Strategic Partnership Grant
SPG Pre-Proposal Guidelines
The Office for Research and Innovation (R&I) requests proposals for the Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG) program. This competitive grants program, funded by the Michigan State Foundation, provides seed funding for major projects in key areas of research, scholarship and creative activities.
Michigan State University recognizes the value of supporting and nurturing faculty engaging in leading-edge research and scholarship initiatives. These initiatives must be of a caliber that positions the faculty to compete for significant external funding, including the development of research ideas with significant commercial potential. These projects typically involve multiple investigators and the support of new collaborations is strongly encouraged. Some of these initiatives may have strong potential to develop into a center or institute-level research program.
We recognize that there is enormous potential for advances to be made when knowledge is generated and combined in new ways. The SPG program focuses on opportunities that are leading-edge, interdisciplinary or futuristic, and capitalizes on the existing intellectual capital at Michigan State University. The SPG program is a demonstration of the MSU Foundation’s mission to support the development of new knowledge and centers of excellence at the university, and to invest in the development of Michigan State University as one of the nation's leading research institutions.
Proposals for new and innovative research initiatives are solicited. The program will not support requests for incremental research/scholarship, single investigator grant development, or the extension of ongoing supported programs.
The program is organized in two parts; pre-proposals are open for university-wide competition, while full proposals will be invited based on the review of the pre- proposals.
The key SPG program goals are to support the initial development of:
- new multidisciplinary and multi-investigator projects that foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research and scholarship,
- projects that have the potential for generating significant external funding,
- projects that have the potential to position MSU as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in a particular research area,
- projects that have potential to yield significant intellectual property and commercial potential for the university,
- projects that complement the research and scholarship priorities established within departments and colleges.
The maximum funding will be $400K total for projects of up to three years duration. All projects will require a 20% match from departments of colleges.
The SPG program is open to:
- Full time tenured and tenure-track faculty
- Faculty with uninterrupted, multi-year, fixed term appointments in academic departments (faculty with visiting or adjunct appointments are not eligible)
- Fixed term faculty and academic specialists with one year appointments who are able to obtain written confirmation from their departmental chair that they will be appointed through the duration of the grant (letters from the chair should be uploaded as part of the project description)
- Academic specialists in the continuing appointment system who have the majority of their effort in the research category
Each investigator will be asked to provide an up-to-date vita and complete a current and pending support form.
Pre-Proposal Evaluation Process
Panels appointed by R&I comprised of MSU faculty will review the pre-proposals and recommend which should be invited to submit full proposals. The selection of applicants to be invited to submit full proposals will engage the panel chairs, the Council of Research Deans (CORD), and R&I.
Review criteria will include assessment of:
- Scope and Significance: Does this project address an important problem? If its aims are achieved, how will scientific, cultural, or artistic knowledge be advanced? What will be the effect on the concepts or methods that drive this field?
- Prominence and Leadership: Does the stature, experience and track record of the investigators indicate a high probability for development of the project into an area of prominence and leadership?
- Leveraging Additional Resources: Does this project clearly define how it will use grant funds to obtain external funding or national and international recognition?
- Arts and Humanities: In cases where extramural support is not commonly available for an activity in these areas, does the proposal demonstrate how greater distinction to the proposed initiative and to the University will ensue through dissemination or presentation in significant venues or publications?
- Value Added: Can the proposed research or scholarship be achieved at MSU in the absence of SPG support? Why is this a good investment for MSU? Is there a strong probability that this project will lead to external support?
- Competitive Landscape: What is the competitive landscape for this particular work? Does MSU have an advantage?
SPG Important Dates
|October 7, 2020||RFA for Pre-Proposal|
|October 29, 2020||Deadline to submit pre-proposals. System will shut down at 5pm.|
|January 11, 2021||Pre-proposal announcements/invitations to submit full proposals announced.|
|February 25, 2021||Application and proposal development document deadline. Both documents must be finalized by 5pm.|
|May 6, 2021||Announcements of proposals to be presented to the MSU Foundtion.|
|TBA||Presentations to the MSU Foundation.|
|July 1, 2021||Project start date.|