Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

To establish a competitive grants program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The following represents examples of funded projects for active Programs: (A) AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Climate Masters: One (1) project aims to increase climate change literacy in the arid Southwest while supporting both adaptation and mitigation activities for different and diverse groups, such as tribal communities and Hispanic farmers through a planning and outreach program.

Another project is developing a program that will help build climate resilient communities in rural Alaskan communities, including native Alaskan villages.

Climate and Land Use: A project focused in the Southeast will identify and test climate adaptation and mitigation in fruit and vegetable supply chains using a holistic, systems approach based on crop, economic, and environmental modeling.

Another Land Use and Climate project will look at how climate is impacting land-use decision in the inland Pacific Northwest wheat-based systems to help adapt these systems to changing environments.

(C ) AFRI: Food Safety ? Mitigating the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance at Critical Control Points in the Beef Cattle Manure Management System ? Developing Computational Tools to Identify Critical Control Points for Mitigating the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance in Agro-ecosystems ? Mitigation of Fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter in Cattle ? Mitigating Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistance on Large Dairy Farms by Reducing Behavioral Pathways of Exposure ? Support for Hosting the International Symposium on Environmental Dimensions of Antibiotic Resistance (D) AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy A total of seven (7) awards were made in FY 2016 for the Bioenergy Challenge Area in various program areas.

Examples included but not limited to: NEWBio: Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium NEWBio aims to build robust, scalable and sustainable value chains for biomass energy in the Northeast growing short rotation woody crops and perennial grasses on underutilized or marginal lands. System For Advanced Biofuels Production From Woody Biomass In The Pacific Northwest This project is to ready the Pacific Northwest (PNW) for a 2015 introduction of a 100% infrastructure compatible biofuels industry that meets the region's pro-rata share of Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) targets using sustainably grown regionally appropriate woody energy crops, thereby helping to revitalize the region's agriculture/forestry sectors with establishment of a sustainable advanced biofuels industry that supports both large and small growers and brings jobs to rural communities in the region. (E) AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) ? REEU: Projects were funded that promote research and extension learning experiences for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agricultural workforce with exceptional skills.

Successful proposals enhanced the capacity of institutions to produce graduates with skills needed to address challenges of the 21st Century in the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human (FANH) sciences. ? PD-STEP: Projects were funded that increase the number of K-14 teachers and educational professionals trained in the FANH sciences.

Successful proposals developed pathways to identify and replicate best practices to engage youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields within the FANH sciences ? Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships: Projects were funded that will develop the next generation of leaders who will be actively engaged in agriculture, forestry, and food related research, education, and extension careers.

Successful proposals focused on developing the next generation of scientists who will lead agriculture into the future by solving current and future challenges facing our society.

The awarded projects also targeted talented, highly-motivated doctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees that demonstrate remarkable promise and demonstrated the ability to increase the number of gifted agricultural scientists in the United States.

(F) AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: Starting Early: Expansion of a Primary Care-Based Early Child Obesity Prevention Program This proposal is a multi-functional integrated research, education and extension project to evaluate the long term impacts of the Starting Early Program (StEP) and to develop and evaluate a two-fold expansion of this novel approach to preventing early child obesity.

This proposal fully integrates research to determine the efficacy of the StEP intervention and key factors causing early childhood obesity, education of pregnant women and mothers as well as dietetic/nutrition and primary health care providers and extension into: (1) the Families, Food and Fitness eXtension community of practice; (2) primary health care setting; and (3) Supplemental Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Advancing and Expanding HomeStyles: Shaping HOME Environments and LifeSTYLES to Prevent Childhood Obesity This multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-state, integrated Research, Education, and Extension project will advance and expand the progress of HomeStyles toward reducing risk of childhood overweight and obesity.

HomeStyles, an in-home family intervention, enables and motivates English- and Spanish-speaking parents to shape home environments and weight-related lifestyle practices to prevent childhood obesity.

Segment 1 of HomeStyles focused families with preschoolers (ages 2-5).

Summer Harvest Adventure: A garden-based obesity prevention program for children residing in low-resource communities This novel proposal is in direct response to the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area aligning with the USDA Strategic Plan.

