December 18, 2019
Funding Connection

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Seeding Solutions Grants  are an open call for applicants to submit innovative and transformative research proposals that further any of their c hallenge areas , and foster unique partnerships. 

The  Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) Division's  Targeted Grants in MPS  program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

From the Desk of the VPR
Nearly 75 years ago, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne penned “Let it Snow,” with which I’ve taken some literary liberties. As you wrap up your final exams, post final grades, and get ready for some time away, I hope that the weather doesn’t keep you tied to your chairs. Go out and play – the interesting problems will still be there – and you will return refreshed. However, in case you get snowed-in, just sing along; you probably know the tune:

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the lab is so delightful
Over break there’s no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Well, we don’t have waste disposals
So, I wrote some draft proposals
But Cayuse won’t let them go
Let it snow, let it snow

When I finally click “upload”
How I'll hate going out in the storm
When I confirm with my unique code
All the way home I'll be warm

Well I’m finally done brainstorming;
My ideas are non-conforming
And as long as we’ve got airflow
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

It was this or the Element Song (in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table – 150 years since Mendeleev’s Periodic Laws paper).

Have a safe and relaxing winter break. Happy Holidays!

-        Peter
Events and announcements
Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide for use in 2020
Dear Colleagues:
The National Science Foundation is currently working to finalize a revised  Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide  (PAPPG) for use in 2020. We anticipate that the revised PAPPG will be released in the coming months and, as is standard practice, will be effective 90 days after its release.
We wanted to highlight some important information to assist the community in preparing for this new PAPPG as it relates to the preparation and submission of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals that fall under this revised PAPPG.
  • NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of an NSF proposal. 
  • Use of an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG. NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using SciENcv for preparation of the Biographical Sketch now.
  • SciENcv allows proposers to integrate their ORCiD to enable pre-population for the Biographical Sketch. Additional information is available on the ORCiD website.
  • SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of these documents. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, or
  • Additional resources including video tutorials are available on the SciENcv website.
NSF will continue to communicate with the community regarding the 2020 PAPPG and will provide further notice to the community as soon as the revised PAPPG is released. We encourage you to  sign up for notifications  about future PAPPG implementation webinars. In the meantime, proposers should continue to follow the guidance in the current PAPPG,  (19-1) .
Please direct any further questions to .
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!

The K-State Libraries subscription to RefWorks will end Dec. 31. All users who want to keep citations and PDFs stored in RefWorks must transfer them to an alternate citation manager. After Dec. 31, K-State users' RefWorks accounts will be permanently inaccessible.

Research Weekly Schedule
Please note that Research Weekly be on hiatus during the holiday break, December 25-January 8. The regular weekly schedule will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Please email with any questions or concerns.
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