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Title: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative FY 2010


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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative FY
2010
2
Questions? Call (800) 857-5233 Passcode USDA
(given verbally) To ask a question, press 1 on
your touch tone phone.
3
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Its
Role in USDA Status and Expectations for 2010
and Looking Forward to the Future
4
USDA Strategic Goals
  • Help America promote agriculture production and
    biotechnology exports as America works to
    increase food security.
  • Ensure that all of Americas children have access
    to safe, nutritious, balanced meals
  • Assist rural communities to create prosperity so
    they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and
    economically thriving
  • Ensure our National Forests and private working
    lands are conserved, restored, and made more
    resilient to climate change, while enhancing our
    water resources.

5
Five Pillars for the Secretarys
Vision Supporting the Creation of Rural Prosperity
  • Increasing access to broadband and continuous
    business creation
  • Developing local and regional food systems
  • Capitalizing on climate change opportunities
  • Developing renewable energy
  • Generating and retaining green jobs through
    recreation and natural resource restoration,
    conservation, and management

6
Research at USDA
  • REE
  • Agricultural Research Service
  • Economic Research Service
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • (Forest Service)
  • Foreign Agriculture Service
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • (Research informs portfolio of others)

7
  • The role of the National Institute of Food and
    Agriculture is to support research, extension and
    education, and bring focus to meet societys
    grand challenges

8
NIFA the agency for extramural research,
extension and education
  • Built on the history of CSREES
  • Expanding the role of AFRI, the competitive
    grants program
  • Bringing focus to capacity funds while
    maintaining essential services to rural and urban
    America
  • Placing emphasis on attracting a new generation
    of scientists to the agriculture mission

9
Why this is the right time for a change in
research for agriculture?
  • The lessons of history led the Committee on a
    New Biology for the 21st Century to recommend
    that a(n) . . . initiative be put in place and
    charged with finding solutions to major societal
    needs sustainable food production, protection of
    the environment, renewable energy, and
    improvement in human health. These challenges
    represent both the mechanism for accelerating the
    emergence of a New Biology and its first fruits.

10
Can NIFA be a 21st Century Life Sciences Agency?
  • Seek broad participation in the goals of the
    agency, including those outside the usual cadre
    of scientists and educators
  • Use broader systems approaches to solve problems
    presented to agriculture, while ensuring
    sustainability
  • Create a 21st century workforce that achieves
    societal goals while rejuvenating rural America
    and creating economic prosperity in agriculture
    around the globe

11
Refocusing NIFA Research in 2010
  • Focuses the outcomes from NIFA-sponsored
    activities around thematic areas
  • Climate change
  • Bioenergy
  • Food safety
  • Nutrition and childhood obesity
  • Global food security

12
NIFAs Primary Budget Initiatives
  • Focus efforts on high priority issues, including
    climate change, childhood obesity, biomass and
    bioproducts
  • Ensure agricultural productivity and
    sustainability, strengthen rural communities,
    and address global hunger
  • Support fundamental science, applied research,
    and education
  • Link scientific discovery, application of
    sustainable practices, to producers and consumers

13
Important Principles for NIFA
  • All activities sponsored by NIFA should be of
    highest quality value for dollar
  • Activities should, to the extent possible, focus
    on the 5 priorities/grand challenges while
    honoring legislative mandates
  • Research and extension and/or education will be
    part of increasing percentage of grants awarded
  • Support education/training of next generation of
    scientists

14
Important Principles for NIFA
  • NIFA activities should be complementary to those
    of other REE agencies
  • NIFA should leverage resources and expertise by
    partnering with other components of the U.S.
    government, foundations, and private sector
  • NIFA research should support aims of the USDA and
    USG research partners include land-grant and
    non-land grant universities and colleges,
    research institutions, and non-academic entities
  • NIFA should help build capacity of
    minority-serving institutions while achieving
    mission

15
Building Partnerships and Institutions to Feed
the Agriculture Science Pipeline
  • USG has a renewed commitment to global food
    security, including through building capacities
  • Strengthening institutions in food and
    agriculture
  • USDA and USAID to play central roles
  • Opportunities for public and private sector to
    partner
  • Call for other country commitments

