February 26, 2020
Funding Connection

Instrumentation program RFAs
The National Institutes of Health released three instrumentation program RFAs this week— Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research Grant Program Shared Instrumentation Grant Program ,   and  High-End Instrumentation Grant Program  

The Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative   supports basic research at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to the DoD, primarily in the physical sciences and engineering.

Updated facilities and administrative cost rates available for sponsored project budget development
Facilities and administrative cost rates, or F&A, also known as indirect costs or overhead, apply to all sponsored research, and scholarly projects at the university — including those from federal, nonfederal and private sponsors. F&A pays for expenses that cannot be easily assigned to a specific grant, such as electricity, heat, light, accounting services, human resources, or administrative costs such as procurement, asset management, regulatory compliance and department research administration support. The federal government’s process of determining and approving F&A rates involves extensive data gathering and complicated calculations associated with related institutional expenditures, FTE and space allocations, just to name a few. The calculated rate includes building depreciation, equipment depreciation, and operations and maintenance. Administrative costs are capped at 26%.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the current F&A rates for K-State that will apply to sponsored project budgets through June 30, 2023. The current rates are summarized below:
Please continue using the current rates for sponsored project budget development purposes. Many sponsors will approach K-State to confirm current F&A rates as part of final award negotiations. When this occurs, the current F&A rate details and a downloadable PDF of the rate agreement may be found online.
As a reminder, consistent with federal regulations, current F&A rates will apply for the competitive period of currently funded grants; that is, grants will remain as originally awarded for continuing projects that are in their current competitive segment (i.e., in year 3 of a 5-year project period in which Year 1 was awarded at the then current rate). When a renewal proposal budget is developed for the next competitive segment/project period, the new rates will be required at that time.

Please send budget development questions to  research@k-state.edu.

Questions regarding post-award allowable cost and cost allocation can be sent to  spaaccts@k-state.edu.
Events and announcements
Proposals for the spring 2020 Global Food Systems Seed Grant Program are being accepted by the Office of Research Development through 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Laboratory Safety Renovation Program proposals that address safety or compliance issues within or related to research or teaching laboratory space will be accepted until March 27. Proposals require an estimate of costs for labor and materials from Facilities. Cost estimates must be requested from Facilities by February 28, 2020 by contacting the Facilities Help Desk at 532-6389.

The application form and additional information about the program are available on the Laboratory Safety Renovation Program website.
Research Brownbag Discussions
Bring your lunch and 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:
  • Monday, March 16, 206 K-State Student Union* – Topic: Export controls and international travel
  • Monday, April 13, Konza room, K-State Student Union* – Topic: Data management and CUI – don't get scooped
  • Monday, May 11, 206 K-State Student Union* – Topic: TBA-Suggestions from campus

Registration is not required. Please reach out to comply@k-state.edu with any questions.

*Please note location changes
Seeking faculty participation in forming collaborative convergent research teams  
How can K-State lead convergent research to solve the most pressing societal challenges? The Office of Research Development and the College of Engineering, with support from the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation, are interested in forming strategically-oriented convergent research teams for near- and long-term opportunities and relevant funding agency program submissions. Our intent is to leverage university-wide strengths into multidisciplinary teams focused on solving  complex global problems .

University research faculty in all disciplines are invited to participate in four one-hour sessions to ascertain how K-State can lead convergent research. The sessions will utilize an action-based approach to forming interdisciplinary research collaboration. Participants will identify opportunities and define an action plan that results in a white paper.

Interested faculty are invited to register and will be asked to commit to attending four one-hour sessions on the following Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. :
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 10

For ease in identifying convergent research, the  NSF definition   will be used for these sessions. 

For more information, contact Carole Lovin, engineering research and graduate programs, clovin@ksu.edu
Kansas Science Communication Initiative offers Science Communication Awards
The  Kansas Science Communication Initiative , with the support of the Office of the Vice President for Research, invites applications for two Science Communication Awards.
  • Faculty and postdoc Science Communication Award: $1,000 to be used toward research and creative inquiry activities.
  • Student Science Communication Award: $500 with no use restrictions; open to undergraduate and graduate students.

For this award, science communication is defined as the exchange of information and viewpoints about science through diverse formats to:
  • Study the public's perceptions of science — e.g., surveys, focus groups, deliberative workshops.
  • Foster the public's understanding and use of science and scientific methods — e.g., policy initiatives, science festivals and experiential events, articles and interviews, websites and social media.
  • Create public conversations and partnerships that advance scientific discovery and address critical social problems.

Please apply by completing  this Qualtrics survey with required materials . Applications are due by March 23, 2020.

Awards will be selected by the Kansas Science Communication Initiative based on the quantity and impact of applicants' work in science communication. Awards will be presented at a reception on April 16, 2020.
Opportunities in Water Research:
How Scientists Can Partner with Baxter
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
1–2 p.m. EST

Join a live, interactive session with  Baxter , a Fortune 500 healthcare and medical device company, and  Halo , a marketplace for industry-sponsored research. Baxter will discuss three opportunities on Halo in water research, each offering $150,000 to $300,000 in funding. Review the opportunities in advance at halocures.com/research/water .

There is no fee to attend this webinar.

K-State Alumni Lee Rivers to present Fulbright Information Session
Lee Rivers, from the Institute of International Education, will share information about the Fulbright Scholar Program during a brown-bag lunch session.

March 23, 2020
204 K-State Student Union

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers about 470 teaching and/or research opportunities that are available to faculty, staff and administrators. These opportunities are available to more than 125 different countries.

Rivers is a K-State graduate and currently the assistant manager for outreach and special projects for the Institute of International Education. He will offer insight regarding the application and screening process, and hopes to converse about Fulbright proposal ideas that you might be developing.

Those interested in attending should complete the RSVP Form .

Those unable to attend who are interested in The Fulbright Scholars Program are encouraged to contact Mary Lou Marino, Fulbright Scholars Program institutional representative, at mlmarino@k-state.edu .

Find out more about the Fulbright Scholar Program .
NEH Writing Workshop and Consultations
Ohio University will host a National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH Application Writing Workshop.

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m .
Friday, March 27, 2020
NEH conducts these grant writing workshops to raise awareness of funding opportunities available in the humanities and to increase the number of quality applications. The workshop is free and open to Ohio University faculty and graduate students, as well as to scholars from any other institution or community in Ohio or surrounding states who want to learn more about NEH and how to compete for NEH grants.

Qualtrics   pre-registration is required but the workshop is free and open faculty, staff, students, and others interested in learning more about the NEH programs. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. 

Agency news and trending topics

Maternal obesity may increase a child’s risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to an analysis by researchers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health.  nih.gov

A randomized, controlled clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the investigational antiviral remdesivir in hospitalized adults diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. nih.gov

It turns out that the ability to recognize objects across different senses is present in the tiny brains of an insect.   sciencedaily .com

The fish can double their life span by temporarily halting cell and organ growth while embryos. sciencenews.org

The sun occasionally releases bursts of electromagnetic radiation, which may disorient whales, a new study finds. nationalgeographic .com
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