The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
award is NSF’s most prestigious award for faculty beginning their independent careers. The submission deadline is July 26, 2023. There are strict eligibility requirements to apply for this grant including that you hold at least a 50% tenure-track position, are an untenured assistant professor (or equivalent), and you received no prior or concurrent Federal support for duplicative research. You will find all the requirements and details listed in the solicitation for the CAREER Award, NSF 22-586.
There are many resources available to assist you in the proposal development process.
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), 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 other key resources from around campus.
In addition to those applying for the 2023 Career Award, other faculty are invited to get involved in providing assistance to applicants. Please email Dr. Ofoli (email@example.com) if you wish to help promote the success of faculty submitting an NSF CAREER Proposal if you are willing to:
share your experience with the CAREER Award;
share your experience with serving on review panels;
share your experience as program director;
review draft and/or final proposals for faculty submitting this year.
It is critical that applicants build their strongest NSF Career Proposal each time they apply. Per the NSF guidelines, applicants are permitted up to three submission attempts (one per annual competition) for a CAREER award. The DER Research Administrators are here to assist with experience and attention to detail to make your proposal attempt count. To begin the proposal process, take advantage of the resources listed above. Also, submit your Proposal Processing Form and a DER Research Admin will be assigned to help you navigate the proposal submission process. If you have additional questions regarding NSF Career Proposals, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As faculty respond to the requests and needs of students and related issues, completing grant applications/proposals and reports may be challenging. Several sponsoring agencies have procedures for consideration of late proposals and reporting. The procedures and flexibility associated with these policies vary greatly between agencies. For those that allow an extended timeframe, it generally coincides with the length of time an institution is closed for an emergency, though there has been some flexibility due to extenuating circumstances, e.g., NIH caps the proposal submission delay to two weeks when a grant application meets certain criteria.
OSP will facilitate requests for grant proposal deadline extensions/approval for late submissions. For any questions associated with delaying proposal submission, please contact your OSP proposal team at OSP Contacts by College.
CGA will facilitate requests for extensions to grant programmatic reporting deadlines. If you have questions, please contact the CGA Cash Management Group.
As indicated above, OSP/CGA will facilitate requests with the sponsors, but in case you would like to review what NIH and NSF have posted on this topic, here are three of the notices:
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Reducing EMbodied Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute today announced up to $10 million to support projects that develop and demonstrate tools and technologies that bolster the circular economy and dramatically reduce the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing. These goals that work toward an advanced circular economy in the United States advance President Biden’s clean energy goals to increase industrial efficiency and achieve a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits proposals for projects in two areas:
Traditional Research and Development (R&D) – Projects that will develop tools and technologies consistent with the research priorities in the REMADE Roadmap.
Technology Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D)
– Projects that demonstrate the potential to transform the recycling and remanufacturing industries through technological innovation.
Selected projects must be consistent with the REMADE Institute’s goals to reduce energy and emissions, achieve “better than cost and energy parity,” and promote the widespread application of new enabling technologies across multiple industries. The intended impact of these demonstrations will motivate industry investments required to complete development and deploy these technologies across the U.S. manufacturing ecosystem.
RFP: Developing an Environmental, Social, and Governance Framework for Water Utilities (solicitation)
Summary: The Water Research Foundation has issued an RFP for work to develop an environmental, social and governance framework for water utilities. The water sector is one of the critical lifeline sectors most impacted by the dramatic changes in climate. A framework of this type is needed to better enable utilities to address the challenges of climate change, reduction of energy usage, and waste generation, and addressing environmental risks. Grants are up to $125,000. Applications are due by April 10, 2023. An overview with links to the RFP is below. Please forward this notice to faculty in your units that may have interest.
Project Rationale: A spotlight is being placed on the water sector as it seeks to address the prevailing issues associated with environmental and climate change risks, water equity, and effective governance. The water sector continues to be at the forefront of climate impacts. It has a significant role in reducing energy usage and waste generation, preserving natural resources, and addressing environmental risks. It is also one of the critical lifeline sectors most impacted by the dramatic changes in climate.
