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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)

Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge
The Harvest for Health Challenge aims to accelerate the development of underutilized crops and to increase the diversity of nutritious foods in the marketplace.

Many nutritious, resilient crops remain underutilized, contributing to poor dietary diversity and health outcomes. The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), with support from the RF Catalytic Capital, launched the Harvest for Health challenge to accelerate development of underutilized crops.
Deadline: August 7, 2024

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)

Animal and Veterinary Innovation Centers (U18) 
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for inclusion as Animal and Veterinary Innovation Centers, which are intended to form long-term partnerships to address priority areas for FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This includes CVM developing cooperative agreement(s) with academic research institutions (public and private) to: 

  1. Drive research that supports the development of interventions to prevent, control, or eliminate Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in animals, or interventions that reduce the circulation of the virus in the ecosystem. Work may also include other emerging zoonotic disease threats or One Health issues in future years. 
  2. Drive research that supports the development of intentional genomic alternations in animals and the advancement of regulatory science in this field, with a focus on intentional genomic alternations that support agricultural resilience, food security, animal health, or public health. 
  3. Drive research that supports the development of products for minor species, minor uses in major species (dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys) and other unmet veterinary medical needs in major species that create a significant animal or public health burden. 

Deadline: July 22, 2024 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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 24, 2024

EDU Core Research (ECR:Core)
The EHR Core Research (ECR) program offers this ECR:Core solicitation and invites proposals for fundamental research (curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research) that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of the three broadly conceived Research Areas: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.
Deadline: October 3, 2024

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Workforce - Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) National Workforce Strategy is part of a joint agency initiative between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) that is expected to cultivate comprehensive and sustained solutions for WIC workforce development. The joint agency initiative aims to strengthen the diversity and cultural competency of the WIC workforce, with the ultimate goals of increasing: 1) WIC participation through reaching those populations that are eligible, but not enrolled; and 2) WIC participants use of benefits and services, including nutrition education and breastfeeding support.
Deadline: July 1, 2024

Underserved and Veteran Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters — 2501 Program
USDA is accepting applications for approximately $22.3 million available through the 2501 Program to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities that help underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. 2501 Program partners are based in local communities and rural areas where they serve a critical role in maximizing USDA’s outreach efforts by identifying systemic barriers that need to be removed and working to increase equitable participation in USDA’s programs and services. Applicants must have at least three years of experience in working with socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers or veteran farmers and ranchers.
Deadline: July 5, 2024

Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program
Description: The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. AgVets projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations and management practices. Projects may also offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans. Ensuring there are pathways for military veterans interested in pursuing careers in agriculture — regardless of age or production choice — strengthens agricultural production and rural economies across the United States. NIFA requests applications for the AgVets to provide grants to nonprofit organizations for training programs and services to establish and enhance farming and ranching opportunities for military veterans. 
Deadline: July 11, 2024

National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program
This grant program supports: (1) training students for master's and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences; and (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Awards are specifically intended to support trainee-ship programs that engage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees in USDA mission areas. Applicants provide clarity about the philosophy of their graduate training, and relevance to USDA mission sciences, NIFA priorities and national science education policies and statistics. 
Deadline: August 13, 2024

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) Program
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) Program provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and Extension. supports grants in six AFRI priority areas:

  • 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
  • Agriculture economics and rural communities

AFRI-FAS invests in agricultural production research, education, and Extension projects for a more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production system. Applications that address climate change, nutrition security, expanding markets for producers, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, and equity for underserved producers are encouraged.
Deadline: Varies until December 31, 2024

Other Funding Agencies

Allen Foundation 
The policies and priorities of Allen Foundation, Inc:

  1. To make grants to fund relevant nutritional research;
  2. To support programs for the education and training of mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children, so that good nutritional habits can be formed at an early age;
  3. To assist in the training of persons to work as educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices;
  4. To encourage the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits;
  5. In limited situations, to make grants to help solve immediate emergency hunger and malnutrition problems.

