Innovative industry agreements
K-State’s sponsored funding successes in fiscal year 2017
— as detailed in the
September 20 edition of this newsletter
— indicate an increased number of partnerships with industry sponsors. The record number of proposals submitted and awards received included a remarkable 19% increase in the number of corporate sponsored projects from the previous year, with an 80% increase over the last five fiscal years.
K-State faculty are continuing to find innovative ways to partner with industry.
One of those ways is through collaborative researcher visits, which can set the stage for
an excellent experience for all — the collaborating faculty member, the host university, and industry partners. These interactions strengthen collaborations, improve the quality of the research, and help align university research agendas to produce outcomes that align with industry sponsor needs. Collaborating researchers also gain broadened perspectives that can advance their careers.
Structuring these interactions requires care.
K-State faculty should work closely with departmental and college administrators, the Office of General Counsel, PreAward Services, and/or the Kansas State University Research Foundation to ensure proper planning. Due diligence should be exercised to ensure that the exchange/visit is properly structured to meet expectations regarding outcomes and ensure that all policy, procedure, and regulatory concerns are identified and addressed.
In November, Chris Brandt, president and CEO of the Kansas State University Research Foundation, and I will present visiting researcher agreement sessions at the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership Contracting Forum at Arizona State University. These sessions will present case studies to stimulate audience participation. We will discuss key elements and identify gaps and concerns such as liability, intellectual property development, proper administrative vehicles, security, and confidentiality. We will examine sample visiting researcher agreements and provide participants with strategies for structuring collaborative and practical industry-university interactions.
We will be available after the UIDP Forum to present to departmental or college groups interested in discussing this topic.
to schedule a session for your unit.
— Paul Lowe, associate vice president for research and director, PreAward Services
- Learn about changes to USDA's Challenge Grant Programs on October 10 in Engineering Hall Room 1139 (Carl & Mary Ice Conference Room) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Find more information and register.
- Research Administrators Council will hold its quarterly meeting on October 10 in Union 227 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon.
- Join K-State, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, and BioKansas for Kansas City One Health Day on November 1. The event is 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at K-State Olathe and features activities about a One Health approach to bioscience topics such as cancer treatment and research. Find more information and register.
- Research Connections, an event designed to offer researchers a venue in which they can explore interdisciplinary collaborations, find resources, and promote their work, will be November 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Alumni Center Banquet Room. Read more and register.
Learn about DoD funding opportunities
The Office of the Vice President for Research will sponsor two Department of Defense-related training seminars in October
to familiarize faculty with funding opportunities. The first will focus broadly on Department of Defense opportunities, and the second will focus more specifically on the Department of Defense
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
, or CDMRP
- A “Beyond Bullets & Bombs: Intro to Department of Defense Opportunities” seminar is slated for 3:30 on October 19 in Union 207. The session will broaden faculty understanding and awareness of traditional and non-traditional potential for basic and applied research and the research needs of organizations within DoD. Register for the training session.
- A training session on the CDMRP will be offered by federal grant consultants McAllister & Quinn from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on October 26 in the Union Wildcat Chamber (formerly Little Theater). CDMRP originated in 1992 via a Congressional appropriation to foster novel approaches to biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders — the American public, the military, and Congress. The training will provide a general orientation to the program as well as information about:
- Solicitation announcement processes and general timelines;
- Topics, submission requirements and application components, and the review process;
- Comparison of NIH Parent R01 and CDMRP grants; and
- Tips and recommendations for applications.
Avoid award delays: Keep compliance current
Researchers can avoid delays in processing sponsored project awards
and maintain compliance with both university and federal policies by ensuring that trainings in Export Controls Compliance and Responsible Conduct of Research are current.
Training must be completed once every three years.
PIs and co-PIs are encouraged to make sure this training is complete and maintained as current. Individuals registered for CITI can log in to check their own training status.
If you have any questions about the status of your compliance training, please contact URCO at
or call 532-3224.
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. Grantees should ensure their peer-reviewed manuscripts arising NIH funds are deposited into PubMed Central
upon acceptance for publication
, as well as reported in their annual Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs), to be compliant with the NIH public access policy.
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