Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. The long-term goal of this program is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources. Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects in two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement) CAP grants — see Water for Food Production Systems RFA for details.


  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 2, 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

Note: This RFA invites only integrated projects to apply. Please see Part III, A. of the current AFRI Water for Food Production Systems RFA for more specific eligibility requirements for integrated projects. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Eligible applicants for Integrated Projects include: 1) colleges and universities; 2) 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and (3) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities ( For Integrated Projects, the terms "college" and "university" mean an educational institution in any state which 1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; 2) is legally authorized within such state to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; 3) provides an educational program for which a bachelor’s degree or any other higher degree is awarded; 4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and 5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association. A research foundation maintained by a college or university is eligible to receive an award under this program. 

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

May 17, 2017