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Additional Funding Opportunities

On this page, you will find a list of potential additional funding opportunities that project personnel can apply to, organized by project area.

Click on the appropriate button to jump to the funding opportunities in that project area.

Soil&CroppingSystems

Soil and Cropping Systems

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), Seeding Solutions, Health Agriculture Nexus

https://foundationfar.org/what-we-do/challenge-areas/health-agriculture-nexus/ 

The Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports pioneering research to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, decrease food waste and loss and improve human health. 

Research focuses on: 

  • Increasing access to healthy food 

  • Reducing and redirecting food loss and waste 

  • Advancing plant and animal production systems 

  • Breeding better nutrition 

  • Improving processing and packaging technologies 

  • Predicting supply and demand for crops and food animals 

Lots of open opportunities: https://foundationfar.org/grants-funding/open-opportunities/ 

Due Date: Dependent on Opportunity

Seeding Solutions Grants

Seeding Solutions encourages the development of unique partnerships that support innovative and transformative research focused on one of our Research Priority Areas.

FFAR seeks to award approximately ten meritorious applications, prioritizing those projects that emphasize a commitment to cross-sector partnerships.

To be considered, applications must address and provide solutions to an intractable problem and/or accelerate innovation within FFAR’s Research Priority Areas.

 

  1. Cultivating Thriving Production Systems: supports research that equips producers with information and tools to manage their enterprises efficiently and profitably, including animal and crop management practices

  2. Sustaining Vibrant Agroecosystems: supports research that provides tools, technologies and integrative models at scales that allow producers to build and maintain healthy, productive agroecosystems under a changing climate

  3. Bolstering Healthy Food Systems: supports research that provides food processors, distributors and retailers with the information and technology needed to create efficient and sustainable supply chains that deliver nutritious food to consumers

Due Date: April 3, 2024

Regional Food System Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. RFSP purpose is to support partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local and regional food systems.

USDA promotes climate-resilient landscapes and rural economic systems, including tools to support agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities. AMS encourages applicants to consider including goals and activities related to reducing and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or adapting to the already occurring climate change in their project’s design and implementation.

Due Date: May 14, 2024

Conservation Partners Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award competitive grants to accelerate the voluntary adoption of regenerative agriculture principles and conservation practices on private working lands in priority geographic areas. Grant recipients will provide technical assistance to interested farmers and ranchers to develop management plans, design and implement conservation practices, share their experiences and lessons learned, and participate in Farm Bill programs, especially the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). A particular emphasis should be placed on promoting, designing, and implementing climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) conservation practices and reducing the Farm Bill practice contracting and implementation backlog. Funded projects will enhance wildlife habitat, soil health, water quantity and quality, and carbon sequestration while providing important social and economic benefits to agricultural producers.

The Conservation Partners Program will support projects that:

 

  • Direct staff resources to help agricultural producers design and implement regenerative agriculture systems and practices, especially those that deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase in carbon sequestration.

  • Foster community learning, relationship-building, and development of peer-to-peer networks to advance regional knowledge and adoption of regenerative agriculture systems and practices.

  • Work with communities and producers to identify and overcome implementation barriers.

  • Increase Farm Bill program participation and conservation practice implementation among agricultural producers, especially farmers and ranchers in the Historically Underserved and Special Emphasis categories.

  • Generate environmental benefits, such as improvements to wildlife habitat, soil health, and water quantity and quality.

  • Promote conservation systems to complement and advance producer economic interests and operational efficiency.

  • Equip agricultural producers with information and data management capabilities to access ecosystem service markets.

Competitive projects will advance one or more of the following strategies:
Crop management: Improve water quality and maximize soil carbon and wildlife values by increasing adoption of cover crops, reduced tillage, diversified crop rotations, perennial cropping systems, nutrient and pesticide management plans, precision agriculture, and other soil health practices.
Grazing management: Promote plant growth above and below ground, improve wildlife habitat, and maximize soil carbon by establishing native grasses and optimizing stocking rates, livestock rotations, utilization rates, and plant rest and recovery.
Irrigation improvement: Improve hydrology, in-stream flows, aquifer recharge, water conservation, and flood and drought resilience by increasing efficiency of on-farm irrigation practices and reducing agricultural runoff.
Habitat enhancement: Enhance habitat values of working grasslands, field buffers, forests, wetlands, riparian zones, floodplains and other adjacent areas through native plantings, removal of invasive species, beneficial mowing, prescribed burning, fencing and other conservation practices.

Due Date: July 26, 2024

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Foundational and Applied Science Program

AFRI is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for the six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for 2024. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive, and economically-viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe, and sustainable management strategies for livestock (including poultry and aquaculture species), crops, and critical underlying resources. Applications that address climate change, food and nutrition security, expanding markets for producers, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, and equity for underserved producers are welcome. Also welcome are applications that incorporate virtual learning options, where appropriate and practical for integrated programs.

In 2024, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  1. Plant health and production and plant products;

  2. Animal health and production and animal products;

  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and

  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities

Due Date: December 31, 2024

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

The New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers.
Young faculty in the sciences often struggle to secure grant funding. We established the New Innovator Awards to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding.

