Finding Funding That Fits Your Research in Two Key Steps…
MSU researchers have at their disposal a plethora of effective resources for finding funding opportunities. Combine those tools with your carefully-set research goals, and you will be primed to seek and receive the funding that will most closely align with your long-term objectives and develop your research endeavors. As you seek funding that fits your research, you will maximize the impact of each proposal by applying to sponsors (or specific units) whose priorities best align with your research goals. This is an achievable task that can be accomplished with a proactive strategy and trustworthy information.
As with anything, being proactive is a benefit. Some steps you can take:
Set clear goals for yourself, for both the short- and long-term. Update as needed.
Be sure that your chairperson and your research dean are aware of your research interests and long-term objectives; they can be useful in sending relevant opportunities your way.
Research funders, and keep abreast of their priorities, especially as the political climate and societal needs change.
Review the resources below, and determine which ones are most useful to your situation; set a schedule to check those resources frequently.
Subscribe to listservs or email lists
that will send you periodic updates.
Valuable resources have been provided below to assist you in finding and reviewing funding announcements. These powerful resources include essential information and searching tools to help streamline information and more quickly connect you with earmarked (aligning most closely with your research) sponsor opportunities.
Online Resources for Identifying Possible Funding:
MSU FUNDING OPPORTUNITY RESOURCES: The Foundation Directory Online Professional, an online database with information about more than 165,000 grantmakers. http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/grants
The Office of Research and Innovation provides a Find Funding webpage with information about resources for finding federal, state, and foundation funding opportunities, corporate and business funding, and MSU internal funding opportunities. https://vp.research.msu.edu/find-funding
Global IDEAS (formerly OIRC) provides 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.
Do not walk away empty handed. Be sure to maximize each minute of your funding search by using proactive strategy and trustworthy information to get the largest return on your investment of time. If you have additional questions regarding available funding resources highlighted above, please email DER at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six Spartan Engineering faculty members at Michigan State University have received National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards and will advance their research efforts with a combined $3.12 million over the next five years.
NSF CAREER Awards support junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and education. It is among NSF’s most prestigious national honors.
Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said five more NSF CAREER Awards bring the college’s total to 27 in the past six years.
“Six more prestigious NSF Early CAREER Awards for our faculty is very noteworthy,” Kempel said. “I know from personal experience that it can be transformational for a faculty member and allows them to investigate a new area of scholarship with secure funding. I congratulate my colleagues in the College of Engineering and look forward to the innovations they will introduce with the national support.”
Extinction Phenomena in Turbulent Liquid Dual-Fuel Flames - Patton Allison, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will use a five-year $590k CAREER Award to study complex liquid fuels in highly turbulent reacting flows.
Improving Attack Resilience in Autonomous Vehicles - Shaunak Bopardikar, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will use a five-year $500k CAREER Award to tackle security issues during sensing, communication, and control attacks in modern and autonomous vehicles.
Designing a ‘Cyborg’ gas sensor to detect lung cancer - Debajit Saha, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will use a $550k five-year CAREER Award to enable the early detection of cancer using lung cancer volatile chemicals present in breath and the olfactory neural circuits of insects.
Metal additive manufacturing - Haseung Chung, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will use a five-year, $567k CAREER Award to improve the challenges of metal additive manufacturing in metal powder sedimentation, curing capacity and possible oxidation-related defects.
Microscopy for Molecular Imaging of Brain Tumors - Zhen Qiu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, will use a five-year, $503k CAREER Award on the development of a tiny microscope for molecularly targeted imaging to study the fundamental mechanism of brain tumors.
Synergistic Inverse Wave Analysis and Computation - Yang Yang, an assistant professor of computational mathematics, science and engineering, will use a five-year $419k CAREER Award to better understand the mathematical principles in non-destructive probing techniques.
The Healthy Aging Initiative aims to improve the health and wellness of Michigan’s older adults and their caregivers, while reducing the cost of care. To achieve this aim, the initiative seeks to support projects that will collectively make meaningful progress toward improving the quality of care for older adults in the health care system, coordinating care in the community that will improve health outcomes and lower overall costs, and providing more support at home for formal and informal (family) caregivers.
Addressing Disparities & Promoting Health Equity: Across all priority areas, the Health Fund seeks proposals that address disparities and promote health equity. What does that look like? Equitable programs:
Benefit or increase access for populations most affected by a health issue;
Remove barriers to health;
Empower communities; and
Engage community leaders and members in decision-making
Areas of Interest:
The Healthy Aging Initiative has identified five areas of interest for your consideration as you develop your proposal. Proposals are not required to address any of the areas of interest below.
Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias
Direct Care Workforce
Special Determinants of Health
Concept Papers: The Health Fund strongly encourages concept paper submissions of up to two pages for review and feedback prior to submission. While not required, previous applicants have stated this process was very helpful in development of a full proposal. Concept proposals can be sent to Veronica Marchese at email@example.com
and are due by June 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm. NOTE: The above is just an overview. If you have interest in applying, please carefully read the full RFP.
GRANT AMOUNT: The Health Fund expects to award grants ranging from $100k to $500k. No more than 10 percent of the total grant budget may be allocated to IDC. You may apply for a one- or two-year grant, but the total request is limited to $500k. Please be sure to clearly identify your funding requests per year in your proposal.
APPLICATION PROCESS: There is a two-step process:
Concept Papers (Strongly Recommended) due by: June 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm.
Full Proposals due by: August 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Awards Announced: November 10, 2022
Applications must be submitted electronically through the Health Fund website using the grants portal. Using Google Chrome, applicants will first be required to create an account. It may take 48 hours for your account to be approved. Once approved you will receive login credentials via email.
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.
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
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.