Department of Agriculture – Conservation Innovation Grants
The Department of Agriculture through its outlet agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, extends green technology funding to qualified government or non-government entities or to individuals for innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Although the deadline for 2010 grant applications has passed--last April 26, 2010--you may still find this information useful for the future re-opening of these grants.
Below are some examples of innovative conservation projects, with allowable durations of one- to three-year terms that involve green computing activities:
Projects for Adapting Management for Improved Conservation Effects- using cloud computing analysis and a model that can link resources, conservation practices, and systems wherein the outcome can be presented in quantifiable metrics.
Energy Projects- Proposal may include extending and validating the NRC Cropland Energy Estimator prototype or developing similar tools based on this prototype.
Productivity and Environmental Health of Pastureland- Involves the development of technological tools for assessing and comparing “Pastureland Condition Scores" against a reference for particular soil and climate conditions.
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation- Proposals for this project include the development of new tools for measuring carbon content of the soil, where the latter will be used for growing organic and specialty crops.
Priority Landscapes- This includes the development and evaluation of technologies that can measure nitrous oxide emission in sensitive landscapes and soils.
Nutrient Management- This involves conceptualizing and testing recordkeeping software that can be used to quantify nutrients applied based on crop and field, dates, irrigation data, manure form, and water-runoff quality.
Criteria for Application Evaluation
The proposal and application will be evaluated based on the following:
- The design and implementation of the technological tool can be demonstrated as based on sound methodology.
- The proposed project promotes environmental protection and enhancement in agricultural production.
- The outcomes of the proposal can be measured.
- It has high potentials for successful completion.
- The advantages and disadvantages have been considered and will still result in achieving a significant level of improvement.
For more information about Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), you may send your inquiries to the National CIG Program Manager, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service PO Box 2890, Washington DC 20013