Congratulations to those who received grants in July!  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, Vice Provost for Research



PI/Department:  Neal Allen, Political Science

Sponsor:  State of Kansas - URCA

Amount:  $3,000



PI/Department:  Eylem Asmatulu, Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:  Littelfuse, Inc. 

Amount:  $50,100



PI/Department:  Andra Bannister, School of Criminal Justice

Sponsor:  Kansas Governor's Grants Program / Office of Justice Programs

Amount:  $29,923



PI/Department:  Andra Bannister, School of Criminal Justice

Sponsor:  Sedgwick County 

Amount:  $50,926



PI/Department:  Michael Birzer, School of Criminal Justice

Sponsor:  Wichita Police Department 

Amount:  $1,000



 PI/Department:  Michael Birzer, School of Criminal Justice

Sponsor:  Wichita Police Department 

Amount:  $1,407



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

Sponsor:  Sedgwick County Division Of Finance 

Amount:  $10,200



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

Sponsor:  Goodwill Industries of Kansas Inc 

Amount:  $8,500



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

Sponsor:  City Clerks and Municipal Financial Officers Association 

Amount:  $2,209



PI/Department:  Ali Eslami, Electrical & Computer Engr

Sponsor:  Excelacom, Inc. 

Amount:  $38,960



PI/Department:  Debra Fraser, KMUW

Sponsor:  University of Missouri 

Amount:  $13,227



PI/Department:  Linnea Glenmaye, Sociology

Sponsor:  Kansas Board of Regents 

Amount:  $24,500



PI/Department:  Amy Jones, Ennovar

Sponsor:  State of Missouri 

Amount:  $29,750



PI/Department:  Dosun Ko, School of Education

Sponsor:  State of Kansas - URCA 

Amount:  $4,317



PI/Department:  John Laffen, NIAR-Wind & Water Tunnel

Sponsor:  Federal Aviation Administration 

Amount:  $32,634



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

Sponsor:  National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining / Air Force Research Laboratory

Amount:  $35,000



PI/Department:  Gerardo Olivares, NIAR-Crash Dynamics

Sponsor:  Federal Aviation Administration 

Amount:  $84,227



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

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

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

Amount:  $25,000



PI/Department:  Rachel Showstack, Modern & Classical Lang & Lit

Sponsor:  Kansas Health Foundation 

Amount:  $25,000



PI/Department:  Alexandre Shvartsburg, Chemistry

Sponsor:  Natl Science Foundation 

Amount:  $49,778



PI/Department:  John Tomblin, Strategic Initiatives Aerospace

Co-PI/Department: Debra Franklin, Strategic Initiatives  

Sponsor:  Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas / Department of Labor

Amount:  $288,670



PI/Department:  John Tomblin, Nat'l Institute for Aviation Res

Sponsor:  Kansas Department of Commerce 

Amount:  $4,889,500



PI/Department:  John Tomblin, Nat'l Institute for Aviation Res

Sponsor:  Kansas Department of Commerce 

Amount:  $4,889,500



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

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

Sponsor:  Advanced Technology International / Department of Defense

Amount:  $25,000



PI/Department:  Scott Wituk, Community Engagement Institute

Sponsor:  Via Christi Health System 

Amount:  $35,700



PI/Department:  Scott Wituk, Community Engagement Institute

Sponsor:  Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services 

Amount:  $4,900



PI/Department:  Haifan Wu, Chemistry

Co-PI/Department: Douglas English, Chemistry  

Sponsor:  Univ of KS Medical Ctr Research Inst Inc / Natl Institutes of Health

Amount:  $34,183



PI/Department:  Yimesker Yihun, Mechanical Engineering

Co-PI/Department: Jaydip Desai, Biomedical Engineering | Nils Hakansson, Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor:  Natl Science Foundation 

Amount:  $24,000




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. The Office of Research has updated its website with more information about the deadlines for receipt of proposals.  While mandatory forms must be finalized well in advance of the funder deadline, you may continue to focus on your proposal narrative until closer to the deadline.  Please visit Pre-Award Services to find out more!    


