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)

Liver Abscesses in Beef Cattle: Call for Letters of Intent
Liver abscesses typically affect up to 32 percent of beef cattle, sometimes more, and occur in most US feedlots. This gastrointestinal syndrome impacts the overall value and cost of meat. FFAR's ICASA program, one of the largest public-private partnerships focused on antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture, is soliciting calls for research concepts to prevent liver abscesses in beef cattle.
Deadline: January 27, 2021

FFAR Fellows Program
US food and agricultural systems are regularly experiencing new challenges, including climate change, a growing population and evolving pests and pathogens. Employers need early-career scientists trained to conduct research that helps farms and food systems adapt to these unprecedented changes. The FFAR Fellows program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2024 cohort.
Deadline: February 22, 2021

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) 

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: January 26, 2021; May 26, 2021; September 28, 2021

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
The purpose of this initiative is to support research to advance understanding of the underlying immune mechanisms that contribute to malaria vaccine-elicited protection or vaccine hypo-responsiveness in endemic regions by capitalizing on recent research advances in systems vaccinology and systems immunology as well as emerging opportunities in data science and informatics. Multidisciplinary science and collaboration among investigators from the malaria vaccine research field and other relevant scientific areas are highly encouraged. The goal is to identify host signatures and mechanistic factors that influence malaria vaccine performance in endemic regions to guide and improve future vaccine design and evaluation.
Deadline: February 8, 2021

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to improve understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of seasonal influenza to increase our capacity to predict the emergence of new antigenic variants and more accurately select strains for use in the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Deadline: February 12, 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

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

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)
The MCA offers an opportunity for researchers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged.
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI) Big Idea is intended to provide an agile, Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range ($6 million to $100 million), between the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) and Major Facilities thresholds.
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 3, 2021

Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) 
Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.
Deadline: February 24, 2021

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)
The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.
Deadline: January 21, 2021 

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)
The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening

Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.
Deadline: January 26, 2021 

Food & Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate & Postgrad 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 traineeship 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.

Applications are being solicited from institutions that confer a graduate degree in at least one of the following Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas: 1) animal and plant production; 2) forest resources; 3) agricultural educators and communicators; 4) agricultural management and economics; 5) food science and human nutrition; 6) sciences for agricultural biosecurity; and 7) training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems.
Budget: There is no limit to the number of applications an eligible institution may submit; however, an institution may only receive support up to a maximum of $525,000 in awards for this award competition.
Deadline: January 28, 2021 

Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (ECDRE) Pre-Application
NIFA requests pre-applications for the ECDRE program for fiscal year 2021 to address priorities identified by the Citrus Disease Sub-committee (CDS) of the National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board through projects that integrate research and extension activities and use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches to provide solutions to U.S. citrus growers. The overarching goals and desired outcomes for the ECDRE program are: 

  • To combat Huanglongbing (HLB) and its disease complex in order to continue to be able to farm citrus in a financially sustainable way through collaborative approaches and knowledge;
  • Transition from component-focused research to deploying research outcomes and conclusions on farms; and 
  • Encourage research teams to bring knowledge together to find grower solutions to combat and prevent HLB infection.   

The ECDRE program will address these needs through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology to farm-level solutions for HLB. 
Deadline: January 29, 2021 

Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program for Fiscal Year 2021 supports national efforts to deliver timely, pertinent, and appropriate farm safety education to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production.
Deadline: February 12, 2021 

Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4)
The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities.
Deadline: February 12, 2021 

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA announces the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.
Deadline: February 19, 2021

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)
The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms — such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses — arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues.
Deadline: February 24, 2021 

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
This is a request for applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) for two funding cycles, fiscal years 2021 and 2022, to support delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises.
Deadline: March 15, 2021 

Crop Protection and Pest Management
The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities. ​
Deadline: March 15, 2021 

Organic Transitions
The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support 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. NIFA administers the ORG program by determining priorities in U.S. agriculture through Agency stakeholder input processes in consultation with the NAREEEAB.

ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation, pollinator health, and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG), as well as the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices, and development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. 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. However, all proposals should have activities and impact in research and at least one of the other areas: education and extension.
Deadline: March 15, 2021 

Equipment Grant Program (EGP)
The Equipment Grant Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one major piece of equipment/instruments that support their research, training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs.
Deadline: March 16, 2021 

Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.
Deadline: March 18, 2021 

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
This request for applications request applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) for two funding cycles, fiscal years (FY) 2021 and 2022 to support delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises.
Deadline: March 18, 2021 

Food Safety Outreach Program
The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.
Deadline: April 1, 2021 

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 

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 

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 29, 2021 (See RFP)

Other Funding Agencies 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education - 2021 I-Corps@Ohio
I-Corps@Ohio is a statewide program to assist faculty and graduate students from Ohio universities and colleges to validate the market potential of their technologies and validate and launch startup companies. I-Corps@Ohio is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) successful I-Corps program, which is proven to increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry collaboration.
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Social Science Research Projects on Energy Insecurity, Distributional Equity, and Just Transitions in the United States – Call for Letters of Inquiry
The Energy and Environment program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports research, training, networking, and dissemination efforts to inform the societal transition toward low-carbon energy systems in the United States by investigating economic, environmental, technological, and distributional issues. As one of its newly defined topic areas of interest, the Sloan Foundation’s Energy and Environment program looks to advance timely, catalytic, rigorous, interdisciplinary social science research projects that examine questions related to energy insecurity, distributional equity, and just transitions in the United States, particularly those that introduce new scholars from various disciplines to these lines of inquiry. Therefore, the Sloan Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry for collaborative social science research projects led by early- and mid-career scholars examining critical and under-explored questions related to issues of energy insecurity, distributional equity, and just energy system transitions in the United States.
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Department of Army Center for Synthetic Biology Fiscal Year 2022
The Army Center for Synthetic Biology is a basic research program initiated by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)/Army Research Laboratory (ARL)/Army Research Office (ARO). It focuses on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security. It seeks to increase the Army's intellectual capital in synthetic biology and improve its ability to address future challenges. The Army Center for Synthetic Biology brings together universities, research institutions, companies, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the Department of the Army (DA). The Army Center for Synthetic Biology aims to promote research in specific areas of synthetic biology and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between the Army Science and Technology (S&T) enterprise and the synthetic biology research community.
Whitepaper Deadline: February 1, 2021

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
BWF’s Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards supports academic investigators developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make. Individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, systems pharmacology, food safety and nutrition, etc, are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: February 12, 2021

USAID - Health, Ecosystems and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving Societies (HEARTH)
The Office of Forestry and Biodiversity in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment is seeking transformational solutions to cross-sectoral development challenges in biodiverse landscapes. The Health, Ecosystems and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving Societies (HEARTH) Addendum aims to provide USAID Missions and the private sector a flexible opportunity to partner in the co-creation and delivery of high impact activities that conserve biodiverse ecosystems and improve the well-being and prosperity of communities that depend on them.

Depending on local needs, sectors that may comprise HEARTH concepts include: biodiversity conservation, health, food security (agriculture and nutrition), governance, economic development and livelihoods, water supply and sanitation, education, modern energy solutions, forest management and restoration, and climate resilience. Concepts should integrate activities and outcomes in sectors prioritized by the USAID Mission(s) in the country or countries where activities are proposed to be implemented. Concepts should be complemented by strategic private-sector investments that fill gaps in funding or action in these same sectors or other sectors to meet both development priorities and business goals.

Concept papers should be based on a robust and logical theory of change that 1) integrates and monitors development efforts to meet individual sector goals; 2) demonstrates close collaboration with the private sector to efficiently leverage USAID and partner resources and expertise to facilitate sustainable prosperity for communities living with or benefiting from biodiversity; 3) demonstrates positive synergistic effects and/or co-benefits from cross-sectoral programming; and 4) recognizes that recipient communities will actively participate in the design and implementation of the intervention.
Deadline: February 14, 2021 

Ohio Department of Higher Education - Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative
On behalf of the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and the University of Toledo, we are requesting pre-proposals for one- to two-year research projects from Ohio colleges and universities that provide:

(1) strategies and tools to evaluate or mitigate HABs;
(2) research assistance to guide wetland restoration projects to reduce nutrient and sediments;
(3) research on manure, agricultural drainage practices and nutrient application methods;
(4) evaluation of climate change effects on nutrient runoff;
(5) watershed studies;
(6) cost effectiveness analysis;
(7) assessment of occurrence of cyanotoxins and health effects; and
(8) evaluation of treatment technologies for smaller scale water treatment systems.

