Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS):
2020 Emerging Markets Program
The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that enhance emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing trade barriers. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also be used to assist public organizations. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 for projects up to one year
- Due to sponsor: June 28, 2019
The TASC program is designed to assist U.S. organizations by providing funding for projects that seek to remove, resolve, or mitigate existing or potential sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. U.S. specialty crops, for the purposes of the TASC program, are defined to include all cultivated plants, or the products thereof, produced in the United States except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar, and tobacco. The TASC Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 per year
- Due to sponsor: June 28, 2019
National Science Foundation (NSF):
The OPUS program seeks to provide opportunities for mid- to later-career investigators to develop new understanding of science in the fields supported by the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) through two tracks of synthesis activities. OPUS: Mid-Career Synthesis. This track aims to provide a mid-career researcher, defined as a candidate at the associate professor rank (or equivalent), with new capabilities to enhance their productivity, improve their retention as a scientist, and ensure a diverse scientific workforce that remains engaged in active research(including more women and minorities at high academic ranks). This track provides an opportunity for the mid-career scientist to enable a new synthesis of their ongoing research. Synthesis is achieved by developing new research capabilities through collaboration with a mentor to enable new understanding of the research system and questions of interest. OPUS: Core Research Synthesis. This track provides an opportunity for an individual or a group of investigators to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research in a way that will enable new understanding of their research system and questions of interest. This track would also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator’s future career. All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, Population and Community Ecology, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of these proposals enabling researchers to expand understanding and develop new insights in their research.
- Awards: $175,000-$350,000 per year.
- Due to sponsor: August 28, 2019
The Critical Zone (CZ), which extends from the top of the vegetation canopy to the base of weathered bedrock is where fresh water flows, soils are formed, and most terrestrial life flourishes on Earth. The CZ is under unprecedented pressure because of contemporary human demands for food, water, land, and other resources that drive global economies. In the heterogeneous and complex CZ, multiple components of the Earth’s life-support system interact through connected processes that operate at different temporal and spatial scales. These coupled processes directly influence and are affected by lithology, climate, tectonics, anthropogenic activity, ecology, and cycles of water, nutrients, and other constituents. The Critical-Zone Collaborative Network will build upon the outcomes of the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) to address significant interdisciplinary scientific questions at the regional and national scale, and develop predictive models of complex CZ phenomena. In order to achieve these goals, stimulate collaborations among new and existing CZ community members, and expand the CZO infrastructure to more diverse participation, the Critical-Zone Collaborative Network to be established will consist of several science-driven Thematic Clusters linked to a Coordinating Hub.
The Thematic Clusters (Clusters) will operate an array of CZ locations chosen on the basis of a unifying scientific theme. Each Cluster would ideally have several locations encompassing multiple watersheds that could facilitate investigations of environmental gradients relevant to the proposed research theme. The Network is expected to include Clusters with a variety of physical and environmental characteristics, such as lithology, climate, erosional and depositional settings, land use, and biota, that foster investigations showcasing convergent science and multidisciplinary teams. These Clusters could include existing CZOs or similar locations that have been actively gathering data for extended periods of time, other locations that leverage relevant data sets that have been collected previously, as well as new locations that will support the science theme.
The Coordinating Hub (Hub) will manage the standardization, archiving, and accessibility of the data generated by the Clusters, convene regular meetings of the Thematic Clusters, and plan for future research infrastructure needs of the network. The Hub will also help support national outreach activities and organize workshops that engage the larger CZ community. These activities are expected to enhance scientific progress within the domains of CZ research and to encourage the participation of a broad range of scientists from various disciplines, at different career stages, and from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
- Awards: Thematic Clusters: Award amounts will depend upon the scope and budgetary requirements of the successful proposals. Each project may comprise multiple collaborative proposals. Awards will be 5 years in duration. Coordinating Hub: There will be 1 award of up to $1 million annually for 5 years.
- Due to sponsor: December 2, 2019
- NOTE: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please stay tuned for the internal competition announcement from the TAMU Limited Submission Program (LSP).
The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.
The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.
This solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal.
Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. Track III supports U.S. institutional collaborations to develop, implement and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for U.S. graduate students.
- Awards: Size varies according to track; see solicitation for details.
