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Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

07/21/22 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA institution of higher education, laboratory, federal government agency, research institution, for-profit company, or individual for studies and programs that address issues related to agriculture and animals Funding is intended for scientific research studies that expand knowledge concerning genomes and phenomes. Applications that propose a collaboration among U.S. crop and animal researchers are encouraged.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) focuses on collaborative science engagement that intends to develop a community of researchers across both crops and animals that will lay the foundation for expanding knowledge concerning genomes and phenomes of importance to the agriculture sector of the United States. The success of the initiative will inform approaches to understanding how variable weather, environments, and production systems interact with genetic diversity present in crops and animals to impact growth and productivity.  This will provide greater accuracy in predicting crop and animal performance under variable conditions and a more efficient selection of well-adapted, superior genotypes that farmers and ranchers can produce. 

The goals of AG2PI are to:

  1. Study agriculturally significant crops and animals in production environments to achieve sustainable and secure agricultural production;
  2. Ensure that current gaps in existing knowledge of agricultural crop and animal genetics and phenomics are filled;
  3. Identify and develop a functional understanding of agronomically relevant genes from crops and animals that are of importance to the agriculture sector of the United States;
  4. Ensure future genetic improvement of crops and animals of importance to the agriculture sector of the United States;
  5. Study the relevance of diverse germplasm as a source of unique genes that may be of importance in the future;
  6. Enhance the available pool of genetic resources to reduce the economic impact of pathogens on crops and animals of importance to the agriculture sector of the United States; and
  7. Disseminate findings to relevant audiences.

These goals require interdisciplinary approaches that combine technologies such as advanced computing, automated high throughput phenotyping and genotyping as well as climatic modeling to be successful.  The initiative seeks to build on efforts such as the Plant Genome Research Project, the National Animal Genome Research Program, and other public initiatives. Key criteria include promoting fair access to data, software, germplasm, and other biological materials through open data sources, standards, and the exchange of research materials. The initiative also seeks to connect animal sciences (e.g. animal physiology, meat science, animal nutrition, and veterinary science), plant sciences (e.g. agronomy, crop modeling, and plant physiology), and allied fields including genetics, genomics, artificial intelligence, informatics, statistics, and engineering. 

The AG2PI is aligned with the following USDA Strategic Goals:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Combat Climate Change to Support America’s Working Lands, Natural Resources, and Communities.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Ensure America’s Agricultural System is Equitable, Resilient, and Prosperous.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Foster an Equitable and Competitive Marketplace for All Agricultural Producers. 

For additional information about the program, see: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/FY22-AG2PI-RFA-508_0.pdf#page=7

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203943

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,920,000

Number of Grants:

One

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,920,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Duration: 36 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
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; or
9. Any group consisting of two or more of the entities described in (1) through (8).

A consortium of eligible entities is encouraged to apply under this RFA.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, July 21, 2022, by 5:00 PM ET.

Applicants should ensure their SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current. If you are not able to upload your application in Grants.gov prior to the funding opportunity close date because of issues related to these delays and are still awaiting a response to your pending SAM.gov help desk ticket, then USDA/NIFA will accept your application through the following process. Please note, this process is only valid for the issues noted above and is a one-time occurrence. Additionally, please allow sufficient time for your SAM.gov issue to be resolved prior to using the alternate submission process. Read more: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/about-nifa/announcements/general-services-administration-gsasystem-award-management-sam

With respect to a grant or cooperative agreement under this section that provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, the recipient of funds shall provide non-Federal matching funds (including funds from an agricultural commodity promotion, research, and information program) equal to not less than the amount provided under the grant or cooperative agreement.

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340509

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

FAQ: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/ag2pi-faqs

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct questions to Christian Tobias at christian.tobias@usda.gov or (610) 312-7619.

For assistance with submitting the application in Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at:
Grants.gov Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)
Email: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

10.332

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NIFA-OP-009161

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