Biotechnology Programs

Biotechnology includes a broad range of biochemical, molecular, cellular, and/or genetic technologies that are applied to plants, animals, insects, and microbes for specific purposes. These technologies may be used for: genetic improvement of plants and animals to increase their yield, nutrient use efficiency, and/or disease resistance; production of bio-based fuels and products; and sustainable agricultural production practices.

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NIFA provides competitive and capacity funding and program leadership for extramural research, higher education, and extension activities in food and agricultural biotechnology. In partnership with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Forest Service, NIFA also administers the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG). BRAG supports the development of science-based information on the safety of introducing genetically-modified plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms into the environment.

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