Global IDEAS (formerly OIRC) helps deepen and broaden MSU’s positive impacts in global development.
We provide services to MSU faculty and researchers who are interested
in engaging in international development thought leadership, research,
education, and practice. As a part of our work, we curate and distribute
the Weekly Funding Update.
The Weekly Funding Update
has informed MSU faculty and researchers across campus since 2014 and
many report success in using it to secure external funding. The Update
includes an average of 20 international opportunities each week, curated
for eligibility and divided into thematic areas. Sign up here to receive the weekly Funding Update by email.
Once an opportunity has appeared in the Update, this information is
available in an online database until two weeks before its due date.
There are currently more than 437 funding opportunities in the online database that may be viewed at any time by MSU faculty, students and staff.
IDEAS provides a range of opportunities for engagement: community
building and networking on campus; panel discussions with leaders from
around the world; training and coaching; proposal development; and
project implementation. We manage the MSU International Data Portal that provides public-facing information about MSU’s international engagement and helps to build new partnerships.
We also manage an internal database
of more than 1600 MSU faculty and scholars who have interest and
experience in international research and development. We use this
database to identify individuals and groups who may be interested in
specific opportunities and discussions.
you would like your expertise included in our faculty database or would
like to consult about international research opportunities, please
contact us at email@example.com. Please reach out to the Global IDEAS Director, Allan Hruska (firstname.lastname@example.org),
with any questions or suggestions about how we can better help our
international community and deepen our global impact within the
framework of MSU strategic plan.
thanks to the staff of Global IDEAS for contributing to this week's DER
Newsletter. If you have additional questions regarding this or other
resources, please send an email to email@example.com.
While it was the State’s original expectation to have EGLE administer
the funds as a grant program, this approach has been met with
unforeseen challenges regarding compliance with the Title 23 – Highways Regulation
that the NEVI Formula Program must meet. As such, the Michigan
Department of Transportation (MDOT) will now administer the funds
through a contracting procurement method.
The contracting method will use a two-stage approach. The first stage is a Request for Qualifications
that will seek qualified teams to design, construct, operate, and
maintain EV charging stations. The second stage is a Request for
Proposals that will invite selected qualified teams to submit project
proposals for funding.
The MDOT Request for Qualifications
for Round 1 of the NEVI Formula Program is now open. A virtual industry
forum will be held in the coming weeks to provide an overview of this
solicitation. All responses to the Request for Qualifications must be
submitted electronically to MDOT-Michigan-NEVI@Michigan.gov
Students choose BAE researcher for mentoring award
MSU Spartan students have spoken. Ilce Medina-Meza was voted the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year
– an honor presented during the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in April.
She is an assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and currently leads the College of Engineering’s Food and Health Engineering Laboratory.
Students praised her “extraordinary commitment to undergraduate research,” as well as her “unwavering guidance and help navigating unexpected circumstances.”
Medina-Meza’s undergraduate nominator expressed appreciation for her “willingness to answer any call, text, or email” no matter the time or day of the week. She is known for fostering an environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and performing new experiments, developing leadership skills as their confidence grows.
Since 2018, Medina-Meza has mentored more than 50 undergraduate students and eight graduate students. She encourages participation in internships and programs and aids anyone who seeks her advice.
Simons Foundation invites applications for Solar Radiation Management
Deadline: May 31, 2023 at 12 noon ET (Letters of Intent)
The Simons Foundation Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for a new Solar Radiation Management program (SRM).
The international collaborative research program is designed to fill
fundamental scientific knowledge gaps relevant to Solar Radiation
Management, an emerging collection of approaches, including
stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI), marine cloud brightening (MCB),
and cirrus cloud thinning (CCT), designed to modify the Earth’s
radiative balance and cool the planet. Although reducing atmospheric
greenhouse gas concentrations is the only long-term strategy to mitigate
climate change and other impacts, SRM might be able to ameliorate some
of the negative impacts this century. However, SRM also may pose
significant environmental and societal risks, including stratospheric
warming, ozone depletion, and rainfall changes, affecting water
resources and agriculture. Not enough is known about SRM systems and
their potential impacts to allow informed decision making. This call
aims to help fill key fundamental knowledge gaps in the science of SRM.
Priority areas for this call include environmentally benign materials
discovery for SAI and CCT; laboratory physicochemical characterization
of SAI and CCT materials and their interactions with light, clouds,
atmospheric trace gases, and with themselves or ambient aerosols to
improve microphysical inputs to existing climate models; approaches to
minimize cirrus cloud formation, including from aircraft emissions;
assessments of near-field (<100 km) atmospheric turbulence and its
impact on SAI and CCT interventions, primarily through modeling; and
integration of improved representations of aerosols and turbulence into
global-scale modeling, and characterization of global and regional
impacts of novel materials for SAI and CCT.
