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USDA NIFA AFRI Foundational Program - Food Safety- Nutrition- and Health A1331 (SFS)

Date: July 27, 2017

Time: All Day

Contact: Vanity Campbell

Sponsor: OCG

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USDA NIFA AFRI Foundational Program - Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health - A1331

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351

Funding Organization's Deadline: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM PST

Discipline/Subject Area: Food Safety

ANR Priority Area(s): SFS

Funding Available($): 500,000


Description: The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The purpose of the AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions.

In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2017.

  1. Plant health, and production and plant products;
  2. Animal health, and production and animal products;
  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;
  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and
  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities


Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

Knowledge generated from this program will enhance the microbial, chemical, and physical safety and quality of foods by improving: 1) control strategies and detection methodologies for foodborne contaminants; 2) understanding of the interaction of food, foodborne contaminants and food ingredients with the human gut microbiome; 3) manufacturing, processing and packaging technologies that enhance food safety and food quality; 4) understanding of antimicrobials used in the food chain; and 5) the bioavailability of nutrients during digestion and absorption as they relate to human health. In addition, knowledge generated from this program will help improve our understanding of the food-related choices and behaviors of growers, producers, processers, and consumers and how they are influenced by socio-economic and other incentives in ways that enhance the safety, quality, and nutrient value of the food supply.

The AFRI Food Safety, Nutrition and Health program area addresses the following priorities within the Farm Bill: Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health - Nutrition, food safety and quality, and health (subpriorities i. microbial contaminants and pesticide residues relating to human health; ii. links between diet and health; iii. bioavailability of nutrients; iv. postharvest physiology and practices; and v. improved processing technologies).


Improving Food Safety
Program Area Priority Code – A1331

Project period of up to 5 years

Letter of Intent not required for this program area priority


Research project applications must address one or more of the following:

  • Develop and validate novel concentration and purification methods for the rapid, low-cost, and efficient isolation or capture of foodborne contaminants (viable or infectious human pathogens, chemicals, toxins, or engineered nanoparticles) from foods or environmental samples related to food production, harvesting or processing. This can include irrigation and processing water, soil, manure, and food contact surfaces. Applications that address the development and validation of methods that are effective in multiple matrices and for multiple contaminants are encouraged;
  • Develop or improve and validate foodborne contaminant detection methods, including whole genome sequencing methods and relevant bioinformatics. Justification for the development of a new method must be addressed in the Project Narrative. The requirement for a sensitive, specific, and rapid method will depend on the application and the needs of the end user, but all three of these characteristics must be addressed, explained, and justified. Where appropriate, methods that are quantitative or can be used in-line, in-field, or in-plant, or can detect infectious or viable foodborne pathogens are encouraged. Validation studies that include food or environmental samples appropriate for the foodborne contaminants are required;
  • Investigate the fate or dissemination of foodborne contaminants associated with food production or processing;
  • Develop strategies to reduce foodborne contaminants in foods or the environment at any point along the food supply chain; or
  • Identify and characterize emerging or under-researched contaminants that are known or expected to cause foodborne disease.




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