October 2019
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
Our office is committed to helping faculty prepare their most competitive sponsored research proposals while providing responsible stewardship of University commitments and resources. With that in mind, we encourage project directors to engage with our staff early in the process in order to submit proposals of the highest quality and with the highest probability of success.

Please note that RSP frequently reviews and submits many different proposals every week, all while allocating sufficient time to each. We can provide the highest level of service when given adequate time to review the proposal materials.

In order to serve faculty members from all departments in a professional manner, RSP asks that all project directors contact their respective grant managers at least 10 days prior to the program deadline. Complete proposals should be submitted to our office at least three (3) full business days prior to the sponsor's due date. 

Please note that we will make the best effort to submit all applications. However, in the interest of those who submit proposals on time, late submissions will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, after on-time submissions have been reviewed and submitted.

We greatly appreciate your efforts as we work together to build on a record-setting year in grants and contracts at Fresno State. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 278-0964 or [email protected] .

Doug Carey, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Luca Brillante ( Viticulture and Enology ) received a Specialty Crop Block Grant Program award in the amount of $279,757 from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for his project, “Remote Sensing-Assisted Scouting of Virus Infections in Vineyards.”

Jes Therkelsen ( Media, Communications & Journalism ) received a $36,607 award from the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame to produce digital video vignettes for the FCHOF exhibit in the Save Mart Center .

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $905,470 for "Catalyzing New Practices for the San Joaquin Valley to Innovate Effective Teaching Pedagogies in Lower-Division Mathematics and Chemistry Courses," under the direction of Christopher Meyer, Alam Hasson, Joy Goto, Comlan de Souza and Constance Jones.

Venita Blackburn ( English ) received a $5,000 award from California Humanities to offer writing workshops free of charge to residents of the Central Valley with a specific focus on the experiences of communities of color.

Ranjit Riar ( Plant Science ) received a $13,635 award from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) via Chico State University to study fababean germplasm for genotypes with enhanced biological nitrogen fixation through a series of field trials.
Building Capacity in STEM Education Research . National Science Foundation. Funding: $350,000. This solicitation supports projects that build individuals' capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Deadline: June 5, 2020.

People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . Funding: $25,000. As part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program, a national student design competition, the EPA is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. Deadline: Nov. 19, 2019.

Anthropological Research Grants . Wenner-Gren Foundation. Funding: $20,000. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. Deadlines: Nov. 1 and May 1.

The Milbank Foundation Grants . Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. The primary mission of the Milbank Foundation is to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of American life.
Export Controls have become an essential part of research compliance, especially since universities are replete with scholarly work that may depend on international collaborations. Export Control laws exist to regulate the export of things, tangible and intangible, out of, into, and within the U.S. 

The U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) govern the main three export control laws for Universities. Fresno State utilizes Visual Compliance software to screen for restricted entities and to monitor compliance with export controls.
The seventh issue of Elements Magazine from the College of Science and Math is now available, featuring news on recent grants from the National Science Foundation , the National Institutes of Health and much more.

The issue also includes feature stories on the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and the first-ever Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) professional development institute for faculty.
With the 2020-21 ARI Proposal Cycle fast approaching, two workshops have been scheduled to review the process:

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 – 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 – 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Both workshops will be held in the Wonderful Conference Room in the JARC building . Presenters include representatives from both pre- and post-award, as well as ARI campus coordinator Bill Erysian and campus point person Karey DeBardeleben .
Keith Clement ( Criminology ) presented an education and workforce development plan to the California Governor's Cybersecurity Task Force Executive Board and facilitated a roundtable at this month’s Cybersecurity Education Summit in Sacramento.

Bradley Hart ( Media, Communications & Journalism ) was awarded the Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize by the German Studies Association for his book, “Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States."

Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is launching its inaugural Food, Family and Farm Month with a host of events to connect its students, staff and faculty to the community. More than 25 events will be held through Nov. 23.
In 1984, Fresno State established an award in honor of Mr. Claude C. Laval Jr., a long-time resident of Fresno and a productive inventor. This award has supported the development of innovative technology and related research at the university. Applications are now being accepted from full-time faculty and students from all academic disciplines for this year’s award. Deadline: Friday, Nov. 15.
Omar Flores , a Gustine native and plant science senior, was one of 25 Golden Opportunity Scholars award recipients selected from across the nation by the American Society of Agronomy to attend the organization’s national conference held jointly with national crop and soil science organizations from Nov. 10-13 in San Antonio.

The Maddy Institute invites Fresno State students to apply for the Maddy Scholar Intern Program during Spring/Summer 2020. Deadline: Nov. 8, 2019.

The Council on Undergraduate Research has opened apps for the 2019 Trimmer Travel Fund , which provides support to undergraduate scholars in Arts and Humanities to present their research at professional meetings. Deadline: Nov. 18, 2019.
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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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