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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area

Deadline: June 28, 2017

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The long-term goal of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area (AFRI COP) is to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents ages 2–19 years or any subset of this age range. This AFRI RFA provides funding for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects addressing the challenges of Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Projects are expected to address the stated Program Area Priority (which is Integrated Approaches to Prevent Childhood Obesity), which collectively contributes to meeting the following goals:

  • Generation of new knowledge about behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence excessive weight gain by children and adolescents.
  • Development of effective behavioral, social, and environmental interventions to increase dietary intakes of fruits and vegetables; increase the variety of vegetables in the diet and decrease dietary intakes of foods high in solid fats and added sugars; increase the number of children who meet guidelines for television viewing and computer use; increase physical activity in children; and ultimately to decrease the proportion of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese. The development of new, more effective evaluation tools, and/or incorporating Big Data may be necessary.
  • Expansion of interventions that have proven effective and assessment of their impact.
  • An increase in the number of parents, caretakers, educators, practitioners, and researchers who receive the training and effectively model behaviors necessary to address the complex problem of childhood obesity prevention.

Since the goals of the AFRI COP include bringing about behavior change as well as improving knowledge, in FY 2017 this Challenge Area is only accepting applications for Integrated Research, Education, and Extension projects. For this particular program area priority, a successful Integrated Project must include the three functions of the agricultural knowledge system (i.e., Research, Education, and Extension) within a project, focused around a problem or issue.

Amount: Approximately $6,300,000 will be available. The program announcement is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2017.

Eligibility: Colleges and universities; 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.

Link: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge

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