Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking proposals for the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG).  The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans.  Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant.  The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues.

Visit the NIFA website to access a factsheet on the Center of Excellence (COE) designation process, including COE criteria, and a list of programs offering COE opportunities in FY 2016.  You can also review a recording of COE outreach webinars held in February and March of 2015 from the site.  The COE webpages will be updated throughout FY 2016 with additional information, such as a summary of comments received from stakeholders.

Estimate Total Program Funding:  $4,000,000; Rage of Awards:  Unavailable

Link to view grant description Request for Application:  http://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/grant/15_BRAG%20modification.pdf

***Please note:  Letter of intent due date:  Friday, February 12, 2016
Cost Sharing Requirements:  100% match required

***Note:              Due Date (Closing):  April 15, 2016


NIFA-International Wheat Yield Partnership Program (NIFA-IWYP)

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) aims to support the G20 nations’ Wheat Initiative which is committed to coordinate wheat research in the areas of genetics, genomics, physiology, breeding and agronomy internationally.  NIFA in coordination with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP), requests applications to seek breakthroughs for cereal breeding using new technologies and also discoveries that lead to significantly greater grain size, grain set and grain filling duration following embryo formation, in diverse environments, without compromising grain protein concentration in Triticale species.

Estimate Total Program Funding:  $3,446,000; Rage of Awards:  Unavailable

Link to view grant description Request for Application:  http://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/16_NIFA-IWYP.pdf

***Please note:  Letter of intent due date:  March 1, 2016
Cost Sharing Requirements:  If commodity specific see RFA for details.

***Note:              Due Date (Closing):  May 3, 2016


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