US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) program is seeking representatives from the specialty crop industry to serve as reviewers of industry relevance for SCRI applications. The specialty crop industry requested a separate relevancy review, and Congress included this requirement in the 2014 Farm Bill. The additional review ensures that proposals submitted for scientific merit review are focused on topics that are current and relevant to industry needs. NIFA is seeking help from the specialty crop industry to help us accomplish this review. We have need for industry representatives from these areas: fruiting vegetables, produce food safety, turf, pollinators, tropical crops, non-fruit tree crops, coffee, mushrooms, and hops. We would like to add to our list more representatives from less common but developing crop groups. What is required:
- Read and evaluate up to 15 Stakeholder Relevance Statements and submit reviews in NIFA’s online Peer Review System. There is no need to travel to participate.
- Participate in a review panel conference call of approximately one hour to agree on ranking of proposals with each topic group.
- The estimated time commitment is between 10 to 15 hours.
- We are currently filling gaps for the 2021 process.
To volunteer, contact one of the following NIFA staff members, Dr. Tom Bewick or Megan O’Reilly. Please note: Those who are part of a team submitting a proposal to SCRI in the current year cannot serve on the relevancy review team. If you are interested in participating in future years, contact the staff members listed above, and you will be added to a database of potential reviewers.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD)
Office of Naval Research FY21 Young Investigator Program The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR’s Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2013, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called “universities”) to the Department of the Navy’s Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Individuals who are holding U.S. non-profit equivalent positions are also encouraged to apply. Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR’s website at www.onr.navy.mil) which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered.
- Full proposals due March 26, 2021
- Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas
- Singled investigator award, no Co-PIs allowed
- Typical awards are $510,000 over a 36-month period of performance. Applicants may request up to $170,000 for each 12-month interval. These funds may be budgeted against any reasonable costs related to conducting the proposed research, for example, salary for the investigator, graduate student support, supplies, and applicable indirect cost. Additional funding may be requested (under the 36-month period) up to $250,000 to cover equipment costs, testing, ship time, etc. These funds must be included as an option and the applicant should discuss any request for additional funding with the Program Officer prior to submission.
- Awards under this FOA will be made only to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education which award degrees in science, engineering, or mathematics.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2021 Solicitation 1. The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. We would like to bring to your attention 4 transdisciplinary research areas for encouraging graduate training activities at the convergence of multiple disciplines and communities, including Microelectronics, Data Science, Conservation Laws and Symmetries, and Accelerator Science. We strongly encourage applications in these areas.
The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.
- Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Chemical Upcyling of Polymers DOE’s research investment will focus on polymer upcycling, the process of efficiently deconstructing and rebuilding polymers, which are the essential building blocks of plastics. Polymer upcycling has the potential to turn waste plastic into chemicals, fuels, and other products of value and greatly reduce the high energy costs associated with plastic production. The research sponsored under this funding opportunity will pursue basic discoveries to enable energy-efficient deconstruction and reassembly of polymers, to improve polymer properties, and to enable the more efficient reuse of polymer components.
- Required Pre Application Due March 10, 2021
- Response Date April 7, 2021
- Submission Deadline May 12, 2021
- Award Amount $1.5M per year for up to 3 years
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants as described in Section III.A to (1) assist in the development and use of innovative activities relating to water workforce development and career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector, and (2) expand public awareness about drinking water and wastewater utilities and to connect individuals to careers in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector.
- Application Due March 26, 2021
- Award Amount up to $500,000 over 3 years
- Five Awards expected
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN) Predicting Transformation of Living Systems in Evolving Environments The Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype “Big Idea” is based on developing a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from interactions of factors such as genomes, phenotypes, and evolving environments. This activity has launched a series of new research programs designed to elucidate “minimal rules” (building a synthetic cell), “rules of complexity” (epigenetics), and “rules of interaction” (microbiome). A list of Understanding the Rules of Life awards made thus far can be found on the NSF Awards Search.
This Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN) solicitation adds to those previous foundational activities to now understand “rules of emergence” for networks of living systems and their environments. Emergent networks describe the interactions among organismal, environmental, social, and human-engineered systems that are complex and often unexpected given the behaviors of these systems when observed in isolation. The behavior of emergent networks of living systems depend on, but are not wholly predicted by, chemical and physical principles and unit-level biological properties (molecule/cell/organism/population), as well as communication and information flows among nodes in the network. Networks of living systems are reciprocally coupled with natural, built, and social environments in ways that are complex and difficult to predict. The often-unanticipated outcomes of these interactions can be both wide-ranging and enormously impactful. Prediction is further hampered by accelerating perturbations within evolving environments and the associated increase in the frequency of previously rare or extreme events. Determining the emergent properties of these networks, which arise from complex and nonlinear interactions among the different systems that in isolation do not exhibit such properties, is a critical and unsolved problem. One of many examples of this could include the emerging network of interactions across scales that arose from the arrival of the nonnative pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica, or Chestnut blight, introduced with nursery stock. This pathogen effectively eliminated a dominant overstory tree species, American chestnut (Castanea dentata), across North America and had concomitant impacts on and feedbacks between biotic, abiotic, and social networks. For example, the economic impacts of this pathogen ranged from local agricultural and social impacts to global scale impacts on the timber industry.
