There are a variety of changes, on which DER is working to remain up to date. They are summarized here. The two changes that will impact faculty researchers the most are updates to the current and pending disclosure process, and to the biographical sketch formats.
NSF has traditionally required disclosure at proposal stage of all current and pending support for ongoing projects and proposals. This requirement continues; however, as of January 30, 2023, senior personnel will be required to certify
that the information is current, accurate, and complete. This documentation includes, but is not limited to, information related to current, pending, and other support (both foreign and domestic). SciENcv has been updated to include a place for PIs and other senior personnel to include an electronic signature to certify disclosure information.
If you are still using the fillable PDF template, please be aware that a new version will be required as of January 30, 2023. This new template also includes an electronic signature line to indicate your certification. It is available from the link above, or your DER assigned research administrator can provide you with a copy. More importantly, the new “fillable” pdf template will only be accepted for a short time.
The available formats for submitting current and pending disclosures is narrowing over the next 10 months from the above two options down to just one. As of October 23, 2023, SciENcv will be the sole way to generate final current and pending documentation. Many College of Engineering researchers have already started to use SciENcv to maintain current and pending documents, and we recommend that all individuals named on NSF proposals start using that system now.
SciENcv formatted documents will be required by NSF on any proposal submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023.
NSF is also mandating that biographical sketches be generated in SciENcv later this year, on any proposal submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023. Between now and October 23, proposers can still use the most up-to-date fillable PDF template. However, both NSF and DER encourages you to shift to using SciENcv at your earliest convenience (if you haven’t already) in order to ensure a seamless transition. A new template became available from the above link on January 19, 2023; you can download it there, or your DER assigned research administrator can provide you with a copy. This new template must be used for any proposal submitted or due on or after January 30 and before October 23 (if not using SciENcv).
If you have questions about what must be included in these disclosures, please reference the table NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. It was developed by NSF to provide helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections. The table identifies where these disclosures must be provided in proposals as well as in project reports, and may help answer both pre- and post-award concerns.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to DER. We are here to help you navigate these changes. If you have additional questions regarding these resources and services, please send an email to email@example.com.
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ATTENTION: FACULTY, ACADEMIC STAFF, POSTDOCS, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
February 24, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan Lunch, beverages, and parking passes are provided
Spend a full day with MSU's Broader Impacts (BI) consultants away
from your everyday responsibilities working on the BI plan for your next
National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal. We will start with a quick
overview of the fundamentals of broader impacts and an introduction to
the ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit, a suite of online tools to assist you
in developing your BI plan (first hour). BI consultants will be on hand
throughout the day to answer your questions and provide individual
consultation and feedback on your BI plan (rest of the day). BI retreat
participants will come away with portions of their BI plans written.
Broader Impact Consultants:
Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, University Outreach and Engagement
Sara Steenrod, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
Lauren Aerni-Flessner, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
Who Can Apply: Awarded to institutions as block grants to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate cancer research projects. The principal investigator of the grant should be a senior faculty member.
Funding: 1 to 3 years with an average of $120K a year, renewable
Purpose: This $1.2M transition award offers up to six years of support (3 years in the mentored/postdoc phase, 3 years once awardees have achieved independence in a tenure-track role), and additionally provides professional development opportunities, including one-on-one professional coaching and group workshops to develop lab and people management skills. Stipend levels are determined using the US General Schedule, and start at GS-11. Funding includes $30,000-$100,000 in annual research funds depending on the award year, with additional funding available to cover research support staff and supplement costs of health and family care.
Focus: The award is intended to support investigators pursuing research with relevance to single ventricle congenital heart defects, including genetics, tissue engineering, computational modeling, pre- and neonatal health, and basic cardiovascular development studies that aim to understand normal heart development and regeneration.
Successful applications will demonstrate relevance to single ventricle heart defects and clearly state this. At the LOI stage the personal statement is of high importance as it shows ability to transition to an independent position.
Applicants will receive reviewer comments/feedback.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Additional Ventures program staff prior to submitting a letter of intent. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on program scope or to seek feedback on proposal fit. My contact at AV was also receptive to meeting candidates from MSU to discuss.
Earned a PhD, MD, DVM or doctoral equivalent prior to March 16, 2022
Current postdoc (or equivalent) status in a non-independent, mentored position (no upper cap on years of postdoc or staff scientist experience)
Must commit a minimum of 9 calendar months (75% effort) to the proposed work
Affiliated with a domestic nonprofit academic or research institution
Must be legally qualified to work in the US (including citizens, non-citizen permanent residents, or temporary residents of the US)
LOI due: March 16th, 2023 at 8pm EST
The award is similar, but less restrictive, than an NIH K99.
Of 35 applicants in 2022, 4 were successful in receiving the award.
MSU is invited to submit any number of applications.
MSU retains IP.
I met with the program director earlier this week and would be happy to share more insights with interested PIs. Best, Deepa Srikanta, PhD, Corporate Relations (Biosciences), University Advancement |Michigan State University, cell: 517-295-3508, email: email@example.com
AWARD AMOUNT: Support varies, average is $1.1M/ 7years (approx. $8M total)
DEADLINES: Applications due March 21, 2023, 3 p.m. (EST)
OVERVIEW: Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Investigator Program advances scientific innovation by supporting researchers who break new ground in basic and biomedical research. We believe that the most transformative breakthroughs come when talented scientists are given the freedom to pursue bold ideas.
That’s why we take a “people, not projects” approach, providing generous and flexible support to talented scientists so they can go where their science leads. We employ more than 260 Investigators, located at approximately 60 US research institutions, who are widely known for pushing the boundaries of basic and biomedical research.
HHMI Investigators do research that radically changes our understanding of how biology works, from molecular, biochemical and cellular processes to genetics, development and disease mechanisms, in a wide range of organisms.
In addition to conducting original research, HHMI Investigators also:
Direct a research team and create a lab environment suited to tackling fundamental research questions
Commit to mentoring and training the next generation of scientists
Join an active community of HHMI scientists spanning career stages
Teach and play leadership roles at their host institutions
Semifinalists are selected November 7, 2023, with a semifinalist symposium taking place March 18, 2024.
Finalists will be selected April 2024 with appointments starting September 1, 2024.
To be eligible, applicants must have a PhD and/or MD, hold a position that represents substantial commitment by their institution, such as a tenure-track faculty position, and plan to dedicate at least 75% of their time to research.
Applicants must have more than five, but no more than 15, years of post-training, professional experience.
Are the principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years as of April 1, 2023.
Application requirements include a description of five distinct scientific research contributions, and a program description that focuses on your ongoing and planned research program.
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2019 to 2023 as of (1/20/2023).
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.