USDA Announces $12.1 Million to Support Crop Protection and Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $12.1 in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program. Continue reading

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”. Continue reading


The National Research Council is reviewing the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). As part of its information gathering process, the committee is conducting a web-based solicitation to seek input about this flagship competitive grants program.   If you are involved in research, education, and extension, or are a user and beneficiary of AFRI research (producers, industry, and the general public), we’d like to hear from you.  We would appreciate it if you could complete the online solicitation here by August 15, 2013.   Please circulate the link to your colleagues and encourage them to provide their comments. The online form takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Send any questions about the solicitation to Evonne Tang.

Status of the Southern Regional IPM grant RFA (S-RIPM)

Several of you have been asking about when and if the Southern Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program RFA will be released. From the latest news that we have heard, USDA-NIFA plans to release the FY14 Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program Request for Applications around April 4th, 2013. Proposals will be due approximately six weeks after the RFA release. For more information, contact Jim VanKirk at 919-513-8179.

AFRI Food Security RFA has been released

The FY 2013 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security RFA was released March 18, 2013.

It includes two program areas, both of which may be of interest to pest managers:

1)      Reducing Crop and Livestock Losses

2)      Food Security Conference or Workshop

Deadlines include:

Letter of Intent:  Monday, April 29, 2013

Applications must be received by by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Funding Opportunity Number:  USDA-NIFA-AFRI-004192

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Southern Regional IPM Grant RFA has been released

The Request for Applications for the Southern Regional IPM Grant has just been released. The application deadline is February 29, 2012.  Approximately $800,000 is available for research only, extension only or research and extension projects.

Research projects  and joint Research-Extension may last up to three years. Please note that one or two year Research or Joint Research and Extension projects may be eligible for no-cost extensions after years one and two, but that no carryover or extension is permitted for these projects beyond three years.

For the PDF and Text versions of the RFA, please go to