(CLOSED) Limited Submission: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (AFRI ELI)

Please note that the internal deadline for this funding opportunity has passed. However, two submission slots are still available: one for the REEU track and one for the PD-STEP track. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for one of these program tracks, please contact Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) focuses on the professional development of secondary school teachers and educational professionals as well as the training of undergraduate students, and predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. The goal of the AFRI ELI Program is to develop the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2017, the AFRI ELI RFA invites applications in four areas: professional development opportunities for K-14 teachers and education professionals; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; and fellowships for postdoctoral scholars. Single-function Research Projects, Education Projects, and Extension Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Areas (see AFRI ELI RFA for specific details).

Please read the full RFA and abstracts of successfully-funded AFRI-ELI projects before preparing your internal application.

Detailed evaluation criteria for each project type, grant type, exploratory projects and center of excellence are outlined here.

Award Amount

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $18,000,000
  • Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Matching is not required
  • Range of Awards: $0 – $300,000


Applications may only be submitted by eligible entities. Eligibility is linked to the project type. All project types are described beginning in Part II, C. of the RFA.

Limitation Details

Any single institution may submit a maximum of three REEU grant applications and three PD-STEP grant applications. If you are interested in submitting a REEU or PD-STEP proposal for which UGA is the lead institution, you must first send an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • The Program Area or the Program Area Priority that is most closely addressed in your proposal (see Part I, C. of the RFA)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • PI’s curriculum vitae

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officer:

  • Ray A. Ali
    National Program Leader
    Division of Community and Education
    4443 Waterfront Centre
    (202) 720-2727

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