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Archive - Funding Opportunities

Deadline info
National Science Foundation
Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
NSF 17-512
Water Research Foundation
Water Quality And Economic Benefits Of Forested Watershed Protection
RFP_4595
RFP Link

Plan and convene a workshop to assess the state of the science for forested watershed protection as it relates to source water quality and the impact on drinking water utility costs. The workshop should help water utilities, forest managers, and other stakeholders 1) Understand forest management practice impacts on drinking water utility costs; 2) Integrate forested land use decisions with water management and planning; 3) Understand what encourages and prevents widespread adoption of watershed protection; and 4) Develop a prioritized research agenda for overcoming barriers to accelerated watershed protection.

Mar 05, 2015
University of Wyoming
National Park Service Research Station Summer Research
RFP Link

the University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Station awards numerous small grants for research in the Greater Yellowstone Area. The grants (up to $5,000) are designed for a summer research investigation in the Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP or the broader Greater Yellowstone Area This year?s suggested areas include identifying geologic hazards, glacier monitoring, soil webs and ecology, to name a few.

Mar 09, 2015
OSU Research Office
Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2015
RFP Link

The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The Spring call gives preference to replacing obsolete or heavily worn equipment. Because of the limit and the need to quantify and assess the required match, the CoF requires a Letter of Intent from all COF PIs and CoPIs submitting COF and multi-college proposals. submit the required RERF LOI template to the CoF Research Office no later than Monday. March 2, 2015.

Mar 30, 2015
TREE Fund
Hyland R. Johns Grant Program
Private Foundation
$7500 to $25000 over 3-5 years
RFP Link

Numerous research fellowships and grant programs - HYLAND R. JOHNS GRANT PROGRAM

The TREE Fund's research grants have contributed to improvements in plant management techniques, industry safety practices and equipment, and strategies for disease and pest control. Proposals in the areas of Root and Soil Management; Planting and Establishment; Plant Health Care; Risk Assessment and Worker Safety; and Urban Forestry are most likely to be funded, but all proposals are considered.

Apr 01, 2015
Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
Sustainable Forests and Communities
$25000/yr for up to 3 years
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline August 1, 2015

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation through its Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative is interested in supporting organizations that work in forested landscapes to enhance the environment, the economy, and community. Implementation of integrated approaches in these areas that also enhance market valuation of forest ecosystem services is favored. Thus, the Foundation is looking for projects that promote vibrant forest-based communities by focusing on the following: Environment, Economy, Community, Forest Ecosystem Services.

Apr 01, 2015
PreProposal Deadline
NIFA AFRI
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004919
RFP Link

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates.

Apr 02, 2015
PreProposal Deadline
NSF
Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)
NSF 14-547
$100,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

OSU Limited Submission LOI

NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF established the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to: Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 12-602). Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

Apr 06, 2015
NSF
MacroSystems Biology:Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales
12-532
RFP Link

The MacroSystems Biology: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species at regional to continental scales as well as planning, training, and development activities to enable groups to conduct MacroSystems Biology Research.

Apr 06, 2015
Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI)
Factors Affecting Fiber Delivery Time from the Stump to the Mill and Return
See CoF Research Office for RFP
RFP Link

*New*

There are many factors that influence the optimum time duration and cost for delivering fiber that must be highlighted and detailed in this study.? The primary study objective is to provide a menu of procedures to consider that have the potential for maximizing the bottom-line profit margin for delivering fiber, by product, by Region.

Apr 06, 2015
PreProposal Deadline
USFS
State & Private Forests Western Competitive Grant

Full Proposal Deadline May 18, 2015

The Oregon Department of Forestry is participating in the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) Western Competitive Grant Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2016. The Department is soliciting pre-proposals for projects that address one or more of the S&PF National Themes; can be linked to opportunities identified in Oregon’s Statewide Forest Action Plan; and cross boundaries between Department programs, various agencies, stakeholders and partner organizations, or other states. Questions on this RFP may be directed to Tim Holschbach at 503-945-7341 ( ). 

Apr 07, 2015
PreProposal Deadline
NSF
Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2015
NSF 15-533
5 years $2M
RFP Link

Division of Environmental Biology/Division of Ocean Sciences

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2015.

Apr 09, 2015
NIFA AFRI
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Agriculture
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004918
RFP Link

NIFA initiates a new challenge area to address critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality.

Apr 09, 2015
PreProposal Deadline
OSU Research Office
Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC)
RFP Link

*New*

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2015. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. 

Apr 13, 2015
NSF
Stimulating research using NEON data
NSF 15-064
RFP Link

NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences aims to foster and coordinate research that makes use of NEON data and/or samples/specimens by enabling research teams to coordinate their efforts and to address specific questions. This DCL encourages two types of funding requests: 1) Conferences designed to support costs of bringing together a team of researchers with shared research interests to coordinate plans for specific analysis or synthesis of NEON data; and 2) Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) to support innovative research that leverages NEON data and/or samples/specimens. 

May 08, 2015
Pre-proposal
OSU Research Office
DeLoach Work Scholarship
NA
$1000
RFP Link

The DeLoach Work Scholarship program enables Oregon State University faculty members to support Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that enhance students’ academic training by providing a significant learning experience by providing funds for student payroll. 

May 15, 2015
HJ Andrews Experimental Forest/NSF
Faculty Research Grant - 2015
NA
$10,0000

The Andrews Forest LTER Program will provide three faculty research award(s) in 2015 in support of research that will 1) support the research goals of the Andrews Forest LTER program, 2) and/or be conducted at the Andrews Forest site, 3) and/or the research uses Andrews Forest data.

May 22, 2015
OSU Internal
NSF
Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)
NSF 15-548
RFP Link

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered basic research (RESEARCH-PGR) to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of scientists at the early stage of their careers in plant genome research.

May 27, 2015
NSF
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
NSF 13-542
RFP Link

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

May 27, 2015
PreProposal Deadline
USDA NIFA AFRI
Foundational Program - Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004915
$500,000 for 4 years
RFP Link

Page 21, Program areas A1401, A 1451

This program area supports research on healthy agroecosystems and their underlying natural resources that are essential to the sustained long-term production of agricultural goods and services. Agroecosystems may include crop production systems, animal production systems, and pasture, range and forest lands that are actively managed to provide economic, societal and environmental benefits for individuals, communities, and society at large.

Jun 10, 2015
USDA NIFA
Renewable Resource Extension Act – National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF)
USDA-NIFA-OP-005136
$60,000 or $90,000 for 2 years
RFP Link

The purpose of the grant program for FY 2015 is to provide funds for projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, have national or regional relevancy, or develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions; and (2) Plan and conduct national forum(s)/symposium(s) to address the current and future needs and issues of existing and yet-to-be-identified clientele and how extension forestry and rangeland resources programs can adapt to increasing demands and forces for change to more effectively plan, deliver, and evaluate the impacts on people and natural resources.

Jun 16, 2015
NSF
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation (STTR)
NSF 15-545
$225,000 - 12 months
RFP Link

The SBIR/STTR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The STTR Program requires researchers at universities, Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and other non-profit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project.This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF.

Jun 18, 2015
National Forest Foundation
Matching Awards Program (MAP)

MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.  See link for focus areas.  https://www.nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map

Jun 24, 2015
EarthWatch Institute
Global change - ocean, freshwater, terrestrial, urban, sustainable agriculture & forestry
$17,000-$51,000
RFP Link

Earthwatch is interested in supporting scientists who are doing rigorous science to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. We support ecological research that, through our uniquely rigorous citizen science model, informs natural resources management and improves our understanding of how to create ecosystems more resilient to global change.

Jun 25, 2015
Pre-proposal
NSF
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
NSF 15-555
$500,000 for 5 years
RFP Link

This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.   Limited to assistant professors who are tenure-track but untenured as of Oct 1.

