The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is USDA’s flagship competitive grant program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. GMA has a lot of experience with AFRI and is happy to discuss your project concepts. PLEASE get your LOI submitted tomorrow!
Within AFRI, the longterm purpose of this Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) is to help transform the U.S. food and agricultural system to increase production in sustainable ways as we approach a world population of 10 billion by 2050, and to do so in the context of diminishing land and water resources, climate variability, threats of disease and pest outbreaks, and challenges to human health and well-being.
For FY 2019, applications to the SAS RFA must focus on systems approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agricultural system within the context of the longterm goals outlined subsequently in the program area priority description.
NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for significantly improving the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. These approaches must demonstrate current needs and anticipate future social, cultural, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts.
Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed should result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for all those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. The amount available for new grants in this FY 2019 SAS RFA is $90 million, for awards of up to $10 million each.