Grants for Agricultural Research, Special Research Grants

 

To carry out research, to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the nation and to facilitate or expand on-going State-Federal food and agricultural research programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.200
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 For Fiscal Year 2016: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The program made one (1) non-competitive award to Colorado State University to operate and manage USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and to conduct, in collaboration with another institution, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops and integration of crop models. Coupling with economic models, effects research and simulations enable us to project regional and national climate change impacts on agriculture. The program maintained high data collection rates, model runs were made for corn, and work with crop simulations continues. Economic analysis modules have been coupled with the integrated assessment framework. (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4: For the FY 2016 award cycle, $11,093,385 was awarded. Applications were received from four (4) regional centers and the National Headquarters Office. A diverse panel reviewed the applications and recommended funding each of the proposals received. A total of five (5) awards were made. Funds support research on pesticides for use in specialty crops and minor crops. (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (F) Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: For the FY 2016 funding cycle, approximately $1,849,191 was available to fund proposals submitted to this program. A total of five (5) applications, requesting a total of $2,229,378 have been received by the program. On June 6, 2016, a seven-member peer review panel has evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty from 1862 and 1890 land grant universities, and Federal and industry scientists. Funded projects will support potato research that has a high potential to develop potato varieties with a high value to the potato industry. (G) Critical Agricultural Materials: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (H) Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): The FY 2016 Aquaculture Research Special Research Grants program proposals have been received. A total of 56 proposals were received. It is anticipated that 4 awards will be made from approximately $1.2 million available to the awardees. The panel selecting the awards met July 12-14. Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): For the FY 2016 award cycle, approximately $768,924 is available to fund proposals received by this program. Maximum award size is $210,000. A total of ten (10) applications requesting a total of $ 2,010,087 was received in this year’s competition. On June 6, 2016, a seven-member peer review panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty from 1862 and 1890 land grant universities, and Federal and industry scientists. Funded projects will support integrated research and extension projects that focus on developing and testing superior canola germplasm; improving methods of planting, cultivation and harvesting; and transferring the new knowledge to producers. (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research aka Rangeland Research Program (aka Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Restoration): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Listing represents an error. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. NOTE: No Action Needed (N/A/N) for CFDA # 10.200 (O), (P), and (Q). They were assigned for informational purposes only and do not represent federal assistance programs. (R) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (SNAP & EFNEP): Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE): No new awards are planned for the RNECE Initiative. The following represents accomplishments for active Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The program made one (1) competitive award to operate and manage USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and to conduct, in collaboration with another institution, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops and integration of crop models. Coupling with economic models, effects research and simulations enable us to project regional and national climate change impacts on agriculture. The program maintained high data collection rates, model runs were made for corn, and work with crop simulations continues. Economic analysis modules have been coupled with the integrated assessment framework. The amount available to fund proposals was $1,305,147. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4: Applications were received from four (4) regional centers and the National Headquarters Office. A diverse panel reviewed the applications and recommended funding each of the proposals received. A total of five (5) awards were made. Funds support research on pesticides for use in specialty crops and minor crops. (F) Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 grant cycle, $1,848,966 was available to fund proposals submitted to this program. In 2016, four (4) proposals were submitted and they were reviewed in the same panel with canola proposals. There were ten (10) panelists. Funds were available to support all four (4) awards. The funding ratio for this program is 100%. Funded projects will support potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research that focuses on the development and testing of superior potato varieties for commercial production. (H) Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Aquaculture Research Special Research Grants program panel met from July 12-14. A total of 56 proposals were received. Four (4) awards were made. The total amount of $1,236,969 available to fund these four (4) proposals. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 award cycle, $767,790 was available to fund the proposals received by this program. The maximum award was $195,000. Ten (10) applications were received, a total of $ 2,010,087 was requested for the FY 2016 competition. On June 6, 2016, a seven (7) member peer review panel evaluated the applications. The peer panel included faculty from 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions (LGIs), and Federal and industry scientists. Funds were available to support a total of four (4) awards. The funding rate was 40%. Funded projects will develop canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. They are supporting integrated research and extension projects that focus on developing and testing superior canola germplasm; improving methods of planting, cultivation and harvesting; and transferring the new knowledge to producers. These projects involved stakeholders in priority setting, project development and implementation; and included multi-state cooperation. The funded projects will complement research being conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture‘s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The following Programs are no longer funded: hence, no action is required: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control (Special Research Grants): (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP): (G) Critical Agricultural Materials: (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research): (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research aka Rangeland Research Program (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program: (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs: (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program: (R) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (SNAP & EFNEP): Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE):
