U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
01/21/22 5:00 PM ET
Grants to USA federal agencies, IHEs, national laboratories, research institutions, organizations, corporations, cooperative extension services, and individuals to develop and disseminate research tools to address the needs of the specialty crop industry. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying.
The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry (as defined in Appendix III) by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.
Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:
The program recognizes that for some specialty crops which are grown on in a limited number of states, multistate nature of projects can be difficult to address. Except for Research and Extension Planning Projects, the SCRI program only considers projects that integrate research and extension activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a unique approach to solving problems facing the specialty crop industry using a systems approach.
The philosophy of the SCRI program is: Truly effective, long-term solutions to specialty crop industry challenges can best be achieved by understanding and treating those problems as complex systems of many interacting components. This perspective requires projects that are larger in scope and complexity, and that demand more resources than have traditionally been allocated to individual research and extension projects. In doing so, projects should focus on entire primary systems, including the production system, the processing and distribution system, and the consumer and marketing system, (as defined in Appendix III) or on areas where two or more primary systems overlap.
Specialty crops are defined in law as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. USDA has developed a more detailed description of specialty crops that is now in use by all USDA agencies (see Specialty Crop Research Initiative). Collectively, these crops face many challenges. The SCRI program seeks to address these challenges by funding systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches (as defined in Appendix III).
It is anticipated that successful applications will:
For additional program details and priorities, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2021-Specialty-Crop-Research-Initiative-Pre-Application-RFA-508.pdf#page=8
For additional details on project types, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2021-Specialty-Crop-Research-Initiative-Pre-Application-RFA-508.pdf#page=10
GrantWatch ID#: 182312
Standard Research and Extension Projects (SREPs):
-Budget: Normally, Federal funds will not exceed $1,000,000 per year. Requests less than $250,000 per project are discouraged.
Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs):
-Budget: Normally, Federal funds will not exceed $2,000,000 per year.
Research and Extension Planning Projects
-Budget: Federal funds up to $50,000 per project
- Standard Research and Extension Projects (SREPs): The project period us up to four years.
- Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs): The project period is up to four years.
- Research and Extension Planning Projects: The project period is one year.
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061
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