Congratulations to those who received grants in March!  Please help the WSU community stay informed by forwarding any notices of funding opportunities and/or training sessions to for inclusion in the next newsletter.  Good luck to all of you in your research efforts over the next month.  

Coleen Pugh, AVP for Research




PI/Department:  Moriah Beck, Chemistry

Sponsor:  Flossie E West Memorial Trust 

Amount:  $9,500



PI/Department:  Loren Belew, Community Engagement Institute

Sponsor:  Kansas Leadership Center 

Amount:  $ 500



PI/Department:  Misty Bruckner, Public Policy & Management Center

Sponsor:  University of Michigan / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Amount:  $25,000



PI/Department:  Misty Bruckner, Public Policy & Management Center

Sponsor:  County of Marion

Amount:  $2,600



PI/Department:  Debra Fraser, K M U W

Sponsor:  Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Amount:  $54,197



PI/Department:  Debra Fraser, K M U W

Sponsor:  Curators of Univ of MO on behalf of Univ of Missouri-KC / Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Amount:  $2,842



PI/Department:  Christopher Holshouser, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Co-PI/Department: Royal Lovingfoss, NIAR-Composites & Structures | Joel White, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Sponsor:  Raytheon Systems CO / US Airforce

Amount:  $60,000



PI/Department:  Christopher Holshouser, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Co-PI/Department: Rachael Missri-Andrulonis, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Sponsor:  National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining / US Airforce

Amount:  $155,000



PI/Department:  Gregory Houseman, Biological Sciences

Sponsor:  Unive of Kansas Ctr - Research INC / Natl Science Foundation

Amount:  $72,181



PI/Department:  Dukka KC, Electrical & Computer Engr

Co-PI/Department: Mara Alagic, School of Education | Rajiv Bagai, Computer Science | Chase Billingham, Sociology | Aaron Bowen, Library - Public Services | Zelalem Demissie, Geology | Atri Dutta, Aerospace Engineering | Terrance Figy, Physics | Nathan Filbert, Library - Public Services | Lacy Kuhlmann, Library - Public Services | Ethan Lindsay, Library - Public Services | Susan Matveyeva, Library - Public Services | Atul Rai, School of Accountancy | Ajita Rattani, Electrical & Computer Engr | Glyn  Rimmington, Global Learning | Maria 0, Library - Public Services | Kaushik Sinha, Electrical & Computer Engr

Sponsor:  State of Kansas / PCSI

Amount:  $100,000



PI/Department:  Krishna Krishnan, Industrial & Manufacturing Eng

Co-PI/Department: Viswanatha Madhavan, Industrial & Manufacturing Eng

Sponsor:  Fairmount Technologies LLC / US Airforce

Amount:  $60,000



PI/Department:  Hyuck Kwon, Electrical & Computer Engr

Sponsor:  Air Force Research Laboratory 

Amount:  $40,000



PI/Department:  Hyuck Kwon, Electrical & Computer Engr

Sponsor:  Air Force Research Laboratory

Amount:  $87,362



PI/Department:  Royal Lovingfoss, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Co-PI/Department: Shawn Ehrstein, NIAR-CAD/CAM | Robert Gerlach, Tech Transfer & Commercialization | Kyle Mcmullen, NIAR-Environmental Test Lab

Sponsor:  National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining / US Airforce

Amount:  $135,000



PI/Department:  Leonard Miller, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor:  Natl Aeronautics & Space Admn

Amount:  $175,000



PI/Department:  Vinod Namboodiri, Electrical & Computer Engr

Co-PI/Department: Nils Hakansson, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor:  Natl Science Foundation 

Amount:  $100,000



PI/Department:  Waruna Seneviratne, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Co-PI/Department: Caleb Saathoff, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Sponsor:  Global Engineering & Materials, Inc. / US Navy

Amount:  $33,000



PI/Department:  Daria Shamrova, School of Social Work

Co-PI/Department: Amy Kalb, School of Social Work

Sponsor:  United Methodist Health Ministry Fund 

Amount:  $104,332



PI/Department:  John Tomblin, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Co-PI/Department: Rachael Missri-Andrulonis, NIAR-Composites & Structures

Sponsor:  Advanced Technology International / Department of Defense

Amount:  $120,000



PI/Department:  John Tomblin, FirePoint Innovations-Aerospace

Co-PI/Department: Patrick Cyrus, FirePoint Innovations-Aerospace

Sponsor:  US Army Research Office

Amount:  $526,000



PI/Department:  Scott Wituk, Community Engagement Institute

Sponsor:  Dept of Health & Environment-Kansas / Health Resources & Services Admin

Amount:  $44,160



Focused Funding Opportunities

For access to WSU’s Pivot account to search for funding opportunities, please sign up and affiliate with Wichita State University using your WSU email address. To request assistance with a customized searching please contact   If any of the following opportunities are of interest to you, please email as soon as possible so that a grant specialist may be assigned to assist.


