It was pointed out this morning by one of our DER Research Administrators, at times, it feels like we get so in-the-zone of doing what we do best that it’s hard to think back to a specific proposal. Yesterday’s Engineering Graduate Research Symposium was one of those amazing times we can get out of the office and into the project piece of the research were we can see the fruits of our own labor in work.
Most of the budgets our DER staff put together have a “To Be Named” graduate student. For one amazing morning, on the floor of the Breslin Center, we were able to see names like Aakash Khandelwal, Abhinav Kumar, Md Shakir Mahmud, and Nusayba Megat-Johari who are supported by proposals that were once listing their future selves as “To Be Named Graduate Student.”
Instead of reading proposal abstracts and narratives about “what we plan to do,” those once-anonymous students were showing me that the minds of today and the faculty of the future were on the cutting edge of new breakthroughs. Those names were accompanied by faces with passion for the research that told me this wasn’t just a project or a job, but truly someone being driven by discovering the answers to the questions outlined in the proposals DER helped submit years ago.
There’s always a name, a face, a passion, behind the research we support, and usually a student behind every active research project. Yesterday served as the perfect reminder that our small but vital piece in the research project puzzle goes so far beyond the moment we press submit, it can result in fruitful discoveries, experiences, knowledge exchanges, and excitement for years to come.
Congratulations to all the students that presented, won awards, and were able to share their passion. Thanks to each faculty advisor for giving us a reason to be Research Administrators. If you have questions regarding any information listed above, or specific questions regarding any upcoming proposals, please send an email to email@example.com or feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions relating to DER.
SUBJECT: New Kuali COI Module and Upgrade to the Research Administration System
FROM: Financial Conflict of Interest Office and Sponsored Programs Administration
On April 25, 2022 MSU will implement a new Kuali Conflict of Interest module and upgrade the Research Administration System. With this upgrade we are transitioning from Kuali Coeus (KC) to Kuali Research (KR). The transition will take place on the weekend of April 23 & 24, and during this time the Conflict of Interest and Research Administration modules will be out of service. Please plan accordingly.
The new version of Kuali includes:
Updated user interface
New and more intuitive Conflict of Interest module
NIH validations and the ability to view NIH proposals as they’ll look in eRA Commons (i.e. with headers, footers, table of contents, etc.)
Support and enhancements from Kuali
Training and Resources
Within the next two weeks you will receive another email with training resources for the Conflict of Interest module. Videos and job aids for the Research Administration System, Kuali Research, are available on the Kuali Research (KR) Training webpage.
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.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through April 10, 2022
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.
Richard Lunt, who is a national leader in solar technologies, will receive the 2022 Michigan State University Tech Transfer Achievement Award during the MSU Innovation Celebration on Monday, April 18.
Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, will be honored during ceremonies at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Big Ten Rooms B-C. Events begin at 4 p.m. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m.
Each year, the MSU Innovation Celebration honors MSU researchers who reported an invention, licensed a technology, or were awarded patents during the academic year. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in technology transfer and commercialization, corporate engagement, and sponsored research. To register for the 2022 event, visit here.
Tech Transfer Achievement Award: Richard Lunt See a video and read more on Lunt’s accomplishments, here.
Lunt’s solar energy research is currently being implemented on the MSU campus. Lunt is also the co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy Inc., a company commercializing transparent solar cells for windows and other surfaces. ... Learn more Here.
2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 2) - May 2 2-5PM
CAREER Award Workshop #2: The Pitch
Goal: to provide an opportunity for each candidate to present a five-minute pitch of his/her project, and receive input from a panel of colleagues.
Minimum content of each pitch presentation:
Title of proposal
Synopsis of project, including aims and major research, educational, and service activities
Extent to which proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, and/or potentially transformative concepts
Extent to which project will serve as a springboard to the applicant’s career
Metrics and/or other evaluation schemes to assess success and/or failure
Availability of resources to achieve stated goals
Discussion of the potential for the proposed activity to advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit)
Discussion of the potential for the proposed activity to benefit society and/or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)
Evaluation of pitches:
We will establish a panel of reviewers to provide oral feedback on the spot, then compile collective reviewer written responses to deliver to each faculty member. The panel will be charged with assessing the following elements:
Potential for the proposed activity to a. advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and b. benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)
Extent to which the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts
Whether plans for carrying out the proposed activities are well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale.
If the project description incorporates a mechanism to assess successes and failures.
Qualification of the individual, team, or institution to conduct the proposed activities.
Whether there are adequate resources available for the PI (either at the home institution or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities.
Description: The 2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), will lead a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. Session 1 will also include presentations by previous CAREER award winners, and presentations from others key resources from around campus. Note: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline is July 25, 2022. Watch it now on demand!!!