NSF funding

NSF Solicitation: Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Full Program Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16614/nsf16614.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT...

Program Title:

Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)

Synopsis of Program:

The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research in plant genomics that addresses challenging questions of biological importance and of relevance to society. The Program encourages the development of innovative tools, technologies and resources that push the boundaries of research capabilities and permit the community to answer seemingly intractable and pressing questions on a genome-wide scale. Emphasis is placed on the creativity of the approach and the scale and depth of the question being addressed. Data produced by plant genomics should be usable, accessible, integrated across scales and of high impact across biology. Training and career advancement in plant genomics is featured as an essential element of scientific progress. The PGRP continues to focus on plants of economic importance and biological processes and interactions that will have broad impact on the scientific research community and society in general.

Four funding opportunities are currently available:

  1. Genome-scale plant research and/or tool development to address fundamental biological questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale (RESEARCH-PGR);
  2. Plant Transformation Challenge Grants to overcome constraints in plant transformation through breakthrough discoveries (TRANSFORM-PGR);
  3. Data Mining Challenge Grants to mine, reuse and unleash new information from available large-scale datasets (MINE-PGR);
  4. Career Advancement to build new careers in plant genomics as early career awards (ECA-PGR) or mid-career awards (MCA-PGR).

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20

Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,000,000

Up to $15 million is available for the fiscal year, pending availability of funds.

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • A consortium of organizations must submit a single proposal with one eligible organization serving as the lead and all other organizations as subawardees. Separately submitted collaborative proposals will be returned without review. International subawards are permitted if justified by unique opportunities and capabilities not available in the U.S.

Who May Serve as PI:

For Early Career Investigator Awards (ECA-PGR) only: Individuals must hold an appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor (or equivalent) at a U.S. academic or non-profit research institution within 6 months of submission of the proposal and may submit for up to four years from the start date of the appointment.

For Mid-Career Investigator Awards (MCA-PGR) only: Individuals must hold a tenure track position (or equivalent) at a U.S. academic or non-profit research institution and have an active research program that would benefit from genomics approaches. Eligible individuals must be post-tenure and pre-retirement (or at an equivalent career stage).

Lincoln alum teaches community love for nature

June 11th, 2017

Jeff Hargrove, Lincoln University's community resiliency specialist, poses for a photograph at Thorpe Gordon Elementary's new outdoor classroom.
Photo by Julie Smith/News Tribune


Jeff Hargrove, community resiliency specialist at Lincoln University, turned his love for the outdoors into a career.

He advises anyone with an interest in the environment to follow their passion.

"I have always been interested in the outdoors," Hargrove said. "I am a true believer that the Earth needs to be cared for, and I want to do my part while teaching others to have a deep level of respect and care for the Earth as I do."

For Hargrove, it all started at age 12, when he helped build a bridge in a conservation area for his Eagle Scout project. The project, along with the numerous camping and hiking trips his father took him on, helped to instill the value of respect and love for environmental preservation, he said.

Since graduating from Lincoln University in 2012 with his master's degree, Hargrove has worked with the university in multiple facets, but he said all of his experiences have helped him to hone in on his love for agriculture, the environment and educating others.

As a master's candidate in the environmental science department, he worked as a supplemental instructor for plant physiology and botany classes and held the role of botany lab instructor.

Upon graduation, he began his career with the Lincoln University Extension, where he helped to implement the on-campus community garden and worked closely on the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institution of Food and Agriculture Grant, which helped the LU Farmers Market attain a commercial kitchen.

His most recent role as community resiliency specialist has allowed him to work under a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. His core objective is to teach youth and community members about food production, agriculture, and how components of food production can be affected by weather, soil and land management practices.

Thorpe Gordon Elementary has a new outdoor classroom complemented by two garden beds as a result of Hargrove's work with the NSA grant and a collaboration between Jefferson City Public Schools and the Missouri Foundation for Health, which provided additional grant monies for the project.

Now, he will be able to work with children and educate community members on how to become more resilient when it comes to food preservation and nature.

Hargrove credits LU with providing him the opportunity to pursue what he loves in life.

In his free time, Hargrove manages a 14-acre farm that produces a host of native edible plants such as gooseberries, peaches, asparagus and apples.

"Every day, from the time I get up to the time I go to bed, I'm outside doing what I can to take care of the land," Hargrove said.


Read the full article on the News Tribune website: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2017/jun/11/lincoln-alum-teaches-community-love-nature/677606/

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