In order to develop an ESG framework, we must define how ESG relates to the water sector. The “Environmental” category may include, but is not limited to, water quality, constituents of emerging concern (CECs), energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and resilience to extreme events. Examples for the “Social” category include affordability; safety; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); customer satisfaction; and community engagement. The “Governance” category may include governance structure, polices and practices, and business ethics. While there are general ESG management, reporting, and best practice guides available, many of these are corporate-focused or for general-purpose sub-national governments such as cities and counties, and are not specific to water utilities. While work has been done in this area by a few utilities, there is more to be learned for the water sector to develop tailored frameworks and tools to manage and report on ESG.
To develop a water-sector-specific environmental, social, and governance (ESG) framework, and address related topics
To prepare a user-friendly ESG framework report with synthesis of case studies for water utilities.
GRANT AMOUNT: Applicants may request up to $125,000 in WRF funds for this project. WRF funds requested, and total project value are evaluation criteria considered in the proposal selection process.
Application: Proposals are accepted exclusively online in PDF format, and they must be fully submitted before 3:00 pm Mountain Time on Monday, April 10, 2023.
Questions to clarify the intent of this RFP and WRF’s administrative, cost, and financial requirements may be addressed to the WRF project contact: Harry Zhang, PhD, PE, at (571) 384-2098 or email@example.com.
We are pleased to extend an invitation to you to share with your faculty this Call for the 2023 JPMorgan Chase Faculty Research Award [solicitation].
Our goal is to establish and support partnerships in research and
innovation between University Faculty and JPMorgan Chase through a
select number of awards. The Faculty Research Awards (FRA) are intended to partially supportone PhD student or post doctorate working with the
faculty on the proposed research project for one year, and may partially
support other project related costs. The proponent to an award must be a
faculty at your invited University. A faculty proponent may be a part
of up to two submitted proposals.
The faculty should submit a support letter from the Department Head or Dean as part of the application package. Applications must be submitted by April 28th 2023.
We appreciate you acknowledging the receipt of this invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org sharing this announcement with your faculty and pointing them to the guidelines for application attached.
Attached are the directions for submission, important dates to follow and resources for your perusal.
Best, Manuela Veloso, Head of JPMC AI Research, Herbert A. Simon University Professor Emerita, Carnegie Mellon University
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), in collaboration with the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilot Projects.
Awards made under this FOA will be funded with funds appropriated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Since DOE-FECM R&D efforts for carbon capture technologies began in the early 2000s, improvements in energy and process efficiencies have led to a reduction in both capital and operating costs. Supporting carbon capture large-scale pilot projects under field settings before advancing to commercial-scale demonstration and deployment will benefit entities intending to commercialize and deploy integrated CCS projects. Successful execution of these pilots can help to accelerate CCS deployment to achieve our climate goals while achieving other societal objectives. Also, this FOA further allows development of these technologies in different industrial and hard to decarbonize sectors.
Carbon capture large-scale pilot projects will provide the support needed to test novel technologies at intermediate scale and under relevant conditions in both the power and industrial sector to:
De-risk transformational carbon capture technologies and address community concerns through meaningful engagement and robust analysis of impacts, risks and benefits such as emissions, water usage, and jobs; and
Catalyze significant follow-on investments from the private sector for first-of-a-kind (FOAK) commercial-scale demonstrations on carbon emission sources across the power and industrial sectors.
Through this FOA, DOE makes available up to $820 million of federal funding at a maximum of 70% federal cost share for up to ten (10) carbon capture large-scale pilot projects designed to further the development of transformational technologies that capture carbon emissions from existing coal or natural gas electric generation facilities and existing industrial facilities not purposed for electric generation.
These carbon capture large-scale pilot projects must be integrated with commercial plant operations and conducted in the United States. DOE may issue additional carbon capture large-scale pilot FOAs in the future. Using multiple FOAs can help enable the validation of transformational carbon capture technologies with different maturation timelines in a large-scale pilot project once they reach the appropriate technology readiness level.
Pursuant to section 962(a)(1) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 as amended (42 U.S.C. § 16292(a)(1)), the term "large-scale pilot project" means a pilot project that:
represents the scale of technology development beyond laboratory development and bench scale testing, but not yet advanced to the point of being tested under real operational conditions at commercial scale;
represents the scale of technology necessary to gain the operational data needed to understand the technical and performance risks of the technology before the application of that technology at commercial scale or in commercial-scale demonstration; and is large enough-
to validate scaling factors; and
to demonstrate the interaction between major components so that control philosophies for a new process can be developed and enable the technology to advance from large-scale pilot project application to commercial-scale demonstration or application.
