July 8, 2020
Funding Connection

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service,   through its  Development of Time Release Study Methodology for Agricultural Goods  RFA, seeks to deepen its understanding of the various barriers impacting the time it takes agricultural goods to cross international borders. 

NSF’s  Science of Organizations   program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds. 

Global Food Systems Seed Grant Program
Kansas State University has a university-wide initiative in Global Food Systems, or GFS, that builds on our strengths and land-grant mission to help address the challenge of sustainably feeding a world population that will double global food demand by 2050. Given the importance of food production to the Kansas economy, the innovation and knowledge resulting from this initiative are expected to assist with job creation and economic development within the state and to help Kansas remain a leader in food production. To this end, the State of Kansas has provided K-State with funding for GFS-related research, workforce development, and economic development and innovation activities. The GFS Seed Grant Program addressed by this Request for Proposals is supported by this state funding.

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).

Find out more and apply by Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
VPR Brown Bag Series
Noon-1 p.m.
Friday, July 10

Topic: Updates from D.C. around funding and international researchers.

Across the nation, faculty are grappling with how to maintain research productivity during a time of a public health crisis. Federal funding agencies and private sector supporters are trying to understand how to make progress as well. We have been providing updates from funders as they come in, but this is still a complex environment to understand. Our Brown Bag virtual lunch series will focus on responding to changes and guidance about how to secure funding into the future.

Please register to attend by 11 a.m., Friday, July 10.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
In this episode, we switch gears to shine some light on an area of the food system that may not be overtly understood as critical by many. Matthew Sanderson, Randall C. Hill Distinguished Professor of sociology, anthropology, and social work and professor of sociology joins hosts in discussion. Sanderson's research aims to better understand the social aspects of human nature as major drivers in approaches to relations between people and the ecosphere. His research includes a focus on social processes that integrate economies, politics and cultures into an increasingly shared — but sometimes contested — space.
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.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce a new U.S. Scholar award focusing on rural and regional issues that would be of particular interest to Kansas State University. Applications are open until September 15. For more information, click on the link below.

New Rural/Regional U.S. Scholar Award through the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, closing on September 15, 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.

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.

NIAMRRE Knowledge Exchange
A virtual poster session July 27-31, 2020.

All graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who are conducting relevant research in the AMR field, and could benefit from an opportunity to showcase their findings and network with other like-minded individuals are invited to attend.

What is a virtual poster session?
NIAMRRE is partnering with iPoster – a leading digital poster vendor – to host this event. Each poster will be listed on the session homepage with links to the individual poster. Within individual poster pages, presenters can upload a digitally recorded voice narration and a direct email link. We are also planning to have short virtual presentations for selected posters during a zoom session scheduled for each of the four topic areas at the end of the week.

Who is eligible to present?
Presenters can include faculty, students (graduate and undergraduate), postdocs and staff from NIAMRRE member institutions

We are asking participants to frame their posters around one of the four following topics:
  • Reducing antimicrobial use by adapting precision agriculture approaches
  •  Improving clinical decision making and diagnostics related to antimicrobial resistance
  • Systems approaches to manage antimicrobial resistance
  • Promoting antimicrobial stewardship through integrated public outreach, extension and clinical training of health professionals.
How do I register?
Visit the  event registration page . The cost to present a poster is $75 for the first poster, $100 for 2 posters and $125 for 3 posters. 

The deadline for registering for the NIAMRRE Knowledge Exchange is  July 10, 2020 . Shortly after that date, you will receive an invitation to the poster portal from iPoster. You will then have access to a variety of poster templates and technical support for developing your poster.
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
 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.

NIH Pre-Application Webinar for PAR-20-017 "Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)”
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)."

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
Thirty countries and multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all. who.int

Unprecedented details of enamel structure may point to new ways to prevent or halt cavities. nih.gov

In a  Perspective for the New England Journal of Medicine , members of the National Institutes of Health’s Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) Vaccines Working Group assess practical considerations and prerequisites for using controlled human infection models (CHIMs), which can be used for human challenge studies, to support SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development.  nih.gov

Melting of Arctic ice caused by climate change has exposed more sea surface to the atmosphere. Scientists have long suspected this trend would increase carbon dioxide in Arctic Ocean waters. nsf.gov

A young boy’s summer antics 60 years ago inspired his father to create the timeless backyard water toy smithsonianmag.com

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together with other donors and partners of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, has announced a new alliance aimed at accelerating clinical research on COVID-19. philanthropynewsdigest.com

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