US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems—For FY 2021, applications to the SAS RFA must focus on systems approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agricultural system within the context of the long-term goal of increasing American agricultural production by 40% with a reduction in environmental footprint by 50% by 2050. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects focused on the themes in the USDA Science Blueprint: (1) sustainable agricultural intensification; (2) agricultural climate adaptation; (3) value-added innovation; and/or (4) food and nutrition translation. These projects are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. These approaches must demonstrate current needs and anticipate future social, cultural, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed should result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for all those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. See RFA for more details.
Sustainable Agricultural Systems
- Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) to include Research, Education, and Extension components
- Up to $10M over 5 years
- Letter of Intent Deadline – January 7, 2021
- Application Deadline – April 1, 2021
Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Evaluation – Develop a synthesis and assessment of USDA NIFA’s investments in the Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program from FY 2018 continuing through FY 2024.
- Research Projects only
- Up to $1M over 5 years
- Letter of Intent Deadline – March 4, 2021
- Application Deadline – July 1, 2021
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Call for White Papers initiative focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions. Co-Optima seeks proposals to leverage National Laboratory resources and overcome key technical challenges to advancing new liquid fuels and blendstocks, with an emphasis on biofuels from renewable and waste resources, which enable higher efficiency and lower environmental impact engines in on-highway vehicles. Proposals should address specific technical challenges and barriers that Co-Optima researchers can address to move new fuels closer to market in conjunction with advanced, high-efficiency engines.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) CLIMATE PROGRAM OFFICE (CPO)
Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program FY2021 The RISA program supports the development of knowledge, expertise, and abilities of decision-makers to plan and prepare for climate variability and change. Through regionally-focused and interdisciplinary research and engagement teams, RISA builds and expands the Nation’s capacity to adapt and become resilient to extreme weather events and climate change. RISA teams accomplish this through co-developed applied research and partnerships with public and private communities.
The RISA program is holding two competitions under this Federal Funding Opportunity:
1. Competition for one RISA team in each of the following nine regions with existing RISA activities: Northeast, MidAtlantic, Intermountain West, Carolinas, Great Lakes, Alaska, Pacific Islands, South Central, and Pacific Northwest
2. Competition for collaborative planning activities in the Southeast and the U.S. Caribbean
- Funding for Competition 1: Up to $700,000/yr for up to 5 years
- Funding for Competition 2: Up to $100,000 for one year
- LOI Due: December 9, 2020. Full applications only accepted from encouraged LOI.
- Full Applications Due for Competition 1: February 16, 2021
- Full Applications Due for Competition 2: February 8, 2021
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Notice of Intent to Publish FOAs for the new NIH Common Fund’s Nutrition for Precision Health. The goal of the NPH program is to develop algorithms that predict individual responses to food and dietary pattern. NPH is a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program that will build on recent advances in biomedical science including artificial intelligence and microbiome research. These advances are expected to provide unprecedented opportunities to generate new data to improve our understanding of personalized nutrition also referred to as precision nutrition.
Expected Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in January 2021 with estimated receipt dates of April 6, 2021:
- Artificial Intelligence for Multimodal Data Modeling and Bioinformatics Center (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (NOT-RM-21-001)
- Metabolomics and Clinical Assays Center (U24) (NOT-RM-21-002)
- Microbiome and Metagenomics Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (NOT-RM-21-003)
- Dietary Assessment Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) (NOT-RM-21-006)
- Clinical Centers (UG1 Clinical Trial Required) (NOT-RM-21-007)
- Research Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (NOT-RM-21-008)
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation seeks to engage the research communities represented among the programmatic clusters of CBET – Chemical Process Systems, Engineering Biology and Health, Transport Phenomena, and Environmental Engineering and Sustainability – in the development of thoughtful, fundamentally-driven approaches to tackle pressing environmental challenges. Projects are expected to advance and apply fundamental processes, mechanisms, and theories to yield new materials, processes, and systems-level understanding. The solicitation will prioritize support of highly collaborative projects that pair at least one expert in environmental engineering or sustainability with two or more complementary experts from the chemical process systems, transport phenomena, or bioengineering disciplines. Investigators having unique perspectives that serve to expand the technological and societal impact of the research, e.g. experts in manufacturing, and other sciences, especially social, behavioral, and economic sciences, etc., can also participate.
While this solicitation is not restricted to a specific environmental engineering and sustainability research topic, the current solicitation emphasizes research topics related to: 1) greenhouse gas mitigation, 2) managing the nitrogen cycle, and 3) sustainable water purification and resource recovery systems.
- See list of core programs within the solicitation.
- Awards from $1,500,000 to $1,700,000 over four years, with option for competitive renewal for up to 8 years of funding.
- Minimum of one PI and two co-PIs. Each PI is expected to contribute distinct expertise.
- Preliminary Proposal required: Due February 11, 2021
- Full Proposal Due: May 7, 2021
Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI)–The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to stimulate fundamental exploratory, potentially transformative research that strengthens America’s infrastructure. NSF is particularly interested in proposals that integrate a deep understanding of human cognition, perception, information processing, decision making, social and cultural behavior, legal frameworks, governmental structures, and related areas into the design, development, and sustainability of infrastructure. Infrastructure may be of any kind, including cyber, economic, educational, physical, and social.
NSF is also interested in proposals that include development of new or improved performance metrics that can help stakeholders more effectively and efficiently assess infrastructure usability, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, resilience, and adaptability to changing circumstances
- EAGER Concept Outlines Due: December 11, 2020. Proposals submitted without written authorization from an NSF Program Director will be returned without review.
- EAGER Full Proposal Due: January 15, 2021
- Individual may participate as a PI or Co-PI in only one EAGER proposal for this DCL
- Awards for up to $300,000 and up to two years
Round 4 X-Grants Program, part of the President’s Excellence Fund—a commitment of $100 million over ten years to faculty research—will open Monday, December 14, 2020. The goal of the X-Grants Program is to unlock creative and imaginative ideas addressing important problems in areas that will significantly impact the most important challenges facing global society.
- $7 million will be devoted to a mix of collaborative research projects at smaller scale (up to $325 thousand) and larger scale (up to $1.5 million).
- Team leads or co-leads must be PI eligible (faculty or faculty-equivalent research positions) at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M at Galveston, Texas A&M at Qatar, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service or the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
- The largest weight in evaluating proposals is their potential for impact.
- Especially encourage the engagement of researchers in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences to form teams and submit proposals, as they have been underrepresented in the past funding cycles.
- Step 1 of 4 to submit a full proposal starts December 14, 2020
- More information
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