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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

 

 

Our consultants have gathered a daily log of federal COVID-19 notices/grant opportunities.

Contact WSU’s Federal Relations Coordinator (diana.amortegui@wsu.edu) if you have any questions.

 

New Opportunities in December

Monday, December 7th

 

New Opportunities in November

Monday, November 30th
Monday, November 23rd
Monday, November 16th
Monday, November 9th
Monday, November 2nd

 

New Opportunities in October

Monday, October 26th
Monday, October 19th
Tuesday, October 13th
Monday, October 5th

 

New Opportunities in September

Monday, September 28th
Monday, September 21st
Monday, September 14th
Tuesday, September 8th

 

New Opportunities in August

Monday, August 31st
Monday, August 24th
Monday, August 17th
Monday, August 10th
Monday, August 3rd

 

New Opportunities in July

Monday, July 27th 
Monday, July 20th
Monday, July 13th
Monday, July 6th 
Wednesday, July 1st

 

New Opportunities June 22nd-June 29th

Monday, June 22nd
Wednesday, June 24th
Friday, June 26th
Monday, June 29th

 

New Opportunities Week of June 15th-June 17th

Monday, June 15th
Tuesday, June 16th
Wednesday, June 17th

 

New Opportunities Week of June 8th-June 12th

Monday, June 8th
Tuesday, June 9th
Wednesday, June 10th
Thursday, June 11th
Friday, June 12th

 

New Opportunities Week of June 1st-June 5th

Monday, June 1st
Tuesday, June 2nd
Wednesday, June 3rd
Thursday, June 4th
Friday, June 5th

 

New Opportunities Week of May 26th-May 28th

Tuesday, May 26th
Wednesday, May 27th
Thursday, May 28th

 

New Opportunities Week of May 18th-May 21st

Monday, May 18th
Tuesday, May 19th
Wednesday, May 20th
Thursday, May 21st

 

New Opportunities Week of May 12th-May 15th

Tuesday, May 12th
Wednesday, May 13th
Thursday, May 14th
Friday, May 15th 

 

New Opportunities Week of May 4th-May 7th

Monday, May 4th 
Tuesday, May 5th
Wednesday, May 6th
Thursday, May 7th

 

New Opportunities Week of April 27th-May 1st

Monday, April 27th
Tuesday, April 28th
Wednesday, April 29th
Thursday, April 30th
Friday, May 1st

 

New Opportunities Week of April 20th-22nd

Monday, April 20th
Tuesday, April 21st
Wednesday, April 22nd

 

New Opportunities Week of April 13th-17th

Monday, April 13th
Tuesday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, April 16th
Friday, April 17th

 

Click here to go back to other COVID-19 funding opportunities. 

Center for Arts and Humanities Public Launch Speaker and Reception

Center for Arts and Humanities Public Launch Speaker and Reception

 

Join us for the formal opening of WSU’s new Center for Arts and Humanities, which seeks to advance faculty and student scholarship and creative activity while simultaneously serving as the “front door” to the arts and humanities at WSU. Meet this year’s faculty fellows, hear about new and ongoing conversations and events, and learn how to pursue CAH funding.

 

Thursday, October 24th
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Honors College Lounge

 

The event will also recognize the winners of CAH’s first undergraduate scholarships, which emphasize innovative ways WSU’s next generation of artists and humanists are advancing new ways of looking at their fields.

Research Week Award Ceremony

Research Week Award Ceremony

 

Join the Office of Research in celebrating staff and faculty’s academic achievements. Each award will be presented by Vice President for Research, Dr. Chris Keane.

 

Thrusday, October 24th
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Ensminger Pavilion

 

Awards include:

Travel Grant Competition Award – Two teams or individuals will be awarded with a $2,500 travel grant and receive administrative support from IREO to initiate contact and develop strategic, industrial partnerships with desired companies. The funding will help supplement travels in CY 2020 to pursue sponsored research partnerships.

 

Team Planning Grant Competition Award – The teams will compete for $50,000 plus a doctorial level research assistantship for the development their preliminary idea into an extramural center-type grant proposal. The research assistantship, provided by the Graduate School, will be for two semesters in support of this effort.

 

RA and $10K Competition Award – Awardee will receive $10,000 and/ or a doctoral level Research Assistantship (RA) for the calendar year 2020 (Spring and Fall semesters).

 

Pitching the Business Value of Your Research Award – The Top 3 presentations will receive not only the distinction of “Best Research Pitch,” but also a cash award of $3,000 for 1st Place, $2,000 for 2nd Place, $1,000 for 3rd Place, to go towards their lab account.

