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Conducting Funded Research at Montana State University

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Conducting Funded Research at Montana State University
Overview of the Pre-Award Process and Locating Research Support
Who We Are
Office of Sponsored Programs:
Role on campus
Research support available
Contact Info

309 Montana Hall
You, the Investigator: Who are You and What is Your Vision?
What is your name and what department are you from?
What is your research agenda? (What pervasive world problem are you going to solve?)
What types of funding do you want or need? Summer salary? Start-up funds for your lab? A new sweater?
Micaela Young, Grant Coordinator with ADVANCE Project TRACS
1. Institutions (MSU) may submit only one nomination

2. The primary nomination is made by the department head and/or dean of the college and must be sent to OSP/VPR

3. Eligibility varies, but typically investigators must be in their first or second year of their appointment at the assistant professor rank

4. Insider insights...(the sooner, the better and talk to your dept. head and dean for their support)

Grants support exceptional young investigators pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biomedical sciences.
Grants support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first or second year of their appointment at the assistant professor level.
Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years

Supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.
The award provides $240,000 in flexible support - $60,000 per year for a four-year period.
Applicants must submit a pre-proposal that includes a research project summary, CV, and letter of support from the chair of his or her department to OSP.

The HHMI competition will issue science education grants to research universities.
The initiative aims to enable universities to develop and implement strategies that will significantly increase the persistence in science of undergraduate students from all backgrounds.
Proposals will be evaluated by their ability to improve the persistence in science of all students.

Intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
Intended to provide funding to individuals with minimal or no external funding from parent or other organizations.
Projects are typically funded for a period of up to four years.
Awards may be in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project.
Searle Scholars Program:

Pew Charitable Trusts:

Howard Hughes Medical Institutes:
Beckman Young Investigator:
I am the sweater king...
Role on campus
Research support available
Contact Info

319 Leon Johnson Hall

Types of Funding Available: Limited Submissions and Big Competitions
ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellows:
This program was created to assist recent Ph.D.s in the humanities who are beginning their careers.
Faculty fellows will serve two-year appointments
Annual stipend of $50,000 plus $5,000 research/travel allowance, health insurance, and a $1,500 one-time moving allowance
Types of Funding Available: Federal Opportunities

National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER awards)
Offered to those in biological sciences, computer and information science engineering, education and human resources, engineering, geosciences, math and physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences (come one, come all!)
Intended to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations
National Science Foundation STEM-C awards
The STEM-C (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, including Computing) Partnerships program is a major research and development effort of two NSF Directorates, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, which supports innovative partnerships to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
National Science Foundation IUSE awards
Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace; both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience.

Expand Your Horizons: Foundation Opportunities
Private Foundation opportunities are typically funded by charitable organizations with distinct goals, and are managed by a board that makes decisions on behalf of the organization and its benefactors. These are relatively underutilized opportunities and are worth pursuing, especially after you have developed the content for a federal opportunity or are looking for pilot study or start-up funds.
Literally thousands of foundations are in existence and offer grant opportunities with relatively straightforward application processes (See Sandy's yellow handout)
To find these opportunities, you may search foundations using MSU's Foundation Database license. Search > Montana State Library > Find > Articles and Research Databases > Foundation Directory Online or search the SPIN/Genius Database.
Talk to MSU Alumni Foundations about your vision or come to the April 10th Foundations Training! http://msuaf.org/s/1584/start.aspx
for specific instructions, deadlines, and more opportunities, see the yellow foundations document in your resource folder or visit the OSP website and look for "limited submissions."
Limited Submission Examples
I found an opportunity that is right for me, but am I ready to apply? What else do I need to know?
Preparedness: Need-to-know information for applicants
Montana State University offers pre-award service, support, and training so that you are in compliance with MSU and agency requirements.
MSU PI Training: to be included in the next PI training, email Carmen Fike at cfike@montana.edu (see PI Guide)
Institutional Review Board and Research Ethics:
The ePCF and tracking proposals:
see form (on OSP website)

Need-to-know Basics about being an Investigator at MSU
Resource Packet: Digital Copy
OSP Handout
ADVANCE Overview
ADVANCE Grant Coordinator Menu
Yellow ESI Foundation Opportunities
ESI Federal Opportunities
Agency Help Desk Info
NIH Application Key/Career Path Key
MSU Statistics
Sample Grants.gov (SF-424)
Sample OSP ePCF
Friday, March 21st, 2014
"Money, it's a gas." - Pink Floyd
PI's must progress through three major stages in the proposal process if the application is destined to be successful.
National Endowment for the Humanities Stipends
Scholarship and Creativity Grants (S&C): competitive faculty opportunities for tenure-track faculty in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Funding amount ranges between 6 and 22k.
Faculty Excellence Grants: offered by the ADVANCE and the VP for Research, FEG's are awards of 5k for activities that enhance scholarship.
Consult NIH Career Award Wizard for best match
Talk to a mentor and the program officer to ensure that you are applying to the correct mechanism and institute.
Use the ADVANCE Grant Facilitator Network to vet project concept, especially for interdisciplinary work.
A Tale of Two Agencies: Both Federal but Different in How Awards are Approached
According to Pew Scholar Diana Bautista, I am the star-nosed mole and my snout could lead to discoveries related to painkillers for people whose lives are touched by conditions that leave them in constant pain! Eeeek! (translated as "cool" in mole)
Research Capacity Support at MSU
Stage 1: Technical/Scientific Review

Stage 2: Mechanical/Submission Review
Stage 3: OSP/Admin Review
National Institutes of Health vs. National Science Foundation
Sample of Funded Project - Organismal Metabolic Networks: The Google Maps of Systems Biology
NEH Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. Support is for continuous full-time work on a humanities project for two months.
Burroughs Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the AP level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology.
The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects.
Opportunities at MSU
NIH Proposal Timeline
The Big Picture of Grant Management
The Programs (to name a few): Office of Sponsored ADVANCE, INBRE, EPSCoR, Center for Faculty Excellence, Extended University
Up-and-coming events: http://www.montana.edu/nsfadvance/events.html
Thank You!
Don't get this facial expression. We can help.
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