Department of Energy (DOE):
Notice of Intent: FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Multi-Topic FOA”. BETO develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production. The activities funded through this opportunity will be a component of the comprehensive U.S. energy strategy to enhance energy supply, create domestic jobs, secure the nation’s global leadership in bioenergy technologies and improve U.S. energy security.
This FOA will support high-impact technology research and development (R&D) to enable growth and innovation of the Bioeconomy. The topic areas will focus on BETO’s objectives to reduce the minimum fuel selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources.
- EERE plans to issue the FOA in January 2020 via the EERE Exchange website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/.
- EERE anticipates the FOA may include the following Topic Areas:
- Scale Up of Bench Applications
- Waste to Energy Strategies for the Bioeconomy
- Algae Bioproducts and CO2 Direct-Air-Capture and Efficiency
- Bio-Restore: Biomass to Restore Natural Resources
- Efficient Wood Heaters
- Biopower and Products from Urban and Suburban Wastes: North American Multi-University Partnership for Research and Education
The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in developing computational approaches that can integrate large, disparate data types from multiple and heterogeneous sources, such as those used in the Genomic Science program (GSP) (http://genomicscience.energy.gov ). Research supported by awards resulting from this FOA will promote human understanding of the natural world through analysis of high-throughput biological systems data. BER has an ongoing mission of improving translation from the molecular to cellular realm within scientific disciplines supported by DOE.
- Awards: $350,000 per year for multi-institutional collaborations; $200,000 per year for single institution awards. Award periods up to 3 years.
- Deadlines: Pre-applications due January 31, 2020; full applications due April 9, 2020.
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR):
The FFAR Fellowship Program was established to provide professional development and career guidance to the next generation of food and agriculture scientists across the Foundation for Food and Agriculture’s Challenge Areas and strategic initiatives. The consensus among employers is that U.S. universities could better prepare a career ready STEM workforce by breaking down the disciplinary silos and increasing the focus on professional development and “soft-skills”, which would result in more well-rounded graduates. Students accepted into the Stipend + Professional Development category will receive $50,000 each year to cover tuition, fees, stipend, and related costs. Students applying to this category should already have a defined research project and an industry or analogous sponsor (e.g., grower organization, foundation).
- Awards: $50,000 per year for 3 years.
- Deadline: February 17, 2020
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is accepting applications for its flagship competitive grant program, Seeding Solutions, in January 2020. Seeding Solutions Grants are an open call for innovative research projects that support one of FFAR’s Challenge Areas. Through the 2020 Seeding Solutions Program, FFAR anticipates funding at least one meritorious proposal in each of the Challenge Areas. This year, FFAR is prioritizing projects that demonstrate unique partnerships and the potential for significant agricultural advancements. For more information regarding the program, please refer to this link: Seeding Solutions Overview. The RFA will be available on this page in January. To be considered, proposals must address and provide solutions to an intractable problem, accelerate innovation within FFAR’s Challenge Areas and foster the development of unique public- private partnerships. We encourage applicants to reach out to the managing Scientific Program Director for their Challenge Area of interest to hone their ideas prior to submitting a pre-proposal.
- 1:1 matching funds required.
- Deadlines: Pre-proposals due February 26, 2020; full applications due June 19, 2020.
The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. With this program, FFAR intends to support and promote the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical research and establishing research programs that will lead to expanded availability of food and facilitate the global practice of sustainable agriculture as the world’s population grows to more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. The New Innovator Award seeks to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture.
Faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2016, for his or her tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the organization. Preference will be given to individuals near the onset of their independent research career and who are within eight years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position will not be considered.
- Awards: $300,000 for 3 years, non-federal cash match of $300,000 required
- Two nominations allowed per institution. I will follow up with the link to the internal competition upon release of the 2020 solicitation.
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – see limited submissions section below for additional USDA opportunities
The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that’s qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.
- Awards: $50,000 to $300,000 total per award, depending on grant type.
- Deadlines: Due February 6, 2020.
The primary goal of BFRDP is to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and its territories enter and/or improve their successes in farming, ranching, and management of nonindustrial private forest lands, through support for projects that provide education, mentoring, and technical assistance to give beginning farmers and ranchers the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed decisions for their operations, and enhance their sustainability. The term “farmer” is used in the broadest sense and may be interpreted to include agricultural farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest owners and managers. Applications from partnerships and collaborations that are led by or include nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and school-based agricultural educational organizations (SAEOs) with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach will be given priority in funding.
- Awards: Up to $600,000 total for up to 3 years. 25% matching funds required.
- Deadlines: Due February 13, 2020.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights in bioremediation and materials science to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. Collaborative investigations combining expertise in bioremediation and materials science will be encouraged and these investigators should begin considering applying for this application.
