Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food Safety Challenge Area

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to support the development and deployment of science based knowledge to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and affordability. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address the Program Area Priority, Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (see Food Safety RFA for details).

Deadline: Jun. 21, 2017

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Areas of Interest

In FY 2017, applications are sought in the following priority area: • Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance.  

Eligibility Requirements

1) Research Projects Eligible applicants for Research Projects include:1) State Agricultural Experiment Station; 2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); 3) university research foundations; 4) other research institutions and organizations; 5) Federal agencies, 6) national laboratories; 7) private organizations or corporations; 8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and 9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in 1) through 8). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations. 

2) Integrated Projects Eligible applicants for Integrated Projects include: 1) colleges and universities; 2) 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and (3) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities. 

3) Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement Grants The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants have additional eligibility requirements. See Part II, D for details.

Amount Description

NIFA anticipates approximately $11 million will be available to support Program Areas in this AFRI RFA that are designed to help solve critical p

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

June 21, 2017