Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

Program: 
Organic Agriculture Program | Ecosystems Programs | Global Change and Climate Programs | Water Programs | Aquaculture | Manure & Nutrient Management Programs | Animal Reproduction | Horticulture Programs | Environmental & Resource Economics Programs | Sustainable Agriculture Program | Crop Protection and Pest Management Program | Weed Science

The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program (http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop) for organic production standards. Visit the NIFA website to access a factsheet on the Center of Excellence (COE) designation process, including COE criteria, and a list of programs offering COE opportunities in fiscal year 2016. You can also review a recording of COE outreach webinars held in February and March of 2015 from the site. The COE webpages will be updated throughout FY 2016 with additional information, such as a summary of comments received from stakeholders.

Eligibility Details

More Information on Eligibility: 
The following entities are eligible: 1. State agricultural experiment stations; 2. colleges and universities; 3. university research foundations; 4. other research institutions and organizations; 5. Federal agencies; 6. national laboratories; 7. private organizations or corporations; 8. individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or 9. any group consisting of 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (8).

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Closing Date: 
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
Mathieu Ngouajio
Contact for Electronic Access Problems: 
electronic@nifa.usda.gov
Funding Opportunity Number: 
USDA-NIFA-ICGP-005517
CFDA number: 
10.307
Abstracts of Funded Projects: 
Read the Abstract
Previous fiscal year(s) RFA: 
application/pdf FY 2015 OREI RFA (230.98 KB)
Estimated Total Program Funding: 
$18,000,000
Percent of Applications Funded: 
24%
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
100%
Range of Awards: 
$50,000 - $2,000,000