FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U. S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.
Proposals may deal with barriers, challenges or opportunities manifesting
at any stage of the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail.
Proposals may involve small, medium or large scale agricultural entities but should potentially benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses.
Proprietary proposals that benefit one business or individual will not be considered.
Proposals that address issues of importance at the State, regional or national level are appropriate for FSMIP.
FSMIP also seeks unique proposals on a smaller scale that may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as a model for others.
Of particular interest are proposals that reflect a collaborative approach between the States, academia, the farm sector and other appropriate entities and stakeholders.
The average award is $50,00 0. FSMIP funds are awarded for a period of one to two years.