DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Early Career News: Innovative Grant Opportunities Level the Field for New Scientists (link) – Through the USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences, applicants who meet eligibility requirements as a New Investigator can apply for a seed grant or a New Investigator standard grant.
Starting in FY 2021, two types of New Investigator Grants are available:
- New Investigator Standard Grant, which is an AFRI Standard Grant in all respects except that the Project Director meets the eligibility criteria for New Investigators.
- New Investigator Seed Grant ($300,000 for 2 years), which is available under each program area priority within NIFA. Applications from New Investigators will be reviewed with other Seed Grant applications, with special consideration given to funding New Investigator Seed Grant applications.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)
NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) FY2021 Solicitation (link) – Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for six separate competitive research programs to support high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building to advance our understanding of the Earth’s climate system. Several of these competitions are relevant to high-priority climate risk areas CPO is organizing some of its activities around to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes in four initial risk areas: Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, Water Resources and Extreme Heat.
- Awards: Between $50,000 and $300,000 per year, depending on track.
- Deadline: Proposals are due from October 19 to November 30, 2020, depending on track.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Extension: Projects to Advance the Safe Use of Pesticides (link) – The EPA is soliciting applications to manage projects in support of safe pesticide use and implementation of the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) regulations. Projects can be materials development, outreach activities, technical assistance, training and education, or other program or activity. The target audience of projects includes people who are occupational users of pesticides; people who work where pesticides are used; regulators and the regulated community; educators and trainers; and others affiliated with pesticide occupational use and pesticide safety activities. Also, the award recipient will administer subawards to nonprofit organizations for community-based projects (CBPs).
- Awards: $6,000,000 for 5 years.
- Deadline: Sept. 16, 2020
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI-BLM)
BLM National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Primary Announcement (link) – The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is a partnership of seven federal wildland fire management and research agencies that have a shared need to address problems associated with managing wildland fuels, fires, and fire-impacted ecosystems. This program provides grants of up to $500,000 for scientific studies to support land management agencies and other stakeholders in addressing issues associated with wildland fire.
- Awards: Up to $500,000
- Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020
BLM National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) (link) – The Graduate Research Innovation award is for current master and doctoral students enrolled at colleges or universities within the United States in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences, to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a master or doctoral program when the announcement closes.
- Awards: Up to $25,000
- Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Improving Methods to Assess Body Composition in Infants and Young Children (link) – This Notice invites SBIR and STTR applications that seek to fill technological gaps in assessment of body composition and its distribution in infants and/or young children from birth through 5 years.
- Awards: See SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations for more information.
- Deadline: Sept.5, 2020. Additional dates available in 2021 and 2022.
Chronic Kidney Diseases of UnceRtain Etiology (CKDu) in Agricultural Communities (CURE) Research Consortium – Field Epidemiology Sites (U01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (link) – This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Field Epidemiology Sites (FES) to enroll research participants in the consortium to study Chronic Kidney Disease of UnceRtain Etiology (CKDu) in Agricultural Communities (CURE). The FES will recruit, enroll and follow participants with evidence of CKDu and appropriate control participants; collect data and conduct clinical assessments; collect biological and environmental samples; and maintain partnerships with local leaders, health care providers, health ministries, or governments.
This collaborative research consortium will bring together a broad range of expertise and enable discovery science to understand the cause or causes of CKDu and disease progression. The Consortium will also work to identify potential therapeutic targets and public health interventions. The Consortium will consist of a Scientific Data Coordinating Center (SDCC), Field Epidemiology Sites (FES), a Renal Science Core (RSC), and the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR).
- Companion opportunities: RFA-DK-20-018, Chronic Kidney Diseases of UnceRtain Etiology (CKDu) in Agricultural Communities (CURE) Research Consortium – Renal Science Core (U01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed);
RFA-DK-20-019, Chronic Kidney Diseases of UnceRtain Etiology (CKDu) in Agricultural Communities (CURE) Research Consortium – Scientific Data Coordinating Center (SDCC) (U24 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Awards: No more than $400,000 in direct costs for each award in Year 1 and Year 2. Application budgets are anticipated to be no more than $300,000 in direct costs in Years 3-5.
- Deadline: LOI due Oct. 10, 2020; Proposals due Nov. 10, 2020.
Fertility Status as a Marker for Overall Health (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (link) – The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support exploratory/developmental research that explores the premise that fertility status can be a marker for overall health.
- Awards: $275,000 total for 2 years.
