May 9, 2018
Funding Connection

PreAwards business process analysis
The Office of PreAward Services has initiated a total business process review exercise.  Our aim is to identify all of the K-State preaward business processes associated with the pursuit and capture of external funding for research and scholarly activities. 

Current processes span a broad spectrum of activities, including:

  • Proposal routing, review, and submission;
  • Award capture, review, and negotiation;
  • Subcontracting with both domestic and international collaborators;
  • Activity data capture and reporting; and
  • Certain stewardship and oversight responsibilities that K-State assumes when accepting outside funding, such as obtaining prior clearance for proposed project modifications. 
Events and announcements
  • The USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Agricultural Systems is a new program starting in 2018. SAS promotes the sustainable supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food and other agricultural products, while enhancing economic opportunities and improving the long-term health and well-being of all Americans. Join a webinar May 10 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT to learn more about the program and its application process. Find more information.

  • The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. A May 15, 2018 CAREER Program Webinar from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT will answer participants' questions about development and submission of proposals.

  • The Biosecurity Research Institute will host the 2018 Midwest Area Biosafety Network Symposium August 6-8. Symposium organizers are seeking abstracts for scientific program presentations. The deadline is May 15. Find more information.

  • The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure will offer a monthly webinar series beginning May 17 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Subsequent webinars will be on the third Thursday of each month. The series will focus on the translational impact of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and will highlight how cyberinfrastructure innovations have impacted science. Find more information and register.

  • The journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases invites submissions of letters to the editor, editorials, perspectives, and manuscripts on the increase in the number of vector-borne disease cases, the emergence of new tick-borne pathogens, the reemergence/spread of mosquito-borne pathogens, and associated topics in an effort to advance the preparedness conversation. The journal is edited by Stephen Higgs, director of the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute. Read more.

  • The new Grants.gov app is available for download. The app helps investigators:
  • Search for grants by keyword, CFDA number, and federal agency; 
  • Browse grant forecasts and opportunities from federal agencies; 
  • Review eligibility requirements for each grant opportunity; 
  • Subscribe to specific grant opportunities and get notified about changes made by the grant-making agency;
  • Manage grant opportunity subscriptions;
  • Access application submission history; and 
  • Receive and manage push notifications from Grants.gov. 
Spring 2018 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants
Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants  are awarded each fall and spring by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the  Office of Research and Sponsored Programs .

Faculty Development Awards support travel expenses to present research, scholarly, or creative work or a performance at an international meeting or to visit an external funder or sponsor. University Small Research Grants are seed grants to support small research projects, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.  Both programs are meant to catalyze a faculty member's career success in research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery.   As such, new faculty and faculty from disciplines with minimal outside support are given priority for both awards, as are trips or projects that enhance awardees' abilities to compete for extramural funding. Unsuccessful applicants are given feedback on how to improve their proposals.

In the spring 2018 round, 17 Faculty Development Award proposals were submitted for a total amount requested of $43,958. University Small Research Grants proposals numbered 13, for a total amount requested of $49,076.  The amount awarded for both FDA and USRG totaled $68,888. Congratulations to all awardees!
Agency news and trending topics
A day-long event at Kansas City’s Union Station helped launch “ All of Us ,” a new nationwide research initiative from the National Institutes of Health. The program’s goal is to collect genetic data from one million people from a wide variety of races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Kansas City, Missouri, was one of seven cities chosen for the launch of "All of Us," and Tom Curran, executive director of Children's Mercy Research Institute, said that was no mistake. 

Basic researchers who study the brain and human behavior thought lawmakers had come to their rescue in March by blocking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, from redefining their studies as clinical trials. But NIH officials are still pushing ahead with new requirements that scientists say make no sense and will cripple their research.

A group of 23 U.S. government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, have joined to produce the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research, which outlines the objectives, structure and principles for coordinated research in this important field of study.

Nature  has named Magdalena Skipper as its new editor-in-chief. She is the first woman to hold the post. Skipper, who is currently editor-in-chief of the open-access journal  Nature Communications , will become the eighth editor of  Nature . She will take over from Philip Campbell, who will move to the newly created post of editor in chief at publisher Springer Nature on 1 July. … Skipper says she wants to continue the work that the journal does to ensure that scientific findings are reproducible and robust, particularly in the age of big data. She would also like  Nature  to focus more on early-career researchers. 

Crispr ,  the powerful gene-editing tool, is revolutionizing the speed and scope with which scientists can modify the DNA of organisms, including human cells. So many people want to use it—from academic researchers to agtech companies to biopharma firms—that new companies are popping up to staunch the demand. Companies like Synthego, which is using a combination of software engineering and hardware automation to become the Amazon of genome engineering. And Inscripta ,  which wants to be the Apple. And Twist Bioscience ,  which could be the Intel.

On May 4, 2018, EPA published its five-year review of the 2012 RWQC as required by BEACH Act amendments to the CWA (2000). The review includes a detailed assessment of the state of the science and advances made since 2010 that support the RWQC and enhance its implementation. On the basis of the review described in the review report, the EPA has decided not to revise the 2012 Recreational Water Criteria during this review cycle.
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