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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


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)

Food Waste Challenge
Food waste represents not only the loss of nutrients but a waste of valuable resources, which puts significant strains on the environment, economy and society. While current efforts to address food waste is hampered by multiple obstacles to accurate measurement, it is estimated that over a third of US food waste happens in households. 

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), in collaboration with The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, is launching the Food Waste Challenge to develop an original, innovative methodology for regularly occurring quantitative measurement of food waste generated in US households that stakeholders across the food system can use. 

Food waste occurs for numerous reasons and at various levels throughout the food system, which makes tackling the problem especially challenging. FFAR will prioritize innovative projects that emphasize a commitment to the collaboration of researchers and practitioners across multiple sectors and disciplines. 

The lessons learned in developing household-level measurements may inform food waste reduction efforts targeted towards other levels of the food system. 
Deadline: July 13, 2022 

Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge
Of more than 50,000 known edible plant species, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that only three crops – rice, wheat and maize – account for two-thirds of the world’s food supply. As a result, many nutritious, resilient crops remain underutilized, contributing to poor dietary diversity and health outcomes. 

FFAR partnered with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to launch Harvest for Health initiative to accelerate the development of underutilized crops, increasing the diversity of foods in the marketplace. The model developed through this initiative will predict underutilized crops’ potential as sources of functional and nutritious ingredients that could replace, complement or aid in reformulating the existing food products or developing new ones.
Deadline: July 20, 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) 

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (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 complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. 

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 

  • Curriculum or Methods Development 

  • Outreach 

Deadline: July 13, 2022

Research Coordinating Center to Support Climate Change and Health Community of Practice (U24 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), in partnership with Fogarty International Center (FIC), National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Heart Blood and Lung Institute (NHBLI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) are leading an NIH-wide Climate Change and Health (CCH) Initiative with the goals of reducing the health threats posed by climate change across the lifespan, including by improving the health of people who are at increased risk from or disparately affected by climate change impacts, and to build health resilience among individuals, communities, Tribal Nations, and nations around the world, thereby addressing health equity. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications from eligible institutions to develop a Research Coordinating Center (RCC) to support the development of an NIH CCH Community of Practice (COP) by managing and supporting current CCH research and capacity building efforts and supporting the expansion of the COP in the long term.
Deadline: August 25, 2022

Partnerships for Development of Vaccines Against Select Enteric Pathogens (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research applications focused on advancing development of vaccine candidates against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), Salmonella enterica serotype Paratyphi A, and two Shigella species, Shigella flexneri and Shigella sonnei.
Deadline: September 14, 2022

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)
The goal of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program is to provide structured activities to prepare a diverse cohort of research-oriented students to transfer from associate degree-granting institutions to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions and complete a baccalaureate degree in disciplines related to the biomedical sciences. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements.

This program requires strong partnerships between at least two post-secondary educational institutions offering science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees. At least one partner must be an institution that offers the associate degree as the highest STEM degree and the other partner(s) must offer baccalaureate degrees in biomedically relevant STEM fields. Upon completion of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training program, trainees are expected to be well positioned to pursue research-oriented biomedical higher degree programs or enter careers in the biomedical research workforce.
Deadline: September 26, 2022

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support studies that will identify, develop, and/or test strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, practices, programs, tools, treatments, guidelines, and policies. Studies that promote equitable dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions among underrepresented communities are encouraged. Conversely, there is a benefit in understanding circumstances that create a need to stop or reduce (“de-implement”) the use of practices that are ineffective, unproven, low-value, or harmful. In addition, studies to advance dissemination and implementation research methods and measures are encouraged. Applications that focus on re-implementation of evidence-based health services (e.g. cancer screening) that may have dropped off amidst the ongoing COVID pandemic are encouraged. 

All applications must be within the scope of the mission of one of the Institutes/Centers listed. 
Deadline: October 5, 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: October 24, 2022; October 24, 2023; October 22, 2024 (with Letter of Intent 30 days prior to application due date)

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: July 13, 2022

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
Deadline: July 25, 2022

The Economics program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. This program also strengthens both empirical and theoretical economic analysis as well as the methods for rigorous research on economic behavior. It supports research in almost every area of economics, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance.
Deadline: August 18, 2022

Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH)
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.
Deadline: November 10, 2022

Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
Convergence research is a critical mechanism for solving many vexing research problems, in particular, those stemming from complex social and/or scientific challenges. In recognition of this fact, Growing Convergence Research (GCR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) was identified in 2016 as one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. The two primary characteristics of Convergence Research are: 1) Research driven by a specific and compelling problem. Convergence Research is generally inspired by the need to address a specific challenge or opportunity, whether it arises from deep scientific questions or pressing societal needs and 2) Deep integration across disciplines. As experts from different disciplines pursue common research challenges, their knowledge, theories, methods, data, research communities and languages become increasingly intermingled or integrated. New frameworks, paradigms or even disciplines can emerge from sustained interactions across multiple communities. From its inception, the convergence paradigm intentionally brings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific language.
Deadline: February 5, 2023

Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)
The MCA offers an opportunity for researchers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged.
Deadline: February 5, 2023

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) focuses on collaborative science engagement that intends to develop a community of researchers across both crops and animals that will lay the foundation for expanding knowledge concerning genomes and phenomes of importance to the agriculture sector of the United States. Success of the initiative will inform approaches to understanding how variable weather, environments, and production systems interact with genetic diversity present in crops and animals to impact growth and productivity.  This will provide greater accuracy in predicting crop and animal performance under variable conditions and more efficient selection of well-adapted, superior genotypes that farmers and ranchers can produce.
Deadline: July 21, 2022

AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Agricultural Systems supports approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects that are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America.
Deadline: July 28, 2022

AFRI Education and Workforce Development Program
NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Development Program focuses on developing the next generation of research, education and Extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The aim of these grants is to cultivate future industry, government or academic leaders who can solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century.
Deadline: Varies by Program through October 27, 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 December 31, 2022

View 2022 AFRI Schedule

Other Funding Agencies 

ASPCA Fund to End Factory Farming
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans. Grants will be awarded in support of projects to pursue new data, evidence, or narratives that can inspire consumers, companies, farmers, institutions, and/or policy makers in transitioning away from factory farming to more humane, equitable, and sustainable food production.
Deadline: July 18, 2022

Cleveland Foundation invites applications for human needs projects in Cuyahoga County
A supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation, the Higley Fund was established in 1994 by Albert M. Higley, Jr. and his wife, Beverly. The Higley family has been an integral part of the Cleveland community for more than 150 years. In pursuit of its civic mission, the Higley Fund invites applications for its grants program, which will award project-based grants to organizations in Cuyahoga County working to assist residents of the region with their basic needs, including food, housing, education/training, health, and crisis intervention. 
Deadline: August 1, 2022

Allen Foundation, Inc. Grants Program
Allen Foundation, Inc., named in honor of William Webster Allen, operates under the laws of the State of Michigan with offices in Midland. Grants are limited under the terms of the foundation's charter to projects that primarily benefit programs for human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research.
Deadline: January 15, 2023

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

Awesome Foundation Grant 
A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiatives and public or social practice art projects.
Deadline: None

New Challenges on Challenge.Gov 
Number of challenges: 15 
Number of Agencies: 5 
Total Prizes Offered: $6,085,000 

Though February was a short month, the prize competitions keep coming on Challenge.Gov! Fifteen prize competitions were launched by five federal agencies. Three of the competitions offer non-monetary awards, while 12 competitions are offering a combined total prize purse of over $6 million. Please see below for more information on challenges and prize competitions launched in February. 
Deadline: Various

Internal Funding Opportunities 

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