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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

CY18 Georgia Beef Commission Request for Proposals


Notification Due to G&C Office: September 25, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: October 2, 2017

The Georgia Beef Commission is pleased to announce the call for proposals for research for the CY18 (Project duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.)

The full RFP, including suggested research topics, can be found here.

Please Note - The Beef Commission is requesting that if a researcher has project underway that is currently funded that the commission receive a report updating on progress or results of the research on the project funded.

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.

Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium


ePortal Deadline: October 23, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: October 27, 2017

The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC) requests proposals for calendar year 2018 to support pertinent applied research and outreach activities on small fruit crops in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Consortium especially encourages outreach proposals that result in the development of web-based in-service agent training modules in areas such as marketing strategies, pest management, post-harvest / handling, and enterprise budgets. 

If you received a SRSFC grant in 2017, a progress report or final report must be submitted before December 1, 2017. Details on the progress / final report submission procedure will be sent to the 2017 grant recipients.  Proposals submitted for 2018 by investigators funded in 2017 who do not submit a progress or final report by December 1, 2017 will not be considered for 2018 funding.

The full RFP including the template to be used and proposal scoring sheets can be found here and here.

Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grants


ePortal Deadline: November 10 , 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: November 17, 2017

Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are eligible to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Applicants must work with at least one farmer/rancher on the project to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture.

The full RFP and additional information can be found here and here.

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.

CY18 Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Blueberries

Notification Due to G&C Office: November 20
Full Proposal Deadline: December 1

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Blueberries is pleased to announce the call for research proposals for the CY17 period (January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018).

Proposal priorities and directions can be found here.

FY2018 Specialty Crop Research Initiative

Notification Due to G&C Office: December 1
Pre-Application Deadline: December 9

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. The anticipated amount available for support of this program in FY 2018 is approximately $48.1 million.

The full 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.

CY18 Georgia Commodity Commission for Vegetables

Proposals Due to Department Heads: Wednesday, November 1
Dept. Head Ranking Due to Dr. Moore/G&C Office: November 3, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: November 10, 2017

The Georgia Commodity Commission for Vegetables is pleased to announce a call for research proposals for 2018 for the
following fourteen crops: bell pepper, specialty peppers, broccoli, beets, tomato, squash, cucumber, carrots, eggplant,
leafy greens, cabbage, beans, cantaloupe, and sweet potato.

The Research Committee requests that Department Heads provide a non-binding ranking of the proposal within their
respective department prior to submission.

The full RFP can be found here.