USDA/NIFA: Inviting Applicants for Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applicants for Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. by generating new science-based information and technology to address industry constraints.

Results of projects supported by this program are intended to help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for U.S.- produced products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America.

Funding Information: The anticipated amount available for NIFA support of this program in FY 2016 is approximately $1.2 million, which is anticipated to fund four to five awards in FY 2016.

Program Area Priorities

  • Genetics of commercial aquaculture species;
  • Critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species;
  • Design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems;
  • Economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals for the purpose of conducting research, extension, or education activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
  • Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application packages electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Aquaculture Research.

Indo-Hungarian Strategic Research Fund: Bringing Together Researchers and Scientists from India and Hungary

Deadline: 29 February 2016

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) of India and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO) of Hungary are seeking applications from scientists and researchers of India and Hungary for Indo-Hungarian Strategic Research Fund (IHSRF).

IHSRF aims at bringing together researchers from Hungarian and Indian institutions in scientific and technological areas of strategic relevance to both countries.

Purpose

  • To further research advances and knowledge production within the priority areas
  • To create synergies across borders and institutes
  • To benefit from pooled research efforts and expertise

Priority Areas

  • Information and communication technologies
  • Geosciences
  • Biological science
  • Green Chemistry (including catalysis),
  • Biomedicine (including biopharma),
  • Electronics and Optics, (including laserphysics)
  • Nanotechnologies and new materials
  • Water Management, water purification and
  • Agricultural sciences, food industry

Application Categories

  • Joint Research Projects
  • Institutional Networked Projects

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

  • Applications submitted shall be reviewed by two independent expert committees, one in India, coordinated by DST, and one in Hungary, coordinated by NRDIO.
  • Based on the comments of their reviewers, DST and NRDIO shall both elaborate a list of recommendations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposal received before the deadline indicated in the call
  • Completeness of the proposal
  • Proposal involves at least one partner from Hungary and one partner from India
  • Proposed research is related to the priority areas of each side.
  • Applications should describe ambitious research and propose innovative approaches.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application forms at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Indo-Hungarian Joint Research.

IC-IMPACTS: Promoting Bilateral Scientific Collaboration between Indian and Canadian Scientists!

Deadline: 1 April 2016

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology and Government of India, New Delhi is seeking applications from Indian and Canadian researchers /scientists to conduct the India-Canada Cooperative Science Programme to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Canadian scientists.

The research projects funded are expected to be of a high international standard that will lead to a technology or solution directly impacting the lives of Indian and Canadian citizens.

Indian-Canadian joint projects must be based on meaningful engagement, include a common project plan, and involve at least one Principal Investigator from Canada and one from India.

Areas of Cooperation

  • Structural performance of buildings including earthquake resistance
  • Innovative buildings materials with low carbon footprint
  • Thermal, acoustical and lighting comfort in buildings
  • Buildings and human health
  • Buildings and energy conservation
  • Buildings and water conservation
  • Building Infrastructures and Internet of Things (IoT)

Selection Criteria

  • Alignment with areas for collaboration identified above;
  • Relevance to Indian and Canadian national infrastructure challenges;
  • Potential for research outcome to be deployed in settings in India and Canada within three years;
  • Quality and originality of research program;
  • Qualification and excellence of research team and proven record of successfully delivering prior research project objectives (Note: there must be a lead Indian and lead Canadian researcher for each research project submitted);
  • Expected results and outcomes and appropriateness of budget strategy to achieve them;
  • Potential for successful commercialization and/or community adoption of research outcomes;
  • Training of highly qualified professionals;
  • Inclusion of multidisciplinary aspects of the research program; and,
  • Engagement of partners from academic, industrial, government, community sectors

Eligibility Criteria

  • The joint application must include one Indian and one Canadian Principal Investigators, who would be responsible for technical as well as administrative co-ordination of the project and its periodic scientific and financial reporting to DST and IC-IMPACTS respectively.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities / Deemed Universities / Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories / Institutes. It is preferred that a member of the project team may be designated as Co-PI.
  • Any Canadian Researcher eligible to receive funding from IC-IMPACTS and Tri-Council Agencies in Canada is eligible to apply as a principal investigator or research team member from Canada.
  • Research projects of one or two years in duration are eligible for funding.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit IC-IMPACT.

