The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s release of the FY 2016 RFA for the Alfalfa seed and forage systems research

Applications must be received by by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

We highly encourage you to submit a grant. Doing so will demonstrate the strong demand for these funds and assist NAFA in its efforts to maintain and expand funding for the program in future years. All relevant information and links can be found below.

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-005656

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program

The Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. The program will support the development of improved production systems for other forage crops in future years, depending on the availability of funding. Proposals submitted to AFRP in FY 2016 should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

The amount available for support of this program in FY 2016 will be approximately $1,850,000.  Only projects that integrate research and extension objectives will be considered. Projects must be collaborations of at least three states and at least two of the states must be from the same region. Multiple applications can be accepted from each region and awards may or may not be distributed equally among the three regions. Applications may request a project period of up to three years. The total project budget cannot exceed a maximum of $250,000 for the entire project period.

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: This page includes links to the request for applications (RFA), the NIFA Application Guide, and the application package. Synopsis Page: page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

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