Jul 21, 2015
BIO, CISE, EHR
The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
$120,000 for 2 years
RFP Link

Applications most likely to be of interest should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. The importance of the research should be explained. Examples include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater. Also of interest are chemistry-related energy research (renewable sources, sequestration, etc.), and new or green approaches to chemical synthesis and processing, both with a clearly stated relation to the environment.

Aug 03, 2015
NSF
MRI
15-504
$100,000 to $4M
RFP Link

The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI).  Letter of intent guidelines at http://research.oregonstate.edu/program/major-research-instrumentation-n...

Aug 17, 2015
preproposal to OSU
USDA NIFA AFRI
Foundational Program - Exploratory Research
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004915
$100,000 for 2 years
RFP Link

Letter of intent accepted anytime between Mar 1, 2015 and Aug 31, 2015

Full Proposal Deadline with 60 days of LOI acceptance (page 37)

This program area encourages development of innovative ideas that will position US Agriculture at the global forefront. These developments will lead to quantum leaps in the agricultural fields. They will address the challenges that have never been addressed before or challenges that have been addressed, but where a novel approach with new ideas could promise high potential impact.

Aug 31, 2015
Letter of Intent
National Science Foundation
Accelerating Innovation Research Technology Transfer (PFI:AIR-TT)
$200,000 for 18 months
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline March 01, 2016

The overall objective of the PFI:AIR-TT program is to provide funding that will enable research discoveries to be translated onto a path toward commercial reality while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial and market-oriented thinking.

Sep 08, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
National Science Foundation
Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)
NSF 15-577
not specified
RFP Link

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer ownership of collections.

Sep 10, 2015
Department of Energy
Early Career Research Program
DE-FOA-0001386
$750,000 over 5 years

Full proposal deadline 11/19/2015

Early Career Research Program opportunities exist in the following Office of Science research programsBiological and Environmental Research (BER):

Biological Systems Science: (a) Systems biology-enabled research on the role of microbes and microbial communities in the plant-soil-environment interactions.

Climate and Environmental Sciences: (b) Improved Understanding of Tropical Forest Ecosystems to Climate Change; (c) Human Component of Earth System Models

Sep 10, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
National Science Foundation
FY 2016 Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Water
N/A
Unspecified
RFP Link

submit in conjunction with other solicitations

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), issued by the Division of Chemistry (CHE) in the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences and the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Directorate for Engineering, the NSF aims to specifically focus on advancing knowledge of the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; the production and use of fertilizers for food production; and the detection, separation, and reclamation/recycling of nitrogen- and phosphorus-containing species in and from complex aqueous environments.

Sep 15, 2015
open call
Save the Redwood League
N/A
RFP Link

Full proposal due Nov 11, 2015

Save the Redwoods League studies redwood forests and surrounding land and waterways to understand how to best protect them and what the forest’s long-term survival means to the health of people and our planet.  Save the Redwoods League supports basic and applied hypothesis-driven research on the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. 

Sep 16, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
Department of Energy - EERE
Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2
DE‐FOA‐0001320

Full Proposal Due 11/13/2015

EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is working to remove barriers to the production of clean, domestic biofuels that can help displace all fractions of a barrel of crude oil.  BETO’s mission is to develop and transform our renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high‐performance biofuels, as well as bioproducts and biopower that enable biofuels production, through targeted research, development, demonstration, and deployment.  Topic Area 1: Algae Feedstocks R&D; 

https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaId52c565ad-90e8-4ab4-b25b-2519bb876218

Sep 21, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
Oregon State University - Research Office
Venture Development Fund
N/A
Path I - $150,000, Path 2 II - $25,000
RFP Link

Path I – Commercialization Project -  innovations by OSU faculty and staff for which IP rights have or are in the process of being secured that require a modest input of funding to establish commercial proof-of-concept, specifically for development activities and is not intended for funding basic research.

Path II – Innovation Development -  innovations for which a modest input of funds will enable creation of a prototype or enable a key applied experiment,  specifically for development activities and is not intended for funding basic research.

Sep 25, 2015
USDI Fish and Wildlife Service
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
F15AS00004
$500,000
RFP Link

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. The PFW Program is delivered through more than 250 full-time staff, active in all 50 States and territories. Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the regional PFW Program office prior to submitting an application for funding.

Sep 30, 2015
Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Environment & Natural Resources Mangement
N/A
Not specified
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Nov 1, 2015

Oct 01, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
Mountaineers Foundation
Community Grants: Level 1 and Level 2
N/A
Level 1: $5000 Level 2: $30,000
RFP Link

Level 1: Community Conservation Education Grants are meant to support modest, short-term projects related to conservation education and consistent with our vision and mission. Level 2: The Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant will welcome substantial projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes. These grants should have a high impact or visibility and could span multiple years.

Oct 01, 2015
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Inc.)
SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program
No opportunity #
$400,000 available for all awards
RFP Link

Conservations Grants: SFI Inc. is placing a priority on projects which measure or demonstrate the conservation-related values of forestlands certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, or such values which result from application of the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

http://www.sfiprogram.org/community-conservation/conservation-community-...

Community Grants:The purpose of SFI's Community Partners Grant Program is to elevate and enrich the link between people and forests. We award grants to collaborative conservation and community-based programs, to include projects, activities or events, of non-profit and/or charitable organizations, 

http://www.sfiprogram.org/community-conservation/conservation-community-...

Oct 02, 2015
Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI)
Pay and Benefits Index, Loggers and Truckers versus other Competition
N/A
N/A

The objective of this Project is to compare TOTAL COMPENSATION paid to logging and trucking employees with competing jobs from different segments of Industry that compete for the same labor pool, by Region. 

Oct 16, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
National Science Foundation
Environmental Sustainability
PD 15-7643
$100,00/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. There are four principal general research areas that are supported: Industrial Ecology, Green Engineering.Ecological Engineering & Earth Systems Engineering 

 

Oct 20, 2015
National Science Foundation
Energy for Sustainability
PD 15-7644
$100,00/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. Current topics of interest include:Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy, Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy,Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage, and Wind Energy.

Oct 20, 2015
National Science Foundation
Environmental Engineering
PD 15-1440
$100,00/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery.  The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Major areas of interest include: Enhancing the availability of high quality water supplies adn Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, and soils.

Oct 20, 2015
National Science Foundation
Combustion and Fire Systems
D 15-1407
$100,00/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

The goal of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to generate cleaner global and local environments, enhance public safety, improve energy and homeland security, manufacture new materials, and enable more energy-efficient manufacturing.  Research area includes Fire Prevention: Improved understanding of fires to prevent their spread, inhibit their growth, and suppress them.

Oct 20, 2015
National Science Foundation
Nano-Bio Phenomena and Processes in the Environment
PD 15-1179
$100,00/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

The goal of the Nano-Bio Phenomena and Processes in the Environment (NPPE) program is to support research to further fundamental and quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological and ecological media with nanostructured materials and nanosystems, which include one- to three-dimensional nanostructured materials and heterogeneous nano-bio hybrid assemblies. 

Oct 20, 2015
DOE - Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Atmospheric System Research Program
DE-FOA-0001431
$300,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Jan 13, 2016

The Atmospheric System Research Program (ASR) in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that has the potential to improve the accuracy of regional and global climate models.

Nov 03, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
DOE - Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Atmospheric System Research Program–New Data Products
DE FOA 0001431
$200,000/yr for 2 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Jan 13, 2016

The ASR program hereby announces its interest in research grant applications to develop new proof-of-concept data products from ARM site instruments, such that new data products represent novel and improved information involving geophysical variables that in turn are utilized by regional and global climate models. Of most interest are improved data products for those geophysical quantities that currently exhibit large errors or uncertainties and/or have been limiting the predictability of climate models.

