Closely Following the Solicitation Instructions Will Treisiú Your Proposal
If there were two fundamental rules of proposal writing that will boost [aka treisiú
in Ireland] your proposal, they would be 1) “Follow your solicitation closely” and 2) “Make it simple for the reviewer to navigate your proposal and easily find all required proposal elements.” To accomplish each of these key concepts, you should be knowledgeable of your solicitation. Here are a few critical details to watch for in your solicitation.
The submission time zone. MSU is in the Eastern Time Zone and this applies to submission deadlines regardless if the project PI is currently located inside or outside of Michigan.
The words “must” or “required” or “mandatory”. This means the element, wording, or document must appear in your proposal and should be very clear.
Specific wording. Sometimes not all documents/sections are applicable to your proposal.
Solicitation outline of required documents and entry points. Documents, sections, headers, etc. should be submitted in the required order, if possible, to prevent compliance issues.
Always make things as reader-friendly for the sponsor’s reviewer(s). Be sure to follow solicitation instructions closely and make your proposal easy to navigate.
A solicitation is your best, and sometimes the only guide to submitting that great proposal. Following guidelines exactly make for a better proposal and a happy reviewer.
If you would like more information regarding these essential approaches to proposal writing, or have additional questions regarding specific notes/requirements from your solicitation, please send an email to email@example.com.
Hiring Managers and will be visiting Michigan State University to connect with students about internship, co-op, and professional opportunities on March 16th, but has an event designed for faculty running in tandem with the recruiting event. Stop by the session below to get a hands-on preview of how Tesla is working to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Bonus: Faculty + Staff Ride-and-Drive | East Entrance to Munn Ice Arena
Tesla will be bringing multiple vehicles to campus to provide MSU employees with an opportunity to ride-and-drive a Tesla around campus. Engineers and staff will be on-site to answer questions from general curiosity to technical inquiries on the battery, vehicle software, autopilot, and advanced technology of the vehicle. Ride-and-Drives will be with Tesla Engineers and Hiring Managers for technical conversations prior to 11:30 AM.
Note: Drop by the east entrance of Munn Arena off Chestnut Street; preregistration is not necessary.
Event Description: 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.
The State of Michigan will receive approximately $110 million for the NEVI Formula Program, through fiscal year 2026. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will lead the administration of this program, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Public Service Commission, and Office of Future Mobility and Electrification.
With help from program partners, EGLE has developed a draft version – non-final and subject to further change – of the NEVI Formula Program materials. These draft documents include the request for proposals, application, and evaluation form, and are intended only for public awareness, transparency, and review. These draft documents may be accessed on EGLE’s NEVI Formula Program Website.
EGLE intends to publish a final version of the program materials in the coming months.
Questions and comments about the NEVI Formula Program draft documents may be sent to the following email: EGLE-MMD-NEVI@Michigan.gov.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is releasing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications in accordance with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).
Demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of industrial decarbonization approaches will promote widespread technology implementation and drive a U.S. edge in low- and net-zero carbon manufacturing while helping to substantiate a market for low-carbon products. To maximize the transformative potential for these funds, DOE will prioritize a portfolio of projects that offer: Deep decarbonization, by demonstrating significantly less carbon-intensive industrial production processes leading to materials that can be labeled as having substantially lower levels of embodied greenhouse gas emissions; Timeliness, through rapid technology demonstrations that can address emissions in the near-term, meet funding horizons, and be replicated by fast followers; Market viability, with technological approaches designed to spur follow-on investments for widespread decarbonization as well as partnerships between buyers and sellers of the materials produced, with special consideration given to industries that are focusing on shifting entire ecosystems and enabling new market structures for low-carbon products; and Community benefits, tailored through substantial engagement with local and regional stakeholders, as well as labor unions and Tribal Nations across the project lifecycle, supporting environmental justice and economic opportunity for local communities.
DOE expects to award up to approximately 55 projects in high GHG-emitting industries and for cross-cutting technologies as discussed in Section 1.3 of the FOA. DOE anticipates providing awards to teams that are led by a single, for-profit organization or owner/operator of an eligible facility and encourages applicants to strengthen projects by partnering with experts, universities, labor unions, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, product off-takers, and/or national laboratories, as outlined in Section 3.0 of the FOA. Given the transformative potential of these funds, DOE seeks first- or early-of-a-kind commercial-scale projects. These could include new technologies that have been proven at a pilot scale but have yet to be deployed commercially, technologies that are being pursued internationally but do not have a foothold in the U.S., or other early-of-a-kind projects that face market or adoption risks.
All projects should incorporate a path from demonstration to deployment that includes sustained operation after completion and substantiate the projects’ ability to meet priority criteria. DOE will apply the following four-phase structure for projects selected under this FOA:
Phase 1 will encompass initial planning and analysis activities to ensure that the overall concept is technologically and financially viable.
Phase 2 will finalize engineering designs and business development, site access, labor agreements, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, permitting, and offtake agreements.
Phase 3 will encompass installation, integration, and construction activities.
Phase 4 will ramp-up to full operations including data collection to analyze the plant’s operations, performance, and financial viability.
