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Sustainable Agricultural Systems

The Department of Agriculture, NIFA’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects that are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. 

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program

The Department of Defense’s Defense University Research Instrumentation Program seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science, or ROSES, 2023

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Science Mission Directorate announces the release of its annual omnibus solicitation for basic and applied research, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science, or ROSES, 2023. ROSES is an umbrella solicitation, with many individual program elements — 45 of which are included in the Funding Connection — each with its own due dates and topics.

K-State events and announcements

Joel Anderson’s Retirement Reception

Joel Anderson will retire on February 27 after 10 years in the Office of Research Development. Please join us to celebrate Joel!

3-5 p.m. — Come and go

Thursday, February 23

117 Fairchild Hall

Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023

1-5 p.m.

Grants help fuel your community's funding. Whether you are new to grant writing or have some experience, this training is definitely for you! Participants will learn about the various aspects of the grant writing process including writing a narrative and project summary, justifying your budget, reviewing criteria and evaluation, and developing your objectives and goals. Graduate students and post-docs are all welcome to attend!

Register to attend.

External events and announcements

NIH Releases Public Access Plan for Public Feedback

NIH has long championed principles of transparency and accessibility in NIH-funded research. As such, NIH supports the August 2022 OSTP Memorandum directing federal agencies to expedite access to results of federally funded research. The NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research provides a roadmap for how NIH will enhance access to research products, namely scholarly publications and scientific data, and will ensure these research products are useful and accessible to the public. 


NIH’s Public Access Plan is now available for public comment. Comments will be accepted until April 24, 2023.


For a perspective on how NIH is approaching public access, please see a blog from the leadership of OSP, NLM, OER, OIR, and ODSS on the steps NIH is taking to ensure we maximize access to taxpayer-funded researcher.  


Questions may be sent to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Competition Opening Soon

Applications due September 15, 2023

Curious where your Fulbright journey could take you?

Join a webinar to learn more!

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program's 2024-25 competition will open soon,featuring over 400 awards offered in more than 135 countries. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards allow academics, professionals and artists who are U.S. citizens to teach, research, and carry out professional projects abroad.

The first webinars of the year will share details about the U.S. Scholar Program, awards and the application process. Register to join us and learn more:

March 1: South and Central Asia

March 8: Europe and Eurasia

March 16: Western Hemisphere

March 22: Sub Saharan Africa

March 30: Middle East and North Africa

Visit the webinar schedule for details about events throughout the competition, featuring specific countries, regions and disciplines.

Apply to Present at the Innovation Festival

Applications are being accepted from companies and individuals interested in presenting about company or academic efforts and research in the following topic areas:

  • Deep Tech: Biology, Engineering, Agriculture, Space, Energy, Digital, and more!
  • Tech Cluster Development Efforts
  • Start-up Pitches
  • Investor Talks
  • Talent Recruitment Talks
  • Research or Project Talks: Genetic Mechanisms, Engineering Advancements, Nutrition & The Microbiome, Digital Health, Drugs & Pharmacology, Development & Disease, Data Science, and Computational Biology

Oral and poster presentations are available. Add your insight and expertise to the Innovation Festival lineup. Apply to present, TODAY! 

The National Medal of Science: Call for nominations

The honorary awards portal is open from February 6 to May 26, 2023.

Established in 1959 by the U.S. Congress, the National Medal of Science is the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. The presidential award is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences, in service to the Nation. These broad areas include such disciplines as astronomy, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, geoscience, materials research, and research on STEM education.

A committee of distinguished scientists and engineers is appointed by the president of the United States to evaluate the nominees for the award. Medals are presented to recipients by the president during an awards ceremony at the White House.

Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 506 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers span decades of research and development. View the National Medal of Science recipients from 1962 to the present.

New transfection product built with K-State technology

Phoreus Biotech, an Olathe, KS-based startup, produces peptide nanocarrier platforms that have the capacity to revolutionize the human pharma, ag biotech, and cell transfection industries. Using technology licensed from Kansas State University, the company is now working on strategic collaborations around the world, including mRNA vaccine delivery, biopesticides, veterinary therapeutics, and cystic fibrosis therapies.

Phoreus now offers the BAPtofect®-25 cell transfection kit to allow researchers to utilize Phoreus technology in their own transfection research. This product provides significant benefits over the lipid and polymer transfection products available on the market today.

