Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) | Organic Agriculture Program | Horticulture Programs | Environmental & Resource Economics Programs | Sustainable Development Programs | Sustainable Agriculture Program | Markets, Trade & Policy | Crop Protection and Pest Management Program | Weed Science

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
  • Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency,handling and processing of specialty crops.

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, 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: 
Pre-applications may only be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations, foundations, or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
Thomas (Tom) Bewick
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Funding Opportunity Number: 
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Abstracts of Funded Projects: 
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Relevant Documents: 
Previous fiscal year(s) RFA: 
application/pdf FY16 SCRI RFPA.pdf (479.82 KB)
Estimated Total Program Funding: 
Percent of Applications Funded: 
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
100% match required