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USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program

The USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program is co-administered by NIFA and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). National Program Leaders in NIFA and ARS work together to: 1) write the annual Request for Applications which sets research priorities for this program during the current fiscal year, 2) identify appropriate reviewers for proposals that are submitted to this program, 3) make final funding decisions based on recommendations from the review panel, and 3) sponsor workshops to disseminate results of funded projects, obtain stakeholder input for future research priorities, or discuss current topics related to the federal regulation of agricultural biotechnology products.

The USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants program is also jointly funded by ARS, NIFA, and the Forest Service. These agencies contribute funds to the USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants program by withholding at least 2 percent from outlays for research on biotechnology within their agencies.

 

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