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Funding Opportunities

As funding opportunities are announced and shared with the Office for Research & Graduate Education we will compile the opportunities, here. This page will be updated periodically as new opportunities come about. 

External Funding Opportunities

Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR)

Organic Training for Agricultural Professionals Prize
The "Organic Training for Agricultural Professionals" prize recognizes extraordinary contributions to training farming community groups, farmer-leaders, and agricultural professionals in organic agronomic, certification and record-keeping, and profitability guidance. Specifically, this award focuses on programs and organizations that have used an innovative approach to delivering content and have demonstrated impacts in improving education and extension to organic farmers. This award provides innovative programs with the investment needed to take their efforts to the next level and bolster their communication to a wider audience, leading to more farmers adopting organic production and thereby accessing the many benefits associated with the organic opportunity.
Pre-Application Deadline: January 28, 2022

2022 Organic Center-FFAR joint Organic Research Program
The “Organic Center-FFAR joint Organic Research Program” supports innovative research that will have the biggest impact on bringing organic into the future. For 2022, the research should focus on transforming how organic systems can contribute to climate change mitigation and resilience.
Pre-Application Deadline: January 28, 2022

Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research
The Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program provides nimble deployment of funds to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. ROAR participants, including but not limited to university researchers, farmers or producers, commodity groups and government officials, may apply for funds in response to an outbreak for development of diagnostics, monitoring and mitigation strategies. The ROAR program fills the gap until traditional, longer-term funding sources can be secured.
Deadline: Ongoing

National Institute of Health (NIH) 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) - Systems Biology for Infectious Diseases (U19 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research that employs systems biology approaches to human pathogens.  The approach will generate and integrate large datasets into models that guide in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies, with the goals of predicting disease severity, predicting responses to vaccines and therapeutics, and identifying candidate targets for interventions.
Deadline: January 14, 2022

Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54) – Cooperative Agreement: Only one application per institution is allowed
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for the Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). These centers are expected to conduct high quality research and subsequently disseminate their findings and recommendations in audience appropriate products to contribute to improving the safety and health of agriculture, forestry, and fishing workers. Center structure should take advantage of diverse scientific resources and focus on local, regional, and/or national worker safety and health issues. Emphasis should be placed on the creation and implementation of evidence-based solutions that address important agricultural, forestry, and fishing safety and health problems. Centers should also use innovative approaches to identifying, understanding, and developing strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up and sustainability of evidence-based solutions. Collaborations with other academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other occupational safety and health focused groups are expected. Applicants must concisely describe the occupational safety and health burden within their service area and directly link research and outreach activities to help alleviate the burden. Applicants should also clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed work, both during the project period and beyond.
Deadline: January 24, 2022; October 24, 2022; October 24, 2023; October 22, 2024 (with Letter of Intent 30 days prior to application due date)

NIAID Research Education Program Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: 

  • Courses for Skills Development 

  • Research Experiences 

  • Mentoring Activities

Deadline: January 25, 2022

Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant supports an innovative project that represents a change in research direction for an early stage investigator (ESI) and for which no preliminary data exist. Applications submitted to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) must not include preliminary data. Applications must include a separate attachment describing the change in research direction. 

The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on their scientific missions. 
Deadline: January 26, 2022; May 26, 2022

Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of the ViCTER program is to use the R01 mechanism to foster and promote early-stage transdisciplinary collaborations and/or translational research efforts to address fundamental research among basic (technology and mechanism oriented), clinical (patient-oriented) and population-based researchers in the environmental health field. The newly established collaborative teams will come together in common interest to investigate potential linkages between human health and one or more environmental stressor(s). The ViCTER program is intended to support innovative high-risk, high-reward transdisciplinary/translational research projects that are more difficult to achieve in a typical R01 application. Collaboration among investigators at different institutions through a virtual consortium arrangement is encouraged.
Deadline: February 1, 2022

The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative population-based research that can contribute to identifying and characterizing pathways and mechanisms through which work or occupation influences health outcomes and health status among populations with health and/or health care disparities, and how work functions as a social determinant of health.
Deadline: February 5, 2022; June 5, 2022

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Accelerating Malaria Vaccine Discovery
The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to inform potential applicants about an area of special interest to NIAID on early phase translational research that will generate new malaria vaccine candidates with desirable features suitable for further downstream development and clinical evaluation. This NOSI encourages studies that will lead to discovery of new vaccine candidates that prevent infection, ameliorate disease, and/or interrupt transmission caused by human malaria parasites, especially Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax.
Deadline: February 5, 2022

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research to Address Vaccine Hesitancy, Uptake, and Implementation among Populations that Experience Health Disparities
This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) highlights the need for research on strategies, and interventions to address vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and implementation among populations who experience health disparities in the US and its territories. Research is needed to understand and address misinformation, distrust, and hesitancy regarding uptake of vaccines (e.g., SARS-CoV-2, pneumococcal, influenza, hepatitis B, human papilloma virus (HPV)) among adults in the United States and territories, especially in populations at increased risk for morbidity and mortality due to long-standing systemic health and social inequities and chronic medical conditions.

