TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) – The goal of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. TDA encourages organizations to develop projects to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops pertaining to the following issues affecting the industry: Food Safety, Marketing, Nutrition, Plant Health, and Value Added/Industry Development. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture, nursery crops (including floriculture). See lists of eligible and ineligible crops from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.
Proposals for grant funds should describe how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.
- Proposals Due to TDA by February 11, 2021
- Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) can potentially offer a letter for support. The request must be made no later than February 2, 2011. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach that provide individuals and families with: information as to the value of good health at any age; information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact human health; information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local, and community partners.
- Proposals Due April 29, 2021
- Award Amount: Up to $350,000 for 2 years
DEPARTMENT OF ARMY
Department of Army Center for Synthetic Biology The Army Center for Synthetic Biology is a basic research program initiated by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)/Army Research Laboratory (ARL)/Army Research Office (ARO). It focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security. It seeks to increase the Army’s intellectual capital in synthetic biology and improve its ability to address future challenges. The Army Center for Synthetic Biology brings together universities, research institutions, companies, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of the Army (DA). The Army Center for Synthetic Biology aims to promote research in specific areas of synthetic biology and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between the Army Science and Technology (S&T) enterprise and the synthetic biology research community.
Technical Thrust Areas:
a. Predictive Design of Engineered Biological Materials
b. Predictive Design of Engineered Cellular Systems in Defined Environments
- Proposers’ Day – 14 December 2020 1:00-5:00 PM EDT. Virtual venue. Registration is required. Information is available at the following link: https://extranet.aro.army.mil/(click on “Go To Site” within the Event Registration window).
- Whitepapers Due in Funding Area One and Two: February 1, 2021 no later than 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Selection of whitepapers for full proposal on March 1, 2021
- Full Proposals Due May 24 ,2021 no later than 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Funding levels vary and are discussed in the RFP.
- Area One (Team) from $1.5M-$2M annually for 3 years with option for additional 2 years
- Area Two (Seedling) from $60k-$250kfor one year with option for additional 2 years
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes to Enable Production of Next-Generation Biofuels and BioProducts
This FOA solicits applications for: a) research to advance the development of promising new model organisms, microbial functional capabilities, and biosynthetic pathways relevant to biofuels and bioproducts production; and b) research into the metabolic pathways that can achieve synthetic polymer deconstruction and conversion to recycled monomers.
For this FOA, relevant biofuels are non-food crop-derived and/or microbiologically synthesized fuels other than ethanol, and bioproducts are those that will replace petroleum-derived non-pharmaceutical chemicals.
- Pre-Applications Due: January 19, 2021
- Pre-Application Response: January 29, 2021
- Full Applications Due: April 6, 2021
- Award Amount $250,000-$500,000 per year for 3 years
Refuel Integration and Testing Program
ARPA-E’s REFUEL (Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids) program is investing in the development of scalable technologies for conversion of electrical or thermal energy from renewable sources into chemical energy contained in energy dense Carbon-Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs), such as ammonia, that can be stored, transported, and later converted into hydrogen or electricity to provide power for transportation, distributed energy generation or other uses.
Projects funded under the ARPA-E REFUEL program, and related awards from other ARPA-E programs, have developed technologies that facilitate the synthesis and use of ammonia at a scale of up to 10 kg per day. In order to mitigate the substantial energy usage and environmental footprint associated with the current standard Haber-Bosch process to synthesize ammonia, ARPA-E is funding a pre-production, integrated system involving a skid-mounted ammonia synthesis system connected to an intermittent renewable energy source at a production scale of 1 metric ton of ammonia per day. Specifically, ARPA-E aims to support the integration and scaling of multiple ammonia synthesis steps being advanced by several technology developers under a single project led by a single awardee (“integrator”).
- Full Applications Due January 11, 2021
- Award Amount $10,000,000
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Designing Synthetic Cells Beyond the Bounds of Evolution (Designer Cells)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.
- Proposal Dues Dates February 16, 2021; February 01, 2022; February 1 Annually Thereafter
- Award Amount ranges from $800,000 to around $1,400,000. Award size and duration should be commensurate with the scope of the project.