*** LIMITED *** Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Title: American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations

Application Deadline: ***Limited*** Because WSU may only submit one application, Notices of Intent to apply must be sent to by April 28, 2021 at 12noon in case an internal competition is needed.  You will be informed if you have been chosen to proceed by May 3, 2021.  Applications to the funder (if selected) will be due by May 14, 2021.

Purpose: “This program invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for humanities positions and projects that have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, academic presses, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other humanities organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the American Rescue Plan, applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities.”

Amount: $50,000-$500,000 over one year


*** LIMITED *** Funding Agency: VentureWell

Title: Sustainable Design Faculty Grants (Spring 2021)

Application Deadline: ***Limited*** Because WSU may only submit two applications, Notices of Intent to apply must be sent to by April 28, 2021 at 12noon in case an internal competition is needed.  You will be informed if you have been chosen to proceed by May 3, 2021.  Applications to the funder (if selected) will be due by May 19, 2021.

Purpose: “The Spring 2021 Sustainable Design Faculty Grants cycle will support faculty and staff who are committed to cultivating I&E dedicated to positive social impact and environmental sustainability (see Appendix for definitions), and will integrate sustainable design concepts tools, and frameworks into their I&E curriculum. We are seeking proposals with innovative ideas related to the development of new courses and programs, or to strengthening existing courses and programs, that incorporate key sustainable design concepts with the end goal of developing novel inventions and technologies. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate clear support for student innovations that are dedicated to climate change solutions (i.e. mitigation and/or adaptation; see Appendix for definitions), as well as innovations to existing products or systems that address an opportunity to become carbon neutral or net zero energy, or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, pollution, and waste.”

Amount: $30,000 over three years


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Defense: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Title: Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due April 28, 2021

Purpose: “The vision of the FY21 PRMRP is to improve the health, care, and well-being of all military Service Members, Veterans, and beneficiaries, and its mission is to encourage, identify, select, and manage medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address the FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas with original ideas that foster new directions along the entire spectrum of research and patient care. The program seeks applications in laboratory, clinical, behavioral, epidemiological, and other areas of research to advance knowledge in disease etiology; improve prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by a relevant disease or condition; and develop and validate clinical practice or public health guidelines.”

Amount: Up to $1,600,000


Funding Agency: Halo

Title: Various Opportunities

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021 and beyond

Purpose: Halo is a marketplace and network that moves science forward by connecting scientists directly with companies for research collaborations and funding opportunities.  Examples of proposal topics include “Removing nitrogen from urban stormwater runoff” and “High-dilution germ-killing actives for Lysol and Dettol.”

Amount: Varies based on opportunity


Funding Agency: The Kerr Foundation, Inc.

Title: Challenge Grants in the areas of Education, Health, Human Services & Arts and Culture

Application Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due April 30, 2021; if approved, full applications due June 30, 2021

Purpose: “It is the policy of The Kerr Foundation, Inc. to identify and support 501(c)(3) organizations and institutions that provide new or enhanced opportunities for those within granting areas, particularly the young. We believe this is the best accomplished in the areas of education, health, cultural development and community service. While preference is given to Oklahoma organizations and institutions, we recognize those located outside the state and region can also have a beneficial impact on the economic, social and cultural growth and development of Oklahoma. Therefore, we will also accept grant requests from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. In recognizing the significant and continuing influence of the Federal government on our state and region, we will also accept proposals from the Washington D.C. area; however, Oklahoma organizations will receive first priority for available funds. Favorable consideration of a proposal will normally be in the form of a Challenge Grant. This means that the organization approved for a grant must first, in order to receive payment, raise or secure grants, donations and/or pledges in the total amount specified in the grant. The challenge amount is usually dollar for dollar and typically must be secured within twelve months from the date of award.” 

Amount: Grants generally range from $1,000 to $50,000


Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control

Title: Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL)

Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of this funding is to address multiple forms of violence impacting adolescents and young adults, particularly in communities with high rates of violence, by implementing prevention approaches with an emphasis on the outer levels of the social-ecological model (i.e., community/societal levels). PREVAYL requires recipients to implement community/societal level strategies and approaches that address multiple forms of violence impacting adolescents and young adults, develop and/or enhance a jurisdictional violence prevention strategic plan, develop and implement an evaluation plan, develop a sustainability plan, and participate in a multi-sector coalition. In addition, this funding will address risk factors such as social determinants of health (e.g., concentrated poverty, limited educational/employment opportunities) and racial inequity (e.g., structural, systemic, and institutional racism). Applicants must demonstrate a strong understanding of the public health approach to violence prevention and have experience implementing adolescents and young adult violence prevention strategies. Eligible applications must include the following to be responsive and move forward for review: Letter of support (LOS) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from the applicant's local health department. Current/active violence prevention plan (the quality of the plan will be assessed via the evaluation criteria). Applicants must submit the MOU, MOA, LOS, and violence prevention plan as appropriate, name the file MOUs/MOAs/LOS/VPP, and upload it as a PDF file at Applications that do not meet the above criteria will be considered non-responsive and will not move forward for review.” 

Amount: $250,000


Funding Agency: USDA: National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA)

Title: Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.” 

