OPPORTUNITY: USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
DESCRIPTION: 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.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Following entities are eligible: 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 or corporations; 8. individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or 9. any group consisting of 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (8).
AVAILABLE FUNDING AND APPLICATION WINDOW: This is two-year period funding announcement for FY 2021 and FY 2022. Closing Application Dates: FY 2021- Thursday, January 14, 2021; FY 2022- January 13, 2022. Anticipated approximate funding amounts available: FY 2021- $25 million; FY 2022- $30 million.
Funding awards range from $50,000 to $3 million depending on the nature of the project type.