The long-term goal of our enhanced Team Nutrition-based intervention, 'Summer Harvest Adventure,' is to promote obesity prevention strategies (improve diet, physical activity) and help fill the summer meal gap for children, ages 8-11 years, residing in low-resource communities.

The healthcare cost of every obese child in the U.S.

over a lifetime is $19,000 more than his/her normal-weight counterpart.

(G) AFRI: Foundational Program: Only a few examples are listed below.

Numerous other examples of funded foundational projects under all of the 28 Program areas are available via this following link for abstracts: link 1) Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems: i) Enhancing the rhizosphere microbiome and soil health to increase yield resilience to stress. ii) Exploring soil biological health and pest management trade-offs to maximize crop productivity. 2) Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems: i) The role of eco-evolutionary dynamics in an expanding biocontrol agent. ii) Genetics, Genomics, and transcriptomics of host specificity in aphid parasitoids. 3) Physiology of Agricultural Plants: i) Developing low PH tolerant varieties of chickpea. ii) Do Nitrogen fixation strategies align with plant growth strategies? 4) Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production: i) Plant breeding for sweet corn improvement by rational design. ii) Dissecting sea wheatgrass genome to transfer biotic stress resistance and abiotic stress tolerance into wheat. 5) Animal Reproduction: i) Identifying metabolic markers of bull fertility. ii) Follicle selection and development in chickens. i) Next generation spray drift mitigation via field-deployable, real-time weather monitoring and novel spray nozzle control technologies. ii) Improving variable rate irrigation efficiency using a real-time soil water adaptive control model informed by sensors deployed on unmanned aircraft system. (I) Joint Plant Feedstock: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, two (2) proposals were funded totaling $2 million.

Project objectives included, but were not limited to: ? Identifying yield drought tolerance through genotyping and phenotyping of Camelia as a Biofuel Crop.

? Understanding the Resistance of Stalk Pathogens for Bioenergy Sorghum (J) AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): The program became effective FY 2017.

Hence, no data is available for FY 2016. (M) Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): NIFA fully funded a $2.4 million award to a university to research the interconnections between the dairy, anaerobic digestion, ethanol, and corn production in Wisconsin to develop decision support tools to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture in the region.

NIFA provided $452,000 to a university and $373,000 to another university with co-funding from NSF to a project researching how to best manage the competition for water between managing food, energy, and municipal uses in California.

A university received $1.5 million to research cyberphysical systems to support a decision support system for coordination of adaptation planning among FEW actors in the Pacific Northwest. The following Programs are no longer funded: hence, no action is required: (B) AFRI: Food Security (L) International Wheat Yield Partnership.

Fiscal Year 2017: The following represents examples of funded projects for active Programs: (A) AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change The program just received 90 proposals.

The peer review panel will be held November 7-10, 2017.

(C ) AFRI: Food Safety For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: Information is not yet available.

FY 2017 applications are scheduled to be paneled for review in October, 2017. (D) AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy For FY 2017 it is anticipated that new awards will be made under the Sustainable Bioenergy Lignin or Nano-cellulosic Co Products from Biomass Feedstocks and Biomass Feedstock Genetic Development and Evaluation program areas. (E) AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) Once awards are executed, information will be available at https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources.

Projects funded will support: ? professional development opportunities for K-14 teachers and education professionals ? training of undergraduate students in research and extension ? fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates (F) AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: It is anticipated that projects funded in FY 2017 will increase our understanding of childhood obesity prevention. (G) AFRI: Foundational Program: Only a few examples are listed below.

Numerous other examples of funded foundational projects under all of the 28 Program areas are available via this following link for abstracts: link 1) Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems: Funded projects will lead to the development of innovative solutions to problems limiting or threatening the productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of the selected production system. 2) Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems: Funded projects will lead to the development of innovative and environmentally-sound strategies to manage agriculturally-important plant pests. 3) Physiology of Agricultural Plants Program: Funded projects will use molecular, biochemical, whole-plant, agronomic or eco-physiological approaches to improve plant productivity or performance. 4) Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production: Funded projects will support public breeding efforts to improve crop productivity, efficiency, quality, performance, and/or local adaptation. 5) Pollinator Health: Research and Application: Funded projects will address factors affecting pollinators and impact an affordable and abundant food supply. 6) Small and Medium-sized Farms: Funded projects will focus on the development and/or adoption of new models to assist agricultural landowner/manager on decision making with respect to appropriate scale management strategies and technologies to enhance economic efficiency and sustainability. 7) Exploratory Research: Funded projects will develop proof of concept for untested novel ideas including ?high risk ? high impact? work that will lead to a significant change in US agriculture. (I) Joint Plant Feedstock: In FY 2017, two (2) applications were recommended for funding and will be awarded in FY 2018.

