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NATIONAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE
COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION


INTRODUCTION


*** PLEASE NOTE ***


This is a supplemental release of the National
Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
(NRICGP) "Program Description" which describes
four newly created programs (Water Resources
Assesment and Protection, Biological Control
Research, Assessing Pest Control Strategies, and
Agricultural Systems) and is designed to be
complementary to Part 1 of the NRICGP Program
Description and Guidelines for Proposal Preparation
and Submission. This document does not contain
the guidelines for proposal preparation, which are
outlined in Part 1, nor the requisite forms which
are enclosed in the Application Kit. In addition,
numerous other program areas are described in
Part 1. If Part 1 and the Application Kit are not
available to you, you must obtain these items in
order to prepare a proposal in the proper fashion.
Please obtain Part 1 and an Application Kit from :

NRICGP
c/o Proposal Services Branch
AMD/CSRS/USDA
Room 303 Aerospace Center
AG BOX 2245
Washington, D.C. 20250-2245
Telephone: (202) 401-5048

Parts 1 and 2 of the NRICGP Program Description
and Guidelines for Proposal Preparation and
Submission, as well as the Interagency Program
Announcement for the DOE/NSF/USDA Joint
Program on Collaborative Research in Plant Biology
may now be requested via Internet. Details on how
to obtain materials via Internet are described on the
last page of this booklet.


Applications are invited for competitive grant awards
in agricultural, forest and related environmental
sciences under NRICGP administered by the Office
of Grants and Program Systems, Cooperative State
Research Service (CSRS), for fiscal year 1994.

AUTHORITY

The authority for this program is contained in section
2(b) of the Act of August 4, 1965, as amended by
Section 1615 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation,
and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act) (7 U.S.C. 450i(b))
(1965 Act, as amended). Under this program, subject
to the availability of funds, the Secretary may award
competitive research grants, for periods not to exceed
five years, for the support of research projects to
further the programs of the Department of Agriculture
(USDA). Proposals may be submitted by any State
agricultural experiment station, college, university,
other research institution or organization, Federal
agency, private organization, corporation, or
individual. Proposals from scientists at non-United
States organizations will not be considered for
support.

It is expected that Congress, in the Agriculture, Rural
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1994, will
prohibit CSRS from using the funds available for
the NRICGP for fiscal year 1994 to pay indirect
costs exceeding 14 per centum of the total Federal
funds provided under each award on
competitively-awarded research grants.









APPLICABLE REGULATIONS

Regulations applicable to this program include the
following: (a) the regulations governing the NRICGP,
7 CFR Part 3200, which set forth procedures to be
followed when submitting grant proposals, rules
governing the evaluation of proposals and the
awarding of grants, and regulations relating to the
post-award administration of grant projects; (b) the
USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations, 7
CFR Part 3015; and (c) the USDA Uniform
Administrative Requirements for Grants and
Cooperative Agreements to State and Local
Governments, 7 CFR Part 3016.

Section 1402 of the National Agricultural Research,
Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as
amended by Section 1602 of the FACT Act, requires
that research supported by the NRICGP address,
among other things, one or more of the following
purposes of agricultural research and extension: (1)
continue to satisfy human tood and fiber needs; (2)
enhance the long-term viability and competitiveness of
the food production and agricultural system of the
United States within the global economy; (3) expand
economic opportunities in rural America and enhance
the quality of life for farmers, rural citizens and
society as a whole; (4) improve the productivity of the
American agricultural system and develop new
agricultural crops and new uses for agricultural
commodities; (5) develop information and systems to
enhance the environment and the natural resource base
upon which a sustainable agricultural economy
depends; or (6) enhance human health by fostering
the availability and affordability of a safe, wholesome
and nutritious food supply that meets the needs and
preferences of the consumer and by assisting farmers
and other rural residents in the detection and
prevention of health and safety concerns.

Section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research,
Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as
amended by Section 1603 of the FACT Act, defines
"sustainable agriculture" as an integrated system of
plant and animal production practices having a site-
specific application that will, over the long term: (1)
satisfy human food and fiber needs; (2) enhance
environmental quality and the natural resource base
upon which the agricultural economy depends;


(3)make the most efficient use of nonrenewable
resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where
appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; (4)
sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
(5) enhance the quality of life for farmers and society
as a whole.

The NRICGP recognizes the importance of sustaining
all components of agriculture (farming, forestry, rural
communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.).