Due Date: February 21, 2025

Plant Breeding

Plant Breeding

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), Seeding Solutions, Health Agriculture Nexus

https://foundationfar.org/what-we-do/challenge-areas/health-agriculture-nexus/ 

The Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports pioneering research to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, decrease food waste and loss and improve human health. 

Research focuses on: 

  • Increasing access to healthy food 

  • Reducing and redirecting food loss and waste 

  • Advancing plant and animal production systems 

  • Breeding better nutrition 

  • Improving processing and packaging technologies 

  • Predicting supply and demand for crops and food animals 

Lots of open opportunities: https://foundationfar.org/grants-funding/open-opportunities/ 

Due Date: Depends on Opportunity

Seeding Solutions Grants

Seeding Solutions encourages the development of unique partnerships that support innovative and transformative research focused on one of our Research Priority Areas.

FFAR seeks to award approximately ten meritorious applications, prioritizing those projects that emphasize a commitment to cross-sector partnerships.

To be considered, applications must address and provide solutions to an intractable problem and/or accelerate innovation within FFAR’s Research Priority Areas.

 

  1. Cultivating Thriving Production Systems: supports research that equips producers with information and tools to manage their enterprises efficiently and profitably, including animal and crop management practices

  2. Sustaining Vibrant Agroecosystems: supports research that provides tools, technologies and integrative models at scales that allow producers to build and maintain healthy, productive agroecosystems under a changing climate

  3. Bolstering Healthy Food Systems: supports research that provides food processors, distributors and retailers with the information and technology needed to create efficient and sustainable supply chains that deliver nutritious food to consumers

Due Date: April 3, 2024

Seed Grant Program

Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.

The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Due Date: June 23, 2024

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Foundational and Applied Science Program

AFRI is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for the six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for 2024. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive, and economically-viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe, and sustainable management strategies for livestock (including poultry and aquaculture species), crops, and critical underlying resources. Applications that address climate change, food and nutrition security, expanding markets for producers, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, and equity for underserved producers are welcome. Also welcome are applications that incorporate virtual learning options, where appropriate and practical for integrated programs.

In 2024, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  1. Plant health and production and plant products;

  2. Animal health and production and animal products;

  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and

  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities

Due Date: December 31, 2024

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

The New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers.
Young faculty in the sciences often struggle to secure grant funding. We established the New Innovator Awards to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding.

Due Date: February 21, 2025

Food Science

Food Science

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), Seeding Solutions, Health Agriculture Nexus

https://foundationfar.org/what-we-do/challenge-areas/health-agriculture-nexus/ 

The Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports pioneering research to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, decrease food waste and loss and improve human health. 

Research focuses on: 

  • Increasing access to healthy food 

  • Reducing and redirecting food loss and waste 

  • Advancing plant and animal production systems 

  • Breeding better nutrition 

  • Improving processing and packaging technologies 

  • Predicting supply and demand for crops and food animals 

Lots of open opportunities: https://foundationfar.org/grants-funding/open-opportunities/ 

Due Date: Depends on Opportunity


Research Grant Program

This RFP seeks research proposals that address pressing scientific and technological challenges facing the alternative protein industry.

Cultivated meat, plant-based, and fermentation-derived products offer exciting research opportunities with tremendous positive impacts for the climate and global health. In an emerging field like alternative proteins, research funding has an outsized catalytic effect, serving to generate preliminary data that stimulates follow-on investment from conventional funding mechanisms. With the support of several generous donors, GFI’s Research Grant Program is advancing this foundational, open-access research and creating a thriving ecosystem around this game-changing field.

Due Date: September 21, 2024

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Foundational and Applied Science Program

AFRI is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for the six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for 2024. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive, and economically-viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe, and sustainable management strategies for livestock (including poultry and aquaculture species), crops, and critical underlying resources. Applications that address climate change, food and nutrition security, expanding markets for producers, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, and equity for underserved producers are welcome. Also welcome are applications that incorporate virtual learning options, where appropriate and practical for integrated programs.

In 2024, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  1. Plant health and production and plant products;

  2. Animal health and production and animal products;

  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and

  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities

Due Date: December 31, 2024

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

The New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers.
Young faculty in the sciences often struggle to secure grant funding. We established the New Innovator Awards to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding.

Due Date: February 21, 2025

Nutrition_SocialScience

Nutrition and Human Health/Population and Social Science

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), Seeding Solutions, Health Agriculture Nexus

https://foundationfar.org/what-we-do/challenge-areas/health-agriculture-nexus/ 

The Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports pioneering research to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, decrease food waste and loss and improve human health. 

Research focuses on: 

  • Increasing access to healthy food 

  • Reducing and redirecting food loss and waste 

  • Advancing plant and animal production systems 

  • Breeding better nutrition 

  • Improving processing and packaging technologies 

  • Predicting supply and demand for crops and food animals 

Lots of open opportunities: https://foundationfar.org/grants-funding/open-opportunities/ 

Due Date: Depends on Opportunity


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Stimulating Research to Understand and Address Hunger, Food and Nutrition Insecurity

The purpose of this NOSI is to encourage research on the efficacy of interventions that address nutrition security and the mechanisms of food insecurity on a variety of health outcomes.

