Many faculty members use their existing lab resources and technology to generate additional funding with Fee-for-Service (FFS) work. FFS income can be used to supplement areas of your research where traditional grant funds are not applicable.
FFS activities generally include service projects for which an external client requests a specific deliverable which you generate using established theories, methods and experiments while leveraging special or unique MSU capabilities. The results of such work are of specific interest to the client; charges are based on negotiated and approved billing rates. If you already have established billing rates, be sure to check the expiration date. Rates expire two years after approved by the MSU Office of Financial Analysis and Reporting and can be renewed by request to the Controller’s Office, email@example.com.
DER can help you with your FFS projects by:
Initiating export control processes
Facilitating the setting of rates or renewal of rates
The Spring 2022 edition of the SPA Newsletter is now available. There is something inherently revitalizing about this time of the
year, and the signs of spring are an especially welcome change after a
long, cold Michigan winter. It seems that our spirits are raised along
with the temperatures, and the emergence of new growth breathes new life
into our routines. Spring is a time to embrace change and welcome new
As those who work in research administration can attest, change is a
constant in this field, and many of the articles in this edition of the
SPA Newsletter are related to changes impacting our work. Some of these
changes involve external sponsor requirements, such as the NIH Data
Management and Sharing Policy and an update on Non-Domestic Influence,
while others relate to changes in University policies and processes,
including the MSU Reimbursement Policy change and the micro-purchase
threshold increase. We have also included information on some changes
that we made within SPA/OSP/CGA to improve our services to MSU’s
research community, such as the Kuali Research upgrade and the new
Subaward Team in CGA. I hope the information in this newsletter helps
you navigate these changes, as well as others that you may be facing.
This issue also announces the recipients of the Spring 2022 Unit
Research Administrator Spotlight Award. It is an honor to sponsor this
award and I am thankful for the opportunity to recognize some of the
many exceptional research administrators who provide support to the
colleges and departments.
I hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter. For suggestions for
future content or feedback on this issue, please contact Erin Schlicher,
firstname.lastname@example.org or me, email@example.com. I extend my thanks to the authors and contributors who made this newsletter possible.
Twila Fisher Reighley Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Sponsored Programs Administration Michigan State University firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. This webinar will present information and best practices, as well as provide an opportunity for robust Q&A in support of the current NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) NSF 22-580 solicitation.
The live Q&A with the seven-member NSF ERC program director team will address themes of interest to ERC principal investigator teams as well as the all-important industry/stakeholder community that collaborate with these ERCs. The awards for each new ERC amount to well over $50 million over a decade in support of themes that have the potential for societal impact, translation to the marketplace, and are centered around a systems engineering approach.
Learning about the structure, requirements, and best practices of assembling a competitive proposal to this year’s NSF’s 22-580 ERC competition;
Hearing every member of the ERC program director team respond to live questions and present an aspect of the ERC competition and learning how to schedule one-on-one consultations; and
Seeing responses to questions you may not have thought of yet from a broad range of industrial/stakeholder and academic experts in the vast audience. Ask your own questions inspired by what you hear!
Format: This highly participatory webinar includes interactive discussion and Q&A from webinar attendees.
Who Should Attend: Industrial representatives are highly encouraged to register. This webinar is also for interested registrants within university engineering and science departments, as well as experts/stakeholders in the fields of government engagement, economic development, state and local government, national laboratories, partnership management, diversity and culture of inclusion experts, regulatory/policy agencies and groups, research administration, workforce development, student engagement, communications professionals, and research leadership. ... Learn more Here.
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through May 25, 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.
Valuable Proposal Development Assistance is Now Available in the College of Engineering
Lauren Aerni-Flessner (Grant and Project Management Specialist in the College of Engineering) provides faculty in the College of Engineering with valuable grant proposal preparation support for grants to each of MSU’s sponsors & agencies. She is available to help faculty with proposal editing, first draft reviews, and coordination for complex proposals. For any questions, please contact Lauren directly at email@example.com.
The Challenge is a low-risk entry point for researchers beginning to explore how their technology and innovative concepts might apply to solving big challenges in the agricultural, environmental, and industrial biotechnology industries.
When: Announcement will be distributed in early May and participant papers are due by June 13, 5:00 PM EDT.
MSU researchers have access to a funding search tool that also has the ability to provide alerts on new funding opportunities. Check out Trending Research Topics using MSU Scholars. Using the “Research at a Glance”
instrument, you can quickly navigate research activities for MSU
faculty over the past 36 months. This powerful tool can assist you in
seeing research trends filtered by discipline, find potential
collaborators areas of interest, and quickly view publications related
to MSU research. The MSU Scholars database is also an excellent way to find other researchers for collaborative projects. View this short video
for a demonstration of the program. Be sure to enter research interests
and key words for best matching. Researchers should log in to the Faculty Insight Discovery section of MSU Scholars using an MSU NetID to get started.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2018 to 2022 as of (05/27/2022).
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. UPDATE: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline (NSF 22-586) is now July 27, 2022. Watch it now on demand!!! A recording of Sessions 2-4 will not be released as they will include peer to peer feedback regarding proprietary information included in CAREER proposals that will be submitted in this round. To be part of sessions 2-4, please contact Dr. Robert Ofoli
(Associate Professor) directly.
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.