by Audrey Thurlow
To better serve principal investigators at MSU, the Research Pre-Award Office is considering
upgrading its funding opportunities database services to include automatic e-mail funding alerts.
We have arranged to have a 30-day trial period in April from SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information
Network, from InfoEd International) and from COS (Community of Science).
Each service requires that you take a few minutes to complete individual faculty profiles. If there
are matches between funding opportunities and the keywords you select in your profiles, you should
start receiving funding alerts in April.
For complete instructions on creating and using your InfoEd profile, go here. GENIUS is the faculty expertise profile, and SMARTS is the matching and alert system.
To create your profile (and Workbench) with Community of Science, go to COS main page at http://www.cos.com/ and enter your Username and Password at the
"Member Login". Most of you received this information in an e-mail in mid-December. If you have
forgotten this information, COS will look it up. If you did not receive the December e-mail,
click on "Join Now" to create your profile. Profiles can be edited by clicking on the "my profile"
on the top bar.
Following the trial period, we would like to gather your feedback on which service you prefer and,
specifically, which features you like the best. Please send your feedback to me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, I encourage you to use all the databases to which we subscribe to search for funding
opportunities. In addition to "Community of Science" and "Sponsored Programs Information Network",
we subscribe to The Grant Advisor. It can be accessed from the MSU campus.
Feel free to call me (994-6240) for password information you can use to access all three databases
New Human Subjects chairperson. Mark Quinn, Veterinary Molecular Biology, became the new
chairperson of the MSU Human Subjects Committee as of March 1, 2001. This committee approves
research done by MSU faculty, students and staff that involves human subjects. The committee's
previous chairperson, Dr. Stephen Guggenheim, will continue to serve as administrator for the
committee. All research applications should be sent to the WWAMI office, 308 LJohnson Hall.
Audrey Thurlow is a Program Specialist in the Office of Vice President for Research.