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Deadline: July 7, 2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Food Security Challenge Area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. The long-term goal of the AFRI Food Security Challenge Area is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. Project types supported within this Challenge Area will propose multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, and conferences and/or workshops.

Applications for the AFRI Food Security Challenge Area are sought in the following priority areas:

  1. New Frontiers in Pollinator Health: From Research to Applications. The program will support problem-solving approaches that build on the advances made through foundational research. It is expected that funded projects will result in strategies to mitigate declines in pollinator populations that can be implemented within ten years.
  2. Breeding and Phenomics of Food Crops and Animals. The goal of this priority is to develop locally adapted crop cultivars and/or animal breeds that contribute to rural economic development and prosperity while enhancing regional and national resilience and food security. Projects are expected to lead to the development of cultivars and/or animal breeds that are able to resist or tolerate biotic and/or abiotic threats to production, enhance diversity and resilience of production systems, and maintain or enhance nutritional value. Projects should address the needs and challenges identified by producers and consumers. Proposals may include crops, animals, or a combination of both. Projects that develop tools and resources to enable discovery and advance breeding of crops and/or animals with strong potential to meet the program goals are encouraged.

Amount: Approximately $16,800,000 is available. The grant range and maximum award varies by project type.

Eligibility: 1862 Land-Grant Institutions; 1890 Land-Grant Institutions; 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; for-profit organizations; Hispanic-Serving Institutions; individuals; Native American Tribal organizations; Tribal governments; nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status; private institutions of higher education; State Agricultural Experiment Stations; and State controlled institutions of higher education.

Link: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-security-challenge-area

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