Nov 13, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
DOE - Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Environmental System Science
DE-FOA-0001437
3 years, $600,000 maximum
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Jan 22, 2016

This FOA will only consider research applications within this scope in the following science areas:

1. Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) Areas of Focus

    - Science Area 1 – Belowground Processes

    - Science Area 2 – Critical Ecosystems

2. Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) Areas of Focus

    - Science Area 3 – Hydrobiogeochemistry and Ecohydrology

    - Science Area 4 – Biogeochemistry

 

 

Nov 13, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
BLM - Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP)
Open Funding Opportunity Notices (FONs)
FA-FON0016-0001
N/A
RFP Link

16-1-01 Implications of changing ecosystems in selected regions

16-1-02 Social and regulatory barriers and facilitators to implementing prescribed fire

16-1-03 Maintenance and restoration of sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin

16-1-04 Effects of fire on tree mortality

16-1-05 Post-fire landscape management

16-1-06 Regional need - Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientist Season of prescribed burning to reach management objectives

16-1-07 Regional needs - Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Consortium Prescribed fire effects on wood products

16-1-08 Regional needs - Southern Fire Exchange Prescribed fire smoke emissions

16-2-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award

16-3-01 New Science Initiative - Ecological and social dimensions of resilient landscapes

16-4-01 FASMEE - Fuels and consumption

16-4-02 FASMEE - Fire behavior and energy

16-4-03 FASMEE - Plume development and meteorology

16-4-04 FASMEE - Smoke emissions, chemistry, and transport

16-4-05 FASMEE - Modeling leads


Nov 13, 2015
National Science Foundation
Mathematical Biology
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RFP Link

Division of Mathematical Sciences

The Mathematical Biology Program supports research in areas of applied and computationalÿ mathematics with relevance to the biological sciences. Successful proposals are mathematically innovative and address challenging problems of interest to members of the biological community.

Nov 16, 2015
National Science Foundation
Integrated Earth Systems (IES)
15-600
$1M to $3M for 3 to 5 years
RFP Link

IES will provide research opportunities for the study of Earth systems that operate across components of the Earth encompassing the core of the Earth to the top of the critical zone with a specific focus on subsystems that include all or part of the continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems at all temporal and spatial scales (NROES 2012). IES will provide opportunities to focus on Earth systems connected to topics which include (but are not limited to) the continents; the terrestrial, surficial Earth systems including physical, chemical and biotic dimensions; linkages among tectonics, climate, landscape change, topography and geochemical cycles including core and mantle processes.

Nov 16, 2015
USDA Farm Service Agency
Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance, and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions, and Activities
USDA-FSA-CA-2016-001
$99,999
RFP Link

Due to the complex nature of some of FSA’s programs, FSA intends for this RFA to focus additional outreach and education to those producers in those areas who could benefit from the additional outreach. The goal of this RFA is to provide additional outreach and education to producers related to Agency programs and operations and thereby: (1) increase access to FSA programs and services; and (2) improve technical assistance and financial education related to FSA farm and farm loan programs.

Nov 20, 2015
OSU College of Forestry/USDA Agriculture Research Service
Institute for Working Forest Landscapes - National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design
N/A
~ $150,000 for 3 years
RFP Link

Proposals are invited for research projects to help the region’s business community capitalize on the growing interest in using engineered wood products in tall commercial buildings and modular building components. 

The program supports three broad categories:

  • Conducting research on engineering methods and design processes that stimulate new wood building construction.
  • Expanding and developing new products and components that foster markets for tall wood buildings and modular building components.
  • Educating the next generation of related scientists, architects, engineers, business leaders, and workforce. 
Nov 30, 2015
Internal Competition
College of Forestry/OSU Research Office
Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) - LOI
N/A
Unspecified

Full proposal deadline Jan 11, 2016

Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (technically defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipmentBecause of the limit and the need to quantify and assess the required match, the CoF requires a Letter-of-Intent from all COF PIs and CoPIs submitting COF and multi-college RERF proposals.  Please use the required template and email the completed document to the College of Forestry research office (melora.parkAtoregonstate.edu).

Dec 04, 2015
CoF Letter of Intent
DOE - Office of Biological and Environmental Research/USDA NIFA
Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement USDA, DOE
DE-FOA-0001444
Up to $400,000 for 3 years

Full proposal deadline Feb 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for genomicsbased research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Applications are sought for research on candidate bioenergy plants with improved  esistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes. Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of bioenergy feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged.

Dec 11, 2015
Preproposal Deadline
Gabon-Oregon
Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development
$15,000 seed funds

See CoF Research Office or John Bliss for more details

The Center's mission is to develop collaborative research, education, and public outreach partnerships that link scholars, students, and practitioners in Gabon and Oregon (along with other US and global partners) to address the urgent sustainable development challenges and opportunities facing both Gabon, and through comparative analysis, societies that confront or have addressed similar challenges. The Center seeks to apply scientific understanding, formal training, and public service to global-scale sustainable development dilemmas, while maintaining a local focus on the advancement of human well being for the citizens of Gabon and Oregon.

Dec 31, 2015
National Science Foundation
Hydrologic Sciences (HS)
15-558
$250,000 - $700,000 2-4 years
RFP Link

Proposals submitted to the Hydrologic Sciences Program should advance knowledge and research methodologies with regard to hydrologic processes and functions. The Program is interested in research that: (1) fills identified knowledge gaps in hydrology, and (2) poses fundamental new questions about the role and function of water in the critical zone system and (3) will provide answers to those fundamental questions. 

Dec 31, 2015
Accepted Anytime
OSU - RREA
Renewable Natural Resources Extension Programs
$10,000/yr for 2 years

ONLY Oregon State University Extension faculty, including both Specialists and Agents are eligible to apply.

Extension programs may address any of the following issues that have been identified as national priorities by NIFA:

  • Ensuring Healthy Ecosystems (Includes Invasive Species; Land Conversion, Fragmentation, and Parcelization; Climate Variability; and Wetland Resources).
  • Enhancing Economic Benefits (Includes Economic Opportunities for Individuals and Communities; Biomass for Energy; and Ecosystem Services).
  • Enhancing Resource Management on Working Forests and Rangelands (Includes Forest Stewardship and Health; Rangeland Stewardship and Health; Wildlife and Fisheries Resources; Food Production, Safety, and Security; and Intergenerational Land Transfer).  
Jan 04, 2016
National Science Foundation
Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)
NSF 16-504
Varies
RFP Link

Preproposal required prior to submission

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. 

Jan 11, 2016
National Science Foundation
Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)
NSF 16-506
RFP Link

In recognition of the continuing need for modern facilities and equipment at FSMLs, the NSF invites proposals that address the general goal of FSML improvement. Requests must fall exclusively into one of two classes: Improvement or Planning. Improvement proposals should focus on well-defined projects of major equipment acquisition, data management and communication systems modernization, or physical plant improvement. 

Jan 11, 2016
DOE - Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Roles of Microbial Communities in Carbon Cycle Processes
DE-FOA-0001458
$250,000 to $1,250,000 annually for 2-3 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline 3/23/16

DOE’s Genomic Science program supports fundamental systems biology research to advance understanding of plants, microbes, and multispecies communities in energy and the environment. Exploring the translation of organisms’ genomes into catalytic proteins, regulatory systems, and metabolic pathways can shed new light on the mechanistic basis of biological processes and how these processes change in response to community interactions and shifting environmental variables. By better understanding relationships between systems biology properties of microbes and environmental processes, Genomic Science program research can help bridge biogeochemical cycle understanding from molecular- to ecosystem-scales.

