NIFA funding opportunities – March 9

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS)

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water (FEW). It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. This interagency cooperation allows the partner agencies – National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) – to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions.

Who is eligible to apply:

See Section IV of the announcement for eligibility information.
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Posted Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Funding Opportunity Number: 18-545
Estimated Total Program Funding: $34,000,000

Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program

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

Who is eligible to apply:

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Other or Additional Information (See below), State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
More Information on Eligibility:
a) U.S. public or private, nonprofit colleges/universities offering baccalaureate or 1st professional degree in at least one discipline/area of food & agricultural sciences; b) land-grant colleges/universities (including those in Insular Areas); c) colleges/universities having significant minority enrollments and demonstrable capacity to teach food and agricultural sciences; and d) colleges/universities having demonstrable capacity to teach food and agricultural sciences.
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Posted Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Closing Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-CGP-006538
Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,500,000