Potential lapse in appropriations (aka: government shutdown) and its impacts to your proposals/research
As you may be aware, this Saturday, September 30th is the end of the 2023 federal fiscal year; Sunday, October 1st begins the 2024 federal fiscal year. In the event the U.S. Congress does not have an approved budget or 30-day extension in place by 12:01 a.m. this Sunday morning, there may be a lapse in appropriations that will have significant impacts to the operations of federally funded governmental agencies. Informally known as, and often referred to as a ‘government shutdown,’ there may be a significant impact for many of the federal funding agencies we apply to for research funding here in the College of Engineering as we return to the office on Monday.
In the event a lapse in appropriations does occur, federal funding agencies will be handling operations on an individualized Agency Contingency Plan basis. Some agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, have plans to utilize existing carryforward balances to continue daily operations until they are expended. Others such the DHHS (NIH) will retain 58% of HHS employees and 42% will be furloughed by day two. Just as the typical proposal requirements are agency specific, contingency plans and how a lapse in appropriations will impact their operations is agency specific as well.
Please continue to work on your current proposals with your DER Research Administrator in line with the initial timeline sent and the original federal agency deadline. Work toward submitting your proposals in line with that original federal agency deadline until and unless specifically, directly, and formally stated otherwise. For existing/ongoing research projects for which you are already funded, it would be expected that you continue performance, to the extent that funds are available through an active period of performance.
Please know that DER is actively monitoring the circumstances of this potential lapse in appropriations as they develop. We are in frequent contact with the MSU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as they actively monitor how this will impact research operations for the university.
If you have any question regarding the information above or your upcoming proposal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com
with any questions relating to DER.
Don’t worry if you missed “DER is Here to Help,” we have the seminar recording and handout materials available on demand. For newer faculty, it is critical to understand all the incredible resources that are available to help strengthen each of your future proposals. It is also important to understand the required steps to submit a university-endorsed proposal. For more senior faculty, awareness of new resources may help to streamline your proposal development processes and possibly open new streams of funding. This seminar (now available on demand) focused on services offered within the Division of Engineering Research, and the various ways we can help you increase your sponsored research expenditures.
Remember, DER is here to help. If you have specific questions related to your upcoming proposal development, submission, and perspective awards, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome all new EGR faculty to stop by our office (EB 2527) and introduce yourself. Our team is here to meet with you. Feel free to schedule a visit or to stop in.
More trained leaders needed to solve global water crisis
Serious and complex water problems affect human well-being across the globe. These problems are often exacerbated by climate change, aging infrastructure, emerging contaminants and poor decision-making. So, how can these problems be addressed? Michigan State University says more highly trained people are needed.
MSU, a world leader in water research, is looking to address global water issues by developing a graduate training program to create a highly competent workforce with the broad technological, scientific and cultural skills needed to resolve current and future water challenges. The program is being developed with the help of a $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship, or NRT, program award.
“We are surrounded by water crises, from the Flint water crisis; the years-long unsafe drinking water in Jackson, Mississippi; widespread contamination of water with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS; and prolonged drought followed by extreme flooding in California,” said Xiaobo Tan, principal investigator, MSU Research Professor and Richard M. Hong Endowed Chair in electrical and computer engineering. “Advances in sensors, robotics, genomics and computational modeling are resulting in the big data necessary to confront these challenges on a large scale,” Tan said.
The NSF’s NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new — and potentially transformative — models for STEM graduate education training. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high-priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas through comprehensive traineeship models that are innovative, evidence-based and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.
Building on synergistic, interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty from 13 departments across seven MSU colleges, the project anticipates ... Learn more Here.
Location: Engineering Building Room 3540 (seminar room)
WHO: Your research or grant proposals utilize large databases, require compute or analytic capabilities.
Take this (pre-seminar) survey to help guide the presentation.
