Department of Energy (DOE):
The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%, and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.
The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953, aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.
- Awards: $250,000 to $10,000,000 per award for up to 36 months
- Deadline: Concept papers due February 19, 2020
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR):
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
AFRI Foundational and Applied Science
The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) Request for Applications (RFA) supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research, Extension and Integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects are solicited in this FY 2020 RFA. Project types and deadlines vary by program area priority. The RFA also includes eight specific priorities for co-funding with the American Pulse Association, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, The Cotton Board, Kansas Wheat Commission, The National Honey Board, and USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.
- Awards: Vary by program area. See RFA for details.
- Deadline: Vary by program area. See RFA for details.
WAMS supports research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This program addresses educational needs within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the FAHN sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations.
- Awards: $100,000 for 2-3 years.
- Deadline: Applications due February 24, 2020.
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
The overall objective of this NOSI is to understand and mitigate health disparities in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of high priority to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). It is recognized that both biologic and non-biologic factors may be operating in these underserved populations.
Research approaches may include metabolic, genetic, genomic, proteomic, proteogenomics, behavioral, clinical and/or epidemiologic studies in representative populations. Advantage might be taken of extant cohort studies that have been established for investigation of diabetes or other diseases. Collaboration among investigators of these established cohorts would be desirable, so that these studies might jointly develop protocols and evaluate findings. Alternatively, investigators may propose to start a new cohort, appropriately powered, to capture the current risks and outcomes in the era of new medications for some of the diseases. Such studies of current risks might appropriately be based in large HMOs or clinical practices with structure and data management practices conducive to efficient and cost-effective analyses.
- Submit applications for this initiative using the following funding opportunity announcement: PA-19-056 – NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications from institutions/organizations proposing original research addressing barriers that limit progress toward effective open- and closed-loop glucose control systems. Proposed research should tackle important obstacles at the level of sensing, hormone formulation and delivery, self-management decision support systems, and/or design of automated controllers/algorithms able to manage an integrated platform. This research may contribute to development of affordable and user friendly technologies to improve glucose control in patients with type 1 diabetes.
- Awards: $500,000 in direct costs per year for up to 4 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due March 7, 2020; full applications due April 7, 2020
National Science Foundation (NSF):
The Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program supports genomic research that addresses the mechanistic basis of complex traits in diverse organisms within the context (environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic) in which they function. The EDGE program also continues to support the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes. EDGE is designed to provide support for (1) the development of tools, approaches, and infrastructure aimed at testing cause and effect hypotheses between gene function and phenotypes in diverse plants, animals, microbes, viruses, or fungi for which these methods are presently unavailable, and (2) hypothesis-driven research that tests cause and effect relations between genotype(s) and phenotypes in non-model plants, animals, microbes, viruses, or fungi.
The two tracks for submission have changed. They now are:
FUNCTIONAL GENOMIC TOOLS TRACK: for proposals aimed at developing tools for gene manipulation and/or phenotyping, analytical approaches or infrastructure to overcome one or more blocks to direct tests of gene function on demand; this track combines the comprehensive and targeted tracks from the previous EDGE solicitation.
COMPLEX MULTIGENIC TRAITS TRACK: for proposals focused on hypothesis driven research to understand causal mechanisms connecting genomes and complex multigenic organismal phenomes across a variety of environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic contexts.
- Awards: Up to $2,000,000 for 4 years.
- Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime.
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 email@example.com 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|