EPA Solicits Proposals for the Field Implementation Meeting Support Cooperative Agreement

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for one or more cooperative agreements to manage a Field Implementation Meetings Support program. EPA expects to provide up to $500,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of five fiscal years (2017 through 2021).

The cooperative agreement will provide financial assistance to one or more eligible applicants to organize and facilitate dialogue and collaboration on pesticide safety programs, mainly the Certified Applicator regulation and the agricultural Worker Protection Standard. Both regulations aim to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among handlers, applicators, bystanders and the public.

EPA must receive proposals through Grants.gov no later than – 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 12, 2017. View more information on this Request for Applications (EPA-OPP-2017-002).

USDA Announces $1.7 Million to Support Research at Tribal Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.7 million in funding to build research capacity at land-grant tribal colleges and universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP).

“1994 land-grant universities represent a critically important part of our nation’s construct of academic institutions providing the leadership to address nutritional security amongst tribal populations while protecting our environment and natural resources, and at the same time ensuring young people are receiving education that prepares them for the workforce,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. Continue reading

Funding opportunities for pollinator health projects

Here are several funding opportunities that support pollinator health research, educational and extension projects in 2017: Continue reading

USDA Announces $8.8 Million Available to Support Agriculture Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced availability of $8.8 million in funding to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens HSI programs that attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences work force.

“Hispanic students earn only eight percent of the degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering and math,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments help Hispanic-Serving Institutions promote STEM education and agricultural industry careers to all their students, including Hispanic students.” Continue reading

USDA Announces $18.9 Million Available to Support Agricultural Education at 1890s Land-grant Institutions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $18.9 million in funding for eligible 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The 1890 Facilities Grant Program helps the eligible institutions educate the future workforce in the food, agricultural and human sciences job sectors.

“This funding signals our ongoing commitment to create future leaders and skilled professionals in the field of agricultural innovation,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “By building adequate facilities we help 1890 land-grant universities and institutions sustain their programs in agriculture, food and human sciences.” Continue reading

Special Research Grants Program, Potato Breeding Research

The purpose of this grant program is to support potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. As used herein, varietal development and testing is research using conventional breeding and/or biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato varieties. Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support variety development.

Read more about this opportunity.

RFA for National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants announced

Closing Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 4 p.m. EST

Request for Applications (RFA): “National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Indoor Environments Division (IED) has posted a new RFA (EPA-OAR-ORIA-17-02) www.epa.gov/grants/air-grants-and-funding, and www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290725. Continue reading