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CFANS Research eNews - July 30, 2010

Agricultural Research and the Developing World

Research eNews - plantsThe Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is now accepting applications for its FY2011 competition. The BREAD Program funds novel and transformative basic research designed to generate solutions to problems of smallholder agriculture in the developing world.

As one part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI), the program continues to support work on crop plant genomics but also funds research on animals, microbes, soil, weather forecasting, and technology development as they relate to the developing world. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with international collaborators including those in the developing word as subawardees. Those applications that propose projects that have the potential for impact over large areas or for large numbers of farmers will receive highest priority.

Click here to see a list of FY2010 awardees with links to brief abstracts of their projects. A list of FAQs for the BREAD Program is also available online. Required letters of intent are due by September 16, 2010; full proposals are due by November 16, 2010. Approximately $12 million is available to support 10-20 awards. For questions, contact Nora Lapitan at or at (703) 292-4400.

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NIFA Grant Looks at Animal Safety and Radiological Events

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently released a new grant program, Critical Issues: Emerging and New Plant and Animal Pests and Diseases Program, designed to provide seed funding to conduct research and extension activities related to emerging or threatening animal pest and disease issues. For the current RFA, NIFA is requesting proposals that address the following issue: Development and Dissemination of New Knowledge Supporting Radiological Incident Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for US Animal Agriculture, and Animal-Derived Food Production Infrastructures.

The ultimate goals of the program are to develop knowledge and practices that, in the event of a radiological or nuclear event, will mitigate damage to agriculture and the environment, ensure the safety and security of the food supply, and protect animal and public health. Because knowledge of this type is currently insufficient and underdeveloped, NIFA is looking for applicants interested in identifying and addressing critical research and/or extension areas of interest such as analysis of the efficiency of different technologies to decontaminate animals, development of tools to delineate potentially salvageable livestock and poultry, development of information resources for the public and animal producers, and investigation of species-specific responses to differing doses of radionuclides.

Applicants are expected to seek other sources of funding as well, and those that develop collaborations with working groups and multi-state research committees will be given priority. Applications are due by August 16, 2010; approximately $318,000 is available to fund two projects. Click here to read the RFA. For more information, contact Dr. Gary Sherman at 202-401-4952 or at

Water Quality Cooperative Agreements Offered by EPA Region 5

Research eNews - lakeThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Region 5 is offering cooperative agreements for projects focused on clean and safe water in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Approximately $577,000 is available to fund 5-15 projects to develop and implement novel approaches related to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution. Priority areas include:

Proposals are due by September 7, 2010. Questions may be submitted to Kristen Faulhaber at or or at (312) 353-4378 until August 31, 2010. For more information, click here.

DOE Supporting Early Career ResearchersResearch eNews - lab

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is inviting applications through its Early Career Research Program to support the individual research programs of scientists early in their careers. Awards are available for researchers working in the following areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; and Nuclear Physics. Eligible applicants include untenured Assistant Professors and untenured Associate Professors on the tenure track who are within 10 years of receiving their PhDs.

Approximately $6 million is available to support 30-50 five-year awards. Required pre-applications are due by August 13, 2010; full applications will be invited and due by November 9, 2010. Contacts vary by program area; see the solicitation for details. FAQs are also available online (pdf).

In This CFANS Research eNews Issue:

eRA Commons Alert

The NIH eRA Commons is unavailable until 6:00 am on August 2nd for a database upgrade. Avoid access problems when needing to update information in the Commons by checking the eRA Maintenance and Upgrades Schedule.

NIH Director Sparking Innovation Through Award Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting applications for the FY 2011 competition of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, designed to help new investigators pursue highly innovative research ideas with the potential for unusually high impact in the behavioral or biomedical sciences. NIH introduced the award to assist researchers early in their careers who often lack the preliminary data necessary to fare well in the NIH review system, particularly for R01 grants. Applicants are not required to show preliminary data nor provide a detailed annual budget. Applications are due by September 20, 2010. NIH expects to award 33 grants of $300,000 per year over five years. Questions may be forwarded to Ravi Basavappa at; FAQs are also listed online.

NIH Promoting Research on Health Effects of Climate Change

Drawing on recommendations made by the Trans-NIH Working Group on Climate Change and Health, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a notice intended to highlight funding opportunities at the agency that support research on the potentially significant effects of climate change on human health. NIH encourages interested researchers to look at opportunities that are indirectly, as well as directly, climate focused and to speak with a NIH program officer regarding areas of research interest. See the notice for a list of contacts in the general area of climate change and health. 

Recent CFANS Grant Awards

A number of CFANS faculty members have received grant awards in July. Click here to learn more. Congratulations to all the successful PIs!

Upcoming Deadlines

The CFANS Office of Research maintains a comprehensive list of upcoming grant program deadlines online at the CFANS Research Intranet web page. Do you have a question about a program? Or would you like to suggest a program be listed? Contact Jessica Weaver