Sunday, March 6, 2016

We're soliciting Urban ag and Sustainability proposals

CAUSES is requesting multidisciplinary proposals that use Urban Agriculture and Urban
Sustainability as a tool to advance at least one of the NIFA programs and the Sustainable DC goals. Proposals that focus on any dimension of Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability are welcome, such as architecture, biology and ecology, economics, engineering, health/nutrition, social/community, and technology. Proposals that focus on 1) maximizing yield and nutrient density in urban spaces and 2) elucidating the positive health effects of fresh, local foods on residents of Washington, DC are particularly welcome. The Principal Investigator must be a member of the program staff or faculty of UDC and must include at least one co-PI from CAUSES. 

Partnerships and collaborations across UDC, with other DC Consortium Universities, as well as with DC public, private, and non-profit sector organizations are encouraged. Proposals that offer student mentorship and training opportunities or use the UDC research farm are also encouraged. Faculty members can use funds to buy the release time necessary to fulfill the demands of the proposed work. Click here for more details.

Submission Requirements: Proposals must be submitted electronically in MS Word format to by midnight on March 30, 2016. Proposals must follow the Landgrant Proposal Guidelines as shown in Attachment 1, and must include a line item budget for each year for which funding is requested. A budget form is provided in Attachment 2. The amount of funding requested cannot exceed $60,000 or three years. All grant recipients must provide a report of accomplishment by January 31, 2017 and each subsequent year of funding. 

Review Process, Award and Completion Dates: Proposals will be reviewed by a Technical Review Committee and with funded proposals selected by April 27, 2016. Questions should be addressed to Matthew Richardson, Assistant Director of Urban Agriculture Research at (202) 274-5947 or

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