CALS Research Development Programs

The CALS Research Office offers the following research development and support programs to stimulate new research initiatives, support existing programs and to enhance communication of research. Applications for all programs should be sent to Dr. Sangita Pawar at

Bridge Funding

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The CALS Bridge Funding program provides financial support to minimize disruption of existing research programs and projects that have temporarily lost external funding but show high promise of success in the next round of competitive review, in particular for proposals that just missed the payline or were ranked highly but not funded.  Submission Deadlines:  September 1 and March 1.

Innovation Venture Investment Program

 Proposals of any kind will be considered in established or new areas of inquiry, ranging from projects within an individual lab to multi investigator/transdisciplinary initiatives. Novel and potentially transformational ideas are encouraged.  All projects must show strong evidence that they will ultimately stimulate significant impactful research activity and be supported by sustained external funding. Proposals format is intentionally flexible; proposals can be submitted as a standard short grant application or a white paper.  The period of support will generally be from six months to two years, total budget generally below $100,000.  Please submit a single PDF file containing the proposal and budget to  Funding decisions will be made by the Associate Dean for Research.  Submission Deadline: April 15

Early Career Faculty Seed Grants

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Early career grants provide one time support of up to $10,000 to support research activities in the mission areas of the College leading to the submission of grant proposals to external funding agencies or private foundations.  Applicants must hold tenure-track or continuing eligible status with a primary appointment in a CALS unit and be within 8 years of their first faculty appointment.  Submission Deadline: October 1.

Agriculture Experiment Station Strategic Research Investment Fund

Up to $50,000 for investments in infrastructure, equipment, and/or activities that increase the research capacity at Experiment Station Units. Possible investments might include but are not limited to sensor arrays that generate data sets and the accompanying hardware and software to store and provide access to that data, or the conversion of analog data sets to digital on-line data for broader distribution to the research community. This is not a call for a research proposal. Review criteria includes likelihood of increasing use of Experiment Station facilities and data sets by campus faculty. In other words, we want to raise the tide for many ships, not just one ship at a time. Next submission deadline expected on 19 March 2018.

2018 AES Strategic Research Investment Fund RFP
2017 AES Strategic Research Investment Fund RFP
2017 AES Strategic Research Investment Fund Recipients


Frontiers in Research Seminar Series

This CALS-wide seminar series provides a forum for the presentation of the latest scientific research in scientific areas across the College.  Support is provided to each CALS unit to invite a prominent scientist to the UA each year to present their findings and meet with students and faculty.