USDA NIFA. Strengthens teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. Total funding: ~$18 million/yr. Deadline: Winter.
AFRI Climate Variability and Change
USDA NIFA. Supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. Total funding: ~$12 million. Deadline: mid-December
November 13, 2012 AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain. Total funding: ~$10 million. Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012.
September 29, 2011 AFRI Food Security Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Focusing on food availability and accessibility, this program seeks projects involving diseases due to fungal pathosystems; arthropod- or nematode-vectored plant pathogens; and IPM for vectored pathogens. Total funding: ~$19 million. Deadline: Early Feb. in 2013.
October 15, 2012 AFRI Foundational Program
USDA NIFA. Supports research grants in the six AFRI priority areas to build foundational knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Total funding: $136 million Deadlines vary for each program area. Please see RFA for details.
AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy
USDA NIFA. Supports the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy and biobased products that contribute significantly to reducing dependence on foreign oil, have net positive social, environmental, and rural economic impacts, and are compatible with existing agricultural systems. Total funding: $11 million. Deadline: mid-December.
March 31, 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
USDA NIFA. Addresses key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture. See program synopsis for deadlines, and funding available in specific areas.
Alcoa Foundation Grants
Alcoa, Inc. Invests in meaningful and systemic improvements in environmental sustainability by supporting research, dialogue, standards, and actions.
September 6, 2012 Biopesticide and Organic Support Program
USDA IR-4 Program. Aims to further development and registration of biopesticides for use in pest management systems for specialty crops or for minor uses on major crops. Total funding: ~$400,000/yr. Deadline: Oct. 19, 2012.
Biopesticide Demonstration Program
US EPA and USDA IR-4. Aims to reduce barriers to increased adoption of biopesticides nationally by funding field demonstrations of effective biopesticides within IPM systems.
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
USDA NIFA. Supports the generation of new information that will assist federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms. Total funding: ~$5 million/yr. Deadline: Winter.
November 13, 2012 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
USDA NIFA. Supports community-based food projects to meet the food needs of low-income individuals and communities, while addressing local food, farm, and nutrition issues. Total funding: ~$5 million. Deadline: Nov. 28, 2012.
Conservation Stewardship Program
USDA NRCS. Encourages producers to address resource concerns by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. Deadline: Continuous sign-up process.
June 23, 2011 Critical Issues: Emerging and New Plant and Animal Pests and Diseases
USDA NIFA. Provides one-time seed funding to initiate work requiring immediate attention until longer-term resources can be secured. Total funding: ~$300,000. Deadline: mid-April.
September 27, 2012 Environmental Education Grants
US EPA Office of Environmental Education. Promotes environmental stewardship and helps develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. Total funding: ~$2 million/yr. Deadline: Nov. 21, 2012.
November 13, 2012 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
US EPA. Provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. This program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Total funding: ~$1.5 million. Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
USDA NRCS. Provides financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. Includes Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) and Conservation Activity Plans (CAP).
February 26, 2013 Extension IPM Coordination and Support Program
USDA NIFA. Helps agricultural producers and other pest managers adopt alternative practices through training, demonstration, and evaluation. Total funding: $8.8 million Deadline: April 16, 2013 Webinar Briefing: March 4, 2013
Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
Northeast Center for Risk Management Education. Helps farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies, including tools and approaches that reduce the adverse financial effects of the uncertainties of weather, yields, and other factors. Deadline: Fall-Winter.
Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Improves and expands farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture, agri-tourism activities. Total funding: ~$5 million/yr. Deadline: Usually late spring.