A collection of news items about grants, scholarships, proposal writing, and other topics compiled by Jon Harrison, Funding Center Supervisor, MSU Libraries. For more information, visit the Grants and Related Resources web page or contact Jon Harrison at email@example.com
While the city, state, foundations, and creditors negotiate the contours of the Detroit plan to escape municipal bankruptcy, it is important to remember the work that is going on to return Detroit’s neighborhoods to a semblance of livability. Making that happen are the nonprofit organizations that scrape together financial and human resources to get things done.
For the full article, see Jeff Cohen, "Heroes and Heroines: Detroit’s Local Nonprofits", Nonprofit Quarterly, April 18, 2014.
Data Management Plans and Preservation Issues
Thurs., Apr. 17 – 3-5pm
Main Library North Conference Room, 4th Floor (map)
Hailey Mooney, Data Services Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian
Lisa Schmidt, Electronic Records Archivist, University Archives
Practical, MSU-specific support and infrastructure for managing, archiving, and sharing research data; also how to comply with the data management plan requirements of the National Science Foundation and other funders.
Light refreshments will be served. No registration necessary!
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released version 14-1 of their Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). This guide provides instructions for preparing and submitting proposals.
Below are some top clarifications that you may find helpful and a general summary can be found on our website at https://www.cga.msu.edu/PL/SiteFiles/GetFile.aspx?id=286
Proposal Content Type Items
Sections of the Proposal
• The guide now contains a list of required sections for a full proposal submitted via FastLane.
o Clarifies that if the submission instructions do not require a section to be provided, the proposer should insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, "Not Applicable."
Budget type items
Participant Support Costs and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Funding
• Clarifies that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs and the type of costs that colleges and universities may include in this category.
• NSF Policy reminder that indirect costs (F&A) are not allowed on REU Site or REU Supplement budgets.
• Clarifies that for purposes of budget preparation, the cumulative cost sharing amount must be entered on Line M of the first year’s budget. Should an award be made, the cost sharing commitment, as specified on the first year’s approved budget, must be met prior to award expiration.
o Note: only a limited number of programs require cost share and the inclusion in the proposal of voluntary committed cost share is prohibited. If applicable, the PI can include statements about available resources in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal. More information can be found on OSP’s website.
Consultant Services and NSF Prior Approval Policy per the Award and Administration Guide
• Clarifies that all costs should be fully disclosed in the budget justification (see AAG Chapter V.A.3.b.).
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• Science and Engineering Indicators 2014, National Science Board (Online version)
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• IES Statistical and Research Methodology in Education New Awards for FY2015
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• NSPIRES: Game Changing Opportunities In Technology Development
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Nathan Swenson, MSU assistant professor of plant biology, has received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
This prestigious award is given to mid-career professionals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
“It is an extraordinary honor to be named a Guggenheim Fellow and I cannot thank the foundation enough,” Swenson said. “The fellowship will allow me to continue my fundamental research interest of linking the evolution of plant form and function to the present-day distribution, abundance and co-existence of species.”
Swenson is especially interested in how tropical forests respond to disturbance and is working to understand why there are so many plant species in tropical forests compared to temperate forests. Swenson also is doing disturbance-related research in the temperate forests in Michigan. His research is particularly useful to forest managers in deciding which areas to preserve and for making predictions about how forest composition and biodiversity will shift as a result of climate change.
During his tenure as a Guggenheim Fellow, Swenson will develop phylogenomic and functional trait datasets for adaptively radiating woody plant genera in New Zealand to link the evolutionary history of trait diversification to present day geographic distributions and species co-occurrence. Swenson’s research will take him to many parts of New Zealand because the groups of plants he studies live throughout the country.
“New Zealand serves as a unique laboratory for studying the evolution of plant form and function because the country’s land masses have been relatively isolated from other land masses for tens of millions of years,” Swenson said.
In addition, he points out that only a few plant lineages have successfully arrived, established and subsequently diversified in New Zealand.
“The country also is fantastically diverse climatically and topographically, meaning that those few plant lineages of plants that arrived in New Zealand have quickly adapted to an enormous range of environmental conditions.”
Professor and chair of the Department of Plant Biology in the College of Natural Science Richard Triemer said he is pleased that Nate received the Fellowship.
“Nate is one of the few scientists in the field of evolutionary biology and ecology who is able to bring together phylogenetics, historical biogeography, bioinformatics and functional traits to study biodiversity at the continental level. Using these tools and his strong statistical background, he has developed models that can predict how plant communities may respond to global environmental change. This award recognizes the importance of his past research accomplishments and the potential impact his future work will have on our understanding of environmental change,” Triemer said.
Swenson also has received the 2011 Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists and the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility for his research. He received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona in 2008 and came to MSU in 2009. He is also affiliated with the MSU Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program.
Source: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/msu-plant-biologist-receives-prestigious-guggenheim-fellowship/#sthash.PVmUczTs.dpuf (MSU Today, April 15, 2014)
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