- Solicitation must be prepared and submitted via Research.gov or via Grants.gov, and may not be prepared or submitted via FastLane.
Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology (MFB) Partnerships to Transform the Industries
This initiative calls for fundamentally new approaches in chemistry to drive new directions in biotechnology, an important Industry of the Future (IotF). Collaborative high risk/high reward projects are sought; the research must involve innovative chemistry.
A multi-year campaign is envisioned (contingent on availability of funding), targeting broad annual themes. This year’s solicitation calls for synergistic scientific partnerships grounded in the principles of synthetic, physical organic and molecular recognition chemistry creating novel chemical biology tools to drive innovations in biotechnology. The focus is on the development and deployment of fundamentally new techniques to modify the structure, function and/or fate of proteins interacting with small molecules for important applications in biotechnology.
- Required LOI Due January 14 ,2021
- Proposal Due March 16, 2021
- Award Amount $1,500,000 total for 3 years
Integrative Research in Biology
This solicitation invites submission of collaborative proposals that tackle bold questions in biology and require an integrated approach to make substantive progress. Integrative biological research spans subdisciplines and incorporates cutting-edge methods, tools, and concepts from each to produce groundbreaking biological discovery. The research should be synergistic and produce novel, holistic understanding of how biological systems function and interact across different scales of organization, e.g., from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species to ecosystems and the entire Earth. Such knowledge is critical to inform solutions to societal challenges, including natural resource management, resilience to environmental change, and global food security. Outcomes from integrative research will also inform and guide the development of new technologies that drive the nation’s bioeconomy. Integrative biological research depends on researchers who work in dynamic, diverse, and collaborative interdisciplinary teams. These teams should be fully engaged in the training and education of the next generation of scientists who will be future leaders in integrative research. A vibrant, inclusive, and integrative training environment will therefore produce a new generation of researchers who can navigate across subdisciplines and engage in integrative thinking.
- Proposals Due March 16, 2021
- Award Amount $1,000,000
Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science will be a jointly funded collaboration between the NIH and the NSF. The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering.
- Proposals Due February 16, 2021; November 10, 2021; November 10, 2022
- Award Amount $1,200,000 for up to 4 years
Understanding the Rules of Life: Microbiome Interactions and Mechanisms (URoL:MIM)The URoL:MIM program invites integrated, interdisciplinary proposals that create new knowledge in multiple disciplines to develop causal frameworks with well-designed scientific and/or computational approaches to test hypotheses about the relationships within the microbiome, and among the microbiome, the host, and the environment. Projects may develop new computational, mathematical, or experimental tools, and models, to: i) explain function and interactions in natural, experimental, and model microbiomes; ii) elucidate the chemical and molecular mechanisms that underlie communication between the host and the microbiome and among the members of the microbiome; and/or iii) comparatively analyze characteristics of microbiomes to discover emergent properties that provide insight into the behavior of living systems.
Successful projects will contribute to a portfolio of research that identifies general principles (“rules”) that underlie a wide spectrum of biological phenomena across different spatial, complexity (e.g., molecular, cellular, organismal, population), and/or temporal scales (from sub-second to geologic). URoL:MIM projects must be novel and innovative in more than one discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences). They must also incorporate best practices regarding protocol documentation, sample selection, data collection and analysis, as well as data sharing and accessibility. URoL:MIM projects must provide workforce development and/or innovative undergraduate or graduate education opportunities that increase the pipeline for MIM in higher education and train the next generation of microbiome scientists. Projects should benefit society through engagement of the public and/or enhancement of K-12 STEM education.
- Proposals Due February 23, 2021
- Award Amount $3,000,000 for a duration up to 5 years
- An individual may appear as PI, co-PI, or Senior Personnel on only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.
The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with community stakeholders to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.
- Proposals Due February 24, 2021
- Budget limits within each project type. See RFA for details.
- S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) Tracks 1 and 2.
- Track 1 proposals may request budgets ranging between $1,500,001 and $2,500,000, with durations of up to four years.
- Track 2 proposals may request budgets up to $1,500,000, with durations of up to three years.
- S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PG)
- 1 year not to exceed $150,000
- S&CC Virtual Organization (SCC-VO).
- Only one will be funded.