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 – ACTIVE Programs: Total Appropriations for the Special Research Grants Program was approximately $21.7 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Per the Budget Office, after legislatively authorized set-asides, approximately $20.1 million was available for awards. (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The program made one (1) continuation award. The Principal Investigators (PIs) operated and managed USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and conducted, in collaboration with other institutions, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops. Projection of regional and national climate change impacts on cotton/maize/soybeans using economic models, effects research, and simulations continued. The amount available to fund proposals was $1,305,638. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 award cycle, $11,070,513 was awarded. In FY 2017 NIFA posted a competitive RFA for four (4) regional centers and a National Headquarters Office to administer the Minor Crop and Minor Use Pesticide program known as IR-4 for the next two years. A peer review panel reviewed all applications that were received and recommended funding each of the 5 (five) proposals received. Funds support research on pesticides for use in specialty crops and minor crops (F) Potato Breeding Research: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 award cycle, $2,078,195 was available for grant awards. A total of four (4) applications were received that requested a total of $4,301,857. Five (5) proposals were submitted to the program. One (1) was rejected for lack of program fit, so four (4) were reviewed by a panel of five (5) reviewers. A six member peer-review panel evaluated these applications on June 12, 2017. The peer panels included faculty from land grant universities and Federal and industry scientists. Funds were available to support four new integrated research and extension projects awards totaling $2,078,195. The funding success rate for this program in FY 2017 was 80% for new awards. Funded projects will support potato research that has a high potential to develop potato varieties with a high value to the potato industry. (H) Aquaculture Research and Aquaculture Centers: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Aquaculture Research Special Research Grants program panel met from July 17-19. A total of 54 proposals were received. Four (4) proposals will be funded. There was approximately $1,216,344 million available for these awards. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, approximately $3.7 million was available for the Regional Aquaculture Centers Program. Each of the Regional Centers was awarded $734,424. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): For the FY 2017 award cycle, $766,656 was available to fund the proposals received by this program. The maximum award was $325,000. Seven (7) applications were received, a total of $ 1,397,133 was requested for the FY 2017 competition. On June 22, 2017, an eight (8) member peer review panel evaluated the applications. The peer panel included faculty from 1862 land-grant institutions (LGIs), and Federal and industry scientists. Three (3) awards were supported with the funding. The funding rate was 43%. Funded projects will develop canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. They are supporting integrated research and extension projects that focus on developing and testing superior canola germplasm; improving methods of planting, cultivation and harvesting; and transferring the new knowledge to producers. These projects involved stakeholders in priority setting, project development and implementation; and included multi-state cooperation. The funded projects will complement research being conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture‘s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) In FY 2017 FAEIS funded a single continuation grant in the amount of $220,000. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. NOTE: Previously, was erroneously listed under CFDA # 10.200 (K). The appropriate CFDA Number is # 10.202. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The program made one (1) continuation award for a grant entitled Agroclimatology - Global Change, Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research. The PIs operated and managed USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and conducted, in collaboration with other institutions, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops. Projection of regional and national climate variability impacts on cotton/maize/soybeans using economic models, effects research, and simulations continued. The amount available to fund proposals was $1,305,638. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 award cycle, $11,070,513 was awarded as continuation awards to the current four (4) regional centers and the National Headquarters Office. Funds support research on pesticides for use in specialty crops and minor crops. (F) Potato Breeding Research: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 award cycle, $2,323,200 was available for grant awards. A total of four (4) continuation applications were received, requesting a total of $2,323,200. The funding success rate for this program in FY 2018 was 100% for continuation awards. These were continuations of 2-yr awards granted the year before by a peer review panel. Project success was reviewed internally by NIFA staff to ensure projects were progressing. (H) Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2018: The Aquaculture Research Special Research Grants Program was not included in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request. However, funding was appropriated for the Program in FY 2018. The appropriated amount was $1.35 million. These funds were made available for this program with 56 proposals submitted for funding. Four (4) awards of approximately $300,000 each were made. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): For the FY 2018 award cycle, approximately $762,600 was anticipated for awards. Maximum award size was $200,000. Eight (8) applications were received, for a total of $ 1,589,476 requested for the FY 2018 competition. On June 18, 2018, an eight (8) member peer review panel evaluated the applications. The peer panel included faculty from 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions (LGIs), Federal scientists, and an industry farmer. Four (4) awards were supported, for a total available of $763,071. The funding rate was 50%. Funded projects supported integrated research and extension (R&E) projects focused on developing and testing superior canola germplasm; improving methods of planting, cultivation and harvesting; and transferring new knowledge to producers. (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) SPECIAL NOTE: This program is not supported through a program specific appropriation In FY 2018 Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) was competed for a single award of $220,000. The program received two applications and one was awarded. It is anticipated that continuation grants will be awarded, contingent upon performance, for project periods up to five years. The anticipated total for the entire project period is approximately $1,100,000. (T) Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) Mental Health Division Research Project (aka MFRP) For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 the amount available to support this Program was $1,443,990. (U) Air Force Family Advocacy Program The actual funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was $2,129,595. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Fiscal Year 2019 Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The program made one (1) continuation award for a grant entitled Agroclimatology - Global Change, Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research. The PIs continued to operate and manage USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and conducted, in collaboration with other institutions, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops. Further emphasis was placed on crop modeling and economics portions of the project. The amount available to fund proposals was $1,305,638. This project received an approved Competition Waiver allowing it to continue over the next three (3) years. A copy of this waiver has been uploaded to the appropriate database. Remaining documents for establishment of the project are in process. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): For the Fiscal Year 2019 award cycle, $11,069,838 will be awarded. In FY 2019 NIFA posted a competitive RFA for four (4) regional centers and a National Headquarters Office to administer the Minor Crop and Minor Use Pesticide program known as IR-4 for the next two years. A peer review panel reviewed all applications that were received and recommended funding each of the 5 (five) proposals received. (F) Potato Breeding Research: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 award cycle, $2.25 million was anticipated to be available for grant awards. A total of four (4) applications were received, requesting a combined total of $4,644,804. A five (5)-member peer-review panel evaluated these applications on July 18, 2019. The peer panel included faculty from one (1) 1890 and three (3) 1862 land grant universities; and one (1) Federal (ARS) scientist. Funds were available to support four new integrated research and extension projects awards, totaling $2,555,070. The funding success rate for this program in FY 2019 was 100% for new awards. Funded projects will support breeding research that leads to the development and commercial use of superior performing potato varieties that address significant challenges to the U.S. potato industry. (H) Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2019: The Aquaculture Research Special Research Grants Program was not included in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request. However, funding was appropriated for the Program in FY 2019. The appropriated amount was $2.0 million. These funds were made, available for this program with 72 proposals submitted for funding. Eight awards were made from approximately $100,000 to $300,000 each. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): For the FY 2019 cycle, approximately $1,000,000 was anticipated for awards. Maximum award size was anticipated at $225,000 for Canola Regional Integrated R&E Projects (one/region), and $100,000 for canola projects in other states. Funding was also available for a conference to assess national industrial hemp R&E needs, not to exceed $50,000. Eight (8) applications were received: six (6) for canola R&E projects and two (2) for hemp R&E needs-assessment conferences, for a total of $1,199,879 requested for FY 2019. On July 11, 2019, a six (6)-member peer review panel evaluated the applications. The panel included faculty from 1862 land-grant universities and a farmer-member of the U.S. Canola Board. Total available funding was $928,830, from which three regional canola R&E projects were funded for $293,000 each, and one hemp conference for $50,000, for a funding rate of 50%. The R&E projects will develop and test superior canola germplasm; improve planting, cultivation and harvesting methods; and transfer new knowledge to producers. The conference will assess national industrial hemp R&E needs. (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) As single continuation award of $220,000 is expected to be awarded in July, 2020. (T) Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) Mental Health Division Research Project (aka MFRP) Program did not received funding in FY 2019. (U) Air Force Family Advocacy Program This program was not awarded funding in FY 2019. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Fiscal Year 2020 Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The FY 2020 funding levels have not yet been established by Congressional Appropriations. If this Program is funded in FY 2020, it is projected that the funding level will be comparable to that previously allocated. Under the approved Competition Waiver approved in 2019, the project entitled Agroclimatology - Global Change, Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research is eligible for funding. Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): The FY 2020 funding levels have not yet been established by Congressional Appropriations. If this Program is funded in FY 2020, it is projected that the funding level will be comparable and the types of projects will be similar. NIFA anticipates funding five (5) continuation projects, i.e. four (4) regional centers and a National Headquarters Office. Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. (F) Potato Breeding Research: The FY 2020 funding levels have not yet been established by Congressional Appropriations. If this Program is funded in FY 2020, it is anticipated that NIFA will offer only continuation awards. NIFA does not intend to solicit new applications for 2020. Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. (H) Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2020: The FY 2020 funding levels have yet to be established by Congressional Appropriations. However, if the Program is funded in FY 2020, it is anticipated that an amount similar to the FY 2019 levels ($2.0 million, appropriated) will be made available for this program with approximately 70 proposals submitted for funding. If funded, it is anticipated that approximately $1.7 million will be available for eight (8) awards of approximately $100,000 to $300,000 each. It is projected that similar projects will be supported in FY 2020. Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): FY 2020 funding has not yet been established by Congress. The program will provide details at a future date. (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) The FY 2020 funding levels is contingent upon Congressional Appropriations to Higher Education programs. FAEIS will be funded through a non-competitive continuation award. (T) Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) Mental Health Division Research Project (aka MFRP) Program will not receive funding in FY 2020. (U) Air Force Family Advocacy Program This program is not projected to be funded in FY 2020. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Authorization
Section 2 (c), Public Law 89-106, 7 U.S.C. 450i(c), as amended
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Special Research Grants: State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations and individuals having a demonstrable capacity to conduct research activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
For Special Research Grants: State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations and individuals having a demonstrable capacity to conduct research activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
Credentials/Documentation
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR SS 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR SS 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, "Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information." SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Award Procedure
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Section :094 - Deadlines: Specific deadline dates are announced on the Agency's website: http://www.nifa.usda.gov Contact the headquarters, as appropriate, for application deadlines. See Section : 152 for specific details. Further, dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA each fiscal year. Section :095 - Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 30 to 180 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 - Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA's respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Appeals
Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 - Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc
How are proposals selected?
