MARCH 2020
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
During these unprecedented times for Fresno State and the nation, we’re continuing grants-related activity as much as possible. Our team is submitting proposals, negotiating and accepting awards, and submitting and processing other sponsor requests even while staff is working remotely for the most part.  We continue to work with faculty/staff members on upcoming proposals and remind everyone to check for updates from local, state and federal sponsors such as NSF , NIH and the National Endowment for the Humanities .
The current situation led us to regrettably cancel the 41st Central California Research Symposium , which was scheduled to be held at Madden Library on April 15. The decision was made consistent with event guidelines set forth by the CSU Chancellor's Office , as well as state and local public health agencies. We greatly appreciate the time and effort everyone dedicated to this year’s event and hope to see you next year.

In addition to information about recent awards and upcoming funding opportunities, this month’s newsletter includes important guidance from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) regarding ethical practices for the continuation of research involving human subjects during this time.

While we miss seeing you in person, please don't hesitate to connect with us via phone and email. Our entire team wishes you good health and encourages you to check our website or social media channels for updates as we navigate the next few weeks. 
Joy Goto (Chemistry) received a $10,000 grant from Brain Chemistry Labs for her project, “Study of L-serine on Viability of Drosophilia.”

Christopher Lucey ( Counselor Education and Rehabilitation ) received a $9,000 award from the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools for Fresno Family Counseling Center counselors to provide parenting classes, workshops, consultation and support groups.

Sonet Van Zyl ( Viticulture and Enology ) received a $65,000 grant from the California Winegrape Inspection Advisory Board for her project, “Calibrating spoilage effects in wine using analytical and sensorial data.”

Luz Herrera ( Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education ) received a $27,379 grant from the Madera Unified School District to develop coursework for the Teacher Residency Program.

John Bushoven ( Plant Science ) received a $12,100 grant from the Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) for his project, “Warm Season Turfgrass Cultivar Evaluation Under Reduced Irrigation in Central California.”
National Endowment for the Humanities: Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions . Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences. Deadline: April 8

CSU COAST is accepting applications for the State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP) , which will fund $2.6M in research to support the state of California’s highest priority ocean, coastal, and coastal watershed related science needs, with the goal of reducing the impact of microplastics/microfibers on marine and coastal ecosystems. Deadline: April 8.

The California Arts Council is accepting application for its Innovations + Intersections Grant Program (letter of Intent due April 14 ) and its Arts in Corrections program (full proposal due April 20 ). 

CSU I-Corps 2020 Summer Sprint: CSUPERB welcomes and encourages applications from CSU faculty, student and staff researchers working in all disciplines related to biotechnology, including life sciences, physical sciences, clinical sciences, math, computer science, agricultural science engineering, and/or business. Deadline: April 17.

The Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP) supports researchers at minority serving institutions that are exploring how to better meet the health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, sexual gender minorities, and rural populations. Deadline: June 2.

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) : The CAREER Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department. Deadline: July 27.
The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) has issued guidance regarding ethical practices for the continuation of research involving human subjects during campus and community efforts to limit exposure to the coronavirus. "Any unanticipated problems or adverse events related to COVID-19 exposure as part of previously approved study protocols should be reported to the University CPHS immediately," stated IRB chair Jennifer Randles .

Note that the IRB workshop scheduled for April 30 on best practices for conducting ethical research and University CPHS policies and procedures has been postponed to this Fall.
Nicole Smith ( Kinesiology ) participated in a CSU webcast earlier this month showcasing research in Education, Health and Human Services, and Social Sciences: “Making a Difference in the Lives of Students”

Molly Smith , a lecturer in the Department of Construction Management , received the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at this year's National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2020 International Builders’ Show.
Congratulations to the following students who will be participating in the 34th annual CSU Student Research Competition , which will be coordinated by CSU East Bay and held online at the end of April:

Matin Pirouz ( Computer Science ), Soua Xiong ( Counselor Education and Rehabilitation ) and Ana Soltero Lopez (Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education) were accepted to this year's ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) program , hosted by the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions . The early-career faculty training program is a three-day professional development opportunity created to address the unique needs of early-career faculty members at minority serving institutions.

Donna DeRoo , director of the Central California Center for Health and Human Services , was recognized at the Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership (FCHIP) State of our Health breakfast on Feb. 7. As one of the founding members of the organization, she was honored for her dedicated five-year service and for her role as chair last year. 

Congratulations to College of Social Sciences Dean Michelle DenBeste, who has accepted the position of provost and vice president for Academic and Student Life at Central Washington University. Dean DenBeste has been a staunch advocate for grant activity on campus and we wish her all the best in her new role.
COGR's FAQs Regarding COVID-19's Impact on Federal Awards : 2 CFR 200 provides wise counsel for how we need to be approaching this highly unusual set of circumstances.

Coronavirus’ impact on research community : Social distancing due to coronavirus has led to cancellation of scientific conferences, slowing vital research ( ).

What to do when your grant is rejected: Failed funding applications are inevitable, but perseverance can pay dividends ( ).

Undergraduate research at Fresno State : Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) voted unanimously in favor of creating sustainable funding for the Division of Research and Graduate Studies’ Undergraduate Research Grant ( The Collegian )

Grant writing tips : California Humanities has posted tips for writing grant proposals, compiled by Project and Evaluation Director Felicia Kelley. The tips are helpful when applying for California Humanities grants as well as support from other funders.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Southwest Airlines are accepting applications for the 16th Annual ¡Lánzate! / Take Off! Travel Program . Online applications will be accepted from eligible college students through April 30 , for the opportunity to receive travel awards.

The 2019 John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service will be presented to Fresno State senior Inez Hill, a psychology major from Fresno.

The Kia Motors America, Inc. Scholarship awards of $3,400 are open to students in various majors of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Deadline: May 29

Congratulations to sophomore Cynthia Lopez, who won the outstanding research poster contest at the Pacific Egg & Poultry Association annual conference in Waikoloa, Hawai’i last month. 

Incoming Ag Business freshman Jacob Martinez ( Strathmore High School ) won a World Ag Expo $2,500 renewable annual scholarship that was co-sponsored by E.M. Tharp Inc .
Please don't hesitate to contact the grants administrator for your college/unit as you explore potential funding opportunities. Also, be sure to share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Include  NEWSLETTER  in the subject line and send details to  [email protected]

This newsletter is compiled and published by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Part of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies , RSP helps faculty and staff apply for and secure external grant funds.

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