Areas not within the scope of this program include social science research and in-situ field experiments involving aerosol release.
The program is anticipated to award $10 million yearly over five
years. Proposal budgets for three years should be at most $500,000
annually, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent modified total
direct costs). Allowable indirect costs to the primary institution for
subcontracts are not included in the $500,000 budget threshold. Up to 20
awards will be funded, although some of the original $10 million may be
held in reserve to award during a potential two-year renewal period
after the initial three-year award.
Proposals may be from individual investigators or small teams; the
latter are not required to be from the same institution. Investigators
can be science/engineering faculty at PhD-granting research universities
or PhD-level research staff members at nonacademic institutions.
Letters of intent are due May 31, 2023, at 12 noon ET, and upon
review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal,
due October 3, 2023, at 11:00 am ET.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Simons Foundation website.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award amount: $150K /4 Years ($600K total)
DEADLINES: LOI due August 1, 2023
OVERVIEW: The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization.
Projects should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences.
Projects should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs.
Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged.
Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.
The program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences.
Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.
No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.
Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total.
The Foundation does not support clinical research, clinical trials, or single target drug discovery projects. Individuals with strictly clinical appointments are not eligible to apply.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award amount: $200K/2 Years with the opportunity for an additional $400K over 2 years. ($800K total)
DEADLINES: Applications due July 6, 2023, by 4:00 p.m. EST.
OVERVIEW: This award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.
The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.
Applicants must belong to one of the following categories:
Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first five (5) years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position (Cut-off date: July 1, 2018).
Clinical Instructors and Senior Clinical Fellows (in the final year of their sub-specialty training) holding an MD/DO who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a tenure-track faculty position. Such individuals must have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, dedicated laboratory space and the support of their institution.
Distinguished Fellows with an exceptional record of research accomplishment identified by their institution to pursue an independent research program and who have dedicated laboratory space. These candidates are markedly distinct from traditional postdoctoral fellows.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following:
The applicant’s capacity to conduct bold, exceptionally creative research.
The novelty and creativity of the proposed research. Incremental research will not be funded.
The potential of the proposed research to lead to advances that will significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, treatment or basic understanding of cancer.
The applicant’s lack of resources to pursue the proposed research.
Applicants (including non-U.S. citizens) must be conducting independent research at a U.S. research institution.
The applicant must have received an MD, PhD or MD/PhD degree(s) from an accredited institution.
Basic and translational/clinical projects will be considered.
Applications will be accepted from all scientific disciplines provided that the proposed research meets the selection criteria.
Applicants with a background in multiple disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.
Joint submission from two collaborators working in different disciplines will be considered. (The collaborators will share the award.) Each collaborator must meet the eligibility criteria.
Applicants are expected to commit a minimum of 80% of their time to conducting research.
Applicants may apply no more than two times.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have access to the resources and infrastructure necessary to conduct the proposed research.
The department must guarantee the Investigator is conducting the proposed research independently.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award amount: $75K /2 Years* ($150K total)
DEADLINES: LOI due July 31, 2023
OVERVIEW: The Conquer Cancer Now Award is given to
young and innovative cancer researchers focused on cancer genetics,
cancer biology and cancer immunology. By specifically targeting
promising early-career scientists and providing critically needed “seed”
money for innovative projects, Concern Foundation supports development
of the next generation of cancer researchers and thus promotes progress
in understanding cancer biology and improved approaches to cancer.
Proposals must be hypothesis-driven and centered on cancer genetics,
cancer biology, or cancer immunology. Concern will not fund clinical
trials, cancer epidemiology, or behavioral studies. Grants are awarded
to independent investigators who are at the start of their scientific
career (i.e., junior faculty) and are at the level of Assistant
Professor (or equivalent with explanation). Priority is given to
proposals from independent investigators who have yet to obtain
significant funding for their work.
Recipients are selected based on peer review by a Scientific Review Committee and is based on the following criteria:
Focus on the foundation's mission to fund the best research in
the areas of cancer genetics, cancer biology, and cancer immunology.
Significance and originality of the proposal.
Strong hypothesis-driven scientific approach.
Feasibility of the aims of the proposal.
Qualifications of the investigator and his/her team.
Institutional commitment, scientific research environment, and availability of resources to support the proposed project.
*Second year of funding is not guaranteed and is based on
evidence of sufficient progress based on the required progress report,
availability of funds, and approval of the Concern Foundation for Cancer
Research Executive Board.
Applicant who is PI on an existing R01 or equivalent is not eligible.
Foundation accepts grant applications from institutions in the United
States and abroad. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Notification of LOI selection will be approximately September 5, 2023.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite service.