2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved fundamental and applied research, extension and education objectives to address food and agricultural sciences. Awards are generally limited to high priority problems of a regional or national scope.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
Auditing
Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, SS 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed three (3) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NIFA is transitioning to a new location for Fiscal Year 2020. NIFA's New Mailing Address AFTER September 30, 2019 follows: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 6501 Beacon Drive Kansas City, MO 64133 Additional Websites: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader,
Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, Division of Plant Systems-Protection, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2240, Telephone: (202) 401-4939, Fax: (202) 1782.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT:

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, Division of Bioenergy, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210, Washington, District of Columbia, 20250-2210 , Telephone: (202) 401-5244, Fax: (202) 401-2653.

E-mail: policy@nifa.usda.gov.
Washington , DC 20250-2240 US
Policy@nifa.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 401-4939
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1500-0-1-352
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$16,703,098.00; FY 19 est $17,718,836.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$20,162,542.00; FY 16$20,712,503.00; - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years. NOTES: In FY 2014, various Pest Management Programs are consolidated under Integrated Activities, Crop Protection/Pest Management Program. See CFDA # 10.329. Obligations for the Forest Products and Potato Breeding Research Programs are reported under Other Special Research Grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available as follows: Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/global-change-ultraviolet-radiation-monitoring-and-research-program Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/minor-crop-pest-management-program-interregional-research-project-4-ir-4 Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/potato-breeding-research Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/special-research-grants-program-aquaculture-research Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (SACC): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/supplemental-and-alternative-crops-sacc
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA's partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA's primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA'S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant's circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 For Fiscal Year 2016: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): For FY 2016: The USDA has long been concerned about high levels of ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, which are known to have harmful effects on agricultural crops, rangelands, forest ecosystems, humans, and livestock. The purpose of this program is to support research which: • generates an uninterrupted stream of climatology data; • determines mechanisms and symptoms of plant and animal response; and • applies tightly integrated crop and climate models to assess regional and national impacts (both biological and economic) of multiple plant stressors. (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control: Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date. No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4: For FY 2016: Interregional Research Project No. 4 Minor Crop Pest Management This project has continued support for four regional Centers plus a National Headquarters Office. Since the plant protection industry has little economic incentive to develop registrations for specialty crop chemicals, IR-4 develops the data that provide legal, effective, safe and IPM-compatible pest control agents for minor and specialty crops. Without this program, many specialty crops could no longer be produced in the US or would be greatly compromised in cost and quality. This project’s objectives for minor and specialty crops are to obtain pesticide clearances for food uses, further the development and adoption of biopesticides, and conduct research to protect ornamental crops. There are five (5) regions that can apply for IR-4 funding. (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (F) Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: Anticipated: The projects will identify and introgress traits for resistance to pests and diseases; reduce losses to pests and pathogens while reducing pesticide inputs; develop desirable yield and quality traits for new potato varieties; and /or develop models or forecasting systems to enhance early detection of disease development and /or pest emergence, allowing producers to implement management strategies to reduce crop losses on time. (G) Critical Agricultural Materials: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (H) Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): It is anticipated that four (4) awards of approximately $300,000 each will be made in FY 2016 focusing on the four aquaculture-related subject areas required by the appropriation language: genetics, economics, disease, and aquaculture systems (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): It is anticipated that projects funded in FY 2016 will significantly increase canola production by developing and testing superior germplasm, methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and then transferring new knowledge to producers by communicating the research outcomes. (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research aka Rangeland Research Program (aka Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Restoration): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Listing represents my error. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program: No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. NOTE: No Action Needed (N/A/N) for CFDA # 10.200 (O), (P), and (Q). They were assigned for informational purposes only and do not represent federal assistance programs. (R) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (SNAP & EFNEP): Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE): No new awards are planned for the RNECE initiative. The following represents examples of funded projects for active Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): The USDA has long been concerned about high levels of ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, which are known to have harmful effects on agricultural crops, rangelands, forest ecosystems, humans, and livestock. The purpose of this program is to support research which: • generates an uninterrupted stream of climatology data; • determines mechanisms and symptoms of plant and animal response; and applies tightly integrated crop and climate models to assess regional and national impacts (both biological and economic) of multiple plant stressors. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4: This project continued support for four (4) regional Centers plus a National Headquarters Office. Since the plant protection industry has little economic incentive to develop registrations for specialty crop chemicals, IR-4 develops the data that provide legal, effective, safe and IPM-compatible pest control agents for minor and specialty crops. Without this program, many specialty crops could no longer be produced in the US or would be greatly compromised in cost and quality. This project’s objectives for minor and specialty crops are to obtain pesticide clearances for food uses, further the development and adoption of biopesticides, and conduct research to protect ornamental crops. (F) Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research: Potato Variety Development and Improvement in the Northwest The objective of this research is to release and commercialize new potato varieties that will directly benefit all segments of the Northwest potato industry and indirectly benefit all US producing regions. The strategy is to identify traits, make crosses, and apply selection pressures that will increase the probability of developing varieties that can be produced and utilized more efficiently than existing varieties. Appropriate breeding goals include high yield, improved processing quality, genetic resistance to major pests and diseases, higher levels of resistance to stresses, increased nutrient use efficiency, improved human nutritional value, and high tuber quality. An additional environmental benefit comes with reduced use of pesticides, water, and fertilizers, which are normal by-products of improved varieties. This major objective is accompanied by myriad minor objectives involving germplasm enhancement, germplasm production, selection procedures, disease and stress screening, variety trial design and conduct, seed increases, management studies, and commercial evaluations. Each objective is to be carried out by the Northwest institution(s) best equipped to complete the associated tasks. A heavy element of interdependence among all institutions is essential in achieving the outlined objectives. Potato Breeding and Cultivar Development in the Southwest The Southwestern Regional Potato Cultivar Development Project was initiated by several universities to meet the unique needs of the Southwest potato industry. Crosses and original selections are made in Colorado and Texas followed by formal regional evaluation trials in all three (3) states. Breeding stocks and advanced selections are openly shared with more than a dozen other states. Promising selections from the Project are further evaluated in the Western Regional Trials which include seven (7) Western states. Specific goals and objectives are developed and constantly reevaluated based on extensive stakeholder input. Since the inception of the Southwestern Regional Potato Cultivar Development Project in 1997, 48 new cultivars and clonal selections have been released or co-released with other institutions which make up substantial and increasing portions of the regional potato acreage and have become important contributors to the economies of the states. Of newly released cultivars since 1997, and ranking in the top 50 cultivars that were accepted for seed certification in the US in 2015, cultivars developed by the Southwestern Regional Potato Cultivar Development Project ranked second among the regional projects. Development Of Multipurpose Potato Cultivars With Enhanced Quality, Disease And Pest Resistance–North Central Region Potato production is in the North Central US is vital to the regional economy and plays an important role in the national potato supply. In 2015 the four (4) states of Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin accounted for 22% of the US acreage, with a farm-gate value of $856 million. All sectors of the potato market are present in this region, dominated by fry and chip processing markets, with a successful fresh market and expanding specialty market niches. Changes in climate, consumer preference, production economics, and environmental regulations require continual innovation in the potato industry, and plant breeding leading to variety commercialization is critical to meeting these evolving demands. This proposal, which is a joint effort of the potato breeding and genetics programs at four (4) North Central land-grant universities. There are four (4) specific objectives are detailed as follows: (1) to identify new varieties with superior agronomics and end-used quality via hybridization and selection; (2) to screen elite germplasm for resistance to key pests; (3) to use genetic markers to improve breeding efficiency; and (4) to transfer new varieties from the breeding programs to the commercial sector. The four (4) project directors and their collaborators have the requisite experience, facilities, and stakeholder relationships to successfully complete these objectives. The expected outcomes from the one-year grant include the release of new varieties, the selection of new breeding lines, new markers for marker-assisted selection, and preliminary data on the feasibility of using genome-wide marker analyses for improving variety development. Potato Breeding and Variety Development for Improved Quality and Pest Resistance in the Eastern United States This is an integrated, seven-state (Florida, Maine, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) potato breeding and variety development project for the eastern U.S. Four (4) states maintain breeding programs. Collaborative multi-site selection, evaluation, and variety development work is conducted in all states. Breeding objectives and priorities are determined from stakeholder input. The overall goal is to develop attractive, productive, disease- and insect-resistant potato varieties that can be employed by small and large potato producers to enhance marketing opportunities, farm sustainability and profits. The specific objectives are: (1) Improve productivity and quality for important eastern U.S. markets by developing and releasing superior potato varieties using conventional and marker-assisted potato breeding methods; (2) Reduce the impact of economically important biotic and abiotic potato production constraints by breeding and developing improved potato germplasm; (3) Select widely-adapted potato varieties by screening yield, quality, and pest resistance traits at multiple eastern locations; (4) Facilitate commercial adoption of improved new varieties by coordinating initial commercial trials and by developing production management recommendations; and (5) Enhance the availability and use of project-related, research-based information through the use of digital media. Development of varieties with resistance to important diseases such as late blight, scab, potato virus y, early blight, and golden nematode is a long-term priority. The