Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships

 Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs

USDA

Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/foodagriculturenaturalresourcesandhumanscienceseducationandliteracyinitiativeafri.cfm

 

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

 

Institutional Eligibility:  Eligible institutions include:

• State Agricultural Experiment Stations;

• colleges and universities, including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher;

• university research foundations;

• other research institutions and organizations;

• federal agencies;

• national laboratories;

• private organizations or corporations;

 

Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

 

PI Eligibility:  The project director seeking support via the application must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States as defined in Part VIII of the RFA. The project director must be from the primary host institution.

 

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

 

Proposal Limit: 3

 

Summary:  NIFA Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Opportunity Fellowships will support Integrated Projects that address one or more of the following Challenge and Foundational Areas, including Projects that contain associated elements of the human sciences (e.g. disciplines that address issues challenging individuals, youth, families, and communities):

a. Projects aligned with one of the six AFRI Challenge Areas:

• Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change

• Childhood Obesity Prevention

• Food Safety

• Food Security

• Sustainable Bioenergy

• Water Resources

 

b. Projects aligned with one of the six AFRI Foundational areas.

• Plant health and production and plant products

• Animal health and production and animal products

• Food safety, nutrition, and health

• Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

• Agriculture systems and technology

• Agriculture economics and rural communities

 

Other Program Area Requirements:

  • All applications must adhere to the requirements beginning in Part IV.
  • Sites are based on independent proposals to provide opportunities for undergraduate students at colleges and universities, including those from underrepresented ethnicities and economically disadvantaged groups/students at minority-serving institutions, community colleges and other universities to obtain hands-on experience at land-grant and non-land-grant universities and USDA laboratories and obtain training to join the agricultural workforce or pursue graduate studies in food, agriculture, natural resources and the human sciences.
  • Projects are strongly encouraged to involve underrepresented students when designing recruitment plans.
  • Projects are also encouraged to involve students at earlier stages in their college experience (e.g. first and second-year students).
  • At least 50% of the undergraduate fellows must come from outside the host institution or organization.
  • Non-exhaustive examples of experiential projects include: (a) research and/or extension apprenticeships, internships, or similar participatory learning within the six AFRI priority areas; (b) practicums in agricultural laboratories, farms or Cooperative Extension Programs; (c) externships in the private or public sector; and (d) study abroad focused on global food security issues to develop global competency skills.
  • Participating fellows are expected to build their skills necessary for graduate studies; explore the opportunities available in the academe, business, government and other career paths; and forge mentorships with professional and business leaders and faculty.
  • The review process will give preference to applications that involve new collaborations or enhance existing partnerships with community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and other institutions where research and extension opportunities in mission-relevant STEM fields are limited.
  • Applications that involve industry participation (e.g., through collaborating mentors) are encouraged.

 

Dates:

 

January 21, 2015

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 

 

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

February 4, 2015

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

 

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

 

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.

 

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.


If you have any questions, please contact:

 shelly.martin@tamu.edu or 979.862.2233.

 

February 11, 2015

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

February 18, 2015

Sponsor deadline for Letter of Intent

May 6, 2015

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal (due by 5:00 p.m. proposer’s local time).

 

 

Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.

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