Federal agencies have announced several new opportunities for funding for science.

The National Science Foundation launched the fourth competition of the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program. Unlike past competitions for BREAD funding, the first stage of the contest will offer up to 25 prizes of $10,000 each for the best ideas for innovative, potentially transformative research foci that could be of significant benefit to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Learn more at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13035/nsf13035.jsp?WT.mcid=USNSF25&WT.mc_ev=click.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has launched a challenge to visualize data from key biogeography datasets, including biological occurrence records, land cover, and taxonomic nomenclature. Submissions will be judged on their relevance to today’s scientific challenges, innovative use of the datasets, and overall ease of use of the application. Prizes will be awarded to the best overall app, the best student app, and the people’s choice. More information is available at http://applifyingusgsdata.challenge.gov/.

The Department of the Interior is seeking proposals for up to $6 million in research funding to support the Climate Science Centers science priorities in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. Projects are welcomed on an array of topics, including assessing and synthesizing knowledge about climate and land use change impacts to natural and cultural resources, performing vulnerability assessments of species and ecosystems, and understanding the interactions between climate and biogeochemical forces that influence ecosystems and the services they provide. Funding will only be awarded to institutions that are affiliated with Climate Science Centers and USGS centers, field stations, and laboratories. The full proposal is available at https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/files/ANNUAL%20FUNDING%20OPPORTUNITY_09.1%20FINAL.pdf.


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