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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)

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) 

Effectiveness of Implementing Sustainable Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Traditionally Underserved Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages studies that develop and test the effectiveness of strategies for implementation and sustainable delivery of evidence-based mental health treatments and services to improve mental health outcomes for underserved populations in low-resourced settings in the United States. Studies should identify and use innovative approaches to remediate barriers to provision, receipt, and/or benefit from evidence-based practices (EBPs) and generate new information about factors integral to achieving equity in mental health outcomes for underserved populations. Research generating new information about factors causing/reducing disparities are strongly encouraged, including due consideration of the needs of individuals across the life span.
Deadline: October 5, 2021

Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program that is likely to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or sleep) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. This FOA is intended to support research where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and funding. All applications submitted to this FOA must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity-related policy or program offers an uncommon and scientifically-compelling research opportunity that will only be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications submitted to this time-sensitive FOA are not eligible for re-submission. It is intended that eligible applications selected for funding will be awarded within 4 months of the application due date; however, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline.
Deadline: October 14, 2021; November 9, 2021

Promoting Bunyavirales Basic Science Research (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate fundamental research of human disease-causing pathogens in the Bunyavirales order by supporting projects studying vector competence, virology, pathogenesis, and immunity.
Deadline: October 23, 2021

High impact, Interdisciplinary Science in NIDDK Research Areas (RC2 Clinical Trial Optional)
This FOA seeks novel approaches in areas that address specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that will advance the area in significant ways designed to accelerate scientific progress in the understanding, treatment, and prevention of diseases within the mission of NIDDK.
Deadline: November 2, 2021

Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics. The overall goal of the program is to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs.
Deadline: November 15, 2021

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, 2021

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

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Racial Equity in STEM Education (EHR Racial Equity)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice.  Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.
Deadline: October 12, 2021

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes/supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
Deadline: October 18, 2021

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

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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 

View 2022 AFRI Schedule

NIFA Farm of the Future
Farm of the Future is a competitive grant program that will be implemented by USDA NIFA to establish an agricultural test bed and demonstration site. It seeks to launch this rural test bed for precision agriculture, smart automation, data connectivity and transfer, and to demonstrate best practices in climate-smart agriculture, forestry, and animal production systems that enhance sustainability and farm profitability. The test bed will evaluate digital and smart technologies to provide accessible, data-driven solutions that support resilient agricultural and value-added practices.
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 15, 2021 

USDA Cooperative Agreements to Support Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers
USDA is investing up to $50 million to support historically underserved farmers and ranchers with climate-smart agriculture and forestry. Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements are available to expand delivery of conservation assistance to farmers who are beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, & veterans.
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 25, 2021 

Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
The USDA SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market. 

Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water.  
Deadline: November 3, 2021 

AFRI: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
The program's focus is on both the discovery, as well as on building and testing models that elucidate these principles and processes. Research proposals should focus on understanding the determinants of transmission of diseases to humans, non-human animals, or plants; the spread of pathogens by environmental factors, vectors or abiotic agents; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or alternate hosts; or the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of disease transmission.
Deadline: November 24, 2021 

Other Funding Agencies 

Cliff 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: October 1, 2021

National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA is soliciting proposals to understand the combined impacts of multiple stressors on the function and health of marine ecosystems within the context of climate change. This information will be used to improve place-based management of marine protected areas and enable the proactive protection of these critical ecosystems under future climate scenarios.
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 4, 2021

North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program
The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 7, 2021

USAID + Several USG Agencies: Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are announcing a call for new proposals for the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. The focus is on sourcing locally led research projects from researchers in USAID partner countries that aid in our understanding of how shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect key sectors in our partner countries and test approaches to help communities and sectors respond to and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 or similar future shocks.
Deadline: October 22, 2021

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is accepting applications from States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, and water districts; State, regional, or local authorities; and other organizations with water or power delivery authority in the western United States for WaterSMART grants. Applicants would cost share with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, including improvements that may be eligible for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the western United States.
Deadline: November 3, 2021

Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards
The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Investigators must be currently active in research on microbial ecology and/or evolution, excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: November 5, 2021

North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center
Funding to support IPM efforts for 2022 is available through the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center. Applications for working group projects and critical issues projects should support the Center's Priorities. These priorities are based upon the Center's Signature programs and are evaluated annually by regional stakeholders.  Providing funds for Working Group projects and Critical Issues projects supports the North Central IPM Center’s mission of improving health, environmental and economic conditions in the North Central region through leadership and cooperation with diverse stakeholders to increase use of IPM solutions. This mission directly accomplishes the goals of the National IPM Roadmap.
Deadline: November 19, 2021

Internal Funding Opportunities 

CFAES Research & Graduate Education Internal Grants Program
The CFAES IGP is a unique funding opportunity for CFAES researchers and is designed to increase the competitiveness of researchers in extramural grant programs, enhance and encourage creative and innovative research needed to prepare competitive extramural proposals, encourage the development of intellectual property, and promote the creation of faculty teams to develop competitive extramural grant applications by addressing immediate needs.
Deadline: October 13, 2021

CAPS Research Enhancement Grant Program 
The Center for Applied Plant Sciences seeks applications for Research Enhancement Grants. Through these awards, CAPS will invest in existing research programs needing non-salary resources to enhance their competitiveness for extramural support. While proposals from interdisciplinary teams, particularly those spanning departments and colleges, will be viewed favorably, proposals from individual investigators are welcomed. Proposals must clearly articulate how the requested funds will leverage extramural funding with new proposals or by strengthening resubmissions. It is anticipated that $50K of available funds will support 3 or more awards.
Deadline: October 15, 2021