Funding opportunities for pollinator health projects

Here are several funding opportunities that support pollinator health research, educational and extension projects in 2017:

1. AFRI Foundational RFA: (expected release in late January 2017).

a. Stand-alone pollinator health program (no longer offered in the AFRI Food Security Challenge Area RFA). We expect the date of release to be in January or early February.

Standard research grant requests are a maximum of $1 Million per project (including indirect costs) for up to 5 years. Projects should align broadly with one or more of the priorities in the White House Pollinator Research Action Plan.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pollinator_research_action_plan_2015.pdf
Institutions that qualify for FASE funding (EPSCoR states, minority serving or small-midsized institutions that are less successful in receiving federal grants) may apply for seed grants (up to $150,000 for 2 years), equipment or sabbatical grants. Conference grants are also supported (average amount is $15,000—no indirect costs allowed for conferences). Contact Mary Purcell-Miramontes for this.

b. Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) Program Supports projects that address any of the six farm bill priority areas (e.g., Pollinator health fits the Plant health farm bill priority). Grants must be stakeholder-driven, implementation-focused and include research and extension components. Maximum award size is $300,000 for up to 3 years (including indirect costs). No seed, equipment, sabbatical or conference grants are supported. For questions about project suitability and other information, contact Dr. Charlotte Kirk-Baer, cbaer@nifa.usda.gov

c. Exploratory Research Program supports for novel and innovative or high risk projects that develop proof of concept for untested ideas. Grants must not exceed $100,000 per project (including indirect costs) for up to 2 years. For questions about project suitability and other information, contact Dr. Charlotte Kirk-Baer, cbaer@nifa.usda.gov or Dr. Liang-Shiou Lin, llin@nifa.usda.gov

2. AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative RFA (formerly AFRI Fellowships) The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) targets talented, highly-motivated undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students that demonstrate remarkable promise and the potential to become exceptional education, extension, and research professionals in the United States. This grant program provides fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences. The program’s goals are to: a) Promote research and extension experiential learning for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agriculture workforce with exceptional skills; b) Prepare the next generation of scientists through doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Funded projects will encompass the AFRI Challenge Area and AFRI Foundational Programs, through well-developed and highly engaged mentoring and training activities. Contact: Dr. Ray Ali, rali@nifa.usda.gov, Tom Bewick, tbewick@nifa.usda.gov

3. Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants RFA: Extension Implementation Program (EIP). A priority for Pollinator Health is included. Maximum award size is $900,000 for 3 years (up to $300K per year). For information, contact Dr. Herbert Bolton, (202) 401-4201 or hbolton@nifa.usda.gov

4. Specialty Crops Research Initiative. https://nifa.usda.gov/fundingopportunity/specialty-crop-research-initiative-scri
Contact Dr. Tom Bewick, tbewick@nifa.usda.gov

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