June 17, 2020
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation's  Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis  provides an opportunity for an investigator or a group of investigators at any career stage to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research or to harmonize distinct data sets that they have produced to enable new understanding. 

The  Beckman Foundation’s  Young Investigator Program   provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. 


In fiscal year 2020, the K-State Research Foundation and Institute for Commercialization merged to form K-State Innovation Partners. With a renewed commitment to collaborating with university, industry and communities to deliver a streamlined mission of corporate engagement, technology commercialization and economic development, Innovation Partners reports an impressive and successful year.
In addition to technology commercialization efforts, to date, Innovation Partners has succeeded in advancing economic development in the region by:
  • Assisting with 174 economic partnerships.
  • Attracting 23 companies to establish or expand a presence in Kansas.
  • Launching or investing in 18 K-State-related startup companies.

Additionally, Innovation Partners has created 587 new jobs with average salaries of $56,614 and totaling more than $33 million in payroll.
Events and announcements
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 .
How to Engage with the AFRL Research Ecosystem
A webinar event for universities interested in working with AFRL

7:45-11 a.m.
Friday, June 19, 2020

This live virtual event is a great opportunity for university researchers and administrators to learn how do business with the Air Force Research Laboratory – from basic to applied. Hear real accounts of researchers who have successfully navigated the system and transitioned work to the commercial sector. Get tips and resources from subject matter experts on applying for funding and building lasting relationships in the research ecosystem!

Speakers include representatives from BRICC, AFOSR, Basic Research Office at OSD, APEX, Doolittle Institute, and Adranos, Inc.

Plant Growth Research and Technologies Featured in Upcoming NASA Webinar
1 p.m. 
June 23, 2020

The  Space Crop Production Lab  at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is a plant processing area - a web of ground research laboratories equipped with plant growth chambers of all sizes and the ability to simulate the International Space Station environment. That along with a team of researchers capable of applying the chemistry, biology, microbiology, and engineering needed to make plants grow in space, makes NASA a one of a kind hub for fulfilling space biology and growing crops in space.   

NASA’s webinar will feature researcher, Jacob Torres, who will discuss the latest food production research and technologies developed at NASA. These include a  Passive Porous Plant Nutrient System  that requires no electricity or moving parts, and a variety of micro-gravity simulation testing systems for plant growth. Also included will be some video clips of Jacob inside the lab exhibiting some of his technologies and ongoing research projects. 

Virtual Scientific Writing Workshop
8:30-11:30 a.m.
June 25

The Genetics Society of America and BioKansas have partnered to develop a Scientific Writing Program to provide students with valuable experience in how to navigate the process of scientific writing. The workshop, which is geared toward students in the biological sciences, provides an overview of how to create a cohesive manuscript, guidance for managing data, and tips for creating effective visualizations. 

This workshop is being offered at no cost thanks to generous funding support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Graduate students and postdocs are invited to register for our virtual workshop.

Advanced  registration  is required to attend and space is limited.
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
K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
To mitigate possible adverse effects of the COVID-19 hardship with respect to meeting Center/Site membership requirements, NSF offers the following guidance for IUCRCs with active NSF grants, applicable through December 31, 2020. nsf.gov

The genome is the complete set of your DNA, including all of your genes. The human genome was first decoded nearly two decades ago. The genetic sequencing of thousands of genomes has allowed researchers to begin to understand how the human body is built and maintained. nih.gov

To ensure that people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) get the care they need, it would help if a simple blood test could predict early on which patients are most likely to progress to severe and life-threatening illness—and which are more likely to recover without much need for medical intervention. Now, researchers have provided some of the first evidence that such a test might be possible. nih.gov

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have launched an effort to evaluate drugs prescribed to treat COVID-19 in infants, children and adolescents across the country. The study leverages an existing clinical trial that examines drugs that are prescribed off-label to children for a variety of medical conditions. nih.gov

The National Institutes of Health has launched a centralized, secure enclave to store and study vast amounts of medical record data from people diagnosed with coronavirus disease across the country.   nih.gov

The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it is leveraging its significant and diverse participant base to seek new insights into COVID-19—through antibody testing, a survey on the pandemic’s impacts and collection of electronic health record information. nih.gov
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