Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, aims to promote scientific progress towards preventing and controlling harmful algal blooms (HABs) by seeking applications proposing research to: (1) determine the effectiveness of existing nutrient treatment technologies; (2) evaluate the scale-up of emerging nutrient treatment technologies and develop new technologies; and (3) develop best management practices to help both rural and urban communities control nutrients in their watersheds.
- Awards: Up to $1,000,000 total for up to 3 years.
- Deadlines: Proposals due December 10, 2019
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – please see limited submissions section below:
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2019 and FY 2020, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Program areas to support:
- professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals;
- workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges;
- training of undergraduate students in research and extension
- Awards: Amounts and durations vary by program area.
- Deadlines: These are limited submission opportunities. Please click the links above for internal competition deadlines and instructions. This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
Ethical Issues in Translational Science Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
To address ethical issues in translation, this Funding Opportunity (FOA) will support Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to study the ethical issues in translational science research, including the legal and societal implications of such issues. Applications can propose empiric data generating quantitative and qualitative approaches, legal, economic, and normative analyses, and other types of analytic and conceptual research methodologies, including those that involve direct engagement of diverse stakeholders.
Examples of areas where ethics research could inform translational research include, but are not limited to:
- Ethical issues associated with general and personalized synthetic biology; integrated and complex organoids; tissue chip platforms; iPS cells; and human-animal chimeras
- Studies that explore the ethical and societal challenges of medical use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, machine intelligence, and algorithmic medicine
- Ethical issues associated with data collection, de-identification, ownership, licensing, data sharing, data access, data integration, data mining, data repurposing from perspective of data providers, data users, and society
- Ethical implications of development and use of gene editing, genomic editing, gene drive for discovery, therapeutic, preventive, enhancement, and societal purposes
- Individual, community, and societal impact of development, implementation, and use of personalized and precision research and medicine, including but not limited to, issues of access, equity, autonomy, or justice
- Ethical challenges of innovative research project designs, collaborations, business models for conduct and implementation of translational research among diverse stakeholders
- Ethical issues in translational research across privacy/confidentiality/transparency/security spectrum impacting individuals, communities, entrepreneurs, industry, society; gaps and needs related to current regulatory models
- Ethical issues in translational research in development and implementation of behavior change/modification at individual, community, and society level
Applications may address research on ethical issues at any stage of the translational research spectrum, including basic to pre-clinical, pre-clinical to clinical research, clinical implementation, and public health. This FOA also seeks opportunities to consider the integration of research on ethical issues with research in broad areas of translational research.
- Awards: Up to $300,000 in direct costs per year for up to 3 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due January 6, 2020; Proposals due February 6, 2020.
National Science Foundation (NSF) – see limited submissions section below for additional NSF opportunities
The Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES): Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and changes in species distribution at regional to continental scales as well as training activities to broaden participation of researchers in Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science.
Proposers are encouraged to use NEON resources, and proposals for substantive and innovative NEON-enabled research will be prioritized for funding.Substantive NEON-enabled projects rely on data and/or samples collected by NEON, co-locate research activities at NEON sites, and/or develop tools that will explicitly enhance the processing, use, and/or analysis of NEON data or collections within the context of Macrosystems Biology research questions.
- Awards: Macrosystems research awards – up to $1,000,000 total for up to 5 years; Macrosystems small awards: up to $300,000 total for up to 3 years.
- Deadlines: Proposals due January 16, 2020.
The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.
While this solicitation focuses on the integration of biological disciplines, any field beyond biology may be included as needed to address the overarching biological theme. Proposals may be submitted in one of two tracks: (1) Design (Abbreviated proposals for up to $200,000 and no more than two years) proposals are for teams to develop communities and groundbreaking ideas to be submitted to later competitions as Implementation proposals through diverse and sustained activities, including workshops and follow-up meetings. (2) Implementation (Full proposals for up to $12.5M and for five years) proposals are for teams that have already a) developed an Integrative Research Plan around a theme of significance, b) designed an educational approach that employs effective methods for depth and breadth of training, AND c) prepared a cohesive and sustainable Management Plan that is ready for deployment.
- Awards: Implementation track – up to $12.5M for up to 5 years; Design track – up to $200,000 total for up to 2 years.
- Deadlines: Letter of intent (implementation track only) due December 20, 2019; full proposals due February 6, 2020.
- NOTE: A person may be PI or co-PI on no more than ONE proposal, including both Implementationand Design
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
The Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking environmental research and development proposals for funding beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Projects will be selected through a competitive process. Details are available on the SERDP website under Funding Opportunities (NB: AgriLife is eligible only for the NON-FEDERAL broad agency announcement).
The Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for basic and applied research and advanced technology development. Core projects vary in cost and duration consistent with the scope of the work proposed. The Statements of Need (SON) referenced by this solicitation request proposals related to the SERDP program areas of Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. All Core pre-proposals are due January 7, 2020 by 2:00 p.m. ET.
- Awards: Core projects – vary in cost and duration according to proposed scope.
- Deadlines: Core pre-proposals due January 7, 2020
- Links: Broad Agency Announcement; Statements of Need (SON); How to Submit a BAA Core Proposal
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
Grant Training Opportunities through TAMU Research Development Services:
NOVEMBER 5 – 2:00PM
Introducing development officers and research deans to the nuts and bolts of fostering and sustaining relationships with foundations who sponsor research. This workshop is perfect for all levels of experience.
NOVEMBER 6 – 12:00PM
Participants in this interactive two-part workshop will have the opportunity to provide and receive feedback on NIH Specific Aims pages, as well as receive feedback from experienced NIH peer reviewers. – Christina Howard
NOVEMBER 6 – 1:00PM
TEXAS A&M CONFERENCE CENTER – HULLABALOO ROOM – 2ND FLOOR
This seminar will familiarize faculty with NSF CAREER and other federal agency young investigator programs to apply to.
For more information please visit and register at: https://jfa.tamu.edu/event/nsf-career-and-other-young-investigators-program/
AgriLife Lunch Seminar on Federal Budget Preparation
November 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
PLPM 207 and via WebEx
Open to PI-eligible AgriLife faculty
Please mark your calendars for a lunchtime presentation and Q&A session with Sponsored Research Services and AgriLife Administrative Services. The topics covered will include allowable/unallowable costs, subawards/consultants, and cost share. Lunch is provided for in-person attendees who RSVP in advance. WebEx participation will also be available via RSVP. Register here.
Nov 7 2019 3:30PM – 4:30PM Eastern time
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced tremendously and today promises personalized healthcare; enhanced national security; improved transportation; and more effective education, to name just a few benefits. Increased computing power, the availability of large datasets and streaming data, and algorithmic advances in machine learning (ML) have made it possible for AI development to create new sectors of the economy and revitalize industries. Continued advancement, enabled by sustained federal investment and channeled toward issues of national importance, holds the potential for further economic impact and quality-of-life improvements. The 2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, informed by visioning activities in the scientific community as well as interaction with the public, identifies as its first strategic objective the need to make long-term investments in AI research in areas with the potential for long-term payoffs in AI.
The goal of this program is to enable multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research on large-scale, long-time-horizon challenges in areas of national importance, through a set of new AI Research Institutes. This webinar will introduce the program, describe funding opportunities for both planning grants and full institutes, and address questions about the program.