Jan 13, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
USDA Forest Service
2016 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Request for Proposals
CFDA 10.674
$250,000 over 2 or 3 years
RFP Link

The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to address the following:
• Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79).
• Rural Revitalization Technologies (7 U.S.C. 6601).
• The nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from National Forests and other lands in a manner that supports wood energy and wood products markets.
The goals of the Wood Innovations Program are to:
• Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands.
• Reduce the costs of forest management on all land types.
• Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Jan 13, 2016
National Science Foundation
Germination of Research Ideas for Large Opportunities and Critical Societal Needs (GERMINATION) - Dear Colleague Letter -EAGER
NSF 16-028
$100,000 for 1 year
RFP Link

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) proposals with exploratory ideas to design learning frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to conceive research ideas and questions with potentially transformative outcomes.

Motivating Question: How can effective learning frameworks, platforms and/or nurturing experiential environments be designed in which early- and mid-career faculty, as well as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows can be stimulated to germinate transformative research ideas and questions to open large opportunities that address important societal needs?

Jan 19, 2016
USGS - Northwest Climate Science Center (CSC)
Innovative Approaches to Ecological Drought
N/A
$150,000/yr for 2 years
RFP Link

Develop innovative tools or techniques, apply techniques in new ways, or conduct pilot or proof-of-concept projects intended to lessen the ecological impacts of drought as they relate to climate change.

Jan 20, 2016
OSU College of Forestry
Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests (FWHMF)
N/A
NA
RFP Link

Proposals are invited for approximately $220,000 of Harvest Tax funds to improve our understanding of fish and wildlife habitat within Oregon's actively managed forests. Funding for new research, technology transfer, and service activities will be available July 1, 2016. As examples, technology transfer activities could include workshops or manuals; potential service activities could include development and management of a database. 

Jan 22, 2016
National Science Foundation
Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
NSF 15-609
N/A
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline Aug 2, 2016

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

Jan 25, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
National Science Foundation
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
NSF 16-500
$90,000/yr for 5 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Aug 2, 2016

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.  The Program intends to support decadal projects.

Jan 25, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
OSU College of Forestry
HJ Andrews Graduate Student Support Award
NA
0.49FTE GRA support including tuition for 1 year

The primary goal of these annual awards is to support LTER research and synthesis efforts, including but not limited to filling in gaps in current research to achieve LTER7 goals. Secondary goals include: enhancing the Andrews research community by encouraging involvement of early- and mid-career researchers in the Andrews Forest program, and enhancing our capacities to engage in broader impact activities. Any faculty member who is involved with the Andrews Forest LTER program and who is eligible to be a mentor for an OSU graduate student is eligible to apply.

Jan 25, 2016
National Science Foundation
Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) - New Site Competition
NSF 16-509
6 year budget, amount not specified
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline AUg 2, 2016

NSF currently supports 25 LTER research sites and, through this solicitation, invites proposals to establish three (3) new LTER sites. Research proposals should address questions in one of two broad ecosystems:

    • Arid/semi-arid ecosystems: The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) anticipates support and management of one (1) new site with a focus on arid or semi-arid ecosystems. The location of the research site for proposals submitted to develop a new arid/semi-arid ecosystem LTER must be within the United States, including its territories and protectorates.
  • Ocean/coastal ocean ecosystems: The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) anticipates support and management of two (2) new sites that focus on ocean or coastal ocean ecosystems; defined as ecological systems from the shoreline outward on continental shelves and including the Laurentian Great Lakes, Congressionally defined as interior oceans. Preference will be given to proposals developing a new ocean/coastal ocean ecosystem LTER site located within the United States, including its territories and protectorates, but other locations are not precluded.
Feb 01, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
NOAA - FY16 Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG)
Strengthening the Public's and/or K-12 Students' Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Other Environmental Hazards
NOAA-SEC-OED-2016-2004737
$500,000 over 5 yrs
RFP Link

Two informational teleconferences with the program officers will occur on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EST and Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EST.   Strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Many U.S. communities are contending with issues related to preventing, withstanding, and recovering from disruptions caused by environmental threats and vulnerabilities. These threats and vulnerabilities include but are not limited to severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, heavy precipitation events, persistent drought, heat waves, increased global temperatures, acidification of the ocean, and sea level rise

Feb 08, 2016
USDA NIFA
Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005576
Pre- post-doctoral Fellowships $95K - $152K/2 yrs; REEU $300K/4 years
RFP Link

The Program Goals are as follows:  Prepare the next generation of scientists through fellowships for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars.  Promote research and extension experiential learning for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agriculture workforce with exceptional skills.  Provide immersive learning experiences for secondary school educators, enabling them to identify and replicate best practices to enhance student outcomes.

Feb 11, 2016
USDA NIFA
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)
USDA-NIFA-BRAP-005435
$1M priority/ $500K standard over 4 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline April 15, 2016

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the environmental effects of introducing organisms genetically engineered (GE) by recombinant nucleic acid techniques. Such organisms can include plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant.

Feb 12, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
Oregon State University
General Research Fund (GRF)
N/A
$10,000
RFP Link

Funds from the General Research Fund (GRF) are awarded to faculty for research that is not otherwise supported by organized or directed programs. The intent of the GRF is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Projects funded through the GRF could include: pilot research, emerging research opportunities, new research field or new research field for the investigator.

Feb 15, 2016
National Science Foundation
Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme EVENTS (PREEVENTS) - Dear Colleague Letter
15-117
NA
RFP Link

GEO welcomes proposals for research projects and/or focused workshops that would advance the goals of PREEVENTS. Research projects may involve any PREEVENTS-relevant scientific area supported by existing GEO programs. GEO envisions PREEVENTS workshops as fostering community development in disciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary areas that are not yet well established. PREEVENTS proposals may be submitted to any appropriate existing GEO program(s), subject to the limitations for the particular program(s).

PREEVENTS is one of the successors to the Hazards SEES program, and one element of the FY16 Risk and Resilience activity at NSF. PREEVENTS is designed to (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events; (2) improve models of natural hazards, extreme events, and their impacts on natural, social, and economic systems; and (3) enable development of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts. PREEVENTS will focus on natural hazards and extreme events, not those that are deliberate or accidental. PREEVENTS will include opportunities for disciplinary and multidisciplinary projects at multiple scales, particularly in areas ripe for significant near- or medium-term advances.

Feb 15, 2016
Open call
National Science Foundation
Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP)
PD 16-8092
Not specified
RFP Link

The Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program supports fundamental research addressing the processing and mechanical performance of engineering materials by investigating the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications.

Materials processing proposals should focus on manufacturing processes that convert material into useful form as either intermediate or final composition. 

Feb 16, 2016
USGS/National Institutes for Water Resources
Water Resources Research - National Competitive Grants Program
G16AS00016
$250,000 for 3 years
RFP Link

Topics include improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement; exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water; development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices

Feb 25, 2016
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (DOE EMSL)
FY2017 Proposals for Science Theme Research
N/A
RFP Link

Focused Topics by Science Theme

Atmospheric Aerosol Systems (AAS) - molecular scale understanding of atmospheric aerosols

Biosystem Dynamics and Design (BDD) - intra and inter-cellular complexes and dynamic processes in microbes (archaea, bacteria and algae), fungi and plants

Energy Materials and Processes (EMP) - understanding of energy materials and processes to enable the development of advanced energy conversion and storage systems

Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems (TSE) - holistic understanding of environmental cycling of biogeochemical critical elements (e.g. C, N, S, P, Mn, Fe), as well as contaminants in heterogeneous terrestrial and subsurface environments across multiple scales

Feb 29, 2016
National Science Foundation
Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)
15-602
3-4 awards totaling $4.5M per year
RFP Link

SBE has actively encouraged and supported communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to the creation of new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in the SBE sciences. In 2015 SBE held the first RIDIR competition. This solicitation seeks to build upon those earlier efforts and describes a second and third year extension of the RIDIR competition.

