Welcome back and together we say hello to 2023. I’m happy to report that coming back from the winter break, the DER staff is not only coming back refreshed, but fully staffed. Ziba Banafsheha (Smith), our resident expert in Fee-For-Service, has returned from maternity leave and we also welcome our newest Research Administrator, Lisa Vaughn.
Lisa joined the team this week having spent many years with the Child and Family Charities. In her positions supporting CFC’s mission of strengthening and supporting children, families, and individuals as they evolve and grow in a changing community, Lisa held numerous positions including Program Assistant, Billing Specialist, and Assistant Director of Administration/Human Resources.
While this is her first position in Research Administration and Lisa’s fallen into the field, as so many of us have, I can already tell that her experience, inquisitive mind, thirst for knowledge, friendly attitude, and dedication to customer service will perfectly drive forward DER’s mission of supporting your research. Every team member (both within DER and throughout MSU) she had the opportunity to meet during the interview process knew she’d be a perfect fit right away. A positive outlook, team-oriented supportive attitude, and kindness is something so important in a team member when we work together. We can always teach someone to be a good Research Administrator, but we can’t teach someone to be a good person. I’m so grateful that DER has the chance to turn a great person into a great Research Administrator to serve the faculty of the College of Engineering.
Welcome back Ziba, welcome to the team Lisa, and all of us here in DER look forward to supporting you and your research proposals in 2023. If you have additional questions regarding any information listed above, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com
with any questions relating to DER.
FROM: Craig O’Neill
TO: SPA News Listserv
Highlights of the NSF PAPPG 23-1 Changes Effective January 30, 2023
The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), version 23-1. Below are some notable policy changes related to proposals and awards that we want to draw your attention to. For a complete list of the changes and for additional detail, please see the updated PAPPG (NSF 23-1). Please contact your OSP Proposal Team with any proposal questions and the CGA Awards Group with any post award questions.
Important FastLane Proposal Preparation and Submission Decommissioning Deadlines:
1/27/23 - Last day to submit new proposals in FastLane (@ 5:00pm submitter’s local time). After this date all new proposals must be initiated and submitted in Research.gov.
How a Principal Investigator Initiates a New Proposal in Research.gov PDF download
Funding Opportunities – NSF has developed a Broad Agency Announcement & Management system (BAA & BAAM). The new system allows for proposal input flexibility and supports post-award administrative activities like those found in Research.gov. BAAM policy and procedural guidance is found in the relevant solicitation or Broad Agency Announcements (BAA).
“Concept Outline” Submissions – Planning and time-sensitive proposals* must submit concept outlines (sent either by email to the Program Officer or using the new ProSPCT Concept Tool) prior to submission of a full proposal in order to confirm appropriateness of the scope of work (see NSF Funding Opportunity for guidance). The PI will receive confirmation from the Program Officer if the proposal is accepted for submission. This confirmation email must be uploaded to the “Program Officer Concurrence” proposal section of the proposal. (*Planning, Rapid Response Research - RAPID, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER, and Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering - RAISE).
UEI and SAM Registration - Subaward entities do not need to complete a SAM registration; rather, they need to obtain a UEI number from the SAMS website and be registered in Research.gov. SAM registration is required for entities that receive direct federal funds.
PI Disclosure Requirements - Researchers personally certify and sign their Bio-sketch and Current/Pending Support forms as accurate, current, and complete for new applications, at the award Just-in-Time stage, and with annual/final reports. Required use of SciENcv
for the preparation of these documents begins in October 2023. Important reminder: knowingly completing forms with inaccurate, out-of-date or inadequate information can result in rejection of the proposal, notifications to other federal agencies of such failed disclosures, and censure including award termination.
New Off-Campus/Off-SiteResearch Checkbox - check this box when data/ information/ samples are being collected off-campus or off-site, such as fieldwork and research activities including activities on vessels and aircraft.
Safe & Inclusive Off-Campus/Site Research – the PI is required to have a plan in place for conducting safe and inclusive research (i.e., plan development, communication including reporting, and dissemination). MSU resources can be found at the following link.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) - Requires appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and as of July 31, 2023, the requirement is expanded to include faculty, and other senior personnel. The revised section also specifies expected mentor and mentorship training content. See MSU OSP/CGA link
for more details.
From: Gage, Douglas <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2022 2:28 PM Subject: NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy: Resources available to campus
You may be aware of NIH’s new Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which goes into effect on January 25, 2023. NIH’s policy requires researchers to prospectively plan for how scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan with most NIH applications and to implement the approved plan if a project is funded.
A cross-campus workgroup
has been formed to assist faculty and research administrators in navigating the requirements of this policy. A Data Management Response Team with experts from various areas has also been assembled to support this initiative.
The Data Management Response Team will be hosting virtual office hours via Zoom on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Researchers are welcome to sign in any time during that window to ask questions or get help with their data management and sharing plans. Please register
in advance if you plan on attending.
The workgroup has developed the following resources to support the new policy:
Please reach out to Twila Reighley (email@example.com) or Erin Schlicher (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, comments, or suggestions. Topic-specific questions can also be directed to the following areas:
Welcome our newest Research Administrator, Lisa Vaughn. Lisa joined the team this week having spent many years with the Child and Family Charities. In her positions supporting CFC’s mission of strengthening and supporting children, families, and individuals as they evolve and grow in a changing community, Lisa held numerous positions including Program Assistant, Billing Specialist, and Assistant Director of Administration/Human Resources.
Deadline for Pre Applications (required): February 9, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Deadline for Applications: March 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET
ASCR is interested in receiving proposals focusing on basic research in computer science that explores innovative approaches to creating distributed resilient systems for science. Such systems might be national or global in scale, linking geographically-distributed computing systems and scientific instruments, and might involve a large number of edge devices or sensors, but regardless, must manage computation and data in scalable and fault-tolerant manner. Important research challenges involve techniques for advanced middleware and operating and runtime systems, with this FOA targeting two research areas: 1) scalable system modeling, and 2) adaptive management and partitioning of resources. Advances in these areas will contribute to scaling-up our increasingly complex and interconnected scientific enterprise.
Please see the funding opportunity for agency contacts and more details, including eligibility and application information.
are being accepted for Cohort II of ASEE’s Engineering for One Planet
Mini-Grant Program (EOP-MGP), an initiative which supports faculty in
designing and piloting curricular changes to integrate sustainability
across engineering education using the EOP Framework. Interested
educators are strongly encouraged to review the EOP-MGP website before applying to learn more about the program.
The deadline for applying is Friday, February 3, 2023.
EOP Program Goal: The goal of this program is to
incentivize faculty to pursue EOP work by supporting them with a
Community of Practice, Mentoring, and Mini-Grant funding as they design
and pilot curricula that focus on instilling concepts of
sustainability—ultimately to transform US higher education programming.
The signature EOP Framework guides this initiative.
Online Symposium: Considering applying but want more
information and inspiration? Hear from awardees from the inaugural
cohort at an Online Symposium where 13 institutions will showcase their
unique EOP pilot projects during a special poster session. The event is
scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 1-3pm ET. Register for the free Online Symposium.
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
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.