USDA-NIFA to Invest in Specialty Crop Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced Fiscal Year 2018 funding for research and extension activities to enhance productivity, safety, and innovation in the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“To be competitive in a global market, U.S. specialty crop producers need to use sophisticated technologies and prudent practices,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These NIFA investments support large-scale systems projects that we expect will result in knowledge, which can promote efficient and effective production, processing, and distribution practices, along with long-term solutions to specialty crop industry challenges.” Continue reading

FY 2018 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Application (RFA) is now available

The FY 2018 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Application (RFA) is now available for public viewing.

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/specialty-crop-research-initiative-scri.

Grants.gov Page: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297651. This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFPA) and the application package.

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) RFA is available

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
  • Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production, efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 5 PM ET

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Specialty Crops Research Initiative RFA is out, deadline Dec. 3

The FY 2016 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Applications (RFPA) is now available for public viewing.  

Deadline: December 3, 2015 at 5 PM Eastern Time

Funding Opportunity Page: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/specialty-crop-research-initiative-scri.

Grants.gov Page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279870.  This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.