Special note: This week’s DER newsletter was released early to notify you that DER staff will be remote in the afternoon on Friday 09/02/2022 to accommodate the game day parking. MSU and DER will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. Happy Labor Day from DER.
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Your approval controls Proposal Traffic! You have the power...
If you perform research, you periodically receive those amazing emails from the KC HelpDesk that state: “Your Action List in the Kuali Coeus System has a Proposal Development document (PD) that needs you to: APPROVE, DISAPPROVE or RETURN.”
Why are they so amazing? Because they are evidence that a new funding proposal is being submitted—a request that highlights the work you and your colleague(s) undertake every day. When you receive those messages, note that the first few lines give you a quick summary of the proposal—especially helpful if you are involved in a variety of proposed projects. The easiest way to review and approve a PD is to click the first link in the email! Depending on if you are already logged in or not, you may be prompted to enter your username and password and to complete two-factor authentication.
Once logged in, you will arrive at the starting line--the Submit page. You’ll see the PD# and PI name at the top left. Across the middle of the page will be horizontal line of tabs—these all contain important information. At the very least, please be sure to click on the Credit Allocation tab and make sure that your split is accurate and what was agreed upon during the development of the project. Also, please look at the Budget Summary tab; clicking the arrows next to the line-item titles will expand them, and you can make sure that your effort is included correctly.
You can read more about the overall project by clicking the attachments link. Documents under the sub-tabs Proposal and Personnel are items to be submitted directly to sponsors via grants.gov. The Internal and Notes tabs contain internal documents and/or proposal documents that will be submitted via external mechanisms. If you notice problems with the PD, check the Notes tab—there may be an explanation.
To approve a PD, tap the Approve button at the bottom of the screen. Depending on your role you may get a dialogue box asking you if you want future approval requests. Please be sure to answer any questions and watch the “Document was successfully approved” message shows at the top, just under Submit. This is your flag that the approval is complete; if you close out too quickly, the approval may not register and the PD will remain stuck at your level.
Idle! We are all trying to adhere to deadlines and make sure proposals are submitted on time. PD approvals flow from faculty level, then to chair level, then to dean level. All approvals at each level must obtained before the PD moves to the next. Please review and approve PDs as soon as you are able.
Slam on the breaks and disapprove a PD; essentially Disapprove = Dead. Once a PD is disapproved, your DER research administrator will need to copy the dead PD, make updates, re-gather approvals, etc. Help us reduce administrative burden and please don’t disapprove PDs. Instead, reach out to DER and inform us of any problems you found with the PD so that we make corrections in the most efficient manner.
Race through the yellow light and approve without review. This is your opportunity to make sure you are represented accurately.
More detailed information is available in the KR Job Aides. If you have any questions related to approving your next PD or question specific to your next proposal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight Opportunities & Information
What’s hot in science? Check out NSF research news through August 31, 2022
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.
Sensors used to detect head impacts in athletes who play high-impact sports like football traditionally have been placed inside their helmets, which can lead to false or incomplete readings. Michigan State University researchers have created a thin sensor that instead can be worn on an athlete’s neck, which has been shown to be 90% effective at identifying concussion injuries.
Each year, 20% of the estimated 1.7 million concussions are sports-related, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While watching a football game between MSU and the University of Michigan, Nelson Sepúlveda, a professor in the College of Engineering, was struck with inspiration.
“I was sitting close to the field and was watching the hard hits those players withstand,” Sepúlveda said. “I thought, these guys need to be protected, and there must be a better way to measure how hard the impact is to detect concussions.”
The "bandage" is made from a thin ferroelectric nano generator sensor that is about 0.1 millimeter thick.
Sepúlveda and Henry Dsouza, his graduate student, developed a thin ferroelectric nano generator sensor that is about 0.1 millimeter thick, and is about the size of a bandage. When the sensor is pulled or pressed, an electrical charge is created that is transmitted to a computer.
The idea is that athletes would wear the “bandage” sensors on their necks throughout games or practices. When a collision that could cause a concussion happens, the medical team would receive an alert on a sideline computer to take the player off the field and do further tests.
Thursday, September 15, 1 - 2:30 PM ET State departments of transportation can make big strides towards the
future of automated vehicles (AVs) by maintaining and building infrastructures
that will support them. This webinar will provide a framework for thinking
about the impacts AVs on the transportation network.
Wednesday, September 19, 2 - 3:30 PM ET
The Research in Progress database is a leading tool for transportation
professionals to stay updated on current or recently-completed transportation
research projects. This webinar will demonstrate how to maximize the RIP
database to find and display research, and how to distinguish between the RIP
and TRID databases.
Tuesday, September 27, 1 - 2:30 PM ET Roadway designs and signal phasing that address the safety of all road
users are being implemented in many cities around the country. This webinar
will present pedestrian safety, operations, service quality analysis methods,
and volume counting techniques.
Thursday, September 29, 1 - 2:30 PM ET Across the country, state transportation agencies have been required to
incorporate performance measures into their core business functions. This
webinar will take a look at how performance measures are defined, and review
how they fit within the larger context of strategic planning.
Thursday, October 6, 2:30 - 4 PM ET Disruptions to transportation supply chains can cause cascading
effects globally and socioeconomically. This webinar will discuss leading-edge
technologies and the impacts logistics modeling with artificial intelligence
and resilience analytics can have on a larger scale.
Broader Impacts Workshop Series (Fall 2022 - Spring 2023)
Description: 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.
Are you a newcomer to broader impacts or need a refresher on what
they are all about? This introductory workshop covers the basics of
broader impacts, including what broader impacts of research are, why
they matter, and the six essential elements of a successful broader
impacts plan. Participants will also learn about key resources and
consultation services available to help them build their BI plans and
get a sneak preview of additional workshops in the series.
Researchers are more effective in achieving their intended societal
impacts when they take the time to consciously construct their impact
identities. "Impact Identity" is a concept that integrates one's
identity as a researcher with societal needs, personal preferences and
skills, and institutional context. Come to this hands-on workshop to
develop your impact identity and vision for achieving desired societal
impacts throughout your career.
In addition to its intellectual merits, each proposal submitted to
the National Science Foundation (NSF) is reviewed according to the
merits of its BI plan, or the benefits of the proposed research to
society. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about NSF's BI
criterion and major BI goals, the six essential elements of a BI plan,
and key resources to help you develop a winning proposal. Participants
will leave the workshop with a draft BI plan.
Additional Workshops in the Series
MSU Partners for Broader Impacts (November)
Evaluating the Broader Impacts of Your Research (December)
Broadening Participation in STEM Education and Careers: The Role of Inclusive Recruitment and Mentoring (January)
Broader Impacts Through Course-Based Community-Engaged Research
Winning Strategies for NSF CAREER Proposals (March)
MSU researchers have access to a funding search tool that also has the ability to provide alerts on new funding opportunities. Check out Trending Research Topics using MSU Scholars. Using the “Research at a Glance”
instrument, you can quickly navigate research activities for MSU
faculty over the past 36 months. This powerful tool can assist you in
seeing research trends filtered by discipline, find potential
collaborators areas of interest, and quickly view publications related
to MSU research. The MSU Scholars database is also an excellent way to find other researchers for collaborative projects. View this short video
for a demonstration of the program. Be sure to enter research interests
and key words for best matching. Researchers should log in to the Faculty Insight Discovery section of MSU Scholars using an MSU NetID to get started.
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.