Funding Opportunities

*RFA Types:
New Competitive and Multi-Year Solicitations are open to all eligible applicants and will be available on grants.gov(link is external).
Directed RFAs are sent to applicants that are predetermined to be eligible for funding for specific purposes.
Continuation award is an award instrument by which NIFA agrees to support a specified level of effort for a predetermined period of time with a statement of intention to provide additional support at a future date, provided that performance has been satisfactory, appropriations are available for this purpose, and continued support would be in the best interest of the Federal government and the public.  A continuation award is issued for the subsequent years of a new award.
Note: Projected dates for AFRI and Capacity Grant RFAs are not included in this timeline at this time.

RFA Type*: Solicitation Name: Closing Date:
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Farm Business and Benchmarking Program (FBMB) April 8, 2021
New Competitive Potato Breeding Research April 16, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Rural Health and Safety Education April 29, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II May 3, 2020
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Community Food Projects Program May 4, 2021
Competitive ***AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems July 1, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge (SPECA) Grants Program February 4, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) February 8, 2021
Continuation Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) February 12, 2021
New Competitive IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management February 12, 2021
New Competitive Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) February 12, 2021
New Competitive RREA-National Focus Fund Program February 18, 2021
NEW Children, Youth and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR)

https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar-sustainable-community-projects

 

February 19,2021
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG) February 24, 2021
New Competitive Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants (SLSNCGP) February 25, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education
Competitive Grants Program (ANNH)
February 25, 2021
New Competitive Crop Protection and Pest Management: Applied Research and Development Program March 15, 2021
New Competitive Crop Protection and Pest Management: Extension Implementation March 15, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) March 15, 2021
New Competitive New Beginnings for Tribal Students March 15, 2021
New Competitive Organic Transitions (ORG) March 15, 2021
New Competitive The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program March 16,2021
New Competitive The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program March 16,2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program March 18, 2021
New Competitive Supplemental and Alternative Crops – Canola (SACC) March 30, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Farm Business and Benchmarking Program (FBMB) April 8, 2021
New Competitive Potato Breeding Research April 16, 2021
New Competitive IPM Affordable Housing
New Competitive National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN)/Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI)
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Aquaculture Research- Multi-Year Solicitation
Published October 2020
Funding Type RFA Name Closing Date
Competitive AgrAbility January 13, 2021
Competitive **Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative (OREI) January 14, 2012
Competitive Tribal College Research Grant Program January 13, 2021
New Competitive Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships Competitive Grants Program (ARME) January 21, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Distance Education Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular
Areas (DEG)
January 21, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Women and Minorities in STEM – WAMS) January 21, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants January 26, 2021 (Regular Grant)
January 27, 2021 (Collaoration Grant)
January 28, 2012 (Conference Grant)
Competitive ***Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Pre-application January 26, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 Food & Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate & Postgrad. Fellowship January 28, 2021
New Competitive Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program January 28, 2020
New Competitive Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Pre-App January 29, 2021
Multi-year Solicitation-Year Two Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular
Area

 

 

 

DUE DATE NEXT Year
USDA/NIFA GRANTS
USDA-NIF Interactive Grant Process flow chart

Use this tool to help applicants for NIFA’s competitive grants better understand the process and more accurately estimate the time required for processes from application to grant closeout.

 

  JANUARY 2021
USDA-NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension (OREI) 01-14-2021
USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

Pre-application due

01-26-2021
  FEBRUARY 2021
Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) 02-12-2021
Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program 02-5-2021
  MARCH 2021
Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program 03-18-2021
  APRIL 2021
Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program 04-08-2021
Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) 04-29-2021
  JULY 2021
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems 07-01-2021
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program 07-29-2021
  SEPTEMBER 2021
1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program 09-10-2021
  SEPTEMBER 2022
NSF – NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program 09-30-2022
CURRENTLY CLOSED USDA/NIFA GRANTS
Socially-disadvantaged Groups Grants

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/socially-disadvantaged-groups-grant

 

CLOSED AUGUST 2020 AUGUST 2020
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development CLOSED SEPTEMBER 2020 SEPTEMBER 2021
Renewable Resources Extension Act-National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF) CLOSED JUNE 2020 JUNE 2021
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects TBA
Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program TBA
Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program TBA
Crop Protection and Pest Management TBA
USDA/NIFA Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs   TBA
ANH (AGRICULTURE NUTRITION and HEALTH) ACADEMY GRANTS JANUARY 2021
 

The IMMANA (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions)

 Round 4 of Competitive Research Grants 

 21 January 2021

 

FNS GRANTS JANUARY 2021
FY 2021 Farm to School Grants 01/08/2021
USAID GRANTS JANUARY 2021
 
7200-AA-21R00011 Investing in Resilient Families 01/04/2021

DEPARTMENT of HOUSING and URBAN DEVELOPMENT

JANUARY 2021
FR-6400-N-55 HBCU Cooperative Research in Housing Technologies 01/05/2021

DEPARTMENT of DEFENSE (DARPA) -DEFENSE SCIENCES OFFICE

 

JANUARY 2021
DARPA-RA-21-01 Young Faculty Award (YFA) 01/08/2021