Integrated Programs

 

GENERAL:

NIFA Integrated Programs provide support for integrated research, education, and extension activities. Integrated, multi-functional projects are particularly effective in addressing important agricultural issues through the conduct of problem-focused research that is combined with education and extension of knowledge to those in need of solutions. These activities address critical national, regional, and multi-state agricultural issues, priorities, or problems. Integrated Programs hold the greatest potential to produce and disseminate knowledge and technology directly to end users while providing for educational opportunities to assure agricultural expertise in future generations. See individual program Requests for Applications for additional information about the topics.

SEVERAL PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED UNDER CFDA 10.303. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(1) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program
The goal of the National Integrated Water Quality Program is to improve the quality of our Nation's surface water and groundwater resources through research, education, and extension activities. Projects funded through this program will facilitate achieving this goal by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural and rural communities. Funded projects should lead to science-based decision-making and management practices that improve the quality of the Nation's surface water and groundwater resources in agricultural and rural watersheds. See RFA for priority areas.

(2) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative
The purpose of the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative is to support food safety projects that demonstrate an integrated approach to solving problems in applied food safety research, education, or extension. Various models for integration of applied research, education, and extension will be considered for funding. Applications describing multi-state, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary, and multifunctional activities (and combinations thereof) are encouraged. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address at least two of the three functional areas of research, education, and extension (i.e., research and extension, research and education, or extension and education).

(3) Integrated Research, Education, And Extension Competitive Grants Program: Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers
The goal of the Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers (IPM Centers) is to promote the development and implementation of IPM by facilitating collaboration across states, disciplines, and purposes. IPM Centers will establish and maintain information networks, build partnerships to address pest management challenges and opportunities, evaluate the impact of IPM implementation, communicate positive outcomes to key stakeholders, and manage funding resources effectively. Successful applicants to this program will demonstrate the capacity and commitment necessary to advance the goals of the National Roadmap for Integrated Pest Management (www.ipmcenters.org/IPMRoadMap.pdf), and evaluate the progress of this advancement. The IPM Roadmap addresses pest management needs for production agriculture, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas.

(4) Integrated Pest Management: Crops at Risk Program
The goal of the CAR program is to enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically based sustainable IPM system(s). Preferably, this should involve a diversity of tactics and approaches for a single or specific food or fiber commodity in commercial production for pre- and/or post-harvest system(s). The program addresses either a major acreage or high value crop commodity such as key fruits and vegetables. The primary emphasis is on crop productivity and profitability, while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues. The CAR program will fund integrated multifunctional/multidisciplinary research, education, and extension projects for crops with high priority IPM needs as identified by stakeholders.

(5) Integrated Pest Management: Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program
The goal of the Risk Avoidance and Mitigation (RAMP) program is to enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically based sustainable IPM strategies and system(s) for (a) multi-crop food and fiber production systems; (b) an area-wide or a landscape scale agroecosystem; or (c) a documented pesticide impact on water, human or environmental health. RAMP applications may address major acreage agricultural production systems, high value crops such as key fruit and vegetable systems, or other agroecosystems. The primary emphasis of the application should be on productivity and profitability while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues. The intent of RAMP is to fund medium-term projects that emphasize systems approaches.

(6) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management: Methyl Bromide Transitions Program
The goal of the Methyl Bromide Transitions (MBT) program is to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives to methyl bromide uses or minimize methyl bromide emissions for which the United States is requesting critical use exemptions. The program is focused on integrated commercial or field scale research that targets short- to medium-term solutions.

(7) Integrated Organic Program
The purpose of the Integrated Organic Program is to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) funds the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic producers and producers who are adopting organic practices. Funding opportunities for the ORG Program is included in the same Request for Applications (RFA) as the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT FUND START UP BUSINESSES.


(8) Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs):
The RRDCs play a unique role in USDA's service to rural America. They link the research and educational outreach capacity of the nation's public universities with communities, local decision makers, entrepreneurs, families, and farmers and ranchers to help address a wide range of development issues. They collaborate on national issues that span regions-like e-commerce, the changing interface between rural, suburban, and urban places, and workforce quality and jobs creation. Each tailors programs to address particular needs in its region.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.303
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:

(A) Integrated Water Quality (aka Conservation Effects Assessment Projects – CEAP):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Water for Agriculture Program.

(B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Food Safety Program.

