AFRI Foundational: Agriculture Systems and Technology

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

This Program Area emphasizes the interrelationships between agricultural system 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 production. Some key disciplinary contributors may include: engineering; agricultural economics; chemistry; microbiology; soil science; animal and plant sciences; veterinary medicine; genetics; social sciences; behavioral sciences; food safety; physics; materials science; and toxicology. By incorporating interdisciplinary sciences, projects are more likely to have varying dimensions of sustainability 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 Information on Eligibility: 
The list above is abbreviated. Others may be eligible to apply. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Foundational Program RFA for eligibility requirements.

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2016
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Other Due Date: 
Agricultural Engineering : Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Bioprocessing and Bioengineering: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority

Additional Information

Contact for Electronic Access Problems: 
electronic@nifa.usda.gov
Funding Opportunity Number: 
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005843
CFDA number: 
10.310
Previous fiscal year(s) RFA: 
Estimated Total Program Funding: 
$11,000,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.