August 28, 2019
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation's  Major Research Instrumentation Program  serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training. An award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science  Science and Technology Policy Fellowships  provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm.

Another record year for K-State sponsored research
K-State researchers garnered more than $173M in sponsored research funding in FY 2019, continuing a trend of increases in recent years. Both the number of awards and total award amount has increased. This reflects similar increases in proposal activity over the period FY 2016-2019.
The mean award size has increased slightly across the period, from $97K to $112K; with the number of large awards (>$1M) remaining relatively constant.

The awards profile also shows that the number of research sponsors has increased over the four year period from 209 to 259, with a steady number of new sponsors (mean = 76) each year. More K-Staters are getting awards as well, with a mean of 91 new researchers winning awards each year, despite the total number of unique researchers remaining relatively steady.
Cayuse SP Research Administration System
As of July 1, 2019, the K-State research community is using Cayuse Sponsored Projects, or Cayuse SP, research administration system. Cayuse SP is a comprehensive grants management system and includes tracking of sponsored projects from start to finish as well as review and evaluation. Our implementation team was able to successfully load all active sponsored projects into the system, including both pending proposals and awarded projects. 
This change has allowed our central offices to decommission a handful of outdated systems as well as to streamline current processes and migrate to a paperless environment. With change comes growing pains, but we appreciate the campus research community’s support and dedication to making this a universitywide system.
There will be ongoing training opportunities so please look for K-State Today announcements as well as events on our calendar for those dates. If you would like to schedule training for yourself or your unit, please send your request to

Events and announcements
PreAward Services job opportunity
PreAward Services is hiring for four grant specialist positions. These positions are responsible for all aspects of preaward research administration with a specialty focus on grant and contract development with emphasis on international subaward agreements and prime contracts, review and negotiation for such issues as intellectual property rights, insurance, liability, indemnification, foreign currency issues, consistency with federal and state laws, regulations and university policies.

Reminder: Fulbright Scholar workshop

You are invited to learn more about the Fulbright Scholar experience by attending a workshop by Pamela Louderback, Fulbright Scholar to the UK. 

3:30-5 p.m. 
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
207 K-State Student Union

­­­Interested faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend this FREE workshop.
Register and reserve a seat by September 3, 2019. 
For more information, please contact Mary Lou Marino
Demonstrate Broader Impacts at Girls Researching Our World (GROW) on October 12
K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and/or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Researching Our World (GROW) workshop on Saturday, October 12, 2019 on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

4-5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5

The Office of Research Development will host an informational session for tenured or tenure-track faculty who are interested in receiving assistance in their scholarly activities and professional development. The Faculty Development Award program provides support for travel to international meetings. The University Small Research Grants program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity and other creative efforts. Please attend one of these information sessions to learn about this semester’s application and review process.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 9
1053 College of Business Building

Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis, or dissertation? This workshop will help you! Learn why a literature review is important, how to use K-State Libraries’ databases to select articles, how to evaluate the articles, and how to organize the review. For this session, article searching will be demonstrated using social sciences and education databases, however, the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines.
Agency news and trending topics

The long-serving researcher at DuPont invented kevlar and contributed to spandex. s

Machine learning algorithms can sometimes do a great job with a little help from human expertise, at least in the field of materials science. nsf .gov

Can a three-digit phone number avert suicides on a grand scale? Last week, the Federal Communications Commission recommended designating 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention hotline number. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached around the clock through the more cumbersome 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Sociologist says journal dismissed her paper because she'd shared it elsewhere as a preprint -- even though the publication had a pro-preprint policy. How often does this happen?
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