Department of Defense (DoD):
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) to support innovative, high-impact tick-borne disease research. The TBDRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY20 TBDRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.
- Career Development Award: Funds early career investigators. $300,000 total for up to 3 years.
- Idea Development Award: Funds investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor. $600,000 total for up to 3 years.
Department of Energy (DOE):
Topic Area 6: Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis
This topic area will build upon and expand ongoing SETO projects related to the co-location of solar and agriculture by developing technology, evaluating practices to date, and conducting research and analysis that enable farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural enterprises to gain value from solar technologies while maintaining availability of land for agricultural purposes. The goal is to facilitate and expand the co-location of solar and agricultural activities where it is beneficial to both industries and to the local community. For this topic, co-location is defined as agricultural production (i.e., crop or livestock production, or pollinator habitat) underneath solar panels and/or in adjacent zones around the solar panels. Given that this topic sits at the intersection of two industries, collaborative teams are encouraged to include the necessary stakeholders and resources. To facilitate team formation, SETO is providing a forum where interested parties can add themselves to a Teaming Partner List. SETO encourages applicants in this topic area to find potential partners on that list. Learn more in Section I.A.v. of the FOA.
- Awards: Vary by topic area. For Topic Area 6, awards will range from $1 million to $2 million total for 1-3 years.
- Cost share: 20%-50% cost share required.
- Deadlines: Concept papers due March 16, 2020; full applications due May 21, 2020.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program has released its Early Career Faculty (ECF) solicitation, which requests proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of their outstanding new faculty members seeking to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in a topic area specifically requested in the solicitation. The solicitation topic of Advanced Plant / Food Production Technologies for Space seeks proposals to advance technologies for plant and food production for human spaceflight that address the development and genetic engineering of crops with a high harvest index as well as cutting-edge technologies to enhance and monitor plant growth for long-duration exploration missions.
- Awards: Up to $600,000 total over 3 years.
- Deadlines: Notices of Intent (NOIs) due February 26, 2020; full applications due March 25, 2020.
- Download the ECF solicitation HERE.
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints. Over the long term, results of projects supported by this program may help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for U.S.-produced grain products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America. The Aquaculture Research program will fund projects that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on one or more of the following program priorities: (1) genetics of commercial aquaculture species; (2) critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species; (3) design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems; and (4) economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability.
- Awards: Up to $300,000 for 2 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due February 19, 2020; full applications due April 22, 2020.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see Limited Submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities:
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports research related to the basic understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contains five (5) distinct Research Areas, each with a specified closing date and time. The proposal due dates for each Research Area are identified below:
DAIT: Research Area 001 – Development of Radiation/Nuclear Medical Countermeasures (MCMs): Due 04/09/2020
DMID: Research Area 002 – Advanced Development of Vaccine Candidates for Acute Flaccid Myelitis Associated with Enterovirus D68: Due 02/28/2020
DMID: Research Area 003 – Advanced Development of Vaccine Candidates for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Due 04/09/2020
DMID: Research Area 004 – Development of Therapeutic Products for Biodefense, Anti-Microbial Resistant (AMR) Infections and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Due 04/09/2020
DMID: Research Area 005 – Advanced Development of Diagnostics for Biothreats and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Due 04/09/2020
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications for national Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination (BTDD) Centers. The BTDD program supports the development of technologies once their feasibility has been established and the dissemination of these technologies to the wider biomedical research community. The program encourages investigators to propose projects that address any of the biomedical research areas within the mission of NIGMS. The Centers are required to make their technologies available to the research community in a sustainable manner, to provide user training, and to disseminate the Center’s technologies and results. Centers should be at the leading edge of their field with respect to both technology development and engagement of the relevant research community. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIGMS staff at least 10 weeks prior to the application due date to ascertain whether the proposed project is appropriate for an NIGMS BTDD Center.
- Awards: $850,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: May 26, 2020; January 26, 2021; May 26, 2021; January 26, 2022; May 26, 2022; January 26, 2023. Letters of intent due 30 days prior to application due dates.
This cooperative agreement is intended to enhance the capacity and capabilities of state human and animal food testing laboratories in support of an integrated food safety system. Specifically, through sample testing in the areas of microbiology, chemistry, and radiochemistry, and the development special projects that would support and expand that testing. This project will strengthen and improve FDA’s efforts to prevent foodborne illnesses and minimize foodborne exposures through building a nationally integrated laboratory science system and equip our partner laboratories with additional resources that can be employed to build and increase sample throughput capacity within their state.
- Awards: Up to $1,500,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due February 19, 2020; full applications due April 6, 2020. Additional submission opportunities will be available in 2021 and 2022.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications that propose studies of the mechanism of action of a combination of two or more vaccine adjuvants (combination adjuvant). Adjuvants that are combined in these studies must already have shown individual immune modulating activity. Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the synergistic enhancement of immune responses by combination adjuvants will facilitate the rational selection of components for vaccines tailored to specific pathogens. The Cooperative Agreement grant mechanism allows for coordination of these research efforts with NIAID’s overall adjuvant research objectives. The long-term goal is to promote the development of novel adjuvant combinations that will improve the immunogenicity of vaccines while limiting or eliminating reactogenicity.
