Ag​SEED - Request for Proposals 2014

​​The first AgSEED callout was a great success! We received 95 proposals and all departments in the College of Agriculture were represented as well as a few from the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Health and Human Sciences. We were able to fund 19 projects, 4 of which received 2 years of funding. We look forward to seeing the results and reporting back to the Indiana State Legislature about the exciting research happening at Purdue University.

Purdue University's land grant mission is based on discovery and engagement vital to growth in Indiana agriculture and rural communities.  The College of Agriculture received line item support from the state of Indiana and has established AgSEED, an internal competitive grant program to foster Indiana’s leadership in plant and animal agriculture and rural growth, especially through entrepreneurial initiatives.   At this time, the program is authorized for two years.  Future funding after year 2 will depend upon legislative priorities and the impact of this grant program.

For the first year of the program, the College will be able to support approximately 15-18 grants of $50,000 and a few 2 year grants at $75,000.
This year’s funding will focus on applied research/extension and basic research that fits within the strategic themes described below with a particular focus on plant or animal agriculture and rural development. 

  • Building a sustainable and secure food production system
  • Utilizing molecular approaches to expand the frontiers of agriculture and life sciences (targeted to plant and animal sciences)
  • Developing a robust bioeconomy to feed and power the world
  • Enhancing food and health
  • Strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes
  • Facilitating informed decision making to improve the economic well-being of people, their families, and Indiana's communities.
It is essential that proposals are responsive to this RFP.  Proposals that do not fit the goals of this RFP will not be funded.  


2013 AgSEED Awarded Grants

  • Shaun Casteel (Agronomy)-- High-Oleic Soybean: Decisions to Deliver
  • Larry Theller (Ag and Biological Engineering)-- INFertMapper-A Mobile App for Fertilizer Setbacks
  • Maja Makagon (Animal Sciences)--Improving laying hen housing systems: An evaluation of novel perching materials
  • Mohamed Seleem (Vet Medicine)—Targeting Staphylococcus aureus causing bovine mastitis with anti-sense therapeutics
  • Kevin Keener (Food Science)—Development of a sanitizing treatment to improve safety and quality of Indiana cantaloupe
  • Haley Oliver (Food Science)—Genotypic and transcriptomic differences among listeria monocytogenes isolates persisting in retail deli environments
  • Zhao Ma (Forestry and Natural Resources)—Facilitating informed decision making to prevent and control invasive plants: A study of family forest owners in Indiana
  • Christian Krupke (Entomology)—Towards harmonizing ecosystem preservation and crop production
  • Matthew Ginzel (Entomology)—Enhanced decision-making for area-wide suppression of emerald ash borer in urban settings
  • Kola Ajuwon (Animal Sciences)—Mitigating adverse effect of climate change: Deciphering mechanism of adaptive response to heat stress and impact on efficiency of growth in swine
  • Cate Hill (Entomology)—Commercializing next-gen insecticides: enhancing Indiana’s agriculture and economy
  • Ian Kaplan (Entomology)—Towards a new strategy to minigate pollinator shortfalls in agricultural crops: A correlative analysis of floral volatiles and pollinator attraction in wild and cultivated watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) varieties
  • Azza Ahmed (Nursing)—Sleep and obesity during pregnancy: impacts on breastfeeding success among Indiana’s rural mothers
  • Jolena Waddell (Animal Sciences)—Increasing protein availability and consumption in low-income households of the greater Lafayette area
  • Arun Bhunia (Food Science)—Bioengineered probiotics to prevent foodborne disease and infectious abortion and neonatal infection
  • Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi (Botany)—Identification of tomato quantitative trait loci (QTL) that maximize beneficial Rhizobacteria-tomato interactions under drought stress
  • Emily Dierking (Agronomy)—Develop molecular markers for marker assisted selection of Dent sterility trait, a trait that has applicability in popcorn seed and organic corn production
  • Zhixiang Chen (Botany)—Discovery of new genes important for soybean cyst nematode resistance
  • Lori Hoagland (Horticulture & Landscape Architecture)—Rebuilding soil organic matter, ameliorating soil-borne pathogens, and reducing landfill waste by utilizing forest industry residuals as soil amendments​​


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