Pre-applications for the emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension (CDRE) grants are available for fiscal year 2016. The estimated total program funding is $22 million, as a part of the third installment of the $125 million appropriated in the 2014 Farm Bill.
To find a detailed summary of CDRE project eligibility criteria and application instructions, visit nifa.usda.gov and search “CDRE Funding Opportunity.” The deadline is approaching for the pre-application, so be sure to turn in requests for application (RFA) by May 16. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a full application due by August 18, 2016.
According to nifa.usda.gov, applications may be submitted by federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.
The CDRE’s program is authorized to conduct research and Extension activities, provide technical assistance, and help the development to combat citrus diseases and pests. The CDRE will also provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques and technologies discovered pursuant to research and Extension activities funded through Specialty Crop Research Initiative/CDRE and other research and Extension projects targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests.
Dr. Harold Browning, chief operations officer for the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, explains the priorities that the grant will be focused on.
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