Funding opportunity for alfalfa research

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. The program will support the development of improved production systems for other forage crops in future years, depending on the availability of funding. Proposals submitted to AFRP in FY 2014 should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

Applications must be received by Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 7, 2014. (NOTE THE TIGHT DEADLINE)

The amount available for support of this program in FY 2014 will be approximately $1,295,000.  Since funding is limited in FY 2014, only applications dealing with alfalfa will be considered this year.

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page:  http://nifa.usda.gov/fo/alfalfaandforageresearchprogram.cfmThis page includes links to the request for applications (RFA), the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, and the application package.

Grants.gov Synopsis Page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256857. This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

Grants.gov Application Package: 

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/download-application-package.html?p_p_id=grantsdownloadpackage_WAR_grantsdownloadpackageportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=1&p_p_col_count=2&_grantsdownloadpackage_WAR_grantsdownloadpackageportlet_mvcPath=%2Fdownload.jsp?id=198325&search=-2 .  This page links to the application instructions and the application package.

If you have questions after reading the RFA, please contact:

Tom Bewick
National Program Leader
Phone: (202) 401-3356
Email: tbewick@nifa.usda.gov

Pushpa Kathir
Program Specialist
Phone: (202) 401-5015
E-mail: pkathir@nifa.usda.gov

If you have any questions related to Grants.gov content, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center:

Email:  support@grants.gov, Phone: Toll Free: 1-800-518-4726, 24 hour support, excluding Federal holidays.

Useful Links:

NIFA Grant Application Information:  www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/application_info.html;

Grants.gov Help:  www.grants.gov/help/help.jsp.

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