Special Issue
Funding Connection

A special edition of the Funding Connection focused on COVID-19 related funding opportunities that have recently been released is now available including:


All COVID-19 funding opportunities that have appeared in the Funding Connection can be easily found by using the  Funding Connection Search Tool   and entering “COVID-19” into the keyword search box.

This episode: Welcome to the New Normal – what are viruses and how do they impact the animal and human world?
Dr. Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State. 
This episode of Something to Chew On brings us a timely discussion – the current world-wide Coronavirus challenges. The topics discussed with Neiderwerder are not only timely, but instructional in helping us to understand what a virus is and how they impact the world around us. Megan’s research includes viral diseases in swine, equine, avian, bovine and canine species. Her research investigates control strategies for endemic and foreign animal diseases of swine.  

Investigator Resources for COVID-19 Research


  • LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 1724 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

  • The World Health Organization website covering COVID-19 related information from all over the world. It includes the latest reports on vaccines, animal models, therapeutics, diagnostics, and world coordination.

  • The World Health Organization Database of global COVID-19 research as well as information on the international clinical trials registry platform and the COVID-19 emergency use listing procedure.



  • The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium encompasses computing capabilities from some of the most powerful and advanced computers in the world. This group hopes to empower researchers around the world to accelerate understanding of the COVID-19 virus and the development of treatments and vaccines to help address infections. Consortium members manage a range of computing capabilities that span from small clusters to some of the very largest supercomputers in the world. To request access to resources of the COVID-19 HPC Consortium, you must prepare a description, no longer than three pages, of your proposed work. More information on how to apply can be found on the Consortium’s Information Website.

  • Kansas State University’s Institute for Computational Research can help you with your COVID-19 research if it can benefit from more computing capacity. Your research can be shifted to supercomputer-class resources, your priority upgraded on Beocat, and you can receive XSEDE-level computational grants.
Events and announcements
The national library of medicine expands access to coronavirus literature through pubmed central
The National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is working on multiple fronts to aid in the COVID-19 response through new initiatives with the global publishing community and artificial intelligence researchers. NLM is expanding access to scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, care providers, and the public, and for text-mining research. This work makes use of NLM's PubMed Central , a digital archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature. PMC currently provides access to nearly 6 million full-text journal articles.

Application Deadline EXTENDED: CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship in Basic and Tumor Immunology
In response to the growing disruption and difficulty imposed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Cancer Research Institute will be extending the Spring 2020 deadline for the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to April 15, 2020.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
Funding: $175,500 over three years

NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences  Virtual Office Hours
Directorate for Biological Sciences staff are interested in hearing how BIO and NSF can mitigate the longer-term harm of COVID-19 on U.S. research and training. We will be holding a series of four BIO-wide virtual office hours next week during which the biological science community can share concerns, ask questions, or offer suggestions on how we can do more to address this national emergency.
Sessions dates and times are as follows. Please feel free to attend the session that best fits your schedule; representatives from across BIO will be in attendance during each session.
  • Monday, March 30, 4-5 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, March 31, 3-4 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2-3 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, April 2, 1-2 p.m. EDT

With schools across the country closing their doors to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus, nearly 30 million students in almost every state are facing disruption to their daily education. NSF has long supported innovative STEM education programs that supplement classroom learning and draw from existing best practices in education theory. Here are a few activities for learners of all ages that can be practiced at an appropriate social distance.
Science to Art
Science to Art is a platform for regional scientists to display and describe their research through the visual arts. Each of these remarkable images tells a personal research story and poetically captures the fieldwork performed by the scientists and their teams. All proceeds from the Science to Art auction will be donated to STEAM education in Kansas City.

The application for 2020 submissions is open until May 8, 2020.
Research Brownbag Discussions
Join Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout and staff to learn how the university is addressing the changing compliance landscape around international travel, research data management, attending conferences in embargoed nations and new regulations. Discuss your concerns or questions that you have around these topics. What is K-State doing to protect our researchers? What are best practices and protocols at this time?

All brownbags will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on the following dates via Zoom .
  • Monday, April 13 – Topic: TBA
  • Monday, May 11 – Topic: TBA

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