 

Grant and Contract Administration Service Recognition Award – Service is defined as an individual who has performed their grant and contract administration responsibilities outstandingly above and beyond the expected or required performance within his/her work unit or area

 

Grant and Contract Administration Contribution Recognition Award – Contribution is defined as an individual or a group whose meritorious efforts have made a unique difference on the Washington State University system, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally in the field of grant and contract administration.

 

Grant and Contract Administration Pioneer Recognition Award – Pioneer is defined as an individual or a group whose meritorious efforts have made a unique difference with a far reaching, significant and influential impact on the Washington State University system, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally in the field of grant and contract administration.


Other awards may include:

 

Largest New Individual Grant Award

  • Previous Winner: Dr. Jingru Sun ($1.9M  NIH: NIGMS) – “Neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying neural regulation of innate immunity”

Largest New Team Grant Award

  • Previous Winner: Dr. Noel Schultz  ($7.5M + $7.5M in cost share  DOE: JCERDC) – “UI-ASSIST: US-India collAborative for smart diStribution System wIth STorage”

Creative Activity, Research, and Scholarship Award

  • Previous Winner: Dr. Kim Christen ($555,000   Mellon Foundation Grant Recipient) – “Mukurtu Shared: Connecting Communities and Collections through Collaborative Curation”

Pacesetter Award

  • Previous Winner: Dr. Steven Roberts – A promising WSU junior faculty, tenure/tenure track member who has excelled in their sponsored projects activity, taking the lead or setting new standards of achievement.

Technology with Impactful Contribution to Society Award

  • Previous Winners: Dr. Kate Evans & Dr. Bruce Barritt – Apple Cultivar (WSU 38) “Cosmic Crisp”

Technology with Impactful Contribution to Society Award

  • Previous Winner: Dr. Katrina Mealey – Test for Identification of Dogs Sensitive to Ivermectin

Exceptional Service to the Office of Research Award

  • Previous Winners: Dr. Tammy Barry & Dr. Babu John-Mariadoss – Co-Chairs of the Research and Arts Committee & the Centers, Institutes, or Laboratories (CILs) task force

Faculty Workshop ” Generous Thinking”

Faculty Workshop ” Generous Thinking”

 

WSU welcomes Kathleen Fitzpatrick from Michigan State University, who will lead faculty in an exploration of how generosity and collaboration can help us positively reimagine our research, teaching, and professional relationships, based on the ideas in her recent book, Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University.

 

Thursday, October 24th 
12:00pm – 1:15pm
CUE 518

 

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association. She is author of Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), as well as Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is director of MESH, a research and development unit at MSU focused on the future of scholarly communication, and project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 17,500 scholars and practitioners in the humanities. She serves on the editorial or advisory boards of numerous publications and projects including the Open Library of the Humanities, Luminos, the Open Annotation Collaboration, and thresholds. She is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources and of the Educopia Institute, and is Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Pitching the Business Value of Your Research

Pitching the Business Value of Your Research

 

Our Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) and Office of Commercialization (OC) would like to help you grow your research and its impact. Join us to hear researchers pitch their business ideas to industry, alumni, and faculty.

 

Wednesday, October 23rd
3:00pm – 5:00pm
VBR 305

 

IREO works with students, faculty and staff to position WSU’s creative, scholarly and technical assets in ways that maximize impact and return value to our state and national stakeholders.

 

The mission of OC is to ensure that innovations and discoveries by WSU researchers are evaluated, protected where possible, and licensed by industry partners or start-ups to move technologies forward and generate benefits for researchers, WSU, and the public.

 

As part of Research Week 2019, IREO and OC would like to help grow WSU research and its impact through the “Pitching the Business Value of Your Research” event for faculty, researchers, and graduate students at WSU. This 2-hour “shark tank” style pitch session is a prime opportunity for WSU researchers to learn and practice effective presentation skills for communicating the business value of their research.  Attend and witness this showcase of quality presentations made by your peer researchers while they receive invaluable insights and feedback from a panel of successful industry experts and faculty entrepreneurs.

 

The Top 10 applications will be selected to present at Research Week 2019. The Top 3 presentations will receive not only the distinction of “Best Research Pitch,” but also a cash award of $3,000 for 1st Place, $2,000 for 2nd Place, $1,000 for 3rd Place, to go towards their lab account.

 

Selected applicants have been notified. Those presenting will pitch the value of their business to audience members and industry guests. They will each be given 5 minutes to present. Come to support your fellow colleagues and build partnerships. 

 

Timeline

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Applications Due September 16, 2019, 5:00pm
Top 10 Presenters Notified September 23, 2019, 5:00pm
Pitch Decks Due October 14, 2019, 5:00pm
Research Week Pitch Presentations October 23, 2019, 3:00pm
Awards Announced October 24, 2019, 4:00pm

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions?
Send an e-mail to commercialization@wsu.edu with subject title “Business Value of Research” for more information about the competition.

RA and $10K Competition

RA and $10K Competition

 

The Office of Research and the Graduate School are pleased to announce a new seed grant to provide faculty with the opportunity to explore 1) a new line of research or 2) research at the intersection of disciplines. This program will support the pursuit of a new and innovative research idea that leads to extramural funding, or scholarly achievement as recognized by your field. Awardee will receive $10,000 and/ or a doctoral level Research Assistantship (RA) for the calendar year 2020 (Spring and Fall semesters). The award will be made through a competitive proposal process, which will consist of a written application followed by a public presentation during WSU Research Week 2019 (October 21-25).

 

Join us and help make the decision on who should be selected.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd
10:00am – 12:00pm
Honors College Lounge

Click here to join us via Zoom!


Eligibility
WSU faculty members in any discipline may serve as principal investigator or team member.

Timeline

 
Application Due September 24, 2019, 5:00pm
Research Week Presentations October 23, 2019, 10:00am
Awards Announced October 24, 2019, 3:00pm

 

Award Details
An award of $10,000 and a two-semester, non-renewable Research Assistantship will be awarded to support an individual faculty or collaborative team with a new research project. The RA will be limited to step 48.* The awarded project may be a stand-alone effort, or it may be used to gather preliminary data to explore in a new area of research
*If the graduate program typically funds RAs at a higher step, the unit is expected to fund the difference between the higher step and step 48.

Application Instructions
Applications are due September 24, 2019 at 5pm. An interdisciplinary evaluation panel will review the written applications.
The written application must include the following. All character counts include spaces:

  • Research Question/Project Overview (5000 characters) – Define the major research question to be addressed by the project.
  • Significance (3000 characters) – Describe the project’s impact on the discipline and/or to the public.
  • Innovation (3000 characters) – Identify the new methods, approaches, or other inventive elements of the research project. Describe how the project is unique within the field.
  • Plan of Execution (3000 characters) – Describe the approach, tasks, general timeline, and expected outcomes for the project. Include any special facilities, equipment, or other resources that will be used for the project.
  • RA Involvement (2000 characters) – Describe the unique training and research opportunities provided to the RA associated with the proposed project.

Include a two-page biographical sketch or CV for the PI(s).

Public Presentation
During Research Week 2019, the lead PI will make a public presentation to a general WSU audience and the review panel. The presentation should convey the essence of the written application to a non-specialist, multi-disciplinary audience. A short question and answer period will follow. With input from the audience, the review panel will select the most promising and compelling project to receive the award.
Note: Presentations may be limited based on number of written applications received. The Office of Research will contact applicants with further instructions after September 24.
The winning project will be announced during the Research Week reception and awards ceremony on October 24.

Evaluation Criteria
A multi-disciplinary faculty review panel will evaluate both the written proposal and public presentation using the below criteria.

 
CRITERIA WEIGHT
Research question is well-defined. .20
Project is of significance to discipline and/or has public impact. .20
Project shows innovation or originality. .20
Plan of execution is reasonable and feasible within two semesters. .20
Project has potential to contribute to RA’s professional and academic development in a meaningful manner. .20


Award Terms and Conditions

  • The RA must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training prior to spring semester 2020.
  • If the research activities include human subjects, animals, and/or biosafety activities, the protocol letter of approval must be submitted to the Office of Research before funds can be released.
  • Assistantships are funded for two semesters (Spring and Fall 2020).
  • Awardees may be asked to present at Research Week and/or Faculty Showcase following the project’s completion.
  • A proposal directly related to the seed grant project must be submitted to an external funding source no more than six (6) months after the award period ends. Alternatively, if the project does not lead to fundable research the awardee must show evidence of significant scholarly achievement.
  • Awardees must submit a final report to the Office of Research and Graduate School no later than six (6) months after end of the award period. The report must include an assessment of the award’s impact on both the PI’s research program and the individual RA’s academic development in order to allow the university to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. It should document project goals, activities, and outcomes as well as any publications, presentations, exhibitions, media coverage, sales or marketing, projects, papers, proposals/awards or other accomplishments that resulted from this support.


Frequently Asked Questions
Please submit any questions to or.orap@wsu.edu /335-7266 or gsdean@wsu.edu /335-5859.

