May 13, 2020
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation’s  Discovery Research Park PreK-12 program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. 

A $1 million  Innovation Fund  has been established by the Booz Allen Foundation to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. 


Guidance for shifting time & effort on grants to support research
With anticipation of furloughs, there have been some questions from faculty with research grants about switching the source of their funding from state funds to sponsored project funds. Human Capital Services issued guidance in 2017 on furloughs that partially addressed this situation. The Council on Governmental Relations provided  its own guidance  in a new release Friday.
 
Taken together, the OVPR is providing the following guidance. Under very specific circumstances, described below, faculty may adjust their time and effort from state funds to sponsored project funds.
 
  1. Faculty with research grants that support salary can, with the approval of their sponsor, increase their effort on said grant for a period of time for the purpose of accomplishing the deliverables of said research, whether to get back on schedule following the interruption of our shutdown or other reason (such as lack of student or other personnel).
  2. Actual time and effort expended on the sponsored grant or contract and ultimately reported (charged or cost-shared, as the case may be) must reflect the approved change.
  3. This change must be approved by the department head, who will ensure that the department’s teaching commitments are maintained.
 
Note that this is not a blanket authorization for faculty with sponsored research grants to shift their sources of funding. Please contact your department head and/or associate dean for research in your college for more information or if you have any questions.

This guidance can also be found on the r esearch reawakening website.
Events and announcements
NSF ERA Forum Webinar 
You are invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Electronic Research Administration (ERA) Forum Webinar on  May 14, 2020 from noon-1:30 p.m .

To participate in this forum, please  Register Now .

The topics for this forum webinar will cover:
  • The new requirement beginning June 1, 2020, to use an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals.
  • The new Award Notice.
  • A Research.gov Demo of Separately Submitted Collaborative Proposals from Multiple Organizations.

On April 1, 2020, NSF announced the availability of both NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals. NSF conducted a  Webinar   to discuss the policy and system implications for this new requirement. As a reminder we encourage you to send questions ahead of the May 14, 2020 ERA Forum webinar to  nsferaforum@nsf.gov .

For more information about the NSF ERA Forum Webinar, please visit https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/era_forum.jsp
BioNexus KC will virtually convene the life sciences and healthcare community to discuss current conditions on the front lines, highlight new and exciting initiatives that could impact our response and what our community can do to help in the fight against COVID-19.

1 p.m.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Registration is free, but required in order to receive a link for the event.
Calling all subject-matter experts to volunteer for NASA's Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge!

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS MAY 15, 2020 .

From May 30-31, 2020, citizen scientists around the world will solve challenges related to COVID-19 using NASA’s open-source data in an all-virtual, global hackathon.

The focus will be on the following four themes. (The complete challenge statements will be posted on the Space Apps website the week before the hackathon.)
1. Learning about the virus and its spread using Space-based data
2. Local response/change and solution
3. Impacts of COVID-19 on the Earth system/Earth system response
4. Economic opportunity, impact, and recovery during and following COVID-19

USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program
Apply now for admission to the program for the fall 2020 semester. Applications are due to K-State by 5 p.m. May 18, 2020.

NEH Summer Stipends program
NEH will be offering a live webinar for administrators and prospective applicants, introducing the program, describing the application and nomination process, and offering application-writing suggestions. There will be a chance to ask questions, captions will be available, and the webinar will be recorded so others can watch it later.

1-2 p.m. CST
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
NIH-Funded Study Also Will Ascertain Percentage of Infected Children Who Develop COVID-19 niaid.nih.gov

As COVID-19 forces conferences online, scientists discover upsides of virtual format  As the novel coronavirus outbreak shutters businesses and disrupts everyday life for billions around the globe, massive annual conferences and small society meetings alike have moved online. sciencemag.org

Critics argue that the federal government increasingly has ceded responsibility for basic research to the private sector, which has different priorities. latimes.com

Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows
As the U.S. tries to move beyond its months-long coronavirus testing debacle, it is at risk of fumbling the next challenge: testing enough people to determine which cities and states can safely reopen and stay open. statnews.com

The National Institutes of Health and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) are bringing together more than a dozen leading biopharmaceutical companies, the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to develop an international strategy for a coordinated research response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  nih.gov

The National Institutes of Health today announced a new initiative aimed at speeding innovation, development and commercialization of COVID-19 testing technologies, a pivotal component needed to return to normal during this unprecedented global pandemic.  nih.gov

Warming may be triggering drought worse than any in recorded history. nsf.gov

A recent study in Nature Medicine brings much-needed clarity, along with renewed enthusiasm, to efforts to develop and implement widescale antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 [1].  directorsblog.nih.gov
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