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Upcoming Request For Applications Calendar

As requested by stakeholders in Project CAFÉ feedback, we are working to make this a more streamlined process. Keep in mind, these are target dates only and are subject to change until the Request For Applications are published in The current list applies to continuations, directed and second-year Request For Applications of a multi-year solicitation. Bookmark this list and check back often for updates as target dates draw near. A new notification will signal when AFRI Request For Applications are added to the schedule.

Target June 2022
Request for Applications Type*: Solicitation Name:
Competitive 1994 Extension Capacity 
Competitive Multi-Year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
Directed Regional Rural Development Centers
Continuation IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management
Continuation Crop Protection and Pest Management: Extension Implementation
Continuation Potato Breeding Research
Continuation Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network
Continuation New Technologies for Ag Extension
Continuation Food and Agricultural Education Information System
Directed Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database
Competitive Multi-Year Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)
Continuation Risk Management Education (ARME)
Competitive 1890 Capacity Building Programs (Teaching, Research, and Extension) (CBG)
Competitive Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Full App
Competitive Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Full Applications
Continuation Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)
Continuation Global Change, UV Radiation Monitoring and Research (Agroclimatology)
Continuation Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC)
Continuation National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP)
Continuation Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)
Directed Aquaculture Centers, section 1475
Directed Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
Directed Department of Defense Virtual Lab School (VLS)
Directed Early Learning Matters - Directed
Directed Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
Directed Healthy Homes Partnership
Directed Military Families Learning Network
Directed Military REACH 
Directed Relocation Readiness
Competitive National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN)/Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI)
Directed National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)/Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI)
Directed Air Force Military Partnerships
Directed Army 4-H Military Partnership
Directed Navy 4-H Military Partnership
Directed Teen Adventure Camps
Directed Youth Support and Internship Program (YSIP)


Request for Applications Type*: Solicitation Name: Closing date:
Competitive AFRI - Sustainable Agricultural Systems*** See dates
Competitive Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Education and Workforce Development See dates
Competitive AFRI - Foundational and Applied Science Program See dates
Competitive Supplemental and Alternative Crops  (SAC) 29 June 2022
Competitive The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program 30 June 2022
Competitive Multi-Year The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program - Produce Prescription Program 30 June 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Tribal College Research Grant Program 13 July 2022
Competitive Open Data Framework 14 July 2022
Competitive Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative 21 July 2022
Competitive AFRI - SAS - Sustainable Agriculture Systems 28 July 2022
Competitive Bioproduct Pilot Program 31 August 2022
Competitive Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture (UIE) 22 September 2022
Competitive AFRI - EWD - Education and Workforce Development 27 October 2022
Competitive AFRI - FAS- Foundational and Applied Science 31 December 2022


RFA Type*: Solicitation Name: Closed date:
Continuation National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences 10 October 2021
Multi-year Solicitation Year 2 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program 15 October 2021
Continuation 1890 Centers of Excellence 15 October 2021
Continuation 1890 Facilities Grant Program 15 October 2021
Competitive Farm of the Future Program 15 October 2021
Competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I 3 November 2021
Competitive Centers of Excellence at 1890 Institutions 17 November 2021
Multi-year Request For Applications (1st Year of 2 Year) Capacity Building Grants for Non Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) 24 November 2021
Competitive Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases 24 November 2021
Continuation Scholarships for Students at 1890 Institutions Program (1890 Scholarships) 15 December 2021
Competitive Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program 16 December 2021
Competitive Multi-Year Community Food Projects Program 20 December 2021
Competitive AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities 13 January 2021
Competitive Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Pre-application 21 January 2021
Competitive Multi-Year Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants 28 January 2021
Competitive Multi-Year  Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program 31 January 2021
Competitive Multi-Year Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG) 15 February 2021
Competitive Federally Recognized Tribes Extension - FRTEP 25 February 2021
Competitive Crop Protection and Pest Management 28 February 2021
Competitive Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR-SCP) 28 February 2021
Competitive Tribal Colleges (1994) Education Equity Grants Program (TCEG) 15 March 2022
Directed Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education 15 March 2022
Competitive Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) 17 March 2022
Competitive Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (ECDRE) Pre-Application 17 March 2022
Competitive Renewable Resources Extension Act-National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF) 21 March 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) 23 March 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Distance Education Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (DEG) 28 March 2022
Competitive New Beginning for Tribal Students Programs (NBTS) 30 March 2022
Competitive Multi-Year  Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) 31 March 2022
Competitive Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative (OREI) 31 March 2022
Competitive Multi-Year  Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program (ANNH) 4 April 2022
Competitive Veterinary Services Grant Program 5 April 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II 6 April 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge (SPECA) Grants Program 6 April 2022
Competitive Farm Business and Benchmarking Program (FBMB) 8 April 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Area 11 April 2022
Competitive Organic Transitions (ORG) 21 April 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program 26 April 2022
Competitive Rural Health and Safety Education 29 April 2022
Competitive Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants (SLSNCGP) 26 May 2022
Competitive Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) 2 June 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Aquaculture Research 3 June 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program 6-June 2022
Competitive Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI)/Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) 6 June 2022
Competitive Equipment Grants Program 15 June 2022
Competitive Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) 20 June 2022
Competitive Multi-Year Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program 21 June 2022
Competitive Children, Youth, and Families at Risk 4-H Military Partnership Program  (CYFAR 4-H Military PDTA) 23 June 2022


AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems -added for October Release
**Deputy Under-Secretary Approval
***Deputy Secretary Approval or delegate

*Request For Application Types:

  • Competitive and Multi Year Solicitations are open to all eligible applicants and will be available on is external).
  • Directed RFAs are sent to applicants that are predetermined to be eligible for funding for specific purposes.
  • Continuation award is an award instrument by which NIFA agrees to support a specified level of effort for a predetermined period of time with a statement of intention to provide additional support at a future date, provided that performance has been satisfactory, appropriations are available for this purpose, and continued support would be in the best interest of the Federal government and the public.  A continuation award is issued for the subsequent years of a new award.
  • Note: Projected dates for AFRI and Capacity Grant Request For Applications are not included in this timeline at this time.

 If you have any questions regarding this timeline, please contact the National Program Leader (NPL) with the associated program or email

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