November 13, 2019
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation’s Navigating the New Arctic   seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. 

The  University of Kansas’s National Institutes of Health CoBRE in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease  will provide investigators with support for research activities, mentoring, and access to core lab services.  Three pilot projects   at up to $60,000 in total direct costs starting May 1st, 2020 are anticipated for support. 

Urban Food Systems Symposium June 4 – 6, 2020  
The Urban Food Systems Symposium is June 4- 6, 2020 . This year’s event will be held at Marriott Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kansas City, MO. The 2020 Symposium will also offer a Pre-Symposium workshop on June 3. 

Submissions are now being accepted for travel scholarships for both students and urban food systems professionals. For more information on how to apply, please visit our website. Travel scholarships for urban food systems professionals are funded through North Central SARE.* 

Abstracts for the Urban Food Systems Symposium will be accepted until November 15 at 5 p.m. CST. This is a great way to share your work with others through presentations or posters. 

The symposium will bring together researchers, not-for-profit administrators, community organizers, extension professionals, students and others to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and agriculture and their role in global food security. The focus is on food production and distribution in cities; climate change; urban planning and development; nutrition and human health; food policy and education; and community and economic development. 

Henk de Zeeuw, international secretariat of the RUAF Foundation and an expert in participatory research and extension, multi-stakeholder policy development and planning, institutional development, will give the keynote address. Other speakers include: 
  • Becca Jablonski, assistant professor and extension economist in food systems at Colorado State University 
  • Elizabeth Mitcham, director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis 
  • Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of soil science at Kansas State University 

The planning committee is also pleased to announce, Mark Winne, a community food systems and food policy activist, writer and trainer as our June 4 dinner speaker.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an array of additional breakout presentations. 

For more information please contact Heather Woods at, 913-307-7365 or go to .
Events and announcements
NIH Requests Public Comment on a Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance
The NIH has  released  a Draft  NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing  and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public. Complete information about the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be found on the  NIH OSP website

Fall 2019 Grants Conference Webcast
Experience the Fall 2019 NSF Grants Conference virtually. The National Science Foundation will live stream the plenary sessions of the conference from Boston, MA on November 18 and 19 . There is no cost or limit for participants to view the live stream. 

Fulbright Scholar Seminar
4 p.m.
Dec. 3
324 Ackert Hall

Rudramurthy G Renukaiah, a Fulbright Fellow in biotechnology with research experience on molecular diagnostics, will visit Kansas State University on Dec. 03 2019. Renukaiah is from India and he is currently working on  antivirals for rabies  at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. During the visit, Renukaiah will dis cuss his research work on s creening and characterization of small molecule inhibitors against rabies,  and share his Fulbright experience and Indian culture. His research seminar will be at 4 p.m., Dec. 3 in 324 Ackert Hall. 

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5
207 K-State Student Union

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries. The session will open with a brief overview of the submission requirements. This presentation will be followed by a panel of K-State Fulbright Scholar awardees. The panel members will talk about their experience, the logistics of setting up an extended stay in another country, and provide tips for the Fulbright Scholars submission. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. For questions about this event, email .

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