July 15, 2020
Funding Connection

The National Pork Board’s  Foreign Animal Surveillance   opportunity requests proposals addressing foot and mouth disease, African swine fever, classical swine fever, or swine vesicular disease diagnostic tests or sample types. 

The   National Science Foundation’s  Research Experiences for Teachers   program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, university faculty and students, and industry partners to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. 

OVPR Office Hours
Grant-funded personnel may have questions relating to how their individual situations may be affected by recent announcements regarding mitigation strategies for budget shortfalls. These are very complicated issues related to specific contractual obligations with a sponsor.

Therefore, OVPR leadership will be scheduling Zoom-based office hours to provide the opportunity to discuss specific situations with you or individual faculty.  Time will be dedicated Thursday, July 16, 3-5 p.m. for this purpose.

Please contact Michelle Langvardt at   mlr9988@k-state.edu   to schedule an appointment.
Events and announcements
In consideration of the challenges facing many in our country, NSF is extending the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until 5 p.m. submitter's local time on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

Sony Research Award Program Webinar
11-11:45 a.m.
July 15, 2020

It’s time to innovate with Sony. Apply for the 2020 Sony Research Award Program. U IDP will host an informative webinar about the Sony Research Award Program with 20 minutes of presentation and the rest for Q&A from the audience. Learn more about the award program, submission guidelines, and application deadlines during Sony’s webinar with Mark Ortiz, the manager of the Strategy & Planning Office for Sony Corporation of America’s R&D Center U.S., San Jose Laboratory. T he Sony Research Award Program is an academic award initiative created to provide U.S., Canadian, and select European country universities funding for emerging and innovative technology research projects in collaboration with Sony’s own research division. The Program comprises the Faculty Innovation Award and the Focused Research Award within three broad subject categories: Information Technology, Devices & Materials, and Life Sciences. W ith awards of up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, the Sony Research Award Program creates new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries, and the future.

 FY 2020 3rd Quarter Business Forecast Q&A
On  July 17, 2020 at 8 a.m. USAID will host its next Business Forecast conference call.

In advance of the call, organizations are invited to send questions specifically related to opportunities on the  Business Forecast . Questions are due by Wednesday, July 1 to  BusinessForecast@usaid.gov .

Following the conference call on July 17, responses to all of the Business Forecast related questions will be posted on USAID.gov, along with a transcript and recording of the conference call.

Defense TechConnect: Innovation for national security
Converging the innovation ecosystem - military leadership, industry scouts, non-traditionals, startups, and investors. Connecting the top DOD offices with the world's best technologies.

Call for Submissions - due July 17
Panels, Posters, Innovations & Exhibitors
Quanterion Webinar: COVID-19 Lessons Learned from the Epicenter
11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Join Quanterion Solutions Incorporated on Tuesday, July 21, from 1200 to 1300 EDT as we host a free live webinar presentation titled "COVID-19 Lessons Learned from the Epicenter."


9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The ongoing novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Americans and damaged the Nation’s economy. As the country reopens, the disease threatens the public, now and into the foreseeable future. Federal support for state, local, tribal and territorial preparedness and biosurveillance will be crucial to addressing further spread of COVID-19. The Commission intends to address national policy and resource needs for response to and recovery from this crisis.

U.S. Representative Jason Crow (D-CO), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, will speak before the Commission when it meets. Representative Crow will provide the congressional perspective on the response to COVID-19 and the role of the Legislative Branch in addressing future pandemic threats. A former Army Ranger and lawyer, he has championed biodefense measures during his time in Congress, most recently in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act.

AAAS Research Competitiveness Program
July and August Webinars Online Event Series 2020

The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) has worked for more than two decades designing and leading assessments, proposal review processes, and data-driven evaluations for S&T projects, universities, foundations and state and national governments. This online event series shares our insights and lead discussions on a range of topics related to our careers as researchers and academic leaders:
  • Proposal Development and Peer-Review Processes
  • S&T Evaluation and Assessment
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Investment
  • Career Skills for S&T Professionals

Noon-1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

2-3:15 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

2-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
LRBAA Today Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security  Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate  invites you to join the new  LRBAA Today  webinar series! 

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement  (LRBAA) is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to submit proposals for open topics that address priority homeland security needs. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the department’s research challenge areas, specific to S&T’s LRBAA topics. During each webinar, viewers will hear about the work currently being pursued under the topic areas below and gain context for the solutions being sought. Join for a live discussion and learn how to utilize the LRBAA program to work with S&T! 

Register now for one (or all!) of the upcoming  LRBAA Today  webinars: 

The LRBAA Today webinar series is open to anyone interested in learning about solutions sought under the LRBAA Research Areas. These events are complimentary, but as space is limited, please register via the links above.  

For more information, email  LRBAA.Admin@hq.dhs.gov.
NIH Pre-Application Webinar for PAR-20-017 "Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)”
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

NIGMS will host a webinar to provide advice and respond to questions from prospective applicants who plan to submit applications to  PAR-20-117   “Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)."

SciComm 2020
The conference will take place from  August 14-16, 2020 , as a virtual conference.

The virtual conference will be free!

If you’d like to give a talk, please register by July 24 and prepare an abstract of 150 words.

Find an overview of SciComm 2020 events and register on the conference website.
K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
In a swift reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester. npr.org

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has established a new clinical trials network that aims to enroll thousands of volunteers in large-scale clinical trials testing a variety of investigational vaccines and monoclonal antibodies intended to protect people from COVID-19. nih.gov

This week, spending panels in the U.S. House of Representatives began voting on bills to fund the government, and a few of them made use of an emergency mechanism to beef up research budgets. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the national laboratories funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science were the big winners, receiving a combined additional $11.25 billion. But to date, the other federal research agencies have come away empty-handed. sciencemag.org

T he  University of Maryland, Baltimore County 's Nirmalya Roy received funding from the  National Science Foundation  to develop a rapid flood warning system for Ellicott City. The research was scheduled to conclude in August, 2019, but Roy and his team are continuing the work with support from NSF.  nsf.gov

Researchers found that wild rufous hummingbirds could remember which flower in a sequence held nectar. smithsonianmag.com

The Japanese island of Nishinoshima has added 500 feet to its coastline in less than a month. smithsonianmag.com
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