June 13, 2018
Funding Connection

Events and announcements

  • The USDA-APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program offers support for K-State MS, PhD, or DVM/PhD students in target laboratory-based fields. Applications are due at 12:00 noon Wednesday, June 20. Find more information.

  • The Research Administrators Council is hosting a webinar, “Diving Into Contracting,” on June 20 from 1:00 to 2:30 in the Union Wildcat Chamber. The webinar is from the National Council of University Research Administrators. The event is open to all interested in learning more about contracting. 

  • The National Postdoc Association seeks applications for an Outreach Committee Leader (due June 22) and the Board of Directors (due July 6). NPA will also offer an Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching workshop July 23-27 at the University of Colorado Boulder. The workshop is free, but registration is required; find more information.

  • Bionexus KC (formerly KCALSI) requests proposals for its Nexus of Animal and Human Health Research Grants. Letters of intent are due July 10; full applications are due August 8. Find more information.
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  • Fulbright Scholar Program resources; and
  • Working with Industry Boot Camp sessions.
Agency news and trending topics
NIH recently issued a Guide Notice ( NOT-OD-18-172 ) to remind the community about the NIH’s prior approval policy requirements when an institution seeks to change the status of a PI or other senior/key personnel as designated in the Notice of Award. This Notice also helps clarify the situations in which NIH’s prior approval is required.

Storing, managing, standardizing and publishing the vast amounts of data produced by biomedical research is a critical mission for the National Institutes of Health. In support of this effort, NIH released its first   Strategic Plan for Data Science   that provides a roadmap for modernizing the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. Over the course of the next year, NIH will begin implementing its strategy, with some elements of the plan already underway. NIH will continue to seek community input during the implementation phase.
The United States spends half a trillion dollars a year on scientific research — more than any other nation on Earth — but China has pulled into second place, with the European Union third and Japan a distant fourth.China is on track to surpass the United States by the end of this year, according to the National Science Board. In 2016, annual scientific publications from China outnumbered those from the United States for the first time.

Reversing yet another policy of the previous administration, the U.S. Department of State today began applying tougher restrictions on some Chinese graduate students. The new policy shortens from 5 years to 1 year the duration of visas for those planning to study aviation, robotics, and advanced manufacturing. 

Increasingly, members of Congress are confronting a wide array of complex policy debates posed by inventions like artificial intelligence and problems like the rise of Russian propaganda online. And policymakers themselves admit they aren’t fully prepared to deal with the issues. To address that digital knowledge gap, some in Washington are now angling to revive the Capitol’s old science-and-tech think tank, the Office of Technology Assessment, which lawmakers disbanded amid partisan squabbles in the 1990s. Its foremost advocates, emboldened by recent tech mishaps, say it could aid the U.S. government at a moment when objective advice seems to be in short supply.

Five distinguished scientists will begin service as U.S. Science Envoys in June 2018: Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr., Dr. Robert S. Langer, Dr. Michael Osterholm, Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. James Schauer. Through the Science Envoy Program, eminent U.S. scientists and engineers leverage their expertise and networks to forge connections and identify opportunities for sustained international cooperation, championing innovation and demonstrating America’s scientific leadership and technical ingenuity.

The population of Kansas is growing more slowly than the population of the U.S. as a whole, and it is aging, becoming increasingly diverse and concentrating in urban areas, according to a new study released by the Kansas Health Foundation. “ A Changing Kansas: Implications for Health and Communities , ” shows between 1960 and 2016, the Kansas population increased by 33.4 percent, but the U.S. population increased by more than 80 percent during the same timeframe. Additionally, while urban counties increased population during the previous 50 years, rural and frontier counties both saw significant decreases in population.
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