Feb 29, 2016
US Department of Energy (DOE)
Climate Model Development and Validation
DE-FOA-0001530
$300,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline Mar 25, 2016

This solicitation focuses mainly on the development and validation of scaleaware physics parameterizations for the atmosphere, with the goal of including these in either the current or next generation version of DOE’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME). A recent workshop report (http://www.arm.gov/publications/programdocs/acme-arm-asr-draftreport.pdf) describes a new strategy to better align DOE capabilities across scales and disciplines in order to much more rapidly advance ACME development. In line with this strategy, this FOA solicits university and other non-DOE-Laboratory investigators to participate as collaborators in team projects led by DOE National Laboratories that will work in an end-to-end manner between measurements and modeling, and across scales from local and/or regional to global, in order to improve the fidelity of global climate model simulations, with a view to enhanced predictability and address critical climate science challenges.

Mar 03, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
US Department of Energy (DOE)
Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research: An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation that Incorporates Local Human Influences for Research at the Energy-Water-Land Nexus
DE-FOA-0001531
$2M/yr - unspecified duration
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline April 18, 2016

this funding opportunity announcement has three major components, and underlying science themes:

1) develop and test a metrics-driven, multi-model evaluation system for comparing various global high resolution and variable resolution climate models; dynamical, statistical, and pattern scaling methods, and other analytic methods revealing comparative advantages for different purposes and parameters of interest, especially for understanding of the integrated regional water cycle within the contiguous United States;

2) evaluate the scientific basis and potential paths forward for addressing near-field effects of human influences on microclimates and develop and test appropriate scenariodriven modeling and analytic methods; and

3) develop integrative modeling frameworks that can combine the results of items 1) and 2), above, for improved regional and local climate prediction, including feedbacks, as well as Integrated Assessment and impact, adaptation, and vulnerability analyses at the energy-water-land nexus.

Mar 07, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
National Science Foundation
MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales
NSF 16-521
3 to 5 years - ~$1M
RFP Link

The National Science Foundation invites proposals from individuals or interdisciplinary teams of scientists to conduct innovative, integrated, systems-oriented macroscale biology ("MacroSystems Biology") research to detect, understand, and forecast the consequences of climate and land use change and invasive species on the biosphere at regional to continental scales. Proposals should address the scales where the ecological research challenges are the greatest and where research has the greatest potential to transform the field of ecology by addressing issues that have long hindered development of large-scale ecological research. Projects should strive to provide a mechanistic understanding of how multiple scale dynamics contribute to the structure, functioning, and change of the biosphere and lead to the development of a more predictive understanding of ecological change. Proposals should be well grounded in theory, include novel approaches that will result in a theoretical framework for a predictive understanding of macroscale biology, and show great promise for enhancing basic theoretical understandings.

Mar 15, 2016
National Science Foundation
Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2016
NSF 15-611
$2M over 5 years
RFP Link

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

Mar 17, 2016
National Science Foundation/USDA NIFA
Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
NSF 16-524
Category Track limitations - Major initiative
RFP Link

Systems Approach: The INFEWS program defines FEW systems as inclusive of physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrological cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber-elements. The INFEWS program also recognizes that FEW systems may appropriately be defined at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales; locally to globally. Although each proposal does not need to examine all processes listed in the previous paragraph, proposals submitted to the INFEWS program must define the FEW systems intended for study. The FEW systems description should identify the systems boundaries and the primary food and energy and water component systems. Successful proposals will define appropriate feedback mechanisms and dynamics among the FEW system components to be studied. Proposals should also identify how the research will account for exogenous inputs to the system, where relevant. Proposals should justify their approach.

Mar 22, 2016
NASA
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2016 – Carbon Cycle Science
NNH16ZDA001N-CARBON
3 years
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline 6/15/16

This announcement offers opportunities for Carbon Cycle Science investigations within the NASA Earth Science Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Acidification Program. NASA, USDA-NIFA, DOE, and NOAA seek proposals to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean, coastal, and atmospheric reservoirs and how that understanding can be used to establish a scientific foundation for societal responses to global environmental change.

Apr 01, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
Sustainable Forests and Communities
N/A
$15,000-$35,000 - 3 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Aug 1, 2016

The Foundation is looking for projects that promote vibrant forest-based communities by focusing on the following:

  • Environment: Employing sustainable forest management, conservation, and ecological restoration.
  • Economy:Developing and encouraging enterprise-based sustainable economic activities.
  • Community: Using innovative social and locally-based business processes to meet agreed-upon environmental and economic sustainability goals.
  • Forest Ecosystem Services: Using innovative business or policy models to better establish prices and markets for ecosystem services. (Forest ecosystem services can include, but are not restricted to, carbon sequestration, forests' role in the carbon, nutrient, and water cycles, providing habitat to support biodiversity, and providing aesthetic, educational, and other cultural services.)
Apr 01, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
USDA NIFA
Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
10.217
$150K - $300K for 2-3 years
RFP Link

HEC Program Goals: 1. To enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future national food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences workplace needs. 2. To increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the food, agricultural, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences.

Apr 22, 2016
National Science Foundation
Division of Integrative Organismal Systems - Core Programs - EDGE track
NSF 16-505
N/A
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline June 1, 2016

Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE), is being introduced in this solicitation.  The EDGE track is designed for research addressing current impediments to progress in our understanding of a range of important questions in organismal biology and in particular our understanding of the genomes-to-phenomes relationship. EDGE projects should focus on development of functional genomic tools, approaches and associated infrastructure to enable genome manipulation in diverse, emerging model organisms. EDGE proposals must additionally include training and rapid dissemination plans enabling larger communities of investigators to utilize the newly-developed tools, thereby catalyzing an increase in the capacity of research communities to test cause-and-effect hypotheses about genes and phenotypes in organisms presently lacking such tools.   FAQ at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16017/nsf16017.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

Apr 29, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
National Science Foundation
Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
NSF 13-540
No budget - airfare and misc provided by NSF
RFP Link

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose.

May 02, 2016
Recurring
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Conservation Innovation Grant - National Competition
USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CIG-16-01
$2M, 1-3 years
RFP Link

NRCS is piloting a concentrated approach for awarding CIGs to address the nation’s top natural resource priorities. This new approach allows NRCS to aggressively impact the natural resource areas of critical concern. The CIG focus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 isWater Quality and Conservation Finance.

In keeping with NRCS’s mission of “Helping People Help the Land”, 10 percent of CIG funding will be set aside for projects benefitting historically underserved producers, farmers or ranchers who are military veterans, or organizations comprised of or representing these individuals.

May 10, 2016
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program
USDA-AMS-TM-FSMIP-G-16-0004
Approx $25K to $135K for 2 years
RFP Link

To explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.

May 12, 2016
National Science Foundation
Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support
NSF 16-067 Dear Colleague Letter
various
RFP Link

NSF will consider support for supplements to existing research awards to enhance professional development opportunities for students in PhD programs as described by each Directorate/Office. These descriptions can be found below. Interested investigators should contact the cognizant program officers listed on the opportunities. Enhanced experience supplements will enable single/collaborative awardees to request appropriate levels of additional support for existing graduate students to acquire professional development experience that will broaden avenues for entering the workforce. These supplements would provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships, and in some cases fellowships and traineeships, with additional "mentoring" activities and short-term training opportunities. Enhanced activities supplements will be available to existing, larger institution-level, "center-like" activities to support cohorts of graduate students with the goal of developing new "best practice activities" for enhancing graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce.

May 20, 2016
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
2016 Oregon Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - State Component
AG-0436-G-16-0001
$75,000
RFP Link

Applicants submitting proposals for the Oregon CIG may request up to, but not exceed $75,000 of matching federal funds. Applicants must provide a 1:1 match of either cash or in-kind or combination of both. The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)-eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories: energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water quality or quantity, plant health/vigor, soil health and wildlife habitat. CIG does not fund research projects. Instead, the program is designed to help in the adoption of measures that have been sufficiently studied to indicate a high likelihood of success.

