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Global Centers: Use-Inspired Research Addressing Global Challenges in Climate Change and Clean Energy

The National Science Foundation’s Global Centers: Use-Inspired Research Addressing Global Challenges in Climate Change and Clean Energy program launches an ambitious new program to fund international, interdisciplinary collaborative research centers that will apply best practices of broadening participation and community engagement to develop use-inspired research on climate change and clean energy. 

Future of Semiconductors

The National Science Foundation’s Future of Semiconductors program’s goal is to cultivate a broad coalition of researchers and educators from across science and engineering communities that utilizes a holistic, co-design approach to fundamental research and workforce education and training, to enable rapid progress in new semiconductor technologies. 

K-State events and announcements

NSF CAREER Nuts and Bolts Session

The Office of Research Development will present a Nuts and Bolts session on National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. 

This program is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. This session will start with presentations on the requirements for submission, review criteria, submission protocol and evaluation resources. These will be followed by a panel of recent Kansas State University CAREER awardees who will provide tips on submitting to and receiving an award under this program. Session attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a CAREER Writing Clinic that will start after the session and end in July when the proposals are due. 

Please register to attend this session.

Grad Alumni fellow meeting with post-docs

Kamesh Sirigireddy, one of the first recipients of the Sarachek fellowship as well as a 2003 and 2007 graduate of Kansas State University. He is the Graduate School’s alumni fellow this year. Sirigireddy is the epitome of what one can achieve after pursuing graduate education at K-State. 

You are invited to meet with Kamesh Sirigireddy for lunch at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 14  in Eisenhower 121.

Please let the Graduate School know if you are able to attend by completing this RSVP.

Demonstrate Broader Impacts at the GROW/EXCITE Summer Workshop on June 7-9, 2023

K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on activity for the workshops. There is no set theme for the summer workshops. The goal is to provide students with hands-on experiences in a broad range of STEM disciplines, and introduce them to career options in STEM. For more information about facilitating at the workshops and for activity proposal templates, visit the website. The KAWSE office is happy to provide letters of support to grant agencies for those who collaborate with us. Activity proposals are due by May 17.

Any questions about the GROW/EXCITE summer workshop may be directed to Stephanie Wacker, KAWSE Program coordinator, at

External events and announcements

NSF Office Hours: Accelerating Research Translation

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Accelerating Research Translation, or ART, program invites you to attend a virtual office hour session. An NSF program director will host a group discussion to answer questions about the ART funding opportunity and the proposal submission process.

Each session can hold a maximum of 50 participants, so we kindly ask that only one representative per proposing team register and attend one of the six office hour slots below.

  • 2-3 p.m., Thursday, March 30

Register for an ART office hour session on Zoom.

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 30: Middle East and North Africa

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

Virtual Listening Session on the NIH Public Access Plan

Noon-2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12

NIH will host a virtual, public listening session to hear community feedback on the NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research (NIH Public Access Plan). The NIH Public Access Plan is currently available for public comment through a Request for Information that NIH issued in February 2023. Written RFI responses on the NIH Public Access Plan will continue to be accepted until April 24, 2023.

Learn more.

ACS DCHAS Risk Assessment in the Lab Workshop

The ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety will be holding the workshop RAMP in the Research Lab from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2023 via Zoom.

This 3-hour workshop is for frontline researchers in academic institutions: graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate students. It will introduce the principles of the RAMP paradigm (recognize hazards, assess risk, minimize risk, and prepare for emergencies), through a series of case studies and discussion sessions focused on practicing each of the RAMP steps. By the end, attendees will have learned and practiced how to systematically do a risk assessment of both existing protocols as well as for past incidents.


The workshop is $25 per attendee, and participants will receive a certificate of participation to add to their resume or portfolio upon completion of the workshop. 


More information on the workshop.

Register to attend by Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

Building Bridges to Use-Inspired Research and Science-Informed Practices

You're invited to participate in a workshop aiming to strengthen partnerships among academic, private, and government organizations.

Supported by NSF's Directorate of Biological Sciences, the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, and the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or TIP, this workshop will build new connections among key biological sciences communities to successfully conduct use-inspired research.

The workshop will consist of a series of events facilitated by KnowInnovation:

  • Two free virtual Pre-Workshop MicroLabs (for an unlimited number of participants) 
  • 1-3 p.m., Friday, April 14
  • 1-3 p.m., Friday, May 12
  • In-person workshop held June 12-14, 2023 in Boise, Idaho (for 120 selected participants representing diverse groups and organizations; applications will open April 14, 2023).

Participants of the workshop will co-create the structures and processes that guide how diverse organizations support and value use-inspired science and will guide NSF to create use-inspired tracks within the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Office of Integrative Activities. Participants will build connections to new funding and partnership opportunities within and associated with NSF's new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. Participants will gain insight from government and private organizations who want their science needs to be more broadly understood and incorporated into research priorities.

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NSF GRANTED Office Hours

2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays through 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 Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Office Hours

NSF Program Directors will be available at virtual office hours to answer your questions about NSF's Revolutionizing Engineering Departments 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. Feel free to join/leave at any point during the meeting. To join, simply follow the event registration link below. 

NSF Building the Proto-OKN Program Webinar

Join this webinar to learn more about the Building the Prototype Open Knowledge Network, or Proto-OKN, funding opportunity, a $20 million initiative that will build a prototype version of an integrated data and knowledge infrastructure.

Learn more and register to attend.

Office Hours: Preparing your Phase I Proposal for America’s Seed Fund at NSF

1-2 p.m.

March 23, April 6

Join this open-ended session to ask questions about what’s needed when creating a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer proposal. An SBIR/STTR program director will answer questions and point you to resources. Prior to this session, you're encouraged to learn more about the proposal process, then come prepared with any questions you have.

Register for the Preparing your Phase I Proposal for America's Seed Fund webinar on Zoom.

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Agency news and trending topics

Pall of suspicion

For decades, Chinese-born U.S. faculty members were applauded for working with colleagues in China, and their universities cited the rich payoff from closer ties to the emerging scientific giant. But those institutions did an about-face after they began to receive emails in late 2018 from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Washington Post

How green is your research? These scientists are cutting their carbon footprints

As the impacts of climate change grow, researchers from fields spanning astronomy to biology have been working to understand and address the sources of their emissions. But solutions don’t come without obstacles. NIH

U.N. Climate Change Report Calls for Urgent Action

Humans will need to cut greenhouse gas emissions nearly in half by 2030 to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming, according to a new report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Meeting this new goal is one of the last chances to stop the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, experts say. Smithsonian Magazine

Dinosaur body size evolved through different developmental mechanisms

The meat-eating dinosaurs known as theropods that roamed the ancient Earth ranged in size from the bus-sized Tyrannosaurus rex to the smaller, dog-sized Velociraptor. Scientists puzzling over how such wildly different dinosaur sizes evolved recently found — to their surprise — that smaller and larger theropod dinosaurs like these didn't necessarily get that way merely by growing slower or faster. NSF

NIH researchers discover new autoinflammatory disease, suggest target for potential treatments

Scientists have identified an autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations in the LYN gene, an important regulator of immune responses in health and disease. Named Lyn kinase-associated vasculopathy and liver fibrosis (LAVLI), the identification sheds light on how genes linked to certain illnesses can potentially be targets for treatment by repurposing existing drugs. NIH

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