Are you interested in honing your grantsmanship skills to write more competitive proposals? Are you thinking about submitting a large team grant proposal, and are seeking help with project management, or editing to give the proposal one voice? The Research Development and Proposal Services team in the Office of Research & Innovation (ORI) provides proposal development services to help faculty successfully compete for external funding. These services are available at no cost to MSU researchers, and include:
Grant consultations – One-hour one-on-one or small group consultations are available to provide personalized support and strategic advice for your grant proposals.
Proposal editing and proposal development support – Guidance on the planning, structure, and organization of proposals, including a review of style, clarity, presentation, and proofing for grammar and errors.
Coordination for large group proposals – Working with the project lead to establish a proposal preparation timeline and manage the proposal preparation process.
Broader Impacts consultations – Guidance on developing your research impact identity and writing Broader Impacts statements that meet the National Science Foundation’s review criteria.
The Research Development and Proposal Services team also offers a wide variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year to help you and your teams learn about resources and develop grant skills to improve your proposals.
DER and the ORI Research Development team collaborate closely and are here to help. We encourage you to take advantage of the proposal services that are on offer, whether this is your first grant, or you have had funding for many consecutive years. There are also numerous other resources at MSU to help you strengthen grant proposals, including University Outreach and Engagement, which supports faculty developing Broader Impacts statements, and the MSU Library and CTSI, which support faculty writing data management plans. If you are interested in the services listed above or have questions related to resources for developing grant proposals, please visit the Research Development & Proposal Services webpage or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ORI.Editors@msu.edu.
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Event Description: This important seminar will be presented by individuals from Foundation Relations, Corporate Relations, and DER and will provide an overview of theservices & resources available to streamline the process of seeking and securing gifts. The seminar will highlight how to best work with internal partners to access corporate and foundation funding for your research. Ample time will be left for open discussion and lunch will be provided. Come with questions and be ready to learn how to open the door to securing gifts to elevate your future research.
Presenters will include:
Adam Kingston, Senior Director, Foundation Relations, University Advancement
Kyan D. Zeller, Senior Director, Corporate Relations, University Advancement
Jennifer Jennings, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, College of Engineering
Jennifer Sergeant, Research Administrator, Division of Engineering Research, College of Engineering
Writing a winning grant requires a winning strategy. In this two-day
(afternoons of May 10 & 11) webinar designed for faculty members,
postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and administrative staff
who have some exposure to writing grant applications, Write Winning Grants
comprehensively covers practical and conceptual aspects essential to
the proposal-writing process. Learn how to tailor your content to
relevant agencies, develop strategies for each section of the
application, and to articulate your proposal in a way that makes
reviewers want to read it.
This two-part, virtual seminar comprehensively addresses the
practical, conceptual, and rhetorical aspects of writing competitive
grant proposals. Dr. Robertson will cover:
Critical steps for organizing and planning your proposal (all of
the things you need to do before you start writing a full proposal in
order to have a competitive edge)
Understanding the role (and mindset) of your reviewers
Our 4-paragraph rhetorical strategy for writing a compelling
Specific Aims page (NIH), Overview & Objectives (NSF) section, or
the equivalent for other funding agencies.
Specific strategies and tips for each major section of a grant proposal
Emphasis is placed on doing the “extra” things that can make the
difference between being funded versus not. Regardless of the target
agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of
logic, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing
that they are being led. We also emphasize the fact that applicants are
writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who read
the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have
read little, or none, of the proposal before the meeting of the review
This seminar is appropriate for junior through senior faculty
members, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students who have had some
exposure to writing grant applications, either through training,
mentoring, or personal experience. All participants may use the seminar
for new ideas on gaining a competitive edge in “proposalship”, how to
write for a broad spectrum of reviewers, and/or for strategies in how to
mentor others in proposal writing.
This seminar will focus on proposal writing for a broad range of funding agencies.
