USDA announces funding available for agriculture research

February 20, 2015

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced more than $160 million is available to fund research, education, and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture production. NIFA will fund the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

“The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative was created to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a society, such as hunger and food security, health, climate, food safety, and bioenergy,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “We are now in AFRI's sixth year, and already the program has made strides in advancing agricultural science. I am extremely proud of the work NIFA has funded thus far, and excited to see what groundbreaking research, education, and extension projects will result from this year's funding. These projects provide funding for the critical research, training, and assistance that ultimately strengthens rural America and our economy.”

NIFA released requests for applications (RFAs) covering six separate program areas; five of these pertain to NIFA’s challenge areas, which are food security, water, childhood obesity prevention, food safety, and climate. The sixth RFA addresses the Farm Bill priority areas: 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.

Application deadlines vary by program area.

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