AFRI adresses the following challenges:

  1. Keep American agriculture competitive while ending world hunger
  2. Improve nutrition and end child obesity
  3. Improve food safety for all Americans
  4. Secure America's energy future through renewable resources
  5. Mitigate and adapt agriculture to variations in climate

In addition, AFRI will support research in six priority areas. These areas include:

  • Plant Health and Production and Plant Products
  • Animal Health and Production and Animal Products
  • Food Safety, Nutrition and Health
  • Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and Environment
  • Agriculture Systems and Technology
  • Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

This Foundational Research RFA is targeted toward "building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges."

An additional RFA provides pre- and postdoctoral fellowship grants. Predoctoral fellowships are available for those who have research candidacy. Postdoctoral fellowships are available for those who have received their doctoral degree not earlier than January 1 of the fiscal year three years prior to the submission of the proposal and not later than nine months after the proposal due date. 

2012/2013 RFA Documents