DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
ARPA-E Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) (link) – ARPA-E recently modified a funding opportunity, Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM), to develop innovative new technologies for measuring emissions from agricultural feedstock production. ARPA-E has modified the solicitation to reflect that submission of a compliant and responsive Concept Paper is not required to submit a Full Application.SMARTFARM projects will work to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. These technologies will work to reliably, accurately, and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions at the field level (i.e., scalable to >80 acres). If successful, feedstock producers will be able to leverage new, data-driven market incentives to catalyze efficiency improvements in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions.
- Awards: Individual awards may vary between $250,000 and $10 million.
- Deadline for full applications: June 23, 2020
FOUNDATION FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE RESEARCH (FFAR)
Foodshot Global PRECISION PROTEIN and INNOVATING SOIL 3.0, DEEP DIVE – Groundbreaker Prize (link) – FFAR is partnering with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Builders Initiative and the Path Foundation to fund the $500,000 Groundbreaker Prize, which will be awarded to researchers, early stage entrepreneurs and advocates who are creating FoodShot solutions.
- Awards: Up to $250,000 total.
- Deadline: Nominations accepted until July 15, 2020
Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) (link) – The Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program provides nimble deployment of funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants, including but not limited to university researchers, farmers or producers, commodity groups and government officials, may apply for funds in response to an outbreak for development of diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies. The ROAR program fills the gap until traditional, longer-term funding sources can be secured.
- Awards: Up to $150,000 per one-year grant is available from FFAR, with the requirement that recipients provide equal or greater matching funds from non-U.S. federal sources.
- Deadline: Ongoing
Students: FFAR Professional Development Fellows (link) – By providing early career support to graduate students, the program cultivates supportive relationships between graduate students and industry peers to equip students with the skills needed to facilitate their transition to the workforce and prepare future leaders for food and agriculture. Cohorts of 16-20 Fellows are selected, with cohort members meeting together for three-years as they continue through their graduate program. The program is currently recruiting for its third cohort (2021-2024), and anticipates additional cohorts for 2022-2025, 2023-2026, and 2024-2027. Each Fellow is supported by an industry or analogous sponsor, which funds half of the student’s expenses related to the fellowship’s professional development programming. The remaining half of these funds are matched by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. All fellows receive professional guidance by one or more mentors from their sponsoring organization, in addition to their faculty adviser.
- Awards: Up to $10,000 per year for 3 years ($5,000 in FFAR funds and $5,000 from industry sponsor).
- Deadline: May 15, 2020
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (NIFA)
Limited Submission: Equipment Grant Program (EGP) (link) – The Equipment Grant Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use food and agricultural sciences’ special purpose equipment/instruments for applied research at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. EGP strengthens the quality and expands the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing opportunities to acquire one major piece of equipment/instruments that supports their research, training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. EGP does not support the acquisition of suites of equipment to outfit research laboratories /facilities or to conduct independent experiments simultaneously. Rather, it is intended to help fund items of equipment that will upgrade infrastructure. Proposals must be for acquisition of a single, well-integrated piece of equipment/instrument.
- Only 3 applications will be accepted per institution. Prospective PIs must follow procedures set forth in the internal competition that is currently being established in the TAMU Limited Submissions Program (https://tamu.infoready4.com/#limitedsubmissions). Julie Svetlik will send the details for the internal competition when they have been released.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 total for 3 years.
- Deadline: June 23, 2020
Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) (link) – The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities. In FY 2020, NIFA will only accept competitive applications for funding in the Applied Research and Development program area (ARDP) of the CPPM program.
- Awards: Up to $325,000 total for 2-3 years.
- Deadline: June 8, 2020
Extension: Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) (link) – The purpose of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Program is to establish a network that connects individuals who are engaged in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations to stress assistance programs. The establishment of a network that assists farmers and ranchers in time of stress can offer a conduit to improving behavioral health awareness, literacy, and outcomes for agricultural producers, workers and their families.
- Awards: Up to $7,187,000 total for 3 years. NIFA will fund 4 grants to 4 FRSAN regional leads.
- Deadline: June 23, 2020
- Applicant Webinar: May 6, 2020 1:00 pm Central Time (Zoom link)
Extension: Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program (link) – The Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program provides funds for enhancing agricultural producers’ farm management knowledge and skills by maintaining and expanding a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 total for 3 years.
- Deadline: June 5, 2020
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Superfund Research Program Occupational Health and Safety Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (link) – The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.
To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
- Courses for Skills Development
- Research Experiences
- Curriculum or Methods Development
The intent of this announcement is to provide an opportunity to Institutions of Higher Education to develop and offer continuing education courses, research experiences, and academic curricula on occupational health and safety management and laboratory practices in the areas of emerging technologies, emerging contaminants, and/or disaster response. Target participants include industrial hygienists, graduate students, postdoctorates, and professionals involved in the research, evaluation, management, and handling of hazardous substances. The Superfund Research Program also expects that such programs will provide a unique educational opportunity to those professionals involved in the training of other personnel for careers in these new industries. These programs are also meant to expand and complement existing educational programs in occupational health and safety and industrial hygiene.
- Awards: Up to $250,000 per year for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: LOI due July 3, 2020; full application due Aug. 3, 2020.
LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
The Division of Research (DOR) identifies limited submission proposal funding opportunities through internet searches, web services and historical opportunities. You may view these opportunities at https://tamu.infoready4.com/#limitedsubmissions. 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979.862.2233. The guidelines will be reviewed and an appropriate internal deadline will be established and posted to the website.
Save the Date: Systematic Reviews Webinar, May 13, 2020, 12:00-1:00. Mark your calendars for a noontime presentation and Q&A with Carolyn Jackson and Margaret Foster of Texas A&M University Libraries. Registration information coming soon.
A systematic review is a research method that is designed to answer a research question by identifying, coding, appraising and synthesizing a group of studies. This method is utilized in many disciplines (medicine, public health, education, social sciences, and more) to answer a variety of questions (effectiveness of an intervention or policy, prevalence, tests/diagnosis, and more).
Research Development News
NSF: New Requirements for Biosketch and Current & Pending Support Forms – A reminder of the new requirement beginning June 1, 2020, to use an NSF-approved format for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals; The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.
NSF has partnered 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 the biographical sketch section and the current and pending support section of an NSF proposal. Adoption of a single, common researcher profile system for Federal grants reduces administrative burden for researchers. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.
The alternative method of using the NSF supplied fillable PDF forms can be found at the websites below.
- The downloadable Biosketch Form is found at: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/nsfapprovedformats/biosketch.pdf
- The downloadable Current and Pending Support Form is found at: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/nsfapprovedformats/cps.pdf
You may start using either format prior to the June 1, 2020 requirement date.