Ultimately, this RFP is seeking research and innovation that will aid the management efforts of state agencies and will support Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative.
Pre-Proposal Deadline: February 18, 2021 

25 Years of Food Security Measurement
To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. household food security measurement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) will fund a suite of competitive grants on food security measurement methods, data, and future research needs. The selection and coordination of the projects will be managed by an external cooperator, a collaboration between Tufts University (Dr. Parke Wilde) and the University of Missouri (Dr. Irma Arteaga). This Request for Proposals (RFP) invites proposals for research projects funded up to $50,000 (primarily small projects using secondary data or reviews of the existing research literature) and up to $100,000 (larger projects including primary data collection and new analysis). We are open to new ideas, innovative approaches, and critical feedback to aid ERS in advancing food security measurement. The selected proposals may cover a variety of topics, but all selected proposals will demonstrate actionable items that ERS can pursue to improve or extend the food security measurement program. Each grantee will produce a written conference paper, present the paper at the conference in April 2022, and produce a manuscript for inclusion in a journal special issue with a draft manuscript due in August and final manuscript due in November 2022. 
Deadline: February 19, 2021

Internal Funding Opportunities 

Ohio State University and Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) Annual Awards
In 2017, The Ohio State University and Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) entered into a comprehensive energy management partnership, launching an unprecedented energy efficiency program and establishing the university as an international leader in sustainability. As part of its commitment to academic collaboration, OSEP will contribute $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. Working with OSEP, the Office of Academic Affairs will engage Ohio State faculty, staff and students through a request for proposals to advance important university priorities and promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration. 
Deadline: January 29, 2021

Spring 2021 Foods for Health Seed Grants
The Foods for Health Discovery Theme is seeking proposals from the Ohio State research community for our Spring 2021 award cycle. The FFH Discovery Theme is Ohio State's premier initiative for interdisciplinary research that defines the health impacts of food using modern technology and informatic approaches. Our growing community is made up of researchers in diverse disciplines across 12 academic units. Our Vision: Healthier lives through scientific discovery across food, nutrition, and diet. Our Mission: To advance multidisciplinary research that defines the relationship between foods, disease prevention, and health promotion. The FFH Seed Grant Program has three primary goals: (1) Foster new collaborations and encourage exploration into promising, novel areas of research; (2) Enable the generation of data, novel tools, and methods needed for successful applications for extramural funding; (3) Advance the mission and vision of the FFH.

FFH is please to announce three new seed grant mechanisms for the 2021 cycle.

1. Innovate Awards. Up to $50,000 for a two year award that supports new collaborations and new lines of research

2. Strengthen Awards. Up to $20,000 for a one year award that supports the completion of critical studies needed for extramural grant submissions. *The Stregnthen Awards include a special notice in regards to the recently released National Institutes of Health 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for Nutrtion Research

3. Facilitate Awards. Up to $5000 for a one year award that supports the submission of a grant application or publication.
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 5, 2021 

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity: Focus on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups in Research: Pilot Program
The Kirwan Institute is seeking applications for a new research funding opportunity that focuses (1) on underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and (2) who are underserved, disadvantaged, and/or have limited access to essential health, educational, and/or community resources. Applicants may focus on applied, clinical, and/or policy research. These racial and ethnic groups are often underrepresented in research, and historical misconduct has permeated a mistrust of engagement in research. Investigators often face challenges in engaging racial/ethnic minority communities, connecting racial/ethnic minority individuals with essential services, and recruiting and retraining racial/ethnic minority participants in research. The Kirwan Institute is committed to partnering with OSU investigators who seek to conduct ethical, acceptable, and inclusive research with racial/ethnic minority groups aligning with one of the Institute’s four main initiatives and meeting the purpose described above.
Deadline: February 8, 2021

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