The U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced that there is $150.2 million in available funding to help support projects that address societal and global challenges, including food safety and sustainable agriculture. The funding is through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

The AFRI is a competitive grants program that provides funding for research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. Their Foundational RFA supports the following six priorities from the 2014 Farm Bill – plant health, production, and products, animal health, production, and products, food safety, nutrition, and health, agriculture systems and technology, agriculture economics and rural communities, and bioenergy, natural resources, and environment.

 Starting this year, the AFRI Foundational RFA is welcoming “workshop proposals to catalyze activities for harnessing big data to synthesize new knowledge, to make predictive decisions, and to foster data-driven innovation to agriculture.” They are also seeking applications to develop a U.S. animal vaccinology research network.

The NIFA is dedicated to making an impact on agricultural science. To read more, click here:  https://nifa.usda.gov/announcement/usda-announces-150-million-funding-through-agriculture-and-food-research-initiative

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