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

Title: Framework to Address Health Disparities through Collaborative Policy Efforts: Coordinating Center

Application Deadline: August 23, 2021

Purpose: “This notice solicits applications to establish and operate a Coordinating Center to: 1) lead the development of a methodological framework, process, and tool for the assessment of policies that may create or perpetuate health disparities by contributing to structural racism, in collaboration with MP-CPI-21-004 “Framework to Address Health Disparities through Collaborative Policy Efforts: Demonstration Projects” recipients; 2) provide technical assistance to MP-CPI-21-004 recipients and self-funded participant organizations on utilizing the framework, process, and tool; and 3) lead the evaluation of the implementation of the methodological framework, process, and tool.” 

Amount: $500,000


Funding Agency: KU NIH CoBRE in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease

Title: Call for Pilot Project Applications

Application Deadline: August 27, 2021 at 12noon

Purpose: “To provide investigators with support for research activities, mentoring and access to Core Lab Services.  Applications must describe a pilot project that fits well with the scientific theme of Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease and incorporates substantial use of one or more associated core labs at KU.”  Please email for a copy of the RFP.  More information about the KU NIH CoBRE can be found here

Amount: $65,000


Funding Agency: Federal Transit Administration

Title: Areas of Persistent Poverty Program 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity

Application Deadline: August 30, 2021

Purpose: “This program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, technical studies, or financial plans for projects. Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits or other entities of their choosing to develop an eligible project.” 

Amount: Up to $850,000


*** LIMITED *** Funding Agency: Constellation

Title: E2 Energy to Educate

Application Deadline: ***Limited*** Because WSU may only submit one application, Pre-Applications must be sent to by August 31, 2021 at 12noon in case an internal competition is needed.  If selected, the application to the funder will be due October 1, 2021.  In your Pre-Application (limited to three pages) please include the following information:

Please use headers: 

  1. The name of the Principal Investigator (PI)
  2. A list of all Co-PIs
  3. A brief project summary
  4. Alignment with E2 Energy to Educate Innovation Theme
  5. How many students your project will reach and target population
  6. Is this a resubmission to the same program?  If yes, describe the reviews from the previous submission and how the criticisms will be addressed.
  7. Your project’s unique qualifications making you the best candidate to pursue this opportunity

Purpose: “Through the E2 Energy to Educate grant program, Constellation offers students in grades 6-12 and college opportunities to experience problem-solving today’s and tomorrow’s energy challenges. Grant funds support projects designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy.” 

Amount: $50,000


Funding Agency: WITH Foundation (WITH) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

Title: Request for Proposals - Addressing the Intersections of Racial Equity and Healthcare Equity for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Application Deadline: August 31, 2021

Purpose: “This is an invitation for collaborative proposals that focus on projects that address the intersections of racial equity and healthcare equity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Proposals should use one of the following approaches: implementation, educational resources or research.  A secondary goal of this RFP is to foster new partnerships or significantly enhance existing partnerships between disability organizations, self-advocates, community organizations and healthcare providers.  Proposals and partnerships that are led by or include BIPOC-led organizations are strongly encouraged.” 

Amount: $50,000


Funding Agency: Amgen

Title: Competitive Grant Program in Migraine Research

Application Deadline: September 3, 2021

Purpose: “The Competitive Grant Program in Migraine Research aims to support research intended to advance the medical knowledge of migraine in predefined areas of interest.  Specific predefined areas of research eligible for a Competitive Grant Program in Migraine Research award include: 1) Non-interventional clinical research with a focus on early diagnosis and treatment, epidemiology, and Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO)/Quality of Life (QoL) measures, 2) Biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis, 3) Preclinical research focused on mechanism of disease (non-calcitonin gene-related peptide [CGRP]- and non-pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide [PACAP]-related).” 

