February 5, 2020
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation’s  Reproducible Cells and Organoids via Directed-Differentiation Encoding  supports activities that substantially advance our capability to direct cell differentiation to a specific endpoint through the integration of synthetic biology, advanced sensing technologies, and cellular and tissue modeling. 

The   National Institutes of Health’s  National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications  invites applications for investigator-initiated program project applications addressing any of the broad areas of cancer research, including, but not limited to: cancer biology, cancer prevention, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment and cancer control.


ORD Opportunities: 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.

Faculty members with the rank of assistant professor and above may request support for their research and scholarly activities and professional development. To be eligible, faculty members must have at least some percentage of their appointment devoted to research. These are peer-reviewed competitive programs that are intended not only to provide funding but to familiarize early career faculty without previous grant proposal experience with the process of applying for research funding.

The Faculty Development Awards , or FDA, program is primarily known for providing support for travel to international meetings to present research. A relatively little-known option of the FDA program is to fund travel to meet with program officers from potential external sponsors.

The University Small Research Grants , or USRG, program is a "seed" grant program to support early stage research, scholarly activity and other creative efforts. It is often used as a springboard to collect preliminary data that will support a subsequent larger external funding proposal.

We use final reports on trips and project outcomes to learn how these programs have helped faculty make connections in their fields or obtain needed preliminary data resulting in later larger external awards. If you have previously obtained one of these awards and have stories to share about their impact, we would love to hear them!

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.


Beth A. Montelone
Senior associate vice president for research
Office of Research Development
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 Fulbright Program is Open
Are you interested in pursuing your career abroad?  Consider applying for a Fulbright Scholars award. Offering more than 800 teaching and/or research awards in more than 130 countries, this program gives accomplished college and university faculty and administrators the opportunity to work for up to a year in a foreign country. 

This week, the Fulbright Program has begun placing opportunities from all over the world on its website for the new submission round which closes September 15, 2020.  Specific opportunities in specific countries or areas of the world may be found in the Catalog of Awards You can also search by discipline area. The Submission Guidelines outline what is required for a submission as well as give examples of how to write a project statement and very carefully detail how to put together the required curriculum vitae and other elements. By registering via My Fulbright , you will be notified of the latest program updates, including opportunities in specific countries; webinar schedules; helpful resources and suggestions for application assistance.  For on campus help, contact Mary Lou Marino at mlmarino@k-state.edu.
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. in 205 K-State Student Union on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb 17 – Topic: Conflict of interest and international collaborations and travel
  • Monday, March 16 – Topic: Export controls and international travel
  • Monday, April 13 – Topic: Data management and CUI – don't get scooped
  • Monday, May 11 – Topic: TBA-Suggestions from campus

Registration is not required. Please reach out to comply@k-state.edu with any questions.
Deadline approaching for Global Campus development grant proposal request
Proposals for the Global Campus development grant program are due to the Global Campus dean's office by March 1. Improved for 2020, the grant-funding program has been re-envisioned to spur the development of market-driven online learning opportunities at Kansas State University.
Priority is given to proposals that:
  • Reduce course gaps in online curricula or time to degree.
  • Develop new, student-focused programs or courses.
  • Focus on learner-centered scheduling — accelerated courses and multiple start dates during a year.
  • Promote interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Expand learning opportunities in areas of university strength.

Research administration webinar: 'Top 10ish Things to Know About Uniform Guidance'
The Research Administrators Council will sponsor the webinar "Top 10ish Things to Know About Uniform Guidance" at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in 3099 A&B Engineering Hall .

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Bluemont Room, K-State Student Union

Learn about the impacts that small farming and plant diversification have on disease and insect control as well as water and nutrient use, and how they affect the economy both in Kansas and nationally.

This workshop will provide a venue to interact with local and regional leaders in the field as well as provide an opportunity to identify fields of research at K-State that intersect with this focus. Faculty in all disciplines should consider attending as many areas of study are integrated into this topic.  

Register to attend by February 12, 2020.
1-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Learn about:
  • Grant terminology and important processes at universities
  • Rules of grant writing
  • Successful writing strategies for grant proposals
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Review criteria and agency proposal review

Register to attend by February 14, 2020


Demonstrate Broader Impacts at Girls Researching Our World (GROW) on February 22
K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and/or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Researching Our World (GROW) workshop on Saturday, February 22, 2020 on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Agency news and trending topics
The new cluster of viral pneumonia cases originating in Wuhan, China, marks the third time in 20 years that a member of the large family of coronaviruses (CoVs) has jumped from animals to humans and sparked an outbreak. In a new JAMA Viewpoint essay, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), looks back at two earlier novel CoV outbreaks that initially caused global havoc and describes steps needed to contain the current one.  nih.gov

Group leaders say that these tools can help to flatten power differentials between lab members and keep people connected and communicating on common, and importantly, even ground. The tools are familiar, and even ubiquitous — Slack, Skype and WhatsApp (Taylor’s tool of choice), for example. But when deployed strategically, these apps can promote a more level playing field to benefit colleagues from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds, those with disabilities, or those who might work and think differently. nature .com

Federal grant compliance is a hot topic among academics these days. So much so the Society of Research Administrators International launched a  two-day training  on the subject last week…… "There’s a real clash of cultures between what’s basically the federal police and academics who thrive on the open flow of knowledge," he said. But for now it seems a lot of institutions are left trying to figure out where the balance lies between sharing and protecting what’s theirs. wbur.org

A new ranking system for academic journals measuring their commitment to research transparency will be launched next month -- providing what many believe will be a useful alternative to journal impact scores. insidehighered.com

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hoping universities will use a controversial—and largely untested—method of hiring junior faculty members to improve the diversity of the U.S. biomedical research workforce.   sciencemag.org
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