Award Size: $35M up to $500M | Deadline: August 4, 2023
DoE: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002997 "IEDO FY23 Multi-topic FOA" - DE-FOA-0002996
This FOA will advance the strategies identified in the Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap and Industrial Heat Energy Earthshot and will focus on cross-sector approaches for industrial decarbonization (such as thermal processing, , low-carbon fuels utilization, and exploratory cross-sector topics), along with high-GHG-emitting subsectors (such as chemicals, iron and steel, food and beverage, cement and concrete, and forest products). By accelerating the development and adoption of sustainable technologies that increase efficiency and eliminate industrial GHG emissions, the research, development, and prototype or pilot-scale technology validation and demonstration activities to be funded under this FOA will contribute to a clean and equitable energy economy, bolster the technological and economic competitiveness of domestic manufacturing, and boost the viability and competitiveness of U.S. industrial technology exports.
This FOA is part of an integrated industrial decarbonization technology development strategy for DOE’s basic and applied research offices. Rooted in the principles identified in the 2022 Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap, DOE is building an innovation pipeline to accelerate the development and adoption of industrial decarbonization technologies with investments spanning foundational science; research, development, and demonstrations (RD&D); and technical assistance and workforce development. DOE’s highly coordinated RD&D investments – leveraging resources and expertise from the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), Nuclear Energy (NE), and Science (SC) – are designed to achieve deep decarbonization across the industrial sector, targeting both industry-specific innovations and crosscutting technologies. This technology development strategy complements the demonstration and deployment efforts led by DOE's Offices of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) and Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and the Loan Programs Office (LPO).
This notice of intent is issued so that interested parties are aware of EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All the information contained in this notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this notice. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions.
EERE plans to issue the FOA in or about March 2023 via the EERE eXCHANGE website: https://eere-eXCHANGE.energy.gov/. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE eXCHANGE. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE eXCHANGE.
DoE: DE-FOA-0003036 “Energy Storage Demonstration and Validation”, National Energy Technology Laboratory - DE-FOA-0003035
The United States Department of Energy Office of Electricity intends to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement number DEFOA0003036 titled Energy Storage Demonstration and Validation. This Notice of Intent to Issue is for informational purposes only; the Department of Energy is not seeking comments on the information in this notice and applications are not being accepted at this time.
The anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcement will address FY2023 Congressional Direction, which directs OE to pursue a competitive pilot demonstration grant program, as authorized in section 3201 of the Energy Act of 2020, for energy storage projects that are U.S-controlled, U.S. made, and North American sourced and supplied. The Department is directed to include in this program large scale commercial development and deployment of long cycle life, lithium-grid scale batteries and their components.
RFA: The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services
American Cancer Society invites proposals investigating the role of policy and insurance in improving cancer outcomes.
Deadline: April 1, 2023
The American Cancer Society has requested research exploring the role of health policy and health insurance in improving access to and performance of cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services. Proposals will be accepted for research projects in national, state, and/or local policy changes and the response to these changes by healthcare systems, insurers, payers, communities, practices, and patients.
ACS is interested in evaluating the impact of the many changes in the healthcare system, focusing on cancer prevention, control, and treatment. Efforts to improve access to care may also impact inequities that contribute to health disparities. Public health public policy initiatives such as the new federal and state marketplaces that have expanded insurance coverage and Medicaid expansion in some states create natural experiments ripe for evaluation.
ACS is keenly interested in supporting rapid learning research to study the effects of health policy changes on patients, providers, and health systems, including but not limited to facilitators and barriers to care, unintended consequences, differential experiences, and outcomes of patients seeking or receiving care, best practice models for quality care, and economic impact.
Grant awards of two to three years have maximum direct costs of $200,000 per year (with 20 percent allowable indirect costs), and awards of four years have maximum direct costs of $165,000 per year (with 20 percent allowable indirect costs). Multi-level health equity-focused applications may propose a project period of up to 5 years and $200,000 per year, plus 20 percent allowable indirect costs. Both intervention and non-intervention research is acceptable. If the study is primarily data-focused, mixed methods should be utilized to collect both primary data and secondary collection or both qualitative and quantitative data.
To be eligible, applicants must be faculty at a United States academic institution or eligible nonprofit. Full-time independent investigators at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the American Cancer Society website.
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 Spring 2023 grant round is April 30, 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 $150,000 to $200,000 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 September 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.
The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer.
Proposals are reviewed by Pardee’s Medical Committee, whose recommendations guide the Board of Trustee’s grant decisions.
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%.
Deadline: April 30, 2023: For final board review and decision in September 2023. The Principal Investigator will be notified by email of the official grant results.
Attention: Faculty, Research and Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
This nine-part series of workshops will introduce participants to all
aspects of building a Broader Impacts (BI) plan. Participants can
register for one workshop or all sessions. But be sure to register only
for the sessions that you want to attend.
In this panel discussion, Dr. Angela Wilson, University Distinguished
Professor of Chemistry and former Director of the Chemistry Division of
the National Science Foundation and faculty members who have won CAREER
awards offer their insights into how to write successful CAREER
proposals that integrate their research and education plans.
A key National Science Foundation broader impacts goal is to increase
the participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM
education and CAREERS. In this panel discussion, participants will learn
about the critical role of inclusive recruitment and mentoring
practices in broadening participation from faculty who have successfully
recruited, mentored, and helped to launch the STEM careers of
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
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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.