Anticipated Project objectives includes: ? Advancing field pennycress as a new oilseed biofuels feedstock ? Discovery and characterization of dose-dependent disease resistance loci in poplar (J) AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): The Proposal deadline was August 2, 2017.

Information is not yet available.

Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date. (M) Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): NIFA anticipates funding four (4) awards for this program.

NIFA funded $1.2 million to a university to research reducing resource use at the seafood-energy-water Nexus focusing on reducing waste and water in aquaculture and energy production.

A $1.25 million Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) award to a university will support a project conducting research to sustain California's food production through integrated water and energy management.

A university received $1.25 million to develop process-based model that support sustainable irrigation across the United States.

A university received $1.24 million to develop new photovoltaic chemistry for greenhouse that would collect the wavelengths of light not need for plant production for solar which would heat the greenhouse and recycle water in a closed loop, self-sustaining system.

Fiscal Year 2018: The following represents examples of funded projects for active Programs: (A) AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change This program is ending in FY 2017, therefore there will be no funding or Request for Applications (RFA) for FY 2018. (J) AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): The AFRI WFPS program will be replaced by a new program in Sustainable Agriculture.

All FY 2017 CAP awards will be fully funded, no continuations.

No more data available.

Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date. Information is not yet available for FY 2018.

Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date for the following Programs. (C ) AFRI: Food Safety (D) AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy (E) AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) (F) AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: (G) AFRI: Foundational Program: (I) Joint Plant Feedstock: (M) Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS):.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - None.

Section # 153 - Additional Websites: http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-climate-variability-and-change-challenge-area : http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-food-security-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-food-safety-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-sustainable-bioenergy-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-education-and-literacy-initiative http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-foundational-program http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/ecology-and-evolution-infectious-diseases http://nifa.usda.gov/press-release/research-projects-improve-plant-feedstocks-bioenergy-production-departments http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-water-agriculture-challenge-area.

