Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

Program: 
Specialty Crop Research Initiative | Organic Agriculture Program | Horticulture Programs | Environmental & Resource Economics Programs | Sustainable Development Programs | Sustainable Agriculture Program | Markets, Trade & Policy

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas: Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics; Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators; Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing); new innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening; and methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.

Eligibility Details

More Information on Eligibility: 
Applications may only be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations, foundations, or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Closing Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Other Due Date: 
Stakeholder Relevance Statement: Monday, March 30, 2015

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
Thomas (Tom) Bewick
Contact for Electronic Access Problems: 
electronic@nifa.usda.gov
Funding Opportunity Number: 
USDA-NIFA-SCRI-004959
CFDA number: 
10.309
Relevant Documents: 
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Estimated Total Program Funding: 
$49,000,000
Percent of Applications Funded: 
20%
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
100% match required