Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2017, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) to support:

  • professional development opportunities for K-14 teachers and education professionals;
  • training of undergraduate students in research and extension; and
  • fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates.

Deadlines:

  • Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Educational Professionals (PD-STEP) : June 28, 2017
  • Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU): June 28, 2017
  • Predoctoral Fellowships : June 21, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: June 21, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resource, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative addresses projected shortfalls of qualified graduates in the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy (Employment Opportunities for College Graduates). Thus, the AFRI ELI has three overarching goals:

  • Develop pathways to identify and replicate best practices to engage youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields within the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences through “Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Educational Professionals” (Program Code A7501), described under the Program Area Description in Part 1, C, 1.
  • Enhance capacity of institutions to produce graduates with skills needed to address challenges of the 21st Century in FANH sciences through “Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)” (Program Code A7401), described under the Program Area Description in Part 1, C, 2.
  • Advance science by recruiting and retaining the best graduate and post-graduate candidates in the FANH sciences through “Predoctoral Fellowships” (Program Code A7101) and “Postdoctoral Fellowships” (Program Code A7201), described under the Program Area Description in Part 1, C, 3 and Part 1, C, 4, respectively. 

Amount Description

NIFA anticipates $18 million will be available to support Program Areas in this AFRI RFA that are designed to help solve critical problems across the United States for project durations of up to 2, 3 or 4 years (FY 2017 – FY 2020). This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2017. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.

Funding Type

Fellowship

Eligibility

Faculty
Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows

Category

Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 21, 2017