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**Added as of 9/24/2021

Water Research Foundation Development of Innovative Predictive Control Strategies for Nutrient Removal

Organization: Water Research Foundation

Award amount: Up to $200,000. The applicant must contribute additional resources equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award.

Deadline: 9/28/2021

Description: Project Objectives:

  • Develop one or more artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) predictive tools for nutrient removal.
  • Demonstrate testing of new predictive control strategies, with a focus on Technology Development Level 2 or 3 (Technology Readiness Level 6-8), with field testing at one utility. This field testing will be complemented by desktop analysis comparing predictive and reactive control strategies.

The Advisory Committee (AC) for WRF’s Nutrients Treatment: Intensification, Reliability, and Efficiency research area recently held a Virtual Research Summit with WRF subscribers, including utilities, consultants, and academics, to identify key research needs and develop project concepts for potential WRF funding. This project is one of the top project concepts that resulted from the summit. 

Implementation of online monitoring and automated control strategies is an integral part of achieving process efficiency and intensification at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Many control strategies currently in place at WRRFs are based on reactive approaches that require large design safety factors to ensure reliability in the absence of more advanced, precise controls. Implementation of modern data-driven, predictive control tools has shown promise to improve reliability of operations, with better overall process performance, and with an immediate return on investment (ROI). 

This project will focus on innovative predictive control tools for nutrient removal, as well as provide guidance related to applications and comparison to more reactive control strategies including:

  • Demonstration of novel predictive control concepts in pilot/full-scale systems.
  • Comparison of predictive and reactive control strategies based on application, benefits, and drivers.
  • Assessment of the impacts of control strategies on the ability to achieve efficient and reliable reduction of nutrients in the effluent.
  • Evaluation of the feasibility of using process modeling in advanced process control.
  • Identification of a few specific control strategies that could be implemented based on effluent requirements.
  • Description of gaps and considerations that would need to be identified as the tool is used/refined in the future (e.g., long-term reliability, accuracy, and dependency). 

This research aims to fill these knowledge gaps and provide a resource for WRF subscribers who are looking to utilize predictive tools to improve and optimize their control systems to not only achieve stringent effluent nutrient limits, but also to operate their systems more reliably and cost-effectively. 

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from domestic or international entities, including educational institutions, research organizations, governmental agencies, and consultants or other for-profit entities. 

WRF’s Board of Directors has established a Timeliness Policy that addresses researcher adherence to the project schedule. The policy can be reviewed at https://www.waterrf.org/policies. Researchers who are late on any ongoing WRF-sponsored studies without approved no-cost extensions are not eligible to be named participants in any proposals. Direct any questions about eligibility to the WRF project contact listed at the top of the RFP.

Link to complete RFP

Water Research Foundation Establishing Seasonal Targets for Receiving Waters: Rethinking Wet Weather vs Dry Weather Expectations

Organization: Water Research Foundation

Award amount: Up to $200,000. The applicant must contribute additional resources equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award.

Deadline: 9/28/2021

Description: Project Objectives:

  1. Initiate a first phase project to evaluate the implications of wet weather conditions on permitting and pollutant load reduction targets as a baseline for future studies.
  2. Produce a well-documented summary of the currently available tools and study results evaluating watershed pollutant loads and receiving water responses under wet weather and dry weather conditions (including different hydrological conditions).
  3. Outline possible implications on target setting (i.e., surface water and effluent goals for pollutants; may include designated uses) and regulation.
  4. Use the available information to generate recommendations for wet weather target setting.

See the complete RFP for the background, project rationale and research approach. 

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from domestic or international entities, including educational institutions, research organizations, governmental agencies, and consultants or other for-profit entities. 

WRF’s Board of Directors has established a Timeliness Policy that addresses researcher adherence to the project schedule. The policy can be reviewed at https://www.waterrf.org/policies. Researchers who are late on any ongoing WRF-sponsored studies without approved no-cost extensions are not eligible to be named participants in any proposals. Direct any questions about eligibility to the WRF project contact listed at the top of this RFP.

