You may have seen the FY 2014 USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative request for grant applications. I would like to point out that the call offers a new section this year called "Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)."
The FY 2014 AFRI Foundational Initiative request for applications is at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/foundationalprogramafri.cfm. This page includes links to the request for applications, the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, the application package and abstracts of funded projects.
Director of California Institute for Water Resources and Leader of Water Quality, Quantity...
Bob Sams of Communication Services and Information Technology and Joni Rippee of the Program Support Unit (PSU) recently led a discussion about grant application support with members of ANR Contracts and Grants, Communication Services and Information Technology, and the PSU. From that discussion, a process will be developed to guide and support the AFRI grant proposal process as it relates to the ANR Strategic Initiatives.
The process begins with the principal investigator contacting the Strategic Initiative leader in the appropriate subject area to assess the proposal’s merit and fit within ANR guidelines.
PSU staff will be assigned to handle proposals for each specific request for application. Contracts and Grants...
While the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grants program is getting a lot of attention these days, it is more than just another grant opportunity. It represents a significant and strategic shift in the funding philosophy and goals that reflect the formation and purpose behind the formation of NIFA. One of those goals is to better integrate research and extension in order to solve difficult problems.
ANR academics who are NOT planning to apply for the 2010 AFRI grants are encouraged to consider becoming peer reviewers for the federal funding program.
By participating on a review panel, not only do you get a chance to see and compare proposals, you also have the...
PC to include county-based members
With input from the current regional directors and other ANR academics, the Executive Working Group and Program Council have agreed on the importance of adding county-based academics with a statewide perspective to Program Council.
Barbara Allen-Diaz, AVP-Strategic Initiatives and Academic Programs, has announced that when the two remaining regional directors leave Program Council on July 1, county-based academics will be appointed. The selection process for these positions has not been determined. Allen-Diaz has already asked Academic Assembly Council for input and will seek input from across the ANR community to choose county-based...