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Oregon State University $ 250,000   2019-09-012024-08-31
Mississippi State University $ 479,625   2016-12-152024-07-14
University Of Connecticut $ 500,000   2019-06-152024-06-14
Colorado State University $ 500,000   2019-05-152024-05-14
University Of Connecticut $ 499,990   2019-05-152024-05-14
University Of Florida $ 499,943   2019-05-012024-04-30
University Of Tennessee $ 475,895   2019-04-152024-04-14
Texas State University $ 475,424   2019-04-152024-04-14
Smithsonian Institution $ 500,000   2019-04-012024-03-31
South Dakota State University $ 472,355   2019-04-012024-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The following represents accomplishments for active Programs: (A) AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 the AFRI Climate Change Challenge Area invested in the following priority areas: (1) Climate and Land Use and (2) Climate Masters The Climate Change Challenge Area was funded at $13.9 million to support agricultural production research, education, and extension to how the mosaic of land use types affect and are affected by climate variability and change through integrated projects that focus on sustainable intensive agricultural systems, including crop, livestock, and forestry production.. The due date for the Climate Master?s program was September 14, 2016. A total of 10 application were received and subjected to the peer panel review process. Four (4) awards made, representing a 40% success rate. The request for applications was published with a closing date of Nov 16, 2016 for the Climate and Land Use area. A total of 30 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Five (5) awards made, representing a 17% success rate. Funding was also provided for prior years? Continuation awards. (C ) AFRI: Food Safety In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 the Antimicrobial Resistance program in the Food Safety Challenge Area mad awards totaling about $4.8 million. The program received 44 proposals and funded a total of five (5) grant projects. Funded projects included four (4) Standard Research grants at $4,799,994.00 and one (1) Conference grant at $50,000. (D) AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, two (2) New continuation awards were made under the Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) program. Three (3) new awards were made totaling $9 million under the Investing in America?s Scientific Corps: Preparing a New Generation of Students, Faculty, and Workforce for Emerging Challenges in Bioenergy, Bioproducts, and the Bioeconomy priority all under Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge Area. (E) AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) NOTE: Formerly AFRI Fellowships ? ELI Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REEU) Program: NIFA accepted 75 proposals for review. 18 award recommendations were executed. The success rate for the program was ~24%. Applications addressed the goal of promoting research and extension experiential learning for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agriculture workforce with exceptional skills. ? Professional Development Opportunities for Secondary School Teachers and Education Professionals (PD-STEP): NIFA accepted 31 proposals for review. 14 award recommendations were executed. The success rate for the program is ~44%. ? Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships: NIFA received 260 proposals. 115 award recommendations were executed. The success rate for the program was ~40%. Applications addressed the development of technical and functional competence for predoctoral students, and the research independence and teaching credentials of postdoctoral scientists in the agriculture, forestry, and food sciences that are within NIFA?s challenge and foundational program areas through well-developed and highly interactive mentoring and training activities. (F) AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 award cycle, approximately $6.6 million was available for project grant awards. Fifty-one applications requesting a total of $157,552,541 were received in this year?s competition. In November 2016, a 15-member peer review panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel includes faculty from 1862 land grant universities, Minority Serving Institutions, private universities, USDA-EPSCoR states, and small and mid-sized universities. Funds were available to support research, education and extension efforts for four (4) standard awards, two (2) conference award and two (2) strengthening awards that addressed the childhood obesity prevention program. The funding ratio for this program for FY 2016 was 13%. (G) AFRI: Foundational Program: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, AFRI Foundational Program invested $130 million to support biological research, education and extension programs. The request for applications were published under 28 program area priorities: 1) Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production - The closing date for applications was August 17, 2016. A total of 48 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Ten (10) awards were made, representing a 21% success rate. 2) Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems - The closing date for applications was July 21, 2016. A total of 152 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 21 awards were made, representing a 14% success rate. 3) Physiology of Agricultural Plants ? The closing date for applications was August 11, 2016. A total of 150 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 25 awards were made, representing a 17% success rate. 4) Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production - The closing date for applications was July 28, 2016. A total of 72 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 19 awards were made, representing a 26% success rate. 5) Animal Reproduction - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 62 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 16 awards were made, representing a 26% success rate. 6) Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 92 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 17 awards were made, representing an 18% success rate. 7) Animal Well-Being - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 19 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 2awards were made, representing an 11% success rate. 8) Animal Health and Disease - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 155 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 33 awards were made, representing a 21% success rate. 9) Tools and Resources ? Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics - The closing date for applications was August 3, 2016. A total of 28 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 7 awards were made, representing a 25% success rate. 10) Tools and Resources ? Immune Reagents for Agricultural Animals- The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 2 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. One (1) award was made, representing a 50% success rate. 11) Improving Food Safety - The closing date for applications was August 10, 2016. A total of 119 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 22 awards were made, representing an 18% success rate. 12) Improving Food Quality - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 94 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 17 awards were made, representing an 18% success rate. 13) Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance - The closing date for applications was August 17, 2016. A total of 30 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Two (2) awards were made, representing a 7% success rate. 14) Function and Efficacy of Nutrients - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 87 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 14 awards were made, representing a 16% success rate. 15) Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycling - The closing date for applications was July 21, 2016. A total of 51 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 13 awards were made, representing a 25% success rate. 16) Agroecosystem Management - The closing date for applications was July 21, 2016. A total of 57 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 12 awards were made, representing a 21% success rate. 17) Cover Crops for Bioenergy and Biobased Products - The closing date for applications was July 21, 2016. A total of 10 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Five (5) awards were made, representing a 50% success rate. 18) Socioeconomic Implications