More than ever, is your Current and Pending … Current?
Documentation reflecting committed effort of investigators and key
personnel continues to be a hot topic in both proposal submission and
award acceptance. Many of MSU’s primary sponsors are increasing their
scrutiny of Current and Pending documents to ensure that committed
effort is wholly and precisely reported. Sponsors have changed
and/or clarified their policies, and detailed instructions have been
released by many of those sponsors to ensure that investigators fully
report all committed effort. To comply with these policies, MSU
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has implemented extra steps to
monitor the reported current and pending effort information against
current MSU system data and provides feedback when any discrepancies are
found. For sponsors that require Current & Pending documents at
proposal stage, this makes it even more important to carefully complete
your documents and
provide ample time before the deadline date for thorough additional reviews by DER and OSP.
To help eliminate any last-minute submission delays resulting
from Current and Pending discrepancies, you will want to ensure your
pending effort information in MSU systems is accurate. There
are two primary ways you can search MSU’s systems to ensure the system
information is current and any proposals that are no longer pending have
been updated accordingly. The first way you can search the status of
your proposals is by completing a search using “All My Proposals” under the Researcher Tab or “Institutional Proposal Lookup” in Kuali Research (KR)
System. These tools will enable you to search by investigator and
filter the data by a variety of elements including “status.” An
additional tool is by completing a search using “All Award Search” at OSP’s website.
This tool will allow you to search for any currently funded projects.
If you find any outdated information in either of these reports, please
report it back to DER and we will process system updates.
Information regarding Current and Pending requirements for MSU’s primary sponsors can be found at Current and Pending / Other Support Requirements by Sponsor. Additionally, SciENcv
is now available as a resource that enables you to quickly update the
entries in your current and pending research portfolio and is exportable
for sponsors such as NSF and NIH.
It is important to ensure that your Current and Pending document is
accurate and matches MSU’s systems, and DER is here to help. If you have
additional questions regarding your Current and Pending document or
have questions regarding current data found in MSU systems, please send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 23, 2022
Hello colleagues. Sponsored Program Administration (SPA), the Office of
Sponsored Programs (OSP), and Contract and Grant Administration (CGA) will be
observing MSU’s 2022 winter break starting December 23, 2022, through January
How will this impact proposal deadlines?
OSP would encourage campus to follow the Deadline
Policy and have all proposals with deadlines from Friday, December 23, 2022
through Monday, January 2, 2023 to OSP by Monday, December 19.
However, proposals need to be submitted to OSP by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday,
December 22 to be submitted for any deadlines that fall between December 23 and
How will this impact other award or reporting deadlines?
All other award or reporting deadlines during this timeframe that require
SPA/OSP/CGA involvement, will need to be submitted to OSP/CGA/SPA by 8:00 a.m.
on December 22. Please communicate known deadlines to the appropriate group
within SPA/OSP/CGA as soon as possible or at least by December 15.
If you have any questions on how the winter break will impact SPA/OSP/CGA
processes, please email the SPA helpdesk
by December 15. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Overview: Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Ono”) is a leading global healthcare company committed to delivering new, innovative pharmaceutical products to patients and championing the fight against disease and pain. Ono Pharmaceutical carries out these goals in cooperation with researchers, patients, their families, and healthcare providers. The Ono Pharma Foundation was established to support academic research of promising young and mid-career scientists in relevant scientific fields, who have the potential of making a significant impact on therapeutic approaches to disease. 52 universities are invited to nominate investigators.
Purpose: To support scientists with creative ideas and research at the interface between chemistry and biology
This area is vital to the transformation of human health. Through studying biological systems at the chemical level, chemical biology helps answer biological questions and elucidate mechanisms of disorder, leading to the discovery and development of treatments for diseases.
The criteria for this field are deliberately broad so as not to disqualify potentially innovative and groundbreaking projects.
Funding amount: $900K for a three year project, total amount with indirect costs up to 15% per year (total up to $1,035M)
Must have an MD and/or a PhD degree and be at a nominating institution
Must be a new applicant to the Ono Initiative (previous nominees are ineligible)
Must be a young and/or mid-career scientist (15 years or below of experience from starting independent academic position).
May not already be engaged in other sponsored research with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and/or grant program with Ono Pharma Foundation.
May not apply for funding to amplify current work. However, PIs may research a new idea based on a prior finding of the PI.
Scientific merit of the research proposal
Relevance of the proposed research to the mission of the Ono Initiative (significance, innovation, approach)
Technical considerations for the research
Qualifications and relevant experience of the PI
Evidence of suitable research environment
Internal Review deadline: January 4th, 2023 – please follow the procedures outlined here and email email@example.com any questions regarding process.
