USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests pre-applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. The intent of the SCRI program is to address the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. Approximately $80 million is available through this program in FY 2019. Pre-applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.
Applications must be received by December 10, 2018.