December 5, 2018
Funding Connection

  • The National Science Foundation, through its Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES) program, invites proposals from individuals or interdisciplinary teams to conduct innovative, integrated, systems-oriented macroscale biology research to detect, understand, and forecast the regional to continental scale consequences of changing climate, land-use, biogeochemical cycles, and biological invasions.
  • The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Visiting Researcher program is interested in researchers from the fields of economic sociology and comparative/international political economy and offers stays generally ranging from two to 12 months. 
  • Read more of this week's featured opportunities
Working with Industry focus builds success
K-State’s focus on Working with Industry continues to be successful.  The K-State Working with Industry team developed a series of workshops starting in spring 2015 to help faculty develop and enhance research relationships with corporate partners. This focus contributed to a significant increase in corporate-sponsored research.

  • In FY18 alone, PreAward Services reported that K-State received 291 awards from corporate sponsors, bringing in more than $28.7 million research dollars. This is a 117% increase over the 134 awards received 5 years ago.
  • We've also seen a 200% increase in the last 5 years in the number of master research and service agreements executed with K-State sponsors; 60 of these are with strategic industry collaborators.

This success carries over into the technology transfer team. The K-State Institute for Commercialization and the Kansas State University Research Foundation worked together to finalize a record 105 commercial agreements in fiscal year 2018. This is a 26% increase from last year.

  • FY18 agreements included 3 master licenses, 28 exclusive licenses, 15 non-exclusive licenses, and 2 exclusive options to license K-State technologies. These agreements helped bring in more than $825,000 in new licensing revenue for a total of more than $3.2 million in licensing revenues.
  • In addition, intellectual property-related deals were responsible for bringing in more than $1.1 million in industry-sponsored research.
Working with Industry training sessions provide faculty and staff with tools to help create collaborations with businesses and develop strategic partnerships. Session contributors work with the Office of the Vice President for Research to make participation easy. Find more information on the series and available topics

Please reach out to a member of the Working with Industry Team with questions about how to schedule training, new innovations, sponsored research, and industry interest in your discoveries.
  • Chris Brandt, president and CEO, Kansas State University Research Foundation; or 532-3919
  • Paul Lowe, associate vice president for research and director, PreAward Services; or 532-6804 
  • Kent Glasscock, president, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization; or 532-3900 
Events and announcements
  • Potential government shutdown: Seven appropriations bills must be passed by Congress and signed by the President — or another continuing resolution will need to be passed — by December 7 to avoid a government shutdown. Prudent management requires that we are prepared for contingencies that may arise.
  • Should a shutdown occur, you will receive guidance as soon as possible about the impact on grant activities, including continuing expenditure of grant funds, submission of grant proposals, and delays in receipt of awards.
  • Funding agencies are developing plans to address this situation, although specific guidance has not yet been distributed. You may receive specific guidance directly from your federal sponsor's program management office.
  • Read a Q&A about government shutdowns

Fall 2018 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants
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 work or a performance at an international meeting or to visit an external funder or sponsor. University Small Research Grants are seed grants to support small research projects, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.  Both programs are meant to catalyze a faculty member's career success in research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery. As such, 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. Unsuccessful applicants are given feedback on how to improve their proposals.

In the fall 2018 round, 12 Faculty Development Award proposals were submitted for a total amount requested of $31,769. University Small Research Grants proposals numbered 19, for a total amount requested of $76,313.  The amount awarded for both FDA and USRG totaled $60,327. Congratulations to all awardees!
Agency news and trending topics
Funding of higher education research and development increased across all funding sources for a consecutive year in FY 2017. Total R&D expenditures reached $75.3 billion, up 4.7% from $71.9 billion in FY 2016. Federal funding of R&D increased in both current and constant dollars for two straight years for the first time since FYs 2009–2011, according to data from the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey conducted by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NIH is deeply concerned about the work just presented at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong by Dr. He Jiankui, who described his effort using CRISPR-Cas9 on human embryos to disable the CCR5 gene. He claims that the two embryos were subsequently implanted, and infant twins have been born. This work represents a deeply disturbing willingness by Dr. He and his team to flaunt international ethical norms. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). These partnerships are announced as the White House released its five-year strategic plan for STEM education,  Charting a Course for Success: A Federal Strategy for STEM Education .
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