Amount: Up to $225,000


Funding Agency: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Title: Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence among Long-Term Care Workers: Expedited COVID-19 Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement -- Cycle 2 2021

Application Deadline: May 4, 2021

Purpose: “For this funding opportunity, PCORI encourages applicants to address the following question: What interventions are effective in increasing COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake among LTC workers?   Interventions include, but are not limited to, the following (please note that interventions may be combined): Educational, communication, and behavioral economics strategies, tools, or approaches, System- or organizational-level responses, Digital marketing (e.g., social media, mobile) and other innovative technologies, Single- versus two-dose vaccines, Culturally specific and/or community competent approaches for reducing barriers.” 

Amount: Up to $5,000,000 over three years


Funding Agency: Russell Sage Foundation

Title: Letters of Inquiry for Social Science Research

Application Deadline: May 4, 2021

Purpose: “RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision Making & Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues: Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. and Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S.” 

Amount: Up to $175,000


Funding Agency:  William T. Grant Foundation

Title: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

Application Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due May 5, 2021

Purpose: “The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.  Our focus on reducing inequality grew out of our view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality—it can generate effective responses. We believe that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality. Toward this end, we seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.” 

Amount: Major Research Grants between $100,000 and $600,000; Officer’s Research Grants between $5,000 and $50,000


Funding Agency: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Title: 2021 Pilot Award – Request for Applications

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due May 6, 2021

Purpose: “Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.” 

Amount: Pilot Awards are up to $300,000


Funding Agency: USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Title: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program

Application Deadline: Varies depending on topic – earliest is May 6, 2021; see RFA for deadlines

Purpose: “The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA).” 

Amount: Varies by topic


Funding Agency: Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Title: 2021 LCRF Research Grant on Disparities in Lung Cancer

Application Deadline: May 7, 2021

Purpose: “Lung cancer continues to be the number one cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for an estimated 136,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. While scientific advances continue to reduce lung cancer incidence and deaths, the disease disproportionately affects various groups such as African Americans, Native Americans, low socioeconomic status populations and people from certain geographic locations. Despite progress to reduce the burden of tobacco, disparities in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality remain, and inequitable receipt of evidence-based lung cancer care continues to compound these disparities.” 

Amount: $150,000


***LIMITED*** Funding Agency: William T. Grant Foundation

Title: 2021 William T. Grant Scholars Program

Application Deadline: WSU may submit one nomination per college; Notices of Intent to apply for this opportunity must be received by May 7, 2021 at noon in case an internal competition needs to be held.  Mentor and Reference Letter due June 16, 2021; Full Applications due July 7, 2021.

Purpose: “The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We pursue this mission by supporting research within two focus areas: 1) Reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and 2) Improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people.” 

Amount: $350,000 over five years


Funding Agency: SPARC Data and Resource Center and NIH

Title: 2021 SPARC FAIR Codeathon: Request for Proposals

Application Deadline: May 10, 2021

Purpose: “In this codeathon, we are looking for exciting projects which use SPARC data and/or SPARC tools and resources in novel ways, particularly in enhancing, demonstrating, or measuring the findability, accessibility, interoperability, or reusability (FAIR) of the data. Several prizes of up to US$10,000 each will be awarded. Projects must 1) demonstrate the value of SPARC’s public data and/or 2) directly integrate into or with any of the following SPARC tools and resources to improve their existing capabilities via the various APIs and services available.” 

Amount: $10,000


Funding Agency: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Title: Grants for Lifesaving Equipment and Prevention Education Tools

Application Deadline: May 12, 2021

Purpose: “Our Mission is to impact the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives of local heroes and their communities. This is accomplished by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations.  IMPORTANT: A maximum of 600 grant applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis. Once the maximum number of applications is met, the site will close for the remainder of the quarter. Please apply early in order to secure your request.” 

Amount: $15,000-$25,000


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Title: Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment

Application Deadline: Mandatory Concept Papers Due May 13, 2021; Full Applications (if invited) to be due July 12, 2021

Purpose: “The FOA seeks projects across the following areas: electric vehicle community partner demonstration projects; electric vehicle workplace charging projects; RDD&D of technologies to reduce the cost of EV chargers, advanced engines and fuels that reduce emissions, including natural gas, propane, and dimethyl ether; and, innovative solutions for medium/heavy duty on- and off-road vehicles including electrification and high-power charging.” 

Amount: Between $500,000 - $6,666,667 depending on topic area


Funding Agency: Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Title: NextGen Grant – Call for Proposals

Application Deadline: May 14, 2021

Purpose: “This spring, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation NextGen Committee is requesting proposals that would measurably reduce existing or avoid future emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Building upon the success of the past three years of similar grantmaking, and with the desire to increase the breadth of quality proposals, the Committee has issued a new call for proposals for one $100,000 grant that can help to reverse global warming.” 