Note that the majority of this content will be relevant and usable
for individuals applying to various funding entities (e.g., private
foundations, professional organizations, and state/other federal
agencies). This is because the core structure/format of most grant
proposals, and the review criteria for most grant proposals, are very
similar across funding entities, often merely called something
Attendees will receive a copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook,
which has been written to complement and extend the seminar. Cost to
order and receive your agency specific workbook is $90. Registration and
payment are due April 1, 2023. More detailed workbook information can
be found below.
Presenter: John D. Robertson, Managing Member, Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, LLC
Application Timeline for Fulbright-Hays DDRA Awards
(Probable April 2023 Applications for 2023-24 Grants)
Note: this document assumes a February publication of the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) and an April application deadline; this is subject to change and has varied widely in past years, both earlier and later.
Following is a suggested timeline for prospective Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) applicants. The Fulbright-Hays application process is lengthy; applicants are encouraged to engage in reflection and thoughtful conversations with faculty mentors, advisors, colleagues, and peers throughout the process, beginning well before the formal publication of the Notice Inviting Applications in the Federal Register. It can (and should) take many weeks to compile a high-quality, competitive application.
The complex DDRA application process requires communication and coordination with the campus Project Director, your PhD advisor and other committee members, a fiscal officer, a language evaluator, IRB personnel, and the university’s Office of Sponsored Projects. In order to keep prospective applicants on track during the eight-week application window, the following interim deadlines should be met.
Quantum computing promises to have wide-ranging impact on many aspects of our lives including our health. But how? And when? These questions generate both optimism and skepticism about quantum computing applications.
Key to accelerating advances using any new computational method is the co-development of application, software, and hardware. Wellcome Leap's $40M +$10M Quantum for Bio (Q4Bio) Supported Challenge Program is focused on supporting the development of new quantum computing algorithms specifically for health applications and will award $10M in prizes for the demonstration of quantum-enabled solutions.
Description: The Department of Energy requires a Small Business contractor capable of providing Professional Management and Analytical support services in the following areas: Financial, Budgetary, Engineering/Technical, Market Analysis, Risk, Credit and Economic Analysis, Program Management Support, Outreach services. Financial Training services, and Information Technology application support, (see Attachment J for the Applications), as described in greater detail within the PWS Task Areas.
Reference number: 89303023RLP000020
Issue date: 03/30/2023
Response due: 05/01/2023 11:00 AM US/Eastern
Set Aside: Total Small Business Set-Aside (FAR 19.5)
NAICS: 541611-Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
PSC / FSC: R408-SUPPORT- PROFESSIONAL: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT/SUPPORT
Contracting office: Headquarters Procurement Services, U.S. Department of Energy, MA-64, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585
AWARD AMOUNT: Grant award: $250K/3 years ($750K total) including 10% IDC
DEADLINES: LOI 5/01/23 – 5:00 PM EST
OVERVIEW: The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research aims to accelerate cures for cancer by integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology. The Emerging Leader Awards support innovative cancer research from the next generation of leaders. These grants are awarded to outstanding early career investigators to support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from their current research portfolio. Projects for this award must be centered on evidence-based laboratory, data, and/or medical science.
MD, PhD, or equivalent is required.
Applicants must be three to eight years from the start of an independent faculty research appointment as of December 31, 2023. Exceptions due to prolonged medical or family leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants will be requested to provide a biosketch (NIH format or similar) and a list of current grants and other funding supporting the lab.
Invited applicants will be notified the week of June 12th with Applications Due July 24, 2023, by 5pm ET.
We invite you to participate in a workshop aiming to strengthen partnerships among academic, private, and government organizations.
Supported by NSF's Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO), the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) this workshop will build new connections among key biological sciences communities to successfully conduct use-inspired research.
The workshop will consist of a series of events facilitated by KnowInnovation:
Two free virtual Pre-Workshop MicroLabs (for an unlimited number of participants)
Friday, April 14, 2023, from noon to 2 p.m. MST
Friday, May 12, 2023, from noon to 2 p.m. MST
In-Person Workshop held June 12-14, 2023 in Boise, Idaho (for 120 selected participants representing diverse groups and organizations; applications will open April 14, 2023)
Participants of the workshop will co-create the structures and processes that guide how diverse organizations support and value use-inspired science and will guide NSF to create use-inspired tracks within the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Office of Integrative Activities. Participants will build connections to new funding and partnership opportunities within and associated with NSF's new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. Participants will gain insight from government and private organizations who want their science needs to be more broadly understood and incorporated into research priorities.
