March 29, 2017
URCAUniversity Research/Creative projects Award application Deadline is April 7 
The deadline is apply for a University Research/Creative (URCA) projects Award is Friday April 7. URCA grants are awarded to retool or reestablish productive research/creative projects agenda. In areas where external funding is available, the URCA may be used as seed money to develop pilot data.  Areas where access to external sources is limited may receive special consideration.  Grants may be for up to $4,500 awarded in two separate competitions: 
  1. New tenure-eligible faculty in their first or second year of probation to initiate research/creative projects
  2. Established tenured faculty or probationary faculty in their 3rd (or more) year of probation to retool or re-establish productive research/creative agenda

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NSFCareerZheng Chen receives NSF Career Award

Dr. Zheng Chen, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science was awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation Career Award for his project, "Artificial Muscle Based on Dielectric Elastomers for Dexterous and Compliant Prostheses," which will begin this May. The award amount is total for the 5-year project period.
DOEGrant of the Month: Fuel-grade ammonia research

Wichita State is developing a new technology that may affordably produce fuel-grade ammonia using only air and water as ingredients.  The project has received an $855,000 federal grant from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) - the first of its kind awarded to a Kansas institution as the lead. Shuang Gu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is the principal investigator of the project, "Alkaline Membrane-Based Ammonia Electrosynthesis with High Efficiency for Renewable and Scalable Fuel Production." Read more...
studentsThree WSU students awarded cash prizes at 14th Annual Capitol Research Summit
Three Wichita State graduate students were awarded cash prizes for their research at the 14th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka recently. The WSU winners were Mostafa Hasan of the Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering Department (advisor: Esra Buyuktahtakin), for an improved decision-making algorithm for choosing breast cancer treatment; Alicia Keow of the Electrical Engineering Department (advisor: Zheng Chen), for an improved mechanism for storing solar energy; and Kelsay Gardiepy of the Elliott School of Communication (advisor: Deborah Ballard-Reisch), for a media analysis of the February 2016 shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, which highlighted ways rural communities can better support themselves in maintaining identity and culture in the face of national scrutiny. Read more...
NSF1National Science Foundation updates Public Access info
National Science Foundation's Public Access Policy for Research Results recently updated their Frequently Asked Questions regarding Public Access. See the updated FAQ.
KUKU Center for Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease Research Project call for Applications
The Center for Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (CBID) at the University of Kansas has issued a Research Project call for Applications to support one (1) new Research Project at up to $140,000 direct costs per year for one year, renewable for a second year, starting July 1, 2017. CBID provides participating investigators with research support, mentoring and access to Core Lab Services in a collegiate, collaborative atmosphere. Applications must describe a research project that fits well with the scientific theme of CBID and that will make good use of one or more of the CBID Core Labs ( This competition is open to all full time, tenure-track, or tenured faculty at KU-L, KSU, WSU or KUMC whose research embraces the chemical biology of infectious disease in the broadest sense. A letter of intent is due April 3, 2017. For more information, contact or visit
gpnGreat Plains Network/Greater Western Library Alliance Annual Meeting
The Great Plains Network/Greater Western Library Alliance Annual Meeting will take place May 31-June 2  at the InterContinental on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Take advantage of early bird registration before it expires April 15. The meeting begins with a Big Data Summit V featuring Cliff Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information. More information...

NIHNational Institutes of Health updates application
In an effort to make it easier for users to find and understand information, The National Institutes of Health has simplified the language and presentation of its application instructionsRecent changes are summarized for your convenience in the significant changes section of the application instructions.  recent guide notice  highlights the changes:
  • rewritten form instructions for clarity
  • added headings and labeling to distinguish instructions from supporting information
  • clarified what is required and optional throughout the instructions
  • highlighted updated instructions with a new symbol
NIJ National Institute of Justice seeks peer reviewers 

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking peer reviewers from diverse backgrounds and regions who have expertise and experience in fields that NIJ funds.  Becoming a peer reviewer is a great way to become familiar with the application and review process for applying for NIJ Grants. Consider becoming a peer reviewer for NIJ as a way to both represent Wichita State University and improve your grant application skills.  More information...
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