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Featured opportunities for January 20, 2021

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  • The National Institute for Food and Agricultural Research’s (FFAR) New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Awardprovides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers. The award was established to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding. Eligible faculty are those who have been in a tenure –track position no longer than three years with preference given to individuals who are within eight years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Eligible candidates must also conduct research that aligns with FFAR’s Challenge Areas. The Award goes to individuals with the creative ideas, skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research program. Faculty nominations must be made by your department heard.  They first must be sent to the Office of Research Develop (ORD) by 5 pm on 1/29/2021 via ordlimitedsubs@ksu.ed because K-State may submit only one nomination and an internal competition maybe needed.  The nomination sent to ORD should contain:   a short explanation of why the candidate is a good fit for this program, the date of their PhD award and work history before becoming a K-State faculty member.

  • The National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES) Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human ("socio") (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system.  The program seeks proposals that emphasize the truly integrated nature of a socio-environmental system versus two discrete systems (a natural one and a human one) that are coupled.  DISES projects must explore a connected and integrated socio-environmental system that includes explicit analysis of the processes and dynamics between the environmental and human components of the system.PIs are encouraged to develop proposals that push conceptual boundaries and build new theoretical framing of the understanding of socio-environmental systems.  Additionally, we encourage the exploration of multi-scalar dynamics, processes and feedbacks between and within the socio-environmental system.

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Research and Development Programsupports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.  These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies, to advanced implementation.  Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms.  Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

  • The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency is located in historic Vicksburg, Michigan, near Kalamazoo. The residency provides access to the 420,000 square foot former Lee Paper Company paper milland its adjacent 80 acres of property to use as inspiration. Artists are also encouraged to utilize our close ties to members of the village community and the area’s creative community. They are looking for individuals who are highly independent, engaged and curious. They do not limit our residency to any specific medium but, rather, are looking for people who can creatively interact with the space we have to offer and the community of historic Vicksburg. They provide housing and studio space for one resident at a time, three times a year. We’re offering a stipend of $2,000 for 4 – 7 weeks, a $500 travel grant, and use of a car. We ask that the artist propose some sort of community “give back” like a workshop, final show or open studio days and that they donate a piece of work to Prairie Ronde’s collection.

  • The University of Minnesota’s James Ford Bell Library offers Short-term Fellowships to facilitate research in its premier collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and archival collections documenting the history and impact of trade and cross-cultural exchange prior to ca. 1800 CE: The Bell Library Short-Term Fellowship, and The William Reese Company Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas. All fellowships use the same application process and evaluation criteria. Specific eligibility criteria are listed in the fellowship descriptions.  Visiting scholars hosted by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World (CSPW), the Center for Medieval Studies and the Center for Early Modern History may be eligible for short-term "Extended Stay Fellowships" funded by the CSPW.  Please contact Lydia Garver (premod@umn.edu) for more information.

  • The Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Program’spurpose is to promote, improve, and develop the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas. Projects may include either (1) short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or (2) long-term advanced intensive language programs.

  • The Department of Commerce, NIST’s Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP)was started in 1970 to support research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants, enabling the faculties at universities and colleges and laboratory researchers to conduct significant research in this area. By funding the research projects of eligible applicants through this program, NIST supports advances in fundamental measurement, the determination of fundamental constants, and fosters extramural collaboration with NIST scientists. The PMGP also is intended to make it possible for researchers to pursue new ideas for which other sources of support may be difficult to find. There is some latitude in research topics that will be considered under the PMGP.

  • The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systemsprogram is designed to support interdisciplinary teams that will explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative ideas for developing and applying quantum science, quantum computing, and quantum engineering in the specific area of quantum interconnects. Quantum interconnects are an integral part of all aspects of quantum information science.  Proposals should have the potential to deliver new concepts, new platforms, and/or new approaches that will implement the transfer of quantum states efficiently across platforms and over large length scales. Progress in the area of quantum interconnects will enable breakthroughs in quantum sensing, quantum communications, quantum simulations, and quantum computing systems. This Quantum Interconnect Challenges solicitation will support the process of translating such ideas into reality. This is a limited submission with notifications (working title and team list) due 5 pm on 2/1/2021 via ordlimitedsubs@ksu.edu.