- Up to $250,000 per year for up to three years
- S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) Tracks 1 and 2.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
NOSI: Administrative Supplement for Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethical Issues Administrative supplements to support 1) research on bioethical issues to develop or support the development of an evidence base that may inform future policy directions, and/or 2) certain efforts to develop or augment bioethics research capacity. Applicants may propose to supplement parent awards focused on bioethics or to add a component related to bioethics to a parent award in which bioethics was not the focus. Note that applications must be within the general scope of the parent award.
- First available due date: December 16,2020
- Maximum budget $100,000 direct costs
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related ResearchAdditional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using specific Activity Code(s). See solicitation for more information.
(NOSI): Synthetic Biology for Biomedical ApplicationsSeveral institutes with NIH are encouraging new applications to advance research activities relevant to synthetic biology. One of the great challenges in biomedical research is to be able to quantitatively predict, test, and harness the complex dynamics of biological systems. Synthetic biology is the design and construction of new biological parts and systems, and the re-design of existing and natural biological systems for specific purposes. In contrast to the traditional genetic engineering approach, which usually focuses on individual genes and proteins, synthetic biology adopts a more systematic approach targeting entire pathways, networks, and whole organisms with quantitative control and modulation. Gaining new insights into the complex and dynamic biological pathways of designer cells and tissues and developing cell-based and cell-free diagnostics and therapies are at the frontiers of biomedical science. Enabling these de novo biological systems will require the ability to design and build complex pathways with endogenous or novel functions and with predictable and quantitative responses to endogenous or environmental signals. Achieving this paradigm will allow the testing of hypotheses on complex biological systems and the development of novel therapeutic strategies and diagnostic capabilities. To improve the reach and impact of engineering biology on human health, an integrative research plan based on collaborations of synthetic biologists with computational scientists, cell biologists, engineers, geneticists, developmental biologists, and/or physician scientists is strongly recommended.
- Research interests, funding levels, and due dates vary by institute and centers (ICs).
- See RFA for participating ICs and related announcements.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE – NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE
(Solicitation Planned) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Fiscal Year 2021 NIJ plans to seek proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate a Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) to support NIJ’s research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) process and technology transition activities in all areas of forensic science. Additional information will be sent when full solicitation is posted.
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
L’Oreal USA for Women in Science
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.
- Applications Due January 29, 2021
- Award Amount $60,000
2022 Bower Award and prize for Achievement in Science
The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2022 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior. Nominations should clearly indicate the scientific impact—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and, when applicable, the societal and/or economic impact of the nominee’s work.
- Nominations Due December 31, 2020
- Award Amount $250,000
Innovation[X] Program The School of Innovation’s Innovation[X] Program provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. Faculty may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded depends on funding and application levels. Applications due January 19, 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.
|Competition or Event||Internal Submission Deadline||Category|
|*NEW* NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional) (Converted)||12/14/2020||Limited Submissions|
|CDC Conducting Research to Inform Pandemic Response and Recovery of Emergency-Affected Populations by Determining Public Health Needs, Improving Methods, and Integrating Services to Mitigate Morbidity and Mortality||12/14/2020||Limited Submissions|
|Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award||12/14/2020||Limited Submissions|
|NIH National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury||12/18/2020||Limited Submissions|
|Keck Research Program||12/21/2020||Limited Submissions|
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EERE Launches New Portal for Applying to Funding Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is excited to introduce the EERE Program Information Center—EERE’s new portal for funding opportunities.
Organizations interested in working with EERE can use the EERE Program Information Center to identify and respond to open opportunities—including Funding Opportunity Announcements, Requests for Information, Notices of Intent, Notices of Technical Assistance, and Lab Calls. Watch the EERE YouTube video to learn more! (Note: you must use the Google Chrome web browser to access the EERE Program Information Center).
New Interactive Graphic Helps navigate NIFA’S Competitive Grants Process
NIFA has published a new interactive flowchart to help applicants for NIFA’s competitive grants better understand the process and more accurately estimate the time required for processes from application to grant closeout. Using stakeholder feedback given through Project Café, a quick response team developed and published this new infographic, which will also be included in all grant correspondence from NIFA to applicants for easy reference.