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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)

2023 Seeding Solutions Request for Applications
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is now accepting pre-proposal applications for the 2023 cycle of Seeding Solutions, a competitive grant program that supports research to solve urgent issues across six Challenge Areas and AgMission priorities. FFAR will award a total of up to $10 million in grants through the 2023 Seeding Solutions program, with individual awards ranging from $300,000 to $1 million. Submitting a pre-application is required.
Pre-Application Deadline: March 8, 2023

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) 

Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to support novel environmental health research in which an unpredictable event or policy change provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and human-made disasters, emerging environmental public health threats, and policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. A distinguishing feature of an appropriate study is the need for rapid review and funding, substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle, for the research question to be addressed and swiftly implemented. 

The shortened timeframe will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within 4-6 months. 
Deadline: April 3, 2023

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications for Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). As intellectual hubs for environmental health science research, the EHS CC is expected to be the thought leaders for the field and advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan ( The Core Centers provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services and/or resources, to groups of investigators conducting environmental health sciences research. An EHS CC enables researchers to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively. The overall goal of an EHS CC is to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that advance understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. The EHS CC supports community engagement and translational research as key approaches to improving public health.
Deadline: April 19, 2023

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35) to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and/or enhance research training opportunities for predoctoral students interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research. Many NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this NRSA program exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for health professional students (medical students, veterinary students, and/or students in other health-professional programs) during the summer.

This program is also intended to encourage training of graduate students in the physical or quantitative sciences to pursue research careers by short-term exposure to, and involvement in, the health-related sciences. The training should be of sufficient depth to enable the trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of biomedical research.
Deadline: May 25, 2023

Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 - Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs) to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are within the mission of NIGMS. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.
Deadline: May 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)

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 26, 2023

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects
The Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program improves the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families. Supported by the Cooperative Extension System, CYFAR marshals the resources of the Cooperative Extension System and Land-grant Universities to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited-resource families and youth with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.
Deadline: March 21, 2023

USDA Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Planning Projects and Implementation Projects
The primary goal of the UAIP pilot project is to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. The two types of UAIP grants being made available for application under this NFO are Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Planning Projects are projects that will initiate, develop, or support the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, members of tribal communities, and other stakeholders in areas where access to fresh foods are limited or unavailable. Implementation Projects are for accelerating existing and emerging models of urban and/or innovative agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners. Innovation may include new and emerging, as well as traditional or indigenous, agricultural practices.
Deadline: March 27, 2023

Veterinary Services Grant Program
The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

The purpose of VSGP is to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the U.S., which includes insular areas (see Part VIII, D of this RFA for a definition of “insular area”). Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to: 1. Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine. 2. Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety and public health. 3. Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technicians. 4. To expose students in grades 11 and 12 to education and career opportunities in food animal medicine.
Deadline: March 29, 2023

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.
Deadline: March 30, 2023

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives.
Deadline: April 13, 2023

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers in the Untied States. BFRDP provides beginning farmers or ranchers with unique educational, training, mentoring and technical assistance programs. These programs enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.
Deadline: April 27, 2023

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions
The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) supports the development and implementation of research, Extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. ORG prioritizes environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the areas of soil conservation, pollinator health and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases. It is expected that all projects will integrate research, education and Extension activities, as appropriate to project goals, although some projects may be weighted more heavily than others in one or more of these areas.
Deadline: April 27, 2023

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP)
The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) brings together food and healthcare systems stakeholders to improve the health and nutrition of participating households. NIFA requests applications for GusNIP to support and evaluate projects intended to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by providing incentives at the point of purchase among income-eligible consumers participating in the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in all 50 States.
Deadline: May 4, 2023

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Applications to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on 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 are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. These approaches must demonstrate current needs and anticipate future social, cultural, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed should result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for all those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption.
Deadline: July 13, 2023

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 until December 29, 2023

Other Funding Agencies 

The Peanut Institute Foundation 
We are requesting proposals from researchers across the country to enhance our understanding of how consuming peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut products affects health in various populations (e.g., brain health, immunity, personalized nutrition, gut microbiome, chronic diseases, diet quality, etc.).
Deadline: April 1, 2023

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program committed to building a Culture of Health through identifying effective strategies to improve children’s nutrition and weight. HER’s mission is to support and disseminate research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies that promote healthy eating among children and advance nutrition security and health equity. Some goals of the program are to: build a vibrant, inclusive, interdisciplinary research base in the areas of healthy food access, nutrition security, diet quality, and healthy weight; and communicate research findings to accelerate policy, systems, and environmental changes. HER issues calls for proposals (CFPs) to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
Concept Paper Deadline: April 5, 2023

NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2023 (ROSES-2023)
NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces the release of its annual omnibus solicitation for basic and applied research, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) 2023. ROSES is an omnibus solicitation, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics.
Concept Paper Deadline: June 7, 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 

NW AgTech Innovation Hub
At Farm Science Review last September, The Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences announced the formation of an AgTech innovation Hub. The Hub is aimed at collaborating on research and innovation activity focused on developing new solutions to help the agriculture ecosystem understand, manage, and mitigate climate risk. Initiatives will focus on applied research, technology transfer, the exchange of knowledge and experience, and transdisciplinary innovation in support of agricultural technology.

One component of the AgTech Innovation Hub provides support for applied research. Please read the RFP carefully and be aware that there is interest in a wide range of projects including the social sciences, economics, and policy. 

This is a unique opportunity in that projects will be of short duration (1 year initially), well-funded (up to $150,000), have an accelerated timeline (anticipated May 1 start date), and a low likelihood that requests for no-cost extensions would be approved. These parameters will strongly influence the type of projects that can be proposed and that is intentional. Submit an application
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 10, 2023

President's Research Excellence Program
Ohio State aims to grow its research and innovation enterprise and increase its research eminence among the nation’s and the world’s research universities by attracting more externally sponsored research funding, enabling curiosity-driven research and discoveries, and addressing large, complex societal challenges. Towards these goals, the President’s Research Excellence (PRE) program provides seed support for cross- and interdisciplinary research that have the potential to attract external funding.
Deadline: May 5, 2023

FY2023 Sustainability Proposal Development Grant Program
This 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)

Climate Change Proposal Development Grants
As part of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Research Enabling Initiative, TDAI, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) and the Sustainability Institute (SI) are offering Climate Change Proposal Development Grants to support extramural proposal development and execution for big data-enabled interdisciplinary research related to climate change and sustainability.
Deadline: Rolling through June 30, 2023