Amount: $100,000


Funding Agency: American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute

Title: 2021 Request for Proposals

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Purpose: “Over $2.4 million dollars (US) have been funded by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable since their grant program began in 2007. Each Spring, new Request for Proposals (RFPs) are issued for different key research challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry. The current Request for Proposals include Solvent Minimization in Flow Chemistry;  Technology-Enabled Late Stage Funcionalization of Pharmaceuticals;  Greener Peptide and Peptide-Conjugate Synthesis;  Increasing the Breadth and Utility of Enzymes in Pharma Manufacturing;  and Ignition Grant Program for Green Chemistry and Engineering Research.”

Amount: $25,000 - $50,000


Funding Agency: Gerber Foundation

Title: Research Award

Application Deadline: Concept Papers accepted May 15 and November 15, yearly.

Purpose: “The mission of The Gerber Foundation, to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development, has remained the guiding beacon for Foundation giving throughout its history. Accordingly, priority is given to projects whose primary beneficiaries are young children from birth to three years of age. The Trustees of The Gerber Foundation expect the Foundation’s grant dollars to make a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children. Through our grant-making efforts, the Trustees are committed to improving the health and well-being of the youngest members of our society.”

Amount: Up to $350,000 (Novice Grants are $20,000)


Funding Agency: Oncology Nursing Foundation

Title: Addressing Cancer Health Disparities Through Evidence-Based Cancer Nursing Research (RE42)

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due May 17, 2021

Purpose: “To support oncology nursing research addressing cancer health disparities, including in the topic areas of breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancer.  The principal investigator must be a registered nurse actively involved in some aspect of cancer patient care, education or research and be PhD or DNSc prepared that has received and completed at least one research study of at least $50,000 as PI. Membership in ONS is not required.” 

Amount: $100,000


Funding Agency: Administration for Community Living

Title: Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services - Community Research

Application Deadline: May 24, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of this funding opportunity is to verify the effectiveness of SNP innovative programs or practices implemented during COVID-19 that positively impact participants. Project goals and outcomes must relate to the OAA SNP intents (specifically: a) reduce hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, b) promote socialization, and c) promote health and well-being by delaying the onset of adverse health conditions, through the provision of meals and associated nutrition services to vulnerable older adults who are in greatest social and economic need.). Proposed projects must have strong potential for replication by the aging services network and sustainability using OAA Title IIIC-1 funding.” 

Amount: $300,000


Funding Agency: Department of Homeland Security

Title: Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP)

Application Deadline: May 25, 2021

Purpose: “The FY21 TVTP Grant Program seeks to provide funding to implement local prevention frameworks and explore innovative approaches to preventing targeted violence and terrorism. Applications are being sought in three application tracks: Promising Practices-Single Project, Promising Practices-Multiple Projects, and Innovation.” 

Amount: $75,000-$2,000,000


Funding Agency: Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH)

Title: Charlton Oral History Research Grant

Application Deadline: May 28, 2021

Purpose: “The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support of up to $3,000 for one year (June through May). With this grant, the Institute seeks to partner with one scholar who is using oral history to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research on local, national, or international subjects is welcome. The goal of the Charlton Oral History Research Grant is to bring the strengths of oral history to new topics of investigation, create partnerships with scholars doing noteworthy fieldwork with oral history, build a substantial research collection at Baylor University through the work of a skilled oral historian, and provide long-term scholarly access to significant applications of oral history methodology that model best practices.” 

Amount: $3,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity at Minority Serving Institutions (U01 Clinical Trial Allowed)

Application Deadline: May 28, 2021

Purpose: “This FOA requests research grant applications to support collaborative investigative teams or individual scientists who propose unusually innovative research projects, which, if successful, would have a major impact in developing, disseminating, or implementing innovative and effective interventions and/or strategies that prevent, reduce, or eliminate health disparities and inequities. Research addressing community-prioritized research questions, cross-cutting issues such as social determinants of health across sectors, multiple levels and systems that contribute to health disparities, and/or priority areas of multiple NIH Institutes and Centers are particularly encouraged. Applicants may propose projects addressing any disease, condition, or health-related topic with demonstrated health disparities/inequities, including but not limited to: Chronic disease related outcomes (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, many others), COVID-19 disparities, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias disparities, Cancer disparities, Maternal morbidity and mortality disparities, Mental health, substance misuse, and stigma around seeking treatment, Multimorbidity/comorbidity, Behavior change.” 

Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.


Funding Agency: Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Title: Grants

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent Due May 31, 2021

Purpose: “The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education & Play, and Parenting Education.” 

Amount: Awarded projects range up to $50,000


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Application Deadline: June 2, 2021 for Letters of Intent for Faculty Career Pathways Alliance Model applications; Full applications due August 24, 2021.  AGEP Catalyst Alliance applications are due August 17, 2021.

Purpose: “The NSF's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program contributes to the National Science Foundation's objective to foster the growth of a more capable and diverse research workforce. Through this solicitation, the NSF seeks to build on prior AGEP work, and other research and literature concerning racial and ethnic equity, in order to address the AGEP program goal to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty in STEM.”  Note, requires multiple IHEs to apply together.

Amount: Institutional Transformation Alliance: up to $4.4 million for five years; Faculty Career Pathways Alliance: up to $2.9 million for five years; Catalyst Alliance: up to $400,000 for two years.