Amount: $50,000-$150,000


Funding Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Title: Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant

Application Deadline: September 10, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of this Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities solicitation (RFA) is to provide funds for capacity building activities to address disproportionate children’s environmental health harms and risks in school and/or childcare settings in, or that primarily serve, low-income and/or minority communities. This RFA provides funding directly to organizations to support school- and/or childcare center-based capacity building projects that help school communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children. Projects must take place in schools and/or childcare centers that are located in minority and/or low-income communities and/or primarily serve student populations that are minority and/or low-income (e.g., Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Title I schools, tribal schools).” 

Amount: Up to $200,000


Funding Agency: Massage Therapy Foundation

Title: Research Award

Application Deadline: LOI due September 13, 2021

Purpose: “Massage Therapy Foundation research grants are awarded to individuals or teams conducting studies that promise to advance our understanding of specific therapeutic applications of massage, public perceptions of and attitudes toward massage therapy, and the role of massage therapy in health care delivery. MTF research grants support high quality, independent research that contributes to the basic science of massage therapy application, including applied research investigating massage therapy as a health/mental health treatment and/or prevention modality. The research grant is available to investigators who have experience in the relevant field of research, and are presently associated with a university, independent research organization, or other institution qualified to act as Sponsoring Organization.” 

Amount: $30,000-$300,000


Funding Agency: TREE Fund

Title: John Z. Duling Grant Program

Application Deadline: Brief Letters of Intent due now through September 15, 2021

Purpose: “The goal of this program is to provide start-up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists. John Z. Duling Grants may be used to support exploratory work in the early stages of untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas and approaches. Examples may include application of new approaches to research questions, or application of new expertise involving novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.  For 2021, the Duling program will focus on:  Risk Assessment and mitigation including all aspects of decay detection, hazard tree assessment and related matters where human safety, including worker safety, are concerned.” 

Amount: $25,000


Funding Agency: TREE Fund

Title: Safe Arborist Techniques Fund Grant Program

Application Deadline: Brief Letters of Intent due now through September 15, 2021

Purpose: “The Safe Arborist Techniques Fund (SATF) is a joint program of Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), established in 2015 to support research and development into the techniques and equipment that arborists use in climbing, rigging, and working on trees, and the means of identifying potential hazards, to provide a safer working environment. Grant-funded projects are expected to be completed within two years of initial fund disbursement. 2021 SATF grants must support useful inquiry into the areas of worker safety and/or biomechanics, to include investigation into tree failure mechanisms and causes, and offsetting practices and techniques to protect workers, residents and property.” 

Amount: $15,000


Funding Agency: Sony

Title: Sony Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Awards

Application Deadline: Now through September 15, 2021

Purpose: “As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, we are committed to support university research and innovation in the U.S., Canada, India, and select European countries, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 USD* per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.” 

Amount: $100,000 for Faculty Innovation Award and $150,000 for Focused Research Award


Funding Agency: American Psychological Association

Title: David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Purpose: “The David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant supports innovative basic and clinical research on anxiety and anxiety-related disorders conducted by graduate students and early career researchers.” 

Amount: Up to $7,500


Funding Agency: Learning Disabilities Foundation of America

Title: Grants

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Purpose: “Applications must be for projects which conform to the mission of the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America by responding to an unmet need in the field of learning disabilities.  Funds are granted for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for the identification, ongoing evaluation, education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities.  Examples of project areas that fall within this philosophy: 1) innovative research into the causes, the prevention and/or the alleviation of learning disabilities; 2) distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of persons with learning disabilities; 3) innovative programs to advance the achievement of persons with learning disabilities, increase the support skills of their families, support academic and professional advisors, and enhance the understanding of learning disabilities by their colleagues and their employer.  Projects of national impact and projects that may be replicated are given preference.” 

Amount: Not Specified


Funding Agency: Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts

Title: Engaging and Empowering Vulnerable Families and Communities to Prevent Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose

Application Deadline: September 20, 2021

Purpose: “Grant support for projects that can develop, adapt, explore, and/or evaluate promising evidence-based models of family- and community-based prevention for opioid use disorder and overdose, particularly for children and families at highest risk.” 

