United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
07/01/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt - Deadline for A9211 Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Evaluation Applications Only.
Grants to USA IHEs, research foundations and institutions, private corporations and organizations, individuals, and agencies to promote sustainability in agriculture. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to support project implementation as well as the evaluation of past programs.
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is USDA’s flagship competitive grant program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. Within AFRI, the longterm purpose of this Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) is to help transform the U.S. food and agricultural system to increase agricultural production by 40% in sustainable ways as we approach a world population of 10 billion by 2050, and to do so in the context of economic, societal, and environmental attributes of sustainability
In FY 2021, applications are solicited under the following two Program Area Priorities:
1. Sustainable Agricultural Systems:
The purpose of the SAS Program Area is to promote the sustainable supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food and other agricultural products, while enhancing economic opportunities and improving the long-term health and well-being of Americans. The USDA Science Blueprint provides a strategic framework for leadership and direction in advancing USDA’s scientific mission through 2025. Four of its overarching themes for research, education, and economics are used in this RFA, which solicits applications for projects focused on:
This RFA is soliciting creative and visionary project applications developed by transdisciplinary teams that integrate research, education, and extension activities and effectively use a systems approach to promote convergence of science and technology to solve challenges to current and future food and agricultural production systems. Economic sustainability of the food systems is an overarching priority for the projects funded in response to this RFA. The RFA also encourages projects that use genome design, prescriptive interventions, artificial intelligence and data, systems management, and/or automation for providing solutions in the topic areas of focus.
For additional details on program priorities, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY21-AFRI-SAS-RFA-508.pdf#page=10
2. Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Evaluation
Program Area Priority – The primary goal of this program area priority is to develop a synthesis and assessment of USDA NIFA’s investments in the Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program from FY 2018 continuing through FY 2024. This priority calls for proposals to provide a programmatic review of the SAS projects, to include impacts, assessment and evaluation of this Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) program in relation to the program goals, the USDA Science Blueprint, the USDA Strategic Goals, and the USDA Agriculture Innovation Agenda. The project should provide an assessment of impacts of the SAS program, a roadmap for future SAS priorities, and education programming to support best practices for SAS project management. The successful application is expected to develop novel methods for assessing projects of this type and scale.
For additional details, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY21-AFRI-SAS-RFA-508.pdf#page=17
GrantWatch ID#: 183691
Sustainable Agricultural Systems: This program area anticipates making approximately fifteen new awards; Program Evaluation: This program area anticipates making up to one award.
Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Proposed Coordinated Agricultural Projects must not exceed $10 million total per project.
Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Evaluation: Proposed projects must not exceed $1 million total per project.
The funds will be awarded through a grant for performance periods of up to five years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Area Contacts – Dr. Mathieu Ngouajio and Dr. Megan O'Rourke.
Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Evaluation Program Area Contacts – Dr. Robbin Shoemaker and Dr. Ann Stapleton
Telephone: (816) 926-1604
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