July 22, 2020
Funding Connection

The  National Science Foundation’s (NSF)  Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)  program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics.

The   Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)  Agriculture and Food Research Initiative—Foundational and Applied Science   program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture.

Events and announcements
In consideration of the challenges facing many in our country, NSF is extending the upcoming proposal deadline for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) until 5 p.m. submitter's local time on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

An important message from NSF

Last month the Foundation issued  guidance on NSF’s implementation  of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum ( M-20-26 ) , entitled,  Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations . NSF remains committed to working with the Administration, other federal agencies, and the research community to effectively respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. This issuance implemented updated guidance authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for recipients affected by COVID-19. The guidance extends two of the short-term administrative relief from specific requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200,  Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards , without compromising accountability requirements. These extensions, that go beyond what OMB previously outlined in Memorandum  M-20-17 , specifically pertain to the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission. In order to support charges against NSF awards, recipients are reminded of their responsibility to maintain appropriate records and documentation to support the charges in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. OMB Memoranda M-20-17 and  M-20-20  have been rescinded.
FAQs  relating to NSF’s implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for NSF proposers and awardees and for NSF major facility cooperative agreement recipients are available on  NSF’s website .
Questions about the policies described in the NSF Guidance should be directed to  policy@nsf.gov

Kansas NSF EPSCoR (KNE) is announcing a funding opportunity for Major Initiatives to Improve Research Infrastructure in the focus area of   Adaptive and Resilient Systems In summer 2021, Kansas NSF EPSCoR will submit a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). To develop the proposal, KNE is seeking proposals that will make up a key component of this multi-million dollar/multi-year request to NSF. The selected initiative is expected to foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists, social and behavioral scientists, and natural scientists that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructure, processes, or services. One major initiative will be selected to be included, along with other infrastructure-building components, in the $20 million RII Track 1 EPSCoR proposal, which will be submitted in August 2021.  White papers are due on 9/1/2020. There is a zoom information session on July 24 at noon--register  here .
Sony Research Award Program Webinar

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH)    Summer Stipends    program supports continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. This is a limited submission since Kansas State University can only submit two nominations of tenure-track/tenured faculty to this program each year. If you are interested in being considered for this program, please submit a working title and a short synopsis (2-3 sentences) of your planned project to the Office of Research Development by 5 pm on July 31 via ordlimitedsubs@ksu.edu. 
AAAS Research Competitiveness Program
July and August Webinars Online Event Series 2020

The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) has worked for more than two decades designing and leading assessments, proposal review processes, and data-driven evaluations for S&T projects, universities, foundations and state and national governments. This online event series shares our insights and lead discussions on a range of topics related to our careers as researchers and academic leaders:
  • Proposal Development and Peer-Review Processes
  • S&T Evaluation and Assessment
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Investment
  • Career Skills for S&T Professionals

2-3:15 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

2-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
LRBAA Today Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security  Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate  invites you to join the new  LRBAA Today  webinar series! 

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement  (LRBAA) is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to submit proposals for open topics that address priority homeland security needs. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the department’s research challenge areas, specific to S&T’s LRBAA topics. During each webinar, viewers will hear about the work currently being pursued under the topic areas below and gain context for the solutions being sought. Join for a live discussion and learn how to utilize the LRBAA program to work with S&T! 

Register now for one (or all!) of the upcoming  LRBAA Today  webinars: 

The LRBAA Today webinar series is open to anyone interested in learning about solutions sought under the LRBAA Research Areas. These events are complimentary, but as space is limited, please register via the links above.  

For more information, email  LRBAA.Admin@hq.dhs.gov.
NIH Pre-Application Webinar for PAR-20-017 "Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)”
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

NIGMS will host a webinar to provide advice and respond to questions from prospective applicants who plan to submit applications to  PAR-20-117   “Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)."

SciComm 2020
The conference will take place from  August 14-16, 2020 , as a virtual conference.

The virtual conference will be free!

If you’d like to give a talk, please register by July 24 and prepare an abstract of 150 words.

Find an overview of SciComm 2020 events and register on the conference website.
K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
Ridgecrest ruptures could have far-reaching effects because another fault -- the Garlock Fault -- links the Ridgecrest faults with the San Andreas Fault. What, if anything, can now be foreseen? That is the question addressed in a study by a National Science Foundation-supported startup, Temblor, published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. nsf.gov

Findings from research conducted by a University of Cincinnati team suggest that droughts in the ninth century along with pollution of reservoirs likely contributed to the depopulation and eventual abandonment of the ancient Maya city of Tikal. nsf.gov

In a Perspective for the New England Journal of Medicine, members of the National Institutes of Health’s Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) Vaccines Working Group assess practical considerations and prerequisites for using controlled human infection models (CHIMs), which can be used for human challenge studies, to support SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development.  nih.gov

Psychologists explain why the disconnect between expectations and reality is both amusing and uncomfortable. smithsonianmag.com

Forecasts show high risk of fires and hurricanes, in part due to warmer than average sea surface temperatures. smithsonianmag.com
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