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External Funding Resources and Opportunities

Logic Model: Your Guide to Transforming Ideas into a Grant Proposal

Most of USDA grant proposals require an accompanying logic model. The wording and thought processes needed to complete a logic model are not intuitive for many. A webinar by Dr. Milton Newberry of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication was presented to faculty on May 20, 2016. A link to the PowerPoint can be found here, while the video can be found here.

This lecture-based workshop will provide a foundational overview of logic models and their use in grant proposals. Here, participants will learn about the rationale for using a logic model, the theory grounding logic models, each component of a model, and how a logic model can be used to develop a grant proposal.

NIFA Systems Grantsmanship Workshops


Current Funding Opportunities

FY2018 Specialty Crop Research Initiative

Notification Due to G&C Office: December 1
Pre-Application Deadline: December 9

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry 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. The anticipated amount available for support of this program in FY 2018 is approximately $48.1 million.

The full RFP can be found here.

Pew Charitable Trust

Questions Regarding RFP Deadline: December 21, 2017
Proposal Deadline: February 8, 2018

Two new requests for proposals have been released related to antibiotic use management practices and the efficacy of antibiotic use in food-producing animals. Pew does not limit the number of proposals from any specific entity.

The full Antibiotic Use Management Practices RFP can be found here.

The full Antibiotic Use in Animals RFP can be found here.

A Provider Summary Form will be required for both RFPs.

FY17 USDA AFRI Foundational Program

Various Deadlines; please see the full RFA here.

Letters of Intent (LOI) are mandatory for the Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, CARE, and Exploratory programs, but not for the other programs. The earliest full proposal deadline is June 8, with most others in mid-June through mid-July (about 1 month earlier than last year on average). It is anticipated that approximately $150.2 million are available to support this Program. This is an increase of 15% compared with last year, and is a step in the right direction in support of basic agricultural research. The actual amount of funding available will be a little larger, since there are certain targeted "commodity board topics" included in the RFA that will be co-funded by select commodity boards and NIFA; this year, the National Peanut Board is the only participant. Several Program Priority Areas in the RFA have been reorganized compared with last year, so please review the RFA carefully. Most programs fund single-function research proposals at a total of $500,000 for 4 or 5 years, but there are a few programs requesting integrated proposals and/or at a higher funding level.

NSF - Division of Environmental Biology’s Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program

Notification Due to G&C Office: December 22, 2017
Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 12, 2018

This program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), managed by the National Academies of Science and coordinated with six federal agencies, including NSF. Its goal is "to build scientific capacity and empower researchers in developing countries to use science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to address local and global development challenges."

More information can be found here.

CY18 Dairy Research and Education Projects – Dairy Check-off

Full Proposal Deadline: January 11, 2018

In response to the Milk Check-Off established by Southeast Milk, Inc., and supported by other participating co-ops, this is a call for project proposals for the fiscal year 2018-2019. The project review board, comprised of 10 dairy producers, will select the projects to be funded with the authority to allocate all or a portion of the available funds.

More information can be found here.

CY18 Georgia Peanut Commission RFP


Notification Due to G&C Office: January 5, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline: January 26, 2018


The Georgia Peanut Commission based in Tifton, Georgia is now seeking proposals on peanuts and peanut-related research in cooperation with colleges, universities, experiment stations, and USDA.


The Commission does not underestimate the importance of peanut growers' investment in research. They feel the complimentary relationships and cooperation between federal/state funding and grower investments are extremely important.  Grower funds should not replace the need for federal/state funding. Rather, they should act as seed monies and help to make the funding more efficiently utilized.


More information can be found here.

CY18 Georgia Cotton Commission

Full Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the call for new research proposals and research project renewals for the CY-2018 period (January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018). The Commission funds a comprehensive research program geared toward maximizing the efficiency of Georgia’s cotton producers. We are particularly interested in work that focuses on the conservation of natural resources and preservation of our environment. Proposals that contain production cost reduction strategies will be given priority in the review process. Since limited funds are available, our intent is to provide partial support for projects of high priority and practical in nature that focus on profitability for the Georgia’s cotton growers.

Full guidelines can be found here.

FY18 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

Pre-proposals Due: December 21, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: February 22, 2018

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms — such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses — arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. The approximate award amount for FY18 is $3.5 million.

The full RFA can be found here.

Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT)

Notification Due to G&C Office: by January 24, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: January 30, 2018

This program addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the scheduled phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. Methyl bromide has been a pest and disease control tactic critical to pest management systems for decades for soil-borne and postharvest pests. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale.

The full RFA can be found here.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Notification Due to G&C Office: January 19, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline: February 8, 2018 

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can generally be traced back to the advent of the 1862 and 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts. But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410) appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. 

More information can be found here, and the full RFP can be found here.

The Peanut Foundation 2018 RFP


Full Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2018

The Peanut Foundation is soliciting research proposals to address key industry concerns. This is the only proposal request the Peanut Foundation will have for 2018.

More information can be found here.


Full Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $3.8 million in available funding to address critical issues related to organic agriculture. Funding is made through NIFA’s Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants – Organic Transitions (ORG) program.

The ORG program supports the development and implementation of research, extension, and education programs that enhance organic livestock and crop production. Organic agricultural systems provide many ecosystem services, and natural resources stewardship is a key principle in organic farming.

The full RFA can be found here.