Request for Applications
USDA NIFA FY 2016 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program
The FY 2016 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program Request for Application (RFA) is now available for public viewing.
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The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).
Who Is Eligible to Apply:1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Individuals, Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, Small Business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
More Information on Eligibility:The list above is abbreviated. Others may be eligible to apply. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Foundational Program RFA for eligibility requirements. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.
Posted Date:Friday, May 13, 2016
Closing Date:Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Other Due Date:Exploratory Research Program - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent (LOI) is accepted anytime throughout the year; See Part IV, A. for instructions.
See Program Area Priorities for additional information (See Part I, C.).
For More Information Contact:Effie Baldwin
Contact for Electronic Access Problems:firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)
Funding Opportunity Number:USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005843
Relevant Links:FY 2015 AFRI Critical Agriculture Research and Extension (CARE) (link is external) | FY 2014 AFRI Critical Agriculture Research and Extension (CARE) (link is external)
Previous fiscal year(s) RFA:
FY2015 AFRI Foundational RFA (1.11 MB)
Estimated Total Program Funding:$130,000,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.
NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program
Grants.gov page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283836.
This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA), and the application package.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that $130 million in funding is available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
“Investing in agricultural research ensures that our farmers and ranchers have innovative, safe and sustainable management practices to meet the food needs of the rising world population,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “In addition, studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research now returns over $20 to our economy.”
Established by the 2008 Farm Bill and re-authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, AFRI is the nation’s premier competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. In the seven years since AFRI was established, the program has led to true innovations and ground-breaking discoveries in agriculture to combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability and enhance resiliency of our food systems, and ensure food safety.
This round of funding is offered through the AFRI Foundational Program, which funds projects that continue building a foundation of knowledge in fundamental and applied food and agricultural sciences. The Foundational Program addresses six priority areas of the 2014 Farm Bill, with various amounts of funding allocated to each priority area. Funding for 2016 is allocated as follows plant health and production and plant products, $33 million; animal health and production and animal products, $31 million; food safety, nutrition and health, $19 million; bioenergy, natural resources and environment, $14 million; agriculture systems and technology, $11 million; and agriculture economics and rural communities, $17 million.
This request for application also includes research topics proposed to be funded equally by eligible national and state commodity boards and NIFA, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Commodity board priority topics include those proposed for the plant breeding for agricultural production program area, improving the food safety program area, as well as $3 million for the Critical Agriculture Research and Extension program area.
Also, $2 million in funding is available for the Exploratory Research Program to address critical and emerging issues. NIFA is offering the Educational Literacy Initiative through the AFRI program to support education, training and workforce development through the pre- and postdoctoral fellowships program, research and extension experiences program for undergraduate students, and professional development for secondary school teachers and educational professionals.
Finally, the AFRI Foundational program is piloting a “Distributed Peer Review” process, a modified peer-review approach intended to improve peer review efficiencies for three select program area priorities while maintaining the quality and integrity of the review process. Additional information on the distributed peer review process is available on the NIFA website.
Application submission deadlines vary by program. To view the RFA, visit the NIFA website.
Science funded by AFRI is vital to meeting food, fiber, and fuel demands as the world’s population is projected to exceed nine billion by 2050 and natural resources are stressed under a changing climate. In addition, AFRI programs help develop new technologies and a workforce that will advance our nutritional security, our energy self-sufficiency, and the health of Americans. The President’s 2017 budget request proposed to fully fund AFRI for $700 million; this amount is the full funding level authorized by Congress when it established AFRI in the 2008 Farm Bill.
Since 2009, NIFA has invested in and advanced innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs, supporting the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, have resulted in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability, and ensuring food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.
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