Amount: $500,000 per year for three years


Funding Agency: American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Title: PRF Grants

Application Deadline: September 20 through October 15, 2021

Purpose: “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.” 

Amount: $55,000-$110,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadlines: September 22, 2021, October 14, 2021, November 9, 2021 (ongoing)

Purpose: “This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program that is likely to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or sleep) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. This FOA is intended to support research where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and funding. All applications submitted to this FOA must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity-related policy or program offers an uncommon and scientifically-compelling research opportunity that will only be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications submitted to this time-sensitive FOA are not eligible for re-submission. It is intended that eligible applications selected for funding will be awarded within 4 months of the application due date; however, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline.” 

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


Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Title: National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Application Deadline: Phase I application due September 24, 2021

Purpose: “The National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) supports projects that address critical needs of the library and archives fields and have the potential to advance practice in these professions to strengthen library and archival services for the American public. Successful proposals will generate results such as new models, new tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend and leverage the benefits of federal investment.” 

Amount: $50,000-$1,000,000


Funding Agency: PCORI

Title: Implementation of Findings from PCORI’s Major Research Investments

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due September 28, 2021

Purpose: “PCORI seeks to fund implementation projects that incorporate active, multicomponent strategies that will lead to uptake and integration of PCORI-funded evidence in real-world practice settings. Implementation strategies should target specific end-users with a clear interest in—and who are able to benefit from—the evidence. Proposed implementation projects will adapt findings as needed to facilitate uptake in the proposed settings and accomplish scale-up (to reach larger numbers) and/or scale-out (to reach broader audiences, including diverse populations and settings). Applicants must demonstrate commitment and buy-in from proposed implementation sites—including frontline staff critical to the success of the project as well as leadership—such that they provide a supportive context and culture for undertaking the proposed project. In addition, projects should involve regional and national stakeholder organizations positioned to extend impact to broader venues. Applications must be guided by an established conceptual model or framework and, where possible, by evidence regarding effective strategies for implementing evidence-based practices and interventions. Additionally, applications must include a rigorous evaluation plan that documents the successful execution of the implementation strategy and the impact of the implementation project on health care and health outcomes as feasible and appropriate within the project scope.” 

Amount: $2,500,000


Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Title: Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research

Application Deadline: September 29, 2021

Purpose: “The program makes awards to institutions and organizations conducting empirical field research to answer significant questions in the humanities.  Archaeology and ethnography are important methodologies utilized by many disciplines across the humanities and social sciences that provide observational and experiential data on human history and culture.” 

Amount: $150,000


Funding Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Title: National Priorities: Water Innovation, Science and Engagement to Advance Water Reuse

Application Deadline: September 29, 2021

Purpose: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is seeking applications proposing to accelerate water innovation, information availability, and engagement to advance clean and safe water reuse goals, promote better understanding of the Nation’s water and wastewater treatment and infrastructure, and enhance the availability and efficient use of water resources through water reuse. This request for applications (RFA) is intended to address multiple water reuse sources and applications to support national efforts to reduce technological and institutional barriers for expanded water reuse.” 

Amount: $3,246,000 over four years; cost match required


Funding Agency: PCORI

Title: Engagement Awards: Capacity Building, Dissemination Initiative and Stakeholder Convening

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due October 1, 2021

Purpose: “The Engagement Awards program is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the Engagement Award: Capacity Building funding opportunity. This opportunity aims to support projects that help communities increase their facility with and ability to participate across all phases of the PCOR/CER process.  Of special note for this cycle, PCORI is particularly interested in applications under the Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support funding announcement for convenings focused on defining appropriate and relevant burdens and economic impact data, identifying sources of data or gaps in data, and opportunities to advance the rigor and standards when conducting research that considers the full range of outcomes data, consistent with the principles. Advancing the fundamental basis of data collection and methodology in this area is critical to ensuring that PCORI-funded research is appropriately considering the full range of outcomes data.” 

