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Logic Model: Your Guide to Transforming Ideas into a Grant Proposal

Most of USDA grant proposals require an accompanying logic model. The wording and thought processes needed to complete a logic model are not intuitive for many. A webinar by Dr. Milton Newberry of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication was presented to faculty on May 20, 2016. A link to the PowerPoint can be found here, while the video can be found here.

This lecture-based workshop will provide a foundational overview of logic models and their use in grant proposals. Here, participants will learn about the rationale for using a logic model, the theory grounding logic models, each component of a model, and how a logic model can be used to develop a grant proposal.

NIFA Systems Grantsmanship Workshops


Current Funding Opportunities

FY17 USDA NIFA Water for Food Production Systems


Letters of Intent Deadline: May 17, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: August 2, 2017


 In FY17, NIFA is looking for large Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) not to exceed $5.2 million total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 5 years. The program anticipates making up to 7 new awards. Applications must address at least one of the following priorities:

• Use of transformative discoveries such as classical/conventional breeding as well as genomics, nanotechnology, sensors, modeling, microbiome manipulation, and data-driven decision tools to develop drought- and flood-tolerant cultivars, intensify food production improve crop and livestock health, or reduce overall water use across food production systems.

• Innovative ways to sustainably secure and more efficiently use water to produce food given competing resource demands, varying annual and within season availability, and compromised or limited water quality.

• Targeted activities/interventions beyond simple information delivery to overcome barriers, disincentives, and institutional or legal impediments so that more sustainable management practices are adopted and acceptance encouraged.

• Safe use of non-traditional water sources such as agricultural runoff, recycled, treated, produced, and brackish waters as appropriate across food system supply chains, including production, processing, distribution, and consumption, so that total amounts of fresh water used are reduced.


A total of $34 million is expected to be available for new grants in this RFA, making it a substantial program.

FY17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)

Mandatory 4-Page Concept Papers Deadline: July 7, 2017

eResearch Portal Full Proposal Submission Deadline: September 15, 2017

Proposal Deadline: September 22, 2017

The BRDI RFA requires that funded projects address at least one of the three legislatively mandated technical areas: (A) Feedstocks development, (B) Biofuels and biobased products development, and (C) Biofuels development analysis. These priorities are described in more detail on pp. 7-9 of the RFA. 

Proposals can be for 1 to 3 years with total Federal funds from $500,000 to $2 million; last year's average award was $1.45 million. 


Other restrictions:

- Prime Recipient cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development (R&D) projects, and 50% of the total allowable costs for demonstration and commercial application projects, and must come from non-Federal sources.

- A PI can be the lead/primary PI on only one Full Application.

- All proposals must be submitted through EERE Exchange.

The full RFA can be found here.

Biological Informatics


ePortal Deadline: September 1, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: September 8, 2017

The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance - or transform - research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. 

The full RFA can be found here.

Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI)


ePortal Deadline: August 25 , 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: September 1, 2017

NSF is soliciting proposals for the Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program, which supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests.

The full RFP can be found here.

FY18 Vidalia Onion Request for Proposals


ePortal Deadline: October 2, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: October 9, 2017

The Vidalia Onion Committee has issued a request for proposals for research to be conducted on Vidalia Onions.  Proposals will be considered that target researching pest management, production, market analysis, and other related topics regarding Vidalia Onions.  Please note in the proposal if this is a multi-year proposal and what year this upcoming season will be.

FY18 American Jersey Cattle Association


ePortal Deadline: November 20 , 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2017

The American Jersey Cattle Research Foundation provides support for projects addressing significant issues relative to the Jersey breed of cattle and Jersey owners. Since 1988 more than $1 million has been provided in support of such research. Funding is in the form of seed money and has averaged $7,500 per project since 2008.

Attached is the Request for Research Proposals for 2018. Research priorities are:

- Nutrition of high-producing Jerseys, particularly practical feeding methods to maximize production of valuable milk components;

- Factors affecting management of Jersey calves;

- Factors affecting semen production of Jersey bulls;

- Factors affecting yield and/or quality of products manufactured from Jersey milk;

- Factors affecting economic impact of Jerseys: efficiencies, net income, longevity, and lifetime profit;

- Optimizing the genetic basis for improving animal health and/or enhancing product quality;

- Enhancing environmental impact associated with Jerseys;

- New technologies for safe and sustainable food production from Jersey cattle; and

- Feasibility of adding value and increasing consumer acceptance of Jersey-derived products through enhanced product quality and branding.

The complete RFP can be found here.

FY17 USDA AFRI Foundational Program

Various Deadlines; please see the full RFA here.

Letters of Intent (LOI) are mandatory for the Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, CARE, and Exploratory programs, but not for the other programs. The earliest full proposal deadline is June 8, with most others in mid-June through mid-July (about 1 month earlier than last year on average). It is anticipated that approximately $150.2 million are available to support this Program. This is an increase of 15% compared with last year, and is a step in the right direction in support of basic agricultural research. The actual amount of funding available will be a little larger, since there are certain targeted "commodity board topics" included in the RFA that will be co-funded by select commodity boards and NIFA; this year, the National Peanut Board is the only participant. Several Program Priority Areas in the RFA have been reorganized compared with last year, so please review the RFA carefully. Most programs fund single-function research proposals at a total of $500,000 for 4 or 5 years, but there are a few programs requesting integrated proposals and/or at a higher funding level.

NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison With Industry (GOALI)

Click on this link to learn more about Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), the program that promotes university-industry partnerships by making project funds or fellowships/traineeships available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages.