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 Upcoming DER Seminars:
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 Past DER Seminars:


  • April 30th, 2019 - Fee for Service - Roger Gray, CPA Senior Financial Analyst from Michigan States’ Office of Financial Analysis and Reporting will be presenting our Fee for Service seminar alongside Andy Hazel, Research Administrator from DER to present on service centers and why we need to create billing rates and go through the red tape of getting rates approved. This will be a very beneficial seminar for faculty, staff and graduate students.

    1. Fee for Service PPD


  1. April 23rd, 2019 - Effort Reporting - Stacy Salisbury and Meghan Cartwright will talk about how their office (Contract and Grant Administration CGA) determines the effort that should be set-up on an account, how to view effort set-up over the life of a project and how to navigate the effort reporting portal. They will also discuss matching funds including MSU’s cost share policy, what reports can be pulled to view match that is set-up through effort and how this looks in account explorer.

    1. Effort Reporting PPT


  • April 9th, 2019 - Ford/MSU Alliance - MSU hosted representatives from Ford.  Through the Ford-MSU Alliance and other programs, Ford has invested over $8.2 million in research with MSU faculty and they continue to seek additional opportunities to fund research across a wide range of topics of interest.  Ford is also interested in participating on Federal Research with MSU faculty.

    The standard Alliance awards are approximately $100,000/year (up to 2 years) and historical award rates are 50% of those submitted.  Alternatively, additional opportunities exist for grants of $50,000/year (up to 3 years).
    Next steps: Please reach out to Brice Nelson, Associate Director, Business Connect, 517.884.2368,  He can provide additional information and details:
    • Ford’s ‘Topics of Interest’
    • Initial one page ‘idea form’
    • Ford’s key timelines for the process (summarized below)

    • To request access to view the recorded Zoom seminar session, please contact Monique
  • February 28th, 2019- AF Group Seminar -  This seminar is brought to you by AF Group, a leading insurance company that is interested in exploring ways to be more engaged with MSU. At this presentation they will provide a brief history of their company, trends in the insurance industry and some of the challenges. They are one of the top 5 elite carriers and are looking to grow by diversifying their products and are seeking MSU expertise and looking for areas of mutual interest by finding fundable research opportunities. Some of the areas being discussed are: Wearable/Biometrics, Gig Economy Market, Autonomous Trucks, Trade Wars, and Recent Corporate Tax Impact. Please plan on attending if you have ideas about any of the above ideas or have other ideas that could help them expand their business footprint.


  • February 26th, 2019- Academic Analytics 101 - This seminar is brought to you by Kyle Sweitzer, Data Resource Analyst in the Institutional Research unit of the Office of Planning and Budgets at Michigan State. He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Penn State University. The Academic Analytics 101 seminar is an overview of the new “MSU Scholars” public-facing website, as well as the internal “Faculty Insight” website. These resources will help faculty search for grant funding opportunities specific to their own research interests. Bring any analytics questions you have and great ready for learning new ways to optimize your funding opportunities.



  • February 12th, 2019 - NSF Grant Consultant - This seminar is tailored to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to gain resources and tips from Sara Steenrod our NSF Grant Consultant. This will be a very helpful and resourceful to learn about what Sara can do assist you with proposal preparation. She is focused on specialized areas by funding entity such as NIH and NSF.



    1. NSF Grant Consultant Slides - 011219


  • January 15th, 2019 - DER Is Here To Help - This seminar is tailored to those who were unable to make our ‘DER Is Here to Help Seminar’ in the fall semester, or are new faculty, staff, or graduate students. It will focus on services within the Division of Engineering Research, and all of the various ways we can help you increase your sponsored research expenditures. We look forward to seeing you there!


    1.  DER Is Here To Help Slides - 011519


  •  December 12th, 2018 - CyberTruck by Karl Heimer - This seminar is focused on connecting talent with the heavy duty industry to keep vehicles secure by bringing awareness, excitement, and professional involvement to the heavy vehicle cyber domain. Karl leads the CyberTruck Challenge, an immersive experiance in truck related cybersecurity. He will also discuss the growing industry participation and outcomes.


    1. CyberTruck Seminar Slides - 121218


  • December 5th, 2018 - NSF Broader Impacts - This workshop offers faculty and students resources, tools and strategies for evaluating National Science Foundation Broader Impacts activities. Those who attended the session had the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding broader impacts activities for your NSF proposals. The quality of broader impacts activities is important in determining funding decisions for NSF proposals.


