2013 ANR competitive grants program
We are pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for ANR’s 2013 competitive grants program. Download 2013 Competitive Grants RFP.
Taking into consideration several comments from the Partnership to Advance Cooperative Extension (PACE) effort and others, we have made significant changes to this year’s competitive grants proposal process. The program is similar to last year’s with the additions of the following:
- PIs can submit proposals for research and/or extension projects.
- Early-career academics are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Cross-initiative proposals are strongly encouraged.
- Applicants have the option to start their projects on April or August, 2014.
- ANR is strongly encouraging the submission of small to mid-size projects, up to $250,000.
- Applicants may request funding for projects up to $500,000 for a term not to exceed five years.
The division awarded $4.46 million supporting 21 projects in 2011 and $3.8 million supporting 16 projects in 2012. Funding for the 2013 cycle is expected to be roughly the same as the prior two years. ANR continues to invest in research, education and outreach projects to support high-priority issues that are consistent with the Strategic Vision; encourage collaboration among academics; support short-term, high-impact projects; strengthen the research-extension network; and contribute policy-relevant outcomes that address significant agricultural, economic, environmental and social issues in California. We are committed to providing as much support as feasible to address high-priority issues.
Submitting a Letter of intent (LOI) is the first step of applying for a grant. LOIs are due Friday, July 26. Applicants selected to submit a full proposal will be notified by Monday, August 19. Full proposals will be due Friday, October 4.
Associate Director of Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station, Director ANR Research & Extension Center System
Letter of Intent Submission Instructions
Submission and approval of a letter of intent (LOI) is required to submit a full proposal to this RFP. The deadline for submitting an LOI is July 26, 2013 by 5pm (Pacific Time). Once the LOI is approved, applicants will be notified of their eligibility to submit a full proposal by August 19, 2013. The deadline for submitting a full proposal is October 4, 2013.
Required elements for the LOI:
- Name of Principal Investigator (PI) and affiliation (e.g. UCCE County Office or Campus and Department)
- Name of Co-PI(s) and affiliation (if applicable)
- Name(s) of collaborator(s) and affiliation (if known)
- Title of proposed project
- Strategic Initiative(s): describe the target area(s) the proposed work will focus on and choose the primary and secondary strategic initiatives with which your proposal best fits. For cross-initiative proposals, clearly articulate the specific link between strategic initiatives.
- Estimated Start and End Date: indicate an estimated start and end date for the entire duration of the project. Projects in this RFP are expected to start on April 4, 2014 or August 4, 2014.
- Estimated Budget: specify the estimated total budget for the proposed project and a brief summary explaining the allocation and use of funds over the course of the entire project.
- Key Words: list 3-5 keywords most relevant to your proposed project.
- Potential Technical Reviewers: please provide a list of potential reviewers that can evaluate your proposed project. Reviewers may be in-state and/or out-of-state.
Please note: do not recommend reviewers if you anticipate that someone may potentially serve as a Co-PI or collaborator on your project or you are aware of a known conflict of interest. In addition, please be aware that LOIs are only reviewed by initiative panel members; technical reviewers evaluate the full proposals.
- Project Summary: please provide a summary that presents an overview of the proposed project. It is not necessary to discuss the specific scientific components; rather the LOI should address how the proposal meets the criteria specified in the RFP. Your summary may be up to one page in length.
To begin your LOI, please log into your ANR Portal and locate the Universal Review System (URS). Under Open Systems, you can click on ANR Competitive Grants 2013 to begin your submission.
If you have any questions about the proposal solicitation process and/or technical requirements you may contact:
- Melanie Caruso: (530) 752-5336 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vanessa Murua: (510) 987-0377 or Vanessa.email@example.com
For questions related to the strategic initiative areas of inquiry, please contact: