- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has announced the Call for Pre-proposals for Research & Education Grants for 2017. The deadline is 12 noon Pacific Time on June 1.
Congress mandates that the SARE grant program depart from “business as usual.” To that end, the Western SARE Administrative Council requires evidence that agricultural producers are involved from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach of any SARE-funded project.
Applications are submitted online at http://wsaregrants.usu.edu.
The application process for this competitive grant program consists of two stages: 1) submission of a pre-proposal and, 2) after notice of selection, submission of a full proposal. The pre-proposal step assists the WSARE Administrative Council in selecting proposals that exhibit diverse subject matter, cover diverse geography, meet the basic requirements of the Congressional mandate for the grant, and contain original and innovative research, the results of which can be readily adopted by producers. The pre-proposal also spares preparation time of the unsuccessful applicant. Applicants with the most promising pre-proposals will be invited to develop more extensive full proposals.
For more information, see https://wsaregrants.usu.edu/grants/docs/CFP_PRE.pdf.
AVP Wendy Powers announced that UC ANR has added another funding mechanism to its 2017 funding opportunities/grants website: a Matching Grants Program.
For grant opportunities that require matching funds, this program will provide cash resources for UC ANR academics to submit as matching funds in their proposals for external funding support of research, outreach or training efforts.
Proposed projects must be within the scope of the UC ANR Strategic Vision. All UC ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted at any time, as the opportunities present themselves. Proposals will be submitted to the Associate Vice President and reviewed by the UC ANR Strategic Initiative Leaders and two UC ANR Vice Provosts. Because we recognize that these are time-sensitive projects, the review process will take no more than one month.
Requests for matching funds will be no more than three pages in length and must include a link to the request for proposals, a justification indicating why it is appropriate for UC ANR to provide the cash match, description of the project (study design, educational framework/audience, training program, etc.) and detailed budget. Requests of up to a 1:1 cash match will be considered. No awards will be made until a contract between the grantor and UC ANR is executed. In addition to any reporting required by the grantor, all projects will require a final report with stated outcomes/impacts or anticipated outcomes/impacts. A final report to the grantor may be substituted if the final report contains outcome/impact information.
UC ANR will provide a limited pool of funds for this grant program on an annual basis. The pool of funding will be managed to ensure year round availability for timely projects.
For details about the Matching Grants Program and other ANR funding opportunities and grants, visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Programs/2017_Funding_Opportunities_Grants.
For questions about the Matching Grants Program, please contact Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy Powers, associate vice president, announced the request for proposals for ANR's 2017 competitive grants program, which can be found at http://ucanr.edu/compgrants2017.
In addition to releasing ANR's competitive grants call, she shared information on a couple of newly developed funding opportunities: “high risk/high reward grants program” and “opportunity grants program.” Below are descriptions of the three different funding mechanisms.
ANR Competitive Grants Program
The purpose of the ANR competitive grants program is to address high-priority issue areas identified by at least one of the strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water).
ANR Competitive Grants Program 2017 Cycle:
- Application submission cycle
- Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 20
- LOI decisions April 26
- Full proposals due June 19
- Technical peer review: mid-June to early September 2017
- Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: end of September 2017
- Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2017
- Announcement of funded grants: November/December 2017
Through this program, ANR will continue to invest in short-term, high-impact research, education and outreach projects that address high-priority issues that are consistent with the Strategic Vision, encourage collaboration among academics from diverse disciplines and across initiatives, strengthen the research-extension network and demonstrate relevance and likelihood of impact on significant agricultural, economic, environmental and social issues in California and beyond.
For questions about ANR's competitive grants program, please contact Melanie Caruso at email@example.com.
High Risk/High Reward Grants Program
Given the complexity of societal problems, high risk research is necessary to achieve gains for real progress in addressing present and emerging challenges. This program will provide funds to initiate and complete research and proof-of-concept efforts that serve as the basis for larger funding opportunities. These projects must be of a high risk/high reward nature that are best conducted in a controlled, research setting and, if successful, lend themselves to subsequent larger funding opportunities and/or intellectual property development.
Proposed projects must be within the scope of the ANR Strategic Vision. All ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted using the same timeline as outlined for the traditional competitive grants program, but reviewed separately due to the nature of the proposal.
High risk/high reward grants will be limited to no more than $100,000 per project. Proposal format and duration is available at http://ucanr.edu/highrisk2017.
For questions about the High Risk/High Reward grants program, please contact Melanie Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANR Opportunity Grants Program
This opportunity grants program will provide small amounts of resources to initiate and complete critical short-term research, outreach or training efforts. These projects must be time-sensitive in nature and take advantage of a unique opportunity where a small pilot project to collect initial data or an immediate, crucial outreach effort must take place in a timely manner to address an issue of importance.
Proposed projects must be within the scope of the ANR Strategic Vision. All ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted at any time, as the opportunities arise. Proposals will be submitted to the Associate Vice President and reviewed by the ANR Strategic Initiative Leaders and two ANR Vice Provosts.
“Because we recognize that these are time-sensitive projects, the review process will take no more than one month,” Powers said.
Proposals will be no more than three pages in length and must include a justification indicating why it is critical that this project be addressed in a short timeframe, description of the project (study design, educational framework/audience, training program, etc.) and detailed budget. Opportunity grants will be limited to no more than $10,000 per project. All projects, including the final report, must be completed within 12 months of initiation. Furthermore, no extensions will be allowed. All projects will require a final report with stated outcomes/impacts or anticipated outcomes/impacts.
ANR will provide a limited pool of funds for this grants program on an annual basis. The exact amount will be determined and announced annually based upon resource availability. The pool of funding will be managed to ensure that some resources are available year-round for timely projects.
For questions about opportunity grants, please contact AVP Wendy Powers at email@example.com.
Funding for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk-management strategies is available through the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center). The maximum amount of requested funding shall not exceed $50,000 for education projects and $2,000 for exploratory projects.
To apply, go to the Western Center website and select “Competitive Grants Program.” The grants application process is fully explained in the Western Center's 2017 Request for Applications. All applications must be submitted online through the Results Verification System. There are links to application resources on the Western Center's Competitive Grants Program page as well as within the RVS system, to help guide you through the application process.
This announcement seeks applications from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs for agricultural producers and their families. All organizations serving agricultural producers, especially those serving the special emphasis audiences identified on page 3 of the RFA, are strongly encouraged to apply. The Western Center serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands.
An applicant webinar will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 AM PDT. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. Simply join the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at http://breeze.wsu.edu/appwebinar/approximately 10 minutes prior to the webinar start time. You will be presented with a login screen that has the option to “Enter as Guest." Enter your full name, then click “EnterRoom” to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer's speakers.
Proposals are due by 5 PM, PST, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
In ANR leaders' discussions with Cooperative Extension specialists around the state, it became clear that there was a need for additional travel support to enable specialists to increase their collaborations with CE advisors. In response, ANR has created a pool of funds for CE specialists to apply for to support these collaborations. With the level of funds available, each specialist may apply for up to $2,000 for this fiscal year (funds must be expended by June 30, 2014). Completing a short online survey is the only step in accessing these funds.
To keep the process simple, a brief survey form will be accessible from your ANR Portal. The survey will ask
- Name and title of specialist requesting support
- Project/Program name
- Brief project description (one paragraph)
- Collaborating advisors
While there is no deadline for applications for these travel funds, they must be expended in the current fiscal year. We are pleased that we are able to take this step to assist in meeting an identified need.
Specialists may apply for funds directly at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11865.
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