Agency: Agriculture Dept. (USDA) Nat’l Institute of Food & Agriculture; Program: Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI): Foundational Program (CFDA Number: 10.310, Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-005843); Eligibility: Universities, nonprofits (with or without 501(c)(3) status), tribes and for-profits, including small businesses; Funding: $130 million for multiple awards up to $500,000 each (match not required); Deadline: Sept. 30.
Summary: Applicants must include educational outreach to youth groups, like the 4-H or Future Farmers of America. AFRI awards grants addressing key agriculture problems of national, regional and multi-state importance. Priority for Foundational Program grants goes to projects that focus on food safety, health and nutrition, including childhood obesity. Projects must include a youth-based outreach element. Priority goes to projects to improve the way K-12 teachers present food and agricultural sciences in their classrooms.