The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) intends to publish an FOA initiative focusing on research that will advance mechanistic understanding and effectiveness of bioremediation through incorporation of advanced, novel materials science approaches. Bioremediation refers to the use of biota (bacteria, algae, fungi, plants, etc.) to reduce or detoxify hazardous substances in the environment. Bioremediation is a cost-effective, low-energy-intensive remedy that has contributed to the cleanup and closure of sites impacted by hazardous substances. In recent decades, bioremediation has advanced from reliance upon culturing and biogeochemical processing to a technology-enabled field enhanced by high throughput molecular approaches (e.g. ‘omics and gene editing techniques). These new approaches have elucidated molecular mechanisms responsible for contaminant cleanup and provided insight for potential solutions to naturally degrade emerging contaminants. Concurrent advances in materials science present an opportunity to integrate new approaches to further refine the mechanisms of bioremediation and optimize conditions to accelerate natural degradation and/or stabilization processes. The intended FOA calls for teams including bioremediation and materials science (e.g. nanotechnology, microenvironmental engineering) to submit applications to advance the knowledge and practice of bioremediation to address current and emerging recalcitrant hazardous substances and/or complex mixtures.
- Estimated Award Ceiling: $200,000 Annual Direct Costs
- The FOA is expected to be published in winter 2020 with an expected application due date in spring 2020.
National Science Foundation (NSF) – see limited submissions section below for additional NSF opportunities
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. A summary of the most recent changes in the new solicitation is provided below:
- Due date July 27, 2020 for ALL proposals– no distributed deadlines by directorate.
- Planning to fund 500 (up from 450) each year.
- Eligibility: you must be untenured at the time of submission – there is no longer the stipulation that you must be untenured through Oct. 1, so you are now eligible to submit that last summer before you are tenured in the Fall.
- Emphasis that there will be broader impacts from your proposed work beyond your education plan that you must describe in the required broader impacts section of the proposal.
- Some programs do not accept CAREER proposals – this is new, so make sure and check that your program accepts them if there is any doubt.
- A new CAREER submission timeline at https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Common/Career_deadline.pdf
The Presidential Clinical Research Partnership Grants program is part of the President’s Excellence Fund. The program supports the development of long-term partnerships between Texas A&M University and our clinical affiliates and partners leading to the highest level of health for all Texans. The program aims to foster interdisciplinary research that will improve health, health care and/or health equity in Texas by advancing novel translational, clinical, or educational research targeting topics such as: treatment or prevention of injury or disease, health promotion in the clinical setting and/or health disparities; improved diagnoses or disease management; health policy or health care delivery issues, such as quality and cost of care, access to care and community health interventions with opportunities to demonstrably improve health outcomes; and innovative training and development of future health and health care professionals and/or biomedical scientists to better address statewide health needs and health care practices.
Clinical Research Partnership Grants must be co-led by faculty or faculty-equivalent research positions at Texas A&M, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, or the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and clinical practitioners at healthcare facilities with established affiliation or clinical research collaboration agreements. Additional team members may consist of any faculty or staff with appropriate expertise for the team.
- The maximum award is $200,000 over a two-year period.
- Deadlines: Preliminary applications due Friday, Feb. 14, 2020; full proposals due Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
Note: Please be aware that the list is not comprehensive. Anyone who wishes to apply to a limited submission RFP that is not posted on this website should contact Shelly Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.862.2233. The guidelines will be reviewed and an appropriate internal deadline will be established and posted to the website.
|Program Name||Declaration of Intent Due
|USDA Education and Workforce Development Program: Agricultural Workforce Training Grants||02/27/2020||03/05/2020||05/26/2020|
|USDA Education and Workforce Development Program: Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy||01/31/2020||02/07/2020||04/28/2020|
|USDA Education and Workforce Development Program: Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)||01/10/2020||01/17/2020||04/07/2020|
|Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering||01/29/2020||02/05/2020||03/15/2020*|
|NIH National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence – No Clinical Trial||01/03/2020||01/08/2020||02/26/2020|
|NIH National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence – Clinical Trial||01/03/2020||01/08/2020||02/26/2020|
|Agilent Early Career Professor Award||01/03/2020||01/07/2020||02/28/2020|
|NIH Nutrition Obesity Research Centers||12/18/2019||06/02/2020|
NSF Revised Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for use in 2020
The National Science Foundation is currently working to finalize a revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for use in 2020. We anticipate that the revised PAPPG will be released in the coming months and, as is standard practice, will be effective 90 days after its release.
We wanted to highlight some important information to assist the community in preparing for this new PAPPG as it relates to the preparation and submission of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals that fall under this revised PAPPG.
- NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of an NSF proposal.
- Use of an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG. NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using SciENcv for preparation of the Biographical Sketch now.
- SciENcv allows proposers to integrate their ORCiD to enable pre-population for the Biographical Sketch. Additional information is available on the ORCiD website.
- SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of these documents. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.
- Additional resources including video tutorials are available on the SciENcv website.
NSF will continue to communicate with the community regarding the 2020 PAPPG and will provide further notice to the community as soon as the revised PAPPG is released. We encourage you to sign up for notifications about future PAPPG implementation webinars. In the meantime, proposers should continue to follow the guidance in the current PAPPG, (19-1).
Please direct any further questions to email@example.com.