USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding Opportunities

Friday, April 21, 2017

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area

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Deadline Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate

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Deadline Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

NSF - NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program

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Deadline Date: Friday, September 1, 2017

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative

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Predoctoral Fellowships: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellowships: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Educational Professionals: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NIFA, NSF Announce $6 Million in Available Funding to Develop, Enable Breakthrough Technologies for Plant, Animal Phenomics and Microbiomes

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

View this announcement on the NIFA website.
Media contact: Kelly Flynn, (202) 720-6133

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) today announced $6 million in available funding to support the development of transformative plant and animal phenomics and microbiome technologies.

This USDA-NIFA, NSF-BIO Joint Activity is soliciting Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals that address the development of innovative approaches for phenotyping and microbiome characterizations, as well as for elucidating the role of microbiomes in plants and animals. This activity addresses critical gaps in tools available for characterizing plant and animal phenotypes and microbiomes, in part to more fully realize the potential of low-cost high throughput sequencing and genotyping technologies. Types of projects that might be appropriate include but are not limited to:

  • Technologies that increase the accuracy and throughput of existing phenotypic and microbiome data acquisition
  • Extending the diversity of phenotypes that can be measured
  • Automation or mechanization, including robotics and sensors, for phenotyping
  • Standardization of ontologies, interoperability of platforms and systems, and integration of datasets
  • Technologies that would identify the metabolic activities specific to particular microbes within a microbiome as well as facilitating elucidation of biochemical communication between microbes, and between microbes and their hosts
  • Novel modeling approaches that address problems in phenotyping or microbiome structure and function

Proposed studies should be potentially transformative and may be considered "high-risk, high-payoff", and be compatible with the budget and time limits ($300,000, 2 years) of the EAGER funding mechanism.

Summaries are due May 12. Please see the Dear Colleague Letter for more information. For more information on EAGERs, please review the NSF Grant Proposal Guide.

Since 2009, NIFA has invested in and advanced innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs, supporting the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, have resulted user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, controlling water availability, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability, and ensuring food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

USDA NIFA FY2017 Webinar Announcement: April 12, 2017

Event date(s): Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) and Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Team is presenting a webinar on how the AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Program works and how it is implemented at NIFA. This webinar will serve as an orientation for those new to the program and an update for returning applicants. There will also be a brief question and answer session. Below are the details on how to join the Adobe Connect meeting:

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

1:30 PM- Webinar link opens
2 PM- Presentation starts
3 PM Question/Answer session begins
3:30 PM Webinar ends


Meeting Contact: slumpkin [at] nifa [dot] usda [dot] gov (Sharon Lumpkin)

Audio is by phone (please mute your phones until Q/A session):

Conference Number(s) 888-844-9904
Participant Code 1466552

Slides are via Adobe Connect

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Missouri Minority and Limited Resource Farmers' Conference

Event date(s): Friday, March 4, 2016
Location: Clinton Building, 501 Campanella Dr., Sikeston, MO 63801

Save the Date! Friday, March 4, 2016 is the Missouri Minority and Limited Resource Farmers' Conference in Sikeston, MO.

The event is led by Lincoln University Extension Program and sponsored by USDA-NIFA and NSF EPSCoR funding.