USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting letters of intent for the Sustainable Agricultural Systems portion of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. For FY 2019, applications to the SAS RFA must focus on systems approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agricultural system within the context of the long-term goals outlined subsequently in the program area priority description. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for significantly improving the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. These approaches must demonstrate current needs and anticipate future social, cultural, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed should result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for all those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. The amount available for new grants in FY 2019 is $90 million, for awards of up to $10 million each.
Letters of intent are due by June 4, 2019.