Amount: Capacity Building ($250,000), Dissemination Initiative ($250,000) and Stakeholder Convening ($100,000)


Funding Agency: PCORI

Title: Healthy Aging: Optimizing Physical and Mental Functioning Across the Aging Continuum

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due October 5, 2021

Purpose: “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) intends to release a Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) on September 7, 2021, seeking to fund high-quality, comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects that focus on optimizing physical and mental functioning for community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers. This preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators; obtain stakeholder input on potential studies; and develop responsive, high-quality proposals.” 

Amount: Up to $5,000,000


Funding Agency: PCORI

Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Novel Pharmacologic and Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Migraine Prevention

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due October 5, 2021

Purpose: “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) intends to release a Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) on September 7, 2021, seeking to fund rigorous, large-scale pragmatic trials that compare newly available pharmacologic and/or evidence-based nonpharmacologic treatments for the prevention of migraine. This preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators; obtain stakeholder input on potential studies; and develop responsive, high-quality proposals.” 

Amount: Up to $10,000,000


Funding Agency: PCORI

Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Multimodal Interventions to Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due October 5, 2021

Purpose: “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) intends to release a Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement on September 7, 2021, seeking to fund high-quality, comparative effectiveness research projects that focus on multimodal interventions to prevent fractures in people with osteoporosis and a history of a fracture. This preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators; obtain stakeholder input on potential studies; and develop responsive, high-quality proposals.” 

Amount: Up to $10,000,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Effectiveness of Implementing Sustainable Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Traditionally Underserved Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline: October 5, 2021

Purpose: “This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages studies that develop and test the effectiveness of strategies for implementation and sustainable delivery of evidence-based mental health interventions and services to improve clinical and functional outcomes for underserved populations in low-resourced settings in the United States. Studies should identify and use innovative approaches to remediate barriers to provision, receipt, and/or benefit from evidence-based practices (EBPs) and generate new information about factors integral to achieving equity in mental health outcomes for underserved populations. Research generating new information about factors causing/reducing disparities is strongly encouraged, including due consideration for the needs of individuals across the life span.” 

Amount: Approximately $500,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)

Application Deadline: October 5, 2021

Purpose: “The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative population-based research that can contribute to identifying and characterizing pathways and mechanisms through which work or occupation influences health outcomes and health status among populations with health and/or health care disparities, and how work functions as a social determinant of health.”

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


Funding Agency: Simons Foundation

Title: Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due October 6, 2021

Purpose: “A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.  The project should involve outstanding researchers in a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.”

Amount: $2,000,000 per year


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce

Title: FY 2021 STEM Talent Challenge Grant

Application Deadline: October 12, 2021

Purpose: “EDA is seeking applications from eligible applicants to create and implement innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship models that complement their respective region’s innovation economy. The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation-driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.”

Amount: $250,000


Funding Agency: Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)

Title: Companion Program

Application Deadline: October 12, 2021

Purpose: “The Companion program supports projects that promote national competitiveness in strategic technology niches holding the most promise for the Kansas economy. Proposals are reviewed with two purposes in mind: (1) pairing the state's science and technology research strengths with the commercialization capacities of Kansas businesses in order to diversify Kansas' innovation economy and sustain a national and global competitive advantage and (2) attracting major federal and /or industry funds to areas of strategic research.”

Amount: $10,000-$100,000 in matching funds - Companion projects may be considered to provide a portion of project funding requirements. Priority will generally be given to projects with additional funding sources secured and providing the largest return on investment to the Kansas economy.


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Use of Digital Technology and Mobile Health (mHealth) to Improve Diagnosis, Assessments, Interventions, Management and Outcomes for Individuals with Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Deadline: October 16, 2021

Purpose: “Applications responsive to this Notice will address tools and/or technologies and target populations of interest. Proposals must address one or more target populations of interest: infants, children, adolescents, and adults with Down Syndrome. Applications proposing tools and/or technologies may include, but are not limited to, home monitors, point-of-care diagnostic technologies, mobile devices, mobile device apps (including social media apps), and wearable sensors and monitors. They may also include tools that help share information between caregivers, or between families and clinicians, including tools that interface with electronic health record (EHR) platforms.” 

