U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
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Grants to USA Federal agencies, IHEs, national laboratories, research institutions, private organizations and corporations, cooperative extension services, and individuals to develop and disseminate research tools to address the needs of the specialty crop industry. New applicants are advised to complete required registrations early.
The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry (as defined in Appendix III) by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Except for Research and Extension Planning Projects, the SCRI program only considers projects that integrate research and extension activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a unique approach to solving problems facing the specialty crop industry using a systems approach.
The philosophy of the SCRI program is: Truly effective, long-term solutions to specialty crop industry challenges can best be achieved by understanding and treating those problems as complex systems of many interacting components. This perspective requires projects that are larger in scope and complexity, and that demand more resources than have traditionally been allocated to individual research and extension projects. In doing so, projects should focus on entire primary systems (as defined in Appendix III) or on areas where two or more primary systems overlap.
Meeting the challenges faced by these industries can best be handled by considering the full breadth of system components (see example components listed for each primary system), rather than treating each component in isolation and ignoring important interactions and conflicts among components that may reduce the viability of component-specific solutions in the long term.
It is anticipated that successful applications will:
1. Engage stakeholders in collaborative ways to identify those priorities of greatest need;
2. Bring together multi-state, multi-institutional teams of biological, physical, and social scientists to develop strategies and actions emphasizing systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches for meeting the identified priorities;
3. Address priorities through research and extension;
4. Present plans for documenting the impacts of funded applications that include stakeholder involvement; and
5. Include explicit mechanisms to communicate results to producers and the public.
For details on the five focus areas, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%202020%20SCRI%20RFPA.pdf#page=7
The SCRI program offers three project types in FY 2020. The three SCRI project type include:
1. Standard Research and Extension Projects (SREPs)
2. Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs)
3. Research and Extension Planning Projects
For details on each of these program types, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%202020%20SCRI%20RFPA.pdf#page=10
GrantWatch ID#: 182312
It is anticipated that most funded SREPs/CAPS for FY 2020 will be close to the historical median over the project period.
Standard Research and Extension Projects (SREPs):
-Budget: Normally, Federal funds will not exceed $1,000,000 per year. Requests less than $250,000 per project are discouraged.
-Mean award: $1,980,070
-Median award: $1,846,428
-Minimum award: $226,905
-Maximum award: $6,010,232
Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs):
-Budget: Normally, Federal funds will not exceed $2,000,000 per year.
-Mean award: $5,008,679 vi.
-Median award: $4,438,003
-Minimum award: $1,912,178
-Maximum award: $10,898,772
Research and Extension Planning Projects
-Budget: Federal funds up to $50,000 per project
Standard Research and Extension Projects (SREPs): The project period us up to four years.
Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs): The project period is up to four years.
Research and Extension Planning Projects: The project period is one year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Tom Bewick, National Program Leader
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NIFA’s Mailing Address:
Before September 30, 2019:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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After September 30, 2019:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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