National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.
- Awards: Two project types, ranging from $80,000 to $550,000 for 2-3 years. See RFA for details.
- Deadline: April 7, 2020
National Science Foundation (NSF):
In collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), NSF encourages convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic soil processes, including soil formation, through advances in sensor systems and modeling. The Signals in the Soil (SitS) program fosters collaboration among the two partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions. To make transformative advances in our understanding of soils, multiple disciplines must converge to produce environmentally-benign novel sensing systems with multiple modalities that can adapt to different environments and collect and transmit data for a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical parameters. Effective integration of sensor data will be key for achieving a better understanding of signaling interactions among plants, animals, microbes, the soil matrix, and aqueous and gaseous components. New sensor networks have the potential to inform models in novel ways, to radically change how data is obtained from various natural and managed (both urban and rural) ecosystems, and to better inform the communities that directly rely on soils for sustenance and livelihood.
- Last year, the SitS Program involved a joint call for proposals with the UKRI. This year, the UKRI will not be involved in the solicitation, so no US-UK collaboration is required.
- Awards: $600,000 – $1,200,000 per award for durations of 3-5 years.
- Deadlines: Full proposals due May 20, 2020.
- NOTE: An individual can only appear on 2 projects total in any one of the following roles: PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel. Please be advised that violations of these rules will result in “return without review” for ALL proposals submitted that include the individual in violation of these rules.
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) highlights existing programs in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) offering support for proposals that advance the growing field of plant synthetic biology, including support for basic research, tool development, and applications; and proposals that emphasize the potential outcomes with benefits to society. Proposal titles should be prefaced with “PlantSynBio:” and submitted to the program most closely related to the proposed research.
- The Plant Genome Research Program (NSF 18-579) in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.
- The Systems and Synthetic Biology Cluster in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (NSF18-585).
- The Cellular and Biochemical Engineering Program in the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (NSF PD 20-1491).
This DCL is not intended to announce a special competition nor a new program, but simply highlight NSFs interest in an area of research that is funded through existing programs.
- The three relevant programs all accept proposals without deadline.
- Investigators interested in submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to contact one of the Program Directors for further information.
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|
|Department of State ECA Creative Arts Exchange||02/27/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||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|
|NIH Medical Scientist Training Program (T32)||03/04/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|HRSA Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program||03/05/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|BECKMAN FOUNDATION 2021 Beckman Scholars Program||03/15/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|CPRIT Research Training Grants||03/25/2020||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:
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
May 18-19, 2020 – Registration for this conference will open on March 17, 2020 at 12 PM EST.
Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Inspector General will participate in the two-day conference. The conference is designed for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.
Topics will include:
- An introduction to NSF;
- NSF’s proposal preparation and merit review process;
- Award management;
- Conflict of interest policies;
- New programs and initiatives;
- Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
- Breakout sessions by discipline.