May 20, 2020
Funding Connection

In partnership with the  Henry Luce Foundation , the Social Science Research Council ,  as part of its  Covid-19 Initiative , seeks   proposals  from across the social sciences and related fields that address the social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political impact of Covid-19 in the United States and globally.

The   National Science Foundation’s   Plant Biotic Interactions Program   supports basic research projects aimed at improved understanding of the interactions between plants, microbes and invertebrates, and applied research projects that translate new knowledge into novel methods of sustainably increasing crop yields. 

ORD Opportunities: June 1 Deadline for Use of New NSF Biosketch Format and New PAPPG Rules Approaching
Researchers and research administrators,

This is a reminder that changes are coming to all NSF proposals as of June 1. The new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) will take effect on that date.

The change that will impact researchers most directly is a change in the required format for biographical sketch submission. NSF is providing only two options for preparing the biosketch. Uploading a regular PDF file will result in an error message upon proposal submission.

The options for the biosketch are:

The Current and Pending Support document will also be prepared using SciENcv or a fillable PDF.

PreAward Services will be assisting with the Current and Pending as they have in the past.

The Office of Research Development and PreAward Services will continue to provide updated information and serve as resources as these changes are implemented. Contact our offices at and with questions.

-Beth Montelone
New invention disclosure form
While some research efforts at K-State have been put on pause due to COVID-19, a number of faculty continue to work on innovative solutions to help overcome this global pandemic.

In the past two months, K-State Innovation Partners has received seven invention disclosures related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These invention disclosures range from potential vaccines, to personal protection equipment improvements, to viral enzyme inhibitors, and novel biosensors for diagnostics and testing.

Our commercialization team is actively reaching out to interested companies that are interested in sponsoring further research and testing with the goal of getting successful products to the market. A couple of these inventions have already been licensed.

To help make the disclosure process easy, K-State Innovation Partners refreshed its invention disclosure document, which can be downloaded on the research website. The new document is easier to use and provides clarity on many areas that previously caused inventors questions.

If you have any questions, reach out to Innovation Partners at or 785-532-5720.
Demand for Humanitarian Response – How to apply industrial engineering toolbox to solve problems related to the humanitarian response

Dr. Jessica Heier Stamm, Kennedy Cornerstone Teaching Scholar in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Kansas State University, explains the applications of supply chain engineering in the humanitarian response of the current pandemic. Heier Stamm develops quantitative models and algorithms to design and improve humanitarian relief and public health systems. Her work has modeled the impacts of facility location decisions on cholera response in Haiti and earthquake response in Nepal.
Events and announcements
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce a new U.S. Scholar award focusing on rural and regional issues that would be of particular interest to Kansas State University. Applications are open until September 15. For more information, click on the link below.

New Rural/Regional U.S. Scholar Award through the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, closing on September 15, 2020 .
NEH Summer Stipends program
NEH will be offering a live webinar for administrators and prospective applicants, introducing the program, describing the application and nomination process, and offering application-writing suggestions. There will be a chance to ask questions, captions will be available, and the webinar will be recorded so others can watch it later.

1-2 p.m. CST
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May 22, 2020

Noon-12:30 p.m. CBET CAREER information highlights
  • Attendees will be in listen-only mode with the ability to type questions into Zoom in-meeting chat
  • Real-time captions during the event will be available
  • Information updates will be posted to the NSF ENG event website

12:30-2:00 p.m. Cluster breakout rooms with program directors and recent CAREER awardees
  • Room #1: Chemical Process Systems Cluster
  • Room #2: Engineering Biology and Health Cluster
  • Room #3: Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Cluster
  • Room #4: Transport Phenomena Cluster

Registration is required to attend.
Collaborate2Cure: Autism Spectrum Disorders
4-6 p.m.
Wed, June 10, 2020

The Kansas City region has a robust autism network comprised of basic researchers, clinicians, patient advocacy groups, and start-up companies. The Collaborate2Cure program provides a platform for collaboration, allowing scientists in the Kansas City region to share their research and ultimately compete for funding dollars.

Defense TechConnect: Innovation for national security
Converging the innovation ecosystem - military leadership, industry scouts, non-traditionals, startups, and investors. Connecting the top DOD offices with the world's best technologies.

Call for Submissions - due July 17
Panels, Posters, Innovations & Exhibitors
How to Engage with the AFRL Research Ecosystem
A webinar event for universities interested in working with AFRL

7:45AM - 11 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 2020

This live virtual event is a great opportunity for university researchers and administrators to learn how do business with the Air Force Research Laboratory – from basic to applied. Hear real accounts of researchers who have successfully navigated the system and transitioned work to the commercial sector. Get tips and resources from subject matter experts on applying for funding and building lasting relationships in the research ecosystem!

Speakers include representatives from BRICC, AFOSR, Basic Research Office at OSD, APEX, Doolittle Institute, and Adranos, Inc.

K-State RSCAD in the news
Agency news and trending topics
To respond to the generational public health crisis caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a swift, coordinated effort across many sectors of society is necessary, say National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and Johnson & Johnson Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels, M.D.

An NSF-funded international team of researchers has developed a new process to harness multiple disease models for outbreak management and will immediately implement it to help inform policy decisions for the COVID-19 outbreak.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced a $1.5 billion initiative to speed breakthroughs in diagnostic tests for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Whole body diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging may aid in the assessment of cancer treatment response in children and youth at much lower levels of radiation than current approaches, suggests a small NIH-funded study.

A clinical trial has begun to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

A single dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, an investigational vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, has protected six rhesus macaques from pneumonia caused by the virus, according to National Institutes of Health scientists and University of Oxford collaborators.

Astronomers have found a “dark” black hole only 1000 light years away from Earth.
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