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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 2022

Program Area Priority Program Code 2022 Application Deadline
AFRI Commodity Board Co-funding Topics A1811 5/12/2022
Agricultural Biosecurity A1181 10/20/2022
Agricultural Microbiomes in Plant Systems and Natural Resources  A1402 10/6/2022
Agricultural Workforce Training Grants A7601 9/15/2022
Animal Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics  A1201 8/11/2022
Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation A1231 8/11/2022
Animal Reproduction A1211 8/11/2022
Biorefining and Biomanufacturing A1531 10/06/2022
Conventional Plant Breeding for Cultivar Development A1143 9/22/2022
Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) A1701 9/15/2022
Data Science for Food and Agricultural Systems (DSFAS) A1541 11/17/2022
Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases A1344 8/25/2022
Diseases of Agricultural Animals A1221 8/11/2022
Economics, Markets and Trade A1641 10/6/2022
Engineering for Agricultural Production and Processing A1521 10/6/2022
Engineering for Precision Water and Crop Management and Water Programs  A1551 10/6/2022
Extension, Education & USDA Climate Hubs Partnership A1721 6/2/2022 (LOI)

10/6/2022 (Application)

Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education (FANE) A7801 3/30/2023
Food and Human Health A1343 9/1/2022
Food Safety and Defense A1332 8/25/2022
Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems A1102 9/15/2022
Foundational Knowledge of Plant Products A1103 8/18/2022
Inter-Disciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS) A1261 10/6/2022
Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain A1366 9/1/2022
Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems A1511 8/25/2022
National Extension Clearinghouse for Industry and the Workforce (NECIW) A7704 10/13/2022
Novel Foods and Innovative Manufacturing Technologies A1364 9/1/2022
Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems A1112 8/25/2022
Physiology of Agricultural Plants A1152 10/6/2022
Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production A1141 9/22/2022
Pollinator Health: Research and Application A1113 8/25/2022
Postdoctoral Fellowships A7201 9/8/22
Predoctoral Fellowships A7101 10/27/2022
Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy A7501 9/1/2022
Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agricultural Systems A1712 CAP Grants: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Regional Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (RICSAF) A1556 10/6/2022
Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) A7401 8/18/2022
Rural Economic Development A1661 9/15/2022
Small and Medium-Sized Farms A1601 9/22/2022
Social Implications of Food and Agricultural Technologies A1642 11/3/2022
Soil Health A1401 9/1/2022
Special Topics: Youth Innovators Empowering Agriculture Across America (YEA) A7703 8/04/2022
Sustainable Agricultural Systems A9201 4/27/2022 (LOI)
7/28/2022 (application)
Sustainable Agroecosystems: Health, Functions, Processes and Management A1451 9/15/2022
Sustainable Bioeconomy through Biobased Products A1414 9/1/2022
Water Quantity and Quality A1411 9/1/2022
Welfare of Agricultural Animals A1251 8/11/2022


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