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Strategic Initiatives & NIFA-AFRI 2010 Grant Program

Dear Colleagues,

Requests for Applications (RFA) for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) 2010 grant program are scheduled to be released at the end of March. As most of you know, the funding pool is larger, the grants are expected to be larger, and a significant part of the total grant pool will be reserved for integrated research, education, and extension projects. UC ANR wants to aid researchers who propose projects that are relevant to the Division’s Strategic Initiatives.

ANR will support 2010 AFRI grant applications that relate to the ANR initiatives with both monetary (e.g., matching funds) and in-kind (e.g., grant writing) support.

If you are considering an AFRI application, please contact the appropriate initiative leader:

Joe Di Tomaso for Sustainable Food Systems,

Sharon Junge for Healthy Families and Communities,

James Bartolome for Sustainable Natural Ecosystems,

Ian Gardner for Endemic and Invasive Plants and Diseases,

You can discuss with them your needs regarding travel or communication aid to pull research teams together; assistance for grant development, extension and outreach components of grants, and matching funds. While no formal process has yet been developed, ANR is committed to helping researchers successfully compete for funds to support projects that align well with ANR’s priorities. You are encouraged to discuss your research projects and needs with the initiative leaders.

The other members of ANR’s Program Council are also committed to facilitating the development of applications for AFRI funding. Feel free to contact Program Council members for assistance or guidance:


Barbara Allen-Diaz, AVP – Academic Programs & Strategic Initiatives

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:13 PM
Tags: AFRI (3), Strategic Initiatives (18)

Four initiative advisory panels appointed

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that we have appointed advisory panel members for four of the five ANR strategic initiatives.  The advisory panels will be working with the initiative leaders to develop a five-year plan of action for implementing each initiative. If you have suggestions for shaping the plans of action, I encourage you to share them with the appropriate initiative leader or panel members.

Once the plans of action have been developed, ANR will provide competitive funds that can be used to attract faculty and researchers and extension advisors to ultimately provide research and education to fulfill the initiatives’ objectives.

We are working on appointing an initiative leader and an advisory panel for Water Quality, Quantity and Security (WQQS). The appointed strategic initiative leaders and panels are at


Barbara Allen-Diaz
Associate Vice President, Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM

VP Dooley gives ANR update via video

VP Dooley has recorded a video message to update the ANR family about the governor’s state budget proposal, progress in our restructuring around the Strategic Vision, and advocacy.

Please view the video at your convenience above or at A transcript is available at

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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM
Tags: advocacy (13), budget (24), Strategic Initiatives (18)

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