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Our list of plant science grants to apply for in 2017!

Posted by: Judith Edwards
Jan. 3, 2017

Artwork is Bauerngarten by Gustav Klimt. Composite image by Sara Outhier.


Whether we like it or not, one of the biggest challenges facing scientists today is fundingspecifically the competitive process of securing highly-sought after grants every few years in order to pay for salaries, graduate assistants, equipment, and laboratory expenses. It’s a frustration that researchers using our tools have expressed to us time and again, not only because federal funding has plateaued and the existing pool of grants is extremely limited, but also because of the drain that grant writing has on their time and ability to conduct research.

While we can’t do the work of grant writing for you, we thought we’d do our best to help by assembling a short list of grants that applied plant scientists might be interested in this year.


1. Seeding Solutions.

Do you have a bold scientific solution for a food or ag challenge? Then the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) wants to hear about it! FFAR’s Seeding Solutions grant provides researchers an opportunity to submit a pre-proposal for up to $1 million in funding (as long as there is a greater or equal to match from a non-Federal source). You’ll want to hurry, though—pre-proposals are due January 16, 2017! (Source)


2. Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

If you’re a young(-ish) scientist whose been awarded a doctoral degree in the past two years, then you may want to keep your eye on the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists this year. 2016 applications were due in August, and it’s too early to tell what the stipulations will be for 2017, but this prize is given annually to new doctoral graduates each year and could be a great fit if your thesis was in the following categories: Ecology and the Environment, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, or Translational Medicine. 2016 awards included a $30,000 for grant for the grand prize—along with the winning essay being published in Science and $10,000 for each category winner. (Source)


3. 2017 NSF Grants.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds approximately 11,000 projects each year, awarding funding for research and education in “colleges, universities, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States.” After combing through NSF’s 2017 funding opportunities, here’s what we think is most worthwhile for researchers in plant sciences.


With a few grant options to peruse, we hope you're feeling inspired to get out and secure your next round of funding!

Interested in using your funding to buy one of our plant science tools? Check out our Applications page to see how scientists are using our instruments in their work, or speak with an Application Scientist today by calling +1 (360) 833-8835. 



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