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FY 2006 National Research Initiative RFA Released

CSREES has released the FY 2006 National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program Request for Applications (RFA). Applications must be received by the due date appropriate to each program area listed at the end of the FY 2006 Request for Applications (RFA). The NRI competitively awards research, education and extension grants addressing key issues of national and regional importance to agriculture, forestry, and related topics. The NRI advances fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinates opportunities to build on these discoveries.

Building on these discoveries will necessitate new efforts in education and extension that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. Hence, in FY 2006 the NRI will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked research, and integrated research, extension, and education projects.  The NRI will use no more than 20% of available funds to support integrated activities, and the funds will not be distributed uniformly but targeted to specific priorities. Targeted priorities for integrated projects are clearly identified within the detailed descriptions of program offerings found in the RFA.

More information about the NRI can be found at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/nri.html.