USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding Opportunities Update

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March 1, 2019

The methyl bromide transition program (MBT) addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. Methyl bromide has been a pest and disease control tactic critical to pest management systems for decades for soilborne and postharvest pests. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale.

Who is eligible to apply: 

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

More Information on Eligibility:

Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103) to the MBT Competitive Grants Program. Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) (see Part III, B. and Part VIII, E. for more information), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. Section 406(b) of AREERA (7 U.S.C. 7626), was amended by section 7206 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to add the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions as eligible to apply for grants under this authority.

Posted Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Closing Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-ICGP-006690
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,800,000

Soils are complex living ecosystems that form the foundation of all terrestrial ecosystem services, mediating a myriad of biological, chemical, and physical processes that interact to cycle carbon and nutrients essential for plant growth, food and fiber production, and to remove contaminants from water and air. They are the key to both plant and animal production systems and to maintaining environmental health and agricultural and forest sustainability. They support food production, economic prosperity, and many more services essential for humanity, including supplying organisms that produce antibiotics, controlling the movement of water and chemical substances between the Earth and atmosphere, and acting as source and storage media for gases important to life, such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and methane. Thus it is important to understand predict and sometimes modify soil properties and processes, but it is not easy to see what is going on underground.

Therefore, through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, USDA is partnering with four directorates of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and four research councils within the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) in a new Request for Applications for convergent, interdisciplinary research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic, near-surface soil processes through advances in sensor systems and modeling. This program fosters collaboration among the partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions. All applications must include researchers from institutions in both the US and in the UK.

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Closing Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: 19-556
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000