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Grants and Fellowships to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Individuals for Agricultural Research and Education

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development (AFRI EWD)


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
183747

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.310
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-009842
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/07/23 5:00 P.M. EST - Deadline for Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education (A7801) Save

Grant Description
Grants and fellowships to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, and individuals for agricultural research and educational programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to support research, education, and extension projects that address key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, urban food, and agricultural and natural systems.

These include farm and ranch production efficiency, profitability, and sustainability; bioenergy and bio-based products; forestry; aquaculture; rural communities and entrepreneurship; human nutrition; mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production; food safety; mitigating food waste and food loss; physical and social sciences; rural human ecology; development of circular/regenerative economies, and genetic improvement of plant and animals. In addition, the economic sustainability of food systems is an overarching priority for the projects funded in response to this Request for Applications (RFA); therefore, projects focusing on plant or animal species or commodities that are important to underserved communities, farmers, ranchers, or small- or medium-sized farms or ranches are also encouraged. 

This RFA solicits Standard Grants and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, whereas project types solicited in this RFA are Research, Extension and Integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects. Grant types and project types solicited vary by program area priority and not all grant types are solicited within each program area priority. See Part I § C (Program Area Descriptions) for grant and project types solicited by each specific program area priority at https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-05/FY23-AFRI-EWD-RFA-F.pdf#page=10, and Part II § C for a description of each individual grant type and project type at https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-05/FY23-AFRI-EWD-RFA-F.pdf#page=30.

Applications are solicited in the following six Program Area Priorities:

  1. Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (PDAL)
  2. Agricultural Workforce Training at Community Colleges (AWT)
  3. Food and Agricultural Non-Formal Education (FANE)
  4. Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)
  5. Predoctoral Fellowships
  6. Postdoctoral Fellowships

For Purpose and Priorities, see https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-05/FY23-AFRI-EWD-RFA-F.pdf#page=12



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is linked to the project type as specified below.
1. Research, Education or Extension Projects
Eligible applicants for single-function Research, Education or Extension Projects include:
a) State Agricultural Experiment Station;
b) Colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher);
c) University research foundations;
d) Other research institutions and organizations;
e) Federal agencies;
f) National laboratories;
g) Private organizations or corporations;
h) Individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and
i) Any group consisting of two or more entities identified in a) through h).

2. Integrated Projects
Eligible applicants for Integrated Projects include:
a) Colleges and universities;
b) 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and
c) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (see NIFA's Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities page).

Ineligible
Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

Pre-Proposal Conference
For upcoming webinars, see: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/events

Pre-Application Information
Deadlines:
- Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (A7501): September 14, 2023
- Agricultural Workforce Training at Community Colleges (A7601): September 21, 2023
- Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education (A7801): December 7, 2023
- Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (A7401): August 17, 2023
- Predoctoral Fellowships (A7101): October 26, 2023
- Postdoctoral Fellowships (A7201): September 7, 2023

Deadline times are 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the deadline dates above.

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Applicants must provide matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded under AFRI for equipment or applied research grants unless a waiver applies.

Additional information: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/programs/agriculture-food-research-initiative-afri/afri-education-workforce-development

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=347879

For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$49,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Award Amount(s):
- Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (PDAL): Including indirect costs: $500,000
- Agricultural Workforce Training at Community Colleges (AWT):
a. Including indirect costs: $250,000 for Design Project Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants
b. Including indirect costs: $650,000 for Implementation Project Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants
- Food and Agricultural Non-Formal Education (FANE): Including indirect costs: $750,000
- Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU): Including indirect costs: $600,000 for 48-month REEU projects; $750,000 for 60-month REEU projects
- Predoctoral Fellowships:
a. Including institutional allowance: $180,000 total per project and are limited to a total of $60,000 per year for the following:
1) Up to $35,000 per year stipend
2) Up to $22,000 per year tuition, fees, fringe benefits, supplies, travel, workshops, and publications
3) Up to $3,000 per year institutional allowance, in lieu of indirect costs which are not permitted on Predoctoral Fellowship Grants
4) With the exception of the stipend, awarded funds in other budget categories may be carried over from one year to other years. The stipend is capped at $35,000 per year and cannot be carried over from year one to the next.
- Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Including institutional allowance: $225,000
1) Funds must be requested primarily for salary or stipend and be properly justified
2) Other expenditures (e.g., fringe benefits, supplies, travel, workshops, and publications) may not exceed $60,000 per year and must be itemized and properly justified
3) Up to $3,000 per year institutional allowance, in lieu of indirect costs which are not permitted on Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants

Term of Contract
Duration:
- Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (PDAL): 36-48 months
- Agricultural Workforce Training at Community Colleges (AWT): a. 12-24 months for Design Projects Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants b. 36-48 months for Implementation Projects Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants
- Food and Agricultural Non-Formal Education (FANE): 36-48 months
- Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU): 48 or 60 months
- Predoctoral Fellowships: Up to 36 months
- Postdoctoral Fellowships: Up to 24 months

Contact Information
Program contact:
Dr. Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, (816) 599-1916 or
kellyann.jonesjamtgaard@usda.gov

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U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061

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