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The opportunities for research in the above areas have
been underscored as a means of providing the
scientific and technological advances urgently needed
for meeting major challenges now facing agriculture
in the United States. Many agricultural and scientific
communities, among them the Board on Agriculture
of the National Research Council, the State
Experiment Station Committee on Organization and
Policy, the Joint Council on Food and Agricultural
Sciences, the National Agricultural Research and
Extension Users Advisory Board, user communities,
USDA agencies, and professional and scientific
groups have called for an increased investment in
competitively awarded research as a means of
providing new knowledge for improved national
agricultural competitiveness, sustainability, and
economic performance; for credible environmental
stewardship; for improved human health; and for the
revitalization of rural communities.

Research is needed which will form a broad base of
knowledge for cost-effective prevention and solution
of problems associated with agricultural practices,
particularly for developing production systems that
are sustainable both environmentally and
economically; for developing means to protect natural
resources and wildlife; for optimizing national and
international economic factors; for optimizing
livestock and crop health, quality, and productivity;
for protecting human health and food safety; for,
finding new uses of agricultural products; for adding
value to all stages of agricultural products; and for
enhancing competitiveness of agricultural products,
d revitalizing rural economies.









While basic guidelines are provided to assist members
of the scientific community in assessing their interest
in the program areas and to describe areas where new
information is vitally needed, the guidelines are not
meant to establish boundaries or to discourage the
creativity of potential applicants. The USDA
encourages submission of innovative projects that are
"high-risk", as well as innovative proposals with
potential for more immediate application.


For research addressing biological issues,
agriculturally important organism(s) should be used to
accomplish the research objectives. The use of other
organisms as experimental model systems MUST be
justified relative to the goals of the appropriate
research program areas and to the long-term objectives
of USDA.


TYPES OF PROPOSALS


Under the NRICGP, CSRS may make project grants
to support research, including research conferences,
and to improve research capabilities in selected areas
related to the food and agricultural sciences. 7 CFR
3200.1 (a) states that each year CSRS will announce
through publication of a Notice the high priority
research areas and categories to improve research
capabilities for which proposals will be solicited and
the extent to which funds are available.

The NRICGP solicits proposals that are single or
multidisciplinary; fundamental or mission-linked. The
following definitions apply:

* Fundamental Research: Research that tests
scientific hypotheses and provides basic
knowledge that supports applied research and from
which major conceptual breakthroughs are
expected to occur.

* Mission-linked Research: Research on
specifically identified agricultural problems which,
through a continuum of efforts, provides


information and technology that may be transferred to
users and may relate to a product or process.

* Multidisciplinary Research: Research in which
scientists from two or more disciplines are
collaborating closely. These collaborations, where
appropriate, may integrate the biological, physical,
chemical and/or social sciences.

Note to Multidisciplinary Research Teams: The
NRICGP recognizes the value of research performed
as a team effort and recommends the following be
taken into consideration when assembling a research
team and constructing a proposal: In order to be
competitive, the number of objectives and the level of
personnel involved in the proposal should be
appropriate to the NRICGP program area and to the
research proposed. A clear management strategy
should be provided which identifies the contribution of
each member of the team. Participation should be
limited to those investigators integral to the proposed
research and should not include investigators or
objectives peripheral to the hypothesis being tested.


PROJECT TYPES


The project types for which proposals are solicited
include:

I. CONVENTIONAL PROJECTS

(a) Standard Research Grants: Research will be
supported that is fundamental or mission-linked
conducted by individual investigators, co-investigators


within the same discipline, or multidisciplinary
teams. Any State agricultural experiment station,
college, university, other research institution or
organization, Federal agency, private organization,
corporation or individual may apply. The research
proposed must be solicited specifically in the research
program areas described herein.









See the Section "Guidelines for Proposal
Preparation and Submission" in Part 1 of the
NRICGP Program Description and Guidelines for
Proposal Preparation and Submission for complete
details on what to submit for a Standard Research
Grant.

(b) Conferences: Scientific meetings that bring
together scientists to identify research needs, update
information, or advance an area of research are
recognized as integral parts of research efforts.
Support for a limited number of such meetings
covering subject matter encompassed by this
solicitation will be considered for partial or, if modest,
total support. These proposals should be submitted to
the appropriate research program areas described in
this solicitation. Applicants considering submission
under this category are strongly advised to consult the
appropriate NRICGP staff before preparation and
submission of the proposal. Any State agricultural
experiment station, college or university, other
research institution or organization, Federal agency,
private organization, corporation, or individual is an
eligible applicant in this area.