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Water Research Foundation Technologies and Approaches to Minimize Brominated and Iodinated DBPs in Distribution Systems

Organization: Water Research Foundation

Award amount: Up to $250,000. . The applicant must contribute additional resources equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award.

Deadline: 9/28/2021

Description: This project aims to develop creative and novel techniques and approaches to minimize the formation of currently unregulated brominated and iodinated disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in the distribution system considering practical applicability and economic feasibility in the operation of existing treatment systems.

Bromide is ubiquitous in natural waters. Elevated bromide concentrations are commonly associated with coastal seawater intrusion and source geological formations. In recent years, higher bromide concentrations have been observed in inland surface waters as a result of anthropogenic activity, including (i) treated and untreated wastewater and other industrial discharges into rivers, streams, and lakes; (ii) residues from process/flowback waters from hydraulic fracturing operations; and (iii) wastewater from wet scrubbers in coal-fired power plants. Iodide occurrence in raw water is also naturally linked to seawater intrusion and contact with geological formations. Anthropogenic sources of iodide include commercial and household products that can persist through municipal wastewater treatment and produced water from oil and gas operations. WRF Project 4711 recently reported iodide concentrations in over 700 samples co-analyzed with bromide ion during UCMR4 sampling of raw waters and found that 46% of surface waters and 64% of groundwaters contained iodide above the detection limit of 1 μg/L. Overall, the range of iodide concentrations was below the detection limit to 252 μg/L (50th percentile < 1 μg/L; 75th percentile = 5 μg/L; 95th percentile = 26 μg/L). Using all the raw water data reported in UCMR4, the median bromide concentration is 39 μg/L (n=2405 samples) and 64 μg/L (n= 9447 samples) in surface and ground waters, respectively.

Bromide and iodide in drinking water supplies may increase health risks to consumers by promoting the formation of unregulated brominated and/or iodinated DBPs, which are generally more cyto- and genotoxic in in vitro assays than their chlorinated counterparts (i.e., trihalomethanes [THMs] and haloacetic acids [HAAs]). As these unregulated HAAs are considered probable human carcinogens, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulating these additional HAAs, whether with enforceable standards or treatment techniques. Overall, increases in bromide and iodide levels increase and shift the total organic halogen (TOX) speciation in treated waters. However, total organic bromine (TOBr) and total organic iodine (TOI) levels have been neither widely reported nor measured in distribution systems. There is a need to understand better the speciation of TOX in distribution systems and closer to the point of human exposure. Most prior studies on emerging DBPs have focused on formation and levels within water treatment plants instead of the inclusion of distribution systems where different disinfectants, biofilms, and storage conditions may influence DBP formation.

Unit processes designed to remove organic matter (e.g., enhanced coagulation, granular activated carbon [GAC] adsorption) result in lower total organic carbon (TOC) concentrations but do not remove bromide or iodide. Thus, these processes can increase the Br/TOC or I/TOC ratios, shifting DBP speciation towards brominated or iodinated DBP species (although overall DBP levels may be lower due to TOC removal). The particular composition of the organic carbon mixture in raw waters may further influence halogen incorporation patterns. Raw waters present a unique set of treatment and management tradeoffs for water utilities to consider, and the presence of bromide and iodide can add additional complexity due to the increased public health threat associated with their resulting DBPs. 

Developing new and cost-effective treatment processes or practices and/or modifying distribution system management approaches offer opportunities to minimize the formation of brominated and iodinated DBPs. These approaches could reduce public health risks independent of whether additional brominated or iodinated DBPs are ultimately regulated. 

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from domestic or international entities, including educational institutions, research organizations, governmental agencies, and consultants or other for-profit entities.

WRF’s Board of Directors has established a Timeliness Policy that addresses researcher adherence to the project schedule. The policy can be reviewed at https://www.waterrf.org/policies. Researchers who are late on any ongoing WRF-sponsored studies without approved no-cost extensions are not eligible to be named participants in any proposals. Direct any questions about eligibility to the WRF project contact listed at the top of the RFP.

