This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and OR Research Development Team.
USDA Latest News:
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Annual Report (2018 is most current report) - Selections from the report are included below:
NIFA: How We Work - Information on the three-pronged strategy to integrate research, education, and extension
USDA NIFA Topics - The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports research, educational, and extension efforts in a wide range of scientific fields related to agricultural and behavioral sciences. To address contemporary agricultural challenges, we seek to catalyze transformative discoveries and enhance education and engagement.
NIFA Challenge Areas - NIFA supports research, education, and extension in five challenge areas. These challenge areas include childhood obesity, food safety, changing climate, sustainable bioenergy, and water for food production. This page provides details on each of these areas and their strategic goals.
NIFA Organizational Structure - Includes offices, institutes, and divisions
USDA Resources - This website houses a large volume of supporting materials, including a wide range of forms, webinars, reports, and other resources. Also at this website is the agency’s primary events calendar.
USDA NIFA Impacts - See featured success stories on USDA-funded research activities. Highlights groundbreaking discoveries and societal impacts of partners’ work. More examples of success stories are featured in NIFA’s Fresh from the Field newsletter and on Twitter, #NIFAImpacts
USDA Newsroom - Press Releases & Announcements, Blogs, and Speeches
Pivot database (USDA saved search) - find, track and share current/anticipated funding opportunities
NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide The guide provided is meant to serve as an example. Refer to and follow the Grants.gov Application Guide provided in the application package on Grants.gov for the specific funding opportunity of interest.
USDA NIFA RFAs - search for a grant opportunity
RFA List - list of USDA competitive RFAs
RFA Calendar - listing of upcoming RFAs
USDA Funding Programs - NIFA programs are the mechanism by which USDA pursues the mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool. Additional details can also be found here: USDA Program Charts.
Grants.gov (USDA search) - Browse current/forecasted USDA funding opportunities.
USDA FOIA Reading Rooms for past/frequently requested records, divided by USDA group
Example USDA Integrated Proposal - From USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
The OR Research Development team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Research Development for more information.
USDA Grant Writing Webinar Series - Includes Grant Writing Tips/Essentials, Peer Review Process, and more.
NIFA Grant Training Guide - NIFA is committed to providing the guidance you need to navigate all stages of the grant process. Selected items from the guide are included below:
SDA/NIFA Grants Process Lifecycle - From submission through award closeout, divided by primary funding mechanism.
Grants Modernization and the new ezFedGrants System - NIFA is using ezFedGrants, a web-based system, to support this initiative. EzFedGrants is a grants and financial management system used by several USDA agencies.
Data Management Plans for NIFA-Funded Research, Education and Extension Projects - Includes requirements, recommendations, and FAQs.
UCF Library Support - The UCF library maintains a Data Management Research Guide. You can schedule a consultation to meet with a librarian for an in-depth one on one consultation specific to your research topic.
Regulations and Guidelines
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA’s partners and award recipient to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance.
Policy Guide - NIFA’s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures.
Certifications and Representations - Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process.
Acknowledgment of USDA Support by NIFA - When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgment for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA.
Federal Regulations - The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register.
FOIA - The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data.
NEPA Policy and Guidance - The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts.
OGFM Issued Correspondence - The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes.
Indirect Costs - Indirect costs are those expenses that support the shared goals of the project and grantee. Refer to the process for establishment of Indirect Cost Rates for more information.
Research Misconduct - NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct.
Terms and Conditions - Award terms and conditions provide specific guidance on program performance. Refer to the award document, Form NIFA-2009, to determine the applicable terms and conditions document.
This guide is based on the USDA/NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide and provides quick-reference information to complete USDA/NIFA proposals (refer to the RFA for specific requirements.
SF-424 Research and Related (R&R) Forms and Instructions
The OR Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.
POINTS OF CONTACT
This point of contact is very familiar with USDA priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.
Swadeshmukul Santra, PhD
NanoScience Technology Center
Department of Chemistry
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Central Florida
Additionally, information on Office of Research points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at research.ucf.edu
Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The OR Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.
The OR Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF. Visit our website for more information.