 

It also calls for the development of new measures for nutrition security and assessment of food insecurity that are broadly applicable. It was developed by the Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) Implementation Working Group on Nutrition and Health Disparities in collaboration with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and Offices in support of the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research.

Due Date: November 29, 2024

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP)

The purpose of FASLP (Assistance Listing 10.522) is to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children. The primary goals of FASLP are to:

  1. Increase capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities and school cafeterias and in the classroom;

  2. Complement and build on the efforts of the farm to school programs implemented under section 18(g) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act [(42 U.S.C. 1769(g)]

  3. Complement efforts by the Department and school food authorities to implement the school lunch programs established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq,) and the school breakfast program established by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773);

  4. Carry out activities that advance the nutritional health of children and nutrition education in elementary schools and secondary schools (as those terms are defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C 7801); and

  5. Foster higher levels of community engagement and support the expansion of national service and volunteer opportunities.


FASLP supports projects that bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems. The goal of these efforts is to not only increase access to school meals for underserved children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

FASLP is also focused on the development of leadership skills, knowledge, and qualities necessary to prepare students for food and agricultural and related careers in the private sector, government, and academia.

Due Date: December 5, 2024

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Foundational and Applied Science Program

AFRI is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for the six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for 2024. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive, and economically-viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe, and sustainable management strategies for livestock (including poultry and aquaculture species), crops, and critical underlying resources. Applications that address climate change, food and nutrition security, expanding markets for producers, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, and equity for underserved producers are welcome. Also welcome are applications that incorporate virtual learning options, where appropriate and practical for integrated programs.

In 2024, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  1. Plant health and production and plant products;

  2. Animal health and production and animal products;

  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and

  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities

Due Date: December 31, 2024

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

The New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists the investment needed to propel them into successful research careers.
Young faculty in the sciences often struggle to secure grant funding. We established the New Innovator Awards to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. These awards allow the grantees to focus exclusively on research without the pressure of securing additional funding.

Due Date: February 21, 2025

AgEducation

Agricultural Education

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is designated as the lead federal agency that supports higher education in food and agricultural sciences. In this context, NIFA has specific responsibility to initiate and support projects to strengthen higher education teaching programs.

The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), Assistance Listing 10.220, is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the food and agricultural science disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees. The goals and objectives of the scholarships are to encourage outstanding students from groups that are historically underrepresented and underserved to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in food and agricultural sciences, or achieve a D.V.M., that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force. This may include the teaching and preservation of traditional ecological knowledge.

Due Date: April 1, 2024

AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant

The AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program encourages urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development within the city limits of urban or peri-urban areas.

Grants help organizations and communities obtain the materials and services necessary to successfully promote urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development.

Eligible grant projects include the purchase and installation of equipment; capital expenditures (costs incurred to make physical improvements to or construct a facility); and/or dedicated staff contractor time. Projects must be located in or serve communities that meet one of the following criteria:
Cities with a population over 5,000, or
Located within the boundaries of federally recognized tribal land and serving tribal community members, regardless of population size.

Due Date: March 21, 2024


Regional Food System Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. RFSP purpose is to support partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local and regional food systems.

USDA promotes climate-resilient landscapes and rural economic systems, including tools to support agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities. AMS encourages applicants to consider including goals and activities related to reducing and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or adapting to the already occurring climate change in their project’s design and implementation.

Due Date: May 14, 2024

 

Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for the Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). These centers are expected to conduct high quality research and subsequently disseminate their findings and recommendations in audience appropriate products to contribute to improving the safety and health of agriculture, forestry, and fishing workers. Center structure should take advantage of diverse scientific resources and focus on local, regional, and/or national worker safety and health issues. Emphasis should be placed on the creation and implementation of evidence-based solutions that address important agricultural, forestry, and fishing safety and health problems. Centers should also use innovative approaches to identifying, understanding, and developing strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up and sustainability of evidence-based solutions. Collaborations with other academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other occupational safety and health focused groups are expected. Applicants must concisely describe the occupational safety and health burden within their service area and directly link research and outreach activities to help alleviate the burden. Applicants should also clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed work, both during the project period and beyond.

Due Date: June 22, 2024

Resident Instruction Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas: Agriculture and Food Science Facilities and Equipment Program for Insular Areas

NIFA requests applications for the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA) and the Agriculture and Food Sciences Facilities and Equipment (AGFEI) for land-grant colleges and universities in the Insular Areas for fiscal year 2024 to strengthen the capacity to carry out resident instruction, curriculum, and teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences as well as to upgrade agriculture and food science facilities, and equipment necessary to conduct tropical and subtropical agricultural research.

Applications are solicited in the following program areas:
1. Resident Instruction Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA)
2. Agriculture and Food Sciences Facilities and Equipment (AGFEI)

Due Date: February 13, 2025

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