Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR):
The overarching goal of this RFA is to support innovative research necessary for improving the physico-chemical properties, yield and total plant protein for human consumption. The RFA seeks to provide knowledge and resources needed to enhance the supply chain for plant-based protein in a profitable and sustainable manner. FFAR and its co-funders are committed to supporting research on the following topics:
- Genomic resources and a technology toolbox for new or underutilized protein crops.
- Enhancing functional and nutritional properties of plant proteins for plant-based food applications.
- Performing market-based analyses for new or underutilized and/or production systems of proteins for plant-based food.
- Awards: $300,000-$1,000,000 per award for up to 5 years.
- Matching Funds are not required for this program.
- Deadline: October 9, 2019
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA):
NIFA requests pre-applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) for fiscal year (FY) 2020 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. The intent of the SCRI program is to address the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. The SCRI program will give priority to projects that are multistate, or multi-institutional, or trans-disciplinary (as defined in Appendix III), and include clearly defined mechanisms to communicate results to producers and the public.
Applicants are required to submit a pre-application containing a Stakeholder Relevance Statement (SRS). The content required in an SRS is described in this RFPA. Panels of industry representatives from various specialty crop sectors will review and rank the pre-applications for merit, relevance and impact. The industry representatives for each specialty crop sector will decide which pre- applicants should be invited to submit full applications.
- Awards: It is anticipated that most funded SREPs and CAPs for FY2020 will be close to the historical median.
Standard Research & Extension Projects (SREP) – Median award $1,846,428 for 4 years.
Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) – Median award $4,438,003 for 4 years.
Research and Extension Planning Projects – $50,000 for 1 year.
- Deadline: October 15, 2019
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
This FOA invites applications on novel studies of the molecular mechanisms underlying metformin’s effects on aging and longevity. The goal of this FOA is to support applications that will lead to an in-depth understanding of the molecular mechanisms that determine the effects of metformin, either beneficial or detrimental, in relation to aging and longevity. Research supported by this FOA should lead to new insights on and better understanding of metformin’s effects on aging and aging-related diseases.
- Awards: $250,000 per year for up to 5 years.
- Deadline: Letters of intent due December 21, 2019
Circadian Patterns of Gene Expression Associated with Disease (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to identify abnormalities in circadian-ordered gene expression to improve our understanding of disease phenotypes, etiology, risk stratification, resilience, and therapeutic management in diseases.
- Awards: $400,000 per year for up to 4 years.
- Deadline: Letters of intent due September 7, 2019
National Science Foundation (NSF) – see limited submissions section below for additional NSF opportunities
As the LTER Program progresses through its fourth decade, challenges and opportunities arise that demand long-term research. New frontiers have grown out of the recognition that important ecological processes are context-dependent and non-linear, that ecological and evolutionary processes interact continually through feedbacks, and that the effects of environmental change on ecosystem structure and function are poorly understood. The LTER program will continue to provide the basic scientific understanding required to explore these new frontiers.
With this solicitation, the LTER program is especially interested in how human activities in urban settings interact with natural processes to determine ecological outcomes over the long term. Thus, to enhance the scope and disciplinary breadth of the LTER Program, NSF invites proposals to establish a new urban LTER site.
- Awards: One award will be made with a budget up to $1,187,700 per year for 6 years.
- Deadline: Preliminary proposals due December 4, 2019
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS):
The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) provides high quality asexually propagated plant material tested for targeted plant pathogens and pests to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers. In FY 2020, APHIS has a base of not less than $5,000,000 to support NCPN clean plant projects nationally.
Program Operations – Network funding is targeted to programs that diagnose and treat against vegetatively-propagated, graft-transmissible plant pathogens, and establish ‘clean plant’ foundation/nuclear plantings, including those maintained by governments, land grant universities, or non-land-grant colleges of agriculture. Activities could include conducting clean plant methods development and engaging in the use of advanced technologies to assist in diagnostics and therapy.
Program Governance and Administration – Activities may also include forming and managing clean plant governing bodies and administering the Network and its activities at the specialty crop level, among crops, and nationally.
Program Advanced Issues – Activities might include clean plant education/outreach initiatives including economic studies, the advancement of data and information management strategies, program quality management and clean plant network or center reviews, and strategic and business planning.
- Awards: Approximately $10,000 – $1,250,000 for one year.
- Deadline: October 18, 2019
- Cost sharing is not required, but preferred/expected.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
|Program Name||Declaration of Intent Due
|Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation: Moore Inventor Fellows||10/11/2019||10/18/2019||11/15/2019*|
|NSF Partnerships for Innovation – Research Partnerships||10/11/2019||10/18/2019||01/08/2020|
|Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants||09/17/2019||09/24/2019||01/01/2020|
|NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT)||09/06/2019||09/13/2019||12/06/2019*|
|NSF: Critical-Zone Collaborative Network||09/04/2019||09/11/2019||12/02/2019|
|NIH National Institute on Aging Nathan Shock Centers Coordinating Center||09/01/2019||10/22/2019|
|HRSA Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program||09/01/2019||11/08/2019|
|ORAU Grad Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students||08/13/2019||08/15/2019||09/13/2019|
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is requesting information on: advanced processes and retrofits to co-produce cellulosic biofuels and other products at existing corn-starch ethanol production facilities; the utilization of waste food streams to produce fuels and chemicals; potential efforts to collect and publish existing under-used or economically stranded bioenergy datasets; and algal biomass feedstock quality and conversion research and development (R&D) for biofuels and bioproducts.
Specifically, BETO is seeking information on the following four topic areas:
Topic 1: Leveraging First Generation Bioethanol Production Facilities: BETO is seeking information related to the development and integration of technologies that could increase the production of cellulosic fuels, cellulosic sugars, and chemicals from corn fiber. BETO, in coordination with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, is also seeking information about technologies to convert or activate gaseous carbon dioxide emitted from fermentation of corn-starch feedstocks, as well as other gaseous emissions from other biorefinery processes, into fuels and co-products.
Topic 2: Systems to Handle Commingled Food Waste Streams: BETO is soliciting feedback to help understand the quantity, quality, and sources of generation of food waste in America, as well as options for converting that waste into value-added fuels, chemicals, and power.
Topic 3: Bridging Industry & Government to Publish Existing High-Impact Data: BETO is seeking information regarding potential efforts to collect, and possibly pay for, existing high-quality bioenergy datasets that are underused or economically stranded in order to publish on established public databases and bolster the growing bioeconomy with industrially relevant data across the supply chain.
Topic 4: Algal Biomass Feedstock Quality and Conversion Interface for Biofuels and Bioproducts: BETO is seeking information on issues related to the interface between cultivation and conversion R&D to develop biofuels and bioproducts from algal biomass.
This is solely an information request and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement or indicative of future funding decisions. For more information, visit EERE Exchange. Responses to this request must be submitted electronically to EERE_Bioenergy@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET) on September 6, 2019.