US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Call for Nominations: 2021 National Cooperative Extension Awards Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Extension Awards program through May 1, 2021. The Excellence in Extension Awards recognize Cooperative Extension professionals who excel at Extension program, make a positive impact on constituents served, and provide visionary leadership. The Award for Diversity is designed to focus national attention on innovative models and techniques that ensure that Extension programs equitably and effectively engage all audiences. The awards are offered by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in partnership with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, go to ECOP online.
US AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Lab for Food Systems for Nutrition will design, lead and implement a program of nutrition-sensitive food system research and capacity building aimed at addressing the opportunities and challenges, and will additionally serve as a resource to RFS, missions and their partners confronting on the role of food systems in inclusive economic growth, nutrition, food safety, and a nutrition-sensitive approaches, gender-sensitive and youth inclusive development, and resilience. The Food System for Nutrition Innovation Lab is broadly expected to help implement and communicate impact pathways from nutrition sensitive food systems research to development outcomes through partnerships with USAID mission-supported value chain programs, national partners, private companies and associations, community-based organizations and other donors and their programs. The Innovation Lab will deliver on this vision by a) strengthening the capacities of select country and regional research institutions to undertake research that is relevant and sound, to communicate findings in ways that are more likely to influence government partners, policy makers, and practitioners, while b) implementing an integrated country, regional and global research agenda.
- Deadline for questions February 12, 2021
- Full proposals due March 8, 2021
- A $25,000,000 Leader Award will support the successful U.S. university applicant to act as the Management Entity (ME) of the Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab.
- $14,900,000 of potential additional funding will be awarded noncompetitively by USAID field missions or other offices, to support additional activities that fall within the technical scope of the award.
- USAID intends to award one Leader Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this NOFO. Under the LWA, there is one Leader Award and an unknown number of Associate Awards anticipated. There is no guarantee regarding the number of Associate Awards, if any.
- Open to eligible U.S. colleges and universities as defined under Section 296(d) of Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended. The eligibility requirements only apply to the leader award holder. Subrecipients or subcontractors are unrestricted.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
FY 2021 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program The EPA Exchange Network Grant Program is soliciting project applications using the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN) to: Facilitate sharing of environmental data, especially through shared and reusable services. Reduce burden and avoid costs for co-regulators and the regulated community. Streamline data collection and exchanges to improve its timeliness for decision making. Increase the quality and access to environmental data through discovery, publishing, outboundand analytical services so it is more useful to environmental managers. Increase data and IT management capabilities needed to fully participate in the EN.
- Full proposals due March 31, 2021
- Most awards will be in the $50,000 to $200,000 range. Applicants applying under an individual opportunity may request up to $200,000 in funding. Applicants applying under a partnership opportunity may request funds up to $400,000, if the partnership eligibility criteria outlined in Section III-D is met. An eligible applicant specifically applying under the Individual Capacity Building with Mentorship opportunity may request up to $215,000 if all requirements are met.
- The standard period of performance for each project is three years.
STUDENT EPA Research Opportunities – various offerings
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Plant Biotic Interactions program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF/NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program’s scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant biotic interactions.
Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions. Explanatory frameworks should include molecular, genomic, metabolic, cellular, network and organismal processes, with projects guided by hypothesis and/or discovery driven experimental approaches. Strictly ecological projects that do not address underlying mechanisms are not appropriate for this program. Quantitative modeling in concert with experimental work is encouraged. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that knowledge to benefit agriculture.
- Proposals accepted anytime until September 2022 through Research.gov or Grants.gov.
- NSF Review Criteria apply.
- USDA/NIFA will support projects for up to four years in duration. Although there are no formal upper or lower limits to award amounts, they typically range from $50,000 to $300,000 per year, with durations of two to four years (and five years for CAREER awards).
- Anticipated funding available is $10.5M from NSF for new standard or continuing grant awards, and approximately $8M from USDA/NIFA for new awards. Both estimates depend on availability of appropriations. Estimated number of awards is 25 to 30.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH (NIH)
Biomedical Research Facilities This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites qualified academic institutions to apply for funding to modernize existing or construct new biomedical research facilities. Applications will be accepted from public and nonprofit private institutions of higher education. Applications from both research-intensive institutions and Institutions of Emerging Excellence in biomedical research from all geographic regions in the nation are strongly encouraged.