project focuses on classical breeding techniques, but also includes development and use of marker-assisted selection for key traits. Our selection procedures utilize diverse eastern growing conditions to select potato germplasm with resistance to pests, heat stress, and stress-related defects. (H) Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): Development and Management of Canola in the Great Plains Region The long-term goal of this project is to facilitate the adoption of winter canola into cropping systems of the Southern Great Plains (SGP). The project will focus on the high priority areas of developing and testing of superior cultivars, improving methods of production, and transferring of new knowledge to producers. New cultivars developed under SGP conditions will possess enhanced winter survival, higher yield potential, greater oil content, and herbicide tolerance. To date, the project has released a new variety of winter canola called “Torrington”, a variety that yields 9.7% greater than the most widely grown cultivars in the SGP. Two (2) additional cultivars will be considered for full release in 2017. The project tested 48 varieties in FYs 2015/16, including 23 that are commercially available, and 36 in the FYs 2016/17 season. Project results can be found at http://www.agronomy.k-state.edu/services/crop-performance-tests/index.html. In addition the team has conducted seeding studies and harvest management studies that have been published as an extension bulletin to help farmers with their management. The team has communicated these results through 19 individual events in both Oklahoma and Kansas that reached 925 people. Improving Canola Production and Production Systems with Genetic and Agronomic Advances to Increase Canola Acreage in the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Northwest (PNW) dryland agriculture is dominated by small-grain cereals due to high dryland wheat yields. This project will aim to increase canola production in this area since it can lend sustainability to a current system of monoculture cereal production, with some of the highest canola yields in the US. This project will develop genetically superior cultivars, identify and quantify economic and rotational benefits of integrating a canola rotation, identify management strategies, conduct surveys for the impact of blackleg disease, and produce a manual for PNW canola production. To date the team has identified and field evaluated just over 3000 genetic lines and regionally tested seven (7) advanced lines. The spring canola cultivar “empire” was released and foundation seed was produced for cultivar that is a fry oil and three (3) new winter cultivars with high herbicide tolerance. The team has tested 74 regional cultivars throughout four (4) states. The four (4) projects funded in the 2016 competition include: (1) Why has U.S. Aquaculture Struggled Economically? Identifying Key Current and Future Determinants of Economic Sustainability; (2) Improving Aquaculture's Value through Enhanced Nutrient Management; (3) Identification of the risks of emerging Flavobacteria to early life stages of farmed salmonids and development of improved control strategies; and (4) Validation of markers and marker-assisted selection of hard clam for resistance to QPX disease. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): Development and Management of Canola in the Great Plains Region The long-term goal of this project is to facilitate the adoption of winter canola into cropping systems of the Southern Great Plains (SGP). The project will focus on the high priority areas of developing and testing of superior cultivars, improving methods of production, and transferring of new knowledge to producers. New cultivars developed under SGP conditions will possess enhanced winter survival, higher yield potential, greater oil content, and herbicide tolerance. To date, the project has released a new variety of winter canola called “Torrington”, a variety that yields 9.7% greater than the most widely grown cultivars in the SGP. Two additional cultivars will be considered for full release in 2017. The project tested 48 varieties in 2015/16, including 23 that are commercially available, and 36 in the 2016/17 season. Project results can be found at http://www.agronomy.k-state.edu/services/crop-performance-tests/index.html. In addition the team has conducted seeding studies and harvest management studies that have been published as an extension bulletin to help farmers with their management. The team has communicated these results through 19 individual events in both Oklahoma and Kansas that reached 925 people. Improving Canola Production and Production Systems with Genetic and Agronomic Advances to Increase Canola Acreage in the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Northwest (PNW) dryland agriculture is dominated by small-grain cereals due to high dryland wheat yields. This project will aim to increase canola production in this area since it can lend sustainability to a current system of monoculture cereal production, with some of the highest canola yields in the US. This project will develop genetically superior cultivars, identify and quantify economic and rotational benefits of integrating a canola rotation, identify management strategies, conduct surveys for the impact of blackleg disease, and produce a manual for PNW canola production. To date the team has identified and field evaluated just over 3000 genetic lines and regionally tested seven (7) advanced lines. The spring canola cultivar “empire” was released and foundation seed was produced for cultivar that is a fry oil and three new winter cultivars with high herbicide tolerance. The team has tested 74 regional cultivars throughout four (4) states. The following Programs are no longer funded: hence, no action is required: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control (Special Research Grants): (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP): (G) Critical Agricultural Materials: (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research): (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research aka Rangeland Research Program (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program: (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs: (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program: (R) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (SNAP & EFNEP): Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE):
