Previous Selected Funding Opportunities

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 (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu)) by Sept. 14. Contact Jillian Abele (jabele@foundation.iastate.edu) 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 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 (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) 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 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 fundingopps@iastate.edu.

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 (sueship@iastate.edu) 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 (rclemens@iastate.edu) 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.edu by 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 (sueship@iastate.edu). 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 (sueship@iastate.edu) 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 fundingopps@iastate.edu 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 (cornelis@iastate.edu, 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 (cornelis@iastate.edu, 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 (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu).

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: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18058/nsf18058.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

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, hxin@iastate.edu) or Malcolm Robertson (515-294-2490, malcolmr@iastate.edu).

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: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef7t2ee0648f2366&oseq=&c=23e5f450-edc2-11e6-ae29-d4ae5292c36f&ch=24845730-edc2-11e6-af03-d4ae5292c36f

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: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-727.html

May 29: USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for FY 2018 – Iowa; $75,000; 1:1 matching funds required. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302400

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: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302379

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: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302334

March 28 (expressions of interest): Feed the Future Global Food Security Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302337

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: http://foundationfar.org/challenge/protein-challenge/#pigrfp

April 2 (letter of intent): NOAA Climate Variability and Predictability. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301907

April 18 (preproposal): NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC). More: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5501&org=NSF&sel_org=BIO&from=fund

May 24: USDA NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE); individual and family health. More: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/rural-health-and-safety-education-competitive-grants-program-rhse

Sept. various dates: NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES). More: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831&org=NSF&sel_org=BIO&from=fund

Sept. 27: NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE); limited submission, two proposals per organization. More: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505473&org=NSF&sel_org=BIO&from=fund

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: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant-opportunities

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: https://www.aaas.org/about/aaas-awards

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: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=critical%20water%20issues&SearchType=

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

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

May 7: USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grant Program. More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/higher-education-challenge-hec-grants-program

May 7: USDA AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301381 

May 7: USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program; matching funds of 25% of total project cost required. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301385

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 (ruthmacd@iastate.edu) 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 fundingopps@iastate.edu 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 rclemens@istate.edu 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

TRIPODS + X.

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.

Week of Feb. 12, 2018

Limited Submission: USDA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields (WAMS)
The USDA NIFA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) supports research, education and teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. Projects should address broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. WAMS-funded projects should 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. Submissions are limited to one per institution. Internal pre-proposals are due Feb. 21. More

2018 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for competitive grant funding for the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund. Grants of $50,000 to $150,000 per project will be awarded in habitat improvement and outreach and organizational coordination. Matching funds of 1:1 in non-federal funds are required. An informational webinar will be held on Feb. 15. Pre-proposals are due March 14. More

USDA Opportunities for International Engagement and Research Cooperation
The webinar FAS and NIFA: USDA Opportunities for International Engagement and Research Cooperation is scheduled for March 6 at 1:00 p.m. CST. The webinar will focus on funding opportunities to conduct cooperative research; host and mentor foreign scientists; and train foreign agricultural officials, faculty, and policy makers. More

ISU Research Day 2018: Discover. Create. Together.
Iowa State Research Day is an opportunity for researchers of all disciplines to discover their campus peers' research interests. This convergence may potentially form teams through similar interests and complementary strengths. Researchers and scholars are encouraged to give lighting talks about their research focal areas, present a poster or creative expression to exhibit their research interests, network with each other, discover campus research services at the resource fair, and listen to stories of real-life research and scholarship experiences. Keynote speaker Gregory Petsko will discuss how science and the arts/humanities are a marriage made in heaven. More

Feb. 22: NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program.

April 12, Aug. 12: NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13).

April 23: USAID Seed Systems Support Activity; $20,790,000 over five years plus associate buy-ins.

May 1: USDA NIFA Agriculture in the Classroom; limited submission, on application per institution.

May 1: Alternatives Research & Development Foundation Annual Open Grant Program - Research on Non-Animal Lab Testing; $40,000.

May 9: NSF Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP) Researcher Practitioner Partnerships.

June 20: NIH Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) (R35); $600,000 direct costs.

Week of Feb. 5, 2018

FFAR Graduate Student Fellows Program and Research Grants
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) will fund 48 graduate students over three years using an interdisciplinary approach to career readiness. In addition to academic advisors, students will be matched with industry mentors who will provide additional career guidance. Students selected under the Research & Professional Development category will receive full support ($50,000/year for three years). Students receiving support from their home institution can apply for the Professional Development category (approx. $10,000/year) and will be matched with an industry sponsor. Students from consortium member universities (including ISU) can also apply for project funding on a food or agriculture-related topic. FFAR has not announced deadlines for applications. More

Continuous: Global Innovation Fund Water Data Challenge.

March 5: General Mills Scholars Program Feeding Better Futures; $50,000 grand prize, eligibility is 13 to 21 years of age.

March 22: 2018 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program.

March 28: USDA NIFA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS); $100,000, one award per institution.

March 30: Dept. of State U.S. Mission to Costa Rica - Funding for English Language, STEAM & Entrepreneurship Programs; $20,000.

April 4: USDA NIFA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/secondary-education-two-year-postsecondary-education-and-agriculture-k-12?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

April 30: 2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.

May 31: NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10).

May 31: NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10); $50,000 to $600,000.

Jan. 31 (initial submissions/pre-proposals): DOD 2018 Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC Broad Agency Announcement; initial submissions are considered pre-proposals.

 

Week of Jan. 29, 2018

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund RFP Pre-release Announcement
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that the 2018 Request for Proposals will be released on Feb. 7. The 2018 cycle will solicit proposals to advance conservation of the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. Up to $1.6 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2018. Register to participate in an informational webinar on Feb. 15 at 9:00 a.m. CST. More

FFAR Graduate Student Fellowship Program
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is accepting applications for its Fellowship Program. The program will fund 48 graduate students over three years using an interdisciplinary approach to career readiness. Students can compete in either of two categories:  Research & Professional Development or Professional Development. The FFAR Fellow program is especially interested in innovative, novel and collaborative research in food and agriculture, including all aspects of digital agriculture, phytobiome, soil microbiome, precision agriculture, and breeding technology. More

Feb. 23, June 1: U.S. Embassy Seoul PAS Annual Program Statement.

