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. Parker Antin at

COVID-19 Pilot Project Funding

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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is seeking proposals for pilot research projects focusing on basic or applied science or technology that direclty addresses critical issues related to COVID-19. Projects should have the potential for rapid impact and/or to provide preliminary data for submission of external grant proposals. All personnel and major infrastructure should already be in place so that projects can begin immediately once funding is awarded. Projects can be up to six months in duration with a maximum budget of $30,000. Proposals of shorter duration with smaller budgets are welcome and encouraged. 

ELIGIBILITY: The PI must be a Tenure Track/Continuing or Career Track faculty member with a primary research appointment in CALS.

PROPOSAL FORMAT: Provide the following in two pages or less: Signficance and Potential Impact,, Plan of Work, Summary of Deliverables/Outcomes; External grant mechanisms targeted if appropriate (list of current funding opportunities is here:

BUDGET:Provide a one page budget with enough detail to demonstrate that the requested funds are adequate and justified.  Please also provide a brief biosketch for the PI and any Co-PIs

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday April 14, 2020 at 5pm. Submit a single pdf file to

PROJECT START DATE:  April 20, 2020

Questions:  Contact Parker Antin at

Innovation Venture Investment Program

Due to the present financial uncertainty and funding of the COVID-19 Pilot Project Program, the Innovation Venture Investment Program is on hold until further notice. 

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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 up to $90,000.  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: Delayed until further notice.

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

Support for Invited Speakers

The CALS Research Office is offering support to CALS Academic Units to bring prominent researchers to campus.  Ideally, the invited scientist will have special appeal to Unit faculty as well as more general appeal to a CALS-wide  audience. Specifics of this program are as follows:

  1. Up to $1,500 will be reimbursed towards travel, food or honorarium for the speaker
  2. Units can request funds once each fiscal year
  3. The speaker should be a high profile, high impact scientist
  4. The Unit will handle logistics for the visit
  5. CALS will send a college wide seminar announcement
  6. To request support, send the following information to
    1. Speaker Name
    2. Speaker Affiliation
    3. Unit Requesting funds
    4. Seminar date, title and location.
    5. Brief statement describing how inviting this speaker will benefit Unit faculty and be of interest to a broad CALS audience.

Funding decisions will be based on merit and availability of funds. 

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