By: Megan Broad, administrative assistant, Governmental Relations Division
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is now accepting applications for its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program for 2014. NIFA plans to award approximately $82 million in grants for research in six priority areas, including animal health, production and products, and food safety.
This year, NIFA is also featuring two new programs intended to address critical and emerging issues: the Exploratory Research Program, which will address challenges in food safety and security and the environment; and the Critical Agriculture Research and Extension Program, which will address critical problems in the production and protection of plants and animals.
Deadlines for the grants vary, and the letters of intent for some programs are due starting Feb. 5.
In addition to the AFRI Foundational Program, the NIFA Fellowships Grants program will also be offered again this year.
All application information for the AFRI program and the fellowship grants is available online at www.nifa.usda.gov/afri.