The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports grants to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future challenges.

It is the USDA’s primary extramural agency to advance agricultural sciences and has funded nearly 300 active equine projects through the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is a competitive grant program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and Extension projects in agricultural sciences. In their most recent request for applications, NIFA is seeking applications for the Foundational Program for fiscal 2016. The anticipated amount available for grants in fiscal 2016 is approximately $130 million.

Land-grant institutions, for-profit organizations, individuals, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, small business, state agricultural experiment stations, and more are able to apply. Applications are due to NIFA by Aug. 31.

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