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): 1. Continued operation and management of USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network 2. Conducted, in collaboration with the other institutions, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops. 3. Projection of regional and national climate variability impacts on cotton/maize/soybeans using economic models, effects research, and simulations continued. 4. Increased emphasis of crop and economic modeling was suggested. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): This project continued support for four (4) regional Centers plus a National Headquarters Office. Since the plant protection industry has little economic incentive to develop registrations for specialty crop chemicals, IR-4 develops the data that provide legal, effective, safe and IPM-compatible pest control agents for minor and specialty crops. Without this program, many specialty crops could no longer be produced in the US or would be greatly compromised in cost and quality. This project’s objectives for minor and specialty crops are to obtain pesticide clearances for food uses, further the development and adoption of biopesticides, and conduct research to protect ornamental crops. (F) Potato Breeding Research: 1. Potato Breeding and Cultivar Development in the Southwest 2. Potato Breeding and Variety Development for Improved Quality and Pest Resistance in the Eastern United States 3. Potato Variety Development in the Northwest (H) Aquaculture Research and Aquaculture Centers: The four (4) projects funded in the FY 2017 competition include: (1) Biomanipulation as a tool to enhance aquaculture through the management of toxic cyanobacteria; (2) Bioeconomics of columnaris vaccines in channel catfish aquaculture; (3) Oral Vaccine for Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus; and (4) Production of reproductively sterile rainbow trout for environmentally-responsible and economically-sustainable US aquaculture industry. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, awards were made to the following Regional Aquaculture Centers: 1) Southern; 2) Western; 3) North Central; 4) Tropical and Subtropical; and 5) Northeastern. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): Actual projects: 1. DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CANOLA IN THE GREAT PLAINS REGION 2. IMPROVING CANOLA PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTION SYSTEMS WITH GENETIC AND AGRONOMIC ADVANCES TO INCREASE CANOLA ACREAGE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. 3. A SYSTEMS BASED APPROACH TO BUILDING ACRES AND IMPROVING PRODUCTION OF WINTER CANOLA IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS 4. NORTH CENTRAL REGION CANOLA RESEARCH PROGRAM 5. CANOLA CROP IMPROVEMENT FOR THE SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS: BUILDING ACRES, BUILDING VALUE (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) The FAEIS program supports a national food and agricultural education information system that contains information on enrollment, degrees awarded, faculty, employment placement, and other similar information in the food and agricultural sciences. This award is held by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Public access to the database is available at: https://www.faeis.cals.vt.edu/ SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. NOTE: Previously, was erroneously listed under CFDA # 10.200 (K). The appropriate CFDA Number is # 10.202. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): For Fiscal Year 2018 no new awards were granted. The program made one (1) continuation award. The PIs operated and managed USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and conducted, in collaboration with other institutions, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops. Projection of regional and national climate change impacts on cotton/maize/soybeans using economic models, effects research, and simulations continued. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): This project continued support for four (4) regional Centers plus a National Headquarters Office. Since the plant protection industry has little economic incentive to develop registrations for specialty crop chemicals, IR-4 develops the data that provide legal, effective, safe and IPM-compatible pest control agents for minor and specialty crops. Without this program, many specialty crops could no longer be produced in the US or would be greatly compromised in cost and quality. This project’s objectives for minor and specialty crops are to obtain pesticide clearances for food uses, further the development and adoption of biopesticides, and conduct research to protect ornamental crops. (F) Potato Breeding Research: Fiscal Year 2018: The Potato Breeding Research program is now offered in alternate years. New awards were made the previous year, in FY 2017. Consequently, FY 2018 awards were continuation awards for Yr.2. of the (two-year) projects recommended for funding by the peer review panel in FY 2017. (H) Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): FISCALYEAR (FY) 2018: The four (4) projects funded in the FY 2018 competition include: 1. Genetic Enhancement of Texture and Carcass Traits of Catfish; 2. Prevention of motile Aeromonas septicemia in catfish by novel live attenuated vaccines; 3. Pathways For Revitalizing U.S. Aquaculture: Reducing Regulatory Inefficiencies While Ensuring Sustainability And Social Responsibility; 4. Underlying Mechanisms For Selected Disease Resistance And Enhanced Non-Specific Resistance In Rainbow Trout (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): Examples of Fiscal Year 2018 funded projects: 1. Agronomic and Pest Management Strategies to Optimize Canola Production in the North Central U.S. 2. Improving canola production and production systems with genetic and agronomic advances to increase canola acreage in Pacific Northwest. 3. Evaluating production practices and input management for optimizing winter canola production in the southern Great Plains (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) FAEIS is the Food and Agricultural Education Information System. FAEIS compiles nationwide higher education data for the life, food, veterinary, human, natural resource, and agricultural sciences. These data include student enrollment, degrees awarded and placement at all degree levels and by gender and race as well as faculty counts and salaries by race/ethnicity, gender, rank and discipline. (T) Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) Mental Health Division Research Project State University partnered with AFMOA staff and installation-level AF mental health staff in the following tasks: (1) gathering and interpreting empirical literature to maximize their relevance to the AF context; (2) developing, applying, and implementing prevention and behavioral health policy; (3) utilizing research and evaluation to address resourcing and operations; and (4) providing evidence-informed resources, coordinating best practices, analyzing data, and offering clinical expertise for efficient implementation of evidence-based approaches. (U) Air Force Family Advocacy Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: The project team provides prevention programs, program evaluation and management, technical support and training for the Family Advocacy Program to support Airmen and their families. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Fiscal Year 2019 Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): For Fiscal Year 2019 no new awards were granted. The program made one (1) continuation award. The PIs operated and managed USDA’s ultraviolet radiation climatology network, and conducted, in collaboration with other institutions, research on ultraviolet radiation effects on agriculturally relevant crops. Projection of regional and national climate change impacts on cotton/maize/soybeans using economic models, effects research, and simulations continued. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): This project continued support for four (4) regional Centers plus a National Headquarters Office. Since the plant protection industry has little economic incentive to develop registrations for specialty crop chemicals, IR-4 develops the data that provide legal, effective, safe and IPM-compatible pest control agents for minor and specialty crops. Without this program, many specialty crops could no longer be produced in the US or would be greatly compromised in cost and quality. This project’s objectives for minor and specialty crops are to obtain pesticide clearances for food uses, further the development and adoption of biopesticides, and conduct research to protect ornamental crops. (F) Potato Breeding Research: Fiscal Year 2019 funded projects: 1. Potato Variety Development and Improvement in the Northwest 2. Development Of Multipurpose Potato Cultivars With Enhanced Quality, Disease And Pest Resistance – North Central Region 2019-21 3. Potato Breeding to Improve Biotic and Abiotic Stress Tolerance for Eastern Markets 4. Potato Breeding and Cultivar Development in the Southwest. (H) Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): The examples of projects funded in the FY 2019 competition include: 1. Induction of Tetraploidy and Gynogenesis to Produce Sterile All-Female Largemouth Bass; 2. Novel treatment of vibriosis in shellfish hatchery production; 3. Integrated studies of poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate production and dietary administration to improve health and resistance of hybrid striped bass and Nile tilapia to bacterial pathogens; 4. Understanding Flavobacterium psychrophilum intraspecific diversity as it pertains to disease management and prevention in aquaculture; 5. Development of a Biodegradable Cover Net for Hard Clam Aquaculture (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): For Fiscal Year 2019, examples of funded projects are expected to include: 1. Development and Management of Canola in the Great Plains Region 2. Improving canola production and production systems with genetic and agronomic advances to increase canola acreage in Pacific Northwest 3. Enhancing Canola Productivity & Profitability in North Central U.S. 4. National Hemp Research & Education Conference (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) FAEIS is the Food and Agricultural Education Information System. FAEIS compiles nationwide higher education data for the life, food, veterinary, human, natural resource, and agricultural sciences. These data include student enrollment, degrees awarded and placement at all degree levels and by gender and race as well as faculty counts and salaries by race/ethnicity, gender, rank and discipline. (T) Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) Mental Health Division Research Project In FY 2019, the project team continued progress on FY 2018 goals. (U) Air Force Family Advocacy Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2019: This project team will continue work on FY 2017 and FY 2018 goals and activities until funds are expended. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).
Fiscal Year 2020 Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 – ACTIVE Programs: (B) Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring and Research Program (GC/UV-B): Information is not yet available. It is anticipated that similar projects will be funded in Fiscal Year 2020. Pertinent information will be provided by Program at a future date. (D) Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (aka IR-4): The FY 2020 funding levels have not yet been established by Congressional Appropriations. If this Program is funded in FY 2020, it is anticipated that the funding level and types of projects will be similar. It is projected that this project will continue continued support for four (4) regional Centers plus a National Headquarters Office. Since the plant protection industry has little economic incentive to develop registrations for specialty crop chemicals, IR-4 develops the data that provide legal, effective, safe and IPM-compatible pest control agents for minor and specialty crops. Without this program, many specialty crops could no longer be produced in the US or would be greatly compromised in cost and quality. This project’s objectives for minor and specialty crops are to obtain pesticide clearances for food uses, further the development and adoption of biopesticides, and conduct research to protect ornamental crops. There are five (5) regions that can apply for IR-4 funding and five (5) awards are made. (F) Potato Breeding Research: It is anticipated that similar projects will be funding in FY 2020. Pertinent information will be provided by Program at a future date. (H) Aquaculture Research (aka Aquaculture Centers): The FY 2020 funding levels have not yet been established by Congressional Appropriations. Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. (I) Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program (aka Canola Research and SACC): It is anticipated that similar projects will be funding in FY 2020. Pertinent information will be provided by Program at a future date. (S) Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) FAEIS is the Food and Agricultural Education Information System. FAEIS compiles nationwide higher education data for the life, food, veterinary, human, natural resource, and agricultural sciences. These data include student enrollment, degrees awarded and placement at all degree levels and by gender and race as well as faculty counts and salaries by race/ethnicity, gender, rank and discipline. (T) Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) Mental Health Division Research Project The project will not be funded in FY 2020. The program will continue to work toward initial goal until funds are expended. (U) Air Force Family Advocacy Program Information is not yet available. Pertinent data will be provided by program at a future date if funds are still being expended. SPECIAL NOTE: The listing below represents Programs which have not been recently funded. Hence, no further action is required (N/A/N) for the following Programs: (A) Expert IPM Decision Support Systems; (C ) Integrated Pest Management & Biological Control; (E) Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP); (G) Critical Agricultural Materials; (J) Policy Research Centers (aka Agriculture and Rural Policy Research); (K) McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research. See CFDA # 10.202 for this Program. (L) Forest Products Research Grants Program; (M) Minor Use Animal Drugs; (N) National Biological Impact Assessment Program; and (R) Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE).