Currently Open Grant Opportunities
USDA NIFA. Addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the scheduled phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. Total funding: ~$2 million. Deadline: May 4, 2015.
March 26, 2015 Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program
USDA NIFA. Support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. Total funding: ~$768,000. Deadline: Apr 17, 2015.
March 26, 2015 Special Research Grants Program: Potato Breeding Research
USDA NIFA. Supports potato research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. Total funding: ~$1.2 million. Deadline: Apr 22, 2015.
March 9, 2015 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: ~$3.6 million. Deadline: Apr 17, 2015.
March 9, 2015 Organic Transitions Program
USDA NIFA. Supports research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers and those who are adopting organic practices. Total funding: ~$4 million. Deadline: Apr 16, 2015.
March 9, 2015 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)
USDA NIFA seeks applications for projects to address critical needs of the specialty crop industry through multifunctional research and extension activities. Total funding: ~$49 million. Deadlines: Mar 30, 2015.
February 24, 2015 Crop Protection and Pest Management
USDA NIFA. Addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management by supporting projects that will increase food security using comprehensive IPM approaches. Total funding: ~$4 million. Deadline: Apr 7, 2015.
February 23, 2015 AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Total funding: ~$30 million. Letter of intent due: Apr 9, 2015. Application due: Jul 16, 2015.
February 23, 2015 AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US. Total funding: ~$6 million. Deadline: Apr 23, 2015.
February 23, 2015 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: ~$6 million. Deadline: May 13/18, 2015.
February 23, 2015 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: ~$5 million. Deadline: Jun 4, 2015.
February 23, 2015 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: $116 million. Deadline: Sep 30, 2015.
February 4, 2015 AFRI Food Security Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Focused on developing more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. Total funding: ~$16 million. Letter of intent due: April 2, 2015. Application due: June 4, 2015.