Department of Agriculture

Department of Energy

Environmental Protection Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR)


Week of July 16 2018

National Pork Board General 2019 Call
The National Pork Board is soliciting letters for research in the areas of Human Nutrition and Public Health. Inclusion of preliminary data and evidence of cooperative funding is highly encouraged. Letters of intent are due Aug. 14.

2018 Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grant Program
Proctor & Gamble is accepting applications for projects that better prepare students in areas of study most pertinent to P&G for success in business. Examples include improving curriculum; fostering and enabling leadership opportunities and learning; creating a learning environment that encourages and enhances innovation and creativity; and strengthening diversity. Awards will be between $5,000 and $10,000. Applications are limited to two per college. Submissions must be submitted to the ISU Foundation ( by Sept. 14. Contact Jillian Abele ( for more information or to receive the application form.

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation Funds Scientific Cooperation
The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) funds U.S. and Israeli researchers who wish to cooperate in cutting edge scientific research. The BSF Regular Grant Program funds both U.S. and Israeli applications. The NSF-BSF Program funds joint research by U.S. and Israeli PIs in 12 NSF divisions and several interdivisional programs. Joint applications are submitted to NSF by the U.S. scientist. Proposals are always part of core programs. Awards will be funded with an NSF standard grant to the U.S. PI and the BSF will fund the Israeli partner. See the BSF website for application due dates.

Aug. 27 (letter of intent): NIH Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01).

Sept. 12: EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreements – 2018; $1.5 million in Mississippi River drainage.

Oct. 5: NIH Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Project Grant Program (R01).

Various deadlines: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences; supplemental funding awarded by NSF must be expended by the end date of the original award.

Week of July 9, 2018

Aug. 31: DOD FY2019 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program; areas of interest include gut microbiome.
Oct. 2: NSF Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs.
Oct. 2: NSF Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs.
Oct. 18: NSF/NIH Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences.
Oct. 31 (nominations due): Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems.

Week of July 2, 2018

Applications accepted on rolling basis: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health(E4A).
July 23: Iowa Space Consortium Curriculum Development Plan.
Aug. 2: USFWS Fiscal Year 2018 Candidate Conservation Action Funds.
Aug. 30: USDA NIFA FY 2018 Tribal College Research Area of Expertise (TCRAE); partnerships required and can include 1862 land-grant universities.
Oct. 1: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships.
Nov. 16: NIH Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R01).
Nov. 16: Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R21).
Nov. 16: Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R21).

Week of June 25, 2018

Webinar: USDA’s Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools Initiative
The USDA AFRI Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT) initiative seeks to catalyze activities that harness big data for synthesizing new knowledge, making predictive decisions, and fostering data-supported innovation in agriculture. Funded projects will examine the value and impact of data in agriculture. A webinar will be held on June 27 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to provide a description of FACT and its priorities, information about the application process, and tips for developing a competitive proposal.

USDA NIFA Grant Opportunities for Global Engagement
USDA NIFA provides a list of the requests for applications that offer opportunities for global engagement. The current list includes the AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program, AFRI Foundational Program, and NSF - NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program, among others.

USDA Seeks Feedback on Updates to NIFA Policy Guide
USDA NIFA is seeking stakeholder feedback on updates to the NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide. The guide describes the statutory and regulatory responsibilities of recipients of NIFA grants. Separate webinars will be offered for competitive and capacity grants. The webinars will cover the new structure, enhanced navigability features, labeling of sections for audience applicability, and new sections and information (e.g. allowable costs).  The webinar for competitive grantees is scheduled for June 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

Continuous: NSF Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams); proposals accepted anytime with a cognizant NSF Program Officer's invitation.

Aug. 1 (letter of intent): McKnight Foundation Mississippi River Program; $25,000 to $225,000, contact ISU Foundation ( with interest.

Sept. 10: OECD Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship; themes are managing natural capital for the future, managing risks in a connected world, and transformational technologies and innovation.