and Public Policy Challenges of Bioenergy and Bioproducts Market Development and Expansion - The closing date for applications was July 21, 2016. A total of 22 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Five (5) awards were made, representing a 23% success rate. 19) Agricultural Engineering - The closing date for applications was July 13, 2016. A total of 53 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Nine (9) awards were made, representing a 17% success rate. 20) Bioprocessing and Bioengineering - The closing date for applications was July 13, 2016. A total of 71 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Eight (8) awards were made, representing 11% success rate. 21) Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems - The closing date for applications was July 13, 2016. A total of 88 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 14 awards were made, representing a 16% success rate. 22) Economics, Markets and Trade - The closing date for applications was August 11, 2016. A total of 48 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 13 awards were made, representing a 27% success rate. 23) Environmental and Natural Resources Economics - The closing date for applications was August 18, 2016. A total of 38 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Ten (10) awards were made, representing a 26% success rate. 24) Behavioral and Experimental Economic Applications for Agri-Environmental Policy Design - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 3 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 2 awards were made, representing a 67% success rate. 25) Small and Medium-sized Farms - The closing date for applications was August 25, 2016. A total of 32 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Ten (10) awards were made, representing a 31% success rate. 26) Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities - The closing date for applications was August 31, 2016. A total of 52 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 16 awards were made, representing a 31% success rate. 27) Critical Agricultural Research and Extension - The closing date for applications was July 14, 2016. A total of 35 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 17 awards were made, representing a 49% success rate. 28) Exploratory Research ? There is no closing date for Letter of Intent and the closing date for applications are 60 days after the encouragement to submit the full application based on the assessment of Letter of Intent. A total of 68 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. 12 awards were made, representing an 18% success rate. (I) Joint Plant Feedstock: Within this interagency program NIFA recommended and funded to awards totaling $2 million in FY 2016. (J) AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): The AFRI: Water for Food Production Systems (WFPS) represents a newly funded program, which did not exist in FY 2016. (M) Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): During Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 the program made $5 million in new awards two (2) areas: (1) Food, Energy, and Water System (FEW) Modeling; and (2) Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus. NIFA fully funded two (2) awards. This program is joint program with the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF fully funded 17 awards, contributing $35 million in new awards in the above three (3) areas as well as four (4) FEW Education and Workforce Development. All proposals were received by NSF and evaluated by joint panel. For priority 1, 100 applications were received, two (2) were jointly funded by both agencies and four (4) were funded by NSF. For priority 2, 35 applications were received; one (1) was funded by NIFA and two (2) by NSF. The following Programs are no longer funded: hence, no action is required: (B) AFRI: Food Security (L) International Wheat Yield Partnership. Fiscal Year 2017: The following represents accomplishments for active Programs: (A) AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change In FY 2017 the AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area invested in one (1) priority area: Climate and Land Use. The Climate Change Challenge Area was funded at $12.9 million to support agricultural production research, education, and extension to how the mosaic of land use types affect and are affected by climate variability and change through integrated projects that focus on sustainable intensive agricultural systems, including crop, livestock, and forestry production. The request for applications was published with a closing date of July 13, 2017 for the Climate and Land Use area. A total of 90 applications were received. The peer review panel will be held November 7-10, 2017. Funding was also provided for prior years? Continuation awards. (C ) AFRI: Food Safety In FY 2017, the Challenge area anticipates making $10.9 million available for new awards and $5 million for continuation awards. Applications for FY 2017 were received on June 22, 2017 and the peer panel review process is anticipated to be held after September 2017. (D) AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 it is anticipated that new awards will be made under the Sustainable Bioenergy Lignin or Nano-cellulosic Co Products from Biomass Feedstocks and Biomass Feedstock Genetic Development and Evaluation program areas. (E) AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) ? ELI REEU Program: Approximately 70 proposals and 15 award recommendations are anticipated. The projected success rate for the program is approximately 21.4%. ? Professional Development Opportunities for Secondary School Teachers and Education Professionals (PD-STEP): Approximately 30 proposals and 10 award recommendations are anticipated. The projected success rate for the program is approximately 33.3%. ? Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships: Approximately 230 proposals and 65 award recommendations are anticipated. A success rate of 28.2% is projected. (F) AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: In FY 2017, NIFA anticipates $6 million will be available to support new awards. (G) AFRI: Foundational Program: For FY 2017 AFRI Foundational award cycle, approximately, $150.2 million is available to fund new applications submitted to the AFRI Foundational Program solicitation. Applications were solicited for 28 individual program area priorities. Currently, all the program area priorities are either receiving applications or the program staff is screening applications submitted to the program area priorities. Therefore, complete data for the Foundational program is not available at this time. (I) Joint Plant Feedstock: Two (2) applications have been recommend funding and will be awarded in FY 2018. (J) AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): There were 163 Letters of Intent (LOIs) sent in response to the NEW AFRI Water for Food Production Systems (WFPS) RFA, proposals due August 2, 2017. Therefore, it is anticipated that about 100 applications will be received and up to seven (7) new awards will be fully funded, totaling $37 million. (M) Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): In FY 2017 the program received nearly 300 proposals. The amount available for funding new awards was $5 million. USDA NIFA contribution to the program. NSF is estimated to have $25 million. NIFA will fully fund four (4) awards, with NSF funding an estimated 18 additional awards. Fiscal Year 2018: The following represents accomplishments for active Programs: (A) AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change This program is ending in FY 2017, therefore there will be no funding or Request for Applications (RFA) for FY 2018. (J) AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): The AFRI WFPS program will be replaced by a new program in Sustainable Agriculture. All FY 2017 CAP awards will be fully funded, no continuations. No more data available. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date. Information is not yet available for FY 2018. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date for the following Programs. (C ) AFRI: Food Safety (D) AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy (E) AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) (F) AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: (G) AFRI: Foundational Program: (I) Joint Plant Feedstock: (M) Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS):.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved fundamental and applied research, extension and education objectives to address food and agricultural sciences.

