October 23, 2019
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation’s  EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)   provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers.

Microsoft’s  AI for Earth Grants  support projects that use AI to change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems. 

Upcoming outages for FastLane and Research.gov
Dear K-State researchers and staff,

Please take note of the following notice sent out by NSF relating to upcoming outages for NSF FastLane and Research.gov.

Please factor these dates in when planning for NSF submissions around the scheduled outage.

FastLane and Research.gov will be unavailable from Friday, November 8 at 8:00 PM EST until Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00 AM EST.

Thank you,

Paul Lowe
Associate Vice President for Research

NIH Operating Under a Continuing Resolution
It is that time of year in which prudent management requires a careful monitoring of the federal budget status. NIH recently released Notice Number:  NOT-OD-20-003 , indicating that it is operating under the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 and Health Extenders Act of 2019  ( Public Law 116-59 ) .

This notice highlights the funding levels to expect for non-competing research grants from NIH and will most likely require additional considerations as continuation awards are received. The OVPR will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates to the K-State community, as additional information is received.

Events and announcements
TODAY: Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Working with the DOD

3:30-5 pm 
Wednesday, Oct. 23
209 Union

An informational discussion on opportunities to work with the Department of Defense for "scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding.” This session is intended to broaden faculty understanding and awareness of traditional and non-traditional RSCAD potentials for Basic and Applied Research that aligns your interest areas, expertise and research focus with the needs of organizations within DOD.

For questions or more information about this session, contact Mary Lou Marino at mlmarino@k-state.edu.
The USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program, or NSTP, builds the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to support the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, or FADDL, at the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. In addition to serving as an international reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease virus and a national reference laboratory for other foreign animal diseases such as classical swine fever and African swine fever viruses, FADDL’s mission will expand to include emerging and zoonotic diseases, including BSL-4 pathogens. 

NSTP fellows will receive the following for a maximum of five years.
  • Full tuition and supplementary support to complete an MS, PhD, or DVM/PhD program in target laboratory-based fields of study such as microbiology, virology, molecular biology, diagnostics, and bioinformatics;
  • A stipend ($50,000 annually for PhD or DVM/PhD students; $35,000 annually for MS students) and health benefits (Kansas Board of Regents GRA health insurance plan);
  • Materials and supplies ($20,000 annually);
  • Travel support ($5,000 annually); and
  • Publication costs ($1,000 annually).

Find out more and apply for admission for the spring 2020 semester by 5 p.m. on October 23, 2019. 
Early Career Funding Opportunities Information Session

3:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
30998 Engineering Hall

Which early career funding opportunity is right for you? Come to this session and find out. The NSF CAREER program is one option, but sometimes it seems like it is the only option. Other prestigious young faculty awards are offered by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy that are focused solely on research rather than the teacher-scholar role required by NSF. An overview of young faculty career programs will be presented at this session followed by a panel of faculty members who have received young faculty awards from NSF and DoD. The panelists will provide insight on their awards, addressing why they applied to the program and what the award has meant to their career. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and talk with the awardees.

For questions or more information about this session, contact Mary Lou Marino at mlmarino@k-state.edu.
Research Connections
3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Alumni Center Banquet Room

All engaged in research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery at K-State are invited to attend and exhibit at this internal K-State Research event.

  • Explore interdisciplinary collaborations,
  • Find resources, and
  • Promote your work.

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. 

Agency news and trending topics
Probiotics, which provide health benefits to humans, can also keep plants robust. The new antibiotic, known as phazolicin, prevents harmful bacteria from entering root systems of bean plants, according to a study in the journal Nature Communications. nsf.gov

New research published by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought.  . nsf.gov

Animals have rich emotional lives, the ecologist argues. The evidence is “right in front of your eyes. We have tools today that didn’t exist 50 or even 10 years ago. There are researchers putting dogs into M.R.I.’s, and so it’s become possible to watch their brains do things.” Safina says. nytimes.com

Scientists Hope Findings Mean Vaccine Supplies Could Stretch Farther. The NIH investigators completed the vaccine dosage study using cynomolgus macaques and an updated vaccine component to match the EBOV Makona strain that circulated in West Africa from 2014-16. nih .gov
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