    1. NSF Broader Impacts Slides - 12518



  • November 28th, 2018 - NSF Fundamentals for Proposals - This seminar is for faculty planning to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation, focusing on required proposal documents, recent NSF changes, and how to avoid common mistakes.  We will also highlight the process from your first notification to DER through OSP’s review and submission in NSF FastLane.  This is the first of two seminars focusing on NSF.


    1. NSF Fundamentals Slides - 112818


  • November 8st, 2018 - Research Opportunities with Smart Transportation Industry - This Seminar will educate faculty and graduate students on research opportunities with Smart Transportation. We have industry leaders from both ZF (a global leader in driveline and chassis technology) and Intensity (well-established consulting company for technology and innovation) presenting. Mr. Whydell is the Vice President for vehicle systems Product Planning for ZF and Mr. Koark is the CEO of Invensity.


    1. ZF Research Opportunities with Smart Transportation Slides - 110818
    2. Intensity Smart Transportation Slides -  110818



  • October 31st, 2018 - The Export Control Process at MSU - This seminar will include an overview of the export control process, how it is addressed at MSU, issues with visa applications for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars, as well as helpful tips and resources to assist PIs. A few words will also be mentioned about anticipated changes in export control regulations.


    1. Export Control Process at MSU Presentation Slides - 103118


  • October 17th, 2018 - Data and Reporting: Faculty Research Activity, Research Expenditures, & RFA Seminar -This seminar is designed for faculty to better understand readily available information on proposals and awards.  We will dive into how faculty awards flow back to the departments through research expenditures and overhead credit.  We also explain how this feeds into faculty annual Form D reporting, the promotion and tenure process, and MSU's national research rankings.

    1. Data and Reporting Presentation Slides - 101718


  • October 10th, 2018 - Introduction to KC - This seminar will empower and educate faculty and staff to effectively navigate and utilize KC (Kuali Coeus).  Join skilled KC experts who will demonstrate key KC skills including searching for data in KC, reviewing and approving proposals, answering COI questions, and understanding how system required questions trigger future proposal processing steps.

    1. Introduction to KC Presentation Slides - 101018


  • October 1st, 2018 - NEXT GENERATION BROADCAST TELEVISION: HOW DOES IT WORK?This seminar provided an overview of the ATSC 3.0 system, followed by a detailed explanation of the technologies that make up the different layers of ATSC 3.0 and how they have changed from the previous ATSC “1.0” system.  The presentation featured Dr. Chernock who is currently Chief Science Officer at Triveni Digital. Previously, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, investigating digital broadcast technologies. Dr. Chernock is chairman of the ATSC Technology Group on ATSC 3.0 (TG3) and chairs the AHG on service delivery and synchronization for ATSC 3.0. He was previously chairman of the ATSC Technology and Standards Group (TG1). He is also the Distinguished Lecturer Chair for IEEE BTS. In another life, he used transmission electron microscopy to study materials characteristics for advanced ceramics packaging and semiconductor technology at IBM. His ScD was from MIT in the field of nuclear materials engineering.



  • September 24th, 2018 - MTRAC - This seminar discussed funding opportunities related to the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Applied Advanced  Materials Innovation Hub and the Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation. June 26th, 2018 - Aveopt and ATLAS - This seminar featuring Art Kahn and Tim Nash of Aveopt ( and Mike Carey of ATLAS Space Operations ( who shared upcoming collaboration and goals to establish partnership opportunities between Aveopt, ATLAS Space Operations and MSU.

    1. MTRAC Innovation Hubs: Applied Advanced Materials & Advanced Transportation Presentation Slides - 092418


    1. ATLAS Introduction to MSU Presentation Slides - 062818
    2. Aveopt Proving Ground Presentation Slides - 062818
    3. MSU Aveopt Presentation Slides - 062818


  • June 8th, 2018 - Machine Learning Applications for High Volume Materials Manufacturing - This seminar featuring Mark Laboda of Hemlock Semiconductor, looked at possibilities for a project to exploit machine learning techniques to optimize polysilicon manufacturing plant performance elements such as process scheduling, energy management, process control and reduction of product variations.

    1. Hemlock (MSU) Presentation Slides - 060818