November 29, 2017
Funding Connection

Compliance Check
AAALAC awards K-State continued full accreditation

We are extremely proud to announce that K-State’s program of animal care and use has been officially awarded full accreditation by the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.  Together, AAALAC and accredited institutions are raising the global benchmark for animal well-being in science. We unite behind this mission with more than 980 other accredited organizations in 44 countries. 

AAALAC visits K-State every three years to reevaluate the animal care and use program. The next visit will be in the summer of 2020. Planning and preparation for AAALAC’s site visit constitutes a major undertaking that requires the participation of everyone involved in K-State’s animal care and use program. Our accredited units are the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Human Ecology.  Let us continue to work together on our common goal of maintaining our excellent standard of animal care and use and supporting innovative research and teaching at K-State throughout this three-year period. We sincerely thank you for your part in maintaining K-State’s accreditation status.   Find more information about AAALAC.

FDA medical device ban on powdered gloves

In January 2017, a medical device ban was put into effect by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) . The ban affects powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove, as these are considered medical devices under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. During routine biosafety lab and IACUC inspections, powdered gloves are still sometimes observed. Consistent with the FDA ruling, the above items should be discarded.   Find more information about the ban.

Semiannual IACUC inspection information update

IACUC inspections are a routine part of ensuring that K-State meets regulatory requirements related to animal care and use.  These visits are critical to maintaining an excellent animal care and use program. Any PI with concerns about the inspection process is encouraged to contact any IACUC member or staff in the University Research Compliance Office. We are here to help support your research and ensure regulatory compliance for the university, and we are happy to help with any questions or compliance needs you have. Contact us at (785) 532-3224 or .

URCO has the following updates to share following the Fall 2017 cycle of inspections:

  • Any PI who holds a DEA license for controlled substance use in animals may be asked to produce drugs and records as part of future IACUC inspections. This may include PIs who do not bring animals to their labs or into the area where the drugs are stored. Guidance related to this oversight is found in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NRC, 8th ed., p. 34.

  • To support transparency in meeting this requirement and to help make it easier to prepare for inspections, please visit the updated URCO Semiannual IACUC Inspection Information page. Find inspection dates, a simplified list of what IACUC is looking for on inspections (and why), as well as updated documents to post, common deficiencies found on inspections, and a link to an inspection checklist that IACUC members will use during the inspection process.

—Cheryl Doerr, associate vice president for research compliance
Events and announcements
  • The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America's energy challenges in new and innovative ways. The three-day program is aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. The summit is slated for March 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

  • The 3rd Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference is slated for April 11-12 in Columbia, Missouri. More information will be coming soon from the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. Find a regional events calendar

  • Registration is now open for the 2018 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Washington, D.C., May 2-4. Register through December 15 for discounted rates. Hear the latest grants process and policy information from approximately 65 NIH and HHS grants experts. More than 40 NIH Institute and Center staff will be available for smaller, more personal discussion opportunities in "1:1 Meet the Experts" chats.
Fall 2017 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants Awarded
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 fall 2017 round, 13 Faculty Development Award proposals were submitted for a total amount requested of $30,456. University Small Research Grants proposals numbered 15, for a total amount requested of $55,699. The amount awarded for both FDA and USRG totaled $64,193. Congratulations to all awardees!
Agency news and trending topics
The stakes for research grant applications are high in today’s  competitive funding environment . Yet applications are often submitted to external funding agencies before they pass any kind of internal review process. A  new study  from Columbia University’s School of Nursing suggests that institutions benefit from helping researchers write better grants. Specifically, it found that pilot grant applications that underwent an internal review were twice as likely as nonreviewed applications to receive funding.

Senate Republicans are expected to bring their tax-reform proposal to a vote this week, but the House Republicans’ plan — passed on November 16 — already has graduate students hustling nationally to protest. At the head of their complaints is a change that would tax graduate students for the value of tuition waivers they receive.

Out of the 20,000 or so protein-coding genes in the human genome, just 100 account for more than one-quarter of the papers tagged by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Thousands go unstudied in any given year. “It’s revealing how much we don’t know about because we just don’t bother to research it,” says Helen Anne Curry, a science historian at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Some linguists think of language as a living thing: It grows and changes, and every time a child learns it, the language reproduces itself. Now, a team of researchers is using the analogy of evolution to explain language change, arguing that key factors in biological evolution—like natural selection and genetic drift—have parallels in how languages change over time. And it turns out that the random changes, known as “drift” in biology, may have played an outsized role in the evolution of the English language.

Science news writers and editors are homing in on the “Breakthrough of the Year,” their choice of the most significant scientific discovery, development, or trend in 2017. That selection, along with nine runners-up, will be announced when the last issue of the year goes online on 21 December. Pick your favorite breakthrough from the list of candidates by 3 December.

Kansas Health Foundation Report Highlights Local Food Policies and Practices
KC Healthy Kids and the Public Health Law Center recently published “ Local Policy Options: Overcoming Barriers to Season Extension,” which is designed to help Kansas farmers and gardeners learn how to extending the traditional outdoor growing season and how to navigate local regulations and overcome barriers.

The military space business is stuck in its old ways and missing a “golden opportunity” to capture the energy of a rejuvenated commercial industry, said a former White House space and aviation technology adviser who is now a top official at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
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