USDA-NIFA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

Deadline: 2 August 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is currently seeking applications for its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program “Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area”, focused on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems.

The long-term goal of this program is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $34,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $5,200,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants for single-function Research, Education or Extension Projects include:
    • State Agricultural Experiment Station
    • colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher)
    • university research foundations
    • other research institutions and organizations
    • Federal agencies
    • National laboratories
    • private organizations or corporations
    • individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents
    • Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations
  • Eligible applicants for Integrated Projects include:
    • colleges and universities
    • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
    • Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

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