BAPtofect-25 is a novel transfection product offering numerous advantages:

  • Virtually no cytotoxicity.
  • Shelf stable (up to 100° C).
  • Move easily from in vitro research to in vivo applications.
  • No immune system response.
  • Simple to prepare for use.
  • Competitively priced.

BAPtofect-25 is comprised of branched amphipathic peptide capsules (BAPC®) that are bilayer capsules with powerful and protective surface binding capacity. Research shows BAPC readily deliver nucleic acid constructs from DNA plasmids and mRNA (for novel vaccine applications) to RNAi cancer therapy and gRNA delivery for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. They enter cells via two different endocytic pathways and through micropinocytosis.

Phoreus is currently seeking researchers willing to try BAPtofect-25 in their work and share their results.

Request a free sample kit.

NSF Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community Office Hour

2-3 p.m.

Monday, February 27

The Directorate for Geosciences is hosting office hours for the Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community, or CTGC, Program. These office hours are a chance to communicate with NSF program officers and to ask any questions you may have about the program.

2023 Research Infrastructure Project Management Webinar Series

Join the National Science Foundation’s Large Facilities Office for the 2023 Research Infrastructure Project Management Webinar Series. We kick off 2023 with a series of three, 90-minute webinars that will focus on developing basic knowledge and skills on project management methods applied to planning and performance management of mid-scale RI projects consistent with NSF’s Research Infrastructure Guide. 


The webinar content will be especially valuable to individuals and institutions interested in submitting proposals to NSF’s Mid-scale RI-1 and RI-2 programs, as well as current Mid-Scale RI awardees, and all others wishing to add to their project management knowledge.


Each of the three webinars will be broadcast on Zoom and will have a duration of 90 minutes. The series will cover the following topics:


  • Part I: Mid-scale Project Planning & Management: February 28
  • Part II: Mid-scale Project Development, Definition and Risk: March 28
  • Part III: Mid-scale Project Performance Management: April 25


Register for these free webinars.

BioKansas Early Career Webinar Series

Build your professional knowledge and advance your skills with the BioKansas spring webinar series. This series contains lessons essential to your success.

Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths - March 14

Join this session to familiarize yourself with data on the value of professional skills for bioscience careers and career satisfaction; discuss ways to strengthen professional skills; and learn strategies to demonstrate professional skills in resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

Writing an Effective Resume - April 11

Join this session to: understand the key differences between a resume and Curriculum vitae, learn how to structure a resume, receive tips on formatting, explore ways to effectively highlight your experiences, and discover how to tailor a resume for each role.

These courses are appropriate for early career scientists from undergraduate through postdoctoral level.

Students and postdocs from BioKansas member institutions are invited to attend the series for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact BioKansas for a discount code.

Frontiers Mock Study Session

Letters of Intent due Feb. 27

Application submissions due March 24

Receive expert feedback on your R or K-series NIH proposal to refine your final submission.

Please submit an online Letter of Intent by February 27. The letter of intent requires a draft “specific aims” page and a list of three suggested reviewers from Frontiers partner institutions who have appropriate expertise; additional reviewers from external institutions may also be included.  


Eligible researchers will be asked to submit the narrative components of their grant application by the deadline in March. Visit the Frontiers Mock Study Section page for a detailed list of requirements and key dates. 

NSF GRANTED Office Hours

2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays, Feb. 15-April 26

Heard about the new Growing Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity, or GRANTED, and you want to learn more? Thinking about applying to our most recent Dear Colleague Letter? Then NSF invites you to GRANTED office hours, held every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. to meet with the GRANTED team of Program Directors.

  • All meetings during office hours are 1-on-1. Guests are seen in the order they join. You may have to wait if others join before you.
  • If you need captions or other accommodations, please contact Dina Stroud in advance.

Learn more.

NSF Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity Webinar

1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

NSF is excited to announce the Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity, or GRANTED, initiative, a wholly unique new funding opportunity for NSF. GRANTED activities and support will focus on building capacity within the Nation’s research enterprise* and reducing barriers to research competitiveness. The first funding opportunity is now available via Dear Colleague Letter NSF 23-037 and NSF will host a second GRANTED Webinar.

Register to attend.

Webinar on a New Funding Opportunity for RNA Tools/Biotechnology

Noon-1 p.m.

Friday, February 24

Join the Divisions of Chemistry, or CHE, and Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, or MCB, at the National Science Foundation for a joint CHE and MCB virtual office hour.

The topic will be “New Funding Opportunity for RNA Tools/Biotechnology (Molecular Foundations of Biotechnology - NSF 23-554)”.