Funding Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Title: Measurement and Monitoring Methods for Air Toxics and Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Atmosphere

Application Deadline: June 2, 2021

Purpose: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to advance air measurement and monitoring methods for air toxics and contaminants of emerging concern in the atmosphere. Specifically, this RFA seeks research that will provide: 1) advancements in measurement techniques for real time, continuous measurements of concentrations with minimum detection limits below background concentrations or health risk-based thresholds; and 2) advancements in stationary or mobile near source measurement methods for quantifying emission rates of fugitive emissions.”  NOTE: An information webinar will be held on April 28, 2021.

Amount: $800,000 for regular awards and $400,000 for early career awards


Funding Agency: Herb Block Foundation

Title: Defending Basic Freedoms Grants

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent for “Encouraging Citizen Involvement” due June 3, 2021; Letters of Intent for “Defending Basic Freedoms” due October 6, 2021.

Purpose: “This program helps safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in our Bill of Rights, to help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. The Herb Block Foundation will also consider contemporary societal issues that may arise.  Grants are available nationwide.”

Amount: $5,000-$15,000


Funding Agency: National Institute of Justice

Title: Research to Reduce Trauma for Child Pornography Victims, Fiscal Year 2021

Application Deadline: Two part-application: June 3, 2021 and June 10, 2021

Purpose: “The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), seeks proposals for funding from accredited research universities to carry out a single research project on reducing trauma for child pornography victims that will produce a report with concrete recommendations for improving and synchronizing law enforcement best practices for ensuring child victims’ well-being during and after the investigation into the crime. The produced report will address issues related to referrals, access, and utilization of services for child victims, and provide recommendations for reducing trauma and improving child victim outcomes.”

Amount: $1,500,000


Funding Agency: National Institute of Justice

Title: Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2021

Application Deadline: Two part-application: June 3, 2021 and June 10, 2021

Purpose: “The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding basic or applied research and development in forensic science for criminal justice purposes. This project furthers the Department’s mission by supporting the development of new knowledge and tools to address the challenges of crime and justice in the United States. NIJ’s Forensic Science Technology Working Group (TWG) identifies current technology challenges encountered in operational forensic science laboratories. Research-based knowledge and newly developed tools that work towards resolving these identified challenges facilitate the criminal justice community to enforce the law, promote public safety, prevent and reduce crime, and ensure fair and impartial administration of justice.”

Amount: $500,000


Funding Agency: US Dept of Defense: Dept of the Army: Materiel Command

Title: Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

Application Deadline:  White Papers (strongly suggested) due June 7, 2021; full proposals to be due September 27, 2021

Purpose: “The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined in the DoD Financial Management Regulation:  Basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress (DoD 7000.14-R, vol. 2B, chap. 5, para. 050105. A.).” 

Amount: Up to $1.5 million


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Emergency Award: Social, Behavioral and Economic Research on COVID-19 Consortium (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline: June 9, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of this FOA is to advance research on the impact of SARS-CoV-2 and associated mitigation efforts on individual, family, and community behavior and on how subsequent economic disruption affects health-related outcomes, with close attention to underserved and vulnerable populations.”

Amount: $500,000 in direct costs per year, up to five years


Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Title: Digital Projects for the Public

Application Deadline: June 9, 2021

Purpose: “The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.”

Amount: $30,000 (Discovery), $100,000 (Prototyping), $400,000 (Production)


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Energy: National Energy Technology Laboratory

Title: University-Based Energy Industry Research and Development of Scalable Cyber-Physical Solutions

Application Deadline: June 14, 2021

Purpose: “This FOA seeks to improve the cyber and cyber-physical security posture of the electric sector through the integration of the DOE Cybersecurity Roadmap Vision statement of ensuring that resilient energy delivery systems are designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive a cyber incident while sustaining critical functions.” 

Amount: $2,000,000


Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Title: Health Equity Scholars for Action

Application Deadline: June 16, 2021

Purpose: “The goal of HES4A is to support the career development and academic advancement of researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds who conduct health equity research. Grants will be awarded to address the challenges that underrepresented researchers experience; help them overcome obstacles to earning tenure; and make progress toward acquiring independent research funding. Grants will support three aspects of career development: research, mentorship, and connection with a community of support.” 

Amount: $250,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (R03 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline: June 16, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research grant applications to support research designed to elucidate the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and optimal means of service delivery in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). An R03 grant supports small, discrete, well-defined projects that can be completed in two years and that require limited resources. An R03 grant application may not contain extensive detail or discussion. R03 applications may include development of new research methodologies or technology, secondary analysis of existing data, and pilot or feasibility studies. Preliminary data are not required, particularly in applications proposing pilot or feasibility studies.” 

Amount: $100,000


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: Engineering Research Initiation (ERI)

Application Deadline: June 18, 2021

Purpose: “The Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program aims to support new investigators as they initiate their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators.  This funding opportunity also aims to broaden the base of investigators involved in engineering research and therefore is limited to investigators that are not affiliated with “very high research activity” R1 institutions (according to the Carnegie Classification”  Note – a webinar on this opportunity is scheduled for April 29, 2021.

