December 4, 2020 — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for their Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS). This RFA is under their Agriculture and Food Research Initiatives (AFRI) competitive grants program. The amount available in the program is $150 million, for awards up to approximately $10 million each. For FY 2021, applications must focus on system approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agricultural system within the context of the long-term goal of increasing American agricultural production by 40%. The resulting projects are expected to improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America.
CAAFI believes that several concepts can address the above, and also provide significant quantities of feedstocks for biofuel production. There are three examples of such projects currently being executed under NIFA/AFRI SAS/ CAP efforts with a tie to sustainable aviation fuel production, SPARC, SBAR, and IPREFER. If your organization might have an interest in proposing a project that addresses the above and also has a connection to sustainable aviation fuel, please feel free to reach out to CAAFI for collaboration.
More information on the opportunity can be found here and CAAFI’s contact information can be found here.