(C) (Regional) Integrated Pest Management Centers (aka IPM Centers):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(D) Crops at Risk (aka CAR):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(E) Risk (Avoidance and) Mitigation Program (aka RAMP):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(F) Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Program:

For the FY 2014 award cycle, approximately $ 1,850,000 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

A total of 7 applications requesting a total of $2,976,930 were received in this year’s competition and it is anticipated that five will be awarded. In June 2014, a four-member peer review panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel includes faculty from land grant universities.

The funding ratio for this program in FY14 was approximately 72%.

(G) Organic Transition – Risk Assessment Program (ORG):

For the FY 2014 award cycle, $3,777,840 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

A total of 36 applications, requesting a total of $17,476,442, were received in this year’s competition. In June 2014, an 8-member peer review virtual panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty from land grant universities, researchers from USDA Agricultural Research Service and a non-profit stakeholder group.

Funds were available to support a total of 7 new awards.

The funding ratio for this program in FY11 was 19.4%.

Funded projects seek to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices by studying and documenting environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG). Projects were also funded to develop cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. All projects integrate research, education and extension activities.

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers:

It appears that this program was not funded in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:

(A) Integrated Water Quality (aka Conservation Effects Assessment Projects – CEAP):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Water for Agriculture Program.

(B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Food Safety Program

(C) (Regional) Integrated Pest Management Centers (aka IPM Centers):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(D) Crops at Risk (aka CAR):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(E) Risk (Avoidance and) Mitigation Program (aka RAMP):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(F) Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Program:

For the FY 2015 award cycle, approximately $1,750,000 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

A total of 8 applications requesting $3,834,907 were received in this year’s competition. It is anticipated four new awards will be made plus one continuation award. In June, 2015, a peer review panel reviewed these applications.

The funding rate for this program was 50%.

(G) Organic Transition – Risk Assessment Program (ORG):

For the FY 2015 award cycle, about $3.7 million will be available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

A total of 21 applications, requesting a total of $10,310,980, were received in this year’s competition. In June 2015, an 8-member peer review virtual panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty from land grant universities, researchers from USDA Agricultural Research Service and a non-profit stakeholder group.

Funding decisions are not yet made but it is anticipated that about 7 new awards will be made in FY15 representing 33.3% success rate.

Continuations from 2013 and 2014 will also be funded

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers:

It appears that this program was not funded in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:
(A) Integrated Water Quality (aka Conservation Effects Assessment Projects – CEAP):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Water for Agriculture Program.

(B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Food Safety Program

(C) (Regional) Integrated Pest Management Centers (aka IPM Centers):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(D) Crops at Risk (aka CAR):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.


(E) Risk (Avoidance and) Mitigation Program (aka RAMP):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(F) Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Program:

For FY 2016:
It is unclear at this time if separate funding will be available for this program. The Methyl Bromide Transitions program may be incorporated into another existing program (Applied Research and Development program).

(G) Organic Transition – Risk Assessment Program (ORG):

The FY 2016 RFA will focus on the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices.

The program will focused on the development and implementation of biologically-based pest management practices that mitigate the ecological, agronomic and economic risks associated with a transition from conventional to organic agricultural production systems.

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers:

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016.
Authorization
Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626), as reauthorized by Section 7306 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Public Law 110-246), authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a competitive grants program that provides funding for integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities. Subject to the availability of appropriations to carry out this program, the Secretary may award grants to colleges and universities [as defined by section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)], as amended, on a competitive basis for projects that address priorities in United States agriculture and involve integrated research, education, and extension activities, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB). Section 7129 of the FCEA amended section 406(b) of AREERA (7 U.S.C. 7626(b)), adding Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACUs) as eligible entities for competitive funds awarded under this authority (see Part III.B. of RFA for more information).
, 7 U.S.C 7626; Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89–106, as amended.

, Public Law 89-106, 7 U.S.C 7626; Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act, Public Law 89-106, 7 U.S.C 450i; Title V of the Rural Development Act of 1972, Public Law 92-419, 7 U.S.C 2204a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research and extension institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research and extension institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
Credentials/Documentation
Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM) - each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 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 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.”. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.
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 toproducers and the general public of each application.

Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Section :094 - Deadlines:
Dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA each fiscal year.

Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below:
http://nifa.usda.gov/grants
http://www.grants.gov

Section :095 - Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
From 30 to 180 days.
Appeals
2 CFR Part 200 – Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal year.
How are proposals selected?
Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).
How may assistance be used?
This research, education, and extension competitive grants program provides funding for integrated, multi-functional agricultural research, extension, and education activities which addresses priorities in United States agriculture. Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved integrated research, extension and education objectives to address food and agricultural sciences, in the broadest sense. NIFA has determined that grant funds awarded under this authority may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; the purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities. Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents. Tuition remission is not allowable.

