Funding Opportunities

CAPS Opportunity Grant

The 2018-2019 OSU Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) Opportunity Grant Program is now available. This opportunity is for those who are looking for resources that otherwise would not be possible (Travel awards, matching equipment, etc.). Please fill out the questions on this form and submit the document to CAPS leadership will review each submission on a case-by-case basis and request additional information or clarification as needed. If you have questions, please email

2018-2019 CAPS Seed Grant

We are pleased to announce that the 2018-2019 OSU Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) Seed Grant Program request for applications is now available.

CAPS seeks to fund projects that provide interdisciplinary connections among OSU faculty, staff, students and external partners that also leverage diverse talents, expertise, and resources through collaborative work. CAPS Seed Grants are intended to generate new research activities or novel extensions of existing activities, rather than simply providing supplementary project funding. Emphasis will be placed on teams and projects that leverage interdisciplinary research and are likely to produce tangible outputs resulting in capacity building and/or extramural funding at OSU. 

For those who are submitting a full proposal, the full proposal is due September 21, 2018 at 5 PM. Find the Seed Grant RFA instructionsFile here.

Funding Opportunities

Here are a few other opportunities we found interesting. If a CAPS team, or part of a team, pursues any funding opportunities, please contact Jessica Weitthoff. We wish to support our teams in their pursuit of funding.

Finding Funding: SPIN (Workshop)

Want to learn strategies for finding funding opportunities and creating custom funding alerts relevant to your research? Join Jeff Agnoli from the Office of Research on September 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Research Commons on the 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library for this interactive workshop, where you will learn more about using the SPIN funding opportunities database and accessing other funding and grant writing resources available to researchers at Ohio State. 
BYOD- Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on participation. 
Click here to register!

Pelotonia post-doctoral research award story

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program is now accepting applications from all disciplines for two-year post-doctoral research awards. Awardees will retain employment with university. Award begins February 2019. Applications accepted until October 15, 2018. Read more here.

NSF 2026 Idea Machine Competition

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education.

Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by NSF. It's an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering.
Entries will be accepted through October 26, 2018. For more information, including entry instructions, eligibility, rules, and judging criteria, please visit the NSF 2026 Idea Machine website!

Internal (OSU)

  • The OSU CCC Pelotonia Fellowship Program accepts applications for Undergraduate, Graduate, Medical, and Postdoctoral fellowships.  These prestigious fellowships are for cancer related projects and can be in ANY field of study. Follow this link for further information [Pelotonia Fellowship Program].

  • OARDC SEEDS accepts multiple applications for Undergraduate, Graduate and Faculty competitions.  You must have an appointment or colleague with an appointment with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences [SEEDS].
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
    • Food Safety Challenge [RFP]
    • Food Security Challenge [RFP]
    • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program [RFP]

Past (keep them in mind for the future)


The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.

  • “CPBR”) is a non-profit organization that funds university peer-reviewed research on a competitive basis. CPBR facilitates research interactions among university and industry scientists. Member organizations include universities, companies and trade associations. Industry sectors represented include the seed, agrochemical, forestry, energy, bio-materials, and other food and non-food agricultural products industries [contact Jessica Weitthoff].


  • NSF Plant Genome: Four kinds of activity was supported in FY 2013: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Novel Methods for Generating Physical Frameworks for Plant Genomes (GPF-PG) to develop new and cost effective strategies for the construction of the genomes of plants of economic importance. [Solicitation]
  • NSF Plant Genome Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology: The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site [additional information].
  • NSF BREAD: The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are partnering to support a new research program to be administered by NSF. The objective of the BREAD Program is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. A significant distinction between BREAD and other NSF programs is that proposals to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. The BREAD Program takes the activities of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) to the next level by supporting a broader range of scientific research and by enabling funding to be allocated to international collaborators through subawards [additional information].


  • Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation: Producers, scientists, researchers, educators, technicians, processors, distributors, marketers, policy makers and advocates need to work together to ensure that agriculture as a profession, industry and way of life continues to prosper. New professionals need to be trained; new leaders need to be developed. The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship programs invite more students from all walks of life to pursue opportunities in agriculture [OFBF funding].