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October 3, 2007

New Research Funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture

While not as large or well-known as some other government research agencies, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports a wide range of research in the life, physical, environmental, and social sciences.  Last month, USDA released its comprehensive research solicitation for fiscal year 2008, which started on 1 October. This extramural research program is called the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program.

The NRI offers 44 different programs focusing research topics that range from basic microbial genomics to translational research involving animals and applied studies of food safety. Other programs address key policy issues such as biosecurity and climate change as well as business and economic matters related to agriculture. USDA anticipates spending about $190 million through the NRI in FY 2008.

Each of the 44 programs has its own deadline date and may require a preliminary letter of intent. Check the request for applications for details.

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