Apply for Captain Planet Foundation Eco-Tech Grant Program!

Deadline: 15 March 2016

Captain Planet Foundation is seeking applications from schools and NGOs for Eco-Tech grant program with the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.

Eco-Tech grant program is supporting environmental education at the intersection of innovation and technology.

The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation was co-founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle in 1991 with a mission to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live.

The foundation’s unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Grant Information: Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Captain Planet Foundation.

ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women: Supporting, Recognizing and Inspiring Young Women in ASEAN Region!

Deadline: 1 April 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and UL are seeking applications for an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women with an aim to strengthen ASEAN science and technical capacity.

The 2016 Prize will provide a promising, ASEAN-based, early to mid-career woman scientist whose research focuses on sustainable energy with recognition from ASEAN and the United States government for their academic and professional achievements.

Prize Aims

  • Support and recognize promising, early to mid-career women scientists pursuing scientific career in the ASEAN region; and
  • Encourage intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-U.S. collaboration around materials science research to enable sustainable energy
  • Inspire young women in the ASEAN region to pursue STEM careers

Funding Information

  • The total amount of prize funding available for the winner is $25,000 USD, and will be provided by UL.
  • Separate provisions will be made for travel and lodging expenses for the winner to attend an Awards Ceremony at an ASEAN ministerial meeting, projected to occur in October 2016.
  • The winner must be available to attend the Awards Ceremony to receive the Prize.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scientific Excellence: What is the focus of applicant’s research and how does it help to address sustainable energy needs?
  • Relevance to ASEAN’s regional goals: How does applicants work relate to ASEAN’s regional science and technology and sustainable energy needs and goals? What kinds of regional collaborations is part of applicants work?
  • Experience in Mentoring, inspiring and supporting students and female scientists: One objective of this prize is to recognize and empower female scientist role models. How do applicant currently mentor, collaborate, with, or otherwise inspire, support and encourage students and women in science?

Eligible Countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any female
  • Candidate should be the resident of an ASEAN member state.
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree
  • Candidate must be under 40 years of age at the start of the open application period on January 25, 2016.
  • The candidate’s field of expertise must fall under this year’s theme of sustainable energy research to be considered for this Prize.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application forms at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit ASEAN-U.S. Prize for Women.

USAID: Supporting People with Disability and Strengthening the Capacity of Disabled People’s Organization!

Deadline: 2 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development-Uganda (USAID/Uganda) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Non U.S. organisations to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase the participation of people with disability (PWD) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacity of Disabled People’s Organization (DPO’s).

Areas of Interest

USAID seeks applications for projects that integrate people with disabilities in USAID Mission programs and strengthen the capacity and leadership of DPOs. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture and food security;
  • Democracy, human rights & governance;
  • Economic growth and trade; education;
  • Environment and global climate change;
  • Sports;
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Science, technology and innovation
  • Capacity building programs for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training.

Areas for Disability Funding Support

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and Support Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)

Grant Information

Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to provide $6 million, for grants in two categories below in total estimated cost over one to three years to support these activities.

  • Small fund programs ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs ranging from $300,000 to $600,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Mainstream (non-DPO) organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they intend to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

United States Mission to ASEAN: Science and Technology Fellowship for Residents of ASEAN Member State

Deadline: 21 February 2016

Are you a scientist from ASEAN? Are you interested in driving policy debates and data-based decision making to address the most pressing regional and national level challenges? Would you like to expand your professional network within ASEAN and to learn first hand how ASEAN works on issues related to S&T? If you answered yes to these questions, the year-long ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship may be for you!