This NOSI is focused on adults 18 years and older except for SARS-CoV-2 and HPV-related vaccine topics, which may include eligible children and adolescents. The purpose of this NOSI is to solicit research to: 1) evaluate community-engaged interventions (e.g., expand reach, increase access, address psychosocial barriers) to facilitate vaccination uptake in clinical and community contexts; 2) evaluate organizational, local, state, and federal policies and initiatives that mitigate or exacerbate disparities in vaccine access, uptake, and series completion, and 3) understand and address barriers to increasing reach, access, and uptake of vaccinations among populations who experience health disparities.
Deadline: February 5, 2022

Pediatric Obesity Discovery Science Research to Improve Understanding of Risk and Causal Mechanisms for Obesity in Early Life (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative, discovery research studies to better characterize early-life risk factors and elucidate underlying causal mechanisms through which these risk factors contribute to the development of obesity during infancy and early childhood. Studies should aim to understand biological mechanisms that mediate behavioral and/or metabolic risk for obesity development in young children and how risk may be modified by other contributors such as psychosocial, contextual, and/or environmental factors. This FOA encourages multidisciplinary teams of scientists including, but not limited to those with expertise in basic, translational, clinical, and behavioral research.
Deadline: March 8, 2022

Research to support the development of alternatives to antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals (U01) Clinical Trial Not Allowed
FDA announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2022 funds to support studies that identify the most common drivers for antimicrobial use in animal agriculture and identify potential alternatives to antimicrobials that may reduce the need for antimicrobial use. The funded studies are intended to 1) provide information about animal diseases that are the most significant drivers for antimicrobial use in various animal production settings for the four major food-producing species (i.e., cattle, swine, turkeys, and chickens), and 2) provide information about alternative practices that may help reduce the reliance on such drugs while addressing animal health needs. Such alternatives can include changes in husbandry, biosecurity, vaccination, and other practices.
Deadline: April 1, 2022

Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites research projects that seek to model the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. Both animal model and human subjects research projects are welcome; however, clinical trials are not allowed.
Deadline: June 21, 2022

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.
Deadline: January 12, 2022

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.
Deadline: January 18, 2022

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program
The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.
Deadline: January 31, 2022 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program
The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific detail.
Deadline: Varies by Program through 10/20/2022

View 2022 AFRI Schedule

Other Funding Agencies 

Department of Energy – Earth System Modeling Development and Analysis
This FOA solicits research applications for: 1) Earth System Model Development (ESMD)- To advance the development of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) by enhancing its capability and accuracy toward an integrated earth system model including all earth system components and their interaction with human component; and 2) Regional and Global Model Analysis (RGMA)- To enhance understanding of predictability of the Earth system by simulating, evaluating, and analyzing modes of climate variability, water cycle, and extreme events. Innovative techniques such as machine learning, data assimilation and initialization are encouraged as part of this topic. Development of metrics to quantify and reduce the uncertainty in Earth System model projections will be an integral component of the model analysis part of a successful application.
Pre-Application Deadline: January 5, 2022 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $10 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to continue our work restoring habitat for Great Lakes native fisheries. We are seeking proposals for projects that restore Great Lakes habitats, helping to strengthen ecosystems and fisheries, benefit local economies, and support resilient communities.
Deadline: January 12, 2022 

National Forest Foundation – Matching Awards Program
The NFF is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP) to provide funds for on-the-ground projects that directly benefit America’s National Forests and Grasslands. MAP pairs federal funds provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service with non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, multiplying the resources available to implement stewardship projects that benefit the National Forest System.
Deadline: January 12, 2022 

NC Emerging Issues - Climate Change
The 12-state North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NCRA) manages a portfolio of multistate research (with some integration of Extension and teaching) projects with diverse priority areas that stimulate collaborative, value-added, coordinated, synergistic research-led projects. Once operational, these 5-year projects methodically and incrementally advance science and education across NC and other participating states. Faculty-led projects with other institutions, state and federal agencies, countries, and the private sector are common. Most projects submit multiple project renewals.

