SAFES is pleased to announce a partnership with the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences to help faculty leverage the computing services of the Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineering (RISE) team.  

2021 Awardees

Data Management for the Thriving Ag Project 
PI: David Abler | Related CII: Agricultural Sustainability in Urbanized Landscapes

Dynamic georeferenced data of lepidopterans: a research/Extension collaboration
PI: Shelby Fleischer | Related CII: Precision Biodiversity

Establishing a public data management platform for PA’s first digital pollen library
PI: Natalie Boyle | Related CII: Precision Biodiversity

Modernizing Pennsylvania Stream Mapping: Leveraging High Performance Computing and Machine Vision Approaches to Delineate Stream Networks
PI: Jon Duncan | Related CII: Transformative Water Quality Strategies

Click here to download the RFP.

How Can the ICDS RISE Team Support Your Research Program?

SAFES will provide seed funding to support new or existing research projects that could benefit from RISE services. Projects awarded a seed grant will receive approximately 100-150 hours of RISE consulting time or an equivalent amount of computing resources; the duration of awarded projects will likely average 3 to 6 months. ICDS RISE team members will work with applicants to adjust promising proposals to meet these parameters.

Examples of RISE-supported projects that may be appropriate for this seed grant program include, but are not limited to: 

  • Database development and hosting
  • Automating manual steps in data preparation, post processing and analysis
  • Transitioning computing from personal machines or lab servers to ICDS or national resources
  • Parallelization and/or optimization consultation and limited services for lab developed software
  • Conversion of computation to utilize containers such as Docker and Singularity


RISE Presentation and Open Office Hours

On April 29 at 3 p.m., RISE team members will provide an overview of the services provided as well as examples of how RISE support has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of current research programs at Penn State, including examples in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Click here to pre-register for the April 29 Catalyzing Your Research presentation:

Additionally, the RISE team will hold open office hours via Zoom where applicants may drop in to ask any questions they may have in applying to this seed grant competition.

  • Monday, May 3, 2021, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Thursday May 6, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday May 12, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

To log in to open office hours during these times, click here:


All College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members (tenured, tenure track, and fixed term) who hold an appointment of half-time or greater at University Park or any Penn State Commonwealth Campus are eligible to apply. Other researchers (students, postdocs, staff, agency employees, or Penn State Extension employees) may be included as collaborators. The Principal Investigator is expected to be responsible for the application and the management of the grant. Investigators may only serve as PI on one proposal.

Application and Due Date

Interested faculty members will complete an application form providing summaries of their project idea, and the requested RISE assistance  needs. Click here for details on the many ways RISE can support your research.

After reviewing the RFP, you may apply online. 

Apply Now

Applications are due May 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. EDT. 


Email questions to, and the appropriate support from SAFES or ICDS will respond to you as quickly as possible.