February 19, 2020
Funding Connection

The Department of Defense,  FY2021 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation.

The Department of Agriculture, North Central Region SARE Graduate Student Grant Program  supports projects by graduate students that address sustainable agriculture issues and are part of the student’s degree program.

PreAward Insights: Acknowledging federal funding
Each year, federal appropriations are finalized for each of the federal agencies, including those that fund research and scholarly activities at K-State. As part of that annual process, each agency is required to announce the legislative mandates that are associated with each appropriation.

Recently, NIH released their FY 2020 Legislative Mandates and it is worth revisiting one such mandate that is easily overlooked when announcing the receipt of federal funding to support a K-State project. This is associated with section 505, Acknowledgment of Federal Funding. Section 505 requirements stipulate that “ when issuing statements, press releases, requests for proposals, bid solicitations and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving Federal funds included in this Act, including but not limited to State and local governments and recipients of Federal research grants, shall clearly state— (1) the percentage of the total costs of the program or project which will be financed with Federal money; (2) the dollar amount of Federal funds for the project or program; and (3) percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources. "

The Office of the Vice President for Research was asked to provide an assessment if this requirement also applied to journal publications. To address this question, as it relates to NIH’s position on the matter, a quick check of the web guidance titled Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding substantiated the response to this inquiry.

This requirement indeed applies to the requirement to include acknowledgment of federal funding in research publications, as well as press releases and other public statements , including those mentioned above. This guidance also provides examples of appropriate acknowledgment statements from the NIH perspective.

It is important to also point out that this requirement applies across all federal agencies and each agency, as part of their award terms and conditions, will normally supply a sample acknowledgment statement.

This federal requirement is also promulgated through the Stevens Amendment, codified in Public Law 101-166, Section 511, among other governmentwide implementations.

You are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@k-state.edu if you ever have any questions regarding compliance with the terms and conditions of your federal award.

Paul Lowe
Associate vice president for research,
Director, PreAward Services
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.

Reminder: FDA and USRG request for proposals
The Office of Research Development is announcing the spring competition for our internal small grants programs, described below.  View the request for proposals and additional information.

Applications are due March 2, 2020 for travel/projects occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2020.  Read  more about the application requirements and access application forms. If you have questions about either the FDA or USRG programs, please email  ord@k-state.edu  or call 785-532-6195.
Research Brownbag Discussions
Bring your lunch and join Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout and staff to learn how the university is addressing the changing compliance landscape around international travel, research data management, attending conferences in embargoed nations and new regulations. Discuss your concerns or questions that you have around these topics. What is K-State doing to protect our researchers? What are best practices and protocols at this time?

All brownbags will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Monday, March 16, 206 K-State Student Union* – Topic: Export controls and international travel
  • Monday, April 13, Konza room, K-State Student Union* – Topic: Data management and CUI – don't get scooped
  • Monday, May 11, 206 K-State Student Union* – Topic: TBA-Suggestions from campus

Registration is not required. Please reach out to comply@k-state.edu with any questions.

*Please note location changes
Seeking faculty participation in forming collaborative convergent research teams  
How can K-State lead convergent research to solve the most pressing societal challenges? The Office of Research Development and the College of Engineering, with support from the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation, are interested in forming strategically-oriented convergent research teams for near- and long-term opportunities and relevant funding agency program submissions. Our intent is to leverage university-wide strengths into multidisciplinary teams focused on solving  complex global problems .

University research faculty in all disciplines are invited to participate in four one-hour sessions to ascertain how K-State can lead convergent research. The sessions will utilize an action-based approach to forming interdisciplinary research collaboration. Participants will identify opportunities and define an action plan that results in a white paper.

Interested faculty are invited to register and will be asked to commit to attending four one-hour sessions on the following Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. :
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 10

For ease in identifying convergent research, the  NSF definition   will be used for these sessions. 

For more information, contact Carole Lovin, engineering research and graduate programs, clovin@ksu.edu
K-State Alumni Lee Rivers to present Fulbright Information Session
Lee Rivers, from the Institute of International Education, will share information about the Fulbright Scholar Program during a brown-bag lunch session.

March 23, 2020
204 K-State Student Union

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers about 470 teaching and/or research opportunities that are available to faculty, staff and administrators. These opportunities are available to more than 125 different countries.

Rivers is a K-State graduate and currently the assistant manager for outreach and special projects for the Institute of International Education. He will offer insight regarding the application and screening process, and hopes to converse about Fulbright proposal ideas that you might be developing.

Those interested in attending should complete the RSVP Form .

Those unable to attend who are interested in The Fulbright Scholars Program are encouraged to contact Mary Lou Marino, Fulbright Scholars Program institutional representative, at mlmarino@k-state.edu .

Find out more about the Fulbright Scholar Program .
NEH Writing Workshop and Consultations
Ohio University will host a National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH Application Writing Workshop.

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m .
Friday, March 27, 2020
NEH conducts these grant writing workshops to raise awareness of funding opportunities available in the humanities and to increase the number of quality applications. The workshop is free and open to Ohio University faculty and graduate students, as well as to scholars from any other institution or community in Ohio or surrounding states who want to learn more about NEH and how to compete for NEH grants.

Qualtrics   pre-registration is required but the workshop is free and open faculty, staff, students, and others interested in learning more about the NEH programs. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. 

Agency news and trending topics
Across Laikipia County in central Kenya, large wild herbivores, including endangered species like the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and African wild dog, coexist alongside rapidly growing numbers of people and associated livestock. nationalzoo.si.edu

NSF- funded  scientists reporting in the journal  eLife  have revealed that they are closer to understanding a risk factor for stomach cancer: how the bacterium Helicobacter pylori maintains its shape. nfs.gov

Measuring how many bugs fly into car windshields might sound silly. But to scientists predicting an “insect apocalypse,” the numbers are deadly serious.  wired.com

Janet Hall explores the cascading effects of hormonal disruptions on the reproductive system. nih.gov

President Donald Trump’s 2021 budget proposal would slash the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $3 billion to $38.7 billion, a 7% cut, while maintaining funding for a few priorities. sciencemag.org
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