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Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Closed February 15, 2024

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program for organic production standards. 


Applications may only be submitted by the following entities:

  1. State agricultural experiment stations;

  2. Colleges and universities;

  3. University research foundations;

  4. Other research institutions and organizations;

  5. Federal agencies;

  6. National laboratories;

  7. Private organizations, foundations, or corporations;

  8. Individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or

  9. A group consisting of two or more of the entities above


If an OREI program grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions.

NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if NIFA determines that: (1) the results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to be applicable to agricultural commodities generally; or (2) the project involves a minor commodity, the project deals with scientifically important research, and the grant recipient is unable to satisfy the matching funds requirement.

Application Instructions

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Search for Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-ICGP-009743

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February 15, 2024

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Updated March 27, 2024

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