- Applications Due May 10, 2021
- Award Amount $3M over a 5 year period
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH
Request for Information (RFI): Screening for High Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy This Request for Information (RFI) solicits input in identifying challenges in screening samples for high resolution cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) by the biomedical research community for the NIH Transformative High Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy program.
BACKGROUND: The NIH Common Fund’s Transformative High Resolution Cryo-EM program has established three National Centers for Cryo-EM. These centers provide access to high-end instrumentation for data collection for single particle cryoEM. They also provide training for investigators lacking experience in single particle cryo-EM. The Centers continue to evolve to improve services and training based on the current needs of the community as each of the Centers gains insight through experience. Challenges in screening samples for data collection suitability prior to applying for Center access and support for people early in the process of adoption of cryo-EM are a potential concern, but the extent and nature of such challenges are unclear. NIH may be able to provide limited support to overcome obstacles in these areas.
INFORMATION REQUESTED: This RFI invites comments and suggestions from researchers, cryo-EM facility directors, academic institutions, professional societies, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, other government agencies, and other stakeholders on the hurdles and possible solutions for screening samples in order to expand the pool of investigators competent in cryo-EM and to utilize the Centers more efficiently. The term “screening” encompasses the multiple steps preceding the collection of high-resolution cryoEM data, including sample preparation, grid freezing, and preliminary evaluation with a cryo-EM microscope. Responses to this RFI will help the NIH consider all aspects of screening challenges.
- Response due February 26, 2021
- Email response to CRYOEM@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Complement in Basic Immunology (CIBI) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious diseases, including fundamental immunology research that aims to understand the complex interactions between pathogens and their human hosts and generate the knowledge essential for developing safe and effective treatments and vaccines. The mechanisms by which complement influences immune responses have been under appreciated, and a better understanding of complement action will inform high priority adjuvant and vaccine development, and also shed light on the pathogenesis of infections such as SARS CoV-2.
The main objective of this program is to support studies that accelerate our understanding of the roles of complement components and/or receptors in the initiation, magnitude, maintenance, and quality of immune responses against infectious agents, or of the roles played by complement in the development of immune-mediated pathogenic responses following infection. The results of such studies will inform the development of adjuvants and vaccine candidates or therapeutics that target complement components.
The work to be encouraged includes studies of the roles of complement components (molecules and/or receptors) during immune responses. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Studies of the role of complement during adaptive or innate immune cell activation, differentiation, function, homeostasis, and memory;
- Mechanisms regulating the crosstalk of complement with other innate receptor systems;
- The potential of targeting complement components in adjuvant development;
- The role of complement components in immune pathogenesis of infection; and/or
- Development of animal models or cell- or tissue-specific in vitro and in vivo systems for studying the roles of complement in regulating immune responses.
- Applies to due dates on or after June 5, 2021 and subsequent receipt dates through January 7, 2023
- Submit to one of these FOAs including NOT-AI-21-008 on the SF424 Cover Page
- PA-20-185 – NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- PA-20-195 – NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
FOUNDATIONS AND INDUSTRY
EcoHealthNet 2021 EcoHealthNet is an undergraduate and graduate-level global research coordination network, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring together world-class research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science, and economics fields that will advance One Health research and education. Advancements will take place through three activities: 1) creation of a peer network of undergraduate and graduate STEM students from various disciplines via one-week
- Applications can be submitted using this link.
- Applications due February 19, 2021
ACME POCT 2021 Call for Pilot Proposals: Microfluidics/Lab-on-a-Chip Point-of-Care Technologies
Our priority for the 2021 call for applications is to fund clinically relevant microfluidics-based proposals for devices that have already been through some level of investment in research, development, evaluation, or clinical validation but have been unable to progress due to a significant and definable barrier that can be resolved through additional funds and/or targeted expertise in engineering, regulatory, or other type of specific expert contribution. As such, applicants should be able to define the technology’s current technology readiness level (TRL), describe the situation and barrier encountered that impeded progress, and explain how additional funds and/or targeted expertise from the ACME POCT or other consultants will allow the technology to move forward in the development pathway.
