December 4, 2019
Funding Connection

Spencer Foundation’s  Small Research Grants  and   Large Research Grants  programs support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.  

The National Endowment for Humanities  Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities  program supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities.

Fall 2019 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants announced
The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Research development congratulate the winners of the fall 2019 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants.

In fall 2019, eight Faculty Development Award proposals were submitted, totaling $23,638 requested. Additionally, there were 14 proposals for University Small Research Grant proposals for a total of $49,415 requested. In all, fall 2019 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants awarded totaled $46,273.

Faculty Development Awards
  •  Valerie Bostwick, economics; “Present research paper titled ‘Mobility Restrictions, Human Capital Accumulation, and Teen Employment’ at the 5th annual joint conference for the Society of Labor Economists and the European Association of Labor Economists in Berlin, June 25-27, 2020”; $3,163*
  • Hugh Cassidy, economics; “5th World Joint Conference of the Society of Labor Economists/European Association of Labour Economists Paper: ‘STEM Degrees and the Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants’ June 25-27, 2020, Berlin, Germany”; $1,718
  •  Jihoon Cho, marketing; “2020 European Marketing Academy Annual Conference, ‘Upward Line Extensions to Substitutes and Complements: An Empirical Analysis,’ May 27 - 29, 2020, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary”; $3,021
  • Huston Gibson, landscape architecture, and community and regional planning; “World Community Development Conference 2020, Hindsight 2020: Reflections of Community Visions from the Past, June 29-July 1, 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya”; $3,082
  • Andrew Long, political science; “Conference Title: ‘10th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association’ Paper Title: ‘Major Powers and International Environmental Agreements’ June 18-20, Prague, Czech Republic”; $2,980
  • Pietro Poggi-Corradini, mathematics; “BIRS Workshop ‘Analysis and Geometry of Metric Spaces - a Bridge between smooth and Fractal Views’. April 5 - April 10, 2020. Banff Center, Canada”; $558

University Small Research Grants
  • Carl Ade, kinesiology; “Role of reactive oxygen species in anti-cancer doxorubicin induced vascular toxicity”; $4,404
  • Thomas Barstow, kinesiology; “Heat Shock Proteins and Muscle Function in Healthy Volunteers”; $5,196
  • Gina Besenyi, kinesiology; “Evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a park-based physical activity intervention in adults with serious mental illness”; $3,998
  • Necia Chronister, modern languages; “Travel to Berlin, Germany to Visit the Studio of and Interview Artist Sonja Blattner”; $2,237
  • Andrea Faber, modern languages; “Grammatical Gender Representation among Heritage Speakers of Spanish”; $1,985
  • Sara Luly, modern languages; “German Script Course at the Moravian Archives”; $2,136
  • Alyssa Morris, music, theatre, and dance; "‘Parables,’ a CD Recording of Music for Oboe”; $3,722
  • Craig Parker, music, theatre, and dance; “Research at the UCLA Department of Special Collections on ‘Igor Stravinsky at the Ojai Music Festival’"; $3,970
  • Colleen White, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; “The Bach Flute Sonatas Rediscovered, Vol. 1”; $4,103

Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants  are awarded each fall and spring by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the  Office of Research Development .

Faculty Development Awards support travel expenses to present research, scholarly or creative activity and discovery, or RSCAD, or a performance at an international meeting or to visit an external funder or sponsor. University Small Research Grants, or USRG, are seed grants to support small research projects, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.

Both programs are meant to catalyze a faculty member's RSCAD career success. New faculty and faculty from disciplines with minimal outside support are given priority for both awards, as are trips or projects that enhance awardees' abilities to compete for extramural funding. All proposals are peer reviewed and discussed in a panel. Unsuccessful applicants will be given feedback on how to improve their proposals.

Fall 2019 Faculty Development Award reviewers were Joel Anderson, Office of Research Development; Jennifer Francois, family studies and human services; Jessica Lane, special education, counseling, and student affairs; Edward Nowlin, marketing; Deann Presley, agronomy; Ali Stoyan, political science; Kimberly With, biology.  

University Small Research Grant reviewers were Ruth Gurgel, music, theatre, and dance; Carla Martinez-Machain, political science; Mary Lou Marino, Office of Research Development; Chad Miller, horticulture; Kate Nelson, geography; Aleksey Sheshukov, biological and agricultural engineering; Martin Talavera, food, nutrition, dietetics, and health. 

The contributions of our peer reviewers are greatly appreciated.

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.

The GFS Seed Grant Program invites applications for innovative research in all aspects of global food systems including, but not limited to:

  • Increasing food production (crops or livestock, e.g. crop yield improvement, pest management, or animal health).
  • Better management of water and other resources/systems related to food production and distribution, better management of the food produced.
  • Keeping food systems safe (including both food safety and bio/agro security).
  • Increasing food nutritional value.
  • Combating obesity and nutritional illiteracy Innovative educational and outreach (e.g., use of the arts as an engagement medium).

Proposals related to these topics are also sought, as are studies related to the policy, social concerns and economic factors which help drive food systems. 
New NIH "FORMS-F" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2020
This notice informs the biomedical and health services research communities of changes to grant application form and application guide instructions for due dates on or after May 25, 2020.
The following application forms include substantive changes (i.e., new/deleted/modified fields). All other forms include only an OMB expiration date change.
  • PHS 398 Career Development Award Supplemental Form
  • PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement
  • PHS Assignment Request form
  • PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form
  • PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information
  • SBIR/STTR Information
See  High-level Summary of Form Changes in FORMS-F Application Packages  for a full list of form changes. We will notify the community if we determine additional changes are needed.
These changes will be implemented with application form packages identified with a Competition ID of "FORMS-F" and associated application guide instructions.
We will provide additional guidance and confirm our implementation plans in early 2020.

Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity
NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. To achieve this mission, NIH substantially invests in research to improve public health; it also devotes substantial resources to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of its scientific resources, including human capital.

This diversity statement was informed by a literature review, the reports and deliberations of several internal NIH committees, as well as input from Institute and Center officials, program staff and external stakeholders.

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5
207 K-State Student Union

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries. The session will open with a brief overview of the submission requirements. This presentation will be followed by a panel of K-State Fulbright Scholar awardees. The panel members will talk about their experience, the logistics of setting up an extended stay in another country, and provide tips for the Fulbright Scholars submission. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. For questions about this event, email .

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