USDA NIFA-AFRI 2018 Foundational Program RFA released

USDA has released it's Foundational Program RFA. The total amount available for new grants is ~$182M. Program areas are:

  • Plant health and production and plant products ($43.9M)  
  • Animal health and production and animal products ($36.8M) 
  • Food safety, nutrition, and health ($26.2M) 
  • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment ($21.7M)
  • Agriculture systems and technology ($19.5M)  
  • Agriculture economics and rural communities ($22.9M)  
  • Crosscutting programs ($11.0M)
    • Critical agricultural research and extension
    • Exploratory research

New in FY 2018 is the FACT initiative. The Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT) initiative solicits applications that 1) focus on fundamental or core big data analytics and tool development, and/or 2) apply big data concepts to specific science domains or across domains and sectors

  • for any of the Plant health and production and plant products program area priorities;  Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment program area priorities except Network for Synthesis, Data Sharing and Management Program Area Priority (A1490); 
  • Agriculture economics and rural communities program area priorities except the program area priorities, Joint Economic Research Service and NIFA Program – Economic Implications and Application of Big data in Food and Agriculture (A1643) and Social Implications of Food and Agricultural Technologies (A1642). 
  • for any of the Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment program area priorities except Network for Synthesis, Data Sharing and Management Program Area Priority (A1490).
  • for any of the Animal health and production and animal products program area priorities
  • for any of the Food safety, nutrition, and health program area priorities
  • for any of the Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment program area priorities except Network for Synthesis, Data Sharing and Management Program Area Priority (A1490).
  • for any of the Agriculture systems and technology program area priorities.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the FACT Program Area Priority (A1541) by the LOI deadline (July 25, 2018), described in this RFA. The LOI is a prerequisite to submit an application for the FACT initiative.