Amount: $200,000 over 24 months


Funding Agency: Brain Research Foundation

Title: 2022 Scientific Innovations Award

Application Deadline: June 24, 2021 Letter of Intent due – WSU may only submit one nominee, so reach out to by May 15, 2021 to be considered for this award nomination. 

Purpose: “Brain Research Foundation is inviting your institution to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2022 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The objective of the program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and funding as well as significant publications in high impact journals.  To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of neuroscience and brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential.” 

Amount: $150,000


Funding Agency: National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation

Title: Research Grants

Application Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due June 30, 2021

Purpose: “NIHCM Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy.” 

Amount: Varies, see website for previous awardees and amounts


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Title: Research on Research Integrity Conferences

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

Purpose: “Research institutions receiving funding from any of the Public Health Service agencies are required to “[f]oster a research environment that promotes the responsible conduct of research, research training, and activities related to that research or research training, discourages research misconduct, and deals promptly with allegations or evidence of possible research misconduct.” 42 C.F.R. § 93.300(c). ORI's Research on Research Integrity Conference Grant Program supports conferences and workshops that advance the evolving field of research integrity by providing a forum for discussion of and producing tangible outcomes related to research integrity and compliance with 42 C.F.R. Part 93.”

Amount: $25,000-$50,000


Funding Agency: GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Title: Lesbian Health Fund

Application Deadline: July 16, 2021

Purpose: “The  Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, was established in 1992 to define, study, and educate lesbians and sexual minority women (SMW), as well as their health providers, about health issues facing SMW, LHF's mission is to improve the health of SMW and their families through investigation and research and is the only US research fund dedicated solely to the unique health needs of SMW.” 

Amount: Between $1,000 - $10,000


Funding Agency: William T. Grant Foundation

Title: 2021 Institutional Challenge Grant

Application Deadline: September 14, 2021

Purpose: “The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.” 

Amount: $650,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Mechanism-Focused Research to Promote Adherence to Healthful Behaviors to Prevent Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Required)

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Purpose: “This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites R61/R33 applications to address psychological and interpersonal mechanisms driving adherence to behaviors or lifestyle changes relevant to prevention of cognitive decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD). Mechanisms of adherence may be studied in new, early- to late-stage (including Stage I-IV) behavior change trials. Successful applications will seek to identify malleable, mechanistic, psychological, or interpersonal targets that, if modified, will strengthen adherence to, maintenance of, and continued/renewed engagement in behaviors that may promote cognitive health and prevent AD/ADRD.  This FOA will support pilot research (R61) to identify, measure, and assess the malleability of psychological or interpersonal adherence-relevant targets that, if successful, can transition to an R33 phase for implementation of rigorous, proof-of-concept intervention studies.” 

Amount: For the R61 planning phase, the budget for direct costs may not exceed $225,000; For the R33 implementation phase, the budget for direct costs may not exceed $500,000 in a single year.


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation: Division of Chemistry

Title: NSF Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021 for CAT, CSDM-A, CSDM-B, CTMC and SYN; October 31, 2021 for CMI, CLP, ECS and MSN

Purpose: “This solicitation applies to nine CHE Disciplinary Chemistry Research Programs: Chemical Catalysis (CAT); Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI); Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms-A (CSDM-A); Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms-B (CSDM-B); Chemical Synthesis (SYN); Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC); Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP); Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS); and Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN).” 

Amount: Average of $150,000 per year for three years


Funding Agency: Collins Aerospace

Title: Charitable Giving

Application Deadline: Grant cycle open now until October 31, 2021

Purpose: “We support a variety of educational and nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world. Our community involvement includes a strategic focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, which is also our top priority for charitable giving. We also fund projects supporting the vitality of Collins Aerospace communities with an emphasis on programming that engages our employees.  Three pillars: inspiring youth to pursue careers in engineering and technology; investing in our current and future workforce; developing inclusive and sustainable communities. Pillars should align with focus on STEM education, workforce development, community vitality, and sustainability.” 

Amount: $10,000 to $20,000


Funding Agency: Simons Foundation

Title: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Application Deadline: Ongoing - Letters of Intent accepted anytime

Purpose: “The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.” 

Amount: There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Title: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) in Research on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide

Application Deadline: Varies based on research type proposed

Purpose: “The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to encourage research focused on Black child and adolescent suicide. Recent data suggest that Black youth, especially those under age 13, appear to be at higher-than-average risk for suicide and suicide-related behaviors.” 


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: NSF Individual and Small Team Proposals

Application Deadline: Varies by topic.