- Deadline: Oct. 19, 2020. Additional dates available in subsequent years.
Secondary Analysis and Integration of Existing Data to Elucidate the Genetic Architecture of Cancer Risk and Related Outcomes (R21 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (link) – Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) along with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) encourages submission of applications proposing to conduct secondary data analysis and integration of existing datasets and database resources, with the ultimate aim to elucidate the genetic architecture of cancer risk and related outcomes (e.g., risk prediction or reduction, survival, or response to treatment, etc.). The goal of this initiative is to address key scientific questions relevant to cancer genomic and epidemiology by supporting the analysis of existing genetic or genomic datasets, in combination with other omics and environmental, clinical, behavioral, lifestyle, and molecular profiles data. Applicants are encouraged to leverage existing genetic data and perform innovative analyses of the existing data.
- Awards: $275,000 total for 2 years.
- Deadline: Standard dates apply.
Assay development and screening for discovery of chemical probes, drugs or immunomodulators (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (link) – Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), NCI wishes to stimulate research in discovery and development of novel, small molecules for their potential use in studying disease treatment relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes (NIDCD, NIMH); and to generate new insight into the biology of relevant diseases and processes that have yet to be validated as important drug targets.
- Awards: Budgets are not limited but should reflect the actual needs of the proposed project – up to 5 years.
- LOIs are due 30 days before standard tri-annual NIH due dates.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Coastlines and People (CoPe) (link) – Scientific research into complex coastal systems and the interplay with coastal hazards is vital for predicting, responding to and mitigating threats in these regions. Understanding the risks associated with coastal hazards requires a holistic Earth Systems approach that integrates improved understanding of and, where possible, predictions about natural, social, and technological processes with efforts to increase the resilience of coastal systems. The Coastlines and People program supports diverse, innovative, multi-institution awards that are focused on critically important coastlines and people research that is integrated with broadening participation goals. The objective of this solicitation is to support Coastal Research Hubs, structured using a convergent science approach, at the nexus between coastal sustainability, human dimensions, and coastal processes to transform understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal, populated environments.
- Awards: Between $3,000,000 and $15,000,000 for 3 to 5 years, depending on track.
- Deadline: LOI due Aug. 10/Sept. 10, 2020; Proposals due Sept. 9/Oct.28, 2020, depending on track.
Students: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (link) – The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.
- Awards: Fellowship funding will be for a maximum of three years of financial support (in 12-month allocations, starting in summer or fall) usable over a five-year fellowship period.
- Deadline: Oct. 19 through Oct. 22, 2020, depending on directorate.
Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) (link) – The IUCRC program catalyzes breakthrough pre-competitive research by enabling close and sustained engagement between industry innovators, world-class academic teams, and government agencies. IUCRCs help industry partners and government agencies connect directly and efficiently with university researchers to achieve three primary objectives: 1) Conduct high-impact research to meet shared and critical industrial needs in companies of all sizes; 2) Enhance U.S. global leadership in driving innovative technology development, and 3) Identify, mentor and develop a diverse, highly skilled science and engineering workforce.
- Awards: Between $20,000 and $150,000 per year, depending on proposal type and Phase.
- Deadline: Preliminary proposals (for planning grants) due Sept. 16, 2020; Proposals due Dec. 16, 2020.
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) (link) – The ERC program supports convergent research that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.
- Awards: Up to $26,000,000for 5 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Sept. 8, 2020; Preliminary proposals due Oc. 2, 2020; Proposals due May 7, 2021.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE/USDA
Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) Program (link) – Survey Proposals are now being accepted for the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) Program for calendar year 2021. The purpose of the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey program is to provide a distribution profile of plant pests in the United States deemed to be of regulatory significance to USDA-APHIS-PPQ, State Departments of Agriculture, tribal governments, and cooperators by: 1) Confirming the presence or absence of environmentally and/or economically harmful plant pests that impact agriculture, the environment, or our natural resources and that have potential to be of phytosanitary significance; and 2) Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive network of cooperators and stakeholders to facilitate our mission and to safeguard our American plant resources.
- Please contact Awinash Bhatkar for any information you might need as well as any questions or assistance you need for completing the proposals. Awinash can be reached at (512) 463-5025 or by email: Awinash.Bhatkar@texasagriculture.gov.
- Please email the MS Word version of your project to PlantQuality@Texasagriculture.gov or to Awinash.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deadline: Extended to Aug. 15, 2020.