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Water Research Foundation Understanding the Mechanisms of Chlorine and Chloramine Impact on Opportunistic Pathogens in Distribution Systems

Organization: Water Research Foundation

Award amount: Up to $250,000. The applicant must contribute additional resources equivalent to at least 33 percent of the project award.

Deadline: 9/28/2021

Description: The goal of this project is to elucidate the mechanisms of chlorine and chloramine on opportunistic pathogens (OPs). 

Disinfectants represent long-standing and effective tools for controlling a wide range of pathogens in drinking water. Studies have shown better control of opportunistic pathogens (OPs) in piped systems with various treatments using chlorine and chloramine. However, OPs pose a new challenge for pathogen control because they survive and even grow within protozoa, where they may be protected from disinfection. Biofilms may supply essential nutrients to facilitate growth, as well as physically protect OPs from contact with disinfectants. While studies have demonstrated that disinfectants can help control OPs, the mechanism of action and the conditions supporting their optimal effectiveness remain to be elucidated. 

Different disinfectant types and residuals are likely to impact OPs in different ways that are not evident when a single OP is the target of an investigation. For instance, numerous studies have shown that chloramine is a more promising community-level disinfectant than free chlorine for controlling Legionella, a Gram-negative bacterium. However, some evidence suggests that non-tuberculous mycobacteria, which are acid-fast bacteria, increase relative to other biofilm bacteria when chloramine is used as the disinfectant. It is also unknown at this time what effects disinfectant residual levels have, whether bactericidal, bacteriostatic, or other metabolic inhibitions. OPs comprise multiple types of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa that react differently to disinfection when alone or in a biofilm consortium. Thus, single organism control methods that are successful in the laboratory or undefined model systems do not always translate well to field studies. Information on the mechanisms of action of drinking water disinfectants on OPs in a defined complex model is vitally needed in order to guide utilities in the selection and application of disinfectants. 

On October 14-15, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public stakeholder meeting to inform potential revisions to microbial and disinfection byproducts (M/DBP) rules for further improving public health and implementation of existing M/DBP rules. The opportunity to improve control of OPs was discussed at the meeting as a potential revision to the Surface Water Treatment Rule. Understanding the effectiveness of different disinfectants and their possible mechanisms is important to fill in critical knowledge gaps to better guide strategies for effective control of OPs and to protect public health. 

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from domestic or international entities, including educational institutions, research organizations, governmental agencies, and consultants or other for-profit entities. 

WRF’s Board of Directors has established a Timeliness Policy that addresses researcher adherence to the project schedule. The policy can be reviewed at https://www.waterrf.org/policies. Researchers who are late on any ongoing WRF-sponsored studies without approved no-cost extensions are not eligible to be named participants in any proposals. Direct any questions about eligibility to the WRF project contact listed at the top of this RFP.

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Stockholm International Water Institute Water Prize

Organization: Stockholm International Water Institute

Award amount: $150,000

Deadline: 9/30/2021

Description: The Stockholm Water Prize is the world´s most prestigious prize for outstanding achievements in water-related activities. It honours individuals, institutions or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved health of the planet´s inhabitants and ecosystems. Indeed, any water related activity is eligible because the award’s purpose is to recognise the most extraordinary body of accomplishments with great potential or proven impact.

The nominee should have made outstanding achievements of lasting significance in developed or developing countries and provided stimulation for further important work. The work should have great potential or proven impact. Please note that nominations must be submitted in English and that self-nominations or nominations made by persons closely related to the nominee are not accepted.

Eligibility: The Prize is awarded to a person or organization who contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible. Over the years, Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines from all over the world.

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XPRIZE Carbon Removal

Organization: X PRIZE Foundation

Award amount: The $100M prize purse will be distributed as follows:

After 1 year of competition the judges will review all submissions received by that time and award up to 15 Milestone Prizes of $1 million each. At the discretion of the judges, these awards may be granted on a conditional basis, subject to the team’s demonstrated commitment to continuing to develop and advance their solutions and to compete for the Grand Prize.

