AFRI Foundational: Exploratory Research

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) | AFRI Foundational Program | Weed Science


The application package for this funding opportunity has been updated. If you downloaded the application package for this funding opportunity from 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 encourages continuous development of innovative ideas that will position U.S. Agriculture at the global forefront. These ideas will lead to quantum leaps in our knowledge and capabilities in agriculture and food production. They will address the challenges that have never been addressed before or challenges that have been addressed, but where new and risky ideas could promise high potential impact. This program area supports research projects that need to develop proof of concept for untested ideas that will lead to creative and positive disruption of the agricultural norm.

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 AFRI Exploratory Research Program Area in the current AFRI Foundational Program RFA for the requested project type. 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:
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Other Due Date:
Letter of Intent
Accepted anytime throughout the year; refer to FY 2017 AFRI Foundational Program RFA, see Part IV, A for instructions.
| Application Deadline
Full proposal submission is dependent on the encouragement to submit a proposal based on assessment of the Letter of Intent and availability of funds. Upon receiving encouragement to submit a full proposal, applicants must submit the proposal within 60 days.

Additional Information

For More Information Contact:
Charlotte Kirk Baer
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Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.
Range of Awards:
- $0