AFRI Foundational: Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) | AFRI Foundational Program | Crop Protection and Pest Management Program | Weed Science

Despite prior investments in basic and applied research, critical problems continue to impede the efficient production and protection of agriculturally-important plants and animals. These problems may be local, regional, or national, and may call for work focused on one or more scientific disciplines. However, all need immediate attention to meet producer needs. Finding and implementing solutions to these critical problems require partnership and close coordination among researchers, extension experts, and practitioners in food and agricultural enterprises.Funded projects are expected to produce results that lead to practices that are rapidly adapted by end-users.

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. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Critical Agricultural Research and Extension Program Area in the current Foundational Program RFA for the requested project types. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Foundational Program RFA for eligibility requirements. Note that restrictions apply to integrated projects applicants. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Letter of Intent Due: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
Charlotte Kirk Baer
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Funding Opportunity Number: 
CFDA number: 
Previous fiscal year(s) RFA: 
Estimated Total Program Funding: 
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.
Range of Awards: 
$0 - $300,000