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.
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 land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives.
- 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
- 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
- 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
- For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses
- University research foundations
- Other research institutions and organizations
- Federal agencies
- National laboratories
- Individuals who are United States citizens or nationals
- Private organizations or corporations
- Colleges and universities
- State Agricultural Experiment Stations
- State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
COST SHARING/MATCHING FUNDS:
Applicants must provide matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded under the OREI. NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if one of the following applies: 1. The results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to apply 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.
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
ANTICIPATED FUNDING: $44 million
AWARD AMOUNTS: RANGE OF AWARDS -$50,000 – $3,500,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15, 2024