QEM Network–Bowie State University NASA MUSIC Project:
NASA Research Funding Information and Networking Opportunities FORUM for MSIs

(hosted at Bowie State University  •  14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD  20715

Wednesday-Thursday, March 20-21, 2019

 

All sessions will be held in the Bowie State New Student Center, Ballrooms B & C

A G E N D A

Purpose:   Provide opportunities for minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to collaborate with NASA and other MSIs; Support NASA’s efforts to broaden participation of MSIs in its mission directorate programs; and Provide faculty/staff at MSIs with guidance to increase their understanding of, and competitiveness in, NASA’s various funding opportunities.

DAY ONE –  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

INCREASING AWARENESS

AM

8:30          Registration Opens                                                                                    Ballrooms B&C

9:00          Opening Plenary Session:
Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Ivory Toldson, President/CEO, QEM Network
Guy-Alain Amoussou, Associate Provost, Bowie State University

                Participant Introductions and Expectations
  ModeratorLaura-Lee Davidson, QEM Associate and MUSIC Project Director/PI

9:30          Addressing National Priorities through NASA's Office of STEM Engagement 
                   and MUREP Initiatives, including MUSIC
Clarence Bostic, MUSIC Activity Manager
Office of STEM Engagement
NASA Langley Research Center

10:00         A Look at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and its Research Programs

–Overview of the Science Mission Directorate and ROSES Solicitation
Ellen M. Gertsen
Executive Officer, Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
NASA Headquarters

10:30         –Overview of Research in the Earth Science Division
Jack Kaye
Associate Director for Research
NASA Earth Science Division

11:00         Break

11:15         NASA Shared Services Center Grant Administration Overview
Morris Hicks
Contracting Officer, NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC)
NASA Stennis Space Center

11:45         Contracts vs. Grants: An Overview
AAMU-RISE Foundation NASA MUSIC Project Partner
Sharon Brooks Hodge
VP and Chief Operating Officer
Phenomenal Management Partners (PMP)

PM
12:15         Understanding Federal Contracts for Sustainability
Tabisa Taliwaku Kalisa
Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs
NASA Headquarters

                  TRANSITION TO LUNCH 

 1:00         Luncheon Plenary Session:
NASA MSI Strategic Partnerships and Sustainability Initiative and the
NASA MSI Research Repository (MRR)
Sharon Gates Fitzgerald
MRR Lead, MSI Strategic Partnerships and Sustainability Initiative 
and
Clarence Bostic, MUSIC Activity Manager
Office of STEM Engagement
NASA Langley Research Center

  Group Discussion: Participants’ NASA MUREP Involvement – Q&A

 2:00         CONCURRENT SESSIONS
[Participants assigned to FOCUS Groups or Small Groups to discuss critical elements for building STEM
infrastructure, considering both institutional readiness and research capacity]

Session A – FOCUS GROUPS I and II:             SEE ASSIGNMENT SHEET
Group I: Facilitator – Luria Young, QEM MUSIC Project Evaluator
Group II:  Facilitator, Mercy Mugo, QEM Research Associate

                    Session B– Institutional Research Capacity and Readiness Assessments
  
With Non-focus group participants (MSI Administrators and SPO/SRO Reps)
Facilitators: Laura-Lee Davidson and Ivory Toldson

                  Plenary SessionBuilding Capacity through Collaborations 

 3:00         -View from a NASA PI
 “Using the Plasma-Kristall-4 (PK) dusty plasma laboratory on the International Space Station”
   Edward Thomas, Jr.
Professor of Physics and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Sciences and Mathematics, Auburn University

 3:30         -Building on-Campus Relationships
 Strategies to Advance STEM Research Action and Practice at MSIs
Anika Bissahoyo
Assistant Vice President for Research
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
     and
Guy-Alain Amoussou, Associate Provost
Bowie State University

 4:00          Group Discussion:  Participants discuss highlights of Day One Sessions
Facilitator:  Ivory Toldson, QEM Network

 4:30          Adjournment, Day One      Departure/Return to Hotel via Shuttle

                   DINNER ON YOUR OWN

OVERNIGHT ASSIGNMENT

Institutional Teams synthesize ideas for engaging with NASA, discuss MSI research priorities and capabilities statements, and review materials and NASA websites to identify programs of interest.


