Current 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)

Climate Resilience
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking applications through our Next Generation Crops Challenge Area. FFAR builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. We are seeking innovative research focused on improving climate resilience in crops to provide the critical solutions necessary to enhance the sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. For 2021, FFAR anticipates funding up to two meritorious applications.
Deadline: November 11, 2020

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) 

NIH + USDA-NIFA: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases – Development of Dietary Biomarkers of Intake and Exposure
This Request for Application (RFA) has been released as part of a joint initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This collaborative effort will build upon mission-relevant research of both agencies to develop and enhance disease prevention strategies to improve the health of this Nation. Its objectives are to: 1) support the discovery and validation of dietary biomarkers of intake and exposure, and 2) develop an inventory and database on the food specific molecular signatures.
Deadline: October 21, 2020

NIH + USDA-NIFA: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases – Biomarkers of Dietary Intake and Exposure Coordinating Center
This Request for Application (RFA) has been released as part of a joint initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This collaborative effort will build upon mission-relevant research of both agencies to develop and enhance disease prevention strategies to improve the health of this Nation. Its objectives are to: 1) support the discovery and validation of dietary biomarkers of intake and exposure, and 2) develop an inventory and database on the food specific molecular signatures.
Deadline: October 21, 2020

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – New Innovators Awards
The NIAID New Innovator Award supports a postdoctoral or newly independent Early Stage Investigator of exceptional creativity who proposes novel, original and insightful research concepts with the potential to produce a major impact, test scientific paradigms, or advance key concepts on broad, important problems in biomedical research of priority to NIAID. Applications proposing unexpected convergence of disciplines, new scientific directions, or the use of novel methodologies are encouraged. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and in any topic relevant to the mission of NIAID are welcome.
Deadline: November 2, 2020

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS - High impact, Interdisciplinary Science in NIDDK Research Areas (RC2 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of the High Impact, Interdisciplinary Science grants program is to support high impact ideas that may lay the foundation for new fields of investigation within the mission of NIDDK. The interdisciplinary approach encouraged by this FOA is envisioned to generate a research resource and/or foster discovery-based or hypothesis-generating science that can have a significant impact on the broader scientific community. 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 3, 2020

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

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.
Deadline: November 20, 2020

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 13, 2021

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)
The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.
Deadline: January 18, 2021

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program - Phase 1
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. The USDA SBIR program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas.
Deadline: October 22, 2020

Natural Resources Conservation Service – Regional Conservation Partnership Program
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Through RCPP, NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address.
Deadline: November 4, 2020 

Other Funding Agencies 

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) Research & Education Program
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. Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end-user involvement from the inception of the idea through the implementation of the project. Many projects are interdisciplinary and/or multi-institutional, involving a broad range of agricultural interests.
Deadline: October 8, 2020 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (CWMP)
EPA is seeking applications to continue the monitoring of biological communities and water quality in coastal wetlands across the Great Lakes. The agency expects to provide funding for one cooperative agreement of approximately $10 million over a five-year period.
Deadline: October 26, 2020 

ARPA-E Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy
The ECOSynBio program will promote the use of advanced synthetic biology tools to engineer novel biomass conversion platforms and systems. These systems will be designed to use external energy inputs to substantially increase carbon use, versatility, and efficiency while achieving economies of scale for industrial applications. Successful platforms will offer new capacities for the bioeconomy by enabling fully carbon-optimized renewable fuel and chemical synthesis with maximum carbon and resource efficiency.
Concept Paper Deadline: October 26, 2020 

Bayer Crop Science - Fighting pests while preserving biodiversity
The ECOSynBio program will promote the use of advanced synthetic biology tools to engineer novel biomass conversion platforms and systems. These systems will be designed to use external energy inputs to substantially increase carbon use, versatility, and efficiency while achieving economies of scale for industrial applications. Successful platforms will offer new capacities for the bioeconomy by enabling fully carbon-optimized renewable fuel and chemical synthesis with maximum carbon and resource efficiency.
Deadline: October 30, 2020 

Bayer Crop Science - Accelerating precision agriculture
Digital innovation is the next great frontier in agriculture. With remote sensors, satellites and drones, farmers now have access to more data than ever. By modeling this data, we can provide farmers with useful insights to make critical and timely in-field decisions, such as predicting environmental pressures or vulnerability to pests. While real-time data drives the precise application of resources, software allows for quick, easy analysis of crop management and protection. We aim to accelerate advances in genomics, phenomics and artificial intelligence to develop solutions to our shared challenges and bring more value to our customers.
Deadline: October 30, 2020 

