Conference on Preparing Winning Grants

On May 11, 2017 (in Dover, Delaware) Delaware State University, in collaboration with USDA/NIFA’s Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, will host the “1st conference on preparing winning grants.” This workshop will focus on NIFA’s Food Science and Nutrition competitive grant programs, with an emphasis on mentorship and successful grant writing.

NOTE: This is not a web conference or webinar.

Program Highlights include:

  • Focus on nutrition, food science, and food safety research, education, and extension;
  • New investigators, 1890 Land-grant Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities, and 1994 Tribal College faculty are highly encouraged to attend; and
  • Successful USDA/NIFA Food Science, Nutrition, and Food Safety Awardees will be assigned as mentors.

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NIFA Competitive Funding Opportunity Webinar

Join NIFA for the USDA NIFA Competitive Funding Opportunity Webinar.

This webinar provides an overview of the USDA NIFA competitive grant programs in order to enhance the application success rate of eligible institutions. The 2-part informational webinar is meant to enhance the application success rate of all, with a focus on tips for minority serving institutions, is divided into:

  • Session I (11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT); and
  • Session II (1-2pm EDT).

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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). Continue reading

Citrus Disease Research and Extension (CDRE)

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE) is authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) to award grants to eligible entities to conduct research and extension activities, technical assistance and development activities to: (a) combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive and including huanglongbing and the Asian citrus psyllid, which pose imminent harm to United States citrus production and threaten the future viability of the citrus industry; and (b) provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research and extension activities funded through SCRI/CDRE and other research and extension projects targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests. Continue reading

NIFA Announces AFRI, Citrus Disease, STEM Education, and Disaster Preparedness Funding Opportunities

USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $150.2 million in available funding to support projects that build a foundation of knowledge in agricultural sciences to address a range of societal and global challenges such as food security, food safety, sustainable agriculture, and rural entrepreneurship. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the full press release at the NIFA website.  Continue reading

1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program

The 1890 CBG is intended to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University, and Central State University (per Section 7129 of Pub. L. 113-79). The CBG program supports projects that strengthen teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the need areas of curriculum design and materials development, faculty development, and others. CBG supports projects that strengthen research and extension programs in need areas of studies and experimentation, extension program development support systems, and others. The CBG also support integrated project grants. The intent of this initiative is to increase and strengthen food and agriculture sciences at the 1890s through integration of education, research and extension. Applications submitted to CBG must address at least one of the following NIFA strategic goals: sustainable bioenergy; food security; childhood obesity prevention; or food safety. See RFA for details. Continue reading

AIARD Future Leaders Forum Applications Due April 12

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) administers a competitive fellowship program to nurture and provide partial financial support to students attending both: 1) the AIARD Annual Conference, and 2) the annual Future Leaders Forum in Washington, DC. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a sincere interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. These fellowships are intended to enhance the students’ understanding and appreciation of issues and opportunities in international agriculture and rural development.

Undergraduate or graduate students at U.S. universities, foreign and American are encouraged to apply. 

The application and additional information can be found at http://www.aiard.org/student-fellowship-application-2017.html. Applications are due April 12, 2017.