May 23, 2016
USDA NIFA
Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program
USDA-NIFA-RHSE-005756
$350,000 for 2 years (one award per US region)
RFP Link

The RHSE program proposals are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:  Information as to the value of good health at any age;  Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health;  Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health;  Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and 6  Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

Jun 01, 2016
National Science Foundation
Plant-Biotic Interactions
NSF 16-551
$50,000-$300,000/yr for 2-4 years
RFP Link

The Plant-Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program's scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant-biotic interactions. Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied, or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions. Explanatory frameworks may include molecular, genomic, metabolic, cellular, network and organismal processes, with projects guided by hypothesis and/or discovery driven experimental approaches. Where appropriate, quantitative modeling in concert with experimental work is encouraged. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that fundamental knowledge to benefit agriculture.

Jun 06, 2016
National Forest Foundation
Matching Awards Program (MAP)
N/A
Not specified
RFP Link

MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.  See link for focus areas. 

Jun 16, 2016
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) - Broad Agency Announcement
W912HZ-16-BAA-01
unspecified

Preproposals and proposals accepted at any time

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC consists of the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Environmental Lab (EL), and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi; the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire; the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois; and the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. 

Jul 01, 2016
Accepted Anytime
USDA NIFA AFRI
Foundational Program
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005843
$500K for 5 years
RFP Link

Various deadlines for multiple programs

A subset of priority areas and programs:

Agricultural Engineering – A1521                                                  Jul 13, 2016
Bioprocessing and Bioengineering – A1531                                   Jul 13, 2016
Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems                       Jul 13, 2016
Behavior and Experimental Economic Applications for Agri-Enviromental Policy Design – A1652  Jul 14, 2016
Pests & Beneficial Species in Ag Production - A1112                     Jul 21, 2016
Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycling – A1401                                    Jul 21, 2016
Agro-ecosystem Management – A1451                                         Jul 21, 2016
Cover Crops for Bioenergy and Biobased Products – A1412           Jul 21, 2016
Socioeconomic Implications and Public Policy Challenges – Bioenergy, Bioproducts Market Development, Expansion   Jul 21, 2016
Physiology of Agricultural Plants – A1152                                     Aug 11, 2016
Economics, Markets and Trade – A1641                                        Aug 11, 2016
Agricultural Production Systems – A1102                                      Aug 17, 2016
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics – A1651              Aug 18, 2016
Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities – A1661      Aug 31, 2016

Jul 13, 2016
National Science Foundation
Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS)
NSF 16-562
5 years - unspecified
RFP Link

Full Proposal deadline Sep 19, 2016 (track 2)

PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events. All projects requesting PREEVENTS support must be primarily focused on these two targets. In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.

Jul 29, 2016
Preproposal Deadline
National Forest Foundation
Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge Innovation in Natural Resource Management
NA
$75,000
RFP Link

The Challenge offers an interactive learning experience for interdisciplinary teams, as well as an opportunity to develop and launch new business ventures to address natural resource issues.

OBJECTIVES

  • To develop and launch market-based solutions that satisfy multiple goals of forest health, sustainable use, and economic development, including job creation.
  • To stimulate creative thinking to address problems and identify opportunities that benefit the National Forests and Grasslands.
  • To encourage design and develop interdisciplinary approaches to address complex natural resource challenges.
Aug 15, 2016
National Science Foundation
Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM)
PD 16-1637
Not specified
RFP Link

The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) program is to enable sustainable buildings and other structures that can be continuously occupied and/or operated during the structure’s useful life. The SAEM program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering and materials that promotes a holistic approach to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and repair of structures. For buildings, all components including the foundation-structure-envelope (the façade, curtain-wall and roofing) and interior systems, are of interest to the program.

Sep 15, 2016
National Science Foundation
Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH)
PD 16-014Y
Unspecified
RFP Link

The Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure.  Natural hazards considered by the ENH program include earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides.  The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems, such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing, and other structures, geostructures, and underground facilities, such as tunnels.  While a project may focus on a single natural hazard, research that considers civil infrastructure performance over its lifetime in the context of multiple hazards, that is, a multi-hazard approach, is encouraged.  Research may integrate geotechnical, structural, and architectural engineering advances with discoveries in other science and engineering fields, such as earth and atmospheric sciences, materials science, mechanics of materials, dynamical systems and control, systems engineering, decision theory, risk analysis, high performance computational modeling and simulation, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences.   Use of NHERI facilities is not required.

Sep 15, 2016
National Science Foundation
Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2016
15-611
$2M over 5 years
RFP Link

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

Oct 17, 2016
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and USFS (P3 Nano)
Advancing Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterial
N/A
$250,000 to $300,000
RFP Link

Please clearly articulate how the proposed work will lead to rapid commercialization of cellulosic nanomaterial, how the outcome of the project (knowledge developed), or research capability (equipment, tests, people) funded by the project will be made available to others interested in commercializing cellulose nanomaterials. We are not interested in basic science; we are trying to accelerate the emerging commercial market for cellulosic nanomaterials and your proposal should reflect this.

Oct 31, 2016
National Science Foundation
Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
NSF 14-601

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system. CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

Nov 15, 2016
USDA NIFA AFRI
Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area - Climate and Land Use
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005942
$1M for 4 years
RFP Link

AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate and Variability Challenge Area (AFRI ANRCVC) encourages proposals that address the patterns, processes, and consequences (including GHG emissions and other climate feedbacks) of changes in land use and their drivers, particularly considering intensive farming and forestry systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales, studies that examine the social and behavioral aspects of adoption of adaptive measures and best management practice in the context of changing weather patterns 8 and climate, to ultimately support sustainable and resilient agricultural landscapes into the future.

Nov 17, 2016
BLM
Joint Fire Science Program
FA-FON0017-0001
RFP Link

Six Task Statements

1. Landscape fuel treatment strategies and wildfire management

2. Effects of changing wildfire management strategies

3. Post-fire recovery

4. Fire effects on herbaceous and shrub species

5. Validating mesoscale, atmospheric boundary prediction models and tools

6. Factors that affect the co-management of wildland fire risk

Nov 17, 2016
National Science Foundation
Division of Integrative Organismal Systems - Core Programs
NSF 17-508
various
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Aug 4, 2017

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Jan 19, 2017
Pre-proposal
USFS Wood Education and Resource Center
2017 Wood Innovations Program
CFDA 10.674
$250,000 for 2-3 years
RFP Link

The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

This Request for Proposal focuses on the following priorities to:
•  Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands.
•  Reduce costs of forest management on all land types.
•  Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Funding will be awarded to two separate categories outlined as follows. 

GRANT CATEGORY 1:  EXPANSION OF WOOD ENERGY MARKETS

GRANT CATEGORY 2:  EXPANSION OF WOOD PRODUCTS MARKETS

Jan 23, 2017
National Science Foundation
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
NSF 17-513
$90K/yr for 5 years
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline Aug 2, 2017

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to a ten-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.

Jan 23, 2017
Pre-proposal
National Science Foundation
Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
NSF 17-512
various
RFP Link

Full Proposal deadline Aug 2, 2017

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

Jan 23, 2017
Pre-proposal
USDA NIFA
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)
USDA-NIFA-BRAP-006174
$500,000/yr for 4 years
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline Mar 30, 2017

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the environmental effects of introducing organisms genetically engineered (GE) by recombinant nucleic acid techniques. Such organisms can include plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals, and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with relevant scientific information.

