Special Issue
Early Career Investigator Lecture
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is hosting an Early Career Investigator Lecture, featuring Michael D. L. Johnson, from the University of Arizona. His talk “Microbes, Metals, Music, and Lessons in Disproving Your Hypothesis,” on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at noon, via Zoom and NIH Videocast. He will discuss the mechanisms of metal toxicity in bacteria followed by a Q&A session on his research and career path. The goal of this series is to expose students to energetic investigators working on the cutting edge of science, and encourage them to pursue careers in biomedical research.

Due to high demand, please register via Zoom and participate in the live Q&A. Please note that registration is limited, but a live broadcast will be available for viewing at https://videocast.nih.gov. Captioning will be provided on the live broadcast.
Bayer's Grants4Ag program
Bayer's Grants4Ag program provides financial support for amounts of 5,000-15,000 euros for novel, early-stage scientific innovations that can contribute to feeding the world without starving the planet. These grants are intended to serve as an introduction to Bayer R&D programs. Awards are designed around a one-year time frame. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 31, 2020
As with previous Bayer Grants4 programs, there are no formal reporting requirements and applicants retain ownership of any intellectual property developed. According to Phil Taylor, open innovation business partner for the Crop Science division, the company views these grants as an initial investment with the potential to become larger-scale, longer-term collaborations with Bayer. For the 2020 Grants4Ag program, Bayer is partnering with Halo, a marketplace that helps companies connect with scientists. See the program terms and email Dr. Taylor with further questions.
Learn more during a live, interactive webinar Oct. 14 at 8 a.m., noon and 9 p.m., hosted by Dr. Taylor and Al Kriz, PhD, Bayer's Innovation Scout. 
These grants are well-suited for principal investigators as well as postdocs and grad students, and are one of the primary ways Bayer identifies research partners for larger-scale, long-term collaborations. In addition to the grants, each recipient will be partnered with a Bayer scientist who will provide guidance and feedback on the project. Previous grant recipients say the latter sets the Grants4 program apart as particularly beneficial. 
Grants4Ag areas of research interest are:

  • Fighting pests whilst preserving biodiversity;
  • Reducing chemical input and enhancing soil health; and
  • Accelerating precision agriculture.

UIDP Triple Helix Days
Oct. 20-21, 2020

The triple helix innovation model leverages the unique strengths of university, industry, and government organizations to accelerate technological innovation and foster economic growth. UIDP’s Triple Helix Days are designed to connect U.S. government program officers with UIDP members in an environment that both informs and catalyzes collaboration.  

Both days will begin with a UIDP case study from our Public Funding project group. U.S. government program officers from diverse agencies will present sessions focused on a recurring funding solicitation in which companies and universities may collaborate as awardees, as subcontractors, or by making in-kind contributions. New speakers continue to be added to the program. 

How to Engage with the AFRL Research Ecosystem: International edition
Join a 2-hour webinar on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 — How to Engage with the AFRL Research Ecosystem: International Edition, a global event for universities interested in working with AFRL.

The webinar will be offered twice with showings at 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

This webinar will bring you a closer look at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) International Research Enterprise. This 2-hour event is an opportunity for international and AFRL researchers to learn about the funding and partnership opportunities available through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research International Office.
  • Subject matter experts will be available live to answer your questions and guide you to resources, including Dr. Shery Welsh, Director, AFOSR, Col D. Brent Morris, Director of International Offices, AFOSR, International Program Officers, AFOSR, Jackie Sukup, AF ESEP Program Manager, AFRL/XPPI, representatives from the Innovare Advancement Center and Griffiss Institute.
  • Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how AFRL invests in the advancement of science and contributes to the international S&T community.
  • Get tips and resources from subject matter experts on applying for funding and building lasting relationships in the research ecosystem

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