United States Mission to ASEAN is seeking applications for its ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellowship which is an opportunity for early career scientists who are citizens and residents of ASEAN Member State (AMS) to join a team of science leaders exploring opportunities to address key areas of concern and engage in policy making that drives national priorities and affects the lives of citizens in ASEAN.

Goals

  • Advance regional cooperation on ASEAN strategic priorities;
  • Strengthen science-based policymaking throughout targeted national government ministries and/or bodies;
  • Empower and build the capacity of scientists in ASEAN to take a more prominent role in their respective country’s efforts to integrate into the ASEAN Community.

Priority Areas

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Climate Change and Climate Variability
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Stipend Information: A stipend of $1,200 per month for the 12 months of the Fellowship period will be granted.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following four criteria:

  • Scientific and/or technical background and professional accomplishments
  • Leadership and/or potential for leadership
  • Communication, interpersonal, and outreach skills
  • Commitment to the three main goals of the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant should be the citizens and residents of AMS.
  • While a Ph.D. is strongly encouraged and preferred, applicants must have at minimum a Master’s degree to apply.
  • The Fellowship anticipates that most Fellows will be at the Ph.D. level.
  • Candidates with Master’s degrees must have at least five years of professional experience.
  • The Fellowship is aimed at early career scientists who will use the experience to enhance and inform future career paths.
  • Applicants should be less than 45 years of age as of February 21, 2016.
  • All eligible applicants, including women and ethnic minorities, are strongly encouraged to apply to the Fellowship.
  • The Fellowship particularly encourages applications from scientists who are not already employed by their home governments.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application packages via link given on the website.

For more information, please visit United States Mission to ASEAN.

Build Peace Fellows 2016 Fellowship Program: Work at the Intersection of Peace Building and Technology!

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Build Peace is seeking applications from exceptional individuals around the world for its 2016 fellowship program to work at the intersection of peacebuilding and technology.

Build Peace is a community that brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. They explore technologies to enhance the impact of peacebuilding initiatives.

A peacebuilding initiative contributes to furthering a process of violence reduction, civic engagement, reconciliation or social cohesion. Build Peace is particularly interested in grassroots, initiatives working at the grassroots / community level. It is also interested in initiatives that create meaningful engagement between community actors and decision or policy makers. Relevant initiatives might create opportunities for contact or dialogue, work to promote positive attitude

Fellowship Components

  • Training: Fellows will come together for a joint, week-long training course on participatory methodologies and technology design. The training course will also provide an opportunity for Fellows to meet and share their experiences and expertise.
  • Mentorship: Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor from Build Up who will support them to develop an action plan for their fellowship, which will identify a set of concrete goals and an end point for their intervention and fellowship support.
  • Technology Support: Fellows will have an opportunity to present the core technology necessary for their intervention as a challenge to the hackathon held at the Build Peace conference.
  • Grant Funding: Fellows will receive a grant to cover some of the costs of their intervention. The exact grant amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the action plan and specific needs of an intervention, but in any case will not exceed 10,000 USD.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the peacebuilding context and ability to link to ongoing processes and stakeholders;
  • Is willing to engage in participatory design with relevant stakeholders;
  • Articulates theory of change for use of technology in peacebuilding process;
  • Matches Build Peace community capacities in terms of support required;
  • Demonstrates individual / team capacities to implement proposed project;
  • Demonstrates ability to achieve meaningful milestone for development / completion within Fellowship timeframe.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Build Peace Fellows 2016.

2016 TechWomen Program: Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders!

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Applications are open for the 2016 TechWomen Program that empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is currently accepting proposals for TechWomen 2016 program.

Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers by exposing them to female role models.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe.

Benefits

  • Roundtrip international airfare from participant home country to the United States
  • Domestic airfare from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.
  • Housing in San Francisco or Mountain View, California during the mentorship
  • Meals and incidentals
  • Hotel stay in Washington, D.C.
  • Ground transportation to the participant’s host company
  • Local transportation to group program events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of countries mentioned above at the time of application, and while participating in the program.
  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years.
  • Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities, and education.
  • Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
  • Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.

 How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit TechWomen Program.