NIH recognizes the importance of all institutions of higher learning in contributing to the nation’s research capacity. The goal of this FOA is to upgrade or create novel biomedical research infrastructure to strengthen biomedical research programs. Each project is expected to provide long-term improvements to the institutional research infrastructure. Targeted projects are the modernization of core facilities and the development of other infrastructure serving an institution-wide research community on a shared basis.
- Only one application per institution is allowed. Will be subject to TAMU internal limited submission process before submission to NIH.
- Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed.
- NIH intends to fund an estimate of 6-10 awards, corresponding to a total of $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2021.
- Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum award budget is $8,000,000. Applications with a budget less than $3,000,000 will not be considered.
- The total project period may not exceed five years.
- Funds will be provided in a single award with up to a 60-month budget and project period. Architectural and engineering design fees are immediately available to applicants at the time of the Notice of Award (NoA); all other award funds are restricted until ORIP approves the design documents; upon approval, NIH will issue a revised NoA to release the restricted award funds.
- LOI due Feb 17, 2021 (not required, for review planning purposes only)
- Full proposal due March 17, 2021
- Earliest start date October 1, 2021
Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Exploratory/Developmental Projects – This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) exploratory/developmental (R21) projects. The mission of the NIH CounterACT program is to foster and support research that will advance development of new and improved therapeutics to mitigate the health effects of chemical threats. Chemical threats are toxic compounds that could be used in a terrorist attack or accidentally released from industrial production, storage or shipping. They include traditional chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, pesticides, and pharmaceutical-based agents. Projects supported by this FOA are expected to generate preliminary data that would facilitate the development of competitive applications for more extensive support from theNIH CounterACT Cooperative Agreement programs or other related initiatives.
- Budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.
- Project period may not exceed 2 years
- Full applications due on the following dates: May 26, 2021; May 31, 2022; May 30, 2023
Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT): Optimization of Therapeutic Lead Compounds (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Cooperative Agreement (U01) Research Projects for research on the optimization of small molecule or biologic compounds that are excellent candidates for therapeutic development.
The mission of the CounterACT Program is to foster and support research and development of new and improved therapeutics for chemical threats. Chemical threats are toxic chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack or accidentally released from industrial production, storage or shipping. They include traditional chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical-based agents, and pesticides. A previously identified lead compound is required to be eligible for this funding opportunity. In this regard, lead compounds are defined as biologically active compounds or hits where affinity, potency, target selectivity, and preliminary safety have been established. The scope of research supported by this FOA includes development of appropriate human-relevant animal models and generation of in vivo efficacy data consistent with the intended use of the product in humans. It also includes bioanalytical assay development and validation, laboratory-scale and scaleable manufacturing of the product, and non-GLP toxicity and pharmacology studies. The scope of this FOA encompasses Technical Readiness Levels (TRLs) 4-5 – see TRLs. Each project must include annual milestones that create discrete go or no-go decision points in a progressive translational study plan.
- Full proposals due September 14, 2021
- Will be funded as cooperative agreement
- Maximum budget is $500,000 in direct costs per year, for up to 5 years
NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54 – Clinical Trial Optional) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54s). The mission of the NIH CounterACT program is to foster and support research and development of new and improved therapeutics for chemical threats. Chemical threats are toxic chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack or accidentally released from industrial production, storage or shipping. They include traditional chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical-based agents, and pesticides. The scope of the research includes target and lead candidate identification and characterization, through lead candidate optimization and demonstration of in vivo efficacy consistent with the product’s intended use in humans as a medical countermeasure. For applicants submitting U54 renewal applications, research under this FOA should culminate in an optimized lead compound ready for advanced development. The Centers will contain at least three research projects supported by an administrative core, up to three optional scientific cores, a research education core, and a pilot project program to support short-term innovative research and recruitment of new investigators into the field of medical countermeasures research. Each research project must include milestones that create discrete go or no-go decision points in a progressive translational study plan.
- Full applications due September 14, 2021, September 13, 2022, September 12, 2023
- Will be funded as cooperative agreement
- Maximum budget is $1.75 million in direct costs per year, for up to 5 years
Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT): Identification of Therapeutic Lead Compounds (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Cooperative Agreement (U01) Research Projects for research on the identification of small molecule or biologic lead compounds that are excellent candidates for therapeutic development.