The following programs are authorized under (Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626):
(1) Water Quality
(2) Food Safety
(3) Regional Pest Management Centers
(4) Crops at Risk
(5) Risk Mitigation Program
(6) Methyl Bromide Transition Program and
(7) Organic Transition - Risk Assessment

Other Integrated Program(s):
(8) Regional Rural Development Centers (7 U.S.C. 450i and 7 U.S.C. 2204a)

Section 1473 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3319) prohibits indirect costs. Hence, indirect costs are unallowable for this program. Fully discretionary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFA’s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash. (Pertinent details regarding Progress Reports are provided above.). A final “Financial Status Report” (SF-269) or “Federal Financial Report” (SF-425) is due within 90 days of the expiration date of the grant and should be submitted to the address listed below, in accordance with instructions contained in 2 CFR 3430.55 (also refer to Section 3015.82 of the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations).

Awards Management Division (AMD)
Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Department of Agriculture(USDA)
STOP 2271
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2271
Telephone: (202) 401-4986. (Pertinent details regarding Performance Monitoring Reports are provided above.).
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F—Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in § 200.503. 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, § 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. GENERAL RULES:
(a) Funds are awarded competitively.
(b) No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e].

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Regarding Critical Issues and Regional Rural Development Centers (Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89-106, as amended):

NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for the above-referenced programs. However, the provisions indicated below are applicable to the following programs which are authorized under Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626):

(1) Water Quality
(2) Food Safety
(3) Regional Pest Management Centers
(4) Crops at Risk
(5) Risk Mitigation
(6) Methyl Bromide Transition and
(7) Organic Transition - Risk Assessment

Funds are awarded competitively.
No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e].
If a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, and not of national scope, the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions. (See Part IV, B., 6. of the RFA for details.)

NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if NIFA determines that:
(1) the results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to be applicable to agricultural commodities generally; or
(2) the project involves a minor commodity, the project deals with scientifically important research, and the grant recipient is unable to satisfy the matching funds requirement.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Regarding the Critical Issues and Regional Rural Development Centers (Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89–106, as amended) , normally, competitive research projects will be supported for periods of up to three (3) years.

However, for the other programs (under Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626):

The term of competitive project grants and/or cooperative agreements under this program may not exceed five (5) years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Section # 153 - Additional Websites:

http://nifa.usda.gov/program/national-water-quality-program

http://nifa.usda.gov/program/national-integrated-food-safety-initiative

http://nifa.usda.gov/program/integrated-pest-management-program

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/laws/fqpa/fqpa_implementation.htm

http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/integrated-programs-application-information

http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transitions

http://nifa.usda.gov/program/organic-agriculture-program

http://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers.
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment – Division of Environmental Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210, Washington, District of Columbia, 20250-2210, Telephone: (202) 720-5229, Fax: (202) 720-3945.


ADDITIONAL CONTACTS:

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader; Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Food Safety 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2225, Washington, DC 20250-2220; Telephone: (202) 401-1954; Fax: (202) 401-14888;

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainablity, Division of Animal Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2240, Washington, DC 20250-2220; Telephone: (202) 401-6134; fax: 202-401-1602;

AND

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington, DC 20250-2250; Telephone: (202) 720-4795; fax: 202-720-93662;
, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2210 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-5229 Fax: (202) 720-3945
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1502-0-1-352.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $27,122,105; FY 15 est $22,925,376; and FY 16 est $20,979,174 - 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.

In FY 2014 and FY 2015 CFDA #10.303 funding for pest management activities including Regional Pest Management Centers are consolidated under CFDA # 10.329 Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM). CFDA # 10.303, Water Quality, Methyl Bromide Transition, and Organic Transition Programs are supported in FY 2014 within Integrated Activities Account under Section 406 Authority. Similarly, CFDA # 10.303, Regional Rural Development Centers is supported in FY 2014 and FY 2015 under Integrated Activities. CFDA # 10.304, Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (Homeland Security) is also funded under Integrated Activities Account.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive project grant or cooperative agreement are established, these will be announced in the annual program announcement or Request for Application (RFA).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The following federal statutes and regulations represent general administrative requirements which apply to NIFA federal assistance programs. These include, but are not limited to the ones listed below.