See the Section "Guidelines for Proposal
Preparation and Submission" in Part 1 of the
NRICGP Program Description and Guidelines for
Proposal Preparation and Submission for complete
details on what to submit for a Conference Grant.

H. AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
ENHANCEMENT AWARDS

In order to contribute to the enhancement of research
capabilities in the research program areas described
herein, applications are solicited for competitive grants
to be awarded in the following categories:

(a) Postdoctoral Fellowships: In accordance with
Section 2(b)(3)(D) of the 1965 Act, as amended,
individuals who have recently received or will soon
receive their doctoral degree are encouraged to submit
proposals. These proposals must be submitted
directly by the individual and not through an
institution. The following requirements apply: (1)
the doctoral degree must be received after January 1,
1991, and no later than June 15, 1994; (2) the
individual must be a citizen of the United States; (3)


the proposal must contain documentation that (a)
arrangements have been made with an established
investigator to serve as mentor who will supply
necessary facilities, space and materials for conduct
of the research and (b) that the host institution has
been informed of these arrangements and concurs
with them; and (4) the research proposed must be
solicited in and directly submitted to one of the
program areas described in this document. The
proposal should initiate the individual's independent
research program, rather than supplement or augment
research programs in the laboratory of the mentor.
Postdoctoral awards are limited to a total award of
$80,000 and two year's duration and are not
renewable. Funds should be requested primarily for
salary support, although limited expenditures for
supplies, travel, and publication are allowable costs.
An institutional allowance (not to exceed $2400/year)
and a special allowance to cover taxes, benefits, etc.
(not to exceed $3600/year) are also allowable costs
within the $80,000 maximum award. A separate peer
review panel will not be assembled for the purpose of
reviewing these proposals. Proposals should be
submitted to the appropriate research program
area described in this solicitation by the designated
deadline for that particular program area.

Applicants are urged to contact program staff
concerning questions related to eligibility, budget,
and similar matters.

See the Section "Guidelines for Proposal
Preparation and Submission" in Part 1 of the
NRICGP Program Description and Guidelines for
Proposal Preparation and Submission for complete
details on what to submit for a Postdoctoral
Fellowship.

(b) New Investigator Awards: Pursuant to Section
2(b)(3)(E) of the 1965 Act, as amended, investigators
or co-investigators who have completed graduate or
post-doctoral training, and are beginning their
independent research careers are encouraged to submit ,
proposals as new investigators. All individuals who
have not received competitively-awarded Federal
research funds beyond the level ofpre- or postdoctoral
research awards, and who have less than five years of
post-graduate research experience, are eligible for this
award. The proposal must contain documentation









which lists all prior Federal research support. All
principal and co-principal investigators must meet
all New Investigator eligibility requirements as
described within this section. Research colleagues
who do not meet eligibility requirements should be
designated only as collaborators and should not be
listed on the Application Cover Page. The research
proposed shall be appropriate to one of the program
areas described in this document, and the proposal
must be submitted directly to that program area at
the designated deadline date. A separate peer
review panel will not be assembled for the purpose of
reviewing these proposals.

See the Section "Guidelines for Proposal
Preparation and Submission" in Part 1 of the
NRICGP Program Description and Guidelines for
Proposal Preparation and Submission for complete
details on what to submit for a New Investigator
Award.

(c) Strengthening Awards: Pursuant to Sections
2(b)(3)(D) and (F) of the 1965 Act, as amended,
proposals are solicited that request funds for Research


Career Enhancement Awards, Equipment Grants, Seed
Grants, or Strengthening Standard Research Project
Awards. Research Career Enhancement Awards, Seed
Grants, and Strengthening Standard Research Project
Awards will be available to ensure that faculty of
small and mid-sized academic institutions who have
not previously been successful in obtaining
competitive grants under Section 2(b) of the 1965 Act,
as amended (Competitive Research Grants Program),
receive a portion of the grants. Also, investigators at
institutions in USDA EPSCoR states are eligible for
these awards and are encouraged to apply. See
program area 80.0 for eligibility requirements.