16
Building Partnerships and Institutions to Feed
the Agriculture Science Pipeline
  • USG has a renewed commitment to global food
    security, including through building capacities
  • Strengthening institutions in food and
    agriculture
  • USDA and USAID to play central roles
  • Opportunities for public and private sector to
    partner
  • Call for other country commitments

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative FY
2010
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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • Five Challenge Area RFAs
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention 25 M
  • Climate Change 40 M
  • Global Food Security 13 M
  • Food Safety 20 M
  • Sustainable Bioenergy 32 M

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • Foundational Program RFA 65 M
  • Plant Health and Production and Plant Products
  • Animal Health and Production and Animal Products
  • Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health
  • Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and
    Environment
  • Agriculture Systems and Technology
  • Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

21
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • NIFA Fellowships Grant Program RFA 6 M
  • Offer individual fellowships for pre- and
    postdoctoral students NIFA Fellows
  • Focus on the broad Challenge Areas
  • Anticipated release in April 2010
  • Eligibility U.S. citizens, nationals and green
    card holders

22
AFRI Eligibility Single-function projects
  1. State agricultural experiment stations
  2. Colleges and universities (including junior
    colleges offering associate degrees or higher)
  3. University research foundations
  4. Other research institutions and organizations

23
AFRI Eligibility Single-function projects
  • Federal agencies and national laboratories
  • Private organizations or corporations
  • U.S. Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents
  • Eligible institutions do not include foreign and
    international organizations

24
Integrated Eligibility Integrated projects
  1. Colleges and universities
  2. 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
  3. Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and
    universities

25
FASE Grants Restricted eligibility
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship Grants New
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants
  • New Investigator Grants
  • Strengthening Grants
  • Sabbatical Grants
  • Equipment Grants
  • Seed Grants
  • Strengthening Standard and Strengthening CAP
    Grants

26
Letters of Intent
  • Required for most program areas.
  • Take care to follow the guidelines.
  • Applications submitted without a prior Letter of
    Intent submission will not be reviewed.

27
AFRI 2010
  • Grants Management/Financial Management Questions
  • Andrea L. Brandon
  • Deputy Administrator, OEP
  • abrandon_at_nifa.usda.gov
  • (202) 720-9181

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INSTITUTE OF FOOD PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Enhancing global food security through
productive and sustainable agricultural systems
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INSTITUTE OF BIOENERGY, CLIMATE, AND ENVIRONMENT
Ensuring energy independence through clean,
biobased systems Ensuring sustainable and
adaptive agro-ecosystems in response to climate
change
31
INSTITUTE OF FOOD SAFETY AND NUTRITION
Ensuring a safe food supply Improving citizens
health through nutrition Reducing childhood
obesity Improving food quality
32
INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH, FAMILY, COMMUNITY
Enabling vibrant and resilient communities Prepari
ng the next generation of scientists Enhancing
science capacity in minority-serving
institutions Enhancing youth development
33
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Leveraging the knowledge and commitment of U.S.
talent to enhance the lives of those in
developing countries
34
Administration and Functions of Institutes in NIFA
  • Institutes to be led by scientists effective
    administrators with experience in USDA policies
  • Will look to examples of best practices for
    operations of the institutes
  • Will seek advice and input from external groups
    of stakeholders and expert scientists

35
NIFA Proposed Budget 2011 Continues Focus on
Growth of Focus Areas, with Additional
Flexibility for Foundational Programs
  • Look for expanded interactions/alignment between
    intramural and extramural research
  • Explore collaborations with other agencies
    outside of REE, including FAS, FSIS, others
  • Explore opportunities to expand interactions with
    sister Federal departments, including NSF, DOE,
    NIH/NCI/CDC, USAID, others

36
USDA An Agency To Be Proud Of Roger Beachy,
Director, NIFA
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If you have more questions, please visit our
website at www.nifa.usda.gov/afri or contact
us at (202) 401-5022, afri_at_nifa.usda.gov
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