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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Research Institutions, Corporations, Groups, and Individuals for Projects to Improve the Alfalfa Industry

Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage System Program (ASAFS)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.330
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-009882
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/27/23
Deadline: 05/25/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA federal agencies, IHEs, research institutions, organizations, national laboratories, private corporations and foundations, groups, and individuals for projects that improve the alfalfa industry. Applicants must complete required registrations and contact program staff prior to submitting a proposal.

The AFRP is an integrated research and extension program that supports technology transfer to improve overall agricultural productivity, profitability, and conservation of natural resources through conventional and organic alfalfa seed and forage production systems. AFRP encourages applicants to establish interdisciplinary and multi-location regional research and extension networks to address national priorities or regional science needs of the U.S. alfalfa industry. By bringing together expertise across multiple university, federal agency, and industry organizations and states, AFRP projects seek to enhance the effectiveness of limited state, federal, and industry resources and so produce greater long-lasting impacts.

In FY 2023 AFRP will support the development of improved alfalfa seed and forage production systems, practices, and supporting technologies. NIFA is soliciting applications for FY 2023 under the following areas:

  1. Increasing alfalfa forage and seed yields and forage quality through improved management practices, plant breeding, and other strategies to reduce biotic and abiotic stresses and costs of production.
  2. Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvest and storage systems, including automation that reduces labor costs, to optimize economic returns to alfalfa producers as well as end-users including milk producers.
  3. Developing methods to estimate alfalfa forage yield and quality to support marketing as a livestock feed and instruments to reduce producer risks.
  4. Exploring new uses for alfalfa such as in fish feeds, nutritive supplements, alternative protein sources for human consumption, high-value chemical manufacturing, or other novel uses.
  5. Developing improved insect, disease and weed management strategies, including spotted aphid in alfalfa seed production and potential herbicide carry-over issues.
  6. Documenting the contribution of alfalfa production systems to climate-smart agriculture, including the sequestration of carbon.

Regional and National Coordination: AFRP projects must integrate both research and extension objectives. NIFA requires regional coordination and encourages national coordination of AFRP projects. For projects with the goal of regional coordination, at least two states from the same region must have significant involvement in the project. For projects with the goal of national coordination, states from at least two regions must have significant involvement in the project and at least two states from each participating region must be involved.

Regional balance and the involvement of new investigators may be taken into consideration during the development of funding recommendations.

  1. Eastern Region: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  2. Central Region: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
  3. Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications for AFRP may only be submitted by (1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) Colleges and universities; (3) University research foundations; (4) Other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies; (6) National laboratories; (7) Private organizations, foundations or corporations; (8) Individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or (9) A group consisting of two or more of the entities described in (1) through (8). Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Submission of duplicate or predominantly overlapping applications is not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits multiple applications that are duplicative or substantially overlapping to NIFA programs within the same fiscal year.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Proposal Conference
A Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on April 25, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT.


Pre-Application Information
- Notification of Intent: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, April 27, 2023
- Application: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, May 25, 2023

Prospective applicants are asked to email a Notification of Intent to Submit an Application by 5 p.m. Eastern time on April 13, 2023. This notification is not required and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application.

Applicants must apply to this RFA electronically via; no other method or response is accepted. New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants should contact an AR prior to starting an application to assess the organization’s readiness to submit an electronic application.

The matching funds requirements for this program may be found at 7 U.S.C. 5925(a)(2). In general, an entity receiving a grant shall provide non-Federal matching funds (including funds from an agricultural commodity promotion, research, and information program) equal to not less than the amount of the grant unless the program is granted a waiver. For further details, see

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Award: $300,000 per year

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: Maximum 36 months

Contact Information
Prospective applicants are asked to email a Notification of Intent to Submit an Application to “”.

Program Contacts:

Bisoondat (Mac) Macoon
National Program Leader

Vance Owens
National Program Leader

Zach Barrington
Program Specialist

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205 Support: Online Support -
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
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