March 1: Dept. of State Conference Analyzing the State of US-ASEAN Relations.

March 3 (letter of intent): Innovative Technologies to Deliver Genome Editing Machinery to Disease-relevant Cells and Tissues.

March 7 (pre-proposals): NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program (FY 2018).

March 28: Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS); one award per institution, $100,000.

Week of Jan. 22, 2018

Limited Submission: Internal Competition for FFAR New Innovator Award
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) is accepting nominations for its New Innovator Award in Food and Agriculture Research. This award seeks to promote careerClose overlay advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture. The competition is open to tenure-track faculty in any department or discipline hired on or after August 1, 2014. Nominees may request up to $100,000 per year for three years. Applicants must provide a 1:1 match. Nominations are limited to two per institution. Pre-proposals for the internal competition are due by Feb. 5. Contact Sue Shipitalo (sueship@iastate.edu) for pre-proposal instructions. More

Feb. 9 (pre-application): DOE and USDA Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Initiative.

Feb. 13 (proposal abstract): DOD REventing EMerging Pathogenic Threats; innovative proposals to develop novel and scalable approaches to preempt viral spillover and transmission from animals or vectors into humans.

Feb. 13 (pre-proposal): NFWF Sustain Our Great Lakes Program.

Feb. 15 (pre-proposal): NFWF Resilient Communities 2018; $200,000 to $500,000, awards for Central Region support conservation projects that help prepare for floods and droughts, requires 1:1 match.

Feb. 16: American Egg Board's Egg Nutrition Center 2018 Young Investigator Research Award for Early Exploration.

Feb. 19 (letter of intent): NOAA FY 2018 Joint Technology Transfer Initiative; develop and test potential new weather technologies for possible transition into NWS operations, includes improving water prediction capabilities.

 March 15: EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program for Region 7; $50,000 to $100,000 per award, three to four grants per region.

 April 5, Sept. 5: PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]).

 April 17: NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM.

 

Week of Jan. 8, 2018

Limited Submission: NSF S-STEM Expressions of Interest Due Jan. Jan. 17
The National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program provides funds for scholarships to encourage and enable low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need to enter the workforce or graduate study following completion of associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in STEM. Submissions are limited to one per college. Faculty members whose primary appointment is in CALS should contact Ruth MacDonald (ruthmacd@iastate.edu) by Wed., Jan. 17, to express interest. If multiple expressions of interest are received, an internal competition and review process will be coordinated to select the submission that will go forward. More

Reminder: ISU I-Corps Sites Informational Lunch and Learn, Jan. 17
The ISU Office of the VPR, Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR), and CALS will co-host a Lunch and Learn informational session about the ISU I-Corps Site Program. I-Corps Sites provide training to faculty and postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students to explore the commercial potential of their research and technology. Teams are comprised of an entrepreneurial lead (post-doc or graduate student), an academic lead (faculty or qualified scientist), and an entrepreneur-mentor. Fifteen teams will be selected for the Spring 2018 program. The Lunch and Learn will be held on Jan. 17 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 142 Curtiss Hall. All interested faculty, postdoctoral students, and graduate students are invited. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Jan. 10 if you plan to attend. More

ISU Seminar: Early Career Foundation Awards Seminar, Jan. 31
The Office of the VPR and the ISU Foundation will present a seminar on early career awards, with a focus on private foundations. ISU Foundation staff will explain how they can help you pursue funding, and Grants Hub staff will provide information about early career awards from the federal government. ISU faculty who have received career awards will discuss how the awards helped shape their careers. The seminar will be held on Jan. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. More

Jan. 19 (pre-application): DOE Bioimaging Research and Approaches for Bioenergy; $1.5 million per award.

Jan. 31 (expression of interest): USAID Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) India – Ag Tech Challenge Broad Agency Announcement; interventions to address development challenges for food and nutrition security in Asia.

Feb. 7: U.S. EPA 15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet; informational webinar to be held Jan. 11.

Feb. 12 (Phase 1 concept note): USAID John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program; typical awards of $8.25 million, applicants’ conference to be held Jan. 22.

Feb. 26: USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program; awards up to $2 million, 100% cost share required.

March 1: USDA NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

March 5: Vodafone Americas Foundation - Ninth Annual Wireless Innovation Prize; $300,000, connected solutions and wireless technologies that impact the global community, contact ISU foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest.

March 30: NOAA 2018 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP); $250,000.

Week of Dec. 18, 2017

Summaries from Potential NSF STC Teams Due Jan. 15
The Office of the VPR is requesting a project summary from any team interested in applying to the forthcoming NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STCs) Program Solicitation. Release of the solicitation is expected in Winter 2018. Each team should submit a one-page summary of the potential center and a separate title page listing the name of the PI and the names and affiliations of all collaborators to fundingopps@iastate.edu by Jan. 15. The NSF STC program is a limited submission opportunity; three applications per organization were allowed in the 2015 solicitation. Contact: Sue Shipitalo (sueship@iastate.edu). More.

Four BARD Program Applications Due Jan. 15
The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) is accepting applications for four cooperative agricultural research and workshop programs. Applications for the BARD Senior Research Fellowship program, Graduate Student Fellowship program, Workshop program, and Vaadia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship program are all due by Jan. 15. Applicants should note BARD’s new on-line submission process and formatting requirements. More.

USAID Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research (LASER) Concepts Due Jan. 24
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to invest in a five-year cooperative agreement with a higher education institution to support a project entitled “Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research” (LASER). This cooperative agreement will support the discovery and uptake of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. The anticipated budget includes a ceiling of $70 million, and the period of performance is five years. Concept notes are due Jan. 24. More.

Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Due March 2
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Eligible applicants include Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community-based organizations. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Projects must enhance the competitiveness of Iowa-grown specialty crops that benefit the industry as a whole. Budgets are limited to a maximum of $24,000 over 30 months. Multi-state projects are also encouraged. More.

Jan. 12: (requires prior letter of inquiry): Weeden Foundation; biodiversity focus, $20,000, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest.

Feb. 1: Carolyn Foundation; environmental grants for mitigating climate change, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest.

Feb. 12 (concept papers): ARPA-E OPEN 2018; awards from $500,000 to $10 million, includes renewable energy and bioenergy categories.

Feb. 15: 2017-2018 Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics, and Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant; graduate students, two awards of $25,000 each.

Feb. 20: Global Probiotic Council Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research; $50,000.

Feb. 28: Agilent Early Career Professor Award; human microbiome, microbiome-host interactions, interaction between individual microbiome components, completed Ph.D. no earlier than January 2008, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest.

March 2 (submission to Sea Grant program): NOAA National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative; awards up to $750,000, at least 50% non-federal matching funds required.

 

Week of Dec. 11, 2017

NSF CAREER Grant Lunch and Learn Workshop, Dec. 18
CALS will host a two-hour Lunch and Learn Workshop for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant program on Dec. 18, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in Room 142 Curtiss Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Dec. 14 if you plan to attend. Submission deadlines for the next two rounds of NSF CAREER proposals are July 18-20, 2018 and July 17-19, 2019. All eligible faculty members who are considering applying for either deadline are encouraged to attend the workshop. More:  https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

Iowa Innovation Corporation SBIR/STTR Matching Financial Assistance Grants
The Iowa Innovation Corporation’s matching financial assistance program provides commitment to match grants for Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I proposals. Phase I awards will be matched at 50% up to $50,000. Applications are reviewed for funding decisions on an ongoing basis.  A funding decision will be made within two weeks of receipt of a complete application. More: https://iicorp.com/programs/sbir-sttr/sbir-matching-financial-assistance/

FFAR to Open Nominations for 2018 New Innovator Awards this Week
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has announced that nominations for the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award will open this week. The New Innovator award is designed to provide the early investment needed to launch new faculty members into successful scientific careers in food and agriculture. Investing a substantial amount in faculty members within the first three years of their careers will allow them to pursue innovative and transformational ideas uninhibited by the pressure of identifying their next grant. More: http://foundationfar.org/new-innovator/

Jan 8: (pre-application): DOE Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes to Enable Production of Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=299263

Jan. 8 (letter of intent): DOE Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Release 2. More: https://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/

Feb. 5, June 5: NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-484.html

Feb. 7: DOD Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR). More: https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/

Feb. 16, June 16: NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-489.html

Week of Dec. 4, 2017

CGRER Large Grant Development Proposals and Seed Grant Proposals Due Jan. 16
The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at the University of Iowa is accepting applications for a new large grant development program and to their traditional small grants program for pilot studies on global change, climate effects, and regional environmental research related to global environmental problems. The objective of the new grant development program is to develop proposals and teams that are able to compete successfully for external funding. At least 50% of the awarded funds for the large grant program must be spent in support of Univ. of Iowa faculty participation. Expressions of interest for the large grant program are requested by Dec. 1. Applications for both programs are due by Jan. 16. More.

Egg Industry Center Pre-proposals Due Dec. 22
The Egg Industry Center (EIC) is accepting pre-proposals for research that can add to the current body of knowledge for the egg industry. Research areas of interest include comparative investigation of specific aspects of production systems and styles of cage-free housing, disease and parasite prevention in cage-free housing, and robotic application for modern egg production, among others. Pre-proposals are due by Dec. 22. Contact: Lesa Vold (lvold@iastate.edu). More.

PIRI Lunch and Learn Sessions, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13
The Office of the VPR invites faculty to bring your lunch and attend one of two discussions about the Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI). VPR leaders will provide an overview and information on how to apply to this internal funding program for interdisciplinary research teams. PIRI pre-proposals are due Jan. 31. The Lunch and Learn will be offered twice. The first session will be held on Dec. 6 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Food Sciences Building Room 1951. The second session will be held on Dec. 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Molecular Biology Building Room 1102. More.

ISU I-Corps Sites – CALS Informational Lunch and Learn, Jan. 17
The ISU Office of the VPR, Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR), and CALS will co-host a Lunch and Learn informational session about the new ISU I-Corps Site Program. I-Corps Sites act as a training ground for faculty and postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students to learn how to increase the impact of their research by exploring the commercial potential of their research and technology. Fifteen teams will be selected to participate in the Spring 2018 program. Guru Rao, Associate VP for Research, and Kris Johansen, EDIR Manager of Industry Relations, will provide an overview of the program. A panel of participants from the Fall 2017 cohort will discuss their experience in the program and answer questions. The Lunch and Learn will be held Jan. 17 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 142 Curtiss Hall. All interested faculty, postdoctoral students, and graduate students are invited. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Jan. 10 if you plan to attend. More.

Rolling applications: The Water Data Challenge; pilot-stage proposals (proof of concept) up to $230,000, test and transition (demonstration) proposals up to $1 million.

Jan. 15: U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) Agricultural Programs; BARD Senior Research Fellowship program, Graduate Student Fellowship program, Workshop program, and Vaadia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Jan. 30: USDA NIFA Methyl Bromide Transition.

Jan. 30 (letter of intent): NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC).

Jan. 31: USDA NRCS Iowa Partners for Conservation (IPC); non-research projects that leverage NRCS resources, address local natural resource issues, encourage collaboration and develop state-and-community-level conservation leadership.

Feb. 2: 2018 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science; women in post-doctoral research positions.

Feb. 8: USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

Feb. 12 (letter of intent): FDA Scientific Conference Grant Program (R13).

Feb. 28 (pre-proposals): DOD Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI); use-inspired basic research by university-industry teams.

