September 4, 2019
Funding Connection

The Department of Defense, DARPA,  Young Faculty Award   program provides high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD and national security capabilities. 

National Science Foundation’s  Security and Preparedness  Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to global and national security. 

Opportunities from the Office of Research Development
K-State faculty, it is time once again to think about applying for our internal small grants programs , described below.

Faculty members with the rank of assistant professor and above may request support for their research and scholarly activities and professional development. To be eligible, faculty members must have at least some percentage of their appointment devoted to research. These are peer-reviewed competitive programs that are intended not only to provide funding but to familiarize early career faculty without previous grant proposal experience with the process of applying for research funding.

The Faculty Development Awards, or FDA, program is primarily known for providing support for travel to international meetings to present research. A relatively little-known option of the FDA program is to fund travel to meet with program officers from potential external sponsors.

The University Small Research Grants , or USRG, program is a seed grant program to support early-stage research, scholarly activity and other creative efforts. It is often used as a springboard to collect preliminary data that will support a subsequent larger external funding proposal.

We use final reports on trips and project outcomes to learn how these programs have helped faculty make connections in their fields or obtain needed preliminary data resulting in later larger external awards. If you have previously obtained one of these awards and have stories to share about their impact, we would love to hear them!

Applications are due October 7, 2019 for travel/projects occurring between January 1 and June 30, 2020. Read more about the application requirements and access application forms. If you have questions about either the FDA or USRG programs, please email or call 785-532-6195.

An information session regarding the FDA and USRG opportunities will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 in 209 Student Union.
You're invited to the Morris Animal Foundation Data Commons
Morris Animal Foundation Data Commons, an open data resource platform for animal and biomedical health researchers, is now available for early access. Data Commons provides global access to historical data of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study cohort, covering 11 key subject areas such as activity, dental, disease diagnoses, diet, environment and others.

As a valued partner, you can sign up for an account on  the Data Commons site.  Please  email any questions or feedback  on Data Commons.

At a later date, we will be adding genomic sequencing data to the Data Commons. Thanks to a challenge match of $1 million, Morris Animal Foundation, in partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, raised $2 million in support of the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to fund genomic sequencing starting in 2020.
Events and announcements
Reminder: Fulbright Scholar workshop TODAY

You are invited to learn more about the Fulbright Scholar experience by attending a workshop by Pamela Louderback, Fulbright Scholar to the UK. 

3:30-5 p.m. 
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
207 K-State Student Union

Interested faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend this FREE workshop.

For more information, please contact  Mary Lou Marino
Reach statewide audience at Oct. 12 Science Fest with K-State

Science Fest with K-State – a new outreach event in Wichita – has additional space for faculty, staff and students to lead STEM-related activity booths.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Wichita Public Library. It is part of Science Communication Week and connects with the 2019 NEA Big Read: Wichita selection of “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. For more information, visit .

To submit an activity, email Erin Pennington at

PreAward Services job opportunity
PreAward Services is hiring for four grant specialist positions. These positions are responsible for all aspects of preaward research administration with a specialty focus on grant and contract development with emphasis on international subaward agreements and prime contracts, review and negotiation for such issues as intellectual property rights, insurance, liability, indemnification, foreign currency issues, consistency with federal and state laws, regulations and university policies.

Reintegrating Biology

Help generate ideas that will unify and advance the biological sciences. The NSF directorate for Biological Sciences, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and KnowInnovation would like to let you know of the opportunity to participate in a series of NSF-funded virtual and in-person events focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges for reintegrating research across the biology subdisciplines.

4-5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5

The Office of Research Development will host an informational session for tenured or tenure-track faculty who are interested in receiving assistance in their scholarly activities and professional development. The Faculty Development Award program provides support for travel to international meetings. The University Small Research Grants program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity and other creative efforts. Please attend one of these information sessions to learn about this semester’s application and review process.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 9
1053 College of Business Building

Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis, or dissertation? This workshop will help you! Learn why a literature review is important, how to use K-State Libraries’ databases to select articles, how to evaluate the articles, and how to organize the review. For this session, article searching will be demonstrated using social sciences and education databases, however, the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines.
3:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12
206 Student Union

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or NSF GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees. This session will take an in-depth look at the requirements for an NSF GFRP submission. A panel of faculty members who have served on review panels for this program will discuss tips and provide advice that you will not find in this program’s request for proposals. Students will also have an opportunity to talk about their research ideas with the panel. If you are serious about submitting to this program, this is a session you should not miss.

Learn about graduate fellowship opportunities. Key funding opportunities from NSF, DoD, DoE, Hertz Foundation, and the American Association of University Women will be discussed . Opportunities in the humanities and social sciences will also be addressed. Plus, learn to search for fellowships on your own.

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