Letter of Intent Deadline: July 15, 2024

Pathway to Stop Diabetes Accelerator Award
The Pathway to Stop Diabetes® Initiator award is designed to support early career researchers who have distinguished themselves during their research training as exceptionally talented and promising research investigators with a high likelihood of establishing successful, independent research programs and making seminal contributions in diabetes research.  These awards are highly competitive and intended to support particularly innovative and transformational ideas that have the potential to have an exceptional impact in diabetes with an emphasis on the investigator’s potential to significantly transform diabetes through research (‘moving the needle’) to improve the lives of people with diabetes. These awards provide salary and research support for applicants during late stages of mentored training through establishment as independent research faculty. 
Deadline: July 17, 2024

Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH)
The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) supports accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters.
Deadline: July 18, 2024

Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund aims to stimulate the growth of new connections between scholars working in largely disconnected fields who might together change the course of climate change's impact on human health. We are mainly but not exclusively interested in activities that build connections between basic/early biomedical scientific approaches and ecological, environmental, geological, geographic, and planetary-scale thinking, as well as with population-focused fields, including epidemiology and public health, demography, economics, and urban planning. Also of interest is work piloting new approaches or interactions toward reducing the impact of health-centered activities, such as developing more sustainable systems for health care, care delivery, and biomedical research systems. Another area of interest is preparation for the impacts of extreme weather and other crises that can drive large-scale disruptions that will immediately impact human health and the delivery of health care. Public outreach, climate communication, and education efforts focused on the intersection of climate and health are also appropriate for this call. This program supports work conceived through many kinds of creative thinking. Successful applicants include academic scientists, physicians, and public health experts, community organizations, science outreach centers, non-biomedical academic departments, and more.
Deadline: July 25, 2024

Advancing health & enhancing nutrition via gene editing
Are you passionate about using science to improve human health and the environment? We are seeking to partner with academic researchers and companies to develop new fruit and vegetable products that have increased nutritional content, enhanced consumer appeal or positive impact on the environment by harnessing the speed and precision of gene editing/new breeding techniques. Let’s work together to create a future where fruits and vegetables are even more delicious and nutritious, while decreasing food waste. We are looking for anything from a product concept around a gene edit in a fruit or vegetable crop to an existing and characterized edit. 

Solutions of interest include: 

  • Technology maturity: ranging from early in-crop proof of concept to commercial-ready leads​ 
  • Crops: all vegetables and fruits excluding fruit trees 
  • Product Concept: nutrition, taste, consumer appeal, food waste reduction 
  • Technology:  gene editing (not transgenic traits) 
  • Our must-have requirements are: A product or focus developed through gene editing or NBTs in a fruit or vegetable crop. 

Deadline: July 31, 2024 

Brady Education Foundation
The Foundation is currently accepting Research Project (RP) proposals and Existing Program Evaluation (EPE) proposals that have the potential to provide data that will inform how to address disparities in educational opportunities associated with race, ethnicity, and family income.
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 1, 2024

Cliff Family Foundation
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: August 1, 2024 

Research Grants on Reducing Inequality
The W. T. Grant Foundation funds research that increases our understanding of the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 7, 2024

Opioid Crisis Innovation Challenge
This opportunity supports projects that combine strategies from diverse fields and engage multidisciplinary teams in tackling some of the most intractable problems associated with the nation's opioid-related addiction and poisoning crisis. FORE welcomes proposals that explore and/or evaluate "outside-the-box" ideas, bringing together approaches from diverse fields, and engage in cross-sector teams focused on one or more of the following:

  • Innovative Payment Models
  • Workforce Development
  • Supporting the Transition from Treatment to Recovery

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 8, 2024

Wildlife Health Proposals - Morris Animal Foundation
Fellowship Training Grants are designed to assist new investigators in launching a successful research career by providing salary support in a quality mentoring environment.  Proposals should advance the health and overall welfare of wildlife. While conservation is a priority, any conservation focused proposals must be through an animal health lens. Animals in managed care settings can be a valuable proxy for wild counterparts, but all submitted proposals must have direct translational value to free living wildlife populations.  This must be explained in the Animal Health Impact Statement of the proposal.  
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 14, 2024

Challenges in forest management: Climate change, biodiversity and forest products
The overall objective of the program is to improve sustainable forest management that addresses the pressing problems of climate change and biodiversity loss as well as society’s need  for forest products.
Deadline: September 23, 2024

Daylight Research - Velux Stiftung
Daylight is a resource that is available as an almost infinite supply and – if we make sensible use of it – can help solve energy problems, be beneficial to health and even ease illnesses. Velux Stiftung supports research on the effects and utilization of natural daylight in three fields: 1) Daylight & Humans; 2) Daylight & Nature; and 3) Daylight Technology.
Deadline: September 30 ,2024

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

Internal Funding Opportunities

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