As an important reminder, for those who intend to submit their NSF Career Proposal in 2023, be sure to submit your Proposal Processing Form (PPF) today. A DER Research Administrator will immediately be assigned to help you proactively navigate the proposal development process. This will help you avoid potential delays resulting from increased MSU EGR proposal volume as we approach the sponsor deadline.
The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award is NSF’s most prestigious award for faculty beginning their independent careers. 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. The submission deadline is July 26, 2023.
There are many NSF CAREER Proposal resources available to assist you in the proposal development process.
It is critical that faculty maximize their valuable time to proactively 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 help you build your strongest proposal once your Proposal Processing Form is submitted. If you have additional questions regarding NSF Career Proposals, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NSF hosts first-ever Industry Partnership Summit
- NSF recently hosted an Industry Partnership Summit with more than 50
industry leaders from a range of sectors meeting to engage in candid
conversations about how NSF and industry can work together to enable
innovation in key technologies, address societal and economic
challenges, support vibrant growth of U.S. industry and nurture the
reskilling of the American workforce. The summit afforded NSF staff an
opportunity to hear from a strategic set of corporate science and
technology leaders on effective strategies and nontraditional approaches
to enhance public-private partnership models. Those in attendance
identified and prioritized topics relevant to joint investment and
associated models for engagement.
MSUToday’s “Ask the expert” articles provide information and insights from MSU scientists, researchers and scholars about national and global issues, complex research and general-interest subjects based on their areas of academic expertise and study.
With so much of our lives being stored online and in digital databases, it’s reassuring to know there are researchers out there like Borzoo Bonakdarpour of Michigan State University.
Talk of data breaches probably calls to mind one (or several) of the well-publicized examples of people being hacked through phishing scams or lax security practices. But Bonakdarpour, a recipient of a 2023 Withrow Teaching Award, focuses on a more subtle aspect of data privacy that carries the same high stakes.
“We sort of trust that computer programmers don’t make mistakes,” Bonakdarpour said. “But they’re still human, right? They make mistakes all the time. This can introduce bugs that are accidental, but they can still result in massive security breaches.”
Bonakdarpour and his team recently won a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop what he calls “enforcers,” programs that can automatically spot and remedy those digital gaffes before they do harm.
MSUToday sat down with Bonakdarpour to chat about cybersecurity and learn more about his work.
Where does your work fit into the big picture of cybersecurity?
The project we’re talking about is just one aspect of cybersecurity. Outside of that, there’s database security, network security — there are a ton of different types of security.
My focus is on what’s called information-flow security and on developing algorithms that can verify the correctness of computer programs with respect to information flow.
Borzoo Bonakdarpour is investigating how to keep data out of public channels.
What is information-flow security?
Information-flow security is about how secrets can leak into observable public channels. Let me give you one small example.
When I first started studying this, I was writing papers for a conference with my students, and I could log into the conference management portal that showed the status of all our submissions in table form.
The status was color coded: there was one “accepted” submission shown in green, one “rejected” submission shown in orange, and there were two pending submissions shown in yellow.
Each entry also included a “Session” column. For the green accepted paper, that column said “not yet assigned.”
Looking at that column for the yellow entries ... Learn more Here.
Summary: The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation supports investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The deadline for the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation’s Summer 2023 grant round is August 31, 2023. By design, there are no limits set on the grant amount that can be requested. It must be reasonably and clearly supported by the scope of the project outlined in the application. However, most grants appear to be within the $150k to $200k range. The Pardee Foundation’s grantmaking is very competitive, and grants are made to researchers at universities throughout the United States. In the last couple of years, the Foundation has been especially interested in research being done to detect and fight highly virulent forms of cancer. Final Board review/approval will take place in December 2023. Please disseminate the information below to any faculty that you feel may have interest and let me know if any intend to apply this year or if there are any questions. Thanks.
RFP: Cancer Research - The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research by investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation funds projects for a one-year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early-stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified. Papers verifying nonprofit status and relevant human subject and experimental animal treatment approvals from the recipient institution will be requested prior to project initiation. A final report summarizing financial expenditure and research achievement is required.
GRANT AMOUNT: By design, there are no limits set on the grant amount that can be requested. It must be reasonably and clearly supported by the scope of the project outlined in the application. (Grants are often in the range of $100K to $180K.) Maximum indirect costs awarded do not exceed 5%.