Week of Nov. 27, 2017

2018 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
The DOE’s ARPA-E Summit—the preeminent energy innovation event of the year—will be held March 13-15 at the Gaylord Convention Center, outside of Washington, DC. Now in its ninth year, the Summit offers a three-day program aimed at showcasing transformational energy technologies. Summit topics range from high-level overviews to focused discussions centered on the next generation of energy technologies. The Summit's Technology Showcase will feature more than 275 innovative energy technologies, including those from ARPA-E funded project teams. Early bird registration rates expire on Dec. 15. More: http://www.arpae-summit.com/Home

Dec. 20 (pre-application): DOE Environmental System Science. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298742

Dec. 20 (pre-application): DOE Atmospheric System Research (ASR). More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298743

Jan. 11 (abstract): DARPA Advanced Plant Technologies (APT); Proposers Day will be held on Dec. 12. More: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=620a8c69a46dc688d98aa6c1af08449d&tab=core&_cview=0

Jan. 28 (letter of intent): NIH Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-18-002.html

Feb. 14 (letter of intent): NIH The Role of the Microbiome in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) (R01). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-18-005.html

Feb. 14: NSF Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining). More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18516/nsf18516.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Feb. 20: NSF National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0). More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18518/nsf18518.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Feb. 28: NSF Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR). More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18517/nsf18517.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

March 12: NIH Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/due-dates-and-submission-policies/due-dates.htm

 

Week of Nov. 13, 2017

Note: No new funding opportunities will be published here for the week of Nov. 20, 2017.

Submit Intent to Apply for ISU Inclusion Initiative Grants by Nov. 30
The ISU Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks intentional, creative proposals for awards of up to $5,000 for innovative inclusion initiatives intended to foster community engagement that positively impacts ISU. Applicants can be faculty or staff. Required intent to apply must be submitted by Nov. 30. More: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/awardsfunding/IIG

Professional Development Funds for NTE Faculty Proposals Due Dec. 15
The Office of SVPP has allocated funds to support professional development of lecturers/senior lecturers, clinicians/senior clinicians, clinical, and adjunct faculty. Applications from faculty without access to professional development support from their departments are particularly encouraged to apply.  NTE faculty may apply for up to $500 to participate in a professional conference, workshop, or training. Applications are due by Dec. 15 for conferences/workshops taking place between Jan. 1 and June 30. More: https://www-provost.sws.iastate.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/development/nte

Draft Scientific Carbon Cycle Assessment Available for Public Comment
USDA-NIFA has announced the availability of a draft assessment, the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Science Report (SOCCR-2), for 60-day public review. Comments will be reviewed by the relevant chapter author teams. Following revision and further review, a revised draft will undergo final Federal interagency clearance. This assessment responds to the 1990 Congressional mandate to periodically produce National Climate Assessments and to assist the nation in understanding, assessing, predicting, and responding to global change. Written comments must be received by Jan. 8. More: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/08/2017-24347/notice-of-availability-of-draft-scientific-assessment-for-public-comment?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Dec. 1 (Review Window 1 for Phase I concept papers): Millennial Challenge Corporation (MCC) Annual Program Statement – Partnerships; cost share required. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298597

Dec. 4: NSF Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I (SBIR). More: STTR https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505362&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click SBIR https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505233&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Dec. 21 (letter of intent): USDA NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG); $500,000 standard research grant, $25,000 conference grant. More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/biotechnology-risk-assessment-research-grants-program-brag?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Jan. 15, April 15 (letter of intent): Whitehall Foundation Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid; basic research in neurobiology; contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.isu.edu) to express interest. More: http://www.whitehall.org/grants/

Feb. 5, June 5: NIH Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-260.html

Feb. 5: NIH Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R01). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-010.html

Feb. 28: NSF Dimension of Biodiversity; includes U.S.-China, U.S.-Sao Paulo, and U.S.-South Africa collaborative research opportunities. More: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503446

Sept. 14 (rolling basis): U.S. Embassy Brussels PAS Annual Program Statement; $10,000 to $150,000, includes academic lectures, seminars, and speaker programs. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298567

Oct. 22: NSF Energy for Sustainability; $300,000 standard project, $450,000 collaborative project. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505339&WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

 

Week of Nov. 6, 2017

Internal Competition: NSF Research Traineeship Pre-Proposals Due Nov. 13
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program encourages the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. FY 2018 proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high-priority areas: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). The NRT program addresses both workforce development and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with non-academic organizations are encouraged. Submissions are limited to two per institution. More: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=4f77124f06814d088987b2d131d58e02

Internal Competition: NSF Partnerships for Innovation Pre-Proposals Due Dec. 11
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts that catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations. The PFI Technology Translation track offers the opportunity to advance prior NSF-funded research results toward developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. The PFI Research Partnerships track provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. Submissions are limited to two per institutions. More: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=4f77124f06814d088987b2d131d58e02

DOD Armed Forces Pest Management Board Broad Agency Announcement FY 18; $300,000. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298235

Dec. 19: EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I. More: https://www.epa.gov/sbir/sbir-funding-opportunities

Dec. 29 (pre-applications): NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – User Interface; technologies and capabilities through use of AR/VR for first responders. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298236

Dec. 31: Allen Foundation; human nutrition education, training, and research, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest. More: https://www.allenfoundation.org/default.asp

Jan. 30: NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure. More: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504748

Jan. 30: NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE). More: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505495

Feb. 5: NIH Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Approaches for Nutrition Research (R01). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-034.html

Week of Oct. 30, 2017

NSF to Fund Next-Generation STEM Digital Learning Environment Workshops
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorates for Education and Human Resources and Computer and Information Science and Engineering will fund research to support the design of the next generation of digital learning environments for STEM content and in support of STEM education research more broadly. As a first step, NSF has issued a Dear Colleague Letter requesting proposals for synthesis, integration, and design workshops. Proposals should include a diverse interdisciplinary team and are due by Jan. 22. More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18017/nsf18017.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Continuous: Project Apis m.; $40,000, proposals reviewed quarterly. More: https://www.projectapism.org/request-funding.html

