August 5, 2020
Funding Connection

The Department of Agriculture, North Central Region SARE Research and Education Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. 

The National Science Foundation’s EHR Core Research program invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

In this episode, hosts talk with Gordon Smith, professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry and head of the International Grains Program at Kansas State University. 

Professor Smith has worked in food processing areas as diverse as hot dogs, breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. Through his passion for understanding the science behind food, supporting research and providing guidance to the next generation of scientists, Smith is focused on helping to solve critical challenges in food production and food safety.  
Events and announcements
In consideration of the challenges facing many in our country, NSF is extending the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until 5 p.m. submitter's local time on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

Expression of Interest (EOI): SMD call for Augmentations and Funded Extensions
At the Virtual Community Town Hall on July 9, 2020, SMD announced that it would be accepting requests for funded extensions and augmentations to existing awards to make up for increased costs directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. SMD’s priorities for funding extensions and augmentations, in the likely case that demand exceeds available funding, are captured in an SMD policy document, “Augmentations and Funded Extensions in Response to COVID-19.”

Response Date: August 21, 2020

Kansas NSF EPSCoR (KNE) is announcing a funding opportunity for Major Initiatives to Improve Research Infrastructure in the focus area of Adaptive and Resilient SystemsIn summer 2021, Kansas NSF EPSCoR will submit a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). To develop the proposal, KNE is seeking proposals that will make up a key component of this multi-million dollar/multi-year request to NSF. The selected initiative is expected to foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists, social and behavioral scientists, and natural scientists that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructure, processes, or services. One major initiative will be selected to be included, along with other infrastructure-building components, in the $20 million RII Track 1 EPSCoR proposal, which will be submitted in August 2021.  White papers are due on September 1, 2020
Call for Nominations — NAS Awards in the Biological Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the 2021 awards presented in the biological sciences listed below. NAS membership is not required to nominate candidates or to be considered for an award. All awards being presented in 2021 can be found here

Nominations for these awards will be accepted online through Monday, October 5, 2020.
AAAS Research Competitiveness Program
July and August Webinars Online Event Series 2020

The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) has worked for more than two decades designing and leading assessments, proposal review processes, and data-driven evaluations for S&T projects, universities, foundations and state and national governments. This online event series shares our insights and lead discussions on a range of topics related to our careers as researchers and academic leaders:
  • Proposal Development and Peer-Review Processes
  • S&T Evaluation and Assessment
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Investment
  • Career Skills for S&T Professionals

2-3:15 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

2-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
LRBAA Today Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate invites you to join the new LRBAA Today webinar series! 

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to submit proposals for open topics that address priority homeland security needs. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the department’s research challenge areas, specific to S&T’s LRBAA topics. During each webinar, viewers will hear about the work currently being pursued under the topic areas below and gain context for the solutions being sought. Join for a live discussion and learn how to utilize the LRBAA program to work with S&T! 

Register now for one (or all!) of the upcoming LRBAA Today webinars: 

The LRBAA Today webinar series is open to anyone interested in learning about solutions sought under the LRBAA Research Areas. These events are complimentary, but as space is limited, please register via the links above.  

For more information, email
NIH Pre-Application Webinar for PAR-20-017 "Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)”
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

NIGMS will host a webinar to provide advice and respond to questions from prospective applicants who plan to submit applications to PAR-20-117 “Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)."

SciComm 2020
The conference will take place from August 14-16, 2020, as a virtual conference.

The virtual conference will be free!

Find an overview of SciComm 2020 events and register on the conference website.
K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
The National Institutes of Health is investing $248.7 million in new technologies to address challenges associated with COVID-19 testing (which detects SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus). NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative has awarded contracts to seven biomedical diagnostic companies to support a range of new lab-based and point-of-care tests that could significantly increase the number, type and availability of tests by millions per week as early as September 2020.

Two doses of an experimental vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the coronavirus in the upper and lower airways of rhesus macaques exposed to SARS-CoV-2, report scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.

Scientists are racing to develop approaches to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Several vaccine candidates are now in clinical trials. Another possible approach involves antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to fight infection.

Plucky, beautiful, and declining in numbers at about 2% annually, rufous hummingbirds make their long annual migrations in different timing and route patterns based on age and sex, new U.S. National Science Foundation-funded research by Oregon State University biologists shows.

The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project is a worldwide effort to understand how the human genome functions. With the completion of its latest phase, the ENCODE Project has added millions of candidate DNA “switches” from the human and mouse genomes that appear to regulate when and where genes are turned on, and a new registry that assigns a portion of these DNA switches to useful biological categories.

The findings indicate that honey can provide important evidence of environmental pollution, scientists say.

Male anglerfish are major clingers. To avoid mistaking mates as foreign tissue, the deep sea couples lost part of their immune system in evolution.
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