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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Foundational & Applied Science

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


    The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources.

    In 2022, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

    • Plant health and production and plant products;
    • Animal health and production and animal products;
    • Food safety, nutrition, and health;
    • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
    • Agriculture systems and technology; and
    • Agriculture economics and rural communities

    The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm 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. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. Funding this work also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions. Funding is provided for research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education, and/or extensionprojects addressing the above priorities.

    Each application must address at least one of the seven program area priorities listed below.

    • Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems
    • Foundational Knowledge of Plant Products
    • Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems
    • Physiology of Agricultural Plants e. Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production
    • ?Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production
    • Pollinator Health: Research and Application
    • Conventional Plant Breeding for Cultivar Development

    History of Funding

    Up to $193,000,000 was available in FY2020.

    Additional Information

    NIFA supports global engagement that advances U.S. agricultural goals. To attain the agency's goals for U.S. agriculture, global competence of our nation's agricultural workforce, and safe and nutritious food security in a growing world, NIFA recognizes that collaboration with international partners through AFRI can contribute to advances in U.S. agriculture. In an increasingly interconnected world, these U.S. advances may have global importance. Thus, applications in response to this RFA may include collaborations with international partners, but may only be submitted by eligible U.S. institutions.


    AFRI Coordination Team

    AFRI Coordination Team
    Waterfront Centre 800 9th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20024
    (202) 720-7536

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligibility varies based on program category:

    • 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). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.
    • 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.

    Deadline Details

    Application deadlines vary based on program category, but are generally due before November 17, 2022. A similar deadline is expected annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $300,000,000 is available in FY2022. Individual award amounts vary based on program category. The program areas and their respective approximate funding amounts include (available funding in millions):

    • Plant health and production and plant products ($66 million)
    • Animal health and production and animal products ($55 million)
    • Food safety, nutrition, and health ($39 million)
    • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment ($33 million)
    • Agriculture systems and technology ($29 million)
    • Agriculture economics and rural communities ($34 million)
    • Crosscutting programs ($42 million) 

    The funds will be awarded through a grant for performance periods of up to five years. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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