USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding Opportunities Update

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February 15, 2019

The 1890 CBG is intended to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions,including Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University, and Central State University (per Section 7129 of Pub. L. 113-79). The CBG program supports projects that strengthen teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the need areas of curriculum design and materials development, faculty development, and others. CBG supports projects that strengthen research and extension programs in need areas of studies and experimentation, extension program development support systems, and others. The CBG also support integrated project grants. The intent of this initiative is to increase and strengthen food and agriculture sciences at the 1890s through integration of education, research and extension. Applications submitted to CBG must address at least one of the following NIFA strategic goals: sustainable bioenergy; food security; childhood obesity prevention; or food safety. See RFA for details.

Who is eligible to apply: 

1890 Land-Grant Institutions

Posted Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Closing Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-CBGP-006696
Estimated Total Program Funding: $18,000,000

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, reliability, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems -- just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Despite significant inroads into CPS technology in recent years, we do not yet have a mature science to support systems engineering of high-confidence CPS, and the consequences are profound. For example, as the Internet of Things (IoT) scales to billions of connected devices -- with the capacity to sense, control, and otherwise interact with the human and physical world -- the requirements for dependability, security, safety, and privacy grow immensely. The challenges and opportunities for CPS are thus significant and far-reaching. The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems that people can use or interact with and depend upon.

In 2019, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to identify basic research needs in CPS common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice.

Who is eligible to apply: 

Eligible applicants for the grant program implemented under this subpart include: (1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Closing Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 19-553
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.

Who is eligible to apply: 

For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Other or Additional Information (See below), State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

More Information on Eligibility:

Applications may only be submitted by: (1) public secondary schools; (2) public or private nonprofit junior and community colleges; (3) institutions of higher education; or (4) nonprofit organizations. (Attach IRS 501(c)(3) status under R&R ‘Other Project Information’ Field 12 Other Attachments.)

Posted Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Closing Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-SAECP-006697
Estimated Total Program Funding: $800,000