Alfalfa and Forage Research Program


AFRP supports integrated, collaborative research and technology transfer to improve the efficiency and sustainability of conventional and organic forage production systems. AFRP encourages projects that establish multi-disciplinary networks to address priority national or regional science needs of the forage industry. By bringing together expertise from multiple organizations and states, these projects will have greater impact and will enhance the effectiveness of limited state, federal and industry resources. In FY 2016, AFRP will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. NIFA is soliciting applications for the FY 2016 under the following areas: 1.Improving alfalfa forage yield and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; 2.Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; 3.Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; 4.Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or 5.Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact alfalfa forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications 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 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).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
NIFA Help Desk
Phone: 202-401-5048
Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am -5:00 pm ET, excluding Federal holidays
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $250,000.00


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