  • How can the $10K funds be used? The $10K can be used for almost any expense directly related to the proposed project during calendar year 2020. However, subawards/subcontracts (see below) and conference travel is not allowed. Additionally, any requested faculty salary must be well justified, confirming the need for their time to be covered by this grant funding.
  • How detailed does the budget justification need to be? The budget justification portion of the proposal can be a general description of anticipated expenses (e.g. “Travel – $2,000 for our collaborator at TAMU to travel to WSU for planning activities.” or “Salaries – $5,000 in summer salaries for the lead PI to coordinate and oversee the planning process.”). It does not have to be detailed in the same manner as an NSF, NIH, or other federal budget proposal.
  • Can the planning grant include subawards/subcontracts to external collaborators? No. The money for this planning grant comes from state funds, which do not allow the establishment of subawards/ subcontacts with outside entities. Planning grant funds may be used to support a travel stipend or other expenses in support of an external collaboration, but no salary or benefits can be paid to non-WSU employees.
  • Can the graduate student/RA be PI for this funding competition? No, while the RA must be well integrated into the proposed project, the end goal of this completion is to provide faculty with the resources to advance their research program by pursuing a new area of research. As such, only faculty are allowed to be lead PI.
  • Should the Research Assistantship be accounted for in the budget? Yes, please include the cost of the research assistantship in your budget. If the cost of your RA is greater than Step 48, describe how the additional cost will be covered.

Humanity and the Environment Flashtalks

Humanity and the Environment Flashtalks

 

Office of Research and the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO) organized this session on the broad theme Humanity and the Environment to share experiences and expertise to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and project development. This session welcomes input from experienced investigators as well as from new investigators. Special focus will be given to topics such as coupled human and natural systems (aligned with the NSF-CNH program), critical zone observatories (CZOs), and sustainable agricultural systems.

 

Tuesday, October 22nd
3:00pm – 5:00pm
PACCAR 202

Click here to join us via Zoom!

 

The Humanity and the Environment program is as follows:

 

Introduction by Jan Boll
Key note speaker: Jenny Adam
CZOs: Kevan Moffett
CNH: Julie Padowski
Humans and Aquatic Environments: Erica Crespi

10 min. Break

Landscape Architecture: Jolie Kaytes
Cultural Landscapes: Phil Gruen
Language: Debbie Lee
Philosophy and the Environment: Samantha Noll, Michael Goldsby, & Patricia Glazebrook

30 min. Open discussion

Safety Fair

Safety Fair

 

Join WSU at the annual WSU Health, Safety and Security Fair

 

Tuesday, October 22nd
10:00am – 3:30pm
Award Ceremony at 12:15pm
CUB Senior and Junior Ball Room

 

The Safety Fair, launched by the Executive Safety, Health and Security Steering Committee, will highlight the university’s commitment to ensuring the health, safety and security of faculty, staff and students. An award ceremony will recognize the outstanding health and safety contributions made by individuals and groups across the university.

 

The fair will feature local business vendor booths and provide participants with interactive and live demonstrations.  Flash talks on safety and health topics will be held in the CUB Junior Ballroom throughout the day.  Participating vendors include Cougar Health Services, the Pullman police, Alternatives to Violence, Mantis Martial Arts, Sanctuary Yoga, massage vendors, and many more!

 

Click here to sign up to donate blood!

Team Planning Grant

Team Planning Grant

INTERDISCIPLINARY/MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS

 

As funding agencies increasingly emphasize large multi-disciplinary programs to address global challenges, WSU seeks to identify new and existing centers that will focus on creative solutions. To support this initiative, the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) invites multi-disciplinary faculty teams to submit planning grant applications.

 

The teams will compete for $50,000 plus a doctorial level research assistantship for the development their preliminary idea into an extramural center-type grant proposal. The research assistantship, provided by the Graduate School, will be for two semesters in support of this effort.

 

Join us and help make the decision on who should be selected.

 

Tuesday, October 22nd
10:00am – 12:00pm
PACCAR 202

Click here to join via Zoom!

 

The competition will be a two-step process with a written application and a public presentation. Applications should focus on a major research question and the interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary team convened around it. The goal of the planning grant is to enable the preparation of a competitive proposal for a major ($3M+) multidisciplinary center-type grant through team development and preliminary research. The target agency for this grant may be federal or non-federal.

 

Eligibility
WSU faculty in any discipline may serve as principal investigator or team member.