Summary: The Brightfocus Foundation has issued an RFP for its 2022 National Glaucoma Research Grants. BrightFocus Foundation is a premier private funder of research to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The National Glaucoma Research grants support US and international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to a greater understanding, prevention and treatment of glaucoma. There are two grants: 1) Standard Awards ($200k) - provide significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies. 2) Postdoctoral fellowship awards ($150k) - are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career. An overview and links are below. Please forward to any faculty in your units that may have interest. The application deadline for both grants is October 31, 2023 by 5:00 pm EST.
BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. and international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of glaucoma. BrightFocus is committed to supporting scientists from diverse backgrounds to foster creativity and innovation in addressing complex scientific challenges. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are from groups underrepresented in the field of glaucoma research.
The NGR program offers two types of awards:
Standard Awards - The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies. Duration: 2 years
Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards - Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career. Duration: 2 years
BWF has released a wonderful opportunity outlined below. If this
opportunity is of interest to you, I welcome discussing LOI strategy and
proposal generation. You can reach out to me at any time, I am happy to
help. - Melissa
OVERVIEW: The Investigators in the
Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) program provides opportunities
for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the
study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to
provide opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant
professor level to study what happens at the points where the systems of
humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports
research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes
of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and
other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular
interactions to systemic ones.
PATH is a highly competitive award program that provides $500k over a
period of five years to study pathogenesis with the intent to give
recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry,
stimulating higher-risk research projects that hold potential for
significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work
and how health is maintained.
Researchers who start from the human host are appropriate applicants,
as are those who start from the microbe or virus. Research on
under-studied infectious diseases, including emerging diseases as well
as well-established ones, is encouraged. Work on fungal, protozoan, and
metazoan diseases and emerging infections is especially of interest. In
addition, excellent animal models of human disease, including in
veterinary research settings, are within the program’s scope.
Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Work connecting
pathogenesis itself to climate change is also encouraged. Work that
additionally involves more elements, for example, vector biology, is
The ideal candidate is an accomplished investigator at the
mid-to-late assistant professor level with an established record of
independent research in a tenure-track position or its well-supported
equivalent in non-tenure offering departments.
Candidates who will be promoted to Associate Professor by November 13, 2023 are not eligible to apply.
Microbiome-related proposals must be infectious disease-focused to compete well in this program.
BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.
LOI templates are provided on the opportunity website.
Application note: Applications must be approved and signed by an official responsible for sponsored programs.
Summary: To address issues and barriers
to digital transformation across their enterprises, utilities need to
understand what functions and roles will be required moving forward and
adapt their workforces and cultures accordingly. They need to implement
new procurement strategies/language, management approaches, recruiting
and retention strategies, and best-in-class training programs that
support digital transformation based on short- and long-term
Research Approach: For the proposing team to be
successful, a strong and diverse team of partners including workforce
organizations, utilities, federal agencies, academics, organizations
outside the water sector, technology vendors, etc., is strongly
encouraged. Equal consideration from large, medium, and small utilities
is recommended. The team will be tasked with developing a framework and
matrices focusing on the business needs, including functions, roles, and
maturity levels for varying sizes of utilities.
Introduce new skillsets, training opportunities, processes,
procedures, or methodologies that would enable the digital
transformation of the water sector and its workforce.
practical guidance and/or frameworks to help a diverse set of utility
sizes (large, medium, and small) with specific business needs navigate
the implementation of digital transformation.
Demonstrate the commitment of the water sector to the adoption
of digital tools by modernizing the processes necessary to procure and
leverage digital tools and technology.
function/functional areas, skillsets, training, development strategies,
and hiring approaches needed to support digital technology and digital
outputs to optimize utility processes and decision making.
partnering with consultants/vendors while still procuring and
championing efforts within the utility to enable affordable talent
Build confidence for the people and organizations that need digital solutions to solve the complex challenges they are facing.
utilities’ digital transformation levels of maturity to help utilities
identify a list of short and long-term actions and pass the test of
Project Duration: The anticipated period of performance for this project is 18 months from the contract start date
GRANT AMOUNT: Applicants may request up to $150k in
WRF funds for this project. The applicant must contribute additional
resources equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award. For
example, if an applicant requests $100k from WRF, an additional $33k or
more must be contributed by the applicant. Acceptable forms of applicant
contribution include cost-share, applicant in-kind, or third-party
in-kind that comply with 2 CFR Part 200.306 cost sharing or matching.
Application: Proposals are accepted exclusively
online in PDF format, and they must be fully submitted before 3:00 pm
Mountain Time on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. Submit your proposal at https://forms.waterrf.org/cbruck/-rfp5178.
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.