After 4 years, judges will select the winners:

  • $50 million paid to the single Grand Prize Winner
  • $30 million to be distributed among up to 3 runners up

​​​XPRIZE will also award up to US$5M to student teams in the Fall of 2021. These awards may fund participation in the XPRIZE Carbon Removal or the development of key supportive technologies. For more information, please refer to the Competition Guidelines.

Deadline: 

Registration for the Student Awards will close October 1, 2021 18:59:59 UTC

Registration for the Milestone Awards will close December 1, 2021 18:59:59 UTC

Registration for the Grand Prize will close December 1, 2023 18:59:59 UTC

Description: XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling the biggest threat facing humanity – fighting climate change and rebalancing Earth’s carbon cycle. Funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation, this $100M competition is the largest incentive prize in history, an extraordinary milestone.‎

This four-year global competition invites innovators and teams from anywhere on the planet to create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans, and sequester it durably and sustainably. To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate a working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removed per year; model their costs at a scale of 1 million tonnes per year; and show a pathway to achieving a scale of gigatonnes per year in future.

Any carbon negative solution is eligible: nature-based, direct air capture, oceans, mineralization, or anything else that achieves net negative emissions, sequesters CO2 durably, and show a sustainable path to achieving low cost at gigatonne scale.

Eligibility: XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, and other innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a team and register to compete.

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Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife Grants (Coastal Wetland Ecosystems)

Organization: Morris Animal Foundation

Award amount: Varies. See description for award information.

Deadline: 10/4/2021

Description: This call we will only be accepting proposals related to animal health in coastal wetland ecosystems. We will not be accepting resubmissions from prior years unless they are related specifically to animal health in coastal wetland ecosystems. See proposal guidelines for more details.

Morris Animal Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research focused on improving the lives of animals around the world. We fund the best researchers, conducting the best science, whether in a clinical trial, in the lab, or out in the field. We welcome applications from dedicated scientists who seek not only to discover but to turn discoveries into action for animals.

Grant types:

  • Established Investigator: designed to provide funding for research by individuals and teams with a previous record of research and publication. The maximum award duration is three years. There is no budget limit however the average Established Investigator award is $50,000 per year for two years. 
  • Pilot Study: designed to provide funding for innovative ideas to accelerate discovery and advance Morris Animal Foundation’s mission. The budget cannot exceed $10,800 ($10,000 plus 8 percent for indirect costs). The duration of the study cannot exceed one year.
  • First Award: designed to assist new faculty in establishing a successful research program. Funding is limited to two years at $50,000 maximum per year (personnel and supplies) plus a maximum of 8 percent indirect costs (maximum annual award is $54,000). 
  • Fellowship Training: designed to assist new investigators in launching a successful research career by providing salary support in a quality mentoring environment. Funding is two years of salary support up to a maximum of $50,000 per year (inclusive of benefits and a maximum of 8 percent indirect costs). Tuition is not supported by this award. 
  • Veterinary Student Scholar: The Veterinary Student Scholars program awards stipends to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health research.

Eligibility: See the complete RFP for eligibility criteria. 

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution -- Marine Biological Laboratory Postdoctoral Scholar Program

Organization: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution — Marine Biological Laboratory

Award amount: $63,300

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: Eighteen-month Postdoctoral Scholar awards are offered annually to recipients of new or recent doctorates in the fields of chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and biology as well as oceanography. The competitive awards are designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis placed on the individual’s research promise.

Recipients of the 2022-2023 awards will receive an annual stipend of $63,300 for an 18-month appointment, plus relocation and health and welfare allowances. Limited support is also available for travel expenses, equipment, supplies, and special services.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for one of these awards, applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the past 2-3 years. As a condition of the award, successful applicants must be able to present their diploma, a certified copy of their diploma, or a certified letter from the appropriate college or university official stating that they have completed all of the requirements for their degree including the completion of their final thesis, before they begin their scholar appointment. However, applicants do not need to have already received their degree prior to applying. It is also expected that candidates will have a command of the English language. MIT/WHOI Joint Program Students, and those holding any type of WHOI appointment at the post-Ph.D. level during the 12 months prior to December 31st of the Scholar application year are not eligible for the Scholar competition.

