USDA issues Requests for Applications for Organic Research Programs
The USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released Requests for Applications for two key organic agriculture research programs:
- Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
- Organic Transitions Program (ORG)
Because of serious concerns about the loss of staff and other disruption entailed by the planned move of NIFA outside the DC area, the agency decided to release RFAs for both 2019 and 2020.
For OREI, applications for 2019 are due on May 2, and the 2020 applications are due on January 23, 2020. A total of $16 – 20 million will be available for grant funding in each cycle. OREI is accepting grants for “integrated projects” (research + extension or education, $500K – $2M depending on the geographic and topical scope of the proposal), conference proposals, planning grants, and curriculum development grants. Project priorities include organic cropping, livestock, and crop-livestock systems; plant breeding and organic propagation systems; food safety; and policy and marketing barriers to organic production and sales. The RFA specifically invites proposals for “Breakthrough on Organic Agriculture” (BOA) conferences to explore research directions and develop a roadmap for organic breakthroughs over the next 10 years.
For ORG, applications for 2019 are due on May 16, and the 2020 applications are due on February 27, 2020. A total of $5.8 million in grant funding is available for 2019, and the same amount has been tentatively projected for 2020, contingent on the Congressional appropriations process.
For more information and links to the actual RFAs, visit: