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. 

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

As the COVID-19 situation develops the CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education will compile relevant funding opportunities for our research community. Click here to view announcements. 

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) 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) - Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). NIAID is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Deadline: April 30, 2021

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to SEPA Awards to Develop Innovative Educational Resources to Address SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Hesitancy
Vaccinating the US population with SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is the key to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the nation. However, a significant number of Americans, including those in medically underserved communities, have questions about vaccination. The goal of this NOSI is to support SEPA grantees in the development of SARS-CoV-2 resources, specifically related to the educational interventions of their SEPA projects, that will address key issues related to vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccine acceptance in the US.
Deadline: April 30, 2021

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Comprehensive Care for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus from Health Disparity Populations
The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest is to support multidisciplinary, investigative and collaborative research focused on developing and testing multi-level strategies to effectively implement recommended guidelines of comprehensive clinical care for individuals with Type 2 diabetes from health disparity populations.
Deadline: May 8, 2021

Development of Medical Countermeasures for Biothreat Agents, Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections an Emerging Infectious Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports research related to the basic understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.  This Broad Agency Announcement is soliciting proposals that possess the research and development (R&D) expertise necessary for successfully carrying out research toward meeting the program objectives of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), NIAID, NIH.
Deadline: May 24, 2021

Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant supports an innovative project that represents a change in research direction for an early stage investigator (ESI) and for which no preliminary data exist. Applications submitted to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) must not include preliminary data. Applications must include a separate attachment describing the change in research direction. The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on their scientific missions.
Deadline: May 26, 2021; September 28, 2021

Elucidating the Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Peripheral Metabolism and Metabolic Disease through the Application of Novel Tools and Methodologies (RC2 Clinical Trial Optional)
This targeted FOA specifically seeks to generate scientific advancements addressing the role of the autonomic nervous system in the regulation of peripheral metabolism and its role in diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disease. Interdisciplinary teams may propose to develop resources in the form of novel tools or methodologies that when applied to the autonomic nervous system will contribute to elucidating its functional role in metabolism. Alternatively, teams may focus on novel approaches to address specific knowledge gaps or scientific questions that will significantly contribute to our understanding of role of the autonomic nervous system in metabolism with the goal of accelerating scientific progress in the treatment and prevention of metabolic disease.
Deadline: June 1, 2021

Immune Development in Early Life (IDEaL) (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research to define the mechanisms regulating the establishment, development and maintenance of immunity throughout childhood (from birth to less than 18 years of age), including the impact of pathogenic or commensal microbes or vaccination against infectious diseases, allergens or environmental pollutants on immune ontogeny and function. This program will establish collaborations among immunologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, systems biologists, and microbiologists to expand our knowledge of the developing immune system. Knowledge obtained through this program may be applied to the design of improved vaccines and immunotherapies to combat infections or treat/prevent immune-mediated diseases in this vulnerable population.
Deadline: June 4, 2021

Emergency Awards: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) on Pan-Coronavirus Vaccine Development Program Projects
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research to define the mechanisms regulating the establishment, development and maintenance of immunity throughout childhood (from birth to less than 18 years of age), including the impact of pathogenic or commensal microbes or vaccination against infectious diseases, allergens or environmental pollutants on immune ontogeny and function. This program will establish collaborations among immunologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, systems biologists, and microbiologists to expand our knowledge of the developing immune system. Knowledge obtained through this program may be applied to the design of improved vaccines and immunotherapies to combat infections or treat/prevent immune-mediated diseases in this vulnerable population.
Deadline: June 11, 2021

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
This initiative will support (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities.
Deadline: August 24, 2021

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I and II for the 2021 Cohort
The NSF Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program seeks to transition basic research and discovery into practice—to solve high-impact societal challenges aligned with specific research themes (tracks).
Letter of Intent Deadline: May 5, 2021

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
This 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, 2021

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program
The Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program provides funds for improving the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers by maintaining and expanding a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management.
Deadline: April 8, 2021 

Potato Breeding Research
The purpose of this grant program is to support potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. As used herein, varietal development and testing is research using conventional breeding and/or biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato varieties. Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support variety development.
Deadline: April 16, 2021 

Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage System Program
Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage System Program (ASAFS) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to ASAFS should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.
Deadline: April 16, 2021 

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE)
The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach that provide individuals and families with: information as to the value of good health at any age; information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact human health; information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local, and community partners.
Deadline: April 29, 2021 

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. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.
Deadline: May 3, 2021 

Regional Conservation Partnership Program's Alternative Funding Arrangements
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking proposals to fund up to $75 million in new, unique projects under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) that take innovative and non-traditional approaches to conservation solutions at the local, regional and landscape scales. In making selections. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will prioritize projects related to climate smart agriculture and forestry.
Deadline: May 28, 2021 

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. In FY 2021, EWD invites applications in seven areas: agricultural workforce training; professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, a new program for food and agricultural non-formal education, and a FY 2021-only program for evaluation of NIFA’s agricultural literacy and workforce development portfolio. See EWD Request for Applications for specific details.
Deadline: July 1, 2021 

AFRI 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 details.
Deadline: Various Through July 22, 2021 (See 2021 AFRI Foundational Schedule)

Other Funding Agencies 

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program
The National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is interested in exploring how universities can develop and scale partnerships with MEP centers to increase the capacity for small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to adopt technologies key for their success as the manufacturing industry evolves. The purpose of the RFP is to identify MEP-university partners interested in developing and testing new models for MEP-university partnerships that will advance technology adoption in SMMs. The APLU team will work with the chosen partnerships to support and track the development, application, and outcomes of these models and share the results with the university and MEP communities.
Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 16, 2021 

Environmental Research & Education Foundation
The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.
Deadline: May 1, 2021 

United States Poultry and Egg Association
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is dedicated to the growth, progress, and welfare of the poultry industry and all of its individual and corporate interests. The promotion of problem-related research and the concomitant training of graduate students is high on the association's agenda.
Deadline: May 3, 2021 

Columbus Foundation – Targeted Funds: Green Funds
To enhance the quality of life in central Ohio by supporting responsible use of natural resources and ensuring their availability for future generations.
Deadline: May 7, 2021 

Internal Funding Opportunities 

Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), The Ohio State Discovery Themes - Linkage and Leverage Grants
The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) is a transdisciplinary program at The Ohio State University aimed at designing and implementing food systems that are sustainable, defined as achieving a balance of ecology, economy, technology, and culture, to promote the overall well-being of people, animals and the natural environment.InFACT aims to fund concepts that are bold, innovative, and transdisciplinary (integrating the sciences, humanities, and nonacademic experiential knowledge from beyond the University). These transformative ideas should create a compelling role for InFACT and Ohio State in addressing the challenge of food security, particularly in Ohio, but also regionally, nationally, and internationally.  

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund activities that build connections and capacity for addressing critical food system issues in Ohio and beyond. Proposals should include activities that build connections across and outside of the University (i.e., create Linkages) and chart a path to sustain their projects moving forward (i.e., Leverage current resources for the future).
Deadline: April 9, 2021

President’s Research Excellence (PRE) Program

PRE is specifically looking to fund two distinct proposal types: Accelerator proposals for small teams formed to pursue curiosity-driven, novel, high-risk and high-reward research. The grants may be up to $50,000. Due 4/19/2021 Catalyst proposals for interdisciplinary teams to pursue large-scale, high-impact research that addresses emerging or existing challenges of national and international societal importance while generating long-term, sustained, impact, which positions Ohio State as THE leader in this area. These grants may be up to $200,000.
Deadline: April 19, 2021 and June 18, 2021