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Meet our new caia faculty fellow for Research and development - Biswarup Mukhopadhyay

CAIA will serve as a catalyst for innovation and security for agriculture and life sciences technologies, focusing in the development and growth phases of discovery and applications, and will facilitate transition of research platforms into University Centers.


Position CALS and Virginia Tech for competitive global research advantage in agricultural innovations, growth and applications including:

  • Informed decisions through agricultural technologies
  • Cyberbiosecurity and biosecurity
  • Precision agriculture
  • Human capacity and infrastructure technologies for agriculture
  • Rural broadband capacity

Serve as an incubator for designing and evaluating technologies to assist with the viability and security of agriculture in the Commonwealth and beyond.

Targeted impacts

  • Create the framework for the Virginia Agricultural Technology Corridor within the heart of Virginia’s cyber-region
  • Evaluating environmental impact
  • Advancing genome design
  • Designing and evaluating technologies
  • Creating efficiencies and improving safety in human capacity
  • Improving traceability


Funding Opportunities & PROGRAMS


Opportunity from our Education and Training CAIA Faculty Fellow:

As we build on the momentum of last week’s CAIA Big Event, I am pleased to share an opportunity related to CAIA’s Education + Training focus area.  Some of you may already be familiar with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) professional organization.  This year’s NACTA conference will be June 20-24 in the beautiful rural farmland of Wooster, Ohio.  The conference will include approximately 250 presentations on teaching techniques, ideas, and resources — all related agriculture, food, and natural resources.  As part of the CAIA Faculty Fellow Program, I am pleased to support up to 10 registrations for NACTA conference.  In return, I would ask those receiving the financial support to participate as a webinar panelist in July or August to share insights from the conference.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please email me this week at  Then, we can make arrangements for processing the conference registrations in advance of the April 15th deadline for early registrations.  Note: I can only support the NACTA conference early registration fee (charged to our current fiscal year); all other travel-related expenses would need to be covered by separate funds.  However, there is a virtual-only option for the conference, so don’t let travel expenses be a barrier.  If more than 10 individuals express interest in this opportunity, priority will be given to those who are committed to in-person attendance, but I am willing to support virtual participation as funds allow.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask.

ERIC K. KAUFMAN  | Professor & Associate Department Head
Virginia Tech  |  Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
175 West Campus Drive, Room 214D (MC 0343)
Blacksburg, VA 24060


The designation of CCI Fellow will recognize the important leadership role of coordinating large-scale proposals in CCI. Funding can be used for faculty time, proposal preparation, and team building activities. 

This is a rolling call, with proposals accepted any time in 2022. Please visit the CCI website for more details.

Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern time on:

  • April 8, 2022 for the first funding pool
  • May 27, 2022 for the second funding pool

The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity will finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. agricultural and forestry products that use climate-smart practices and include innovative, cost-effective ways to measure and verify greenhouse gas benefits. USDA is now accepting project applications for fiscal year 2022.



We aim to create an agile and responsive interdisciplinary network of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty and other Virginia Tech and affiliated faculty partners for facilitating innovative technology advancements and security in order to:

  • Address current and future practical challenges for agricultural producers, agribusinesses and communities throughout the food system
  • Create effective and trusted partnerships across the campus to levearge the broader Virginia Tech capacity for innovation in agriculture.