Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms — such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses — arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. 


  • LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE (Encouraged): February 12, 2020; January 21, 2021 
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 18, 2020; February 24, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications may only be submitted by United States public or private research or educational institutions or organizations, including federal research laboratories. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award. 



Amount Description

Standard Research Proposals must not exceed $500,000 total (including indirect costs) for project periods up to four (4) years.

Conference Proposals must not exceed $25,000 total (indirect costs are not allowed on conference grants).

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 18, 2020