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
Sony Research Award Program (link) – The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 USD* per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.
- Awards: $100,000 (Faculty Innovation Award) or $150,000 (Focused Research Award)
- Deadline: Sept. 15, 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 email@example.com or call 979.862.2233. The guidelines will be reviewed and an appropriate internal deadline will be established and posted to the website.
|Internal Submission Deadline||Competition or Event||Category|
|07/29/2020||Henry Luce Fdn Advancing Public Scholarship on Religion and Theology||Call for Intent to Submit|
|08/6/2020||NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths||Limited Submissions|
|08/18/2020||Moore Inventor Fellows||Limited Submissions|
|09/16/2020||NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (R25 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)||Call for Intent to Submit|
|09/30/2020||USDA-NIFA-SARE On-Farm Research Grant Program||Limited Submissions|
ADDITIONAL FUNDING AVAILABLE
Please see the message below from the VPR, Mark Barteau and Michael O’Quinn, Vice President for Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives. This message was sent to all Deans last week. Please forward to all your faculty and have them consider reaching out to their program manager/director for any federal grants they have received to see if there are supplemental funds available.
Subject: RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Sent on behalf of Mark Barteau and Michael O’Quinn:
Notwithstanding the strife, conflict, and zaniness we are seeing in DC (and yes, it’s real!), the federal agencies are not only still functioning but are providing real opportunities for researchers and investigators.
Specifically, as federal FY 2020 will conclude at the end of September, agencies that support research are looking to close out the fiscal year and many have available funding given the heavy increase in supplemental funding as a result of COVID-19. Although it does vary by agency, we STRONGLY encourage your faculty to engage directly with federal agencies where they have a relationship. PI’s should contact program managers with ideas for supplemental funding. Ideally, they should build on currently funded projects. They should also consider ways that their research can address the challenges of COVID-19 and its many impacts, including economic and societal ones.
The National Science Foundation, Department of Defense including the service branches, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health in particular come to mind. But quite frankly, researchers should not feel limited to these, but also agencies where they have contacts.
Your representatives to the University Research Council as well as the Council of Principal Investigators are also being contacted regarding this, and Research Development Services and SRS can provide assistance. However, we thought that this opportunity merited an email directly to you. Existing federal funding will need to leave the beltway by the end of September and we, as we know you do too, want that funding to come to Texas A&M if possible.
Vice President for Research
Vice President for Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives
End of message.
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has created a new Research web page through which researchers across the state may provide information related to their research which impacts the planning for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation against disasters. The searchable website will be shared with the public and emergency management officials statewide. The address for the login page is https://tdem.force.com/researcher/s/login/. You may also reach it on the TDEM website through the “Research” link at the bottom of www.tdem.texas.gov. When you first log in, there is a “Sign Up” link at the bottom of the graphic. Please follow that link where you will be asked to enter your name and e-mail address. It must be a “.edu” or “.gov” email address for the system to process.
New: Hanover Webinar: Returning to Research in the COVID-19 Era (Registration) – Aug. 11 at 11:00 am.
NIFA AFRI Education and Workforce Development Informational Webinar (Registration) – Education and Workforce Development RFA, Innovating Formal and Non-Formal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing – July 28 at 11:00 am.
Tips for Writing NADPRP Proposals – To participate, call 1-888-251-2949 and enter access code: 1556907#. Then, join the conference from your computer at: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/829883. Participants may join the webinar 10 minutes before the scheduled start. – July 30, 2:00-3:30 pm Central.
Save the Date: AgriLife August Lunch Webinar – Texas A&M University Libraries – Aug. 18 from noon-1:00pm.
AAAS Webinar: Rebooting Your Research Program – Aug. 3, 2020 at 2:00 (Info & Registration)
NSF/NIST Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) Informational Webcast – Aug. 3, 2020. NSF and NIST will hold an informational webcast on August 3, 2020, to discuss the DRRG program and answer questions about this solicitation. More details about the webcast will be posted at https://www.nist.gov/el/disaster-resilience/disaster-resilience-federal-funding-opportunity-ffo as they become available.
AAAS Webinar: Paper Authorship Requirements and Responsibilities: A Decision Tree – Aug. 12, 2020 at 2:00 (Info & Registration)
AAAS Webinar: Lessons Learned from 10,000 Proposal Reviews: Top Reviewer Criticisms and How to Avoid Them – Aug. 26, 2020 at 12:00 (Info & Registration)