Amount: $275,000


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce

Title: FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Application Deadline: October 19, 2021

Purpose: “Through this American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity (ARPA BBBRC NOFO), EDA aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, economic injury to U.S. communities and regions in devastating and unprecedented ways. This ARPA BBBRC NOFO is designed as a two-phase competition to (1) help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and (2) fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters. Such efforts will help regional economies recover from the pandemic and build economic diversity and resiliency to mitigate impacts of future economic disasters.  In Phase 1, EDA will provide technical assistance grants to approximately 50-60 coalitions (through a lead institution). These coalitions will be considered “finalists” and the grants will be used by the finalists to prepare more detailed applications for transformational projects that benefit their respective geographic regions and are aligned around a holistic approach to building and scaling a strategic industry.” 

Amount: $200,000 - $500,000


*** LIMITED *** Funding Agency: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Title: Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program

Application Deadline: ***Limited*** Because WSU may only be awarded two nominations, Notices of Intent to apply must be sent to by November 9, 2021 at 12noon, in case an internal competition is needed.  You will be informed if you have been chosen to proceed by December 7, 2021.  Applications to the funder (if selected) will be due by January 7, 2022.

Purpose: “Our commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU member institutions is embodied in the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program. These competitive research awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources.  Eligibility for the Powe Awards is open to full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their tenure track appointment at the time of application. Research projects must fall within one of these five disciplines: 1) Engineering and Applied Science, 2) Life Sciences, 3) Mathematics/Computer Sciences, 4) Physical Sciences, 5) Policy, Management, or Education.”

Amount: The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000.


Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce

Title: FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge

Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

Purpose: “Through this American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity (ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO), EDA aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, economic injury to U.S. communities and regions in devastating and unprecedented ways. This ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional systems to develop and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs. The goal of regional workforce training systems is to create and implement effective employer-driven training programs that will connect the existing and emerging skills needs of employers with workers and will help workers find and keep quality jobs and advance along their chosen career path. Regional workforce training systems and sectoral partnerships funded under this NOFO should connect employers in an industry with key regional stakeholders, including state and local governmental entities, economic development organizations, workforce development boards, employer-facing organizations, education and training providers, community‑based organizations (CBOs), worker-serving organizations (WSOs), and/or labor unions. The system or partnership should be led by a System Lead Entity or Backbone Organization, respectively, serving as an intermediary that has convening power in the region and the capacity to coordinate all necessary stakeholders. EDA also encourages systems and partnerships to address populations with labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records including justice‑impacted and reentry participants, and veterans.” 

Amount: $1,000,000-$25,000,000


Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: Effectiveness of School-Based Health Centers to Advance Health Equity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Deadline: February 5, 2022

Purpose: “The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that investigates the effectiveness of school-based health centers (SBHCs) as a health services care delivery model to address the needs of school-aged children from populations with health disparities (hence, underserved youth).” 

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


Funding Agency: HALO

Title: Opportunities

Application Deadline: Ongoing 

Purpose: Halo is a marketplace and network that moves science forward by connecting scientists directly with companies for research collaborations and funding opportunities. Also available, a focused webinar recording - funding opportunities in agriculture from Bayer

Amount: See website for details about currently open opportunities


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 – Sept & Oct - varies based on discipline

Computational & Data-Enabled Science and Engineering – Sept & Oct – 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

Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics – August 26, 2021

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences – proposals accepted anytime

Physics – Nov & Dec – varies by topic

Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace – Sept 30, 2021

Security and Preparedness – Jan 15 and Aug 15 annually

Social Psychology – Jan 15 and Jul 15 annually

Sociology – Jan 15 and Aug 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

Computer Science for All (CS for All) – Feb 9, 2022

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

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Program – Proposals accepted anytime after Oct 16, 2021