 

Timeline

 
Written Application Due October 1, 2019, 5:00pm
Research Week Presentations October 22, 2019, 10:00am
Awards Announced October 24, 2019, 3:00pm

 

Award Details
A total of $50,000 plus one research assistant for two semesters will be awarded to a single team. Overhead or facilities/administrative costs do not apply. Proposal budgets will need to include personnel benefit costs if faculty or staff salary is included.

 

Application and Presentation Guidelines
Written application due date is October 1, 2019 at 5pm.
An interdisciplinary evaluation panel will review the written applications.

 

The application must include the following. All character counts include spaces:

  • Research Topic/Problem (8,000 max characters) – Define the major research focus or problem to be addressed by the team. Describe the significance or impact of the problem, and how it aligns with the targeted funding program.
  • Team and Management Plan (4,000 max characters) -Describe the proposed team, disciplinary expertise represented, and any previous collaborations (if applicable). Include a brief management plan.
  • Research Plan (10,000 max characters) – Describe the research plan or approach and the team’s integration of expertise into research activities. Include innovation(s) that will heighten proposal competitiveness and any preliminary research that must occur before proposal submission.
  • Funding Program (2,000 max characters) – Describe in detail the large, multidisciplinary major funding vehicle to which the team will submit its proposal. Describe the program’s fit for the team.
  • Budget – Indicate the budget items required to complete this planning grant and provide a brief description of how each item will support the project.
  • Biographical Sketches – Provide a 2 page biographical sketch for each key person listed above. Use the template provided.

 

Public Presentation
During Research Week 2019, the lead PI will be required to deliver a 10 minute presentation of the team’s concept to a public audience and the evaluation panel. A short question and answer period will follow each presentation. All team members are encouraged to attend to help field these questions. With input from the audience, the evaluators will use both the written application and the presentation to select the most promising and compelling project to receive the planning grant.
The winning team will be announced during the Research Week reception and awards ceremony on October 24.

 

Application Evaluation Criteria

 
CRITERIA WEIGHT
Research Topic/Problem .20
Team and Management Plan .30
Research Plan .30
Future Funding Program .20

 

Award Terms and Conditions

  • Any unencumbered funds remaining after the grant’s approved period of performance are to be returned to the Office of Research.
  • If the planning activities include human subjects, animals, and/or biosafety activities, the protocol letter of approval must be submitted to or.orap@wsu.edu before funds can be released.

 

Deliverables and Outcomes
The selected project team will work with the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) in developing their external grant proposal.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Please submit any questions to or.orap@wsu.edu using “Team Planning Grant Competition” in the subject line, or call Emily Brashear at (509) 335-7266.

  • Should the Research Assistantship be accounted for in the budget? Yes, please include the cost of the research assistantship in your budget. If the cost of your RA is greater than Step 48, describe how the additional cost will be covered.

VPR Distinguished Lecture

VPR Distinguished Lecture

 

“BARCODING EVOLUTION” BY DR. DIMITRI PETROV

 

 

Monday, October 21st
3:00pm – 4:00pm
VBR 305

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Dr. Dimitri Petrov’s research is focused on understanding the basic forces in evolution such as mutation, recombination, random genetic drift and draft, and natural selection. He started his career in physics, continued to classical and molecular genetics, and received a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and genetics. Dr. Petrov’s broad training allows him to run a laboratory that combines theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches in a range of organisms including yeast, bacteria, Drosophila, and humans. He started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford in 2000, was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2005, to Professor in 2009, and to an Endowed Chair in 2011.

 

Dr. Petrov’s current research program remains broad in the array of genomic approaches and study systems employed, but with a specific focus on uncovering the dynamics of rapid evolutionary adaptation. His focus on quantifying rapid adaptation in a variety of systems using state of the art measuring techniques. His specific focus on cancer derives from the interest in the basic process of somatic evolution and from the recognition that the complexity of cancer requires quantitative approaches such as barcoding that traditionally have been applied to other model systems such as experimental evolution in yeast. Dr. Petrov is excited about the opportunity to apply lessons learned from basic science to the applied problem of building pharmacogenomic maps.

 

His lab has been productive, with >50 papers in the last 5 years. Much of the focus is on training of students and postdocs. He is proud to say that 13 out of 15 former postdoctoral scholars in the lab hold tenure-track or tenured faculty positions.

 

We will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Dmitri Petrov in his presentation “Barcoding Evolution”.

 

Petrov Lab does theoretical, computational and experimental work to address questions in molecular evolution and molecular population genomics. The primary focus at the moment is on the process of rapid evolution. Their experimental systems include seasonal adaptation in Drosophila (in collaboration with Prof. Paul Schmidt), experimental evolution in yeast, and the mouse model of lung cancer (in collaboration with Prof. Monte Winslow).