NIFA Now Accepting Applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Program
Approximately $48 million in funding is now available for the SCRI program. The intent of the SCRI program is to solve 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.
One of the following five focus areas must be addressed in the proposal:
1. Research in improving crop characteristics
2. Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases
3. Long term efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability
4. New innovations and technology
5. Food safety hazard management for specialty crops
Who is Eligible to Apply?: 1862 Land-Grant Institutions,1890 Land-Grant Institutions,1994 Land-Grant Institutions,For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses,Hispanic-Serving Institutions,Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Education,Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Education,Other or Additional Information,Private Institutions of Higher Education,Small Business,State Agricultural Experiment Stations,State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
More Information on Eligibility:Pre-applications may only be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations, foundations, or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.
Priority Applicants: Projects that are multistate, multi-institutional, or trans-disciplinary, and include clearly defined mechanisms to communicate results to producers and the public.
Full Details: See the full details of the program in the Request for Pre-Applications.
Due Date: The first pre-application stage is due December 3, 2015. Applicants selected to submit a full proposal will be selected after this date.