Who Should Participate?
Representatives from academic, private, and government communities across the science and engineering ecosystem are invited to attend. We especially encourage leaders and researchers from early to senior career stages -- including graduate students -- and original thinkers from industry to participate.
The ultimate anticipated outcomes of the workshop are documents that will guide and facilitate use-inspired research and science-informed practices.
Those documents will be co-created by participants as they build awareness of the reciprocal benefits of strong partnerships that leverage and inspire innovations in basic and applied science; identify shared interests, community needs, and barriers to functional partnerships; and transfer knowledge.
NSF Program Directors will be available at virtual office hours to answer your questions about NSF's Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED) program solicitation 23-553. The RED program supports radical changes to the training of undergraduate engineering students to help them establish identities as professional engineers with the technical ...
Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 24, 2023
Program Guidelines: NSF 23-552
The current state of semiconductor microelectronic systems is at a crossroads. Continued advances in the capabilities of many technologies as well as the cost of the applications of these technologies across computing, sensing, and communications are threatened. The technology has expanded ...
AWARD AMOUNT: Grant award: $135K/ 2 years ($270K total)
DEADLINES: Application due May 31, 2023
OVERVIEW: LCRF is collaborating with Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca to fund innovative projects focused on antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) to improve outcomes for people with lung cancer. Projects should focus on one or more of the following topics that support research studies to develop further understanding of the mechanism of action and biomarkers for TROP2 directed ADCs in lung cancer and HER2 directed ADCs in HER2 mutant NSCLC and primary and acquired resistance to TROP2 directed and HER2 directed ADCs, including:
Employment of state-of-the art technology to characterize ADC target expression on patient biopsies
Development and evaluation of patient-derived xenograft models (PDX) from patients responsive and/or resistant to TROP2 directed or HER2 directed ADCs
Discovery and/or validation of predictive biomarkers of TROP2 directed or HER2 directed ADCs efficacy in the lung cancer
Prevalence of potential prognostic or predictive biomarkers from lung cancer cells and/or blood
Co-expression of the identified biomarkers with other known biomarkers (eg actionable drivers, immune-related biomarkers, poor prognosis biomarkers)
Evolution of the biomarkers pre-, during- and post-SOC treatment
Investigators must be post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, or mid-career investigators with less than ten years’ experience since their initial faculty appointment.
Senior investigators with more than 10 years’ experience since faculty appointment are generally not eligible for funding and are encouraged to mentor a junior team member through the application process.
You are invited to re-experience the 2023 CAREER Award Workshop - Session 1 seminar as you prepare to create your 2023 CAREER proposal. The March 14th, 2023 EGR seminar recording of the 2023 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), is now available on demand. This session also included additional guest speakers including Dr. Lauren Aerni-Flessner (Grant Editing and Proposal Services Team, MSU Office of Research and Innovation) and Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant, MSU Office of Research and Innovation). The important session led a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. These resources and tools shared during the webinar are included with the video. Note: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline is July 26, 2023. The solicitation is available by visiting NSF 22-586. Watch the seminar anytime On Demand.
Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
(NEW DATE) April 14, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI (Lunch, beverages, and parking passes are provided)
Spend a full day with MSU's Broader Impacts (BI) consultants away from your everyday responsibilities working on the BI plan for your next National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal. We will start with a quick overview of the fundamentals of broader impacts and an introduction to the ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit, a suite of online tools to assist you in developing your BI plan (first hour). BI consultants will be on hand throughout the day to answer your questions and provide individual consultation and feedback on your BI plan (rest of the day). BI retreat participants will come away with portions of their BI plans written.
Broader Impact Consultants:
Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, University Outreach and Engagement
Sara Steenrod, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
Lauren Aerni-Flessner, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
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.