The competitive grants program shall address the following areas: A) Plant health and production and plant products; B) Animal health and production and animal products; C) Food safety, nutrition, and health; D) Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; E) Agriculture systems and technology; and F) Agriculture economics and rural communities. Funds shall not be used for the construction of a new building or facility or the acquisition, expansion, remodeling, or alteration of an existing building or facility (including site grading and improvement, and architect fees).

Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

Funds shall not be used for the construction of a new building or facility or the acquisition, expansion, remodeling, or alteration of an existing building or facility (including site grading and improvement, and architect fees).

Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

Indirect cost is not allowable if awarded as an equipment, conference, or post-doc fellowship grant.

Section 720 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.L.

No.

112-55) limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.

Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institution?s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded.

Special Note on Indirect Costs as in-kind matching contributions: Indirect costs may be claimed under the Federal portion of the award budget or, alternatively, indirect costs may be claimed as a matching contribution (if no indirect costs are requested under the Federal portion of the award budget).

However, unless explicitly authorized in the RFA, indirect costs may not be claimed on both the Federal portion of the award budget and as a matching contribution, unless the total claimed on both the Federal portion of the award budget and as a matching contribution does not exceed the maximum allowed indirect costs or the institution?s negotiated indirect cost rate, whichever is less.

An awardee may split the allocation between the Federal and non-Federal portions of the budget only if the total amount of indirect costs charged to the project does not exceed the maximum allowed indirect costs or the institution?s negotiated indirect cost rate, whichever is less.

For example, if an awardees' indirect costs are capped at 30 percent pursuant to FY 2012 appropriated funds, Section 720 of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division A of Pub.

L.

112-55), the awardee may request 15 percent of the indirect costs on both the Federal portion of the award and as a matching contribution.

Or, the awardee may request any similar percentage that, when combined, does not exceed the maximum indirect cost rate of 30 percent.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This initiative supports integrated and non-integrated programs.

Please refer to Part III, A of the current Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Request for Applications for the complete eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This initiative supports integrated and non-integrated programs. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Request for Applications (RFA) for the complete eligibility requirements.

Credentials/Documentation

The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, ?Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.? SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

All RFAs are published on the Agency?s website and Grants.gov.

Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.

Applications should be submitted as outlined in the Request for Applications (RFA).

Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Award Procedures

Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Competitive, Special and Facilities Research Grant Act, Section 2(2)(b), 7 U.S.C. 450i., 7 U.S.C 450i.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 ? Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA?s respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Appeals

Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subparts D & E apply to this program.

Renewals

Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. Funds are awarded competitively. No formula grants are awarded under this authority. For equipment grants ? Unless criteria is met to qualify for waiver by the Secretary, matching shall not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the special research equipment or other equipment acquired using funds from the grant. For applied research ? if the grant is commodity-specific; and not of national scope, the grant recipient is required to match USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The term of a competitive grant under this program may not exceed ten (10) years. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

REEport GRANT REPORTING: All grant reporting must be completed using the Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).

