AFRI Program Timeline
Following is an approximate timeline for key steps in the FY 2019 Commodity Boards Initiative for NIFA and eligible commodity boards to jointly fund Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) topics. This timeline is approximate, subject to change, and intended solely to provide a general sense of the timing for key milestones in the process.
|DATE||EVENT OR ACTION||INTERVAL|
|May 31, 2018||Federal Register Notice Published|
|July 30, 2018||Deadline for Commodity Boards to submit topics for inclusion in FY2018 AFRI Requests for Applications (RFAs)||60 days|
|August 29, 2018||NIFA notifies Commodity Boards of decision to include or not include suggested topics in upcoming RFAs, sends a Collection Agreement to Commodity Boards for accepted topics||30 days|
|September 28, 2018||Commodity Boards return signed Collection Agreement||30 days|
|October 12, 2018||Commodity Boards deposit required funds in escrow account||14 days|
|Approximately February 2019||AFRI RFAs released|
|TBD||Grant Applications Submission Deadlines||Approximately 60-90 days after release of RFA|
|TBD||Deadline for grant applicants to provide letters of support from Commodity Boards||60 days after respective grant application deadline|
|TBD*||NIFA informs Commodity Boards of peer panel review and decisions regarding projects they supported||Approximately 21 days after peer panel review of grant applications|
|TBD||Commodity Board transfers funds from escrow account to NIFA Deposit Account||5 days after NIFA notification to Commodity Board of peer panel review and decisions regarding proposals they supported|
* NIFA hopes to complete the peer reviews and funding decisions for the Foundational and Applied Science programs and the Education and Workforce Development Program in September 2019.