AFRI Request for Applications

As the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's flagship competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) solicits applications from scientists each year. The application process offers funding for single-function and integrated agricultural research, education, and extension efforts that address key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional and organic food and agriculture systems.

Notice:

The application package for some of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funding opportunities have have been updated. This only affects the AFRI Foundational Program, Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area, and Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area Requests for Applications. If you downloaded the application package for this funding opportunity from www.grants.gov before May 22, 2017, you MUST download and use the new application package. Using the old application package will result in an error message (“OPP_EXIST_ERROR FATAL”) preventing submission.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, there will be seven Requests for Applications (RFAs): Foundational Program; Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area; Food Safety Challenge Area; Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area; Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area; Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area; and the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review each RFA to explore all the opportunities available to them. Refer to the AFRI RFAs and RFA resources page for information needed to submit an application to the appropriate program.

The AFRI funding opportunities table below will be updated for FY 2017 as the information becomes available.

RFA Title FY 2017
AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area Posted April 5
AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative Posted April 21
AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area Posted March 21
AFRI Foundational Program Posted April 11
AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area Posted April 17
AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area Posted April 17
AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area* Posted March 24
NOTE: In FY 2017, the Food Security and Water for Agriculture Challenge Areas are combined into the Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area.
 

For additional information pertinent to AFRI applications, see the AFRI RFA Resources page.