Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) –


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Foundational and Applied Science Program, Deadlines for Applications and Letters of Intent (LOI) Vary by Program Area

AFRI, USDA’s the largest competitive research grant program, funds research, education and extension projects that address food and agricultural systems. AFRI’s Foundational and Applied Science Program invests in research, education, and extension projects that support more sustainable, productive, and economically viable agricultural systems. Specifically, the program’s focus is to drive innovation to improve farm efficiency, sustainability, rural communities, human nutrition, as well as mitigating food waste, and advancing classical plant and animal breeding.

A few subprogram deadlines are highlighted below. For a full list of subprogram deadlines for LOIs and applications, visit NIFA’s website.

  • Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production: no LOI; applications due March 19, 2020

  • Soil Health: no LOI; application due April 2, 2020

  • Water Quantity and Quality: no LOI; applications due April 2, 2020

  • Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Systems: no LOI; applications due April 2, 2020

  • Sustainable Agroecosystems: Health, Functions, Processes and Management: no LOI; applications due April 9, 2020

  • Rural Economic Development: no LOI; applications due April 16, 2020

Earlier this year, NIFA announced the availability of $192.6 million for AFRI’s Foundational and Applied Science Program in FY 2020. Letters of intent and applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov. For more information on AFRI’s Foundational and Applied Science Program, see NSAC’s recent blog post on the RFA opportunity.


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