Initial reporting (item a.

below) is to be submitted through the REEport system.

Annual progress and final reporting (items b.

and c.

below) also is to be done through the REEport system.

Information on REEport can be found on NIFA?s web site at https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/reeport and the REEport software can be found at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov.

a. Initial Documentation in the REEport Database-- Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport) All projects must be documented in REEport.

The NIFA contact for all REEport documentation is: REEport National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.

Department of Agriculture STOP 2213 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.

20250-2213 Telephone: (202) 690-0009 E-mail: electronic@nifa.usda.gov b. Annual Progress Reports. All projects must report annually into REEport.

An annual Progress Report is due 90 calendar days after the award?s anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day of which the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

The following information, when applicable, must be included in the Project Modifications section of the annual Progress Report. 1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period (where the output of the project can be expressed readily in numbers, a computation of the cost per unit of output should be submitted if the information is considered useful); (2) The reasons for slippage if established goals were not met; and (3) Additional pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns or unexpectedly high unit costs. c. Final Technical Report The Final Technical Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the award.

The Final Technical Report covers the entire period of performance of the award and must describe progress made during the entire timeframe of the project instead of covering accomplishments made only during the final reporting segment of the project.

In addition to supplying the information required under item b.

of this article, the final report must include the following when applicable: Identify equipment purchased with any Federal funds under the award and indicate subsequent use of such equipment. FINANCIAL REPORTING: As outlined in 2 CFR 200.327, the recipient must submit financial status reports by the frequency required in the terms and conditions of the award.

The following are the financial reporting requirements for NIFA. Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425: NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.

A ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due on an annual basis no later than 90 days following the end of the award anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day when the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

A final ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due 90 days after the expiration date of this award.

The report must be submitted to the Awards Management Division (AMD) as a pdf attachment to an email sent to awards@nifa.usda.gov. If questions are encountered regarding financial reporting requirements, please contact: Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986 SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the Competitive Requests for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details.

RFAs are generally released annually and provide the most current and accurate information available.

Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. (2) The details of the reporting requirements are included in the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016). (3) Further guidance is provided under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR Part 400, USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

No cash reports are required.

PROGRESS REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

EXPENDITURE REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records

In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $320,740,856; FY 17 est $342,971,061; and FY 18 est $319,205,682 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years. NOTES: (1) This program represents no year funds. (2) These funds do not include carryover.. (4) FY 2016 funding proposes significant increases in AFRI Science Priorities.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA?s partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA?s primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA?s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA?S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant?s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Section # 153 - Additional Websites: http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-climate-variability-and-change-challenge-area : http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-food-security-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-food-safety-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-sustainable-bioenergy-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-education-and-literacy-initiative http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge-area http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-foundational-program http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/ecology-and-evolution-infectious-diseases http://nifa.usda.gov/press-release/research-projects-improve-plant-feedstocks-bioenergy-production-departments http://nifa.usda.gov/program/afri-water-agriculture-challenge-area.

Headquarters Office

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, Division of Animal Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2240, Telephone: (202) 401-6134; Fax: (202) 1602. ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, Division of Global Climate Change, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210, Telephone: (202) 401-4926; Fax: (202) 401-1705; USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, Division of Plant Systems-Protection, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2240, Telephone: (202) 401-4939; Fax: (202) 401-1782: USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Food Safety, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2225, Telephone: (202) 401-1954; Fax: (202) 401-4888; USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, Division of Bioenergy, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210, Telephone: (202) 401-5244; Fax: (202) 401-2653; AND USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2225, Telephone: (202) 401-2138; Fax: (202) 401-6488. , Washington, District of Columbia 20250-2240 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 401-6134 Fax: (202) 401-1602

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available as follows: AFRI: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-agriculture-and-natural-resources AFRI: Food Safety: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-safety-challenge-area AFRI: Sustainable Bioenergy: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-bioenergy-natural-resources-and-environment AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources AFRI: Childhood Obesity Prevention: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-childhood-obesity-prevention-challenge AFRI: Foundational Program: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundational-program https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-foundational-exploratory-research Joint Plant Feedstock: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioenergy-joint-research-solicitation-usda-doe AFRI: Water (for Agriculture): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/innovations-nexus-food-energy-and-water RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.



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