Sept. 15 (invited proposals): Organic Valley - Farmers Advocating for Organic; average grants $20,000, academic/research institutions are eligible.

Oct. 1: NATO Science for Peace and Security.

Week of June 18, 2018

Various dates: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future; solving educational challenges created by the technology revolution.

July 9: USDA Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program.

July 16 (pre-proposals): Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease; contact ISU Foundation ( to express interest.

Aug. 22: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Proposals.

Aug. 23: Dept. of Ed. Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - Education Research.

Week of June 11, 2018

June 20: USGS Funding for Great Rivers CESU - Determination of the Mixture Toxicity of Uranium and Co-Occurring Metals from Breccia Pipe Uranium Ore and Waste Rock to Aquatic Invertebrates:  Mixture Studies.

June 20: USGS Funding for Great Rivers CESU - Research in Floodplain Forest Ecology and the Northern Pecan (Carya illinoinensis); and how these relate to dendrochronology and hydroclimate variability in the Upper Mississippi River.

June 25: NIH NIAID Request for Information (RFI): Novel and/or Non-Traditional Influenza Virus Animal Models.

Aug. 6 (letter of intent): Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Program; chemical and life sciences, tenure track start date must be after Aug. 15, 2015, contact ISU Foundation to express interest.

Sept. 12 and Various Dates: BARD – U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research & Development Fund.

Oct. 5, Feb. 5, June 5: NIH and USDA NIFA Comparative Genomics Research Program (R01).

Week of June 4, 2018

Various dates: USDA AFRI USDA AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program.

June 25 (internal deadline): NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC); limited submission, express interest to

July 9: USDA NIFA Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

July 15: Economic Development Administration (EDA) Denver - University Center Program 2018.

July 16 (internal pre-proposal): NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program; limited submission, contact Sue Shipitalo ( for pre-proposal guidelines.

July 20: USDA NIFA Renewable Resources Extension Act - National Focus Funds Projects (RREA-NFF).

July 31: EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Cooperative Agreements 2018; water quality improvement, coastal habitat and ecosystems enhancement, restoration and/or protection; environmental ed. and outreach, and community resilience in Gulf of Mexico region and watersheds.

Aug. 29: Dept. of Commerce FY 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Program; 50% cost share.

Oct. 3: The VentureWell E-Team Program, students and faculty working together to bring an invention to market.

Week of May 28, 2018

Borlaug Fellowship Program – Asia and Latin America
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking hosts for English-speaking agricultural scientists from low and middle-income countries under the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Each Fellow has been competitively selected based on research priorities, academic and professional accomplishments, commitment to Borlaug Fellowship Program goals, and leadership qualities. Program duration for most Fellows is 12 weeks. Contact Roxanne Clemens ( for the Notice of Funding Opportunity, which includes each Fellow’s proposal and research plan. Applications are due June 18.

June 20 (Request for Information): USAID Democratic Republic of Congo Agricultural Activity Planning.

June 21: Dept. of Ed Institute of Education Sciences - Education Research.

June 22: USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety; $30 million.

June 30: Woodward & Curran Foundation Impact Grant; $100,000 over three years, water issues (water, wastewater, storm water, etc.) relating to climate change.

July 19 (new applications): NIH NIOSH Small Research Grant Program (R03).

July 23 (pre-proposals): NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service FY19 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competition.

Week of May 21, 2018

Webinar: AFRI Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
USDA NIFA will host an informational webinar about the Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program part of the AFRI Education and Workforce Development program. This Fellowship Program develops the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals who will lead agriculture and food sciences into the future by solving current and future challenges facing our society. Attendance is limited to 250 participants, and group viewing is encouraged. The webinar will be held on May 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. (CDT). For information on joining the webinar, contact Dr. Ray Ali.

Professional Development Funds for ISU Term Faculty
Term faculty may apply to the office of the SVPP for up to $500 to participate at a professional conference, workshop, or training. Lecturers, senior lecturers, clinicians, senior clinicians, and clinical and adjunct faculty with at least a 50% appointment and who have been employed as ISU faculty for at least two semesters may apply. Applications are due June 1 for events taking place between July 1 and Dec. 31.

