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Grants to USA IHEs, Agencies, and Private Sector Entities
for Research Addressing Canola and Industrial Hemp

Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SAC) Competitive Grants Program

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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06/29/22 5:00 P.M. Eastern


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Grants to USA institutions of higher education, federal agencies, and private sector entities for research addressing eligible crops. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Projects should research canola and industrial hemp, specifically canola grown for oil and industrial hemp grown for value-added products.

The Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SAC) Competitive Grants Program will support projects that lead to expanded adaptation and increased acres in the United States of canola grown for oil and industrial hemp grown for value added products. The SAC supports the breeding, testing, and development of superior performing canola and industrial hemp varieties and production practices that result in improved cost efficiencies, reduced grower risks, and wider use in production systems. Research results and technology developed are expected to be rapidly transferred to producers and other users through effective extension outreach and other engagement efforts.

Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. NIFA recognizes research, education, and extension efforts will have the greatest impacts when equity is grounded in the programs. NIFA is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of programs and encourages individuals, institutions, and organizations from underserved communities to apply to funding opportunities as lead, co-lead, or subaward recipient(s), and to engage as leaders in the peer panel review process to support the development of strong networks and collaborations. NIFA encourages applications that engage diverse communities and have broad impacts through research, education, extension, and integrated activities to address current and future challenges.
The program under this statutory authority may include, but shall not be limited to: conducting comprehensive resource and infrastructure assessments; developing and introducing supplemental and alternative income-producing crops; develop and expand domestic and export markets for such crops; providing technical assistance to farm owners and operators, marketing cooperatives, and others; and conducting fundamental and applied research related to the development of new commercial products derived from natural plant material [including hemp (as defined in 7 U.S.C. 1639o)] for industrial, medical, and agricultural applications.

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GrantWatch ID#: 203395

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Award Ceiling: $250,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
- 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
- 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
- Hispanic-Serving Institutions
- Other or Additional Information
- State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

Eligibility Requirements Only colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA, 7 U.S.C. 3103), other Federal agencies, and private sector entities are eligible to submit applications.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Applicants for SAC must meet one of the requirements listed above. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from review or, if reviewed, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process. Duplicate or Multiple Submissions – In the case of duplicate submissions, the application with the most recent time stamp will be considered for acceptance. If the application is recommended for funding, NIFA will require all other submissions for funding of the proposed project be withdrawn as Federal funding may be provided for each objective only once. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

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Key Dates and Deadlines
- Application: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, June 29, 2022
- Notice of Intent: June 7, 2022
- Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice (NIFA may not consider comments received after the sixth month)

Step One: Register New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Prospective applicants are asked to email a Notice of Intent to Submit an Application by June 7, 2022. This notification is not required and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application. The information it contains will be used by program staff to plan the review process. It will not be used for screening for project appropriateness or applicant eligibility, nor will feedback be offered.

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

Cost Sharing or Matching: No Match Required

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