Funding Opportunities

CAPS Scientific Teams

The mission of CAPS is to find practical solutions to challenging problems within four main Strategic Areas: Photosynthesis & Carbon Fixation, Biomass & Bioproducts, Crop Improvement & Functional Foods, and Plant-Microbe Interactions. CAPS seeks to bring together the wide-ranging expertise available at OSU to bridge basic and applied research largely by catalyzing formation of interdisciplinary teams from across the university.
CAPS understands the dynamic interactions that occur between team members, and that these applications represent possible solutions to large-scale, multi-faceted problems. We encourage all applicants to put forth the core group of investigators (the most compact team) needed to work on a problem of joint interest. Teams are expected to be between 3-8 members, and should span basic and applied research to tackle a practical challenge. We expect that situations will arise wherein team members will form and reform sub-teams to better position themselves for external funding. While CAPS will encourage formation of the teams that are most viable for accomplishing the research goals and for funding competitiveness, all changes to the core team will be reviewed by CAPS leadership to ensure that the changes are indeed justified.
Proposed projects will find practical solutions to a problem in one (or more) of the four outlined strategic areas. Initial project periods are anticipated to be 2-4 years in duration. Teams will need to provide yearly progress reports for inclusion in the CAPS annual report.
STs must be formed by a minimum of three OSU individuals with PI status (includes Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Full Professors, Research Scientists and Research Assistant Professors). Being a member of one Scientific Team (ST) does not disqualify a researcher from being part of another. We discourage, however, the same individual to be the contact PI in more than one ST. It is highly desirable for at least one ST member to have attended the CAPS Ideation Scoping Session (July, 2018) and/or November 2018 Workshops.
Application Requirements
CAPS pdf Application forms must be used. You will need Adobe Reader in order to complete this application. All sections must fit entirely in the space provided. 11-point font is the smallest recommended.
Application Content
  1. Completed CAPS Application
    1. Cover page
    2. Identification of critical need (1000 word max.). Describe the problem that your ST seeks to address. Explain the broader impact (state, national, international context) that is expected by addressing this problem.
    3. Anticipated derivative/products after 2-4 years (100 word max.). Indicate the derivatives/products anticipated from the successful activities of the ST in the first 2-4 years.
    4. Measurable Milestones and Resources Needed. Milestones may include fundamental basic knowledge acquired. If this is the case, please emphasize the importance of such knowledge towards future milestones. Resources may include: personnel, equipment, supply funding, external collaborators, etc. CAPS has a diverse set of resources available to support STs in areas where funding may be difficult, allowing teams to become more competitive for other sources of funding. This section should identify specific areas that CAPS can facilitate and support to achieve yearly milestones.
      1. Year 1 (1 page max.) Provide measurable milestones and resources needed for year 1. Please write at the specific aim level, sub-aims will be reported on annual progress reports. Describe the intellectual and financial resources needed to achieve the proposed milestones that are not currently available to the team.
      2. Year 2 – 4 (1 page max.) Project the goals of your ST to years 2-4, indicating what resources will be needed based on anticipated CAPS support in year 1. Include a timeline and statement of how accomplishments will contribute to extramural funding. The progress of your ST will be evaluated yearly towards completing milestones.
    5. Member contributions (3-8 members). Applicants are advised that membership list should represent a lean compact team (1 page max.). Identify the role/contribution of each team member. Applicants should include description on how each member’s unique expertise is needed relating specifically to the measurable milestones.
  2. CV for each proposed team member, 2 page limit. Current NSF/NIH Biosketch may be submitted as long as it complies with requirements.
    1. Education/Training (Institution, Degree, Field of Study)
    2. Positions and Honors
    3. Significant Publications limited to 10 most significant (do not list unpublished manuscripts, abstracts, books, invited lectures, etc.)
    4. Active Grant Support (Project number, Source, Title, Role, Total direct costs)
Application Submission
Proposals should be submitted by the deadline and conform to all application requirements. Jay Hollick, Director, ( is available for scientific questions and/or to meet with prospective teams or individuals prior to the application deadline to discuss additional information or provide assistance as needed.
Deadline: February 3, 2019 
Send pdf forms via email to: 
Review Process
Applications will initially be reviewed by the CAPS leadership team for suitability and then at least two solicited external reviews will be evaluated to help the leadership team rank the applications for CAPS support. Decisions are expected by March 15, 2019.  

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

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].