DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)
FY21 Effects of Sea Level Rise (ESLR) – This solicitation is to improve adaptation and planning in response to regional and local effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The overall goal of the ESLR Program is to facilitate informed adaptation planning and coastal management decisions through a multidisciplinary research program that results in integrated models of dynamic physical and biological processes capable of evaluating vulnerability and resilience under multiple SLR, inundation, and management scenarios. There are two distinct focal areas for this solicitation that will compete separately, 1) Coastal Resilience and 2) Surface Transportation Resilience.
- Awards: Coastal Resilience – up to $1,600,000 for 4 years; Surface Transportation Resilience – up to 2,000,000 for 4 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Oct. 16, 2020; full proposals due Jan. 7, 2021.
FY2021 Marine Debris Research – The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), authorized in the Marine Debris Act (33 U.S.C. 1951-1958), provides funding to support eligible organizations to conduct research directly related to marine debris through field, laboratory, and modeling experiments. NOAA MDP invites applications for research that investigates and identifies the critical input pathways for marine debris introduction into the coastal zone (shoreline or nearshore), including evaluation of appropriate simultaneous pathways of riverine transport downstream, surface runoff, stormwater discharge, and wind-driven transport, and degradation and fragmentation of debris during transport. Projects should be original, hypothesis-driven projects that have not previously been addressed to scientific standards.
- Awards: $75,000 – $350,000 for 3 years.
- NOTE: $1:$1 cost share required.
- Deadline: LOI due Nov. 5, 2020; full proposals due Feb. 8, 2021.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) – ARPA-E
Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy (ECOSynBio) – This funding opportunity seeks submissions to establish new technologies to significantly improve the carbon efficiency of bioconversion platforms through the accommodation of external reducing equivalents. Proposed systems of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) carbon optimized fermentation strains that avoid CO2 evolution, (2) engineered mixotrophic consortia or systems that avoid CO2 evolution, (3) biomass or gas fermentation with internal CO2 utilization, (4) cell-free carbon optimized biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 utilization, and (5) cross-cutting or other proposed carbon optimized bioconversion schemes. All systems will need to demonstrate the capacity to accommodate external reducing equivalents to optimize the carbon efficiency of the system as compared to traditional fermentation systems (i.e. the sum of the recoverable energy contents of the products is greater than the energy content of the biomass or primary carbon feedstock).
- Awards: Up to $7,000,000 for 3 years.
- NOTE: Cost share up to 20% may be required.
- Deadline: Concept papers due Oct. 26, 2020
FOUNDATION FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE RESEARCH (FFAR)
Improving Climate Resilience in Crops – FFAR aims to support research that addresses the challenge of rising global temperatures by increasing the basal or acquired thermotolerance of crop plants. In accordance with the above intent, the successful research will be applicable to one or more of the following crop species: maize, rice, sorghum, millet, wheat, sweet potato, cassava, banana, yam, common bean, cowpea, chickpea or groundnut. We will also consider research in other plants, if applicants adequately describe how the proposed research would be transferable to the preferred crops. Potential solutions only applicable to agricultural systems in high-income countries or involving domestication of new crops will not be considered.
- Awards: Up to 1,000,000 for up to 5 years.
- Deadline: Nov. 11, 2020
- NOTE: Applicants are required complete the online application form. Applicants should log in ASAP to explore the online form for differences between it and the written RFA. The online form takes precedence over the written RFA.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants – The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes.
- Awards: $50,000 – $325,000 for up to 3 years, depending on track.
- Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Notice of Change to RFA-AG-21-016 “Planning Projects for Clinical Trials on Effects of Sustained Reductions in Caloric Intake and Related Dietary Practices in Younger and Older Persons (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)” – This Notice informs potential applicants of an update made to the application forms for RFA-AG-21-016 “Planning Projects for Clinical Trials on Effects of Sustained Reductions in Caloric Intake and Related Dietary Practices in Younger and Older Persons (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)”. Visit link for details.
Social and Behavioral Intervention Research to Address Modifiable Risk Factors for Cancer in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required) – The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications to develop, adapt, and test individual-, community- or multilevel interventions to address modifiable risk factors for cancer in rural populations. Applications should focus on primary prevention and assess and address one or more of the social and behavioral risk factors that contribute to cancer disparities in rural populations: tobacco use; diet, physical activity and weight; alcohol use; UV exposure; and HPV vaccination. Applications should also assess and address myriad social determinants of health, cultural factors, and health care and technology access barriers that may contribute to rural cancer disparities. This FOA also encourages implementation science research, to incorporate efficacious cancer control interventions in a coordinated way, into broader, sustainable health programs that are designed to reach rural populations and allow local customization and adaptation.