Funder deadline for LOI submission: February 15th, 2023. Full proposal is by invitation.
Each Nominating Institution may nominate up to two (2) applicants.
Total number of awards: 3
Awardees will be invited to an annual science symposium.
I would be happy to answer any questions regarding the opportunity. Please distribute widely. Deepa Srikanta, PhD, Corporate Relations (Biosciences), University Advancement (Michigan State University), Spartan Way | 535 East Chestnut Road, Room 300 | East Lansing, MI 48824, office: 517-884-1079, cell: 517-295-3508, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The DOE-funded collaboration will help make computer modeling more potent, actionable for the future of plasma science and sustainable energy
Michigan State University’s Andrew Christlieb is leading a massive U.S. Department of Energy project to help deliver on the not-yet-realized promise of nuclear fusion. That promise? To create an unmatched source of affordable and sustainable energy.
Christlieb, an MSU Foundation Professor in the College of Natural Science, is now the director of a Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capability Center, or MMICC, supported by $15M in funding from the DOE. He is joined by researchers at eight other universities and national labs across the country. Together, they’re developing new mathematical and computational tools to better model the physics needed to understand, control and sustain fusion.
The MSU-led center is one of four new MMICCs announced by the DOE.
“MMICCs enable applied mathematics researchers, working in large, collaborative teams, to take a broader view of a problem,” said Barbara Helland, DOE associate director of science for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program, in a recent news release. “As a result of this holistic view, the researchers devise solutions by building fundamental, multidisciplinary mathematical capabilities considering existing and emerging computing capabilities.”
In addition to MSU’s contingent of experts, the team includes collaborators from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Delaware, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and the University of Washington.
“We’re asking ourselves how do we engage with things like machine learning? How do we engage with bigger, more powerful computers? How do we engage with new mathematical algorithms?” Christlieb says. “We have this lofty goal of taking a bird’s-eye view, looking down on all these different pieces and understanding how they fit together to solve big problems.”
As one might imagine, simultaneously pushing the boundaries of math, computation and nuclear fusion is full of complex technical challenges.
Fortunately, understanding the bigger picture of what this MMICC can deliver does not require advanced mathematics or sophisticated algorithms. In fact, whether they know it or not, everyone on this planet already has an appreciation for the impact of fusion.
Harnessing the power of the sun
What Christlieb and his colleagues are trying to do is help power the planet using the same science that powers the sun: nuclear fusion. To do this, the team is working to bring new computational tools and techniques to bear on understanding the plasmas needed to sustain fusion.
These fusion events release a ton of energy, which keeps the plasma burning and empowers subsequent fusion reactions. The sun and its fusion are thus self-sustaining, like an enormous fire that stokes itself and showers the solar system with light and heat. ... Learn more Here.
I am writing to you because you have sent inquiries to the NSF about the 2023 MRI solicitation. I am pleased to inform you that the new solicitation has been published.
Please read the solicitation carefully to understand changes, which include the suspension of cost sharing, the inclusion of a helium management track, changes to institutional submission limits, changes between Track 1 and Track 2 project sizes, details on submission through research.gov or grants.gov (Fastlane is no longer an option), and other updates.
As ever, we are available to respond to your questions about the program. Any specific technical questions regarding the instrumentation for which you seek funding support and the science it will enable should be addressed to the relevant program officer. A list of these officials can be found under “Program contacts” towards the bottom of the MRI webpage.
With Regards, Jonathan S. Friedman, PhD, Program Director, IPA, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, email: email@example.com, phone: 703-292-7475
NSF MRI Townhall Meetings - Dec. 7 and 8, 2022
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Activity serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and for not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. MRI supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. MRI is a Foundation-wide Program to fund instruments generally in the range from $100k up to and including $4M (see solicitation for exceptions).
Recently, solicitation NSF 23-519 was published for the MRI program. The deadline for proposals is February 21, 2023.
On Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8, 2022 NSF will host outreach townhalls with information about the latest MRI funding opportunity. The session will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST and have two parts: 1) Session 1: a general MRI information session (1:00 p.m. -1:45 p.m. EST), followed by 2) Session 2: a Question and Answer Session.
There may be discipline-specific sessions to provide technical information and feedback. Please check with the cognizant Program Officer listed under "Program contacts" on the MRI Program web page
(for program acronyms, see bottom of this message).