The mission of the CounterACT program is to foster and support research and development of new and improved therapeutics for chemical threats. Chemical threats are toxic chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack or accidentally released from industrial production, storage or shipping. They include traditional chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical-based agents, and pesticides. The scope of research supported by this FOA includes confirmation of molecular targets for therapeutic development, demonstration of in vitro activity of candidate therapeutics, preliminary in vivo proof-of-concept efficacy data, preliminary adsorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and toxicity (ADME/Tox) evaluations and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) data. These studies should result in the identification of at least one lead compound ready for optimization. Lead compounds are biologically active and synthetically feasible compounds where specificity, affinity, potency, target selectivity, efficacy, and safety have been established. Lead compounds should be ready for more advanced development under possible support from other programs such as the one described in the companion FOA “CounterACT Optimization of Therapeutic Lead Compound (U01)” (PAR-19-040). The scope of this FOA encompasses Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 1-3 – see TRLs. Each project must include annual milestones that create discrete go or no-go decision points in a progressive translational study plan.
- Full applications due September 14, 2021
- Will be funded as cooperative agreement
- Maximum budget is $300k in direct costs per year, for up to 3 years
NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research: Tools and Technologies to Explore Nervous System Biomolecular Condensates (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a collaborative framework through which 14 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices jointly support neuroscience related research, with the aim of accelerating discoveries and reducing the burden of nervous system disorders (for further information, see http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/). The purpose of this FOA is to support the development of innovative tools and/or technologies to monitor or manipulate biomolecular condensates (BMCs) in vivo and enable investigators to adopt these tools to answer outstanding questions in basic neuroscience. This research will transform our understanding of the mechanistic role of BMCs in human nervous system health and disease and may serve as the foundation for the development of novel BMC-based therapeutics.
- Letter of Intent Due August 15, 2021
- Full Proposal Due September 15, 2021
- The combined budget for direct costs for the two year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.
- Estimated to fund 3-6 awards
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Seeding Solutions encourages the development of unique partnerships that support innovative and transformative research focused on our Challenge Areas. FFAR is placing priority on projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and significant agricultural advancements through innovation. To be considered, applications must address and provide solutions to an intractable problem and/or accelerate innovation within FFAR’s Challenge Areas.
- Challenge Areas: Soil Health, Sustainable Water Management, Next Generation Crops, Advanced Animal Systems, Urban Food Systems, Health-Agriculture Nexus.
- Required Pre-Applications Due March 10, 2021
- Full Application Invitation by May 5, 2021
- Full Applications Due July 7, 2021
- Awards will range from $300,000 to $1 million for up to ten awards and a totally of $10M awarded.
- Project duration of 12 to 60 months
- Matching required equal to or greater than FFAR funding request.
- IDC limited at 10% of total award
Innovation [X] – Proposal Deadline Extended to February 16, 2021
Data Science Career Initiation Fellow Program Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) invites nominations of early career faculty for the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science Career Initiation Fellow program. Each Fellow will receive a one-time $10,000 award in the form of a bursary to be transferred to a research account of the Fellow recipient. While the funds are unrestricted in use, candidate Fellows must propose engagements with TAMIDS activities, programs or broader mission that are expected to be undertaken within one year following the award. TAMIDS plans to award six fellowships in 2021. Fellowship recipients should use the title “2021 Texas A&M Institute of Data Science Career Initiation Fellow”.
Eligibility: A nominee must be a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the submission deadline date (see below) and have primary affiliation within Texas A&M University (including Galveston and Qatar campuses), TEES, TEEX, AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension, or TTI. For 2021, preference will be given to nominees who have not previously received funding from TAMIDS under the 2019 Postdoc Project Program or 2020 Data Resource Development Program.
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.
- NIH and DOE: Brain Connectivity Workshop Series Feb-Mar 2021 – This series of workshops, co-hosted by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, brings together researchers with broad expertise to discuss the state of the art in mapping complete neural circuits, the opportunities for advancing connectomics technologies, and the challenges that need to be addressed to generate comprehensive maps of brain connectivity – “wiring diagrams” spanning the entire mammalian brain.
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- NIH: How Do I Submit Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Under the Special Exception During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
- NIH: Writing An Effective “K” Application: A Video Guide
- USDA Releases Final Rule for the Domestic Production of Hemp
- USDA Releases Agriculture Innovation Research Strategy Summary and Dashboard The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its U.S. Agriculture Innovation Strategy Directional Vision for Research (PDF, 4.8 MB) summary and dashboard that will help to guide future research decisions within USDA. The strategy synthesizes the information USDA collected as part of a public announcement earlier this year engaging the public on research priorities under the Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA).
- 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum Feb 18-19, 2021
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