AFRI Foundational: Agriculture Systems and Technology

Program:
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) | AFRI Foundational Program

Notice:

The application package for this funding opportunity has been updated. 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. This only affects the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational Program, Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area, and Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area Requests for Applications.


This Program Area emphasizes the interrelationships between agricultural systems components to develop the next generation of engineered systems, products, processes, and technologies. It blends biological, physical, and social sciences. This approach will lead to sustainable, competitive, and innovative solutions for U.S. and global agriculture and food productions, encompassing both conventional and organic production. To the extent possible, applicants are encouraged to incorporate interdisciplinary sciences. By doing so, projects are more likely to incorporate varying dimensions of sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) and have a greater impact on agricultural problems. Single-function Research Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities of the Agriculture Systems and Technology area (see Foundational Program RFA for details).

Eligibility Details

Who Is Eligible to Apply:
1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Individuals, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, Small Business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
More on Eligibility:
The list above is abbreviated. Others may be eligible to apply. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Agriculture Systems and Technology Program Area in the current AFRI Foundational Program RFA for the requested project types. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Foundational Program RFA for eligibility requirements. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Important Dates

Posted Date:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Closing Date:
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Other Due Date:
Agricultural Engineering : Thursday, June 8, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Bioprocessing and Bioengineering: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority

Additional Information

For More Information Contact:
Steven J. Thomson
Contact for Electronic Access Problems:
electronic@nifa.usda.gov
Funding Opportunity Number:
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351
CFDA number:
10.310
Previous fiscal year(s) RFA:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
$11,300,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.
Range of Awards:
$0 - $500,000