DAY TWO –  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

BUILDING MSI RESEARCH CAPACITY ENGAGEMENT

All sessions will be held in the Bowie State New Student Center, Ballrooms B & C

AM

9:00           Plenary Session:                                                                                         Ballrooms B&C
 Infusing MSI Talents in NASA Award and Peer Review Portfolios
Laura-Lee Davidson and Ivory Toldson

  GROUP DISCUSSION: Teams’ describe their campus research priorities

 9:45          Essential Elements for NASA Proposal and Contract Bids Preparation

                         SEMINAR A    A Look at the NASA Proposal Guidebook and NSPIRES 
Overview of Key Elements of NASA Grant Proposals 
Clarence Bostic, MUSIC Activity Manager, NASA Langley Research Center
Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network

  EXERCISE: Teams’ review and respond to ROSES Solicitation

 10:45             SEMINAR B    Developing and Marketing Your HBCU's Capabilities 
   Registering in the NASA Vendor Database

AAMU-RISE Foundation NASA MUSIC Project Partner
Sharon Brooks Hodge, Phenomenal Management Partners (PMP)

  EXERCISE: Teams’ develop/upload capability statements for contracts

 11:45       TRANSITION TO LUNCH

 Noon/PM

12:00        Luncheon Plenary Session:
Critical Issues/National Priorities in STEM Research and Education: 
Developing a MSI STEM Research Agenda and Alliances
Victor McCrary, Member, National Science Board
Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies
University of the District of Columbia  

                Q&A and Group Discussion:  Strategies to Advance STEM Research at MSIs and 
    Build Capacity through Collaborations and Partnerships 

1:00           CONCURRENT SESSIONS
[Participants assigned to FOCUS Groups or Small Groups to develop Faculty Profiles/Biosketches]


Session A – FOCUS GROUPS I and II:             SEE ASSIGNMENT SHEET
Group I:  Facilitator, Mercy Mugo, QEM Research Associate
Group II: Facilitator – Luria Young, QEM MUSIC Project Evaluator

                   Session B–   Building Faculty Profiles for the NASA MSI Research Repository (MRR)
    With Non-focus group participants (STEM Faculty)

Facilitators: Laura-Lee Davidson and Clarence Bostic

2:00          Closing Plenary Session
  The Importance of Business Development & Revenue Diversification at MSIs
  - Exploring/addressing critical junctures between MSIs and non-academic STEM partners
    - Developing an MSI Innovation Network

                   Q&A
 Wrap-up and Next Steps

3:00          Participants complete Online Forum Evaluation

3:30          Adjournment of FORUM and Departure

                   Shuttle from Bowie to Hotel and Airport


ABOUT NASA MUSIC
NASA Office of STEM Engagement’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) –– MUREP for Sustainability and Innovation Collaborative (MUSIC) Initiative aims to increase awareness of NASA mission-related funds for MSIs to continuously build their research and education capacity through competitive opportunities, including contracts, grants, and contract execution best practices. The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, in partnership with Bowie State University, has been awarded a two-year NASA MUSIC cooperative agreement to conduct a series of information awareness, networking, and proposal development activities designed to assist faculty at minority -serving institutions (MSIs) in increasing their understanding of, and competitiveness in, NASA’s various funding opportunities. Through this cooperative agreement, MSIs will have opportunities to collaborate with NASA, other MSIs, and NASA-related higher education and industry partners to enhance their research, academic, and technological capabilities; and to support efforts to broaden participation of MSIs in NASA programs.