Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development


Current Closing Date for Applications: Sep 25, 2020

Estimated Total Program Funding:$49,000,000

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2020, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Program areas to support:

• professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals;

• workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges;

• training of undergraduate students in research and extension; and

• fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars.

The anticipated amount available for new grants in this FY 2020 Education and Workforce Development RFA is approximately $49 million. This RFA solicits Standard Grants and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, whereas project types solicited in this RFA are Research, Education, Extension, and Integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects. Grant types and project types solicited vary by program area priority, and not all grant types are solicited within each program area priority.

See Part I, C (Program Area Descriptions) for grant and project types solicited by each specific program area priority, and Part II, C for a description of each individual grant type and project type. This notice identifies the objectives for the AFRI Education and Workforce Development program including program priorities, deadline dates, funding information, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Education and Workforce Development grant.


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