Developing Your Research Program – Perspectives of a Former AFOSR Program Manager

April 13, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

About this event

Developing research funding from Department of Defense basic science agencies can be significantly different than with basic science agencies, such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health.

Join MSU's Office of Research and Economic Development for this seminar and learn from John Schmisseur, H.H. Arnold Chair at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Schmisseur will share his perspective earned over 13 years of managing multiple research portfolios capped with two years of concurrently serving as the division chief (department chair) for energy, power and propulsion sciences within the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Understanding the difference between expectations for basic and applied research (including a brief review of Technology Readiness Levels and how they translate to DoD resource allocation)
  • Recommendations for engagement of program officers and starting the research menu/white paper process
  • How to be a good principal investigator once you have been funded by a DoD program

Those working in the defense funding/contracting world or anyone who wants to learn more is encouraged to attend this seminar.

Register for free


Primary Sponsoring Organization
Office of Research and Economic Development
Contact Name
Lynn Taylor
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