November 28, 2018
Funding Connection

Compliance Check
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies have issued final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule). Both the effective date and the compliance date for the Revised Common Rule is January 21, 2019 .

For Kansas State University investigators conducting research with human subjects, this means:

  • All IRB applications submitted before January 21, 2019 will be approved under the current rule and may continue through completion based on the current Common Rule regulations (at the discretion of the University Research Compliance Office); and
  • All initial IRB applications submitted after the effective date must comply with the new elements and regulatory requirements of the Revised Common Rule. Regulatory changes will be incorporated into the IRB application, informed consent template, and other supporting documents and will be available on January 21, 2019.  

I nvestigators should refer to the University Research Compliance website for updates about the Revised Common Rule. URCO will post guidance documents addressing the major regulation changes, which will include new categories of exemptions, changes in continuing review, changes in informed consent, and new definitions.

Additional guidance, although currently limited, is available through the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

— Cheryl Doerr, associate vice president for research compliance 
Events and announcements
  • Potential government shutdown: Seven appropriations bills must be passed by Congress and signed by the President — or another continuing resolution will need to be passed — by December 7 to avoid a government shutdown. Prudent management requires that we are prepared for contingencies that may arise.
  • Should a shutdown occur, you will receive guidance as soon as possible about the impact on grant activities, including continuing expenditure of grant funds, submission of grant proposals, and delays in receipt of awards.
  • Funding agencies are developing plans to address this situation, although specific guidance has not yet been distributed. You may receive specific guidance directly from your federal sponsor's program management office.
  • Read a Q&A about government shutdowns

  • Fulbright Information Session on November 29, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Union 207 will give a brief overview of submission requirements and include a panel of K-State Fulbright Scholar awardees who will discuss their experience. Please register.

  • An information and proposal development meeting about the National Science Foundation Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program will be held Tuesday, December 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 in 1044 Rathbone. The meeting is open to all campus faculty. The proposal deadline window is January 28 through February 4, 2019.

  • The November issue of The POSTDOCket, the National Postdoc Association newsletter, is available. Read the newsletter.

  • The National Science Foundation We Are Mathematics Video Competition invites anyone involved with NSF-supported work in the mathematical sciences to submit a short video (up to 3 minutes) by February 15 that showcases your work in a way that is exciting and accessible to a broad audience. The competition aims to break down barriers for those who may not otherwise understand what it means to do advanced mathematics or conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, will hold a 2019 Artificial Intelligence Colloquium March 6-7 in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees will hear from current DARPA researchers and program managers as they discuss work that is advancing the fundamentals of AI as well as programs that are exploring applications to defense-relevant challenges. Find more information and register

  • The Spring 2019 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is slated for May 15-17 in Baltimore, Maryland. The gathering offers an opportunity to hear the latest NIH grants process and policies directly from more than 65 NIH and HHS programs, grants, review and policy presenters. Find more information and register
Introducing Pivot Gallery
We are pleased to roll out the new K-State edition of Pivot Gallery .

This service from ProQuest displays our research expertise to external audiences, including potential collaborators and industry partners looking for particular capabilities. Gallery is an external-facing tool that offers a variety of ways to explore the strengths of our researchers: by name, by college/department, by keyword, or by browsing a list sorted using a number of categories.

The usefulness of Scholars@K-State is a function of the quality of the profiles it contains. Pivot profiles are generated by webcrawling and should be updated after they are created. Researchers can update and customize their Pivot profiles by going into Pivot itself and “claiming” their profile. The initial Pivot log-in must be on campus and from a computer with a K-State IP address, but subsequent modifications of the profile can be from any device since you will create a credential (userid and password) upon claiming your profile. In an effort to help populate researchers' profiles, we are working with various colleges and departments to import data from trusted sources like Activity Insight.

Please contact the Office of Research Development at or 532-6195 if you need help accessing or updating your Pivot profile. We also are happy to come out to units to do group presentations or work individually with faculty.
Agency news and trending topics
American campuses’ openness to foreign scholars serves both practical and idealistic aims. It’s crucial for tuition revenue, and collaboration across borders has also brought academics in different countries together to advance knowledge and build up faculty in specialized fields. Some of this transparency, however, is being tempered in the current political moment, “where there are expectations on managing intellectual property, proprietary information, and operating in a professional environment,” said Peter K. Dorhout, vice president for research at Kansas State University.

A Chinese scientist claims that he has helped make the world's first genome-edited babies — twin girls who were born this month. The announcement has provoked shock, and some outrage, among scientists around the world.

In the past decade or so, China has been expanding its commitment to scientific research, and it shows. Chinese researchers now produce  more scientific publications  than U.S. scientists do, and the  global ratings  of Chinese universities are rising.
From Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research: At NIH, we are heavily invested in our workforce and in understanding the barriers they face. What characteristics do they share? How do they compete in the current hypercompetitive environment? When do they stop applying to NIH (drop out), even after receiving their first award? Staff from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) delve into these questions in a paper published recently in PLOS ONE, whose findings I’d like to highlight today.  
From Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research: When research findings are made up from thin air, misrepresented in some way, or blatantly and without credit copied from others, we risk eroding the public’s trust, damaging institutional reputation, harming careers, incurring skepticism, misleading future research, and, arguably most importantly, hurting patients. NIH takes research misconduct seriously.

After a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft—a mission nearly ten years and close to $1 billion in the making—landed successfully on the surface of Mars on Monday,  touching down on the planet's surface  just a few minutes before 12:00 pm PT.

The subversive—and, to this day, little-understood—qualities of Bruegel’s work often took the shape of panoramic landscapes dotted with bursts of everyday activity. Alternately interpreted as celebrations or critiques of peasant life, Bruegel’s paintings feature a pantheon of  symbolic details  that defy easy classification: A man playing a stringed instrument while wearing a pot on his head could, for example,  represent  a biting indictment of the Catholic Church—or he could simply be included in hopes of making the viewer laugh. “ Inside Bruegel ,” an ambitious restoration and digitization portal launched in October to coincide with the opening of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s blockbuster  Bruegel retrospective , aims to uncover the Renaissance painter’s underlying intentions.

Scientists funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others are raising the alarm over what they say is an attempt to use a United Nations biodiversity meeting ... to introduce a global ban on field tests of the technology. At issue is a draft resolution by diplomats updating the  UN Convention on Biological Diversity , which—if adopted—would call on governments to “refrain from” any release of organisms containing engineered gene drives, even as part of experiments.
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