Bayer Crop Science - Reducing chemical input and enhancing soil health
Weeds, pests and diseases have a devastating impact on crop productivity and yield. To protect our crops and feed a growing population, farmers must adopt a variety of tools, including conventional and biological crop protection products, often combined with genetic approaches.
Deadline: October 30, 2020 

California Olive Committee
The California Olive Committee Research Subcommittee met and established the 2021 research priorities.  These priorities must be conducted only on Manzanillo and Sevillano ripe olive varieties. The priorities are: (1) Mechanical Harvesting for high density orchards and existing orchards, (2) Mechanical harvesting transition, (3) Cost study to determine which trees are convertible for trunk shaking, (4) Loosening Agents, Management of black scale, (5) Management of olive knot, (6) Canopy Management, (7) Olive Fruit Fly Trapping, Evaluation of drone technology and satellite imagery to measure canopy density and yields, (8) Olive DNA evaluation
Please email proposals to eoliver@calolive.org
Deadline: October 31, 2020 

Russell Sage Foundation – Future of Work Research
The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately skilled workers and their families. The foundation seeks investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden the understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on employment, earnings, and job quality. The foundation is especially interested in proposals that address questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers, today and in the future.
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 11, 2020 

Russell Sage Foundation – Social, Political and Economic Inequality
The foundation's program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to inequality in the U.S. and the extent to which social, political and economic inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, civic mobilization and representation, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage.
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 11, 2020 

Center for Produce Safety – 2021 Annual Request for Preliminary Proposals
The Center for Produce Safety prioritizes research programs that support the development of solutions for critical industry produce safety needs across the entire supply chain. For the 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP), CPS has focused research questions on specific, anticipated data outcomes with high potential for industry adoption.
Deadline: November 11, 2020 

Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy
This biennial award is to acknowledge, publicize and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the science, engineering, technology and commercialization of renewable energy. Nominations may address a wide range of topics involving renewable energy and energy efficiency with a demonstrated or clear potential global impact. The award is designed to recognize and reward the impact of specific ideas or achievements, rather than a lifetime of achievements in the field. Nominations will be judged on the basis of overall impact based on various factors: economic impact through renewable energy innovations, the extent of addressing grand challenges, originality, creativity, scientific merit and breadth of global impact on energy consumption and demand reduction, and commercialization.
Internal Intent Deadline: November 12, 2020 

North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center
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, which can be found here. These priorities are based upon the Center’s Signature programs and are evaluated annually by regional stakeholders.
Deadline: November 20, 2020 

ResultsOHIO
ResultsOHIO is administered by the Treasurer’s Office and was created as an infrastructure to support Pay for Success initiatives championed by the DeWine Administration, the Ohio General Assembly, and local governments. These initiatives will help tackle the social and public health challenges facing Ohio. ResultsOHIO empowers innovation and identifies solutions that, if proven successful, may then be replicated on a broader scale. Through ResultsOHIO, lawmakers, local officials, policymakers, and the private sector work collaboratively to engage populations who are in the greatest need of achieving better results.
Deadline: November 20, 2020 

Internal Funding Opportunities 

IDI Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant
The IDI Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant is available for interdisciplinary teams working on innovative, well-defined research projects. The purpose of the seed grant program is to help get new projects off the ground, enhancing their competitiveness for extramural funding in the future. The maximum seed grant award amount is $25,000 for a one-year project.
Deadline: October 1, 2020

IDI Trainee Transformative Research Grant
The IDI Trainee Transformative Research Grant is available for small (up to $2,000), trainee-led research projects. The purpose of this grant is to foster new collaboration and increase a project’s impact, ability to be published, and/or potential to lead to novel discoveries. Trainee members include research assistants/associates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and medical fellows.
Deadline: October 1, 2020

CFAES R&GE Internal Grants Program
This is an invitation to submit research proposals to the Research & Graduate Education Internal Grants Program (IGP) for fiscal year 2021. IGP Awards are intended to accomplish the following objectives: 
  -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
  -Promote the creation of faculty teams to develop competitive extramural grant applications by addressing immediate needs
Deadline: October 14, 2020

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: October 30, 2020; January 15, 2021; April 9, 2021