The Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University requests proposals for its 2004 2005 endowment funding cycle. A total of $600,000 is available to fund new projects leading to bio-based alternatives for energy, materials or final products that improve farm profitability and environmental quality. Priority will be given to projects that integrate the research, educational and outreach capacities of the Department. Successful proposals will:
(1) Promote the Department's “Path to the Future” and current strategic plan,
(2) link to college, university, state of Iowa, and/or national initiatives and priorities,
(3) demonstrate interdisciplinary, systemic approaches,
(4) trigger a noteworthy impact within three to five years.
A few examples of initiatives and programs to which proposals may link are
the Governor’s BioEconomy Program
- Governor's Water Quality Initiative
- ISU's Office of Biorenewables Programs
- Iowa Energy Center, Plant Sciences
- Institute, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
- Center for Designing Foods
- Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies
- Institute for Science and Society
- Value-Added Agriculture Program
- Compost for a Safer Environment Program
- Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
- US DOE Biomass Development and Research Initiative.
Projects may extend to a maximum of three years but can only draw from the current cycle’s allocation of funding.
To assist potential proposal writers and collaborators, the Department of Agronomy will host a workshop and informational meeting for faculty and invited guests from 1 - 5 PM on Friday 8 October 2004 in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. This meeting will familiarize agronomy faculty and relevant college and university program leaders with one another and set the stage for collaborative proposals to be developed. Participants may come and go as necessary throughout the afternoon.
Please direct questions to the department’s initiative coordinators: Drs. Charlie Brummer, Lee Burras, Gene Takle or Ricardo Salvador.