Help us celebrate Marcy Bishop who achieved her Certified Research Administrator accreditation!
It’s a proud moment for DER to announce that DER Assistant Director Marcy Bishop successfully passed her Certified Research Administrator exam. Marcy can rightfully say she is among the 4,139 RA’s from across the world, 26 on Michigan State’s Campus, and 2 with DER that can call themselves Certified Research Administrators.
The Certified Research Administrator designation is the internationally recognized, industry leading credential within the Research Administration discipline. Since 1993, the CRA exam has been administered by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC), an independent credentialing body. A Research Administrator who has earned their CRA credential has proven to have the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator to become the most recognized in the field. While many certificate programs attest to the fact that someone attended specific training courses, earning the CRA is a true testament that recognizes a professional has truly dedicated themselves to the field that supports faculty research. To earn a CRA, a professional must have completed over three years of professional preparation in the field of Research Administration, must complete extensive personal study/preparation (both pre and post award), and successfully pass the 250 question/4-hour exam.
Having earned his CRA in 2009 and served on the RACC Board of Directors from 2012-2018, DER Director Alex Delavan knows the sacrifice and devotion it takes to pass the exam, as well as the excitement Marcy is currently experiencing. While we know anyone that has ever worked with Marcy in the past already recognizes her as a true professional, this additional credential ensures that she is now recognized as an expert across the field.
All of us in DER know that no one has worked harder and is more deserving of this designation than our own Marcy Bishop. Congratulations on a very well-earned recognition.
Remember, DER is here to assist you develop your strongest proposal. If you have questions regarding your upcoming proposal, please email DER at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
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Keep up with today’s research news from the U.S. National Science Foundation. This is a daily look at noteworthy scientific findings from researchers around the country.
MSU studies climate and sustainability in the Mississippi River Basin
A Michigan State University research team is working with water managers, farmers and rural communities to address critical food-water issues that could soon impact the U.S. Midwest.
Yadu Pokhrel, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is leading a team that includes researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin on a three-year, $800,000 National Science Foundation project funded through the Climate and Sustainability Initiative. The team will work closely with MSU Extension Services and Ruth Kline-Robach from the MSU Department of Community Sustainability, who will serve as an outreach expert.
“Our country’s Midwest, especially the Mississippi River basin (MRB), is a region where we are expecting climate change to exacerbate the complex water, agricultural, and environmental issues that already exist there,” Pokhrel said. “Technology improvements on intensified food production, such as genetic engineering, have enabled better crop yields but have also led to adverse effects on water resources and ecosystems.”
For example, groundwater in the Ogallala aquifer is currently being over exploited for irrigation, he noted. Additionally, excessive delivery of agricultural nutrients from Mississippi basin farming has created a massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
“As the adverse impacts on water and ecological systems become more palpable, there is also a growing pressure to produce more food in what will likely be a hotter and drier future,” Pokhrel explained. “We will examine the effectiveness of various agricultural adaptation measures under a range of climate change scenarios.”
Pokhrel said the team’s research assessments will include the need, potential, and feasibility of irrigation expansion in the eastern river basis to sustain food production as compared to water scarcity and challenges to sustain irrigation on the western side of the river basin.
“Our goal is to suggest plausible agricultural adaptation strategies to reduce water stress in the Ogallala aquifer region and better understand the possible changes to water accessibility and quality across the entire region considering various scenarios of climate change and agricultural management.”
The research findings will be disseminated through information platforms that include extension services in Michigan and Illinois. The project will engage K-12 students in outreach activities related to pressing water-food-environmental issues in the U.S., provide computational research opportunities for undergraduate students, and train graduate students at the interface of multiple disciplines.
“We will utilize this opportunity to generate new knowledge on sustainable agricultural intensification across the divergent eastern and western MRB agroecosystems,” he added.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit and award research and development grants to educate and train the next generation of engineers and scientists by supporting novel, early-stage research at U.S. colleges and universities.
The University Training and Research (UTR) Program has the following primary mission objectives:
educate and train the next generation of engineers and scientists to help develop and contribute to a highly-skilled, inclusive, and competitive U.S. workforce and economy;
support novel, early-stage research at U.S. colleges and universities that advances the FECM mission of delivering integrated solutions related to fossil energy and carbon management and enable transformation to a sustainable, net-zero greenhouse gas future;
increase research and development opportunities for underrepresented and structurally marginalized communities within the U.S. and tap into the innovative and diverse thinking of student researchers at minority serving institutions of higher learning; and,
ensure that students are being equipped with cutting-edge, translatable skillsets that will allow them to contribute to the U.S. workforce and greater economy over the course of a longstanding and enduring career.
The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the
research and teaching careers of talented early-career faculty in the
chemical sciences at primarily undergraduate institutions. The award,
which requires an institutional nomination, is based on accomplishment
in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling
commitment to teaching. Institutions may submit only one nomination annually.All nominations for this award will be reviewed by the VPRI office.
The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to faculty who meet all of the following criteria:
From academic institutions in the States, Districts, and
Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or
master’s degree in the chemical sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering.
In departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. A
potential nominee is ineligible if there is active participation or
substantial research productivity in a Ph.D. program of another
department or institution, or in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.
Hold a full-time tenure-line academic appointment focused on the chemical sciences.
Are after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers and engaged in independent research and teaching primarily with undergraduates.
For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson email@example.com.
If you are interested in learning about additional foundation funding
opportunities, please visit the MSU Foundation Relations website.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office
(SETO) intends to release the Advancing U.S. Thin-Film Solar Funding
Opportunity Announcement (FOA) of up to $36 million for research,
development, and demonstration projects on two major thin-film
photovoltaic (PV) technologies: metal halide perovskite PV and cadmium
telluride (CdTe) PV. This FOA will promote American leadership in
thin-film PV technology, and the domestic manufacture of thin-film PV
modules. This FOA will also support SETO in meeting Congressional
direction provided in fiscal year 2023 to spend no less than $25 million
to support the advancement of both perovskite PV and CdTe PV
technologies ($50 million in total).The FOA is expected to be released
in September 2023 and is expected to be restricted to for-profit lead
Up to $20M will fund projects on industrial perovskite PV research
and development to enable future commercialization by reaching specific
thresholds of efficiency, long-term reliability, manufacturability, and
economic viability. Quantitative guidelines within the NOI describe what
a competitive application is expected to include for a given funding
level. This information is being communicated through the NOI so
potential applicants can take advantage of the intervening time before a
FOA is released to identify and fill possible gaps in their
Up to $16M will fund projects to advance cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV
research, development, demonstration, and commercialization across the
materials, equipment, installation, and performance monitoring supply
chain to improve the competitiveness of the domestic CdTe PV technology
SETO anticipates to award 3 or more financial assistance awards in
the form of cooperative agreements. These awards will last 18-36 months,
with $3 million-$20 million federal share per project and a cost share
requirement of 20-50%.
The announcement states: “SETO understands that R&D of this
nature, which is critical to reach the next stages of commercialization,
is inherently more resource intensive and best led by industry. As
such, lead applicants will be restricted to for-profit entities; however, teaming with universities,
national laboratories, and other supply chain or ecosystem partners is encouraged (additional details below).”
I hope you are all having a nice summer. I also wanted to let
you know that Sara Steenrod and I are happy to work with PIs who are
interested in using ORI’s free editing services for their CAREER
proposals. Please feel free to reach out by email if this is of interest to you.
Kind regards, Lauren Aerni-Flessner, Ph.D., MBA Outreach Specialist Office of Research and Innovation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.