The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.
• Agricultural Microbiomes in Plant Systems and Natural Resources – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 18, 2018
• Agricultural Biosecurity Coordination Network – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 24, 2018
• Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools (FACT) – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 25, 2018
• Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 25, 2018
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006609
Estimated Total Program Funding: $182,000,000
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The course will integrate biotic interactions and abiotic processes with studies of paleoclimate and future climate change to understand the distribution and function of major landscape units. Emphasis will be on biodiversity and ecosystem function, reconstruction of paleoclimate and past species distribution, and models that attempt to predict climate change and future species. Topics covered in the course the structure of ecosystems, energy flow and nutrient availability, biodiversity, the role of natural disturbance, all in the context of current global change.
In many instances, your budget is the first thing reviewers jump to before digging into your full application. They are looking for a comprehensive, bulletproof picture of your research through your budget. That’s where grant writing expert, Diane H. Leonard, GPC, can help. During her upcoming 60 minute online training, she’ll walk you through each step of creating a budget. You’ll receive numerous budget form examples, and learn how they can help you more successfully tell your project’s story (including both single and multi-year grants for federal, state, and foundation funding). By implementing the proven strategies you’ll receive during this training, you’ll be able to create a winning budget and boost your chances of funding.
Who is the Expert Speaker? Diane H. Leonard, GPC
When is it? Thursday, May 10th at 1pm ET
Where can I sign up? Register HERE
Applications must be received by midnight EST, May 25, 2018.
ASLO is now accepting applications for the ASLO Science Communication Internship. Applications are being accepted for the Fall of 2018. The internship is based in the ASLO Communications Office, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Timing and Stipend. The internship will begin in September or October 2018. We are accepting applications for both a 12-week internship and a 24-week internship. The stipend is $6,000 for the 12-week period; $12,000 for the 24-week period. Be sure to state in your application which (either or both) of the timeframes you are applying for.
Travel Funds. The intern will be assisting with the organization of events for the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting to be held February 24 – Mar 1, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the conference takes place after the conclusion of the 12-week internship, travel funds for the intern to attend the conference will be available.
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Scientists are faced with many challenges throughout the research lifecycle ranging from data collection and management to collaboration and reproducible science. These challenges are exacerbated for large studies by increased scope and complexity that results from the interdisciplinary nature of water science. The next generation of water scientists must be comfortable using a variety of software, tools, and platforms on a daily basis to efficiently and effectively conduct their research. The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) aims to assist scientists in these efforts by investing in community-driven cyberinfrastructure research projects. This cyberseminar series presents efforts made by CUAHSI to alleviate the burden common of data-related tasks and is separated into three distinct seminars that collectively discuss the challenges associated with data management, collaboration, and reproducible science. Each seminar will focus on a specific scientific use cases and will demonstrate how free and open source software can be used to overcome data-related research challenges. Participants will learn about new technologies that can assist both academic and educational water science settings.
Dates, Speakers, and Topics:
• April 20: Cloud-hosting Water Science Data for Collaborative Research | Mark Henderson, CUAHSI
• April 27: Cyberinfrastructure to Support Water Science Education and Reproducible Science | Anthony Castronova, CUAHSI
You must register for the cyberseminar series in order to attend. To register, click here. Registration is free.
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Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 26, 2018.
The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS activity is designed specifically to attain the following goals:
• Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system of systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
• Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
• Enable research that will lead to innovative and integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems solutions to critical FEW systems problems;
• Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system of systems, through education and other professional development opportunities.
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Questions regarding proposal submissions should be directed to INFEWSquestions@NSF.GOV
This year’s workshop will be held in Spokane, WA, July 15-17, 2018, hosted by the Washington State University.. This annual event is focused on resource conservation and recovery issues affecting transportation and associated infrastructure, including but not limited to:
• Recycling, reuse and repurposing of waste and byproducts;
• Upcycling and beneficial uses of waste and byproducts;
• Life-cycle sustainability of transportation infrastructures/systems (including considerations at design, construction, preservation, operations, rehabilitation, and recycling stages);
• Contamination risk management;
• Water quality (e.g., stormwater BMPs);
• multimodal transportation and sustainability practices;
• Renewable energy and alternative use of right-of-way;
• Resiliency and climate change adaptation; and other sustainability and environmental management topics.
Please submit your abstract for presentation or poster no later than April 16, 2018. For a preliminary list of sessions and abstract submittal, go to: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gmjaZKQ7S7NuWV. If you need assistance in the process, please contact Dr. Xianming Shi at Xianming.Shi@wsu.edu or Dr. Andy Alden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:
• Develop innovations to stop plastic from reaching waterways through recycling or other means
• Implement innovative teaching methods that engage students in investigating and creating solutions for problems related to marine plastics
• Focus on geographic gaps in knowledge (e.g., Africa) or on known hotspots contributing most to the marine plastic pollution problem
• Engage new audiences in seeking solutions (e.g., product designers) to the plastic problem
Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000. Applicants may request up to $100,000, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members (please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance). Projects may be focused around conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology, and all applications should explicitly review what has already been accomplished and state the plan for evaluating the impact of the work.
For more information and to apply. The current grant cycle closes July 10, 2018.
One River, Ethics Matters April 11, Missoula, University Center Ballroom
This is the 5th in a series of dialogues that have taken place around the basin led by Tribal, First Nation, and religious leaders, and will focus on the Columbia River Treaty
Lake Roosevelt Forum April 24-25 Spokane
This will focus on the Columbia River Treaty and salmon reintroduction in the upper basin. The conference will be opened by an address from Jill Smail, negotiator for the United States
Pre – Canadian Water Resources Association Meeting May 28 – pre-meeting focused on the Columbia River Treaty. As of right now both the lead negotiator for US and for Canada will be on the opening panel with Barbara Cosens (UI)moderating.
This will be held the day before the commencement of the CWRA annual meeting in Victoria BC. CWRA and the POLIS group from UVic will host the 1 day conference on the Columbia River Treaty.
Pacific NorthWest Economic Region July 22-26 with a Columbia River Treaty field trip to follow
This is a gathering of state and provincial legislators (and generally also the public university presidents) from the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada, and covers a broad array of issues. The 26th – 27th will be a study tour focused on the Columbia River Treaty.
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF’s Big Ideas, require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF’s mission. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. NSF may invite the teams submitting the most promising prospectuses to submit proposals to further explore their research strategies. Prospectuses must outline novel approaches and research strategies that are likely to result in a clear demonstration of the potential for transformative advances. The research areas and proposed projects must reflect the characteristics of convergence outlined here.
Interested researchers who would like to compete for FY 2018 and FY 2019 funding must submit a prospectus describing a new area of research and an exploratory research project within it to the email@example.com mailbox. A prospectus may be submitted at any time to help NSF identify new areas of research that require convergence, but to be considered for FY 2018 support, the prospectus must be submitted by May 1, 2018, and for FY 2019 funding, by October 15, 2018.
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