AFRI Foundational: Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

Program: 
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) | AFRI Foundational Program | AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area | Food Science & Technology Programs | Nanotechnology 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.


Human health is significantly affected by the safety, quality, and nutritive value of food. Knowledge generated from this program will enhance the microbial, chemical, and physical safety and quality of foods by improving: 1) control strategies and  detection methodologies for foodborne contaminants; 2) understanding of the interaction of food, foodborne contaminants and food ingredients with  the human gut microbiome; 3) manufacturing, processing and packaging technologies that enhance food safety and food quality; 4) understanding of antimicrobials used in the food chain; and 5) the bioavailability of nutrients during digestion and absorption as they relate to human health. In addition, knowledge generated from this program will help improve our understanding of the food-related choices and behaviors of growers, producers, processers, and consumers and how they are influenced by socio-economic and other incentives in ways that enhance the safety, quality, and nutrient value of the food supply. Single-function Research Projects  multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities of the Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health 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. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health 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. 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: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Other Due Date: 
Improving Food Safety: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Improving Food Quality: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this program area priority
| Food Manufacturing Technologies: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this program area priority
| Function and Efficacy of Nutrients: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this program area priority

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
Mervalin Morant, Ph.D.
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: 
$22,100,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.
Range of Awards: 
$0 - $1,000,000