Reminder: FFAR Fellows Program Applications Due June 1
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and a consortium of food and agriculture companies and universities are accepting student applications and research proposals. This three-year program combines cutting edge food and agriculture-related research with innovative professional development programs designed to help students be career-ready upon graduation. The program will train interdisciplinary scientists capable of succeeding in any professional environment. More information.

Limited Submission: Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
The Office of the VPR is accepting expressions of interest to apply for a Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust grant. The Trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture. Grants are limited to $25,000. Applications are limited to one per institution. Email the Office of the VPR at fundingopps@iastate.eduby June 11 to express interest in preparing an application. More information.

FFAR Supports XPRIZE Visioneers 2018 Grand Challenge
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is supporting Feeding the Next Billion, one of five grand challenge areas with potential to become the next XPRIZE. The designers of the best concepts for addressing how to sustainably nourish the growing global population will work with experts to further refine their concepts and develop them into global competitions for the 2018 Visioneers Summit in October. Innovators must submit a high-level design concept and film a 90-second video introducing themselves and pitching their prize design by July 23. More information.

FFAR Seeks Experts to Review Research Proposals
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is seeking reviewers to evaluate research proposals. Potential reviewers in any of the seven FFAR Challenge Areas. More information.

Pre-announcement: DOD office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) – FY 2018 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP).

June 20: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Scalable Cyberinfrastructure to Accelerate Data-Driven Science and Engineering Research.

Week of May 14, 2018

Webinar: Using Imagery from Unmanned Aerial Systems in HTP Phenotyping
As part of an NSF-funded Big Data project, ISU and CALS are hosting the presentation/webinar, “Acquiring Ultra-High-Resolution Imagery using Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) and its Applications in High-Throughput Phenotyping.” Presenters are Kevin Price of AgPixel LLC and Jianming Yu, Dept. of Agronomy. This presentation will be held on May 21 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m in Room 009, Curtiss Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. Individuals who cannot attend in person can join via Zoom.

New Form to Apply for CALS Funds for Grant Consulting
ISU has several grant consulting companies under contract to assist faculty and staff in preparing grant applications. CALS can provide resources to assist with the cost of engaging a grant consultant upon request. To apply for these funds, PIs are asked to use the new form available here.

Sept. 2 (letter of intent): NIH Novel Genomic Technology Development (R21).

Sept. 2 (letter of intent): NIH Novel Genomic Technology Development (R01).

July 9: State Dept. U.S. Mission to India - Food Diplomacy: A Recipe for Entrepreneurship.

July 12 (registration deadline): Roddenberry Prize; food waste, plant-rich diets, girls’ education.

Week of May 7, 2018

Internal Competition: USDA AFRI Education and Workforce Development
The USDA AFRI Education and Workforce Development funding opportunity includes two limited submission opportunities. The Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Education Professionals (PD- STEP) program area seeks to increase the number of K-14 teachers and educational professionals trained in the Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) program area promotes research and extension learning experiences for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agricultural workforce with exceptional skills. Submissions to each program area are limited to three per institution. Pre-proposals for both programs are due May 24. Contact: Sue Shipitalo ( More

May 30 (letter of intent): DOE BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS); 20% cost share

May 30 (letter of intent): DOE Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (ASEC); 20% cost share required May 30 (letter of intent): DOE Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower; 20% cost share required

May 30 (letter of intent): DOE Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems; 20% cost share required

June 18: EPA National Priorities: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; minimum 25% non-federal cost share

June 25: Dept. of State Clean and Advanced Energy Investment Accelerator

July 31: NSF Smart and Autonomous Systems

Week of April 30, 2018

Digital Agriculture Mini-Grant Deadline Extended to May 31
The National Science Foundation’s Midwest “Big Data Spoke” project award is designed to advance Big Data management and analysis essential to sustainable global food security. One of the project objectives is to harmonize and automate big data lifecycles in plant sciences, phenomics, and genomics. To that end, a mini-grant funding opportunity addresses data challenges associated with digital agriculture. Four awards are anticipated, with grants of up to $5,000 each. More

