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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)

SHIC Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program
SHIC, along with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), a non-profit organization established in the 2014 Farm Bill to build public-private partnerships that fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges, and Pork Checkoff, is funding a Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program to be implemented over the next two years. SHIC, FFAR and Pork Checkoff are soliciting proposals to investigate cost-effective, innovative technologies, protocols, or ideas to implement biosecurity during the wean-to-harvest phase of production.
Deadline: December 16, 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) 

Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01)
The objective of this FOA is to encourage optimal utilization of large domestic animals in high-priority areas of biomedical and agricultural research. This initiative is designed to facilitate and encourage carefully designed research studies through meticulous selection of farm animals that mimic human developmental, physiological, and etiological processes to better understand the biology of normal reproduction and reproductive pathophysiology, normal and abnormal metabolism, developmental origin of diseases, precision nutrition, and improve prevention and treatment of diseases in both human and agriculturally important domestic farm animals. The anticipated outcomes include both the elucidation of fundamental information relevant for the improvement of human health and an increase in the quality of healthy animal products. It is envisioned that each application will address mission-relevant areas of both agencies.
Deadline: December 15, 2022

Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to provide a new pathway for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who wish to propose research projects in a new direction for which preliminary data do not exist. The Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant, named in honor of the late National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Director, Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., is open to a broad range of scientific research relevant to the mission of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). Proposed projects must represent a change in research direction for the ESI and should be innovative and unique. A distinct feature for this FOA is that applications must not include preliminary data.
Deadline: January 26, 2023

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, 2023; October 22, 2024 (with Letter of Intent 30 days prior to application due date)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)
The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, organismal, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative, mathematical, or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease (re)emergence and transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of (re)emergence and transmission among any host species, including but not limited to humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of vectors and reservoir species or hosts; how the physiology or behavior of the pathogen, vector, or host species biology affects transmission dynamics; the feedback between ecological transmission and evolutionary dynamics; and the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of pathogen transmission and disease. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, enteric, or respiratory pathogens of either terrestrial or aquatic systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, anthropologists, modelers, ecologists, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, oceanographers, mathematical scientists, behaviorists, epidemiologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, immunologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.
Deadline: November 16, 2022

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 11, 2023

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: January 18, 2023

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: March 1, 2023

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA Regional Food Business Centers Funding Opportunity
The USDA Regional Food Business Centers will support a more resilient, diverse, and competitive food system.  These Regional Food Centers will support producers by providing localized assistance to access local and regional supply chains, including linking producers to wholesalers and distributors. They will provide technical assistance needed to access new markets, access to federal, state, and local resources, and will assist small- and mid-sized producers in overcoming barriers to market access, with a focus on underserved farmers, ranchers, and food businesses.  No match is required.
Deadline: November 22, 2022

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.
Deadline: December 8, 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

Specialty Crop Research Initiative
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and Extension that address key challenges of national, regional and multistate importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.
Deadline: January 12, 2023

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
The purpose of the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program program is to support the generation of new information that will assist federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing genetically engineered organisms into the environment. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant.
Deadline: January 19, 2023

Other Funding Agencies 

North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center Grants
The North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center announces the availability of funding through its Working Group and Critical Issues programs. Applications for working group projects and critical issues projects should support the Center’s priorities.
Deadline: November 18, 2022

Ohio Vegetable and Small Fruit Research and Development Grant Program
Please find attached the 2023 research application for the Ohio Vegetable and Small Fruit Research and Development Program. Please keep in mind that the goal of the Ohio Vegetable and Small Fruit Research and Development Program (OVSFRDP) is to improve the profitability and marketability of vegetable and small fruit crops through research and development. The grower-generated grant funds sponsor crop research supporting the development of new varieties, new cultural and pest management practices, and other activities to enhance the profitability of vegetable and small fruit crops.

Here is the timeline for this year:

 January 3 - Deadline for submission of researchers’ proposal for board consideration

  • January 17 - OVSFRDP Operating Committee will meet to select proposals and decide on grant allocations. Recipients will be notified. (after Ohio Produce Network at 4 PM)
  • October 31 - Interim summaries or updates due. This is one week prior to the fall OVSFRDP meeting.
  • November 3 - OVSFRDP Meeting (at OARDC or conference call from 10 – 1)
  • January 6 - Final report due. Due date extensions must be approved by OVSFRDP Operating Committee.

Please direct questions to: Valerie Parks Graham, OPGMA at
Deadline: January 3, 2023

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 

Interdisciplinary Innovation Team Development Award
This program supports postdoctoral scholars recruited by Ohio State faculty by providing up to $5,000 to aid them with jump-starting their research agenda at the university and relocating to Columbus (or other Ohio State location). Thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s generosity and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, we will be able to provide onboarding funding for up to forty incoming postdoctoral scholars over the 2022-2023 academic year.
Deadline: November 18, 2022

Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grant Competition 2023 Call for Proposals
The 2023 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment invites full-time assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75% appointment for a nine or 12-month period) to submit proposals. 
Selection Criteria 

Through this annual competition, the BETHA Endowment seeks innovative projects that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Projects that address the following criteria are encouraged: 

  • Projects that bring together expertise from two or more intellectually distinct disciplines or institutional partners, and those that envision collaborative opportunities for faculty, students and community members. 

  • Projects that address engineering-related topics or feature collaborations between engineering and the social sciences or arts/humanities. 

Deadline: December 9, 2022

CFAES R&GE Internal Grants Graduate Program (IGP) 
The CFAES IGP Graduate Competition is a unique funding opportunity for CFAES graduate student researchers designed to accomplish the following objectives: 

  • Provide graduate students with an opportunity to gain experience with research methods in food, agriculture, environmental sciences, human ecology and related social sciences.
  • Introduce graduate students to the grant-writing and peer-review processes.
  • Stimulate faculty-graduate student collaborations and mentoring of graduate students by CFAES faculty.

Dealine: December 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM

CFAES R&GE Internal Grants Undergradaute Program (IGP) 
The CFAES IGP Undergraduate Compeition is a unique funding opportunity for CFAES undergraduate student researchers designed to accomplish the following objectives: 

  • Provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain experience with research methods in food, agriculture, environmental sciences, human ecology and related social sciences.
  • Stimulate faculty-undergraduate student collaborations and mentoring of students by CFAES faculty.
  • Help identify students who have the potential for graduate school and research careers.

Deadline: December 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM

FY2023 Sustainability Proposal Development Grant ProgramThis funding mechanism will support teams of scholars from two or more distinct disciplines in the development of external funding proposals relating to one or more of the Sustainability Institute research program areas. Proposals must take an interdisciplinary approach and clearly consider key components and interactions of both human (social, behavioral, economic, or engineered) and natural (geophysical, environmental, or ecological) systems. To be eligible, the target funding opportunity must have a submission date on or before December 31, 2024. Preference will be given to teams that are pursuing funding in one or more of SI’s research program areas that also address climate change mitigation, adaptation, health, and/or justice.
Deadline: June 1, 2023 (available funds may expire before deadline)