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**Quadratec Energize the Environment Grant Program

Organization: Quadratec

Award amount: $3,500

Deadline: 10/30/2021

Description: Quadratec is inviting applications for its Energize the Environment Grant Program, which will award single grant of $3,500 to an individual or group currently working on a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment in their community. 

Eligibility: Examples of eligible projects include trail building or restoration projects, park beautification events, litter prevention initiatives, Earth study projects, sustainable land management activities, community educational projects, and youth educational engagement events.

Any individual, group, or organization in the United States is eligible to apply for the program.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Quadratec website.

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**Simons Foundation Early Career Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

Organization: Simons Foundation

Award amount: Up to $666,000

Deadline: LOI due 11/5/2021

Description: The Simons Foundation is inviting applications for the Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. 

The foundation’s Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards program will award grants of up to $222,000 a year for up to three years (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs) to outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution with the potential to advance human understanding through experiments, modeling, and/or theory. Investigators must be currently active in research on microbial ecology and/or evolution, excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. They must have carried out research in a tenure-track or, for institutions that do not have a tenure track, an equivalent independent position for at least one year and no more than eight years (start date of first independent position must be between November 2013 and November 2020) and must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured or, for institutions with no tenure track, an equivalent independent position in a U.S. or Canadian institution (in a campus within these countries). They must be the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI currently or within the past year on a research grant on microbial ecology and/or microbial evolution from a national governmental agency or major national or international foundation that awards direct funding to their institution for their research in the field of marine microbial ecology and/or microbial evolution. They may also be eligible if they hold such a grant in a closely related field AND are an author on a publication in the field of marine microbial ecology within the last three years.

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**American Society for Environmental History Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship

Organization: American Society for Environmental History

Award amount: $1,000

Deadline: 11/20/2021

Description: The Hal Rothman Research Fellowship was created to recognize graduate student achievements in environmental history research in honor of Hal Rothman, recipient of ASEH’s Distinguished Service award in 2006 and editor of Environmental History for many years. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 for Ph.D. graduate student research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support research and travel during 2022.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in any Ph.D. program worldwide are eligible to apply.

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Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize SME Agritech Competition

Organization: Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech 

Award amount: up to $1 million

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description:The inaugural Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize is focused on accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2: no poverty and zero hunger. The Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech is a global competition for innovative solutions to increase economic value to farmers, from seed to sale.

Teams submit their design and business model. An independent panel of expert judges will select up to twenty-five teams to receive $100,000 each and advance in the competition. The selected team will develop their prototypes and conduct field tests on small- and medium-sized farms in Africa. Winning teams will increase net economic value to small- and medium-size farms by developing innovative food solutions for any stage of the food system, from seed to sale; designing a viable business model; and increasing farm productivity and/or decreasing post-harvest loss.

The winning team will receive a $1 million grand prize, with $1 million in additional prizes (2nd place – $300,000; 3rd place – $150,000; People’s Prize – $100,000).

Many entrepreneurs lack the information and tools they need to bring their inventions to life. In addition to the chance to win cash prizes, the Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize program provides additional opportunities for entrepreneurs, including participation in an online community; a twelve-week experiential learning program powered by the Stanford Center for Professional Development Idea to Market curriculum; and membership in the Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize program alumni network.

Eligibility: Registration for the competition is free and open to anyone. Design round submissions are due in December. Up to twenty-five teams will be notified of their design round awards in February 2022, and finalist prizes will be announced in April 2023.

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Neotropical Grassland Conservancy Student Grant Program

Organization: Neotropical Grassland Conservancy

Award amount: $1,000

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: The Student Grant Program (SGP) provides grants to M.S. and Ph.D. students to cover research expenses associated with travel to field sites, food and housing at field sites, and consumable equipment. Applications are reviewed by a panel of researchers affiliated with the Neotropical Grassland Conservancy, and selected to the program based on the feasibility and merit of the proposed project and how closely the project meets the mission of the Neotropical Grassland Conservancy.

