USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Funding Opportunity for Innovations in Food, Energy, and Water Systems

Friday, March 2, 2018
Media Contact: Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced funding to understand how interactions across the food, energy, and water systems nexus are likely to affect the world, and how to proactively plan for increased resilience. This is a joint federal research partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) program supports a systems approach to research that incorporates social, behavioral, physical, natural, and biological processes. Project outcomes should transform the understanding of the connections between food, energy, and water systems to produce new technologies and improve decision support.
Eligible applicants include state agricultural experiment stations, colleges, universities, and their research foundations, federal agencies, national laboratories, private organizations or corporations, other research foundations, and individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. All proposals are reviewed through an external peer review process in which a panel of experts from within the respective fields in question takes part. Specific details on panel meetings, review formats, and evaluation criteria may vary among NIFA programs.
NIFA is contributing approximately $5 million in available funding to support INFEWS, with an estimated additional $29 million in available funding from NSF. The deadline for applications is September 26, 2018. See the funding opportunity for details.
NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA’s investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global preeminence of U.S. agriculture. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural sciences, visit, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @USDA_NIFA, #NIFAImpacts.

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