- Due to sponsor: September 2019. Dates vary according to track; see solicitation for details.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS):
The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farms, ranches or private forest lands. NRCS is announcing the availability of up to $12.5 million in CIG funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). All U.S.-based non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies.
- Awards: Up to $2,000,000 total for 1-3 years.
- Due to sponsor: July 30, 2019
Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF):
Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), is pleased to announce the launch of the first cycle of the Food Security Call. Each award is up to US$ 300,000 per year and up to three years with total budget up to US$ 750,000. The online submission channel, Q-Grants, will open on 6 May 2019, 12pm, Doha time.
The research priority areas of this call are:
- Local Food Production
- Community Initiative
- Policy and Legislation
- Strengthening resilience among people and Agrifood systems
- Supply Chain
The Lead Principal Investigator (LPI) must be affiliated with either an approved submitting institution inside Qatar or a collaborative institution outside Qatar. In case the LPI is affiliated to a collaborative institution outside Qatar, a Co-LPI from an approved submitting institution inside Qatar must be identified.
Applicants may participate by submitting a proposal in accordance with the guidelines and timeline stated in the Call for Proposal (CFP) along with the research plan template and the other related documents available online in the Download Center of the Food Security Call at Link.
For registration and proposal submission, please visit https://oss.qgrants.org and select the relevant program
QNRF and MME will hold public workshops and broadcast webinars to demonstrate the call parameters. Dates and venues will be announced and communicated in due course.
For enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us through https://support.qnrf.org/conversation/new.
- Awards: Up to $750,000 total for up to 3 years.
- Due to sponsor: October 2, 2019
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
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|NIH NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)||7/15/2019|
|NSF Innovations in Graduate Education||07/03/2019||07/11/2019||09/27/2019|
|NEH Summer Stipends||07/02/2019||07/09/2019||09/25/2019|
|NIH NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research||7/1/2019|
|HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative||06/21/2019||06/28/2019||07/31/2019|
|NSF Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science||06/20/2019||06/27/2019||09/18/2019|
|Keck Foundation Research Grants||06/12/2019||06/19/2019||11/01/2019|
|USAID Farmer to Farmer Agricultural Volunteer Opportunity Project||06/10/2019||06/17/2019||07/15/2019|
NIFA will hold a grantsmanship webinar June 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EDT to provide information on the AFRI Foundational Applied Science Food Safety, Nutrition and Health Program Area. Use the AFRI-FSNH webinar link to join. Consider viewing in groups as attendee slots are limited. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the NIFA website.
This webinar will provide an overview of:
- Food Safety and Defense
- Novel Foods and Innovative Manufacturing Technologies
- Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases
Food and Human Health
- Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance across the Food Chain
At the FY 2019 National Extension and Research Administrative Officers’ Conference (NERAOC), NIFA provided information regarding the 30 percent indirect cost limit established by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e., 2018 Farm Bill), (Pub. L. 115-334) for many of NIFA’s competitive programs (see NIFA’s Indirect Cost Chart for program applicability). Given the information provided, NERAOC participants requested that NIFA seek further clarification on the application of the new 30 percent indirect cost limit; NIFA committed to doing so and then providing updated and expanded guidance. NIFA received clarification and is pleased to report that for several scenarios, this clarification provides a less restrictive application of the indirect cost limit than what was originally described at NERAOC.
NIFA updated the previously published indirect cost calculation to provide further clarity and prepared Frequently Asked Questions that include scenarios in response to requests of NERAOC attendees. These resources are available on the NIFA Farm Bill webpage. Additionally, available is the 2018 Farm Bill Matching Requirements Frequently Asked Questions.
Jun 12, 2019 11:00 am -12:00 pm Central
Program directors from across CISE will host a 1 hour webinar to provide the CISE community with information about the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) and answer questions. The solicitation may be found on the NSF website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504952 All are invited to attend.
June 13, 2019 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central
Dr. Paul Mead, CDC—Welcome and introduction
Denise Bonilla, USDA/APHIS—Update on the Asian longhorned tick (H. longicornis)
Dr. William Nicholson, CDC—Alpha-gal allergy following tick bite: What do we really know?
Dr. Kevin Esvelt, MIT—Mice against ticks: A community-guided effort to prevent Lyme disease via gene editing
Dr. Ben Beard, CDC—National Strategy for vector-borne diseases
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