Jan. 10 (nominations): Volvo Environment Prize. More: http://www.environment-prize.com/

Jan. 23: NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH); $750,000 small projects, $1.6 million large projects. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13681&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

Jan. 26: NOAA Marine Fisheries Service - Graduate Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics; requires 20% matching funds. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298128

Jan. 30 and other dates, by program track: NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES). More: http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831

Feb. 1, May 1: Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants; $50,000, education research projects, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest. More: https://www.spencer.org/small-research-grants

Feb. 1: NSF Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools. More: https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505480

April 4: NIH Understanding the Early Development of the Immune System (R01); $300,000. More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-333.html

 

Week of Oct. 23, 2017

USAID APS for Innovations in Feed the Future Monitoring and Evaluation
The U.S. Agency for International Development has released the Annual Program Statement (APS) Innovations in Feed the Future Monitoring and Evaluation. USAID will support exploration of ways in which innovative technologies, data, and methods can help to better understand the food security and development problems that Feed the Future seeks to solve, specifically in terms of measurement and analysis objectives. Multiple awards of up to $1 million each are anticipated. Questions can be submitted until Oct. 27. Concept papers are due Dec. 1. More: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297972  

Reminder: Writing Winning Grant Proposals Workshop Nov. 8
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will host the workshop, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals,” on Nov. 8 in the Memorial Union Sun Room from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students are welcome to attend. The $80 registration fee includes the workbook. Attendees must have the permission of their department chairs or other authorizing personnel before registering. CALS will reimburse departments for the registration fee for each new tenure-eligible and new adjunct faculty member whose tenure home/primary appointment is in CALS and who joined the college between fall semester 2015 and fall semester 2017. More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/for_researchers/workshops__training/  

Upcoming FFAR Convening Events
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has posted a schedule for nine convening events that will occur between Oct. 23 and Dec. 4. Topics include novel and ancient crops, priorities and opportunities for antibiotic research, crops in controlled environments, and sustainable livestock production, among others. More: http://foundationfar.org/get-involved/events/  

Nov. 1, Feb. 1 (initial inquiry): The McKnight Foundation Mississippi River Grant Program; contact ISU Foundation to express interest (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu). More: https://www.mcknight.org/grant-programs/mississippi-river  

Nov. 15: Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife/Exotic Studies Grants for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training, and Pilot Studies; contact the ISU Foundation to express interest (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu). More: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/researchers/

Dec. 4: U.S. EPA FY 2017 and FY 2018 Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water; 10% minimum non-federal cost-share/match. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298028

Dec. 15: Organic Farming Research Foundation 2018 Research Grants; $20,000, contact ISU Foundation to express interest (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu). More: http://ofrf.org/home  

Jan. 22: U.S. Forest Service 2018 Wood Innovations Program. More: https://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/wip/2018-rfp.shtm

Week of Oct. 16, 2017

National Pork Board 2018 Research Proposals Due Nov. 14
The National Pork Board has released its 2018 General Call for research proposals. Topics include feed efficiency, animal welfare, pork quality and safety, antibiotic use and resistance, public health topics, and several others. Proposals are due Nov. 14. More: http://www.pork.org/pork-checkoff-research/research-request-proposal/

FDA Public Meetings for Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold two public meetings regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. Congress appropriated $3 million to fund this initiative, which calls upon the FDA to work with USDA to provide education and outreach to the public on agricultural biotechnology and food and animal feed ingredients derived from biotechnology. The purpose of the meetings is to accept information, experiences, and suggestions from the public to help inform the development of this initiative. The first meeting will be held in Charlotte, NC, on Nov. 7; the second will be held in San Francisco, CA, on Nov. 14. A webcast will be available for each meeting. More: https://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WorkshopsMeetingsConferences/ucm579085.htm

Changes to NSF Agency Specific Requirements for Research Terms and Conditions
The National Science Foundation has released an update to its Research Terms & Condition Agency Specific Requirements. The revised requirements apply to all new NSF grants, and funding amendments to existing NSF grants, awarded on or after Oct. 11. More: https://nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp

Oct. 31: ISU Office of Biotechnology Grants to Support Biotechnology Events. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/apply-by-oct-31-for-funds-to-support-biotechnology-events/

Nov. 5: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service 2018 Borlaug Fellowship Program. More: https://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/borlaug-fellowship-program

Nov. 20 (pre-application): DOD CDMRP Toward A Next-Generation Trauma Care Capability: Foundational Research for Autonomous, Unmanned, and Robotics Development of Medical Technologies (FORwARD). More:  http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/dmrdp

Dec. 4: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. More: http://www.uspoultry.org/research/

Dec. 15: North Pacific Research Board – Core Program. More: https://www.nprb.org/core-program/request-for-proposals/

Continuous until Sept. 30, 2020: FY2018 to FY2020 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA); applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals. More: https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=297752

Continuous until Sept. 30, 2020: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research. More: https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=297726

Week of Oct. 9, 2017

Workshop: Writing Winning Grant Proposals Scheduled for Nov. 8
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will host the workshop, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals,” on Nov. 8 in the Memorial Union Sun Room from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students are welcome to attend. The $80 registration fee includes the workbook. The OVPR requires attendees to have the permission of their department chairs or other authorizing personnel before registering. CALS will reimburse departments for the registration fee for each new tenure-eligible and adjunct faculty whose tenure home/primary appointment is in CALS and who joined the college between fall semester 2015 and fall semester 2017. The OVPR requests that participants register by Oct. 20. More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/for_researchers/workshops__training/

