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NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter

Here are some of the latest updates on NASA opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team. 

SMD Bridge Program Seed Funding  

Award Amount: Total requests may not exceed $300,000 for a duration of 2 years 
Information Site: Check out the SMD Bridge Program Seed Funding website for FAQs   
Information Session: Please see the link to the slides   
SMD Relevance: Please reference the document here on how to determine relevance to the Science Mission Directorate   
Proposal Deadline: Proposals accepted on a rolling basis through March 29, 2024   
Contact: padi.boyd@nasa.gov    
 
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking proposals for seed funding awards to provide support for faculty investigators and their students to carry out NASA-relevant research. The goal of the SMD Bridge Program is to develop sustainable partnerships among institutions historically under-resourced by NASA.   
 

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program 

Award Amount: $3.9-4.4M/year for 5 years  
Information Site: Check out the GLOBE Implementation Office site for more information  
Proposal Deadline: Step 1 Proposals due in October  
Contact: amy.p.chen@nasa.gov (please use subject line: DRAFT A.40 Questions and Comments)

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is a worldwide science and education program that provides opportunities to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global scales. When it is released in its final form, the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will solicit proposals through the ROSES-2023 competitive program element A.40 for an organization or a team of multiple organizations to host the GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) and collaborate with NASA in the implementation of GLOBE, with the objective of strengthening the programmatic support for GLOBE and enhancing the value of GLOBE to its worldwide community of students, educators, scientists, citizen scientists, and partners.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter on Collaborations with Canada on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition

June 9, 2023

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering is pleased to inform the community that NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are partners on a new multilateral research initiative on climate change led by Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund. The 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition represents a collaboration among research funders from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to leverage international expertise to tackle the global challenges caused by climate change. Climate change has been recognized as the single most important threat to the future well-being and prosperity of our planet and all who inhabit it.

The program aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups―those groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change owing to both physical vulnerability and socioeconomic vulnerability. The program will support research that is both interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral on participatory contextually and culturally appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to at least two vulnerabilities stemming from climate change, as identified in the Sixth Assessment Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Projects must respond to the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change, such as communities in low- and middle-income countries or indigenous territories, or groups that are vulnerable due to their geographic, social and/or economic circumstances. All projects are required to partner with participating community(ies) in the co-creation, implementation and ownerships of the research and outcomes, and to develop approaches related to policy implementation and knowledge mobilization.

Led by Canada, the program is supported by funding agency partners from the eight countries listed above (consortium partners). The program adopts a consortium approach to funding. Each consortium partner will fund researchers within a project team who are eligible to receive funding from them. NSF intends to fund researchers eligible to receive NSF or NEH funding. A minimum of three countries must be represented among the co-PIs on the project team, and the team must be eligible to receive funding from at least two Consortium Partners. At least one co-PI must be eligible to receive funding from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Timeline

May 2, 2023 – Notices of Intent submitted to the Convergence Portal (mandatory)
July 15, 2023 – EOI Due to NSF for projects eligible for NSF or NEH funding
September 12, 2023 – Full proposals due
February 2024 – Notice of funding decisions and submission of recommended proposals to NSF
March 2024 – Start of awards

For more information, including proposal submission guideline, continue reading on NSF.gov.

ASRC Communicating Your Science Event Series

Meet the Reporter:
Shaping STEM Research for the General Media


Join us on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. for a media-skills building session that includes an opportunity to talk about your research with working science reporters from Scientific American, Science Friday, PBS and more.

Now more than ever it’s critical for science to be accessible and understandable to the public. In this Communicating Your Science Workshop, hosted in partnership with CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, we will cover how to distill your complex science into compelling talking points for the public and communicate your work to science reporters. 

All are welcome, but you must reserve an interview slot and complete a short talking points worksheet as part of your registration if you want to meet with a reporter. One-on-one interviews are available to 21 registrants on a first come, first serve basis. Activities include:

  • A briefing from science journalist (New York Times, Newsweek and Scientific American) and Craig Newmark School of Journalism Director of Health and Science Reporting Emily Laber-Warren
  • Help perfecting your elevator pitch for different audiences
  • A one-on-one interview with a working journalist
  • A feedback and wrap-up session

Registration for this event is now open. Once registered, you will receive a link that will allow you to sign up for a one-on-one reporter interview.


For more information, contact Josephine Peterson at jpeterson@gc.cuny.edu.

Training on NIH Proposal Submission by iMERS

iMERS is providing two training opportunities for MSI researchers interested in NIH submission.
NIH Pre-Award Process

Date: Thursday, Apr 27th, 3:00-4:30 PM EST, 90-min, including live Q&ARegister here This webinar training includes guidance on preparing for an NIH application submission following a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) selection. Our presenter will highlight elements of the FOA, paying particular attention to the following:

  • Formatting guidelines critical to the proposal package
  • Standard R-series proposal content
  • NIH Assist, a free online submission tool
  • Helpful tips and tricks

Budget and Justification Development Date: Mon, Apr 17th, 3:00-4:30 PM EST, 90-min, including live Q&ARegister here This webinar training will cover key concepts for developing an NIH research grant budget and the associated budget justification attachment.

  • Overview of cost elements
  • Uniform guidance in relation to budgets
  • R&R vs. Modular Budgets
  • Budget Justification overview
  • Helpful tips and tricks

 

Presenter: Tyler Justice, MPA, CRASuRE ConsultantFounder, Six Zero Six Development Group, LLC

Co-Founder and Principal Consultant for Six Zero Six Development Group, specializing in higher education research administration and non-profit management. Working as a Certified Research Administrator with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Tyler’s experience includes research administration for higher education institutions on awards involving the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and various other federal and foundation sponsors.

 
 

Fulbright Mentorship Initiative

The Fulbright Scholar Program is launching a Mentorship Initiative for the 2024-25 application cycle. The Mentorship Initiative aims to

 – Establish an applicant pipeline to among like-minded colleges and universities who share Fulbright’s mission 

 – Increase our award numbers among underrepresented and diverse faculty, staff and administrator scholars.

 – Create opportunities for support and guidance for diverse applicants to be successful within Fulbright
 

Our first session on March 3rd was geared toward those interested in learning more about Fulbright and who will ultimately apply for a Fulbright program and/or grant during the 2024-2025 cycle. Session participants learned more about the portfolio of Fulbright programs, best practices for preparing an application. Those who join the Mentorship Initiative will receive a mentor and personalized guidance toward a successful application submission. The recording can be viewed here.

Please join us on Monday, April 3rd at 3:00 PM ET for a second session.

Participants will receive an in depth review of the fulbrightscholars.org website and Catalog of Awards. Register Here: https://apply.iie.org/register/FindYourFulbright


The deadline to commit to this initiative is May 5, 2023.

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