The carbon capture large-scale pilot projects funded under this FOA will generate operational data for verification and validation of the commercial potential of innovative technologies, including data on technology performance, non-CO2 air emissions, process models, life cycle impacts, costs, scaling factors, and community benefits or negative impacts of carbon capture technologies.
These pilots will help mitigate risks and aid in commercial adoption as learnings obtained from these pilots are expected to inform subsequent large-scale demonstration or commercial deployment plans. For further information, please see the Full Funding Opportunity Announcement at https://oced-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx. All application materials must be submitted through the OCED Funding Opportunity Exchange.
Award Size: $4M up to $136M / Concept papers are due: April 5, 2023
Summary: The Water Research Foundation has issued an RFP for work to establish industry-wide guidance for water utility life cycle green house gas inventories, which are a necessary first step for utilities working to mitigate CHG emissions. Grants are up to $150,000. Applications are due online by April 10, 2023. An overview and links to the full RFP are below. Please forward this notice to faculty may have interest.
RFP: Establishing Industry‐Wide Guidance for Water Utility Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories
Project Objectives: Develop a utility‐facing guidance document and a supporting spreadsheet tool that captures current best practices worldwide for developing a utility greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory over the life cycle of capital and operational emissions (with a specific focus on operational emissions).
For water and wastewater utilities working to mitigate GHG emissions, understanding current GHG emission sources is the first step. Utilities do this through completing a GHG emissions inventory. Although many GHG estimation methodologies exist, there is no overall framework or easy‐to‐use resource that provides practical guidance on which emissions are most important to address and what the best available methods are for assessing them over the life cycle of capital and operational emissions (with a specific focus on operational emissions). Establishing industry‐wide guidance and a suite of replicable accounting frameworks for GHG emission inventories is necessary to scale GHG reduction efforts across utilities of all sizes and geographic regions (local, regional, national, and international). The guidance document and supporting calculation tool will be mainly for wastewater and water utilities with potential applicability to stormwater and reuse utilities as well.
The anticipated period of performance for this project is 18 to 21 months from the contract’s start date.
GRANT AMOUNT: Applicants may request up to $150,000 in WRF funds for this project.
Application: Proposals are accepted exclusively online in PDF format, and they must be fully submitted before 3:00 pm Mountain Time on Monday, April 10, 2023. The online proposal system allows submission of your documents until the date and time stated in this RFP. To avoid the risk of the system closing before you press the submit button, do not wait until the last minute to complete your submission. Submit your proposal at: https://forms.waterrf.org/222556678435870
Questions to clarify the intent of this RFP and WRF’s administrative, cost, and financial requirements may be addressed to the WRF project contact: Harry Zhang, PhD, PE, at (571)384-2098 or email@example.com.
Community-Engaged Research for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Speaker Series
This virtual speaker series focuses on community-engaged research
theory and practice that pursues the dismantling of structures of
oppression and addresses issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and
justice. Leading scholars and practitioners will share how they advance
the cause of social justice through their community-engaged research and
pose critical questions for us to improve our own scholarship and
Informed by the stewardship and activism that has guided the
formation and ongoing work at the intersection of 38th and Chicago in
South Minneapolis where George Floyd's life was taken in May of 2020,
this talk explores the possibility for a redefinition and new approach
to partnerships in community-engaged work. Centering community voice,
strategies for mutual aid, and a commitment to social justice, Mitchell
considers how higher education community engagement can be an active
contributor to building more just and equitable futures.
Presenter: Tania D. Mitchell, Associate Professor,
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development,
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Higher Education, University of
Tania D. Mitchell is an associate professor and coordinator of
graduate programs in higher education at the University of Minnesota. An
internationally recognized scholar of community engagement, her
research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore
civic identity and leadership, social justice, student learning and
development, race and racism, and community practice. She interrogates
practices in higher education that aim to contribute to a more just
world. Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals
and she is the editor of four books, including: Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), the Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019). The recent special issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning,
titled "Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community
Engagement" that she co-edited with Tabbye Chavous of the University of
Michigan, was just named the 2022 Publication of the Year by the
International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community
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.