Non Technical Summary
To achieve sustainable genetic improvement of agricultural species and thereby mitigate environmental impacts and enhance the sustainability and profitability of US agriculture, the expertise of a broad community of agricultural genome to phenome (AG2P) researchers must be engaged, drawing from both crop and livestock communities, as well as integrative disciplines (e.g., engineers, data scientists, economists, and social scientists). Towards this end an existing NIFA-funded project (2020-70412-32615) is assembling and preparing a transdisciplinary community to conduct AG2P research. This project is: Developing a vision for AG2P research by identifying research gaps and opportunities; fostering first steps towards the development of community solutions to these challenges and gaps; and rapidly disseminating findings to the broader community. The current project will leverage these activities by using a competitive process in coordination with NIFA to provide additional seed grants to the AG2PI community. These seed grants will identify bottlenecks and explore novel solutions to community challenges to AG2P research. The project features a robust project management plan, involving leaders with the requisite experience managing large complex projects, implementation plans based on best practices and the science of team science, coupled with a robust assessment plan to refine best practices. A comprehensive and inclusive group of scientific partner organizations (including those serving the global community), a renowned scientific advisory board, and an external stakeholder group will assist the executive team in meeting its objectives and ensuring that its activities coordinate and complement existing programs.
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Goals / Objectives
The purpose of the proposed project is to leverage the activities of the existing NIFA-funded AG2PI project that is developing a cross-kingdom community prepared to tackle AG2P research by providing additional opportunities for seed grants. The overall objective of the proposed project is to use a competitive process (seed grants) in coordination and approved by NIFA to: (1) develop tools and datasets that can be used to advance genome engineering tools; (2) mitigate environmental impacts from agriculture and; (3) encourage development of root stocks that increase carbon capture and can support grain crop covers. To meet this overall objective, we will expand the seed grant program effectively deployed during the current project.
The AG2PI's Seed Grant program is designed to promote collaboration and support the development and cross-pollination of tools, data, and ideas to enable and facilitate future G2P research across disciplines, species and sectors. The AG2PI team will organize and release two additional calls for proposals requesting support for "seed and feed" grant projects at several levels of maturity. These calls will incorporate feedback from applicants and the seed grant steering committee received during the current project with a goal of improving and streamlining the proposal submission and review process. Seed grant awards will be offered at three different levels of funding: emerging (seed), enabling (sprouting), and established (spreading) awards. We will continue to prioritize scientific merit, the goals of the AG2PI, and proposals led by early career scientists and members of underrepresented communities. Any institution eligible for subcontract funding under the USDA's AG2PI RFA will be eligible to apply for seed grants.