June 24, 2020
Funding Connection

The Department of Health and Human Service, National Institutes of  Health’s Physical Sciences-Oncology Project's   goal is to foster the convergence of physical sciences approaches and perspectives with cancer research to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology by forming transdisciplinary teams of physical scientists and cancer biologists/physician scientists. 

Humanities Kansas  Culture Preservation Grants   support projects that preserve and create access to historical or cultural resources that document stories of life in Kansas. Oral histories, digitization efforts, transcription, collections care, language preservation, hands-on training, and other creative preservation projects are eligible. 

Extension of administrative relief for recipients and applicants of federal financial assistance directly impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) due to loss of operations
Grant-funded K-State employees who are unable to work on a project, either in person or remotely, should not be paid from federal grants beyond May 30.

Last week, the White House authorized flexibilities allowing universities and other federal grant recipients to pay researchers from active federal awards who cannot work while the Covid-19 pandemic keeps laboratories closed have been extended. However, this only applies if organizations maintain a policy that pays salaries for all personnel (under these unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, federal and non-federal. K-State’s current policy does not allow employees to be paid if they are unable to work remotely or in person.

For information or clarifications, please contact Paul Lowe at
Save the date to celebrate K-State's strength
Did you know more than $67 million has been raised for investments to K-State RSCAD during the Innovation and Inspiration campaign?

Save the date July 1, 5:30 p.m. for a virtual experience to celebrate what the K-State family has accomplished together in the last decade.

Learn more at inspire.k-state.edu .
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.

Free AI-based COVID-19 research tool now available
A new artificial intelligence tool for researchers is now available. 

The free intelligent natural language processing tool enables researchers to locate articles on  SARS-CoV-2    and related viruses quickly and efficiently within the  COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) , in partnership with several tech companies and the OSTP. The dataset is linked to the World Health Organization database of publications on coronavirus disease and other resources. The website also provides a sample list of some of the most promising COVID-19 research efforts at universities and independent research institutions.
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 .
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.
Using Collaboration to Accelerate Solutions in COVID-19 Response
A UIDP & MITRE webinar

11 a.m.-noon
July 1, 2020

MITRE manages operations for the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition. The Coalition is a private-sector-led response that brings together healthcare organizations, technology firms, nonprofits, academia, and startups to quickly address government and community problems related to the pandemic. Together, we’re working to provide data-driven, real-time insights that help leaders across the U.S. make decisions on how to protect their populations.

This webinar will dive into the data streams that affect tracking and forecasting related to the pandemic--from cases and mortality to PPE and how supply chains are affected. Data capture, analysis, and a collaborative systems approach are essential to meeting the challenges of COVID-19

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.

K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
Many people who contract COVID-19 have only a mild illness, or sometimes no symptoms at all. But others develop respiratory failure that requires oxygen support or even a ventilator to help them recover. It’s clear that this happens more often in men than in women, as well as in people who are older or who have chronic health conditions. But why does respiratory failure also sometimes occur in people who are young and seemingly healthy? nih.gov

Politicians  and  police  are continuing to crack down on intellectual property theft in what is costing the U.S. as much as $600 billion a year. But what if you could teach scientists to protect themselves as an added layer of security? xvxu.org

A new  collection  of freely accessible social and behavioral science research related to structural racism and police brutality is now available on SAGE Journals. The collection aims to support researchers in their future work and amplify Black scholars' critical scholarship; educators in discussions on systemic racism; and policymakers and community organizers in their efforts to create an equal society. eurekalert.org

The agency used to be interested in hypersonics. Now its priority is microelectronics. nationaldefensemagazine.org

Telepresence robots help university students learning remotely to feel more a part of the class, new research by  Oregon State University  suggests. nsf.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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