USDA Seeks Applicants for Food Safety Research Grant Funding
The following RFA may be of interest to some in the aquaculture/seafood community with expertise and interest in potential grant funding related to the priority areas referenced.
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking research grant funding applications for the Food Safety Challenge Area of its "Agriculture and Food Research Initiative" (AFRI) which promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. Within this combined FY 2012/2013 RFA, the priority areas will expand to include effective mitigation strategies for antimicrobial resistance, and improving the safety of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Applications are encouraged to include one or more of the following topic areas:  Identify and characterize emerging pathogens and/or contaminants, and, if determined to be a food safety threat, identify or develop effective control strategies.  Develop control strategies for known pathogens and contaminants on previously unrecognized food vehicles or on foods that are not commonly associated with a particular pathogen.
Eligible applicants include public and private institutions of higher education, for profit and not for profit organizations, and others - NIFA anticipates having approximately $10,000,000 in total available grant funds for the program for FY 2012/2013 with an award ceiling of $800,000 - The update is that the FY 2012 RFA has now been combined with the FY 2013 RFA and funding amounts have been increased.
Applications are now due by December 5, 2012 (Letter of Intent Deadline is September 17, 2012)
The August 15, 2012 USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement Number USDA-NIFA-AFRI-003850 is posted at:
The Full Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at:
Additional information about the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is available at:
Specifically, additional information about the AFRI for Food Safety is available at:
Contact: General questions related to the AFRI Program may be directed to the following individuals at 202 401 5022; fax: 202 401 6488; e-mail:AFRI@NIFA.usda.gov :
* Dr. Frank Boteler who is the Assistant Director of the NIFA Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment
* Dr. Robert E. Holland who is the Assistant Director of the NIFA Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
* Dr. Deborah Sheely who is the Assistant Director of the NIFA Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Technical questions related to the AFRI "Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance" Program Area may be directed to:
* D. Ramkishan Rao at 202 401 6010; e-mail: RRao@NIFA.usda.gov
* Mervalin Morant at 202 401 6602; e-mail: MMorant@NIFA.usda.gov
Technical questions related to the AFRI "Improving the Safety of Fresh and Fresh Cut Produce" Program Area may be directed to:
* Jodi Williams at 202 720 6145; e-mail: JWwilliams@NIFA.USDA.gov
* Hongda Chen at 202 401 6497; e-mail: HChen@NIFA.USDA.gov
* Jeanette Thurston at 202 720 7166; JThurston@NIFA.USDA.gov
Technical questions related to the AFRI "Addressing Critical and Emerging Food Safety Issues" Program Area may be directed to:
* Isabel Walls at 202 401 6357; e-mail: IWalls@NIFA.USDA.gov
* Jeanette Thurston at 202 720 7166; e-mail: JThurston@NIFA.USDA.gov