Sara Anne Gorman in lab doing cell research

Grant Support

The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station offers excellent grant support that allows our scientists to develop critical research while being provided the knowledge and funding help essential to future success. AAES grant support covers a range of resources available including but not limited to; easier grant writing, funding opportunities, competitive grant programs, external grant mentoring, RFA’s, SEED, multi-state travel costs, lab equipment, technology, labor, Production Agriculture Research (PAR), and other necessary resources.

Competitive Funding Programs 

AAES Agriculture Research Enhancement & SEED Funding Program (ARES)

AAES researchers conduct innovative fundamental and applied (mission-oriented) research that supports the advancement of Alabama’s agriculture and forestry industries, for the purpose of improving quality of life and well-being of citizens and communities of Alabama and beyond. Research conducted by AAES faculty focus on the following four priority areas:

  • Plant Production and Management Systems
  • Food Animal Systems
  • Integrated Food and Human Health Systems
  • Sustainable Ecosystems and Renewable Resource Management

The AAES Agriculture Research Enhancement and Seed (ARES) funding program is designed to strengthen agriculturally-related research and infrastructure at Auburn University by providing seed funding for innovative research ideas and collaborations in the above listed four research priority areas.

Refer to the RFA for more information about eligibility, requirements, deadlines, evaluation, and procedures.

AAES Production Agriculture Research Funding Program (PAR)

The purpose of the AAES Production Agriculture Research (PAR) funding program is to provide funds to conduct research that address critical needs relevant to Alabama agriculture. Proposals submitted for the PAR program must address stakeholder-identified agricultural production issues and challenges in Alabama with the ultimate goal of development or implementation of immediate or near-term solutions. Specifically, successful proposals must have the following components:

 

  • Address a problem that is relevant to Alabama agriculture (including forestry and related industries). Proposals must demonstrate stakeholder involvement and focus on the development or implementation of immediate or near-term solutions tothe problem. Stakeholder involvement can be demonstrated through letters of support from stakeholder group(s), participation of stakeholders in the project, or at least one explicit citation that documents the specific stakeholder-identified needs addressed by the proposed project. Note that the project title and summary should be written in plain, non-technical language.
  • Address the means by which proposed activities will enhance commodity specific or overall Alabama agriculture.
  • Outline long term benefits to Alabama agriculture.
  • Include a demonstration/outreach component.
  • Provide metrics to measure and report anticipated outputs and outcomes/impact of the project.
    • “Outcomes” are defined as measurable and documented changes in knowledge, action or condition as a result of the project.
    • “Impact” is a sustainable societal, environmental, and/or economic change a ecting people.
      For more information on examples of project outputs, outcomes and impact, please review the AAES Hatch Reporting Workshop.
  • Include plans for dissemination of information to relevant Alabama agriculture groups.

Refer to the RFA for more information about eligibility, requirements, deadlines, evaluation, and procedures.

External Grant Mentor Program

Purpose

The purpose of the External Grant Mentor Program is to provide funds for an outside expert to assist in the development of a grant proposal. 

Eligibility

Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member with an AAES appointment is eligible for this program. The proposal must be an extramural proposal designated for AAES Division 3 research.

Award

Dependent on the size and complexity of the application. The standard award is Dependent on the size and complexity of the application. The standard award is $500. Application: Your application should include a one-page single-spaced letter indicating the need for assistance, the relevance of the expert, and the following information:

  • Draft of the grant application
  • Potential extramural sponsor
  • Vita of the expert or a description of the expert’s research profile
  • Recommended payment to the expert, submit all materials by e-mail to: John Liu (liuzhan@auburn.edu), Associate Dean/Assistant Director

Deadline

Applications accepted any time.

Payment Procedure

After the submission of the grant proposal, the applicant must contact the AAES Business Office for processing of the payment. The request for letter(s) of appreciation should be made to the Associate Dean/Assistant Director with names, email addresses, and mailing addresses.

Report

A short report is required within 12 months after the submission of the proposal including a description of the experience any suggestions on the program and the including a description of the experience, any suggestions on the program, and the result of the proposal.

Multistate Travel Grant Program

Purpose

The Multistate Travel Grant Program provides funding for travel to multistate project meetings. Award decisions are made by the Associate Dean for Research/AAES Assistant Director based on the availability of funds.

Eligibility

All tenure-track or tenured faculty members who are official participants of an approved multistate project. Priority will be given to those who chair a multistate project, make presentations, develop collaborations, or network for extramural grant applications.

Award

Due to a limited pool of funds, the dollar limit for the Multistate Travel Grant Program is $1,000 per request. Upon approval or disapproval, an e-mail response will be sent to the applicant and copied to applicant’s associate dean or department head/chair and the AAES Business Office.

Deadline

Applications accepted any time.

Payment Procedure

Your department is responsible for preparing the reimbursement request and routing it through the AAES Business Office, 110 Comer Hall. For questions related to your reimbursement, please contact Misty Glazier at 334-844-3237 or mmb0003@auburn.edu.

Please submit this application that will be routed by e-mail to Henry Fadamiro, Associate Dean for Research/AAES Associate Director, or department head/chair, and Juanita Winegar in the AAES Business Office.