Greener Cattle Initiative Request for Applications

Open Opportunity

Contact

Dr. Tim Kurt
tkurt@foundationfar.org

Grants Team
grants@foundationfar.org


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Pre-Application (Letter of Intent) Open:  May 18, 2022 at 12:00pm ET

Pre-Application Due: June 22, 2022 at 5:00pm ET

NOTE: An approved pre-application with an invitation to submit a full application is required for submission.

Full Application Invitation: July  27, 2022

Full Application Due: September 7, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET

Award Notification: Fall 2022

Anticipated Projects Start Date: Early 2023

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About the 2022 Greener Cattle Request for Applications

The Greener Cattle Initiative anticipates awarding up to $4.67 million under this call for projects with applicants able to request up to that amount or a portion of the funds available.

Formed by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the Greener Cattle Initiative serves as a vehicle for multiple stakeholders to share knowledge and accelerate the development of scalable and commercially-feasible technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions and enable the production of sustainable beef and dairy.

This initial request for proposals seeks preliminary research that can serve as the basis for future breakthroughs and scalable solutions. The Greener Cattle Initiative welcomes research that mitigates enteric methane emissions in one or more of the following areas: nutrition and management strategies; genetic approaches and phenotyping strategies; rumen microbiome research; or sensing and data technology.

Projects should have the potential to transform the field of enteric methane research and agricultural sustainability. Additionally, research must be commercially viable, economically feasible and socially responsible without negatively impacting animal health and welfare, productivity, product quality and consumer and environmental safety.

Informational Webinar

FFAR held an informational webinar about this funding opportunity. View the video recording on the webinar event webpage.

Application Guidelines

Am I eligible to apply?

The Greener Cattle Initiative welcomes applications from all domestic and international higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations and government-affiliated research agencies.

Are matching funds required?

Matching funds are optional for this funding opportunity. Successful applications will receive annual disbursements contingent upon meeting reporting requirements. FFAR reserves the right to request modifications to the workplan, methodology and scope of proposed work that may affect the final award amount.

What are the submission requirements?

Applicants must submit the LOI using FFAR’S Grant Management System. All information provided will be treated as confidential. The most innovative and cutting-edge projects with significant potential for advancing FFAR’s mission will be invited to submit a full application. Applicants must submit an LOI to be invited to submit a full application.

Letter of Intent Components

  • Project title (up to 250 characters)
  • Project timeline
    • Proposed project start date
    • Proposed project end date
    • Proposed project duration (in calendar months)
  • Program Director or Principal Investigator (name, affiliation, contact information)
  • Key project personnel – name(s), affiliation, expertise, project role
  • Project description
    • What challenge or existing paradigm is the project addressing? (up to 250 words)
    • How will the project address the stated challenge and advance understanding of an understudied research topic or information gap? (up to 250 words)
    • What innovative outcomes will the project generate? Describe how the project will solve challenges to food supply or sustainable agriculture. (up to 250 words)
    • Why is the Greener Cattle Initiative (GCI) ideally positioned to fund this project? (up to 250 words)
  • Budget
    • Total funding request
    • Total existing matching contributions, if applicable

Full Application Components

Only applicants with an approved LOI will be provided with an invitation to submit a full application.

Required components

  • Project title (up to 250 characters)
  • Project timeline
  • Proposed project start date
  • Proposed project end date
  • Proposed project duration (in calendar months)
  • Program Director or Principal Investigator (name, affiliation, contact information)
    • Key project personnel – name(s), affiliation, expertise, project role
    • Locations of performance
    • Project abstract (up to 250 words)
    • Why is the Greener Cattle Initiative (GCI) ideally positioned to fund this project? (up to 250 words)
    • Goals and objectives by year (up to 250 words)
    • Project description and approach – text only (up to 1000 words)
    • Anticipated outcomes or outputs (up to 500 words)
    • Data management plan (up to 250 words)
    • Barriers to adoption of the research outcome(s) (Note: FFAR strongly encourages applicants to address social and economic factors in the project design, evaluation processes, and outcomes, where applicable.) (up to 250 words)
    • Organization Assurances
    • Proposed budget
    • Total FFAR funding request
    • Total proposed budget
    • Total existing matching contributions, if applicable
    • Budget narrative: Provide a brief overview of the budget by task or objective, in parallel to the approach outlined in the project’s description. Address costs related to personnel, equipment, and facilities, and analytics. (up to 500 words)
    • Budget justification by year (up to 500 words)

Required Attachments: Failure to provide these attachments will result in the application’s disqualification.

  • Budget Form
  • Current and Pending Support Form: complete for everyone listed as P.I. or Key personnel on the project
  • Project timeline (by year)
  • References Cited, which will not count toward total word limit.
  • I. and Key Personnel Biosketch: five-page limit per individual listed as P.I. or key personnel in the project

 

  • Supporting figures, tables, graphics, or equations, which will not count towards total word limit.
  • Three-slide summary or description of the project

Optional Attachments:

  • Additional Key Personnel
  • Match Letters
  • Letters of Support

 

How do I apply?

LOIs and invited full proposals must be submitted by the deadline date through FFAR’s online application Grant Management System. Applications submitted outside of this System will not be considered.

 

To start a new application, please click here. If you are a new user, register for an account by clicking “Create Account” button located under the email address field on the left side of the home page. Once you log in, you may begin working on your application. Please be sure to save your work often by clicking on “Save and Finish Later.” To access a saved application, please do so through your Grant Management Account.

 

Only LOIs and invited full proposals submitted by the deadline through FFAR’s Grant Management System will be accepted and considered eligible for evaluation. To be fair to all applicants, FFAR will not grant extensions to applicants who missed the deadlines posted in the Key Dates section.

Only applications submitted by the deadline through FFAR’s Grant Management System will be accepted and considered eligible for evaluation. To be fair to all our applicants, FFAR will not grant extensions to applicants who missed the deadlines posted in the Key Dates section.

Who should I contact for assistance?

For questions related to the online submission system, please contact FFAR’s Grant Management team at grants@foundationfar.org.

For questions related to the Greener Cattle Initiative, please email GreenerCattleInitiative@FoundationFAR.org. We only accept scientific or programmatic and grants inquiries by email.

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