- Awards: Up to $700,000 per year for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: LOI due Feb. 15, 2021; full proposals due Mar. 15, 2021.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs) – The United States is made up of regional systems comprising interdependent urban and rural systems and every community category between urban and rural. Urban systems are dependent on rural systems for the provisioning of food, energy, water, and other materials and natural resources, while rural systems are dependent on urban systems for markets, manufactured goods, and medical resources. These systems are also connected by ecological processes that both influence and are influenced by human behavior. The vital interconnection of urban-rural systems underscores the critical need for the advancement of sustainable regional systems (SRS). The goal of this solicitation is to fund convergent research and education that will advance sustainable regional systems science, engineering, and education to facilitate the transformation of current regional systems to enhance sustainability. To further the advancement of SRS science, engineering, and education, NSF will support Full Scale proposals and Planning Grant proposals for Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs).
- Awards: Track 1 – $15,000,000 for 5 years; Track 2 – $150,000 for 1 year.
- Deadline: Jan. 11, 2021
- NSF will hold an informational webinar on October 27, 2020, from 2:30-3:30 pm EST to discuss the SRS RNs solicitation and answer questions. To register for this webinar, please visit https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_nh16JLVfQ3qzYtRqLlxA7g.
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
Whitehall Foundation Grants – The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. In order to respond to the changing environment, the Whitehall Foundation periodically reassesses the need for financial support by the various fields of biological research.
- Awards: Vary by track.
- Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Early Career: Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships – For the 2021-22 academic year, NDIAS will sponsor residential research projects that deepen the understanding of resilience, with the aim of bringing together humanists, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and artists to consider how organisms, people, species, and social structures adapt or fail to adapt to novel challenges and the ethical implications of such adaptation.
- Awards: Fellows will receive half of their salary per academic year (up to $75,000), subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside the South Bend area), a research allowance of up to $500 per semester, and a private office at NDIAS.
- Deadline: Oct. 5, 2020
Bayer Grants4Ag – Bayer announced today that it has opened the application window for its Grants4Ag initiative. First introduced in 2015, the initiative has evolved in 2020 to offer researchers financial and scientific support to develop ideas for novel solutions across all research and development areas in the Division of Crop Science.
- Awards: 5,000-15,000 euros
- Deadline: Oct. 31, 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.
NIFA Releases Projected FY21 RFA Publication Timeline
NIFA released the Projected RFA Publication Timeline for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for non-AFRI competitive programs. As requested by stakeholders in Project CAFÉ feedback, we are working to make this a more streamlined process. Keep in mind, these are target timelines only and are subject to change until the RFAs are published in Grants.gov. The current list applies to new RFAs, continuations, directed and multi-year solicitations. Bookmark this list and check back often for updates as target dates draw near. A new notification will signal when AFRI RFAs are added to the schedule. If you have any questions regarding this timeline, please contact the NPL with the associated program or email email@example.com.
Reminder: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications
This notice serves to remind the applicant community about existing guidance that restricts use of hypertext (e.g., hyperlinks and URLs) in NIH applications. Increasing use of unallowable hypertext in NIH grant applications raises multiple concerns, including:
Reviewer Confidentiality: The wide availability and sophistication of web-based tracking systems may allow applicants to identify reviewers who access web sites through unallowable hypertext in an application.
“Overstuffing”: All material required for the review must be contained within the page limits of the application. Linking out to additional information, even if it is framed by the applicant as “optional” or “supplemental”, provides additional material to reviewers that may exceed the content limitations of the application, particularly in page-limited sections such as the Research Strategy. This is a matter of fairness, since all applicants should submit the same amounts and types of information to be considered as part of initial peer review.
Review Consistency: If some reviewers consider information provided by unallowable hypertext and others do not, the quality of review can be negatively impacted by inconsistency among the reviewers.
Malware: Once a reviewer clicks on a link in an application that is not on an NIH website, the possibility exists for malware or other breaches to occur on the reviewer’s computer and/or system.
There is no change in the NIH policy on the use of hyperlinks. As a reminder, that policy as articulated in the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application Guide reads:
- Hyperlinks and URLs are only allowed when specifically noted in funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and form field instructions. The use of hyperlinks is typically limited to citing relevant publications in biosketches and publication lists. It is highly unusual for a FOA to allow links in Specific Aims, Research Strategy and other page-limited attachments.
- Hyperlinks and URLs may not be used to provide information necessary to application review.
- Reviewers are instructed against viewing linked sites and are cautioned that they should not directly access a website (unless the link to the site was specifically requested in application instructions) as it could compromise their anonymity and allow for malware to be downloaded onto their computers.
- When allowed, you must hyperlink the actual URL text so it appears on the page rather than hiding the URL behind a specific word or phrase. Example:
- NIH (http://www.nih.gov/)
Applications that do not follow these instructions, and include unallowable hyperlinks, may be withdrawn from review and funding consideration.
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