NSF Request for Information on Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter Request for Information (RFI) regarding existing and future needs for mid-scale research infrastructure projects from the U.S.-based NSF science and engineering community. This RFI focuses on projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million toward construction and/or acquisition. This range is of interest to help NSF anticipate the potential impact of lowering the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) threshold and identifying promising projects that remain difficult to address within program budgets due to the large investment needed in a relatively short period of time. Responses are due by Dec. 8. More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18013/nsf18013.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Nov. 1: The Lawrence Foundation; $25,000, environmental, human services, other. More: http://www.thelawrencefoundation.org/

Nov. 8: Gates Foundation Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems (Round 20); $100,000, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest. More: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/innovations-integrated-diagnostics-systems-round-20

Dec. 1: Spencer Foundation Conference Grants for Advancing Education Research - Creating and Sustaining Equitable Educational Spaces; $50,000, contact ISU Foundation (cfr@foundation.iastate.edu) to express interest. More: http://www.spencer.org/conference-grants-guidelines

Dec. 8: NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program; supports M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology, and all other science, engineering, social science, and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas, particularly for women and members of minority groups. More: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297840

Jan. 5: NIH Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (SBIR and STTR); primary employment of the PD/PI must be with small business concern. More: SBIR https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-402.html, STTR https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-403.html

Jan. 12: AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award; $25,000, must be AGA member. More: http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award

Week of Oct. 2, 2017

Internal Competition: Bailey Research Career Development Award Proposals Due Oct. 23
The Office of the Vice President for Research is soliciting proposals for the 2018 Bailey Research Career Development Award competition. The award is provided annually for research that is innovative (outside of an established research program), increases knowledge, and has practical applications. It is expected that the Bailey award will allow faculty to devote time toward high-risk, high-impact research addressing emerging scientific, technical, and/or societal problems resulting in practical applications and, in appropriate disciplines, extramural funding. All full-time tenured associate professors and professors are eligible to apply. More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/funding/bailey_award/

NSF DCL: PreK-12 Advancing STEM + Computing Proposals Due Nov. 14
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) for Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12): Advancing STEM + Computing. In its effort to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computer science by preK-12 students and teachers, the DRK-12 program is encouraging investigators to submit proposals studying the integration of computing and/or computational thinking within disciplinary STEM learning and teaching in formal STEM education. More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17149/nsf17149.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Pre-applications Due Dec. 8
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by funding research and extension projects that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a unique approach to solving problems facing the specialty crop industry using a systems approach. Submissions for Coordinated Agricultural Projects, Standard Research and Extension Projects, and Research and Extension Planning Projects will be accepted. More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/specialty-crop-research-initiative-scri?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term-

Week of Sept. 25, 2017

Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program Applications Due Oct. 6
The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program offers faculty the opportunity to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and research. Faculty visits are typically two weeks. The visiting Faculty Fellow may consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures or symposia, or engage in other activities that are agreeable to the Fellow and the host institution. ISU encourages activities that further the university's strategic plan, such as using a unique laboratory facility or consulting with a collaborator on current or planned research, teaching, or extension activities. The host unit provides a formal letter of invitation. Awards will generally not exceed $1,500. More: http://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/development/big-12

Internal Competition: NSF MRI Program Preproposals Due Oct. 11
The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program for instrument acquisition or development provides funding for shared instrumentation that supports the research and research training and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. A proposal must be for acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required. Interested faculty whose primary appointment is in CALS should submit a pre-proposal to Joe Colletti by 11:59 p.m on Oct. 11. More: https://www.grantshub.iastate.edu/finding-funding/limited-submissions/downloadable-documents/

ISU Miller Faculty Fellowship Program Applications Due Dec. 5
The Miller Faculty Fellowship Program provides up to $15,000 per award for faculty members to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Any ISU faculty member may apply. Three to four awards are anticipated. Interested faculty whose primary appointment is in CALS should submit their proposal to Joe Colletti (colletti@iastate.edu) and to CELT (celt-miller@iastate.edu) by Dec. 5. More: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/faculty/funding-opportunities/miller-faculty-fellowship-program

DARPA RFI: Protecting Against Small Unmanned Air Systems
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office has issued a request for information (RFI), “Detection and Negation Ideas for Protecting Against Small Unmanned Air Systems,” for innovative technologies for countering adversary small unmanned air systems. DARPA is interested in the topic areas of sensing and neutralization. The RFI invites short white papers describing the respondent’s technology. An invitation to attend a one-day Technology Day may be extended to respondents with relevant sensing and/or neutralizing technology. Responses are due by Oct. 2. More: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1cb3eebcac5122037d27045ca2d53295&tab=core&_cview=0

Various dates: NSF Dear Colleague Letter - Research on Methodologies for STEM Education. More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17136/nsf17136.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Oct. 20, June 9 (letter of intent): NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25); one application pre institution, contact Sue Shipitalo (sueship@iastate.edu) to express interest. More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-339.html

Dec. 4: USDA Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grant Program; universities can be partners only. More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program

Dec. 25 (letter of intent): NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1); one application per institution, contact Sue Shipitalo (sueship@iastate.edu) to express interest. More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-340.html

Jan. 5 (letter of intent): NIH Comparative Genomics Research Program (R01). More: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-482.html

Jan. 8: NSF Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. More: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504984

Week of Sept. 18, 2017

USDA Accepting Applications for 2018 Borlaug Fellowships
USDA is accepting applications for the 2018 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to scientists, researchers, and policymakers from 40 eligible countries. Fellows will work one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency, usually for eight to twelve weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration. Applications are due by Nov. 5. More: https://www.fas.usda.gov/newsroom/accepting-applications-2018-borlaug-fellowships

NSF Invites Topics to Accelerate Research Through International Network Collaboration
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter inviting white papers on topics in science, engineering, and/or STEM education that are ripe for international network-to-network collaboration. Topics should hold the potential to accelerate discovery and advance research outcomes. Research areas with sufficient maturity to have a nascent, but not well-established, network of researchers in the U.S. and abroad are of particular interest. Interdisciplinary research ideas are encouraged, though ideas are welcome in any area funded by NSF. There should be potential to link multiple networks, leading to a network of networks. White papers are due by Nov. 30. No funding is associated with this call for white papers. More: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17131/nsf17131.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