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects – Nov/Dec 2021

Earth Sciences:  Instrumentation and Facilities Program –accepted anytime

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) – Feb 22 annually

Expeditions in Computing – Varies by topic

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

Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program –May 10, 2022

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) – Jan 12, 2022 and July 13, 2022

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

Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science – Nov 10, 2021



 WSU Internal Grant Opportunities: August 26, 2021

Thursday, August 26th, from 8:30am – 10:00am, the Faculty Support Committee will be presenting a workshop on “WSU Internal Grant Opportunities” (URCA, MURPA & ARC). These internal grant applications are for seed funding that are open to WSU Faculty only.  More information about these internal funding opportunities can be found at:

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The National Academies: Gulf Research Program: Culturally Responsive Practices for Building Community Resilience: August 26, 2021

How do cultural differences among refugee and immigrant communities influence resilience in the Gulf Coast? With support from the Gulf Research Program, Denise Lewis and Desiree Seponski from the University of Georgia along with colleagues from the Cambodian Association of Mobile and Lao Association of Mobile are investigating that question.  Engaging Cambodian and Laotian families in coastal Alabama, the research team examined how individuals utilize social networks and services to respond to environmental stressors. This information feeds into the development of culturally responsive interventions and strategies for increasing community capacity and resilience. This webinar unpacks the research and findings—providing an avenue for researchers to explore related research topics and community groups and professionals an opportunity to apply scientific findings to their day-to-day priorities and projects.

Register for Gulf Research Program webinar



Introduction to the WSU Office of Research for New Faculty: August 27, 2021

Friday, August 27th, 12noon-1:30pm, Fran Cook will present “Introduction to the Office of Research for New Faculty.” We will cover Office of Research resources and contacts, finding funding, grant budgeting and grant writing tips, and time will be included for questions and answers.

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Apply to Attend SC21 as Early Career Due August 31, 2021

SC21 is the International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, to be held November 14-19, 2021 virtually and in St. Louis. The Early Career program provides two half-day special sessions for early-career researchers, educators, and technical professionals. This includes academic, industry, and laboratory staff and post-docs within the first five years of a permanent position. The Early Career program is available to participants by application only. The program aims to help participants secure a better understanding of the issues and challenges faced while navigating a successful research career.

SC21 Early Career Application Information



ASPR 2021 Federal Wearables Summit: August 31, 2021

The 2021 Federal Wearables Summit is a broad interagency effort intended to bring the discussion on wearable sensors for monitoring health and health quality closer to all people. The Summit is open to the public and will address issues of interest, such as the perspectives of patients and medical care professionals, data security specialists, the regulatory bodies, and federal agencies.

Register for Federal Wearables Summit



National Academies: Webinar - Understanding the Future of the Mississippi Delta: The Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program: August 31, 2021

This webinar will cover the background, overview, and motivation of the Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program (LMRMP), the technical design of the predictive framework, and further research needs.

Register for the GRP Webinar



National Academies: Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: A Workshop Series - Workshop #1: September 1, 2021

Senior representatives from government, military, and industry will assemble virtually to understand the technical, programmatic, organizational, and governance challenges facing the Department of the Air Force’s (DAF’s) digital transformation strategies.

Register for the Workshop



National Academies: Transportation Research Board Webinar: Enter and Search Projects Like a Pro with Research in Progress Database: September 8, 2021

The Research in Progress (RIP) database is a leading tool for transportation professionals to stay updated on current or recently-completed transportation research projects. TRB will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern to highlight the latest information about RIP's search and data entry interfaces. In order to comply with Public Access Plan requirements, projects that receive federal funding must be entered into the RIP database. The presenter will share updated information from the past year.

