Department of Energy (DOE):
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide funding to address the highest priority R&D areas within biofuel technologies, bioproducts, and biopower. It includes Areas of Interest (AOIs) from all five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Sustainability and Strategic Analysis. Each AOI supports BETO’s objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources, and improve the quality of feedstock characterization and reliability of biorefinery operations.
Topics under this FOA include:
- AOI 1: Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae
- AOI 2a: Relating Biomass Physical and Chemical Characteristics to Feedstock Performance in Handling and Conversion Operations
- AOI 2b: Impact of Storage and Handling on Biomass Characteristics
- AOI 2c: Improving Economics and Development of Coproducts
- AOI 3: Efficient Wood Heaters
- AOI 4: Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies
- AOI 5: Optimization of Bio-Derived Jet Fuel Blends
- AOI 6: Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes
- AOI 7a: Advanced Bioprocessing
- AOI 7b: Agile BioFoundry
- AOI 8a: Designing Highly Recyclable Plastics
- AOI 8b: Designing Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics
- AOI 9: Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion
- AOI 10: Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy
- Award size: varies by topic area – ranges from $300,000 to $10,000,000 per award
- Deadline for Concept Papers: 5:00pm ET on 06/03/2019
- Deadline for Full Applications: 5:00pm ET on 07/22/2019
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA):
The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions.
- Regional/National Awards: Maximum of 2 at $100,000 each. Project Duration: 24 months.
- Knowledge Transfer Awards: Maximum of 2 projects at $50,000 each. Project duration: 24 months.
- Due to sponsor: Friday, June 21, 2019
The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system 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. 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.
- Awards: Not to exceed $225,000 total for up to 2 years.
- Due to sponsor: Monday, June 4, 2019
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
Promoting scientific environments that can encourage and benefit from a full range of talent is necessary in biomedical research today. Because previous approaches focused on individuals have only slowly “moved the needle,” targeting systemic change is the next step for NIH. The NIH Common Fund is conducting strategic planning for a potential new program exploring ways to create a route of entry and advancement for talent from diverse backgrounds into independent academic faculty positions. The goal is to employ a cohort model at the faculty level as a catalyst for institutions to create a route of entry and advancement for talent from diverse backgrounds, in the biomedical research enterprise. NIH is seeking broad input on this approach from academic institutional leadership, biomedical faculty, and interested members of the public. Responses to this RFI will be accepted through May 16, 2019.
If you are new to writing grant applications, sometimes seeing how someone else has presented their idea can help as you are developing your own application. With the gracious permission of successful investigators, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) makes available examples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. When referencing these resources, it is important to remember:
- These applications were developed using the application forms and instructions that were in effect at the time of their submission. Forms and instructions change regularly. Read and carefully follow the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement to which you are responding and the current application instructions carefully.
- The best way to present your science may differ substantially from the approach taken by those who wrote the example applications. Seek feedback on your draft application from mentors and others.
- Talk to an NIH program officer in your area of science for advice about the best type of grant program and the Institute or Center that might be interested in your idea.
Check out the NIAID’s Sample Applications and More.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS):
2019 Soil Science Collaborative Research Proposals Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces availability to apply for cooperative research awards focused on soil science and soil survey research topics and needs that have been identified through: NRCS Agency priorities, Soil and Plant Science Division priorities (SPSD), Regional-level National Cooperative Soil Survey conference committees, and National-level National Cooperative Soil Survey conference committees.
The objectives of the research are to: Promote research collaboration between NRCS SPSD and university cooperators on significant national and regional issues; Provide technology transfer and training for NRCS staff; and Assist in training of students in soil science and related fields.
- Award size: varies by topic area.
- Eligibility is limited to institutions of higher education in the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) network.
- Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central Time on June 3, 2019, and must be submitted to Grants.gov and via email to Hoover@usda.gov and Pam.Thomas@usda.gov.
National Science Foundation (NSF):
NSF 19-050, Dear Colleague Letter, invited proposals for the NSF Convergence Accelerator Pilot. Track A1 of this pilot, Open Knowledge Network, relates to the Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea. Track B1, AI and Future Jobs, and track B2, National Talent Ecosystem, relate to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) Big Idea. The purpose of this RFI is to seek input from industry, institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profits, government entities, and other interested parties on future NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks within these two Big Ideas, within other Big Ideas, or on other topics that may not relate directly to a Big Idea but that may have national impact. Ideas suggested in response to this RFI should be similar in breadth to tracks A1, B1, and B2, which are broad enough to each support a set of related research teams working together as a cohort. This RFI does not invite research proposals, however, this process may suggest topics for future funding opportunities. Proposers may separately submit conference proposals to refine these ideas.
Danone Institute North America – a not-for-profit established by Danone North America – is soliciting proposals for its new One Planet. One Health Initiative, which will offer students the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate actionable community-based projects for sustainable food systems. Teams of up to four members representing diverse fields related to food systems may submit project ideas and must be led by someone associated with an academic institution. The grant will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants.
- Awards: $20,000 per 4-member team.
- Each member of the team must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.
- Due to sponsor: June 1st, 2019.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
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|NEH Summer Stipends||07/02/2019||07/09/2019||09/25/2019|
|American Honda Foundation Grants||06/03/2019||06/10/2019||08/01/2019|
|NSF Physics Frontiers Center||05/22/2019||05/29/2019||08/01/2019*|
|Mallinckrodt Foundation Grants||05/17/2019||05/24/2019||08/01/2019|
|NIH Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training||05/15/2019|
|USDA-NIFA Education and Workforce Development Program||05/08/2019||05/15/2019||varies|