USDA AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems LOIs Due June 27
USDA NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) projects that take a systems approach, and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. These approaches must demonstrate current and future social, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Awards will be made for Coordinated Agricultural Projects of up to $1 million each. Only Integrated Projects (research, education, and extension components within a project) will be funded. Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due June 27. More

OECD International Research Fellowship Grant Applications Due Sept. 10
The Co-operative Research Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is accepting applications for research fellowship grants from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries. The fellowships are intended to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and cooperation among scientists working in these areas. Projects should fit one of three research themes: managing natural capital for the future, managing risks in a connected world, or transformational technologies and innovation. Applications are due Sept. 10. More

May 7 (letter of intent): NIH Enhancing Innovations in Emerging Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing of Complex Biologic Products (R01).

May 25: U.S. Dept. of Interior Natural Resource Stewardship Communication; applicants must be part of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network.

June 12 (pre-application): DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) - Investigator-Initiated Research Award.

June 14 (pre-application): DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program  (PRMRP) - Discovery Award.

June 19 (pre-application): DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) - Focused Program Award.

June 25: Dept. of State Protecting Forests, Sourcing Responsibly.

June 25: USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI); 1:1 matching funds required.

June 28: USDA NIFA Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS).

Week of April 23, 2018

May 7 (letter of intent): U.S. FDA Enhancing Innovations in Emerging Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing of Complex Biologic Products (R01).

May 17: U.S. Dept. of HHS - Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) Accelerator Network; minimum 50/50 cost sharing required.

May 17 (concept note): NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Rules of Life (RoL): Design and Engineering of Synthetic Cells and Cell Components (DESYN-C3).

May 28 (letter of intent): NIH Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25).

May 31 (internal pre-proposals due): Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation – Mallinckrodt Grants, limited submission, eligible applicants are in first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, contact Sue Shipitalo ( for information.

June 7: USDA NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program.

June 20: USDA NIFA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP).

June 29 (pre-proposal): Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE).

Sept. 30: USFWS White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants FY 2018; $35,000 to $300,000, proposals evaluated monthly.

Dec. 4: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP).

Week of April 16, 2018

Funding for Biotech-Related Conferences and Speakers, Due April 30
The Office of Biotechnology is providing funds for biotechnology-related conferences, symposia, or workshops (up to $2,000) and for seminar or individual speakers (up to $500) at events held on campus or in Ames.  Events must be organized by Iowa State faculty. Applications for events that occur between July 1 and Dec. 31 are due April 30. More

USAID RFI - Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania
The USAID Mission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is requesting information to inform an upcoming natural resources management project designed to strengthen landscape scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania and to seek information from interested organizations. If the Mission determines to proceed with the funding opportunity, a five-year activity under a Cooperative Agreement award is anticipated through an open competition, subject to availability of funds. More

 May 15: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Proposals; includes Water, People & Ecosystems and Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Oct. 17: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Catalyzing Rapid Creation of New Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) with a Direct Submission Option for Phase I Centers.

 Aug. 22: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Supplements

Fall deadlines vary by program: NSF Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E).

 Nov. 21: NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID).

Week of April 9, 2018

Limited Submission: USAID FtF Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research
USAID is seeking applications to launch a new Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Lab focused on legume systems research and capacity development at the smallholder and food systems levels. The FtF Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research will be a five-year Leader With Associates cooperative agreement, awarded to a U.S. university to develop a global portfolio of legume systems research-for-development activities. The Leader Award will be $13.6 million with $21.4 million in potential additional funding. Submissions are limited to one per institution. Individuals who are interested in this opportunity should email no later than April 12. More

North Central Soybean Research Program Applications Due May 25
The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) is seeking collaborative multi-state soybean research project renewal requests and new proposals for 2017/2018 funding. The NCSRP will fund research projects that address their goals of increasing soybean grower productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship. The NCSRP will fund both applied and basic research and the communication of research results to provide short- and long-term practical benefit to Midwestern soybean producers. Proposals are due by May 22. Application materials are available from Jill Cornelis (, 294-7318), Iowa Soybean Research Center.

