The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has $80,000,000 in funding available for its Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) program. Award amounts will range from $50,000 to 8,000,000.
The Specialty Crop Research Initiative promotes collaboration, communication, information exchange and the development of resources to accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology.
Proposed projects should address at least one of the following topics:
- Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
- Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
- Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
- New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
- Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.
Approximately 20% of proposals are funded. Note that cost matching is needed for all funds requested. The pre-application deadline is January 26, 2021. More details are on the NIFA website.