December 11, 2019
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation’s  Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)  emphasizes the importance the foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching, enthusiastic learning, and disseminating new knowledge. 

The   Department of Energy invites grant applications for support under its  Early Career Research Program  in the following program areas:
  • Advanced scientific computing research
  • Biological and environmental research
  • Basic energy sciences
  • Fusion energy sciences
  • High energy physics
  • Nuclear Physics 

At the very heart of sustainable food production is the health of soil. The microbial community and health of soil impacts the production of food for both humans and animals. Soil can also be a major player in the sequestration of carbon – a main variable to climate change. 

Our guest his week, Chuck Rice, is a university distinguished professor and recipient of the Mary L. Vanier professorship in agronomy at K-State. Rice’s research focuses on finding ways to improve and protect the environment while also boosting agricultural productivity. In this discussion, Rice shares his thoughts on many facets of the complex agriculture system, new technologies, water policies and yes, soil health. 
Events and announcements
Proposals for the spring 2020 Global Food Systems Seed Grant Program are being accepted by the Office of Research Development through 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Don’t miss out on the savings or the opportunity to learn about the NIH grants process directly from NIH experts next spring. From April 20-22, 2020, more than 100 NIH and HHS experts will be on hand at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, Maryland, ready to provide you with the latest policy and process information. What’s the urgency to register? Early Registration Rates end on December 31, 2019!

1-2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

This free online information session will explain the goals of the NEH’s Public Scholars program, the eligibility requirements, how to apply, how your application will be reviewed, and how to write an effective application. There will also be time for questions. Anyone interested in the Public Scholars program is welcome to participate. The session will be recorded and will remain on the NEH website until the application deadline, which is Wednesday, February 5, 2020. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email explaining how to join the session.

Agency news and trending topics
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The National Science & Technology Council seeks input on an array of topics concerning the American research environment, including openness, fairness, research security, reduction of administrative burden and safe and inclusive research settings.

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