Eligibility: Latin American students enrolled in a M.S. or Ph.D. program in a U.S. or South American university are eligible to apply.

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Temper of the Times Foundation Grants (for Projects to Increase Awareness about Wildland Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration)

Organization: Temper of the Times Foundation

Award amount: $5,000-$15,000

Deadline: 12/15/2021

Description: Temper of the Times Foundation provides funds only to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals, for-profit organizations, or government agencies. Grants are typically between $5,000 and $15,000 and are awarded for projects that will lead to measurable outcomes for wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration in the United States. Grants may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads, to pay for advertising space or airtime, or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. Because grants are for wildland ecosystem advertising campaigns, not for general organizational support, they may not be used to cover costs associated with the production of organization newsletters, membership campaigns, or for staff salaries. In addition, the Foundation cannot fund lobbying efforts or candidates for political office. 

Eligibility: See funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Opportunities

Organization: United States – Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development

Award amount: $9,000-$40,000

Deadline: 1/17/2022

Description:

  • Senior Research Fellowship: to promote joint agricultural research or other scientific activities of high quality between established scientists from the United States and their Israeli counterparts.
  • Graduate Student Fellowship Program: to enable Ph.D. students in one country (the United States or Israel) to travel to the other country (Israel or the United States) in order to acquire new skills and techniques in their field of study. The exchange will promote collaboration between scientists of both countries and expose the student to the ongoing research in the other county in the area of his/her present and future research.
  • Vaadia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowships: to identify and support young scientists who will eventually become leaders in agricultural sciences and technologies in universities and research institutes in the United States and Israel. The primary objective of the fellowship is to enable these young scientists to acquire new skills and techniques while becoming professionally established in the agricultural research community. The program promotes cooperative agricultural research between postdoctoral fellows from one country (the United States or Israel) and established scientists from the other. Recipients will travel to the host country to carry out their research. BARD gives preference to applicants with innovative research topics that are relevant to agricultural issues.

Areas of interest:

  • Improved efficiency of agricultural production, including sustainable development and engineering, enhancing nutritional value, efficient use of resources & agricultural waste, economic evaluation of policies, regulation, and labor; use of functional genomics & proteomics to protect and produce traits supporting increased crop yield and genetic optimization in animals, focus on heterosis opportunities & consequences.
  • Plant, animal, and agricultural environment defense, including pest and host genetics, invasive species & emerging diseases, early stress detection and rapid point of care methods, development of safe and bio-secure biological, physical, & chemical control measures.
  • Agricultural production challenges in increased marginal conditions, including climate change & abiotic stress factors such as drought, salinity, high temperatures, nutrient, and soil stress.
  • Food quality, safety, and security, including improved assessment and detection methods, nutritive value and post-harvest treatment, reduction of food loss & waste, enhanced supply chain quality and technologies, functional foods, development of alternative quality protein sources including plants, fungi, algae, insects, & tissue.
  • Soil & water, quality, and quantity, including efficient use of low-quality water (grey, black, saline), improved economic return for water in agriculture, crop response to soil & water quality & their constituents, impact of nutrients and agricultural chemicals on water quality.
  • Sustainable Agri-Environmental Management, including sustainable ag-based energy systems for reduced energy costs, bioconversion technologies, agricultural feedstock, controlled environment agriculture, renewable resources and ecosystem services, circular bioeconomy, reduced agricultural waste.
  • Agricultural Engineering/Precision Agriculture – Sensors, instrumentation, & control systems; robotics and artificial intelligence; mechanization for improving labor efficiency; biological engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology

Eligibility: See each funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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11th Hour Racing Grants (Improving Ocean Health)

Organization: 11th Hour Racing

Award amount: $10,000-$100,000

Deadline: 1/31/2022 and 6/15/2022

Description: 11th Hour Racing is committed to mobilizing the sailing and marine communities to create systemic change for the improved health of our oceans. Fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical, and requires commitment across many sectors including industry, research, nonprofits, and the sailing community. Recognizing the unique platform offered by the sailing and marine industries, we see the opportunity these communities present to advance innovative practices, promote sustainable initiatives, and to develop new ways to use resources in a more responsible manner. 11th Hour Racing seeks not only to drive change in the sailing and marine industries, but also to facilitate a more responsible use of energy and resources among the private sector, governments, and individuals.