Program Directors will be present to address your questions.

Please register to attend.

NSF Future of Semiconductors Program Webinar

11 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23

NSF program directors will host a webinar about the NSF Future of Semiconductors, or FuSe, program solicitation.

The goal of the FuSe program is to cultivate a broad coalition of researchers from across science and engineering communities to utilize a holistic, co-design approach to fundamental research and education and training, to enable rapid progress in new semiconductor technologies.

The three research topic areas identified for support in FY 2023 under solicitation 23-552 are:

  • Topic 1: Collaborative research in domain-specific computing.
  • Topic 2: Advanced function and high-performance by heterogenous integration. 
  • Topic 3: New materials for energy-efficient, enhanced-performance and sustainable semiconductor-based systems.

The FuSe webinar will include an overview presentation from FuSe program directors and time for Q&A. 

Register for the FuSe Webinar 

2023 Agricultural Outlook Forum

February 23-24

Arlington, Virginia

USDA’s 99th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, will be held in person at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott on February 23-24, 2023, and all sessions will be livestreamed on a virtual platform.

More than 30 sessions and 100 agriculture leaders and subject matter experts will discuss key issues impacting the sector including:

  • USDA’s initial forecast for the agricultural economy, commodity markets, and trade in 2023 and the U.S. farm income situation.
  • Climate smart agriculture.
  • Supply chain challenges and solutions.
  • Factors impacting U.S. trade update & the global marketplace.
  • Food prices outlook.

Learn more and register to attend.

NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Office Hours

1-2 p.m.

Thursday, March 2

2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15

NSF Program Directors will be available at virtual office hours to answer your questions about NSF's Revolutionizing Engineering Departments, or IUSE/PFE: RED, program solicitation 23-553. The RED program supports radical changes to the training of undergraduate engineering students to help them establish identities as professional engineers with the technical and professional skills needed to solve the complex problems facing society.

RED solicitation 23-553 is limited to the RED Two-Year track. RED Two-Year projects will develop radically new approaches among multiple two-year institutions to expand the path to engineering and engineering technology four-year programs from two-year institutions with programs such as pre-engineering, engineering and engineering technology.

At RED office hours, come prepared with your questions or simply join in to listen. Responses will be provided to questions typed into the Zoom chat window or you may use your microphone to ask a question. Office hours will not be recorded. 

Learn more and register to attend.

NSF Innovation Corps Teams Q&A Webinar


Thursday, March 2

Please join this I-Corps Teams webinar to ask an I-Corps program director questions and hear updates about the I-Corps program, curriculum, and important dates.

Register for the I-Corps Teams webinar on Zoom.

Frontiers Research Symposium

Thursday, March 9

Frontiers is hosting a Research Symposium on March 9 with the theme "Communicating Research to Communities." The event will begin at 11 a.m. and include a poster session and reception from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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NIH software assembles complete genome sequences on-demand

National Institutes of Health researchers have developed and released an innovative software tool to assemble truly complete (i.e., gapless) genome sequences from a variety of species. This software, called Verkko, which means “network” in Finnish, makes the process of assembling complete genome sequences more affordable and accessible. NIH

Curious about quantum?

The quantum future is on our doorstep — and the U.S. National Science Foundation is helping to bring it home. For years, NSF has invested in quantum education, research, discovery, innovation and a quantum-ready workforce. Breakthroughs in quantum promise tantalizing advances in computing, health care, energy, communications and industrial materials – and it will make us more secure as a society and a nation. NSF

U.S. scientific leaders need to address structural racism, report urges

Leaders in the U.S. scientific community must dismantle the power structures that lead to racial inequities within their organizations and create an environment in which everyone feels supported, says a report released today by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The 359-page report includes 12 recommendations for leaders who want to foster change.Science

An Icelandic Town Goes All Out to Save Baby Puffins

Two small, round eyes glint like shiny black sequins in the flashlight beam sweeping under the truck bed. It’s a cold, rainy September night, and the dark figure huddled in the shallow space below is barely visible—but for its striking white chest. A young girl in a bright orange jacket crouches on the wet ground nearby, trying to coax the creature out. Smithsonian Magazine

The Ohio Derailment Lays Bare the Hellish Plastic Crisis

NASA instruments captured the moment part of the sun appeared to break off from the giant star and get swept up in a polar vortex. But according to the scientist who drew attention to it, it's not as dire as it sounds. Wired

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