Organic Transitions Program

Quick Facts

Due DateApril 4, 2014 (Friday)
Award AmountUp to $ 500,000
Category of Funding ActivityAgriculture
Food and Nutrition
Eligible Applicants
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Others - Colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103) are eligible to submit applications to the ORG program. Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) (see Part III, B. and 7 CFR 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Financial Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions for more information), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities.

Program Description

The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2014, ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG). Two new priorities have been added to support (1) the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices and (2) the development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Programs National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production, and organic systems integrating plant and animal production.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberUSDA-NIFA-ICGP-004448
Funding Opportunity TitleOrganic Transitions Program
Opportunity CategoryAgriculture
Food and Nutrition
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of AwardsNot Available
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementYes
Posted DateFebruary 4, 2014 (Tuesday)
Application Due DateApril 4, 2014 (Friday)
Application Archive DateMay 4, 2014 (Sunday)
Total Program Funding$ 4,000,000
Award AmountUp to $ 500,000
CFDA Number
  • 10.303 - Integrated Programs

Eligible Applicants

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Others - Colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103) are eligible to submit applications to the ORG program. Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) (see Part III, B. and 7 CFR 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Financial Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions for more information), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Program Information WebsiteOrganic Transitions Program
ContactOffice: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NIFA Help Desk
Phone: 202-401-5048
Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am -5:00 pm ET, excluding Federal holidays

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