AFRI Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program focuses on building a foundation of fundamental and applied knowledge in food and agricultural sciences critical for solving current and future societal challenges.

General Information


Grant types supported by the AFRI Foundational Program include single-function research projects, multi-function projects that integrate research with extension and/or education, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants in six priority areas:
  • Plant health and production and plant products
  • Animal health and production and animal products
  • Food safety, nutrition, and health
  • Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment
  • Agriculture systems and technology
  • Agriculture economics and rural communities

Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)

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; often call for work in one or more scientific disciplines; and need immediate attention to meet producer needs. Finding solutions to these critical problems requires partnership and close coordination among researchers, extension experts, and producers. CARE projects are designed to yield solutions or practices that can be rapidly implemented to meet pressing needs limiting agricultural production.

Exploratory Grants

This program area supports development of innovative ideas that will position U.S. agriculture at the global forefront and lead to quantum leaps in the food and agricultural sciences. Exploratory grants fund novel projects that address challenges in the areas of food security, climate change, environmental quality and natural resources, nutrition, obesity, and food safety, and promote strong families, vibrant communities, and thriving youth.

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