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The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative has numerous program area priorities in the three Requests for Applications (RFAs) posted each year. Each program area priority has its own deadline(s). 

Information about the program area priority including program contacts, types of projects allowed, and more will be found in Part I, C of each RFA. Letters of Intent (if applicable) and applications must be received at NIFA by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadlines listed below for each program. Dates are listed in MM/DD/YYYY format.

Please note that for programs that accept conference grants, LOIs are required for conference grants and must be submitted at least 195 days before the start of the conference. The full Conference Grant application must be submitted, at minimum, 150 days before the start of the conference. Please see Part I, C of the RFA for each program area priority in order to determine if it allows conference grants.

AFRI Deadlines for Fiscal Year 2023

Program Area PriorityProgram Code2023 Application Deadline
AFRI Commodity Board Co-funding TopicsA18118/3/2023
Agricultural BiosecurityA11818/10/2023
Agricultural Microbiomes in Plant Systems and Natural Resources A140210/5/2023
Agricultural Workforce Training GrantsA76019/21/23
Animal Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics A12018/10/2023
Animal Nutrition, Growth and LactationA12318/10/2023
Animal ReproductionA12118/10/2023
Biorefining and BiomanufacturingA153110/5/2023
Conventional Plant Breeding for Cultivar DevelopmentA114310/12/2023
Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)A17019/14/2023
Data Science for Food and Agricultural Systems (DSFAS)A154111/16/2023
Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic DiseasesA13448/24/2023
Diseases of Agricultural AnimalsA12218/10/2023
Economics, Markets and TradeA164110/5/2023
Engineering for Agricultural Production and ProcessingA152110/5/2023
Engineering for Precision Crop and Water ManagementA155110/12/2023
Extension, Education & USDA Climate Hubs PartnershipA17215/4/2023 (LOI)

9/7/2023 (Application)
Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education (FANE)A7801 12/7/2023
Food and Human HealthA13438/10/2023
Food Safety and DefenseA13328/24/2023
Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production SystemsA11029/14/2023
Foundational Knowledge of Plant ProductsA11038/17/2023
Inter-Disciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS)A126110/5/2023
Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food ChainA13669/21/2023
Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food SystemsA15119/14/2023
Environmental and Natural Resource EconomicsA16519/14/2023
Novel Foods and Innovative Manufacturing TechnologiesA13649/28/2023
Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production SystemsA11129/21/2023
Physiology of Agricultural PlantsA11528/24/2023
Plant Breeding for Agricultural ProductionA114110/13/2023
Pollinator Health: Research and ApplicationA11138/24/2023
Postdoctoral FellowshipsA72019/7/2023
Predoctoral FellowshipsA710110/26/2023
Professional Development for Agricultural LiteracyA75019/14/2023
Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agricultural SystemsA1712Accepted on a continuous basis.
Center for Research, Behavioral Economics, and Extension on Food Loss & WasteA17419/14/2023
Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)A74018/17/2023
Rural Economic DevelopmentA16619/14/2023
Small and Medium-Sized FarmsA16018/17/2023
Social Implications of Food and Agricultural TechnologiesA164211/2/2023
Soil HealthA14019/14/2023
Environmental JusticeA14619/14/2023
Sustainable Agricultural SystemsA92014/13/2023 (LOI)

7/13/2023 (Application)
Sustainable Agroecosystems: Health, Functions, Processes and ManagementA14519/14/2023
Sustainable Bioeconomy through Biobased ProductsA14149/7/2023
Water Quantity and QualityA14119/7/2023
Welfare of Agricultural AnimalsA12518/10/2023


Farm bill priority areas
Animal health and production and animal products
Agriculture economics and rural communities

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