I was just at Mississippi State University where I was thrilled to
relaunch the NSF Days series on November 21st. This NSF Day highlighted
the multitude of opportunities and activities made possible through
collaboration with NSF. We need every region in the nation to be part of
the science and engineering enterprise. Every state and community, from
rural towns to urban centers, has unique talent and perspectives that
are crucial to the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and
innovation. I look forward to meeting more amazing researchers as the
NSF Days series continues to engage more regions around the country.
Developing scientific talent and our STEM workforce is more critical
today than ever before. NSF has been busy fostering partnerships with Intel and Micron to train the semiconductor workforce of tomorrow. Five new I-Corps Hubs are growing access to innovation by expanding the National Innovation Network.
During the newly proclaimed National Entrepreneurship Month,
which President Biden announced on October 31, I am eager to share that
with additional funding, NSF is standing ready to scale a series of new
activities, including Entrepreneurial Fellowships and a new $30M workforce development program, Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT).
These activities will help individuals gain valuable work experience in
emerging technology areas and make entrepreneurship more accessible for
people in emerging innovation ecosystems and for those who have been
traditionally underrepresented in STEM.
As we enter the holiday season and reflect on this past year, I am
thankful for the immense support NSF has received with the historic
passage of the "CHIPS and Science Act,"
which, when funded, will enable us to keep American technology
innovation on the cutting edge and ensure that the industries that will
power the future are made here in America. Congress' investment in
America's technological future reflects a recent Pew survey that found
81% of Americans agree that government investments in scientific research are worthwhile.
Lastly, I am excited to share that I have launched an official Twitter account. Follow me @NSFDrPanch
for insights into how maintaining global leadership, ensuring
accessibility and inclusivity, and advancing the frontiers of research
and development will shape the future.
I hope you enjoy this issue of NSF Quarterly: News from the Director
as we close out 2022. I wish you a wonderful season filled with warmth
and happiness and a new year where innovation happens anywhere and
opportunities are everywhere.
Sincerely, Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation
... see full message and additional NSF must read articles Here.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
(EGLE) is pleased to announce Dam Risk Reduction Grant Program Request
for Pre-Proposals for a one-time release for up to $13M as
appropriated by the Michigan Legislature under Section 1003 of PA 87 of
2021. This program will provide grant funds to dam owners for repair,
alteration, or removal activities necessary to address risk associated
with publicly or privately owned dams.
Entities that own or operate a dam in the state of Michigan are
eligible to apply. Funding is restricted to projects that reduce or
eliminate risk associated with dams. Eligible activities under the grant
Planning, feasibility studies, or design of projects that reduce or eliminate risk of dam failure.
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This is not a funding opportunity, but rather a Request for Information (RFI). It represents an opportunity for researchers to try to influence policy and/or future funding by answering some questions related to a specific topic. In this case the topic is carbon storage technology. I’ve attached the RFI to this email. Responding to the RFI does not give any special consideration in future funding, but it is a way to try to inform, educate and guide government funding in the future.
The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) will consider whether to establish a multi-year field-based R&D initiative, to be named Carbon Storage Technology Operations & Research (CarbonSTORE), which provides funding to operators of facilities and support to researchers to help accelerate the development of enabling technologies needed to underpin the gigaton-scale infrastructure required to meet national goals for net zero CO2
emissions. If funded, this initiative would establish multiple CarbonSTORE facilities serving as long-term carbon storage field laboratories, which may be aligned with the CarbonSAFE projects, other CCS projects or even non-storage sites that have applicable infrastructure. Example uses of these facilities for R&D activities would include:
Field testing of site characterization and monitoring technologies
Field sites to explore specific R&D issues (e.g., induced seismicity, above zone pressure monitoring, leakage detection and remediation)
Advancing well integrity evaluation and mitigation tools and methods in new and/or legacy wells
Demonstration of approaches for advanced operational control and decision support
Comparison of newer technologies to older technologies being replaced
Fast track field testing/validation of emerging technologies
Collecting performance data of technologies over the lifetime of storage projects
Providing cost data for future projects.
It is assumed that researchers would need access to either the subsurface, some part of the surface across the injection site, or both. Due to the long-time scales of carbon storage, developing these sites for long-term viability and flexibility will be key to their value and usefulness as field-based research facilities.
Through this RFI, FECM seeks input from CCS developers/operators, researchers, and others to assist in the development and deployment of the CarbonSTORE concept.
Should someone be interested in responding to the questions in this RFI their response needs to be submitted byJanuary 9, 2023 to: RFI0002900@netl.doe.gov
Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
February 24, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Location: 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
DER's Proposal Volume
The chart above shows DER's Proposal Volume from 2019 to 2022 as of (12/02/2022).
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.