2 CFR Part 25 - Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration

2 CFR Part 170 - Reporting Subaward and Executive Compensation Information

2 CFR Part 175 - Award Term for Trafficking in Persons

2 CFR Part 180 and Part 417 - OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-Wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and USDA Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 182 - Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 400 – USDA implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 415 - General Program Administrative Regulations

2 CFR Part 416 – USDA General Program Administrative Regulations for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments

2 CFR Part 417 - Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 418 - New Restrictions on Lobbying

2 CFR Part 421 - Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 422—Research Institutions Conducting USDA-Funded Extramural Research; Research Misconduct.

7 CFR Part 1, subpart A—USDA implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and 7 CFR Part 3404, Public Information.

7 CFR Part 1c—USDA Implementation of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

7 CFR Part 3—USDA implementation of OMB Circular No. A-129 regarding debt collection

7 CFR Part 15, subpart A—USDA implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended

7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121—USDA implementation of the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002

7 CFR Part 3407—USDA procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended

7 CFR Part 3418—Stakeholder Input Requirements for Recipients of Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Formula Funds

7 CFR Part 3419—Matching Funds Requirement for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds at 1890 Land–Grant Institutions, Including Tuskegee University, and at 1862 Land–Grant Institutions in Insular Areas

7 CFR Part 3430—Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Financial Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions

7 CFR Part 3434—Hispanic–Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities Certification Process

29 U.S.C. 794 (section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and 7 CFR Part 15b (USDA implementation of statute) —prohibiting discrimination based upon physical or mental handicap in federally-assisted programs

35 U.S.C. 200 et seq. —Bayh Dole Act, controlling allocation of rights to inventions made by employees of small business firms and domestic nonprofit organizations, including universities, in federally-assisted programs (implementing regulations are contained in 37 CFR Part 401)

44 U.S.C. 3551-3558 (Pub. L. 113–283) - Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). Applies to awardees if it will collect, store, process, transmit, or use information on behalf of NIFA.

Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving (Oct. 1, 2009).

NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide—a compendium of basic NIFA policies and procedures that apply to all NIFA awards, unless there are statutory, regulatory, or award-specific requirements to the contrary.

In addition, the following represent Program-Specific requirements:

7 CFR Part 3400 – Special Research Grants Program (for CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3401—Rangeland Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3402—Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (CFDA 10.210).

7 CFR Part 3403—Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.212)

7 CFR Part 3405—Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (CFDA 10.217)

7 CFR Part 3406—1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Program (CFDA 10.216)

7 CFR Part 3415 – Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.219)

7 CFR Part 3431—Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (CFDA 10.313)


Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:

(A) Integrated Water Quality (aka Conservation Effects Assessment Projects – CEAP):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Water for Agriculture Program.

(B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Food Safety Program.

(C) (Regional) Integrated Pest Management Centers (aka IPM Centers):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(D) Crops at Risk (aka CAR):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(E) Risk (Avoidance and) Mitigation Program (aka RAMP):

This program was not funded in FY 2014. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(F) Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Program:

For FY 2014:
A $443,727 project was funded to study non-chemical methods for sustainable management of strawberry diseases. This project is using a systems approach to combine the natural crop protection allyl isothiocyanate, crop rotation with broccoli cover crops, and chitin soil amendments. If successful, this approach could be used by both organic and conventional farmers to manage diseases of this important specialty crop.

A $475,638 project was funded to study integrated pest management option to manage red flour beetle in rice mills. These insects cause direct losses through damage and consumption of rice and significant losses when contaminating food which lead to rejected shipments and lost sales. This impacts groups in the Rice Millers Association, National American Millers Association, and pet food manufacturers.

A $498,956 project was funded to study the use of radio-frequency as a methyl bromide alternative for treatment of wood packaging materials. This work would aid in preventing the entrance of invasive insects on wood packing materials, such as Asian Longhorn Beetle was introduced.

(G) Organic Transition – Risk Assessment Program (ORG):

2014 Funded Projects
2014-03385: Agroecological strategies for balancing tradeoffs in organic corn and soybean production. This project is intended to improve organic crop production by developing practical cover cropping and crop rotation strategies that overcome tradeoffs between short-term profitability and long-term sustainability. Project will establish a new transition-to-organic field experiment at research stations in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland to test advanced cover crop-based management systems. The project will compare cover crop interseeding and rotational no-till strategies to standard organic crop production practices to quantify differences in profitability and ecosystem services including crop performance, soil health, greenhouse gas emissions, weed seed predation, and nectar provisioning for pollinator conservation. While it has broader implications for addressing problems with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water quality, this project is organic farmer-focused and builds on stakeholder interest in diverse cover crop mixtures and interseeding cover crops using aerial applicators and spinner spreaders at layby cultivation.