Advanced Manufacturing – proposals accepted anytime

Applied Mathematics – Nov 1-15, 2021

Archaeology and Archaeometry – July 1 and December 20 annually

Astronomy and Astrophysics – Oct 1-Nov 15, 2021

Biological Anthropology – July 20 and Jan 20 annually

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology – proposals accepted anytime

Biophotonics – proposals accepted anytime

Biosensing – proposals accepted anytime

Cellular and Biochemical Engineering – proposals accepted anytime

Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs – varies based on discipline

Computational & Data-Enabled Science and Engineering - Varies

Cultural Anthropology – Aug 15 and Jan 15 annually

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases – Nov 17, 2021

Economics – Aug 18 and Jan 18 annually

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks – proposals accepted anytime

Engineering of Biomedical Systems – proposals accepted anytime

Environmental Biology – proposals accepted anytime

Environmental Engineering – proposals accepted anytime

Environmental Sustainability – proposals accepted anytime

Geophysics – proposals accepted anytime

Mathematical Biology – Aug 20-Sept 6, 2021

Division of Materials Research – Oct 1-Nov 1, 2021

Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics – August 26, 2021

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences – proposals accepted anytime

Physics – Varies by topic

Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace – proposals accepted anytime

Security and Preparedness – Aug 15 and Jan 15 annually

Smart and Connected Health – Dec 11 annually

Social Psychology – July 15 and Jan 15 annually

Sociology – Aug 15 and Jan 15 annually

Statistics – Dec 1-15 annually


Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Title: NSF Special Programs

Application Deadline: Varies by topic – click each topic to learn more about these special program opportunities.

Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) –accepted anytime

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs – Varies by size of application (Small, Medium, Large)

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) –accepted anytime

Division of Chemistry: Disciplinary Research Programs (CHE-DRP) – Oct 31, 2021 for CMI, CLP, ECS and MSN; September 30, 2021 for CAT, CSDM-A, CSDM-B, CTMC, SYN

Earth Sciences:  Instrumentation and Facilities Program –accepted anytime

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) – Feb 22 annually

Expeditions in Computing – Varies by topic

Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program –Dec 15 annually

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program – Aug 31, 2021

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – Aug 25, 2021

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science – Sept 15, 2021

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) – Preliminary Proposals due Sept 8, 2021

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) – Jul 14, 2021

Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) – Jun 1, 2021



National Science Foundation Seminars:  April 30, 2021:

The WSU Office of Research is offering seminars and mock proposal reviews to prepare Faculty for applying to upcoming deadlines to the National Science Foundation.  The first seminar is National Science Foundation Proposal Development and will be led by Dr. Coleen Pugh, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research.  The second seminar is National Science Foundation CAREER Proposal Development and will be led by Dr. Jan Twomey, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research & Faculty Development.  After attending the seminars, Faculty are invited to submit proposal documents for review by a panel of your peers.  Faculty who submit proposal documents must also commit to reviewing other proposal documents and sharing feedback at an in-person review event. 

April 23rd, 3pm-4pm, NSF Proposal Development seminar led by Dr. Coleen Pugh (addresses general proposal applications to NSF)

April 30th, 11am - 12noon, NSF CAREER Proposal Development seminar led by Dr. Jan Twomey (addresses the NSF CAREER program in greater detail)

May 21st, 5pm deadline for submissions of NSF CAREER and ERI proposal documents for peer review

June 4th, 11am - 1pm, Peer Review Discussion of NSF CAREER and ERI proposals led by Dr. Pugh and Dr. Twomey, lunch provided

Please email or sign up via myTraining to attend.  Please email if you have any questions. 



Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future: April 26-28, 2021

Our future depends on our collective ability to become effective stewards of the global commons – the climate, ice, land, ocean, freshwater, forests, soils and rich diversity of life.  The first Nobel Prize Summit brings together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? Across three days, the virtual event will combine keynotes and lively discussion with live performance and theatre. Speakers will explore solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing inequality, and technological innovation in support of societal goals.  The summit will ask: what can we learn from our collective response to the global pandemic? And, how can societies distinguish facts from fiction in a new information ecosystem? The Nobel Prize Summit is hosted by the Nobel Foundation and organised by the National Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre/Beijer Institute. 

Register for the Free Virtual Nobel Prize Summit



Air Force Research Lab INSPIRE Virtual Event: April 28, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory Inspire is an annual celebration of the people and contributions that make AFRL an outstanding research organization. Inspire showcases the innovative ideas and passionate people AFRL has to offer in short, entertaining and thought-provoking talks.  Each speaker brings a different slice of AFRL that highlights our willingness to dream big and tackle heroic challenges for our Airmen and Guardians.” Attend to hear more about AFRL initiatives that may be of interest. 

Details about the AFRL INSPIRE Live Event Here



National Science Foundation Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) Webinar: April 29, 2021

The NSF Directorate for Engineering will hold a webinar on April 29, 2021, at 1:30 P.M. ET on the new Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program.  The ERI programs aims to support new investigators as they begin their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators. The program will help NSF build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies. This funding opportunity also aims to broaden the base of investigators involved in engineering research and therefore is limited to investigators that are not affiliated with “very high research activity” R1 institutions (according to the Carnegie Classification). Proposers may submit proposals only in engineering research areas supported by programs within the Divisions of the Directorate for Engineering.  During the webinar, NSF staff will present information about the solicitation and will answer questions from attendees. 

