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)

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

Crops of the Future
FFAR’s Crops of the Future Collaborative will be accepting applications for the new Genotype-Independent Regeneration of Fertile Plants program starting May 27, 2020. We’re seeking innovative research focused on ensuring that under-appreciated crops also benefit from recent advances and emerging technologies for genotype-independent regeneration of fertile plants. Matching funding is optional for this program. A successful application will focus on a genotype-independent technology or approach that is applicable to multiple crop species. Solutions that are customized to a single species or select genotypes will not be funded as part of this program.
Deadline: Not Specified

National Institute of Health (NIH) 

Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages joint applications for the Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training programs from U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. The application should propose a collaborative training program that will strengthen the capacity of a LMIC institution to conduct infectious disease research not including HIV/AIDS. FIC will support research-training programs that focus on major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, infections that frequently occur as co-infections in HIV infected individuals or infections associated with non-communicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs.  Training related to prevention, treatment or public health approaches to any technical area of basic, epidemiology, clinical, behavioral or social science health research may be supported.  Research Training programs should incorporate didactic, mentored research and professional development skills components to prepare individuals for careers that will have significant impact on the priority health research needs of LMICs.
Deadline: August 14, 2020

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 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 Science Foundation (NSF)

Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)
The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences. The program supports regular research awards, awards for conferences and community-development activities, doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) grants, and research experience for undergraduates (REU) supplements.
Deadline: August 29, 2020

NSF - NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program
The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems and agriculturally relevant plants.
Deadline: September 30, 2020

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship
Fellowships for individuals from eligible countries who specialize or have experience in agricultural education, research, extension, or other related fields. Fellowships promote food security and economic growth in eligible countries by educating a new generation of agricultural scientists, increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity, and extending that knowledge to users and intermediaries in the marketplace.
Deadline: August 7, 2020

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 2020, EWD invites applications in five areas: professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and a brand new program for agricultural workforce training.
Deadline: September 24, 2020

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – New Investigator Grants
To qualify for the program, applicants must meet prescribed criteria as a New Investigator. An individual who is beginning their career, does not have an extensive scientific publication record, and has fewer than five years postgraduate career-track experience (i.e., positions in which the individual’s institution allows them to submit competitive grant applications as Project Director beyond a fellowship) can apply for a New Investigator Grant for research, education, and/or extension activities. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded federal research funds as Project Director (PD), with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral grants or AFRI Seed Grants. However, if the applicant received Federal funding as Co-PD of previously awarded competitive grants, it will not count against their eligibility as a New Investigator. Eligibility requirements for a New Investigator Grant apply only to the PD and not to Co-PDs or collaborators. Starting in FY 2021, two types of New Investigator Grants are available:

  • New Investigator Standard Grant, which is an AFRI Standard Grant in all respects except that the Project Director meets the eligibility criteria for New Investigators.
  • New Investigator Seed Grant, which is available under each program area priority within NIFA. Applications from New Investigators will be reviewed with other Seed Grant applications, with special consideration given to funding New Investigator Seed Grant applications.

AFRI Seed Grants provide funds to help investigators collect preliminary data through either domestic or international collaborations or to complete other preliminary activities to prepare for applying for future AFRI grants. They are not intended to fund stand-alone projects, but rather projects that will lead to further research in one of the AFRI-funded priority areas.
Deadline: Various

Other Funding Agencies 

NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program
The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program offers competitive grants to support existing environmental education programs, foster the growth of new programs, and encourage development of partnerships among environmental education programs within watershed systems. The criteria for these awards emphasize Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs): sustained, hands-on, environmental activities that are aligned with academic learning standards.
Deadline: August 21, 2020

2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2021-2022 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals and many others. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to visit the Catalog of Awards to learn about opportunities in the field of Agriculture along with other fields. 
Deadline: September 15, 2020 (For Most) 

Fulbright Programs - Europe and Eurasia - Turkey - All Disciplines: Collaborative Research
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to Turkey offers research grants for collaborative research in any discipline tenable at public or foundation universities, research centers, organizations or at any other relevant institutions in Turkey for the 2021-2022 academic year. A Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) is required. English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement. Academics of all levels (except early career) can apply. Grant length is 4.5 to 9 months.
Deadline: September 15, 2020

Clif Bar Family Foundation – Small Grants Program
Through the program, the foundation will award general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects in one or more of its five focus areas: promoting Earth's beauty and bounty; creating robust, healthy food systems; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities. Preference will be given to organizations that demonstrate clearly defined objectives and viable plans to achieve them, and that have strong community ties and operate at the community level.
Deadline: October 1, 2020 

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 

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 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science (AFRI-FAS)
The AFRI-FAS requests applications for grants in six Farm Bill priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. Priority areas include: (1) Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; (2) Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; (3) Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; (4) Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; (5) Agriculture Systems and Technology; and (6) Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. The RFA also includes eight specific priorities for co-funding with the American Pulse Association, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, The Cotton Board, Kansas Wheat Commission, The National Honey Board, and USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.
Deadline: Varies by Program, See RFA

Internal Funding Opportunities 

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