FY 2016 AFRI Foundational Program RFA Released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program’s Request for Applications (RFA).

A few changes have been made in the organization of the Plant Health and Production and Plant Products program area in FY 2016.  Two program area priorities offered in FY 2015 (Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes; and Weedy and Invasive Species) have been combined in a single program area priority in FY 2016, titled “Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems”. Two other program area priorities offered in FY 2015 (Growth and Development, Composition and Stress Tolerance; and Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants) have been combined in a single program area priority in FY 2016, titled “Physiology of Agricultural Plants”. Lastly, another program area priority offered in FY 2015 (Plant-Associated Microbes and Plant-Microbe Interactions) is being offered as a joint program with the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled “Plant Biotic Interactions”.

Here is a cross-reference guide to you find the appropriate program area priority in FY 2016:

  • If you previously submitted applications to Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes or Weedy and Invasive Plants, you should consider submitting your FY 2016 application to Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems or Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems.
  • If you previously submitted applications to Growth and Development, Composition and Stress Tolerance or Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants, you should consider submitting your FY 2016 application to Physiology of Agricultural Plants.
  • If you previously submitted applications to Plant-Associated Microbes and Plant-Microbe Interactions, you should consider submitting your FY 2016 application to the Plant Biotic Interactions program, which is a joint NSF-NIFA program. Information on the new program is available at nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16551/nsf16551.htm.

Application information for the Foundational Program can be either accessed through NIFA’s funding opportunity page: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program or through the following link at Grants.gov:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283836.

Reference Part I, C. Program Area Description of the Foundational RFA for Application Deadlines.

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