To further increase national impact and stimulate a higher level of collaborative NC research across institutions, NCRA directors have agreed, as a pilot, to support a focused, innovative, high quality, and action-oriented NC-led research project that will have immediate impact within a two-year timeframe. In addition, the project must have true collaborations that synergize activities across participating states rather than independent efforts that are merely compiled. We encourage partnerships with existing NC multistate projects, states and other regions, as these may enhance impacts. The existing 500-series of multistate framework would be efficient and appropriate for this application given the use of federal Hatch Multistate Funds. As these are capacity funds, no indirect costs are allowed.

The thematic focus for the current round of funding is on climate change. In addition, proposals must contextualize activities within a framework that highlights DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) impacts, for example through specific partnerships with 1890 and/or 1994 Land-grant institutions. Directors’ priorities may change foci with future calls. A total of $60,000 per year is available from the NC Hatch Multistate funds and it is anticipated that one proposal will be funded. The maximum request for a single proposal is $60,000 for a duration of up to two years. At the end of the one- or two-year project, a formal presentation will be given to NC directors. Deliverables are expected to be multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, and include action-oriented items such as a planning grant leading to successful team competitive grant submissions, development of new technologies and SBIR proposals.
Deadline: January 14, 2022

Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) – Summits & Working Groups
Funding is available to support summits or working groups (up to $20,000). Summits are 2-3 day meetings of 20-30 experts from academia, NGOs, government agencies, and businesses that summarize the state of knowledge and recommend future research priorities on problems in the Great Lakes that span decadal time-scales. Working groups convene smaller groups (8-12) for up to one week to make detailed progress on more narrow Great Lakes issues with solutions on time scales of months to years.
Deadline: January 14, 2022

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development: Rural Development Research and/or Extension Projects in the North Central Region
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Purdue University announces a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-states in the North Central Region of the United States. Priority areas for the Center’s work include: 

  • Creating Resilient Communities and Economies 
  • Developing Leadership and Civic Engagement 
  • Promoting Community Health and Wellness 

Deadline: January 15, 2022

2022 I-Corps@Ohio
I-Corps@Ohio funds will be offered on a competitive basis to teams of faculty researchers and graduate students developing institution-based technologies from Ohio colleges and universities. Under the supervision of business and entrepreneurial mentors, teams will develop market-driven value propositions and scalable business models around their technologies and attract follow on funding to support company formation and market entry.
Deadline: January 16, 2022

Department of Energy – Early Career Research Program
DOE SC hereby invites applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Basic Energy Sciences (BES); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP); Nuclear Physics (NP); Isotope R&D and Production (DOE IP); or Accelerator R&D and Production (ARDAP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by SC. 

SC’s mission is to deliver the scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation’s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for our Nation’s energy future. 
Deadline: January 20, 2022

Clif Bar Family Foundation – Small Grants Program 
Through the program, the foundation will award general support grants as well as funding for specific projects in the three focus areas: strengthen our food system, enhance equitable community health outcomes, and safeguard our environment and natural resources. Priority is given to applicants that address two or more of the funding priorities at the same time, demonstrate strong community ties, and operate within viable and clearly defined plans for positive change.
Deadline: February 1, 2022; June 1, 2022

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Great Lakes Biology Monitoring Program: Phytoplankton and Chlorophyll-a Components Funding Opportunity
EPA is requesting applications for a project to complete sample collection and analyses in support of the Phytoplankton and Chlorophyll-a components of the Great Lakes Biology Monitoring Program.
Deadline: February 8, 2022

Global Probiotics Council - Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
The purpose of the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotic Research is to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States and to impact academic and career development of young investigators, attracting them into the field of probiotics and microbiota.
Deadline: March 1, 2022

Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) – Rapid Funding
CIGLR provides short-term funding up to $10,000 to form an initial response to an emergency or time-sensitive need in the Great Lakes (e.g., Flint water crisis, Toledo water crisis, oil or chemical spill, 100-year storm, etc.). Decisions on rapid proposals can be made internally in 2 days, and provide the seed funding researchers need to be ‘first-responders’ even as they solicit more substantial funds from an appropriate agency or organization. Any principal investigator or student from a Regional Consortium University Partner institution or Private Sector Partner organization may request rapid funding.
Deadline: None

Internal Funding Opportunities 

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