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.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, there will be three Requests for Applications (RFAs): Foundational and Applied Science; Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Education and Workforce Development. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review each RFA to explore all the opportunities available to them. Potential applicants should refer to the AFRI RFAs after they are posted and the RFA resources page for information needed to submit an application to the appropriate program.

The table below will be updated when FY 2018 AFRI RFAs are posted or other information becomes available. If you wish to subscribe to notices about AFRI RFAs posted on, see the instructions below.

RFA Title FY 2018 Estimated Date
AFRI Education and Workforce Development* April
AFRI Foundational and Applied Science April
AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems** March or April

*Note: The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative RFA has been renamed the AFRI Education and Workforce Development RFA.
**Note: In FY 2018, the Sustainable Agricultural Systems RFA will replace the AFRI Challenge Areas. Prior to release of the RFA, see the FY 2018 Budget Explanatory Notes for information available to the public.

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

Subscribing to Notices for AFRI

Getting email notices about newly posted Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant opportunities from requires an account. If you would like to sign up to receive notices about AFRI, you will need to follow these instructions:

  1. If you do not have a account, you can register for free by clicking the Register link in the top-right corner of the page. (Go to Step 6 if you already have an account.)
  2. Click the Get Registered Now button on the Register page and complete both the Contact Information and Account Details sections. All fields with a red asterisk (*) are required.
  3. Click the Continue button and then click the Send Temporary Code button.
  4. Access your email account to access the temporary code, enter the temporary code you received into the Temporary Code field and click the Continue button.
  5. Decide if you would like to add a profile to your account (not required for subscribing to alerts) or click the Continue button to log in.
  6. Go to the Subscribe to Saved Searches page. (You will need to log into your account if you are not already logged in.)
  7. Click on the Add Saved Search >> button.
  8. Fill-in the Saved Search Name with anything you’d like such as AFRI and under BASIC SEARCH CRITERIA for CFDA fill-in “10.310” (without the quotes). You can leave the rest of the fields as they are and click on the Save button at the bottom.
  9. Your saved search subscription will now be listed under “My Saved Opportunity Searches.” If there are any newly posted AFRI opportunities, you will receive an email notice from “” sometime after midnight of the day it is posted. If you wish to unsubscribe in the future, login to, go to the Subscribe to Saved Searches page and click on the “Delete” link for your AFRI search.

This will get you notified of all AFRI RFAs being released. The RFAs and their program area priorities may change from year to year, so reading through Part I C is always advisable for figuring out what area your project may fit into.