We engage natural advocates for the health of our oceans and waterways: the sailing community and the maritime industries, each of which relies on our waters intimately for their livelihood and recreation. Our vision for the future is one where the oceans are cleaner and healthier because sailors and coastal communities are strong ocean stewards helping to improve and protect our oceans, and sustainable practices and technology are widely utilized throughout sailing and maritime industries ranging from increased use of renewable energy, a reduction of waste and plastics going into both landfills and into the ocean, and improved water quality nearshore and offshore.

11th Hour Racing seeks to advance innovative projects that improve the health of our oceans and address the dynamic environmental challenges facing the sailing and marine communities. We seek proposals that align with 11th Hour Racing’s program strategy to advance one or more of our program’s focus areas:

  • Support and promote solutions that Reduce Ocean Pollution
  • Educate and foster Ocean Literacy and Stewardship amongst sailing and coastal communities
  • Advance Clean Technologies and Best Practices that reduce the environmental impact of the sailing industry and maritime communities
  • Projects that tackle the effects of Climate Change and Water Quality Issues through ecosystem restoration

Eligibility: We will prioritize projects led by 501c3 organizations but other types of entities may apply as long as the proposed project addresses one or more of 11th Hour Racing’s strategic goals outlined above. 11th Hour Racing awards grants in the U.S. and globally, therefore international organizations are welcome to apply.

Projects seeking funding for political advocacy, lobbying, litigation, fundraising, or legally mandated mitigation projects are not eligible.

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**Environmental Research and Education Foundation Research Grant in Sustainable Solid Waste Management

Organization: Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Award amount: $15,000-$500,000

Deadline: Pre-proposals accepted biannually by May 1 and Dec 1. 

Description: The sustainability movement has reached the business models of nearly every industry in the United States, and many companies, municipalities and states have set aggressive sustainability goals that include how waste stream are being managed.  The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.

EREF is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is one of the largest sources of funding for solid waste research in North America.  EREF is not affiliated with any other entity or group and governed by a duly elected Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is the decision-making body that has responsibility for establishing policies that define program interests and fundamental objectives to be served by the Foundation.

Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:

  • Waste minimization
  • Recycling
  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies:
    • Waste-to-energy
    • Anaerobic digestion
    • Composting
    • Other thermal or biological conversion technologies
  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
  • Landfilling

Eligibility: See the complete RFP for submission criteria.

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Microsoft AI for Earth Azure Credit Grants

Organization: Microsoft

Award amount: $5,000-$15,000

Deadline: Rolling. Next deadline is Oct 4, 2021.

Description: AI for Earth awards grants to support projects that use AI to change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems. To date, we have awarded over 700 grants to projects with impact in over 80 countries, and we are committed to growing this community of grantees.

AI for Earth grants provide access to Microsoft resources to support projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems.

Azure compute credit grants provide you with Azure credits worth $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000, depending on your project scope, to start using Azure AI tools and cloud computing with your existing labeled dataset. By being a member of the AI for Earth grantee community, you also have access to additional resources – technical advice and support, online Azure training materials, and invitations to the AI for Earth Summit for networking and education opportunities.

Eligibility: Applicants can be affiliated with an academic institution, nonprofit organization, government entity, environmental startup, or innovative project within a company. For the Azure compute grants, we recommend that the main applicant has a demonstrated background in environmental science and/or technology, and that at least one member of the team has strong enough technical skills to complete the project successfully. Applicants should be close to or done with their data collection and ready to start with computation and model building.

Esri will also consider AI for Earth grant recipients who are affiliated with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and startups for a sponsored subscription to Esri ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro is a leading geospatial software for creating maps, performing spatial analysis, and managing data.

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