
Get to know your DER Staff

DER has a great team here to help faculty with your proposal submissions.

The DER team is filled with dedicated staff who are experienced and extremely knowledgeable related to the intricacy of each sponsor. Schedule your One-on-One Session and get to know your DER staff.

If you need help with your proposals, DER is available and happy to support you.

Click HERE for contact information for the DER team.

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
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 is Here to Help

To new faculty, DER is here to help and would be glad to provide one-on-one instruction as you acclimate to MSU systems. You can reach out to Robert Nelsen (DER Research Admin) or phone 517-355-5103 to set that up. DER has recorded an instructional video online that is available for new faculty. The video discusses various research related resources in the College of Engineering. The video also describes services available through DER. Please find that video here.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program

The ONR Summer Faculty Research Program is accepting applications for 2021. ONR sponsors the Summer Faculty Research Program for U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides an opportunity for faculty members to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories.

The Summer Faculty Research Program awards qualified faculty from Majority and Minority Serving Institutions (MI’s) - (HBCU’s, TCU’s, HSI’s) - the opportunity to conduct research for 10-weeks at one of 20 participating ONR facilities. A travel and housing allowance and competitive stipend are provided for awardees. All work must be completed on site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

The application deadline is December 14, 2020 for the 2021 award year. For more information visit

RFP - Guidance for Using Pipe Loops to Inform Lead and Copper Corrosion Control Treatment Decisions

In November 2019, The EPA proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). A Final Rule is expected to be released in the near future. The proposed LCR contains significant changes to requirements for analysis of corrosion control treatment. If the Final Rule incorporates these proposed changes, it is anticipated that many water systems will use pipe loops in the future to better understand and inform potential water treatment changes. Water systems will need to use pipe loops to discern significant and sustained differences in corrosion control treatment performance in a much narrower performance window than before. Moreover, while ensuring control of lead and copper levels, corrosion control strategies will also have to mitigate corrosion of other materials and be consistent with other treatment processes. Importantly, careful review of corrosion control will be of elevated importance to smaller systems and to systems that rely on wholesale suppliers. Pipe loops can also be used for utilities that want to minimize lead and copper release, even though they have no planned water changes or regulatory drivers. 

Learn more HERE.

DER's Proposal Volume

The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume as of (09/18/2020).

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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

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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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