DER joins the entire MSU community in mourning the loss of life on Monday. While I reflect on this confusing and heartbreaking week, I want to say that DER joins with the entire MSU family as we pray for every family impacted by this tragic event. The DER team cares deeply for MSU and we care deeply for these families impacted by this tragic event.
Through this incredibly puzzling time, I want to take the briefest of moments to share that though the entire university was incredibly impacted by this event, I want to publicly express my deepest gratitude to the entire MSU support team who stepped up during this challenging time and we continued to push the research forward.
On Tuesday morning, every single DER member showed up remotely to address immediate critical tasks. Though the University went into emergency modified operations, sponsor deadlines didn’t change. It is with such pride I look back to how the team stepped up to ensure that immediately-due proposals were submitted, before joining the rest of the university in grieving and collecting ourselves.
Thank you again to Amanda Blank (Manager) and her team in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for answering the call to do these essential tasks alongside us. As always, we couldn’t do it without you.
I’m so grateful to know that none of our proposals missed their deadlines due to the DER team and the OSP teams answering the call despite the circumstances we were all thrust into. While this may seem so insignificant in the totality of what happened, you were the bright spot on such a tragic week. I will be forever grateful to each one of you.
The entire DER team along with the extended MSU community will continue to grieve the loss of our students and hold up those who remain hospitalized. We are Spartan Strong.
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.
RFP: Developing an Environmental, Social, and Governance Framework for Water Utilities (solicitation)
Summary: The Water Research Foundation has issued an RFP for work to develop an environmental, social and governance framework for water utilities. The water sector is one of the critical lifeline sectors most impacted by the dramatic changes in climate. A framework of this type is needed to better enable utilities to address the challenges of climate change, reduction of energy usage, and waste generation, and addressing environmental risks. Grants are up to $125,000. Applications are due by April 10, 2023. An overview with links to the RFP is below. Please forward this notice to faculty in your units that may have interest.
Project Rationale: A spotlight is being placed on the water sector as it seeks to address the prevailing issues associated with environmental and climate change risks, water equity, and effective governance. The water sector continues to be at the forefront of climate impacts. It has a significant role in reducing energy usage and waste generation, preserving natural resources, and addressing environmental risks. It is also one of the critical lifeline sectors most impacted by the dramatic changes in climate.
In order to develop an ESG framework, we must define how ESG relates to the water sector. The “Environmental” category may include, but is not limited to, water quality, constituents of emerging concern (CECs), energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and resilience to extreme events. Examples for the “Social” category include affordability; safety; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); customer satisfaction; and community engagement. The “Governance” category may include governance structure, polices and practices, and business ethics. While there are general ESG management, reporting, and best practice guides available, many of these are corporate-focused or for general-purpose sub-national governments such as cities and counties, and are not specific to water utilities. While work has been done in this area by a few utilities, there is more to be learned for the water sector to develop tailored frameworks and tools to manage and report on ESG.
To develop a water-sector-specific environmental, social, and governance (ESG) framework, and address related topics
To prepare a user-friendly ESG framework report with synthesis of case studies for water utilities.
GRANT AMOUNT: Applicants may request up to $125,000 in WRF funds for this project. WRF funds requested, and total project value are evaluation criteria considered in the proposal selection process.
Application: Proposals are accepted exclusively online in PDF format, and they must be fully submitted before 3:00 pm Mountain Time on Monday, April 10, 2023.
Questions to clarify the intent of this RFP and WRF’s administrative, cost, and financial requirements may be addressed to the WRF project contact: Harry Zhang, PhD, PE, at (571) 384-2098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports basic research and public understanding of science, technology, and economic behavior. We believe that historical scholarship is valuable to understand the contemporary context of scientific research and that historical scholarship can be critically important to informing current and future research and policy practices. The Sloan Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry for research projects to advance historical scholarship on thematic areas of interest to the Foundation as discussed below. A small number of full proposals will be invited based on submissions received in response to this Call.
Letters of Inquiry are invited between $75,000 - $250,000 and can be for the following types of research projects:
Faculty-led research projects of up to $250,000, with the aim of advancing original scholarship on a topic or theme of interest to the Foundation in the history of science, technology, economics, and social science.
Dissertation improvement and completion projects of up to $75,000, to specifically support dissertation research expenses including travel, archival fees, and data collection, and up to one year of graduate student stipend (including summer funding, but not tuition) on a topic or theme of interest to the Foundation in the history of science, technology, economics, and social science. A faculty member must serve as the principal investigator for dissertation improvement and completion projects.
Through this Call for Letters of Inquiry, the Sloan Foundation is focused on advancing historical scholarship on the practices and institutions of natural and social science, engineering, andtechnology
in order to better understand and strengthen the research enterprise. Themes of interest include but are not limited to:
the changing nature of interdisciplinary research and collaborative team structures;
the role of instrumentation, data, and computational tools within and across disciplines;
the changing nature of research organizations;
the formation and development of professional societies, conferences, and scholarly communication systems;
the establishment and evolution of fellowship and training programs;
the formation and development of research funding agencies.
Summary: The Water Research Foundation has issued an RFP for work to establish industry-wide guidance for water utility life cycle green house gas inventories, which are a necessary first step for utilities working to mitigate CHG emissions. Grants are up to $150,000. Applications are due online by April 10, 2023. An overview and links to the full RFP are below. Please forward this notice to faculty may have interest.