- Awards: $400,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: Applications due June 29, 2020. Letters of intent due 30 days prior to application due date.
National Science Foundation (NSF):
NSF seeks to further explore the pool of ideas submitted to the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, for the purpose of framing new potential areas for NSF investment. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites submission of proposals for Conferences, and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs), following the themes that emerged in the top group of Idea Machine entries. In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see NSF’s 10 Big Ideas). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. Investing in bold, foundational research questions that are large in scope, innovative in character, originate outside of any particular NSF directorate, and require a long-term commitment is the goal of NSF 2026, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. Framed around the year 2026, the Nation’s 250th anniversary, NSF 2026 in turn launched the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition seeking compelling ideas for fundamental research in science and engineering to be pursued in the coming years. The contest invited entrants to describe an emerging science, engineering, or learning research challenge that they thought should be addressed. It was open to the general public, inviting input from both experienced stakeholders and new and unconventional partners. The NSF 2026 Idea Machine received 800 entries from nearly every state in the country — including submissions from established researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers on behalf of their classes, and high school and middle school students. The entries were reviewed first by Program Officers and other staff from across NSF, then by the NSF 2026 Working Group and finally by a Blue Ribbon Panel of external experts. The resulting group of narrowed entries (listed individually as an appendix to this DCL) were each invited to submit a video pitch. The 33 ideas were selected for their timeliness, potential scientific and societal impacts, and potential for inter-agency, international, or public-private partnerships.
This DCL encourages the submission of proposals that engage interested stakeholders to enrich the research themes identified through the NSF 2026 Idea Machine and develop associated research agendas.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://tamu.infoready4.com/#limitedsubmissions):
Special Announcement: The Division of Research has implemented a brand new proposal submission and internal review portal. The system will be used for limited submissions and most internal grant programs. You will find available opportunities at:
The limited submission office will be phasing in the portal as new limited submission opportunities arise. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Shelly Martin at 979-862-2233.
|Title||Due Date||Organizer||Category||Award Cycle|
|HRSA Children’s Healthy Weight State Capacity Building Program||02/19/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|HRSA Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program||02/14/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|NIH Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)||03/01/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|CPRIT Research Training Grants||03/25/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|NEA Research Grants in the Arts||02/12/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|NEA Research Labs||02/12/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Faculty Development Grants||02/21/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship Education Grant FY 20||02/21/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|US Nuclear Regulatory Commisstion Fellowship Eduation Grant||02/21/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, 2021-22 cycle||03/27/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant||03/27/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
Research Development Seminars:
FEBRUARY 12 – 1:00PM
RUDDER TOWER – 407
The purpose of this meeting is to familiarize faculty with the goals and organization of the 7th annual TAMU NSF CAREER proposal peer writer’s group. Participants will receive resource materials, participate in Q&A session, and schedule future writing meetings for February – May.
Multiple Dates (see below)
EVANS LIBRARY ANNEX
Sound data management practices can ensure compliance with funding requirements and increase your productivity. This workshop will teach you how to think about your data so that you can manage it more easily throughout your research process. We will cover best practices for documentation, versioning, backup, sharing, and preservation. This workshop will also introduce you to the Texas Data Repository where you can publish data to increase the impact of your research. This is workshop is open to graduate students, faculty, and staff in all disciplines.
February 27 – 1:00-5:00 pm
207 PLPM and WebEx
At the conclusion of this workshop, you will have an understanding of:
- The NSF organization and how it differs from other funding agencies;
- How to identify the NSF program that fits your research;
- How to design an NSF project and frame your proposal with NSF review criteria in mind;
- Typical NSF proposal requirements and how they differ from USDA-NIFA; and
- The NSF review process.
Register here: Click to RSVP for the CERS February Workshop
The USDA Science Blueprint provides a foundation for focused leadership and direction in advancing USDA’s scientific mission through 2025. It lays out five overarching themes for research, education, and economics, each with established objectives, strategies, and evidence-building measures. The five Program Themes include:
- Sustainable Ag Intensification: “Develop crop production systems and alternative strategies to intensify plant and forest production with continuous improvements and adoption of new technology and innovative practices while reducing environmental impacts.”
- Ag Climate Adaptation: “Develop interdisciplinary integrative systems approaches to address environmental and management challenges that positively impact productivity and resilience.”
- Food and Nutrition Translation: “Generate fundamental knowledge and tools that later be applied to improve food safety and food security, including One Health research such as antimicrobial resistance.”
- Value-Added Innovations: “Strengthen food, agricultural, and forest production, processing, manufacturing, utilization, and marketing through new technologies, innovation, and data analysis to create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas.”
- Ag Science Policy Leadership: “Encourage a global conversation and facilitate such discussion within decision-making bodies about literacy in agriculture, food, forestry, health and science.”