- Preproposal Due March 1, 2021
- Notification to Submit Full Proposal by April 5, 2021
- Full Proposals Due May 17, 2021
- Award Amount 450,000-$150,000 for 6 to 18 months
Texas State Support Committee Request for Cotton Proposals
The Texas State Support Committee (TSSC) is requesting proposals directed at developing technology to enhance the competitive position of Texas cotton. The TSSC is comprised of cotton leaders in the state for the purpose of directing funds to support research, education and promotion at the state level. Funding for these activities comes from Cotton Incorporated’s annual budget. The TSSC is comprised of producer representatives from the nine regional producer organizations, the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated. The TSSC sets priorities, reviews proposals, and recommends projects to Cotton Incorporated for support with its State Support funds.
- Please visit the CERS Resources page for more information
- Proposals due May 4, 2021
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation offers several award programs, the most relevant to AgriLife with current due dates are listed below.
- Damon Runyon Fellowship Award supports the training of the brightest postdoctoral scientists as they embark upon their research careers. This funding enables them to be mentored by established investigators in leading research laboratories across the country.
- Full proposals due March 15, 2021
- Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO.
- Review RFA for further criteria
- Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award supports the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovators are eligible to apply for Stage 2 Funding in the final year of their award.
- Full proposals due July 1, 2021
- The Stage 1 award will be for two years, $200,000 per year ($400,000 total)
- Applicant must have received an MD, DO, PhD, or MD/PhD
- Must be Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first five (5) years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position
- Review RFA for further criteria
Round 2 of the Presidential Clinical Research Partnership Grants The Presidential Clinical Research Partnership Grants program is part of the President’s Excellence Fund. The program supports the development of long-term partnerships between Texas A&M University and our clinical affiliates and partners leading to the highest level of health for all Texans. The program aims to foster interdisciplinary research that will improve health, health care and/or health equity in Texas by advancing novel translational, clinical, or educational research targeting topics such as: treatment or prevention of injury or disease, health promotion in the clinical setting and/or health disparities; improved diagnoses or disease management; health policy or health care delivery issues, such as quality and cost of care, access to care and community health interventions with opportunities to demonstrably improve health outcomes; and innovative training and development of future health and health care professionals and/or biomedical scientists to better address statewide health needs and health care practices.
Clinical Research Partnership Grants must be co-led by faculty or faculty-equivalent research positions at Texas A&M, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas A&M AgriLifeResearch, Texas A&M AgriLifeExtension, or the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and clinical practitioners at healthcare facilities with established affiliation or clinical research collaboration agreements. Additional team members may consist of any faculty or staff with appropriate expertise for the team.
- Award amount $200,000 over 2 year period
- Applications Due March 12, 2021
Two John J. Koldus III Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards will be awarded in 2021. They are given to an outstanding faculty or staff member who exhibits a strong interest in overall student development and success. The nominees should be A&M faculty or staff members who through guidance, leadership, and personal interest, have gone beyond occupational requirements to enhance students’ experiences at A&M and, subsequently, the rest of their lives. Nominees can be from any Texas A&M University location, including the main campus, the branch campuses or off-site location.
- Nominations Due February 11, 2021
- One Pager Due February 15, 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.
Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act- Virtual USDA Workshop – March 25, 2021
The regulations of the AWA require that investigators provide Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) with documentation demonstrating that alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary pain or distress to the animals have been considered and that activities do not unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments. An alternative is any procedure which results in the reduction in the numbers of animals used, refinement of techniques, or replacement of animals. One way to meet this federal mandate is through an alternative literature search.
The objectives of the workshop are to provide:
- An overview of the AWA and its information requirements;
- A review of the alternatives concept;
- A comprehensive introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations;
- Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks; and
- On-line database searching experience.
U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Workshop Report Released!
Search award records for NSF, NIH and USDA
- NSF Award Search: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/
- NIH RePORTER: https://reporter.nih.gov/
- USDA Data Gateway: https://nifa.usda.gov/data
- Opportunities for Students at all Levels. Welcome to Zintellect! This website provides listings of internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private sector organizations. These programs are administered by ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Visitors to the site may view available opportunities by selecting the Opportunity Catalog. https://www.zintellect.com/
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- Feb 5 – Managing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice
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- Feb 18-19 – The BRAIN Initiative Dissemination of Non-Invasive Imaging Technologies
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- Feb 19 – Transitioning from single PI to Multi-investigator to Multi-institutional proposals (Hanover Webinar Series)
- *NEW* Feb 20 – WISE Conference: Diversifying Women in STEM
- Feb 24 – Organizing Your Research with a Literature matrix
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- March 5 – Organizing Your Research with a Literature matrix
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- March 8 – NSF Division of Environmental Biology Office hours: beginning investigators
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- March 8-9 1st Annual Soil Health Innovations Conference
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- March 10 – Getting the Most out of Google Scholar
- March 11 – 21st Century Cures Act: Updated on Implementation
- *NEW* March 15 – Department of Justice Application Submission Webinar
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- March 24 –Demystifying the NSF
- March 24 –Incorporating Census Data in Your Research
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