  • The American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction. The investigator should not have published or received financial support from another funding agency for the proposed research. Proposals must be for fundamental research in “the petroleum field,” which is defined in our founding document as “petroleum, natural gas, coal, shale, tar sands and like materials.” Fundamental research encompasses the properties of these materials, whereas the petroleum industry undertakes “applied research,” which is outside the scope of ACS PRF.

  • NSF Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS) program solicits foundational research aimed towards a deeper understanding and formalization of the bi-directional relationship between software systems and the complex social and legal contexts within which software systems must be designed and operate. The DASS program aims to bring researchers in computer and information science and engineering together with researchers in law and social, behavioral, and economic sciences to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for understanding the drivers of social goals for software and for designing, implementing, and validating accountable software systems. DASS will support well-conceived collaborations between these two groups of researchers. The first group consists of researchers in software design, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as formal methods, programming languages, software engineering, requirements engineering and human-centered computing. The second group consists of researchers in law and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, who study social systems and networks, culture, social norms and beliefs, rules, canons, precedents, legal code, and routine procedures that govern the conduct of people, organizations, and countries.

  • Kansas State University, Office of Research Development’s Faculty Development Awards (FDA) program provides support for travel to international meetings (primarily at international locations) or to meet with program officers from potential external sponsors. Due to travel constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA program will, for the current funding round cover either: 1) registration expenses to present at a virtual professional meeting, or 2) travel and registration costs to present at an in-person professional meeting, but these awards will be contingent on the in-person meetings actually occurring with funds not being released until this can be confirmed.

  • Kansas State University, Office of Research Development’s University Small Research Grants (USRG) program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts. These small grants can cover graduate student support, undergraduate student hourly assistance, small equipment, supplies, materials, services associated with the activity, computing for data processing, and travel to a site where the activity will occur (but not travel to meetings or conferences). Computer software can be requested to support scholarly activities in USRG applications; however, if the equipment already exists on campus, utilization of existing equipment is normally recommended.

  • Kansas State University, Johnson Cancer Center’s Innovation Research Award Program provides “seed money” for projects intended to support future grant applications. All cancer research center full faculty are eligible to apply. Awards will be made on a competitive basis. The requested amount is usually much higher than available funds, constraining the size of the awards we can make (up to $25,000).
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA's mission, to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown. NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering,human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management. NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellows contribute to our national scientific exploration, confirm NASA's leadership in fundamental research, and complement the efforts of NASA's partners in the national science community.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH Early Investigator Research Using Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Models (R21) purpose is to support research using nonhuman primate (NHP) models performed by early-stage investigators who are within 10 years of their terminal degree or residency training and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience. This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing to develop new research directions using NHP models in basic science or translational research.

  • HHS, CDC’s Rigorous Evaluation of Policies for their Impacts on Primary Prevention of Multiple Forms of Violencesupports research that rigorously evaluates prevention strategies to reduce the burden of violence and inequities across groups. The social and structural conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age can be shaped by the distribution of resources, which is influenced in part by policy. These conditions contribute to health inequities, including the differences in health status seen across population groups (Solar & Irwin, 2010). Exposure to violence is linked to a variety of risk and protective factors, including individual, relationship, community, and societal characteristics and conditions, which coincide with the levels of the Social-Ecological Model (see: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/overview/social-ecologicalmodel.html). Multiple forms of violence share risk and protective factors that accumulate throughout childhood and adolescence and into adulthood (CDC, 2016; Wilkins et al., 2014). Despite the known interconnections among different forms of violence, and relevance of social and structural conditions that can contribute to violence, more research is needed to identify prevention strategies that address common underlying factors and have cross-cutting impacts on multiple forms of violence.

  • The Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice’s Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Preventionseeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects targeted toward developing a better understanding of the domestic radicalization phenomenon, and advancing evidence-based strategies for effective intervention and prevention. This includes research efforts that explore the radicalization of Americans to white nationalist extremism, and those exploring emerging militant left-wing movements, to identify and advance evidence-based strategies for effective intervention and prevention. NIJ seeks proposals in three areas of focus: Research to inform terrorism prevention efforts. Research on the reintegration of offenders into the community. Evaluations of programs and practices to prevent terrorism. Funded projects will apply an approach that engages researchers and practitioners in an active partnership to develop more effective solutions to specific problems and to produce transportable lessons and strategies that may help other localities with similar problems.
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