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Competitive Programs

The NIFA Competitive Programs Unit manages funding opportunities that challenge the nation's top researchers to identify, solve, and put into practice solutions to problems that improve the safety, quality, productivity, and security of our food supply, the well-being of animals, humans, the environment and natural resources, and rural and urban communities.

In 2004, the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program received 3,299 proposals of which approximately 500 were recommended for an award. NRI National Program Leaders review and evaluate all proposals with the assistance of a peer panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Proposals are awarded in order of merit to the extent permitted by available funds. Projects are supported for periods up to 4 years.

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Deborah Sheely, Deputy Administrator

All Competitive Programs Staff


Phone: 202-401-1761
Fax: 202-401-1782

Mailing Address:
Competitive Programs
1400 Independence Ave., SW., Stop 2240
Washington, DC 20250-2240

Express Mail:
Competitive Programs
Waterfront Centre
Room 2460
800 9th St., SW.
Washington, DC 20024