Critical Agricultural Materials Program


The Critical Agricultural Materials Competitive Grants Program supports product development, demonstration, and validation of product performance under operational field conditions, specifically for paints, coatings, adhesives for composites, and aerial delivery systems or components which are manufactured from domestically produced agricultural materials and are of strategic and industrial importance to benefit the economy, defense and general well-being of the Nation. Many such products replace petroleum-based products, and offer opportunities to create new businesses and new markets for agricultural materials.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 09/02/2012 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
Other Categories
In FY 2012, the Critical Agricultural Materials Program will support the development and field demonstration of new paint, coating, and adhesive products that are both agriculture-based and environmentally preferable. The objective of this program is to help product developers demonstrate functional performance and life-cycle environmental and economic performance against conventional products and applicable industry, military, and eco-labeling standards. The intended outcome of the Critical Agricultural Materials Program is to help commercialize agriculture-based products that can provide federal agencies, state entities, industry, the military, and consumers with safer, more cost effective, and environmentally preferable purchasing options.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by any person, or public or private agency or organization. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. An applicantÂ’s failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of an 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have 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 $1,000,000.00


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