FSMIP provides matching funds on a competitive basis to assist eligible entities explore new market opportunities for U. S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U. S. marketing system.
FSMIP funds a wide
range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U. S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.
Proposals may address issues throughout 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.
Proposals that address issues of importance at the State, multi-state, or national level are appropriate for FSMIP.
Proprietary proposals that benefit one business or individual will not be considered for funding.
FSMIP also seeks unique and innovative proposals on a smaller scale that may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as models for other States.
Of particular interest are proposals that reflect a collaborative approach between the States, academia, the farm sector and other appropriate entities and stakeholders.
FSMIP funds may be awarded for projects of 1 to 2 years duration.