WHY: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Michigan State University’s Office of Research & Innovation to provide researching faculty with the following benefits to help empower researchers and accelerate research:
AWS-funded Proof of Concepts (POC’s)
Grant Writing Support
AWS Account Onboarding
AWS Training & Enablement
AWS Managed Services to Simplify & Accelerate Research Computing
AWS Solution Architect Office Hours for 1:1 Architecture Design & Support
WHAT: Join this event to learn how AWS can help modernize research and empower researchers at Michigan State University. Researchers need cost-effective, scalable, and secure compute, storage, and database capabilities to accelerate time to science. With AWS, researchers can quickly analyze massive data pipelines, store petabytes of data, advance research using transformative technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and quantum.
WHEN: October 5, 12:00-1:00. Spend an hour with a team from AWS—comprised of higher education industry leaders and solutions architects—and learn about cloud computing while working backwards from your needs and priorities. Together, we’ll explore topics like storage, data analytics, and security. For those interested, there will be a follow-up AWS Immersion Day where you will gain hands-on experience with AWS services through interactive discussion and labs.
Additional Information: Wastewater and stormwater utilities, including those with fully implemented long‐term control plans for CSO, SSO, and peak wet‐weather flow bypass events at WRRFs, can expect to continue experiencing some level of such events as the frequency, duration, and magnitude of storms increase due to climate change. These events can occur at locations throughout a sewershed and at WRRFs, resulting in untreated or partially treated/non‐disinfected wastewater entering receiving streams, thus posing a public health threat to both local and downstream populations. Utility decision makers need a single, robust resource that allows them to evaluate disinfection practices and emerging techniques for implementation at their facilities. Utilities and regulators may also be monitoring chloride levels in receiving waterbodies, which puts pressure on utilities to think about alternatives to chlorine disinfection. Utilities need best practice and case studies across geographic and climate regions to inform disinfection practices, technologies, and opportunities at CSO and SSO points in sewersheds.
This project will develop an effective resource (e.g., “guidebook”) for decision makers at wastewater, stormwater, and water reclamation utilities of all sizes to identify the best options suitable for implementing disinfection programs at their facilities and across their entire sewershed. It is also anticipated that this project will, through successful case studies and valuable lessons learned, identify the limitations of current disinfection best practices and identify further research opportunities to advance the science and technology of disinfection.
To improve receiving water quality by fostering widespread adoption of disinfection practices and technologies, when needed, at strategic locations throughout sewersheds and at potential peak wet‐weather flow management points within water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) and stormwater treatment systems.
To identify cost‐effective solutions and develop a user-friendly guidance document to add to a utility’s decision toolbox for combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) mitigation strategies.
Additional Information: The Young Investigator grant is a three-year award designed to support early career researchers, such as postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows or instructors, pursuing promising childhood cancer research ideas. These grants aim to cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future who demonstrate a commitment to a research career in pediatric cancer. A mentor is required, and a career development plan must be included. The Young Investigator grant offers up to $60,000 in direct costs per year for three years. Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or equivalent and must not have achieved an appointment higher than Instructor. Assistant Professors, including adjuncts at this level, will not be considered. Award recipients will be notified in May 2024.
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, October 24th from 12-1PM EDT,
DER presents Staff Support for Sponsored Funding - understanding roles
and responsibilities (Dean's Conference Room (3405A EB) & virtually
(Zoom)). We all expect new faculty each semester, but what about the
staff? DER invites all unit administrators and FOs who help to
administer sponsored research projects to a seminar geared just for you.
After all, it’s both departmental staff and DER that make up the pit
crew that keeps the sponsored funding race moving. DER will provide a
brief overview of the services we provide, and we want to hear from
departmental staff regarding your role in administering sponsored
funding. Meet your cohorts from the various offices, enjoy lunch, and
discuss how we can make the process run even more efficiently. Together
we will “optimize power” to collect more checkered flags printed with
dollar signs! Show up with your glove box full of questions and an empty
gas tank! We hope to see you there!
Bonus Statistic(s): Decrease in active tickets from last week. Fun fact: DER has 17 proposals with hard deadlines on or before Friday September 6, and approximately 16 more with target dates of September 6.
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.