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The Division of Research invites you to view the website, The Grant Life Cycle, that aims to assist Wayne State University faculty and administrators navigate through the six steps that make up the grant process:

  • Generating your idea
  • Finding funding
  • Developing your proposal
  • Submitting your proposal
  • Awaiting and responding to the decision
  • Managing your award

This user-friendly website offers guidance and tips as well as step-by-step tutorial videos on how to develop a proposal on our new electronic proposal development and submission program, E-prop (COEUSLite), use our new grants program, Researcher's Dashboard, and more.

We invite you to visit this site often at http://spa.wayne.edu/grant/ to guide you through the grant life cycle process at Wayne State University!

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    FROM START TO FINISH - WSU guides researchers through the Grant Life Cycle!


Nano@Wayne with Dr. Will Medlin, University of Colorado
February 3 2015 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center Auditorium
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium. The guest presenter will be Dr. Will Medlin from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. He will present,"Controlling selectivity in heterogeneous catalysis with organic monolayers." A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested. Bio: Dr. Medlin obtained his BS degree from Clemson University and his PhD degree in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. He was a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. In 2003 he joined the faculty at the University of Colorado (CU). He is currently the Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor and associate department chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU.    Medlin is the co-founder and Managing Director for the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2), and is a founding fellow of the joint CU/NREL Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).  His awards include the NSF CAREER and ONR Young Investigator Awards. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles in the research areas of surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. Abstact: Performing selective reactions of chemical feedstocks with multiple functional groups is a challenging objective, since each functional group can potentially adsorb and react on a catalytic surface. Addressing this problem is important both in conventional production of chemicals and for the conversion of biomass to chemicals and fuels. Our group has investigated several techniques for aligning multifunctional molecules above metal surfaces to promote selective reaction of a particular functional group. One approach involves the modification of supported metal catalysts with organic ligands such as organothiols. Organothiols can be deposited on metal surfaces to form organized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) that may cause reactants to adopt particular orientations above the metal surface, altering selectivity. Several mechanisms by which SAMs can improve selectivity have been identified.  For example, SAM coatings can be used to tune the reactivity of the underlying metal surface sites.  Furthermore, the organic function of SAM coatings can be tuned to control non-covalent interactions in the near-surface environment.  The utility of these mechanisms for selectivity control will be illustrated for reaction chemistries important in biorefining and production of valuable chemicals. Some alternative directions for achieving surface and near-surface control will also be discussed.
IRB Training: IRB Submissions - Research Qualifying for Exempt Status
February 4 2015 at 9:00 AM
Scott Hall
IRB Training Sessions are open to all students, faculty and affiliated staff interested in learning about IRB review of research. This training session will focus on research activities and studies that are determined to be exempt per the federal regulation. A researcher cannot exempt his/her research project from IRB review and concurrence. Instead, the IRB must determine that a project is eligible for exemption. This session will include a discussion of: minimal risk, the differences between research that does not require IRB review and research that is exempt; the six exempt research categories activities; and examples of exempt research. Guidance on preparing a submission for exempt review will also be presented.   When: Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Where: WSU Medical Campus, Scott Hall, Room 1140 Speaker: Ray-Nitra Pugh, CIP, Education Coordinator, IRB Administration Office        
PAD Seminar - How to Find Funding in the Arts and Humanities
February 5 2015 at 1:00 PM
5057 Woodward
The offices of the Vice President for Research, Provost, and Faculty Affairs (School of Medicine) are pleased to offer the Professional and Academic Development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs & directors, postdoctoral trainees & graduate students, and administrators. Seminars are free, but registration is required. This seminar, How to Find Funding in the Arts and Humanities, will take place Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m. at 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor, Conference Room A. The moderator will be renée hoogland, Professor, English. Topics will include: NEH Summer Stipend Library research Fullbright Scholarships Finding funding in COS/Pivot And more! Although PAD seminars will no longer be recorded due to low viewing activity, please see past seminar videos and handouts on the PAD website. If you have questions about this seminar series, please contact fgiblin@wayne.edu. We hope to see you at this informative PAD session!
Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors Seminar Series
February 5 2015 at 3:30 PM
Eugene Applebaum Pharmaceutical & Health Sciences
"Seminar Topic TBA" Presented by, Christine A. Rabinak, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Wayne State University EACPHS Department of Pharmacy Practice
Sustainability@Wayne with Jim deVries, Ford Motor Company
February 10 2015 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center Auditorium
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, Feburary 10, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wayne State University Welcome Center Auditorium, 42 W. Warren.  The guest presenter will be  Jim deVries, manager of Global Materials and Manufacturing Reseach at Ford Motor Company. He will present, "Opportunities and Challenges of Lightweight Materials In High Volume Automotive Production." A reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby from 3:30-4:00 p.m.The seminar is free; registration is requested. Bio: deVries graudated summa cum laude from Central University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Physics. He briefly studied surface science at the University of Missouri-Rolla before joining Ford Motor Company in 1978. He has spent his time at Ford participating in and managing various research programs within Ford Research and Product Development. These programs have included paint and adhesive interfacial chemistry characterization, surface related phenomena assoicated with automotive materials, development of advanced composistes and most recently, lightweight materials and associated matierals, development of advanced composites and lightweight matierals and associated manufacturing processes. He is currently Global Manager of Materials and Manufacturing Research within Ford Research and Advance Engineering. In this capacity, he coordinates long range and applied research, both internally and through industry and government consortia.  Abstract: Lightweight materials have been in use in the automotive industry for almost 100 years.  Henry Ford recognized the value of lightweight materials and produced a number of aluminum bodies for the 1923 Model T, as well as prototype soy composite decklids.  In today’s world, the demand for better fuel economy and the advent of more stringent CO2 regulations has resulted in the increased emphasis of lightweight materials by almost all automotive OEM’s.   The automotive industry is continuing to explore lightweight materials such as light metals (aluminum, magnesium, advanced steels), lightweight glasses and reinforced polymer composites to replace traditional materials and provide increased weight savings resulting in improved fuel efficiency.  Whereas past inclusion of lightweight materials were primarily in low volume expensive sports cars and niche vehicles to improve performance, more OEMs are looking to now reduce weight in mainstream high volume vehicles to reduce CO2 and improve overall fleet fuel economy.  However, the cost of many of these materials impedes large scale implementation.  In addition, new manufacturing processes need to be developed that are amenable to high volume production. This presentation will highlight the advantages and challenges of lightweight materials in the automotive industry and focus on the potential of these materials to reduce vehicle weight.  Furthermore, insight will be given as to where efforts are required to make these materials more affordable and in the format that could be utilized for high volume production. 
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