The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
The National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachersprogram is an applied research and development program with goals to advance the equitable and inclusive integration of technology in the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics from pre-kindergarten through high school.
The University Research Compliance Office, or URCO, serves to facilitate research at K-State by ensuring compliance with all federal, state and other accrediting agencies. The URCO office manages five compliance areas:
Export Controls Compliance Program — Our Export Controls Compliance Program is designed to help the K-State community comply with federal export controls laws and regulations.
Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest — Researchers and personnel who are responsible for any part of research funded by Public Health Service funds are required to submit annual FCOI disclosures, report reimbursed or sponsored travel, take FCOI training and report any significant FCOI for review.
In addition, URCO manages online training that is required for participation in research activities. The training is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, or CITI, Program. Training must be updated every three years. Training can be reviewed, and training dates tracked through your CITI account. Researchers can verify pre-CITI training by contacting MaKenna Dehart.
IRBManager for online application submissions system
The URCO migrated to an electronic protocol submission and management system called IRBManager. It utilizes electronic application forms that make it easier for researchers to make necessary edits and collaborate with other K-State investigators and/or students and is the electronic application system for all URCO compliance committees. Protocol information for each researcher is organized on their individual dashboards within the system. For questions about IRBManager, please contact MaKenna Dehart or Heath Ritter.
Heath Ritter has been named acting associate vice president for research compliance, replacing Cheryl Doerr. Heath has been in the URCO since 2008 and has been the director of the office since 2013. During that time, he has managed all aspects of the office including application submission processes, managing online training, completing annual reports to regulatory oversite bodies and conducting onsite inspections. Ritter also has experience managing each compliance committee. General URCO questions should be directed to Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acting associate vice president for research compliance
Open positions in the OVPR
The Office of the Vice President for Research currently has several position openings. Please take a look or share with others who might be interested.
Facilitate a hands-on activity demonstrating the broader impacts of your research
K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math activity for the GROW/EXCITE Summer Workshops. There is no set theme for the summer workshops. Our goal is to provide students with hands-on experiences in a broad range of STEM disciplines and introduce them to career options in STEM.
The Kansas Water Resources Institute, or KWRI, is pleased to announce the release of the FY2022 RFPs for three National Competitive Grants from the United States Geological Survey.
These grants focus on regional or interstate water issues and are open to any investigator from an accredited college or university. Proposals may be for projects of 1-3 years in duration, and investigators can request up to $250,000 of federal funds (match required).
The three grants are:
Aquatic Invastive Species.
Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances.
KWRI is responsible for submitting all Kansas proposals to USGS. The deadline for submissions to KWRI is April 26, 2022.
More information about program objectives, research priorities, or grant submissions can be found on the KCARE website. Contact KWRI director Dan Devlin with questions.
University community invited to tour multi-scale advanced manufacturing lab
Thursday, April 21
0049 Rathbone Hall
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will host its final laboratory tour of the spring semester when it opens Dong Lin’s multi-scale advanced manufacturing lab from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in 0049 Rathbone Hall.
The hour-long come-and-go event will feature a tour of the facility as well as demonstrations of some of the equipment available for collaborative use by the university community.
Lin, Don and Linda Glaser Keystone research scholar and associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, will be on hand to lead the tour as well as share about his research interests.
His laboratory is equipped with a 3D freeze printing setup, CO2 laser, ultrasonic welding system, ND:YAG laser, lab roll coater and universal test machine.
External events and announcements
April Virtual Office Hour with the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Thursday, April 21
Join the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, or IOS, for this month’s IOS Virtual Office Hour where we will focus on the Leading Cultural Change Through Professional Societies of Biology, or LEAPS, program. The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences, or NSF BIO, recognizes that culture change in the biological sciences is an urgent priority because it is foundational to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the discipline. The BIO-LEAPS program aims to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the biological sciences broadly by leveraging the leadership, broad reach, and unique ability of professional societies to create culture change. To participate in this office hour, please register, using the link below. Upcoming IOS Virtual Office Hours are announced ahead of time on IOS in Focus; sign up to follow our blog, from the same page, so you don’t miss anything.
Funding opportunity webinar: Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences
Friday, April 22
The Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences program supports basic scientific research about the nature, causes and consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and environmental processes, from the community level to the global level.
The program welcomes proposals that creatively integrate scientific and critical approaches while engaging rigorous quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods in novel ways.
Researchers, administrative staff and others in the social, behavioral and economic sciences community are encouraged to attend. Featured speakers include acting NSF Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Antoinette Winklerprins and NSF program directors Kendra McLauchlan, Tom Evans and Jeremy Koster.
Registration is required to attend. The event will be held on Zoom and live captions will be available.
Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure Program Webinar
Wednesday, April 27
The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure, or CICI, program is to develop, deploy and integrate solutions that benefit the broader scientific community by securing science data, workflows, and infrastructure. CICI recognizes the unique nature of modern, distributed, and rapid collaborative science and the breadth of security expertise, infrastructure and requirements among different practitioners, researchers, and scientific projects. CICI seeks proposals in three program areas: Usable and Collaborative Security for Science; Reference Scientific Security Datasets; and Transition to Cyberinfrastructure Resilience.
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, invites the public to participate in an April 28 virtual listening session for the new Bioproduct Pilot Program, which seeks to study the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities in construction and consumer products.
This new program, which is authorized under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, directs USDA to partner with no less than one qualified institution to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing, with the goal of providing a low-cost alternative to conventional products.
Input received from this listening session, in addition to comments received via email at email@example.com, will help shape the content for the program’s Request for Applications.
U.S. and Canadian National Model STEM Education Program Opportunity
Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, 19th Flight Opportunity - SSEP Mission 17 to the International Space Station, starting September 2022.
2022-23 Academic Year Opportunity for 2- and 4-year colleges and universities to engage 30+ students — at least 10 teams — in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing, with one experiment at your Institution selected for operation by astronauts on the International Space Station
Interested colleges and universities are directed to inquire about the program as soon as possible, and no later than May 15, 2022.
Most social species, including humans, naturally sort themselves into hierarchies when in a group. An individual’s ranking in these hierarchies can affect their behavior. Researchers are just beginning to understand how the brain responds to and helps drive complex group dynamics, including competition, dominance, and social norms. NIH
Now over a year into President Joe Biden's term, the Education Department is no longer mirroring the Trump White House's aggressive rhetoric on these issues. Yet lawmakers' fears over foreign encroachment into higher ed — particularly from China — have not eased. … The Education Department has not publicly closed many of the investigations the Trump administration started.Higher Ed Drive
Researchers have completed the first open-air study of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the United States. The results, according to the biotechnology firm running the experiment, are positive. But larger tests are still needed to determine whether the insects can achieve the ultimate goal of suppressing a wild population of potentially virus-carrying mosquitoes. Science Magazine
It’s hard to take stock of this, being still in the midst of Covid, but the US is in the grip of a ferocious epidemic—a panzootic, in technical terms—caused by highly pathogenic avian flu. So far, there has been no threat to human health, though bird flu strains have jumped species to sicken humans before. But the harm to farmers and the food supply is already profound; as of Friday, more than 27 million birds, including almost 5 percentof all egg-laying hens in the country, had died or been killed to slow down its spread.Wired