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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism will award up to 3 grants of $3500 each to support the making of environmental-related documentaries (video, audio or other digital media) by MSU faculty-student teams.
Deadline for submission: March 20, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Decisions to be announced approximately April 6.
Open to faculty and students from all departments at MSU.
Maximum award : $3500 for 1 year.
These must be documentaries, not public service announcements or advocacy pieces.
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism must be credited for underwriting the project.
The Knight Center will be entitled to use your documentary, including linking on our website and presentation in classes, workshops, and other activities.
Allowable expenses include travel, essential equipment, supplies, pay for students and festival & competition entry fees. All expenses must comply with MSU procedures and rules. Any equipment purchased remains the property of MSU.
What to submit:
On Thursday February 26th, 2015, the OVPRGS is bringing Dr. Meg Bouvier to MSU’s campus for a seminar on NIH Submission Strategies from 10-11am.
Dr. Bouvier has owned her own medical writing company for 8 years, and has helped clients garner over $200 million dollars in funding. She was previously a bench scientist at NINDS, and a staff writer at NHGRI. She has her PhD in Biomedical Sciences and did her postdoc as an IRTA fellow at NIH. She is an expert at medical grant writing, identifying appropriate institutes and centers for NIH submissions, and identifying and building relationships with program officers for proposal review. She utilizes her extensive experience with NIH to teach participants about the NIH submission process.
"You have a cool idea for a research project, now what?" Dr. Bouvier will talk about finding your niche in the NIH portfolio by examining funded projects on the NIH Reporter website and by talking with program officers about their funding priorities. She will discuss how to generate a list of possible ICs to which you could submit your idea. Then she will explain how to mock up several versions of your Specific Aims that you can shop around to different program officers. She will explain how you might pursue co-sponsorship between ICs, often a winning strategy in these tight funding times.
Who: Essential for grantees planning to submit an R01, R21, or R03 in an upcoming cycle, and the senior faculty and administrators who advise them.
Takeaways (for use in applying for CME credit)
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Identify potential Institutes/Centers, Program Officers, and Funding Opportunity Announcements.
2) Write several drafts of their Specific Aims to send to POs for feedback before they write.
3) Choose the most appropriate IC, FOA, and study section for the project based on this feedback.”
This event will take place 10-11am on Thursday February 26th, 2015. If you are interested in this opportunity please RSVP to email@example.com . There will be no charge for this event.
Director of Analytics and Strategic Programs
The MichiganFunders.com uses the Michigan Invest Local Exemption, passed in 2013, to allow for intrastate Security and Exchange Commission exemptions for equity crowdfunding.
Basically, this means if a new business wants to open in Detroit, the owners can seek funding not only from venture capital firms and big-time investors, but the everyday people living in the vicinity of the business who use it.
Michigan is the 15th state to adopt such a law and it's opening up new avenues of funding for startups. It's also leveling the playing field for women-and minority-owned businesses.
Michigan Funders is an equity crowdfunding platform, that aims to connect Michigan-resident investors and Michigan-based businesses that are seeking growth funding. We are the first portal based in Michigan to allow all investors to participate in private equity investments in exciting local startups, expanding businesses, and real estate. All investors, regardless of income, are able to participate in funding the future, here (though you must certify Michigan residency to view deal terms). Investing in exciting local businesses has never been easier.
For the full article, see Lauren Abdel-Razzaq, "New site aids equity crowdfunding in Michigan", Detroit News, February 21, 2015.
For another, see Ami Heimerl, "Pair launch equity crowdfunding platform for small-biz owners", Crain's Business Detroit, February 19, 2015.
Rick DeVos’ venture capital fund will stop giving away $5,000 each week to people with a good business idea. The fund, known as Start Garden, has given $5,000 to nearly 200 entrepreneurs in the last three years.
“A few years ago the biggest thing that it seemed like the region needed was a lot of experimentation and to get over fear of risk,” said Paul Moore, communications director for Start Garden.
But Moore says budding entrepreneurs have more opportunities now.
So instead, Start Garden will give more money, up to $1.5 million, to start-ups on the verge of going public or being sold. He says there are about two dozen businesses they’re working with now that could get those investments. Most of them are based in Michigan, he said.
For the full article, see Lindsey Smith, "DeVos’ venture capital fund shifts focus to businesses on the verge of making it big", Michigan Radio, February 18, 2015.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and others announced a new crowdfunding campaign to support a series of two-to-three public murals in downtown Grand Rapids.
If the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts attains its goal of $10,000 by March 18, MEDC will provide a $10,000 matching grant, the MEDC said in a statement about the campaign.
"It is a UICA priority to create partnerships in the creative and business communities that will increase Grand Rapids' vibrancy, build the sense of creative place for our residents and visitors, and advance the city's identity as a growing collaborative ecosystem that nurtures business, technology, art, and design," said UICA Executive Director Miranda Krajniak.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 34, February 18, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
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