The Foundational Program is the larges of all the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grants and is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges.  The six priority areas are:  Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Productions and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities, Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Sciences Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).

Note:  FASE grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new scientist and educators into careers in high-priority areas of National need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences.  Furthermore, they provide support for Pre-and Postdoctoral Fellowships which will be solicited in a separate NIFA Fellowships Grants Program, New Investigators, and Strengthening Grants.  FASE, Standard, Conference, New Investigator, Sabbatical, Equipment, and Seed grants are also available in each of these project types –which is a great opportunity for HSIs and Community Colleges, especially for those designated as Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs).

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $130,000,000; Range of Awards:  Unavailable

Link to view grant description Request for Application:  https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%202016%20AFRI%20Foundational%20Program%20RFA_revised%20May%2020%202016_0.pdf

***Please note:

Letter of intent (LOI) due date:  Exploratory Research Program – Letter is required.  LOI is accepted anytime throughout the year; See Part IV, A. for instructions.  See Program Area Priorities for additional information (See Part I, C.).

Cost Sharing Requirements:  For equipment grants and if commodity specific.  See RFA for details.

***Note:

Due Date (Closing):  August 31, 2016


 Any questions can be directed to:

Juan M. Alvarez
Regional Director
United States Department of Agriculture
Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program
Central & Northern California / Washington
California State University, Fresno
Craig School of Business / Peters Building
5245 N. Backer Avenue, M/S PB-7
Fresno, CA. 93740-80001
Phone:  559.278.8311
Fax:  559.278.8682
Email:  Juan.Alvarez@osec.usda.gov


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