NIFA Update June 8

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Editor: Kelly Sprute                                                                                            June 8, 2018

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ARS plant pathologist Yulin Jia samples a field in Colombia for the disease.
ARS plant pathologist Yulin Jia samples a field in Colombia for the disease. Photo by Fernando Correa. Photo courtesy of USDA.

USDA: Previously Unknown Rice Blast Resistance Isolated

A gene that gives rice resistance to a disease that has been costing about $66 billion a year in global damage has been isolated by a team of scientists led by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and including University of Arkansas, Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, Louisiana State University, and Kansas State University. The team’s paper published in the journal Nature Communications. The study was funded in part by a NIFA AFRI grant. Read the full World Grain article


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FY 2018 AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Webinar

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) and Established 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. For more information contact Sharon Lumpkin.

June 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST

1:45 p.m. Webinar link opens
2 p.m. Presentation starts
3 p.m. Questions/Answer session
3:30 p.m. Webinar ends

Zoom Meeting Connection:
Telephone: US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 162 231 214

News for You

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Call for Research Proposals

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks research proposals from accredited U.S. universities for promising space technologies that will benefit future NASA space exploration missions. Selected technologies will be flight-tested on commercial suborbital launch vehicles, reduced-gravity aircraft and high-altitude balloon flights. NASA will provide funding for selected universities to purchase flight services and to cover costs related to payload design, development, preparation and travel. The targeted audience is: accredited U.S. universities. The application deadline is: June 8, 2018. Contact: for more information. 

Federal Register Notice

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Notice of Intent to Revise Currently Approved Information Collection

A Federal Register Notice entitled "Notice of Intent to Revise Currently Approved Information Collection" was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2018.

In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to revise a currently approved information collection, 0524-0039 entitled, “NIFA Application Kit”. NIFA does not plan to make any language changes to this information collection.

Written comments on this notice must be received by August 6, 2018 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

RFA Grant and Award Announcements

Comparative Genomics Research Program

The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants that NIFA is participating, effective immediately, in PAR-17-482 "Comparative Genomics Research Program". NIFA invites application for research developing comparative approaches that can be used to understand genome structure and function and the relationship between genomic features and phenotypes. Read the full request for funding application.

AFRI - Foundational and Applied Science Program

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture.

The six priority areas are:
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;
Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

    Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited through this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.