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Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture Grant

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Closed September 22, 2022

The Urban, Indoor, and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative (UIE) is a NIFA competitive grant program implemented in 2022 to support research, education and extension activities that facilitate development of urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production systems. The UIE emphasizes activities on several segments of the value chain, including production, harvesting, transportation aggregation, packaging, distribution, and marketing needs.

The UIE program seeks applications that address all of the following:

  • Explain the magnitude of the most urgent and critical needs or problems for urban, indoor, or emerging agriculture and how they will be addressed in the grant;

  • Focus on opportunities to develop and strengthen:

    • income or employment,

    • enhanced quality of life and access to safe nutritious food for urban and Native American communities,

    • estimated or actual economic return for UIE food production systems,

    • private industry investment,

    • site selection and reduce barriers to land access;

  • Describe a meaningful approach for blending research and extension expertise and other outreach and implementation approaches throughout the project to address principal objectives;

  • Provide evidence that the project is aligned to stakeholder-provided priorities listed above;

  • Present expected solutions or improvements and how these will be assessed and measured;

  • Address the potential costs of a proposed solution and describe how it can be scaled to be sustainable in the short term and long term; and

  • Explain how the project will strengthen urban, indoor, or other emerging agricultural and food-production systems and how results will be adopted or applied at a local, regional, or national level. 


Applications may only be submitted by the following entities:

  • State agricultural experiment stations;

  • Colleges and universities;

  • University research foundations;

  • Other research institutions and organizations;

  • Federal agencies;

  • National laboratories;

  • Private organizations, foundations, or corporations;

  • Individuals; or

  • Any group consisting of two or more of the entities described above


The UIE program has NO matching requirement. NIFA will not factor matching resources into the review process as an evaluation criterion. 

Application Instructions

Prepare your application and apply on Find the application by searching for funding opportunity number USDA-NIFA-OP-009221.

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September 22, 2022

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Updated March 22, 2024

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