RFP: Establishing Industry‐Wide Guidance for Water Utility Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories
Project Objectives: Develop a utility‐facing guidance document and a supporting spreadsheet tool that captures current best practices worldwide for developing a utility greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory over the life cycle of capital and operational emissions (with a specific focus on operational emissions).
For water and wastewater utilities working to mitigate GHG emissions, understanding current GHG emission sources is the first step. Utilities do this through completing a GHG emissions inventory. Although many GHG estimation methodologies exist, there is no overall framework or easy‐to‐use resource that provides practical guidance on which emissions are most important to address and what the best available methods are for assessing them over the life cycle of capital and operational emissions (with a specific focus on operational emissions). Establishing industry‐wide guidance and a suite of replicable accounting frameworks for GHG emission inventories is necessary to scale GHG reduction efforts across utilities of all sizes and geographic regions (local, regional, national, and international). The guidance document and supporting calculation tool will be mainly for wastewater and water utilities with potential applicability to stormwater and reuse utilities as well.
The anticipated period of performance for this project is 18 to 21 months from the contract’s start date.
GRANT AMOUNT: Applicants may request up to $150,000 in WRF funds for this project.
Application: Proposals are accepted exclusively online in PDF format, and they must be fully submitted before 3:00 pm Mountain Time on Monday, April 10, 2023. The online proposal system allows submission of your documents until the date and time stated in this RFP. To avoid the risk of the system closing before you press the submit button, do not wait until the last minute to complete your submission. Submit your proposal at: https://forms.waterrf.org/222556678435870
Questions to clarify the intent of this RFP and WRF’s administrative, cost, and financial requirements may be addressed to the WRF project contact: Harry Zhang, PhD, PE, at (571)384-2098 or email@example.com.
DE-FOA-0003004 is a Notice of Intent to Issue DE-FOA-0002614, Round 3 titled Carbon Management - Round 3. The objective of the planned Funding Opportunity Announcement is to expand the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (DOE FECM’s) carbon management portfolio through support for research and development (R&D) projects in the programmatic areas of Point Source Carbon Capture and Carbon Transport and Storage.
Note from MSU Global Innovations in Development, Engagement, and Scholarship (Global IDEAS): With that in mind, a forecasted Dept of Energy opportunity was posted on grants.gov that I thought I’d bring to your attention. When we send these to people its important to make sure they know this is forecasted. It’s no guarantee that a solicitation will be posted, the dollar amount, any of that. It just means “head’s up” something may be out soon.
AWARD AMOUNT: Award of $60K-$66K /4 years ($260K total, which includes $2,000 for expenses).
DEADLINES: Application due March 15, 2023
OVERVIEW: The Damon Runyon Fellowship Award supports the training of the brightest postdoctoral scientists as they embark upon their research careers. This funding enables them to be mentored by established investigators in leading research laboratories across the country.
The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.
Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow. In addition to aiding in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research, the Sponsor’s role is to foster the development of the Fellow’s overall knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and capacity for scientific inquiry. The Sponsor is also expected to assist the Fellow in attaining their career goals.
Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor.
Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO. The applicant must include a copy of their diploma to confirm date of conferral.
Level 1: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors' labs for more than one year prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
Level 2: Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO or the equivalent) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities.
No more than two Damon Runyon Fellows will be funded to work with the same Sponsor at any given time (including Co-Sponsors).
Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.
Candidates who are pursuing a degree are not eligible.
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any qualifying medical school debt still owed by the awardee. Payment will be made annually over the course of the award.
The Foundation also provides a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,000 per child per year.
Deadline for Pre Applications (required): March 8, 2023 at 5:00pm ET
Deadline for Applications: April 19, 2023 at 11:59pm ET
Funding for basic research to explore potentially high-impact approaches in scientific computing and extreme-scale science.
Extreme-scale science recognizes that disruptive technology changes are occurring across science applications, algorithms, computer architectures and ecosystems. Recent reports point to emerging trends and advances in high-end computing, massive datasets, scientific machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) on increasingly heterogeneous architectures, including neuromorphic and quantum systems. Significant innovation will be required in the development of effective paradigms and approaches for realizing the full potential of scientific computing from emerging technologies. Proposed research should not focus strictly on a specific science use case, but rather on creating the body of knowledge and understanding that will inform future advances in extreme-scale science. Consequently, the funding from this FOA is not intended to incrementally extend current research in the area of the proposed project. It is expected that the proposed projects will significantly benefit from the exploration of innovative ideas or from the development of unconventional approaches.
Please see the funding opportunity for agency contacts and more details, including eligibility and application information.
Webinar: A webinar will be held to provide information to the community on the EXPRESS FOA.
We are pleased to extend an invitation to you to share with your faculty this Call for the 2023 JPMorgan Chase Faculty Research Award [solicitation]. Our goal is to establish and support partnerships in research and innovation between University Faculty and JPMorgan Chase through a select number of awards. The Faculty Research Awards (FRA) are intended to partially supportone PhD student or post doctorate working with the faculty on the proposed research project for one year, and may partially support other project related costs. The proponent to an award must be a faculty at your invited University. A faculty proponent may be a part of up to two submitted proposals.
The faculty should submit a support letter from the Department Head or Dean as part of the application package. Applications must be submitted by April 28th 2023.
We appreciate you acknowledging the receipt of this invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org sharing this announcement with your faculty and pointing them to the guidelines for application attached.
Attached are the directions for submission, important dates to follow and resources for your perusal.
Best, Manuela Veloso, Head of JPMC AI Research, Herbert A. Simon University Professor Emerita, Carnegie Mellon University
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.