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Funding Opportunities

CAPS Research Enhancement Grant Program 

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Deadline to apply: October 15th, 2021

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences seeks applications for Research Enhancement Grants. Through these awards, CAPS will invest in existing research programs needing non-salary resources to enhance their competitiveness for extramural support. While proposals from interdisciplinary teams, particularly those spanning departments and colleges, will be viewed favorably, proposals from individual investigators are welcomed. Proposals must clearly articulate how the requested funds will leverage extramural funding with new proposals or by strengthening resubmissions. It is anticipated that $50K of available funds will support 3 or more awards.

CAPS Opportunity Grant

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@osu.edu. 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 caps@osu.edu.


Internal and External Funding Database

Office of Research at Ohio State maintains an online database devoted to internal and external funding opportunities. Please visit Office of Research's Research Funding and Awards for more information.

How to Use the Database

  • Use tags/keywords to search for relevant opportunities.
  • Visit the "My Stuff" menu and select [Manage My Tags] to choose your tag(s) and set an Email frequency.
  • If this is your first time using the database, please review this PDF for a brief overview.

If you become aware of a program that limits the number of institutional/disciplinary nominations which is not already listed, please alert Jeff Agnoli, at agnoli.1@osu.edu or 614-292-6269.

Internal (OSU)

  • The OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Grant Development Support Unit publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, Research News, for members of the FAES research community that summarizes upcoming funding opportunities, provides updates, FAES grant awards, and grant writing information. Follow this link to access their monthly newsletter [CFAES Research News].

  • 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].

  • 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].