US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:
- Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
- Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
- Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
- New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
- Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling, and processing of specialty crops.
- Request for Pre-Application (RFPA) due January 26, 2021
- The SCRI Pre-Application process does not result in award recommendations. However, an estimate of project costs is required.
- Standard Research and Extension Projects (SREPs): $1M per year up to 4 years.
- Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs): $2M per year up to 4 years.
- Research and Extension Planning Projects: $50,000 for up to one year.
- One to one cost share from non-federal sources required for all projects
Norman E Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship, Fall Release USDA identifies Borlaug Participants based on country-specific topics of importance to international agricultural trade. USDA then places Participants with U.S. research institutions for 10-12-week intensive programs. These programs are expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the Participant and the institutions through a hands-on experience in a “real-world” agricultural research scenario, providing opportunity for application of research agendas where they can have a direct impact on food security and economic growth in an emerging economy. It is hoped that host institutions will share the knowledge gained through the program in their classroom and extension work with their faculty, students, extension officers, and constituents; and that they will continue to maintain professional contacts with the Participants after their departure from the United States.
- Due February 1, 2021
- Awards up to $60,000
Southern IPM Enhancement Grant All projects must further the mission to foster the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This grant addresses important issues affecting the Southern region including (but not limited to): Invasive species, Endangered species, Pest resistance, Regulatory actions impacts. Funding is outcome-based.
- Seed Projects, Capstone Projects, Working Groups
- Targeted total funding for all Seed, Capstone, and Working Group projects is $250,000.
- Most projects are limited to $30,000 although in special circumstances IPM Working Group proposals may qualify for up to $40,000 per proposal.
- Due December 7, 2020
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Reproducible Cells and Organoids via Directed-Differentiation Encoding (RECODE)NSF is seeking proposals that elucidate mechanisms of, and develop strategies to, direct the differentiation of undifferentiated cells into mature, functional cells or organoids. Projects must aim to establish a robustly validated and reproducible set of differentiation design rules, mechanistic models, real-time sensing, control, and quality assurance methods, and integrate them into a workable differentiation strategy. They must deepen our fundamental understanding of how cells develop and differentiate, providing insights into mechanisms, molecular machinery, dynamics, and cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions, and use this understanding to manipulate cells purposefully. Investigators can choose any undifferentiated cell type from any animal species, including those that may be considered non-model organisms, as a starting point and choose any appropriate functional product (cell, organoid, etc.) with real-world relevance.
The convergence of many disciplines is necessary to answer the fundamental questions and devise the tools needed to realize truly deterministic cell induction and differentiation strategies. As such, investigators are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams with expertise in engineering, computation, sensing, systems and synthetic biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, mechanobiology, cell physiology, microbiology, immunology, and biophysics. Proposals will not be responsive to this solicitation if they address only one aspect of the differentiation process or aim to create a functional living product without improving our understanding and control of the mechanisms that underlie developmental processes.
- Three or more PI/co-PIs and senior personnel with complementary expertise. Proposals with only one PI or one PI with one other senior personnel are not permitted.
- Limit on number proposals per PI/co-PI, see solicitation for more info.
- Preliminary Proposal due February 18, 2021
- Full proposal due May 18, 2021
Designing Synthetic Cells Beyond the Bounds of Evolution National Science Foundation
Because of recent technological advances in synthetic biology and bioengineering, researchers are now able to tailor cells and cell-like systems for a variety of basic and applied research purposes. The goal of this solicitation is to support research that (1) develops cell-like systems to identify the minimal requirements for the processes of life, (2) designs synthetically-modified cells to address fundamental questions in the evolution of life or to explore biological diversity beyond that which currently exists in nature, and (3) leverages basic research in cell design to build novel synthetic cell-like systems and cells for innovative biotechnology applications.
Highest funding priority is given to proposals that have outstanding intellectual merit and broader impacts, while proposals with weaknesses in either category (or those that are perceived as likely to have an incremental impact) will not be competitive. Proposals submitted to this solicitation should address social, ethical, and safety issues associated with designing and building synthetically modified cells as an integrated component of the project.
- Full proposal due February 16, 2021
- $10M will be committed in total for all new awards in each fiscal year. Award size and duration should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
Texas Sea Grant requests proposal from all Texas universities and colleges for awards that will support outcome-oriented research that spans broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering; will improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas’ coastal and marine resources, and generate substantial social, economic and environmental impacts in Texas.
- Preproposal Webinars Dec 15, 2020 and Dec 18, 2020
- Pre-proposals are due January 15, 2021.
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
National Grazing Lands Coalition Mini Grants The National Grazing Lands Coalition’s mission is to promote ecologically and economically sound management of all private grazing lands for all their adapted uses and multiple benefits to society. The NatGLC recognizes grazing lands as a major source of watershed filtration, ground water recharge, and carbon sequestration, providing improved soil, water, and air quality. The purpose of these grants are to facilitate the following: (1) establishment of conservation partnerships, leadership, and outreach, (2) education of grazing land managers, professionals, youth and the public, through grazing conferences (3) improvement in the understanding of the values and multiple services that grazing lands provide small acreage operations and tribal operations. Projects must relate to grazing lands sustainability or innovative technology and include at least one of the following components: conservation planning, outreach/education, workshops, or conferences.
- Applications Due January 25, 2021
- Notification of award week of February 8, 2021
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.
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