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AFRI Program Timeline

Following is an approximate timeline for key steps in the FY 2022 Commodity Boards Initiative for NIFA and eligible commodity boards to jointly fund Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) topics. This timeline is approximate, subject to change, and intended solely to provide a general sense of the timing for key milestones in the process.

AFRI Program Timeline
DATE EVENT OR ACTION INTERVAL
November 12, 2021 Notice of FY 2022 Program and Timeline Published  
January 11, 2022 Deadline for Commodity Boards to submit topics for inclusion in FY2020 AFRI Requests for Applications (RFAs) 60 days
January 25, 2022 NIFA notifies Commodity Boards of decision to include or not include suggested topics in upcoming RFAs, sends a Co-funding Agreement to Commodity Boards for accepted topics 14 days
February 22, 2022 Commodity Boards return signed Co-funding Agreement 28 days
March 8, 2022 Commodity Boards deposit required funds in escrow account 14 days
Approximately March 2022 AFRI RFAs updated for FY 2022  
Varies Grant Applications Submission Deadlines As listed in RFA
Varies Deadline for grant applicants to provide letters of support from Commodity Boards 60 days after respective grant application deadline
Varies NIFA informs Commodity Boards of peer panel review and decisions regarding projects they supported Approximately 21 days after peer panel review of grant applications
Varies Commodity Board transfers funds from escrow account to NIFA Deposit Account 5 days after NIFA notification to Commodity Board of peer panel review and decisions regarding proposals they supported
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