Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program supports 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. The program supports single-function and integrated research projects as standard, conference, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see AFRI Foundational Program Request for Applications 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. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Program Area Priorities in the current Foundational Request for Applications (RFA) for the requested project types. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Foundational Program RFA for eligibility requirements. Note that restrictions apply to integrated projects applicants. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Request for Applications

Apply for Grant

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Closing Date: Vary by program area. Refer to AFRI Foundational Program RFA for details.

Other Due Dates:

  • Social Implications of Emerging Technologies – Letter of Intent required
  • Letter of Intent Deadline – June 1, 2017
  • Critical Agricultural Research and Extension – Letter of Intent required
  • Letter of Intent Deadline – May 24, 2017
  • Exploratory Research – Letter of Intent required
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) is accepted anytime throughout the year; See Part IV, A. for instructions.
  • Application Deadline Dates for Other Programs
  • Check individual program area priorities for specific deadlines and additional information (See Part I, C.).

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351

Estimated Total Program Funding: $150,200,000

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