USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding Opportunities Update

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April 19, 2019

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.

Who is eligible to apply: 

Applications may be submitted by the following eligible applicants only: the Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory; non-government organizations and/or community-based organizations; organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety; federal, state, local, or tribal agencies; an institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; a collaboration of two or more eligible entities.

Request for Applications
Posted Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Closing Dates: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-FSMA-006770
Estimated Total Program Funding: $7,600,000

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2019, EWD invites applications in five areas: professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and a brand new program for agricultural workforce training. See EWD Request for Applications for specific details.

Who is eligible to apply: 

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Individuals, Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, Smeall Business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

More On Eligibility: 

The list above is abbreviated. Others may be eligible to apply. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Program Area Description in the current AFRI Education and Workforce Development (EWD) RFA for the requested project types. Please review Part III, A of the current AFRI EWD RFA for more specific eligibility requirements. Note that restrictions apply to integrated projects applicants. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Closing Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Other Due Dates: Letter of Intent and application due dates vary by program area.  Please refer to Parts I, c and IV, c of the Request for Applications for more details.
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006769
Estimated Total Program Funding: $29,166,000
The purpose of TERA award is to recognize and promote excellence in teaching, extension, and research in the food and agricultural sciences at a college or university.

Who is eligible to apply: 

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions

More Information on Eligibility:

Applications may only be submitted by 1862 land-grant institutions, an institution eligible to receive funds under the Act of July 2, 1862 as amended (7 U.S.C. 301 et seq.). Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Posted Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Closing Date: Friday, June 14, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-006741
Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000