March 25, 2020
Funding Connection

The Department of Defense, Air Force   FY 2021 Young Investigator Research Program   supports early in career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by 1 April 2013 or later showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. 

The   National Endowment for the Humanities  Challenge Grant  program’s purpose is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building by helping institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. 

From the desk of the VPR
Dear K-State Colleagues,
The university research community has been receiving a number of requests for help from our communities – local and statewide – including requests for supplies for COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and trained subject matter experts to assist with state lab tests. Most of these come in over the transom causing many different groups to post multiple/duplicate requests. President Myers and I discussed this challenge, and with this note, I am clarifying our response protocol.  
Our first priority is to the university faculty, staff, and students and their public health and safety. This includes PPE and supplies for our teams in areas such as housing and dining, facilities services, Environmental Health and Safety, Lafene Health Center, animal care and veterinary medicine, and the BRI. Following that, as a state of Kansas organization, we are subject to the priorities of the regents and the governor.
Dr. Marty Vanier, director of the National Agriculture Biosecurity Center and associate director of the BRI, will serve as the campus coordinator and point of contact for all requests coming to campus for shared people (SMEs) and equipment (PPEs, testing, etc.) during this outbreak. If you receive an inquiry, please direct it to Dr. Vanier ( ) or 785-532-3929. Dr. Vanier will direct requests internally and coordinate the institutional response.
Thank you for what you are doing for K-State and our community. We are in challenging times that require all of us to be vigilant and to look out for each other, and we are all trying to do the right thing. If you are having difficulties or need to reach out to someone, please do not hesitate to contact me 785-532-5110 or the Employee Assistance Program . We will get through this together.
Be well,

Employees requested to assist KDHE
The State Emergency Operations Center is requesting employees from Kansas Board of Regents universities to help the Kansas Health and Environmental Services (KDHE) with COVID-19 testing in the KDHE laboratory in Topeka.

Since K-State employees are State of Kansas employees, upon agreement of K-State, an employee may provide qualified services to other state agencies for the COVID-19 emergency response. Employees who are assigned to the KDHE lab or other state agencies can be lodged in Topeka, if necessary. K-State will continue to pay these employees’ wages, and K-State will be reimbursed from the state’s emergency fund.

Employees should have the following qualifications:
  • Familiarity with basic aseptic technique and good technique handling specimens.
  • Ability to receive and log in biological samples in a safe manner.
  • Molecular preparation techniques for extraction.
  • Experience in environmental microbiology.

Interested employees should contact Marty Vanier at .
Events and announcements
NSF Letter to Community Regarding COVID-19
NSF was established in the aftermath of a defining chapter of the 20th century. World War II tested the nation, and the research community rose to that challenge with tremendous leaps forward in science, engineering, and technology. After the war, Congress and the President made a pivotal decision to retain support for research and development as a national priority. The spirit that drove accomplishments in wartime laboratories and military facilities would be harnessed not only for the advancement of knowledge, but also for the progress of society and the benefit of the nation.

DOE Travel Guidance
Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Energy has implemented guidance as it pertains to travel and the use of federal funds. Please read the full guidance (PDF) and how it may have an impact on your award.
Deadline for NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate – Early Career Faculty Extended to April 22, 2020
Due to the difficulties associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, a delayed schedule has been implemented for Early Career Faculty proposals. In order to provide proposers and their universities additional time to prepare and coordinate the submission of their proposals, the deadline for submission provides for an additional three weeks from April 1, 2020, to April 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. EDT. The following changes are made to the ECF20 schedule:
  1. Proposal are due April 22, 2020 
  2. Selection notification target is August 27, 2020
  3. Award target date mid-October 2020
Any questions regarding the change in schedule may be directed to the Space Technology Research Grants Program, .
OMB Guidance on Short Term Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by COVID-19
On March 19 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued OMB memorandum  M-20-17 , “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations,” affording Federal awarding agencies with additional flexibilities to provide administrative relief to funding recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides the following short term relief for various administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Please keep in mind that in accordance with M-20-17, these exceptions are time-limited and  the flexibilities afforded to Federal awarding agencies  will be reassessed by OMB within 90 days of the issuance of its memo .

Deadline extended for Laboratory Safety Renovation Program proposals
The deadline for the Laboratory Safety Renovation Program proposals has been extended to April 10. Proposals should address safety or compliance issues within or related to research or teaching laboratory space. Only those proposals that met the Feb. 28 deadline for a cost estimate from the Division of Facilities will be considered. The proposals require a one-to-one department funding match and must be submitted by college or major unit leaders.

Please contact Cindy Bontrager at  or Peter Dorhout at  with questions.

The application form and additional information about the program are available on the  Laboratory Safety Renovation Program website .

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. This session will start with presentations on the requirements for submission, review criteria, submission protocol and evaluation resources. These will be followed by a panel of recent Kansas State University CAREER awardees who will provide tips on submitting to and receiving an award under this program. Session attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a CAREER Writing Clinic that will start after the session and end in July when the proposals are due.
3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8
Via Zoom

Research Brownbag Discussions
Join Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout and staff to learn how the university is addressing the changing compliance landscape around international travel, research data management, attending conferences in embargoed nations and new regulations. Discuss your concerns or questions that you have around these topics. What is K-State doing to protect our researchers? What are best practices and protocols at this time?

All brownbags will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on the following dates via Zoom .
  • Monday, April 13 – Topic: TBA
  • Monday, May 11 – Topic: TBA

Registration is not required. Please reach out to with any questions.
K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
A randomized, controlled clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the investigational antiviral remdesivir in hospitalized adults diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. nih/gov

Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations:
On March 19, 2020, OMB issued M-20-17, “ Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) ,” provides an expanded scope of recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19. crisis.

OMB recently issued important memoranda to the federal agencies directing them to implement flexibilities to provide “short-term relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements” under the Uniform Guidance.

At a time when seeking out and utilizing cutting-edge research is a life or death situation, the EPA is moving in the opposite direction.

The funds will support governments, multilateral organizations, and relief organizations working to respond to the virus, with a focus on health and science initiatives, access to educational resources, and small business support.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week marks its 10th anniversary March 30 through April 5, 2020, encouraging communities around the country to SHATTER THE MYTHS about substance use and addiction.
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