This page contains a summary of funding opportunities related to innovation in agriculture and food systems.
For general information on funding search, funding agencies, funding opportunities and more visit UCR Research and Economic Development (RED) website.
For assistance with grant preparation, contact Helen Chen, grant facilitator for College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at Helen.Chen@ucr.edu
The websites below allow to create customized searches based on key words and other criteria, save those searches, create personalized funding alerts and receive weekly emails of results.
Grants.gov is the official government site for information on federal grants and funding. The site offers a database of more than 1,000 grant programs administered by 26 federal grantmaking agencies. You can Sign up to receive notifications of new funding opportunities and other updates.
COS (Community of Science) Pivot is a searchable database of over 400,000 individual funding opportunities. Subscribers can choose to receive a weekly e-mail with a customized list of funding opportunities based on previously specified criteria.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
NIFA supports research, education, and extension activities through three primary funding mechanisms: competitive grants, capacity grants, and non-competitive grants.
Applying for a grant is part of the pre-award phase and consists of three steps:
- Search for a funding opportunity
- Determine whether you and your organization are eligible for the funding opportunity you’ve identified
- Apply for a grant
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NRCS formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.
NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers make and maintain conservation improvements on their land.
NRCS offers easement programs to eligible landowners to conserve working agricultural lands, wetlands, grasslands and forestlands.
NRCS works with partners to leverage additional conservation assistance for agricultural producers and landowners in priority conservation areas.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based in Riverdale, Maryland responsible for protecting animal health, animal welfare, and plant health. APHIS is the lead agency for collaboration with other agencies to protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and diseases. APHIS is the National Plant Protection Authority for the U.S. government.
APHIS aims to protect American animals, plants, and the agricultural industry by offering:
- Protection from invasive non-native plants, animals, insects, and diseases
- Monitoring and management of existing agricultural pests and diseases
- Resolution and management of trade issues related to animal or plant health
- Prevention or cessation of the inhumane treatment (of animals)
Through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDP), APHIS provides funding to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, while working to safeguard the nursery production system. Through the National Clean Plant Network, APHIS provides funding to university and government facilities that develop, maintain, and provide clean foundation stock for select specialty crops. This program helps to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers.
Visit the website for the Fiscal Year 2019 Open Period Announcement
- 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007, Protecting Plant Health (Printable Flyer) (PDF; 562 MB)
- Farm Bill Section 10007 Infographic (PDF 5.44 MB | JPG 928 KB)
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, created in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. The unique FFAR model works nimbly to seize scientific opportunities and deploy resources to combat emerging issues.
For funding opportunity and more visit https://foundationfar.org/grants/
See below, main challenges facing food and agriculture and set as priorities from FFAR.