Excerpt from USDA News Release:
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has determined that it is in the best interest of all concerned to combine the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and FY 2013 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program Request for Applications (RFA). This consolidated RFA will combine appropriated FY 2012 and FY 2013 Foundational Program funds and will be called the FY 2013 AFRI Foundational Program RFA. The anticipated publication date is August 15, 2012. In subsequent years, NIFA would release the AFRI Foundational Program RFA just prior to the start of the fiscal year.
The Foundational Program is the portion of AFRI that specifically addresses fundamental research. The AFRI Foundational Program RFA seeks to create a foundation of knowledge in fundamental and applied food and agricultural sciences critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Stakeholder feedback associated with previous AFRI offerings include comments that insufficient funds were allocated to the Foundational Program, some of the priority statements within the RFA were too narrowly written, and important areas of science had been omitted from the Foundational Program RFA.
Because the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s six (6) priority areas are broad, we anticipate no significant changes to the program during its reauthorization in the next Farm Bill.
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