Iowa Soybean Association Research Proposals Due May 25
The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) will fund research projects that help increase soybean farmer competitiveness, especially through improved productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship. The ISA will fund both applied and basic research. Areas of interest include germplasm, breeding, disease and pests, weed management, nutrient management, and production practices for productivity and environmental stewardship, including digital agriculture. Proposals are due May 25. Application materials are available from Jill Cornelis (, 294-7318), Iowa Soybean Research Center.

April 16 (white paper): CDC Advanced and Innovative Solutions to Improve Public Health BAA, includes call for innovative proposals on AMR.

April 18 (Stage 1 Application): Aetna Foundation – 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program; up to $100,000, contact ISU Foundation (

May 5 (letter of intent): NIH Age-related Microbiota Changes and their Implications in Chronic Disease Prevention, Treatment and Progression (R01).

May 17: USDA NIFA Special Research Grants Program - Aquaculture Research.

May 23: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Long-term Reuse of Scientific Data; EAGER and conference proposals.

June 14: Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation - BCFN Yes! Young Earth Solutions Research Grant; €20,000, applicants must be pursuing or have completed Ph.D. degree, and are/have enrolled in Ph.D. program on or after Jan. 1, 2012 are eligible.

July 2: NSF: Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce (AD).

July 2: STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C).

Week of April 2, 2018

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research
Research relying on convergence is needed to solve complex scientific and engineering problems that require integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. NSF identifies convergence research as having two primary characteristics: research driven by a specific and compelling problem and  deep integration across disciplines. Interested researchers who would like to compete for FY 2018 and FY 2019 funding must submit a prospectus describing a new area of research and an exploratory research project within it. A prospectus may be submitted at any time to help NSF identify new areas of research that require convergence, but to be considered for FY 2018 support, the prospectus must be submitted by May 1. For FY 2019 funding, a prospectus must be submitted by October 15. More:

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Request for Proposals
Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University is requesting proposals from faculty and staff at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa to address nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient losses to surface waters. Proposals must address the legislation-defined purpose of the center and are due by April 30. For application information, contact Hongwei Xin (515-294-4240, or Malcolm Robertson (515-294-2490,

FFAR Virtual Briefing April 5
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey will present an update on the Foundation's progress to date including a review of programs launched in 2017 and new programs and priorities for 2017. Learn more about how FFAR joins with co-funders to support innovative research and development that advances agriculture. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A. The briefing is scheduled for April 5 at 12:00 p.m. A recording of the briefing will be available on-line. Register:

May 11 (letter of intent): NIH and USDA NIFA - Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake, and Dietary Exposure (R01). More:

May 29: USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for FY 2018 – Iowa; $75,000; 1:1 matching funds required. More:

May 30: Migratory Bird Joint Ventures Midwest Region - FY2018; science-based bird conservation projects in the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes (UMRGLJV) Joint Venture region; up to $50,000, 1:1 matching funds required. More:

May 30: USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research; $13.6 million Leader Award and $21.4 million potential additional funding, one application per institution. More:

March 28 (expressions of interest): Feed the Future Global Food Security Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). More:

Week of March 26, 2018

FFAR and National Pork Board Fund Request for Proposals
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the National Pork Board seeking proposals from groups of investigators to use a systems approach to improving pig health, wellbeing and productivity with the goal of improving whole-herd pig livability. Applicants should consider this a Program Grant, which is more complex in scope and budget than the individual research grant.  Significant portions of the Program Grant should be dedicated to outreach to industry stakeholders and training of graduate and veterinary students involved as assistants on the project. One award of up to $2 million will be made to a diverse, multidisciplinary research team. Applications may include indirect costs of up to 10% of the entire budget. Applications are due by May 15. More:

April 2 (letter of intent): NOAA Climate Variability and Predictability. More:

April 18 (preproposal): NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC). More:

May 24: USDA NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE); individual and family health. More:

Sept. various dates: NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES). More:

Sept. 27: NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE); limited submission, two proposals per organization. More:

Week of March 19, 2018

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grants Round 21
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for three challenge areas in Round 21 of the Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) program. The challenges are Innovations in Immunization Data Management, Use, and Improved Process Efficiency; Affordable, Accessible, and Appealing: The Next Generation of Nutrition; and Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries. Initial grants are $100,000, and successful projects are eligible for additional funding of up to $1 million. Application are due by May 2. Additional Grand Challenges funding opportunities are also open. More:

AAAS Accepting Award Nominations for Awards and Prizes
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is accepting nominations for several annual awards and prizes that recognize significant contributions to science and the public's understanding of science. Among the programs accepting nominations are the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science (due Aug. 1) and the AAAS Mentor Awards (due Aug. 15). Nomination deadlines vary for other programs. More:

DOE RFI – Critical Water Issues Prize Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to understand barriers that may prevent long-term access to low-cost water supplies that could be addressed through challenges and prize competitions. These competitions can be used to engage a broad range of stakeholders in developing solutions to difficult problems. This Request for Information (RFI) covers six categories of water problems. DOE may use feedback to develop competitions to address key water issues. Responses are due by May 14. More:

April 10 (internal pre-proposal): Will T. Grant Scholars Program; limited submission. More: contact for pre-proposal information.

May 1 (internal pre-proposal): WM Keck Foundation Research Programs – Medical and Science and Engineering; limited submission, contact for pre-proposal information.

May 7: USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grant Program. More:

May 7: USDA AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program. More: 

May 7: USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program; matching funds of 25% of total project cost required. More:

Week of March 5, 2018

Pre-proposals for FFAR $1 Million Seeding Solutions Grant Due April 18
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is accepting pre-proposals for the grant program, Seeding Solutions: Addressing Challenges in Food and Agriculture. FFAR will provide up to $1 million to support innovative and potentially transformative research. FARR plans to fund at least one proposal in each of its seven challenge areas. One-to-one matching funding from non-federal sources is required. Submissions will be jointly coordinated by the ISU Foundation and the college. CALS faculty planning to submit a pre-proposal are asked to notify Ruth MacDonald ( as soon as possible. Pre-proposals are due April 18. More

Limited Submission: NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research
The office of the VPR is accepting expressions of interest for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) grant program. The SIFAR program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Submissions are limited to one per institution. Submit expressions of interest to no later than March 19. More

March 30: USDA FAS Final Performance Evaluation for Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE II) Ghana Mission; $99,456, informational webinar March 7, contact for funding opportunity.

April 12: North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) 2018 Graduate Student Grants.

April 30: USDA NIFA AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities; Extension applications only, requires non-profit partner.

May 8: USDA NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management.

May 14: NSF Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA).

May 29: NSF Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes


Sept. 26: USDA NIFA and NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS).

Dec. 6 (letter of intent): NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program; an eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition.

Week of Feb. 26, 2018

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Signals in the Soil (SitS)
The National Science Foundation  has issued a Dear Colleague Letter to encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic near-surface processes through advances in sensor systems and dynamic models. The goal is to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals for research on technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes, including interactions of the macro- and microbiomes with soil nutrients, the rhizosphere, and abiotic and biotic processes within the soil. Research concepts are due by April 13. More

March 2: IDALS 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

March 16: American Egg Board's Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) – Egg Nutrition Studies and Research Grants.

 April 18: USDA NIFA Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP).

April 18: USDA NIFA Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) – Canola.

April 20: USDA NIFA Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB).

April 26: NOAA FY 2018 Remote Sensing for Snowpack and Soil Moisture; $400,000 per award.

April 30 (nomination): Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences; $3 million.

May 2: VentureWell E-Team Program; helping student STEM innovators move their inventions into the marketplace.

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