Read More about the ERI Program and Register for the ERI Webinar



XSEDE High Performance Computing (HPC) MPI Workshop: May 4-5, 2021

XSEDE along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is pleased to present a two-day MPI workshop. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI programming. Both days are compact, to accommodate multiple time zones, but packed with useful information and lab exercises. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using MPI – the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing.  This workshop will be remote to desktop only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  When the registration has filled, there will be no more students added due to our current limits.

Register for the HPC Workshop



National Science Foundation Spring 2021 Virtual Grants Conference: Registration opens May 5, 2021; Conference to be held June 7-11, 2021

The Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF program officers will be providing up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions.  Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, May 5 at 12 p.m. EST. The National Science Foundation anticipates the sessions will reach capacity very quickly, so they encourage you to register as soon as possible. In the meantime, please feel free to check for the most up-to-date information and view recordings of sessions from previous years. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event and posted on NSF’s website and YouTube page.


More Information can be found on the NSF Policy Outreach Page



HSI STEM Resource Hub Spring 2021 Jumpstart Grantsmanship Webinars: May 7, June 4, July 9, 2021

More information about the HIS STEM Research Hub here.  Webinar topics vary.  For example, Friday, May 7, 2021 at 3 PM EST is Community College Flash Talks: Our Impressions of the Challenges Community Colleges Face with Dr. Nora Garza; Small Steps to Connecting Community College Students to Campus with Dr. Becky Mercer; and Hurdles Facing Community Colleges Today with Dr. Jorge Iniguez. 

Register for Spring 2021 Webinars



National Science Foundation Bioeconomy Lecture: May 13, 2021

In this lecture, InnovATEBIO’s Principal Investigators Dr. Linnea Fletcher, Russ Read, and Dr. Thomas Tubon, will discuss their work to lead the biotechnology community to evaluate and meet workforce needs across biomanufacturing and biotech and how preparing the workforce can also increase economic development. They will also highlight unique partnerships they have established through their efforts in workforce development, including partnerships with Manufacturing USA and other federal agencies. The panel will also describe their efforts to broaden participation in the biotechnology workforce including participation in the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) and working with industry partners to develop skills standards, improve onshore manufacturing, and increase supply chain security. 

Register for the NSF Bioeconomy Lecture Series



National Science Foundation CAREER Program Webinars: May 14 and May 20, 2021

NSF is providing information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation NSF 20-525 at webinars on Friday, May 14, and Thursday, May 20, 2021, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time each day.   The NSF-wide CAREER program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.  Both webinars will include a briefing on the CAREER program and key solicitation requirements followed by a question and answer session. Prior to the webinar, you can submit questions to NSF CAREER Webinar Questions.

Register for NSF CAREER Program Webinars



Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators Workshop: June 7 – June 15, 2021

This multi-day Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators (CCCE) summer workshop, offered in collaboration with the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE, supported by National Science Foundation grant number ACI-1548562), will begin 10:00 AM Monday, June 7 and will finish by 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 15. This workshop emphasizes hands-on molecular modeling and other web-based and commercial software important for incorporating computational chemistry into the undergraduate curriculum. No previous experience with molecular modeling is required. A list of topics includes:  Introduction to Computational Chemistry, Basis Sets, Choice of Theoretical Method, Single Point Energies and Geometry Optimizations, Electron Density, Electrostatic Potential, and Reactivity Predictions, Modeling in Solution, Computing Vibrational Frequencies and Thermochemical Properties, Computing UV-Vis and NMR Spectra, Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSAR), Transition States, Systems Dynamics/Chemical Kinetics.  Please note that there is a two-step registration for this workshop; after registering here on the XSEDE portal, you will receive an email with instructions for also registering on the National Computational Science Institute website.  For further information, contact Dr. Shawn Sendlinger (

CCCE summer workshop registration



National Institutes of Health: Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021

In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.  As a result, this Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic. The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

Link to the NIH Notice (NOT-OD-21-073)



ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions 2021 Annual Meeting – Session Recordings

Wichita State University is a member of ORAU.  Last month, over 300 representatives from member universities, invited organizations, and ORAU convened virtually for the Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions focused on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.  Speaker sessions/recordings can be found on the ORAU website link below, under the Agenda tab. 

Recordings from 2021 Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Supporting Institutions



Have you received this invite for expensive training that is not sanctioned by WSU? 

Live Online Professional Grant Development Workshop
Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals
Sponsored by the Grant Training Center

Have you been wondering if this training is worth it or how to talk to your supervisor about finding funds for you to attend?  No worries, we have some alternative options for you to consider.  The WSU Office of Research offers several tailored training opportunities for WSU Faculty and Staff that will meet your budget (because they are FREE!) and that will help you develop your grant and proposal writing skills. 

Email to:

  • Request an individual Research Orientation with the WSU Office of Research team;
  • Set up a Pivot account and receive guidance on how to search the database to find funding opportunities;
  • Attend Research Workshops that will help you with finding funding, budgeting and writing effective proposals (and much more)!

Please let us know how we can help you.

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