USDA Listening Opportunity for Stakeholder Feedback
USDA has published a Federal Register Notice, "Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education, and Extension.” This opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on top priorities in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address, and the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences. Listening sessions will be organized throughout the United States to obtain input from all stakeholders. Individuals interested in attending in-person must RSVP no later than Oct. 12. Written comments must be received by Dec. 1. More: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/15/2017-19714/stakeholder-listening-opportunity-for-priorities-in-research-education-and-extension?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Week of Sept. 11, 2017

Reminder: Parag Chitnis to Present NIFA Seminar, Sept. 13
CALS will host Dr. Parag Chitnis, Deputy Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), for the seminar presentation, “NIFA’s Portfolio and Priorities for Science,” on Sept. 13. The seminar will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Room 1951 Food Sciences (CCUR Theater). All ISU faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend. There is no registration for this seminar.

Still Time to Sign Up - Digital Agriculture Data Carpentry Workshop, Sept. 12-13
ISU and CALS will host a hands-on Data Carpentry Workshop covering basic research computing concepts and tools. Dr. Mark Laufersweiler, Research Data Specialist at University of Oklahoma Libraries will lead the workshop.  Participants from all disciplines and all colleges are welcome to attend and do not need any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. The workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13 in Room 368A Heady Hall. A $25 registration fee will cover light breakfast, lunch, and breaks on both days. Space is limited to 40 participants. More: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/datacarpentry

Digital Agriculture UAS, Plant Sciences, and Education All-Hands Meeting, Sept. 14
ISU and CALS will host an Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences, and Education (UASPSE) All-Hands Meeting. The UASPSE project is devoted to building partnerships and resources to address emerging big data issues. Dr. Parag Chitnis, Deputy Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will present the keynote address.  Stakeholders from academia, industry, government, non-profits, and other organizations are invited to attend. Participants are invited to display posters relevant UASPSE big data topics. The meeting will be help on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Scheman Building. The registration fee for the meeting is $25. More: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/digitalag

USDA FAS Resiliency in Northern Ghana Evaluation, Apply by Oct. 4
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to conduct a mid-term evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project implementation approach. Interested parties are invited to join a conference call on Sept. 20 to discuss this opportunity and ask questions. Funding of approximately $284,000 is available for one award. Applications are due Oct. 4. Contact Roxanne Clemens (rclemens@iastate.edu)for a copy of the funding opportunity.

Iowa Water Center Research Grants, Apply by Nov. 8
The Iowa Water Center annual is accepting research proposals for two programs. The Seed Grant Water Research Competition will award one research seed grant of up to $30,000s to enable researchers to explore innovative ideas that will grow to be tools to assist in building future water-related policies and practices. The Graduate Student Supplemental Research Competition will provide up three awards of $5,000 each for graduate students nearing completion of their program of study. The priority area for this research initiative is cyanobacterial blooms (harmful algae blooms) and their impact on water quality and water management decisions. Applicants must provide matching funds. Applications are due Nov. 8. More: http://www.water.iastate.edu/content/iowa-water-center-grant-competitions

USDA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), Apply by Oct. 31
More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/higher-education-multicultural-scholars-program-msp?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Week of Sept. 4, 2017

USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship Program, Applications Due Oct. 31
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program. The NNF program provides funding to support students’ training and completion of master’s and/or doctoral degree programs in identified national need areas within the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences. Post-doctoral fellowships will not be awarded in the FY 2017 competition. Applications are due by Oct. 31. More: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-and-agricultural-sciences-national-needs-graduate-and-postgraduate

Parag Chitnis, NIFA Deputy Director, to Present Seminar at ISU on Sept. 13
CALS will host Dr. Parag Chitnis, Deputy Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), for the seminar presentation, “NIFA’s Portfolio and Priorities for Science,” on Sept. 13. The seminar will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Room 1951 Food Sciences (CCUR Theater). All ISU faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend. There is no registration for this seminar.

Digital Agriculture Data Carpentry Workshop, Sept. 12-13
ISU and CALS will host a hands-on Data Carpentry Workshop covering basic research computing concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Data Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain using these concepts. Dr. Mark Laufersweiler, Research Data Specialist at University of Oklahoma Libraries will lead the workshop.  Participants from all disciplines and all colleges are welcome to attend and do not need any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. The workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13 in Room 368A Heady Hall. A $25 registration fee covers light breakfast, lunch, and breaks on both days. Space is limited to 40 participants. More: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/datacarpentry

Digital Agriculture UAS, Plant Sciences, and Education All-Hands Meeting, Sept. 14
As part of the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, ISU and CALS will host an Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences, and Education (UASPSE) All-Hands Meeting. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the UASPSE D project is devoted to building partnerships and resources to address emerging big data issues. Dr. Parag Chitnis, Deputy Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will present the keynote address.  Stakeholders from academia (faculty, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students), industry, government, non-profits, and other organizations are invited to attend. Participants are invited to display posters relevant UASPSE big data topics. The meeting will be help on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scheman Building - Iowa State Center. The registration fee for the meeting is $25. More: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/digitalag

FFAR Virtual Briefing Materials Available On-Line
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has posted the slides from the Aug. 24 virtual briefing. The recording will be posted soon. More: https://foundationfar.org/?event=ffar-public-briefing

Week of Aug. 28, 2017

Digital Agriculture Data Carpentry Workshop, Sept. 12-13
ISU and CALS will host a hands-on Data Carpentry Workshop covering basic research computing concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Data Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain using these concepts. Dr. Mark Laufersweiler, Research Data Specialist at University of Oklahoma Libraries will lead the workshop.  Participants will be encouraged to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Participants from any discipline are welcome to attend and do not need any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. The workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13 in Room 368A Heady Hall. The fee for the workshop is $25, which covers a light breakfast, lunch, and breaks on both days. Space is limited to 40 participants. More: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/datacarpentry