Register for the Workshop



HSI Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM Hub: Fall & Winter 2021-2022 Grant Writer Webinar Series: September 10, 2021

The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub hosts grantsmanship webinars to support grant writing efforts for those planning on writing their first grant or engaged in writing a grant for submission. The Fall 2021 Grant Writer Webinar Series features speakers and panelists from the National Science Foundation for sharing important information for writing a competitive NSF grant. Dr. Martha Desmond and Dr. Delia Valles are the hosts for this series. The HSI STEM Hub recommends participation in these webinars if you are currently writing a proposal or are interested in grant writing.  Several topics will be presented through the semester; the topic on September 10th is Racial Equality in STEM Education Programs. 

Register for Upcoming HSI STEM Hub Webinars



XSEDE HPC Workshop: BIG DATA and Machine Learning: October 5-6, 2021

XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, is pleased to present a two day (virtual, zoom) Big Data and Machine Learning workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

XSEDE HPC Workshop Details



42nd Annual Kansas Economic Outlook Conference: October 7, 2021

For a glimpse into Kansas' economic future, over 700 business leaders turn to Wichita State University, the W. Frank Barton School of Business, and the Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR), founders of the Kansas Economic Outlook Conference.  The purpose of the conference is to provide insight into current local, state, and national economies, addressing topics of interest to the community. A combination of nationally known speakers and local experts will be on hand to provide perspectives on issues affecting business, industry, education and government.

KS Economic Outlook Conference Website / Registration



2021 NSF Cybersecurity Summit: October 11-13, 2021

The NSF cyberinfrastructure ecosystem presents an aggregate of complex cybersecurity needs (e.g., scientific data and instruments, unique computational and storage resources, complex collaborations) as compared to other organizations and sectors. This community has a unique opportunity to develop information security practices tailored to these needs as well as break new ground on efficient, effective ways to protect information assets while supporting science.

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Save the Date for Tilford Conference: October 18, 2021

The Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism will be held at the KU Lawrence Campus on October 18, 2021.

More information will be forthcoming.



SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference: October 18-20, 2021

Connect with program managers representing America's Seed Fund of over $3.5 billion annually.  Learn how to compete for funding and create successful commercialization strategies and partnerships.  Network with global industry scouts, early-stage investors, and key federal agency buyers and funders.

SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference Website



NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration: November 1 – 4, 2021

The National Institutes of Health invites you to take part in a unique opportunity to learn more about working with the NIH grants process, programs, policies, and staff at the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Grants Administration and Program Funding.

Save the Date and Sign Up to Be Notified of Registration



NEW Free CITI Course: COVID-19: Mental Health for Higher Ed & HealthCare

This two-webinar course provides learners with an opportunity to select a webinar that best meets their needs depending on their setting (hospital/healthcare facility or college/university campus). The remainder of this year will see many settings continue to return to pre-pandemic operations and the challenges and stressors these transitions present can be challenging. In both webinars, learners explore ways to work through those challenges.

CITI Course: COVID-19 Mental Health for Higher Ed and Healthcare



NIH-Wide Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2021-2025

In order to advance its mission and fulfill requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act, NIH will update its Strategic Plan every 5 years. The Strategic Plan outlines NIH’s vision for biomedical research direction, capacity, and stewardship, by articulating the highest priorities of NIH over the next 5 years. In addition, it provides illustrative examples of accomplishments under the last plan and new initiatives under this one. The Strategic Plan was developed through collaboration between leadership and staff across NIH and key stakeholders, including the research community, professional societies, advocacy groups, and the public.

Read more about the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025



New NIH "FORMS-G" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022

This notice informs the applicant and recipient communities of changes to grant application forms and application guide instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2022.

Read more about the changes - NIH Notice on Forms-G



XSEDE Courses

Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a virtual collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation that facilitates free, customized access to advanced digital resources, consulting, training, and mentorship. XSEDE helps the nation's most creative minds discover breakthroughs and solutions for some of the world's greatest scientific challenges.

Check for upcoming courses on the XSEDE Course Calendar



FREE WSU Office of Research Services

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  • 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)!

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