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Seed Grant Opportunities 2

Seed Grant Opportunity
Application Deadline: Rolling and prior to April 1, 2023

Community Activities / Working Groups (Rolling)

In response to community needs that do not necessarily fit neatly into our regular seed grant mechanism, we offer this new funding opportunity to address timely efforts towards community building and inclusion. The AG2PI rolling seed grant opportunity is focused on supporting community building and inclusion relevant to one or more of the following agricultural genome to phenome (AG2P)-related activities, in particular, proposals for activities that span both plant and animal systems:

  1. Creation of a working group that will organize around an issue that affects both plant and animal sciences.
  2. Participant support for inclusivity and increasing representation of diverse voices at AG2P-related events (e.g., conferences, workshops, etc.).
  3. Creation and offering of cross-disciplinary training in AG2P data science/ biology/ engineering.
  4. Creation and dissemination of AG2P materials from ethical, legal, social, ecological, and economic perspectives.

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Seed Grant Opportunity
Coming January 2022

Round 3

To further develop the AG2PI community in a prioritized topic areas. Projects that broaden interactions as much as possible and seek to find synergies across communities and organizational types are highly encouraged (e.g., plants and animals; academics, government, and the private sector)

More details about this seed grant opportunity will be available in January 2022.


Past Seed Grant Opportunities 2

Past Seed Grant Opportunity
Application Closed on Sunday September 19, 2021

Round 2

In the second round of funding, we invite proposals that will further develop the AG2PI community in one of the three topic areas described below. Projects that broaden interactions as much as possible and seek to find synergies across communities and organizational types are highly encouraged (e.g., plants and animals; academics, government, and the private sector).

  1. Identify best practices, tools, and techniques for AG2P data sharing and storage.
  2. Encourage cross-fertilization of existing or novel AG2P tools, data, or ideas.
  3. Coordinate available educational resources and/or determine best approaches for expanding cross-disciplinary training in AG2P data science/biology/engineering.
  4. Motivate agriculture-focused analyses of AG2P from ethical, legal, social, ecological, and economic perspectives.
  5. Three additional priority activities -- new to this call -- have been identified by USDA:

  6. Develop tools and datasets that can be used across multiple crop species to advance genome engineering tools for integrated optimization of crop yield and livestock feed for improved animal reproduction and nutrition.
  7. Mitigate environmental impacts from crop and livestock production.
  8. Encourage development of root stocks that increase carbon capture and can support grain crop cover.

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Past Seed Grant Opportunity
Application Closed on Friday March 19, 2021

Round 1

In the first round of funding, we invite proposals that will further develop the AG2PI community in one of the four theme areas described below. Projects that broaden interactions as much as possible and seek to find synergies across communities and organizational types are highly encouraged (e.g., plants and animals; academics government, and the private sector).

  • Exploring methods and/or defining standards to enable data sharing while maintaining privacy (e.g., federated databases; homomorphic encryption)
  • Developing and/or deploying standards or ontologies for AG2P environments and management regimes
  • Creating repositories that use optimal data sharing principles
  • Developing strategies for handling and integrating disparate data types (multi-scale, multimodal, etc.) across communities
  • Making technology more accessible, particularly to those with limited resources

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