Jan 26, 2017
Preproposal
DOE/USDA NIFA
Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
DE-FOA-0001689
Not specified

Full Proposal Deadline April 3, 2017

The FOA includes four topic areas as follows: • Topic Area 1: Robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions; • Topic Area 2: High value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an IBR; • Topic Area 3: Industrial separations within an IBR; and • Topic Area 4: Analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems.

Feb 06, 2017
Preproposal
National Science Foundation
EarthScope
NSF 17-511
not specified
RFP Link

EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.

This Solicitation primarily encourages submission of proposals that integrate and synthesize major outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception.

This Program also accepts single investigator or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that

  1. Make use of capabilities provided through, and/or data and/or models derived from, GAGE (Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope), SAGE (Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geosciences and EarthScope), and/or SAFOD (San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth);
  2. Further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope, as described in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan and/or EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan; and
  3. Do not make use of or require access to the SAFOD Main Hole or SAFOD Pilot Hole.
Feb 10, 2017
Oregon Sea Grant
2018-2020 Biennial Research Competition
N/A
$115,000/yr
RFP Link

Full Proposal Deadline May 26, 2017

The Oregon Sea Grant College Program invites preliminary proposals from researchers who are affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for research projects that address cutting-edge socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues.

Feb 21, 2017
Preproposal
Weyerhaeuser
Sustainable Forests and Communities Guidelines
N?A
~$25,000
RFP Link

 The Foundation is looking for projects that promote vibrant forest-based communities by focusing on the following:

  • Environment: Employing sustainable forest management, conservation, and ecological restoration.
  • Economy: Developing and encouraging enterprise-based sustainable economic activities.
  • Community: Using innovative social and locally-based business processes to meet agreed-upon environmental and economic sustainability goals.
  • Forest Ecosystem Services: Using innovative business or policy models to better establish prices and markets for ecosystem services. (Forest ecosystem services can include, but are not restricted to, carbon sequestration, forests' role in the carbon, nutrient, and water cycles, providing habitat to support biodiversity, and providing aesthetic, educational, and other cultural services.)
Mar 01, 2017
Stage 1
National Science Foundation/ USDA NIFA
Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (INFEWS)
NSF 17-530
$2.5M
RFP Link

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.
Mar 06, 2017
USDA NIFA
Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions
USDA-NIFA-ICGP-006173
$500,000 for 3 years
RFP Link

The goal of the ORG program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices.

Priority 1: Documenting and understanding the effects of organic practices

Priority 2: Improved technologies, methods, model development, and other metrics

Priority 3: Develop cultural practices and other allowable alternatives

Priority 4: Barriers to organic transition

Mar 09, 2017
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program
USDA-AMS-TM-FSMIP-G-17-0004
$200,000 over 3 years
RFP Link

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). AMS will competitively award matching grants to eligible applicants for projects that explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system.

Mar 27, 2017
USDA NIFA
2017 Foundational Program
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351
Various ~$500K over 4-5 years
RFP Link

June 19, 21, 27, 28, 29

Agricultural Engineering Jun 08, 2017
Bioprocessing and Bioengineering Jun 08, 2017
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Jun 15, 2017
Sustainable Agroecosystems: Functions, Processes and Management Jun 21, 2017
Networks for Synthesis, Data Sharing and Management Jun 21, 2017
Physiology of Agricultural Plants Jun 28, 2017
Pollinator Health: Research and Application Jun 28, 2017
Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems Jun 29, 2017
Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems Jul 06, 2017
Economics, Markets and Trade Jul 06, 2017
Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production Jul 19, 2017
Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities Jul 27, 2017
Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)  LOI May 24, 2017
(Aug 9, 2017)
Exploratory Research LOI Anytime
Social Implications of Emerging Technologies LOI Jun 1, 2017
(Full Aug 17, 2017) 
Jun 08, 2017
various
Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Ecosystems Program
$20K to $80K over 3 years
RFP Link

For over 45 years, Earthwatch has funded scientists working with citizen-scientist volunteers to increase our understanding of ecosystems, find sustainable solutions to global change, and support scientific freedom. We support projects that produce rigorous, relevant, and impactful science. Incorporating participants in fieldwork increases the broader impacts of the research we fund. Citizen scientists assist in gathering field data, and return home with a deeper awareness of science and greater commitment to addressing environmental and conservation challenges

Jun 11, 2017
Preproposal Deadline
USDA NIFA AFRI
Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006354
RFP Link

1. Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Educational Professionals (PD-STEP) - Jun 28, 2017 - $150K for 3 years

2. Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) - Jun 28, 2017  - $300K for 4 years

3. Predoctoral Fellowships - Jun 21, 2017 - $95K for 2 years

4. Postdoctoral Fellowships - Jun 21, 2017 - $165K for 2 years

Jun 21, 2017
Various
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Matching Awards Program (MAP)
N/A
~ $30K for 1 year
RFP Link

Limited Submission

5013C (must work through OSUF)

Informational webinar is June 6, 2017

1:1 match is required

The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. Organizations may self-select into one of the Program Areas defined below, or choose to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two Program Areas. Projects that strongly integrate the program areas are highly encouraged. The NFF does not have funding targets for the Program Areas, and strongly encourages applicants to integrate the programs areas cohesively in their proposals.

  • Outdoor Experiences Program Area
  • Forest Health Program ARea
  • Integrated Projects
Jun 26, 2017
USDA NIFA AFRI
Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006352
$500K or $1M over 5 years
RFP Link

1. Lignin or Nano-cellulosic Co-Products from Biomass Feedstocks

The economic viability of regional bioenergy systems will be greatly affected by the production of high-value biobased products from regionally-appropriate feedstocks. This priority focuses on the biological, chemical, and thermochemical processes to produce value-added products, chemicals, lubricants, films, and industrial polymers from lignin or through nano-cellulosic technologies. The intended outcome is to help commercialize agriculture/forestry-based bioproducts that can provide federal agencies, state entities, industry, the military, and consumers with safer, more cost effective, and environmentally preferable purchasing options.

2. Biomass Feedstock Genetic Development and Evaluation

This priority seeks to support long-term biomass feedstock crop development. Partners and stakeholders agree that there is a strong need to perpetuate and dramatically expand existing and emerging biomass feedstock genetic development, testing, and selection at increasing scale across different regions to support the emerging bioeconomy. The increasing scale would also allow for a broader range of crop production, logistics and handling technologies to be studied and optimized. NIFA envisions competitively selecting six projects that will address developing the availability and supply of biomass feedstock at the cost, quality and scale requisite to drive regional commercial production of fuels, chemicals, and products by targeting specific relevant molecules (e.g., fiber, sugars, lignin, lipids, organic acids).

Jun 28, 2017
USDA NIFA
Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006353
$1.2M, 5 years
RFP Link

Climate, Land Use, and Land Management - This program area priority encourages applications that address the patterns, processes, and consequences (including greenhouse gas emissions and other climate feedbacks) of changes in land use and management, their drivers, particularly in relation to agricultural and forestry systems’ response, resiliency, and adaptation and mitigation potential in a variable climate at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Jul 13, 2017
NSF- USDA NIFA
NSF - NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program
NSF 17-551
N/A
RFP Link

The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program’s scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant biotic interactions. Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied, or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions. 

