Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $130 Million Available for Foundational Agricultural Research, Education and Extension

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that $130 million in funding is available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 

Please forward to interested faculty. 

USDA NIFA has a central website where they have normally posted RFP’s as they are released.  The link to that website is located below.

At this time the following AFRI RFA’s have been released.

AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area –

AFRI Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area – Not yet available

AFRI Food Security Challenge Area –

AFRI Foundational Program –

AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area –

AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area – Not yet available

AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge Area – 

If you have any knowledge or awareness of the two “not yet available”, please contact the CALS research division so that we can update the college.

In addition to the RFP’s at the above websites, it will be important for you to follow guidance in the attached updated USDA NIFA guide. I have attached this guidance.  In preparation for AFRI submissions, CALS Research will be hosting a number of training opportunities that we will be forwarding notice on sometime later next week.

Questions: Contact Vince Borleske at 608-890-3180 or

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