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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (AFRI-SAS)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Due June 6, 2024

Applications to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. These approaches must demonstrate current needs and anticipate future social, cultural, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed should result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for all those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption.


  • Land-Grant Institutions

  • Non-Profits

  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Learning

  • For-profit Businesses

  • Native American Tribal Orgs

  • State Agricultural Experiment Stations

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply to the RFA electronically; no other method or response is accepted.

Read the RFA for detailed instructions for how to create an account on and apply for this opportunity.



June 6, 2024

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Updated March 27, 2024

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