Programs

NIFA programs are the mechanism by which we pursue our mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool.

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of specialty crop growers, processors and consumers by funding projects that integrate research and extension in a systems approach.

National Water Quality Program

The goal of the NIFA National Water Quality Program is to protect and improve the quality of water resources throughout the United States and its territories, particularly in agriculturally managed watersheds. The National Water Quality Program brings university scientists, instructors, and extension educators into more effective and efficient partnerships with federal interagency priority programs to address water quality issues in agriculture. A key emphasis of the program is the integration of extension, research, and education resources to solve water quality problems at the national, regional, state, and local levels.

Agricultural Materials Program

NIFA promotes research and development for biobased industrial products and bioenergy through its Agricultural Materials Program, which provides funding for new crop development to encourage crop diversity and for new uses of conventional agricultural materials to stimulate market expansion.

AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

The AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area focuses on addressing critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality, and others in an agricultural context.

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) is a nationally competitive opportunity for qualified veterinarians to reduce their educational debt by agreeing to provide professional veterinary services for three years in designated, high priority, veterinary food supply shortage situations throughout the US and its insular areas.