2014-03365: Promoting Native Bee Health and Pollination Services on Diversified Organic Produce Farms

This proposal will evaluate the effects of transitioning to organic farming on native bee community health and pollination services. The First Component will evaluate farm characteristics that promote healthy native bee communities on long-term organic and transitioning produce farms. The Second Component will determine if habitat augmentation expedites the development of healthy native bee communities on long-term organic and transitioning farms. The Third Component will develop an extension program to provide farmers with the tools to maintain native bee communities in their farming systems and ensure the project’s influence endures.

2014-03386: Implementation of non-antibiotic programs for fire blight control in organic apple and pear in the western United States. Recently, the National Organic Program established a sunset date of October 2014 for antibiotics for fire blight suppression in organic pome fruit, requiring a transition to non-antibiotic methods in 2015. This project will help move non-antibiotic fire blight control from ‘development’ to ‘implementation'. It will: a) refine non-antibiotic control programs to maximize fruit finish quality; b) continue evaluation of other non-antibiotic materials with potential for adoption in organic pome fruit; c) adapt non-antibiotic control recommendations to disease risk models; d) monitor commercial organic orchards for establishment of a biocontrol agent, for presence of the pathogen, and for disease severity; and e) teach and extend information on non-antibiotic control to the organic tree fruit community.

2014-03354: A Natural Approach to Human-Pathogen Suppression: Can Biodiversity Fill the GAPs? Thegoal of this project is to provide organic growers with practical ways to reduce the risk of harboring human pathogens (e.g., E. coli O157:H7) on their farms by conserving and augmenting beneficial coprophagous insects and microbes. Working on mixed-vegetable farms varying in their levels of livestock integration, the project will: (1) Quantify biodiversity of feces-feeding arthropods (e.g., dung beetles, flies) through intensive field sampling; (2) Assess functional-genetic diversity of soil microbes, focusing on genes likely to be active in feces digestion; and (3) Relate biodiversity among coprophagous arthropods and microbes to rates of feces removal and E. coli suppression.

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers:

It appears that this program was not funded in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:

(A) Integrated Water Quality (aka Conservation Effects Assessment Projects – CEAP):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Water for Agriculture Program.

(B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Food Safety Program.

(C) (Regional) Integrated Pest Management Centers (aka IPM Centers):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(D) Crops at Risk (aka CAR):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(E) Risk (Avoidance and) Mitigation Program (aka RAMP):

This program was not funded in FY 2015. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(F) Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Program:

For FY 2015:
A $380,721 project will be funded to study the use of a natural crop protectant (allyl isothiocyanate) with steam to disinfest soils used to crop strawberries in California. If successful, this approach could be used by both organic and conventional farmers to manage diseases in this important specialty crop.

A $488,444 project will be funded to promote the adoption of supplemental fumigation strategies to manage soilborne pests and pathogens that take into account the importance of vertical and horizontal pest management zones. This supplemental strategy will aid Florida’s small fruit and vegetable growers.

A $499,998 project will be funded to improve pest management in the dry cured pork and artisan cheese industries during the aging process.

(G) Organic Transition – Risk Assessment Program (ORG):

For FY 2015:

NIFA anticipates making about 7 awards for approximately $500,000 each.

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers:

It appears that this program was not funded in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:

(A) Integrated Water Quality (aka Conservation Effects Assessment Projects – CEAP):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Water for Agriculture Program.

(B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.310 – Agriculture & Food Research Initiative Grants (AFRI) – Food Safety Program

( C) (Regional) Integrated Pest Management Centers (aka IPM Centers):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(D) Crops at Risk (aka CAR):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(E) Risk (Avoidance and) Mitigation Program (aka RAMP):

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016. See CFDA 10.329 – Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (CPPM) for the combined programs.

(F) Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Program:

For FY 2016:
This program potentially may be combined with another NIFA program. The RFA has not yet been developed. Information is not yet available. Pertinent details to be provided by program at a future date.

(G) Organic Transition – Risk Assessment Program (ORG):

For FY 2016:
NIFA anticipates making about 7 awards for approximately $500,000 each.

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers:

Additional funding is not anticipated for FY 2016.