Digital Agriculture UAS, Plant Sciences, and Education All-Hands Meeting, Sept. 14
As part of the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, ISU and CALS will host a Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences, and Education (UASPSE) All-Hands Meeting. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the UASPSE Digital Agriculture Spoke project is devoted to building partnerships and resources that will address emerging big data issues including direct data collection of plant features by unmanned aerial systems, biological feature extraction through image analysis, big data processing pipelines, and techniques for data management and sharing. Stakeholders from academia (including early career researchers, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students), industry, government, non-profits, and other organizations are invited to attend this one-day event. Participants are invited to display posters relevant UASPSE big data topics. The meeting will be help on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scheman Building. The registration fee for the meeting is $25. More: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/digitalag

USDA FAS: Food for Progress Post-Project Sustainability Assessment Proposals Due Sept. 13
The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for original research in post-project sustainability in the Food for Progress program. This award will determine to what extent activities and results of the selected projects in several regions have been sustained after USDA’s involvement ended, providing valuable understanding of the impacts these projects have, which can guide ongoing and future endeavors. The estimated award will be $721,526 over approximately two years. A conference call will be held on Aug. 30 and proposals are due Sept. 13. Contact Roxanne Clemens (rclemens@iastate.edu) to receive the funding opportunity file.

Internal Competition: Bailey Research Career Development Award Proposals Due Oct. 21
The Bailey Research Career Development Awards allow faculty members to devote time toward high-risk, high-impact research addressing emerging scientific, technical, and/or societal problems resulting in practical applications and extramural funding. All full-time tenured associate professors and professors may apply. One or two awards of $50,000 per year for two or three years will be made. Each college will select one proposal to submit to the Office of the VPR. Applicants whose primary appointment is in CALS should submit their proposal electronically to Joe Colletti (colletti@iastate.edu) by Oct. 23. More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/funding/bailey_award/

CALS Travel Support: NSF Fall Regional Grants Workshop, Respond by Sept. 7
CALS will provide up to $1,000 each for up to six (6) faculty members to help cover travel costs to attend the National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference on Nov. 13-14 in Phoenix, AZ. This two-day conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers, and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding. NSF program officers representing each directorate will be on hand to provide information about funding opportunities and answer questions. Travel support will be provided to faculty whose primary appointment is in CALS on a first-come-first-served basis, with preference given to individuals who have not recently received CALS travel assistance for a grantsmanship conference. Interested CALS faculty should contact Joe Colletti (colletti@iastate.edu) by Sept. 7 to request support. More: https://www.nsfgrantsconferences.com

 

Week of Aug. 21, 2017

BARD Research Program and Feasibility Proposals Due Sept. 13
The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) Research Grant Program funds three-year projects conducted cooperatively by U.S. and Israeli scientists. Proposals are expected to deal with an agricultural issue or problem and yield tangible results that could be implemented within a reasonable time after project completion. Projects can cover any phase of agricultural research and development, including strategic or applied research. The outcomes of BARD funded research must be accessible to the public. Applicants should note BARD’s new on-line submission process and format requirements. Applications are due by Sept. 13. More: http://www.bard-isus.com/ 

Internal Competition: PIRS Applications Due Oct. 31
The ISU Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed (PIRS) Grants are intended to support the initial stages of innovative, high-risk, and high-reward projects that have an interdisciplinary focus and strong potential for external funding. Projects may include performing preliminary work and facilitating collaboration, with the expectation that a sizeable competitive proposal will be submitted to an external funding agency within one year of completion of the PIRS project. Tenure-eligible faculty and senior lecturers/clinicians from all disciplines and career stages are eligible to apply. PIRS awards are typically $30,000 (maximum $50,000) total over a two-year period. Proposals are due to the Office of the VPR by Oct. 31. More: https://www.grantshub.iastate.edu/finding-funding/internal-funding-oppor...

 Internal Competition: ISU COSRIF Applications Due Oct. 31
The ISU Cost Sharing ‐ Research Instrumentation Funding (COSRIF) program provides faculty and core facilities with cost‐sharing funds to purchase new equipment, replace or add new components to existing research instruments, or de novo assemble an integrated new instrument. The program considers requests whose costs fall out of the range of federal major instrumentation grants or are not permitted in typical individual federal research proposals. All ISU faculty, departments, and units are eligible to apply. Each proposal can request up to $300,000 from ISU funds, with a maximum of one-third contributed by the Office of the VPR. More: https://www.grantshub.iastate.edu/finding-funding/internal-funding-oppor...

ISU Publication Subvention Grant Applications Now Reviewed Monthly
ISU Publication Subvention Grants defray the costs of publications in two forms: articles targeted for high-quality, peer-reviewed open access journals when other funds are not available, and meritorious scholarly writings and worthy original works. Any full-time faculty member or any P&S staff member at the rank of P37 or above may apply for this award through his/her academic unit. Anyone outside of the university may apply by working directly with the Office of the VPR. Requests are considered for funding by the Office of the VPR on a monthly basis. More: https://www.grantshub.iastate.edu/finding-funding/internal-funding-oppor...

ISU Research Development Workshop and Training Events
The Office of the VPR has posted the schedule of 2017-18 research development events. The events cover a wide array of research development issues and skills, from responding to agency-specific requests for proposals to research integrity to writing a winning grant proposal. All ISU researchers are welcome to attend. Contact: Amy Harris-Tehan (ajotehan@iastate.edu). More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/for_researchers/workshops__training/

ISU Boot Camp for NIH and NSF Responsible Conduct Of Research, Sept. 7-8
Faculty, staff, and postdocs who receive funding through NSF or certain NIH grants can participate in a two-day workshop that will satisfy NIH and NSF requirements for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Participants will be asked to do some reading prior to attending. The workshop will be held on Sept. 7-8 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Gold Room, Memorial Union. A light breakfast will be provided each day.  More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/for_researchers/workshops__training/