Specialty Crop Research Initiative

Quick Facts

Due DateJune 20, 2014 (Friday)
Award Amount$ 50,000 - $ 10,000,000
Category of Funding ActivityAgriculture
Employment, Labor and Training
Environment
Food and Nutrition
Health
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants
  • Others - For the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.

Program Description

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry 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: Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics; Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators; Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing); New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening; and methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberUSDA-NIFA-SCRI-004509
Funding Opportunity TitleSpecialty Crop Research Initiative
Opportunity CategoryAgriculture
Employment, Labor and Training
Environment
Food and Nutrition
Health
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of AwardsNot Available
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementYes
Posted DateMarch 17, 2014 (Monday)
Application Due DateJune 20, 2014 (Friday)
***1. Letters of Intent for Research and Extension Planning Grant applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on April 11, 2014. See Section IV, A. for a description of the requirements for the contents of a letter of intent and submitting i
Application Archive DateJuly 20, 2014 (Sunday)
Total Program Funding$ 76,800,000
Award Amount$ 50,000 - $ 10,000,000
CFDA Number
  • 10.309 - Specialty Crop Research Initiative

Eligible Applicants

  • Others - For the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Program Information WebsiteSpecialty Crop Research Initiative
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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