UW-Consortium for Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources (CERANR)

FY2019-20 Proposals due Friday, January 11th, 2019

CERANR FY2019-2020 Full Call for Proposals

Overview

The UW-Consortium for Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources (CERANR) will make available approximately $135,000 for faculty and staff-led cooperative research for one or two-year projects for eligible faculty and staff located at UW-Madison, -Platteville, -River Falls, and -Stevens Point for fiscal year 2019-20.

Applications for funding must include at least one UW-Madison faculty member and a faculty member from at least one of the non-Madison CERANR represented colleges or schools as collaborators.

Background

The CERANR program serves two purposes. First, the CERANR Deans wish to encourage cooperation and collaboration across institutions and disciplines to help develop synergistic and effective solutions to critical issues. Secondly, the funding is provided to help research cooperators to address critical, emerging and ongoing state research needs for issues that have an impact on our agricultural and natural resource systems.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications for funding must include at least one UW-Madison faculty member and a faculty member from at least one of the non-Madison CERANR represented colleges or schools as collaborators.

Principal Investigators must be budgeted with PI status in the agriculture or natural resource units represented in CERANR. CERANR units include: UW-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine; UW-Madison, Division of Extension; UW-Platteville, College of Business Industry Life Science and Agriculture; UW-River Falls, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences; and UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources.

Those faculty or staff who are not budgeted through a CERANR unit may be included as a Co-PI when the proposal includes a CERANR-affiliated PI.

Staff members with Principal Investigator (PI) status may apply for CERANR grant with the approval of their respective supervisor and Dean.

Project Criteria

Projects can be “pilot” in nature to help new or established researchers to collect data and/or demonstrate modest impacts that could lead to larger funded efforts with external funding. Or, they can be small-scale, well-defined projects where an impact is relatively certain but where a larger funded effort is not necessarily the ultimate goal.

Preference will be given to those projects which clearly leverage resources in the form of funding, relationships, facilities, etc.

Additionally, the Consortium will continue to place emphasis upon specific research priorities as in past years. However, the Consortium also encourages submission of other proposals that address agricultural and natural resource issues of concern to Wisconsin.

Consortium Research Priorities for FY2019-20

Advancing Knowledge that Promotes Economic Development in Support of Local and State Efforts for a Growing and Healthy Bio-based Economy

Sustainable Agricultural, Forestry and Aquatic Systems (including Communities)

Plant, Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Quality

Application Process

1) Download the CERANR FY2019-2020 Full Call for Proposals
2) Submit proposals including the project description and required application documents and signatures.

Please submit proposals as a PDF or Word document to consortium@cals.wisc.edu at the UW-Madison, CALS Research Division by FRIDAY January 11, 2019.  Be sure to include a PDF of the Signature Page.

Proposals should move from the PI(s) up through Department Chairs.  A Chair signature on the Signature Page is not required.  Chair-approved proposal(s) should flow to your institutional Research & Sponsored Programs Office for review (if appropriate) and to the Deans or designees for signature.

Proposals with UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls or UW-Stevens Point as the participating institution should be submitted to Drs. Rami Reddy (Director, School of Agriculture), Dale Gallenberg (Dean, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences) or Brian Sloss (Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources) for Dean (or designee) signature, respectively. Participating institutions should submit Dean-signed proposals to the UW-Madison lead PI(s) for signature. Proposals that include lead PI(s) from the UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine should be submitted to Dr. Dale Bjorling (Associate Dean for Research) for signature.  Proposals including the UW-Madison, Division of Extension should be submitted to Interim Dean and Director Karl Martin for signature.

The official list of Deans’ designees will be determined by each CERANR institution.

Proposals without all appropriate signatures will not be accepted for review with the exception of the UW-Madison CALS Dean’s Office signature.   The CALS Associate Dean for Research’s signature will be obtained on all proposals by the CALS Research Division after January 11th.

Please direct all inquiries to Michell Sass, (608) 265-9534 or michell.sass@wisc.edu .

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