Sep 01, 2017
National Science Foundation
Combustion and Fire Systems
D 18-1407
$100,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

Research areas of interest for this program include:

  • Basic Combustion Science: Laminar and turbulent combustion of gas, liquid, and solid fuels in premixed, non-premixed, partially premixed, and homogeneous modes over a broad range of temperatures, pressures and length scales; burning of novel and synthetic fuels; development of predictive models and diagnostic tools.
  • Combustion Science Related to Clean Energy: Increasing efficiency and reducing pollution; production and use of renewable fuels; biomass combustion, gasification, and fast pyrolysis; technologies such as oxy-fuel combustion and chemical looping combustion for carbon capture.
  • Fire Prevention: Improved understanding of fires to prevent their spread, inhibit their growth, and suppress them.
Sep 20, 2017
Deadlines removed
USDA NIFA
Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I - Forests and Related Resources
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006365
$100,000 Phase I
RFP Link

To meet the identified needs in forestry and wood utilization, the program’s long-term goals (10 years) are to achieve increased utilization of woody resources for value-added products from wood; healthy and sustainable forest ecosystems that are more resilient to wildfires and 6 the impact of pathogens and insects; improved environmental and economic methods of sustainable harvesting; and improved growth and yield of forest species that will lead to more efficient use of forested lands. This topic area meets the NIFA Strategic Goal 1: Science; Catalyze exemplary and relevant research, education and extension programs; SUB-GOAL 1.2: Advance the development and delivery of science for agricultural, forest, and range systems adapted to climate variability and to mitigate climate impacts; and SUB-GOAL 1.3: Optimize the production of goods and services from working lands while protecting the Nation’s natural resource base and environment.

Oct 05, 2017
National Science Foundation
Environmental Sustainability
PD 17-7643
$100,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

There are four principal general research areas that are supported:

  • Industrial Ecology: Topics of interest in Industrial Ecology include advancements in modeling such as life cycle assessment, materials flow analysis, input/output economic models, and novel metrics for measuring sustainable systems. Innovations in industrial ecology are encouraged.
  • Green Engineering: Research is encouraged to advance the sustainability of manufacturing processes, green buildings, and infrastructure. Many programs in the Engineering Directorate support research in environmentally benign manufacturing or chemical processes. The Environmental Sustainability program supports research that would affect more than one chemical or manufacturing process or that takes a systems or holistic approach to green engineering for infrastructure or green buildings. Improvements in distribution and collection systems that will advance smart growth strategies and ameliorate effects of growth are research areas that are supported by Environmental Sustainability. Innovations in management of storm water, recycling and reuse of drinking water, and other green engineering techniques to support sustainability may also be fruitful areas for research. NOTE: Water treatment proposals are to be submitted to the CBET Environmental Engineering program (1440), NOT the Environmental Sustainability program (7643).
  • Ecological Engineering: Topics should focus on the engineering aspects of restoring ecological function to natural systems. Engineering research in the enhancement of natural capital to foster sustainable development is encouraged.
  • Earth Systems Engineering: Earth systems engineering considers aspects of large scale engineering research that involve mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, and other global scale concerns.
Oct 20, 2017
Submission Window
National Science Foundation
Combustion and Fire Systems
PD 17-1407
$100,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

Research areas of interest for this program include:

  • Basic Combustion Science: Laminar and turbulent combustion of gas, liquid, and solid fuels in premixed, non-premixed, partially premixed, and homogeneous modes over a broad range of temperatures, pressures and length scales; burning of novel and synthetic fuels; development of predictive models and diagnostic tools.
  • Combustion Science Related to Clean Energy: Increasing efficiency and reducing pollution; production and use of renewable fuels; biomass combustion, gasification, and fast pyrolysis; technologies such as oxy-fuel combustion and chemical looping combustion for carbon capture.
  • Fire Prevention: Improved understanding of fires to prevent their spread, inhibit their growth, and suppress them.
Oct 20, 2017
Submission Window
National Science Foundation
Environmental Engineering
PD 17-1440
$110,000/yr for 3 years
RFP Link

Major areas of interest include:

  • Enhancing the availability of high quality water supplies: Development of innovative biological, chemical and physical treatment processes to meet the growing demand for water; investigation of processes that remove and degrade contaminants, remediate contaminated soil and groundwater, and convert wastewaters into water suitable for reuse; investigation of environmental engineering aspects of urban watersheds, reservoirs, estuaries and storm water management; investigation of biogeochemical and transport processes driving water quality in the aquatic and subsurface environment. (Please note that water treatment research targeting chemical or physical separation processes (e.g. membranes) should be submitted to the Process Separations Program, CBET 1417).
  • Fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, solid waste, and soils: Investigate the fate, transport, and remediation of potentially harmful contaminants and their by-products. (Please note that research concerning nanomaterials should be submitted to Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials, CBET 1179).
Oct 20, 2017
Submission Window
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment/OSUF
Columbia River Fund
N/A
$25,000 for 1 year
RFP Link

OSUF - contact Marlys Amundson

  • Projects Supported: Projects designed to protect clean water in and benefit the Columbia River from Richland downstream to its mouth at Astoria. However projects that benefit the entire Columbia River watershed may be considered.
Nov 15, 2017
The Walt Disney Company/OSUF
Disney Conservation Fund
$50,000 - 2 years
RFP Link

OSUF - contact Marlys Amundson

The Disney Conservation Fund, founded in 1995, is a key pillar in Disney’s efforts to protect the planet and help kids develop lifelong conservation values. The fund supports the study of wildlife; the protection of habitats; the development of community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems; and experiences that connect kids to nature across the globe

Nov 17, 2017
Letter of Intent
Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation/OSUF
$25,000 - $50,000
RFP Link

OSUF - contact Marlys Amundson

The Mead Foundation supports organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the environment, the advancement of medical science, and other important social needs. Environmental organizations supported by the Mead Foundation generally have as their primary emphasis: forestry, fisheries and the sustainable use of natural resources in Western North America. The Foundation normally does not fund local or regional environmental organizations outside the Western United States.

 Scientific and medical organizations supported by the Mead Foundation are generally limited to grant proposals initiated by individual Board members. Funding in other program areas is limited to grant proposals initiated by individual Board members. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for general operating expenses.

Dec 01, 2017
Letter of Interest
National Science Foundation
Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
NSF 17-602
RFP Link

Full proposal deadline February 20, 2018

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator — problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or re-imagine and revitalize the built environment.

Dec 15, 2017
Letter of Intent
USDA USFS
2018 Wood Innovations Program Request for Proposals
CFDA 10.674
$250,000 for 3 years
RFP Link

The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. The grants and cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement will support the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), Rural Revitalization Technologies (7 U.S.C. 6601), and the nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from the National Forest System and other forest lands in a manner that supports wood energy and wood products markets.

Jan 22, 2018
National Science Foundation
Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
NSF 18-503
Large up to $1.6M, Small up to $750K - 2 to 5 years
RFP Link

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system. CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

Jan 23, 2018
National Science Foundation
Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI)
PD 17-073Y
RFP Link

he ECI program focuses on the physical infrastructure, such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural building system; geostructures; and underground facilities.  It seeks proposals that advance knowledge and methodologies within geotechnical, structural, architectural, materials, coastal, and construction engineering, especially that include collaboration with researchers from other fields, including, for example, biomimetics, bioinspired design, advanced computation, data science, materials science, additive manufacturing, robotics, and control theory. 

Jan 24, 2018
National Science Foundation
Engineering Design and System Engineering (EDSE)
17-072Y
RFP Link

The Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program supports fundamental research into the basic processes and phenomena of engineering design and systems engineering. The program seeks proposals leading to improved understanding about how processes, organizational structure, social interactions, strategic decision making, and other factors impact success in the planning and execution of engineering design and systems engineering projects. It also supports advances pertaining to engineering design and systems engineering in areas that include, but are not limited to, decision making under uncertainty, including preference and demand modeling; problem decomposition and decision delegation; applications of reverse game theory (mechanism design); computer-aided design; design representation; system performance modeling and prediction; design optimization; uncertainty quantification; domain- or concern-specific design methods; and advanced computational techniques for supporting effective human cognition, decision making, and collaboration. 

Jan 24, 2018
U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.
Healthy Watersheds Consortium
N/A
$50,000 - $300,000 - must conclude 12/31/2020
RFP Link

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. This goal will be achieved by:

  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;  

  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and 

  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.

Feb 01, 2018