The project subject for any Strengthening Award
shall be appropriate to one of the research
program areas described in Part 1 or Part 2 of the
NRICGP Program Description and Guidelines for
Proposal Preparation and Submission. More
specific description of the Strengthening Awards
Program is found under Program Area 80.0 in Part 1
of the NRICGP Program Description and Guidelines
for Proposal Preparation and Submission.


SPECIFIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS


The following specific Research Programs (in addition
to those outlined in Part 1) are provided as a base
from which proposals for both Conventional Projects
and Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards shall
be developed.

26.0 Water Resources Assessment and Protection

This program encompasses several research problem
areas previously supported in CSRS's Special Grants
Water Quality program. It is anticipated that the
CSRS Special Grants program will announce at a
later date in 1994 a competition for other focused
areas in Water Quality.

Non-point delivery of potential water contaminants
(pesticides and other organic, inorganic nutrients,
animal wastes, excess salts, and metals) from
agricultural sources to surface and ground water is a
major concern. The goal of this program area is to
support innovative basic, applied and developmental


research projects to assess or improve the quality of
water resources within and exiting agricultural, range,
and forest ecosystems. It is anticipated that results
from this research will have wide (i.e., regional or
national) applicability and be readily transferable to
different soils, landscapes, or communities. Research
results should also contribute to the development of
effective and economically feasible water pollution
prevention or remediation practices that, if adopted,
are expected to reduce agriculturally-mediated water
quality problems and contribute to the sustainability of
agriculture.

Innovative research needs include, but are not limited
to: the distribution and fate of water-borne
contaminants of agricultural origin; management and
remediation technologies and their social, economic,
policy, and environmental impacts; and the ecology of
landscape elements affecting water quality. Proposed
research must be relevant to agricultural (includes
forest and range) practices and may be developed








from the following specific research areas:

Methods to detect and identify agricultural
contaminants in soils, surface, and ground water.
Research is needed to develop new and innovative
methods for determining the quantity, distribution,
fate, and water quality impacts of contaminants (e.g.,
nutrients, pesticides, wastes, etc.) from agricultural
sources. Research in this area could include the
development of field protocols as well as calibration
and validation approaches that are recommended for
use by agricultural producers and users. Studies
addressing soil sediments should be submitted only
when the soil sediments are a primary vector of
chemical or biological contamination of water
resources. The Soils and Soil Biology Program (25.0,
detailed in Part 1) supports research on chemical,
physical, and biological processes in sediments.
Investigators should contact the NRICGP program
director to discuss the suitability of a proposal prior
to submission.

Management and remediation practices to
ameliorate adverse effects of water pollutants of
agricultural origin. Research is needed to improve
the success rate and efficacy of management and
remediation practices. Examples of research topics
include but are not limited to: composition,
placement and design of constructed wetlands, buffer
strips, and riparian forests; biotechnological research
to enhance degradation and/or sequestration of
contaminants from agricultural sources; land
application of plant, animal, processing or municipal
waste; and practices designed to reduce input to the
agricultural system.

Development of new application technologies to
more effectively reduce or eliminate the movement
of agricultural chemicals to surface and ground
waters. Research is needed to develop or improve
technologies to optimize application rate and
distribution of agrichemicals for increased efficiency
so that non-target effects, runoff and leaching to
surface and ground water will be minimized (includes
development of sensors, soil-specific real-time
management systems, and expert systems).

Social, economic and policy considerations related
to agriculture/water quality risk assessment and


risk management practices. Research is needed that
will develop strategies to encourage the acceptance,
adoption and diffusion of new technologies or
practices to protect or improve the quality of water
resources. Information is also needed that will allow
assessments of the social, economic, and
environmental effects and risks of water resources
pollution control technologies, practices and/or
policies. This research must be applicable at a
regional or national level and may include the use of
geographic information systems and/or modeling.

Plant and water contaminant interactions. This
area will support research on: biochemical, genetic,
and molecular mechanisms of whole plant uptake,
transport, transformation, sequestration, and
detoxification of water contaminants; and cellular,
morphological, and developmental adaptations of
plants as related to water contaminants (i.e., anatomy,
physiology, biochemistry, and root health and
morphology).

Proposals in which the research proposed spans two
or more research areas and/or two or more scientific
disciplines are expected to be more competitive when
they incorporate a well-integrated multicollaborator,
multidisciplinary approach. A potential for subject
overlap exists between this and other programs in the
NRICGP. Please call the Program Director prior to
developing a proposal for this program.

51.5 Biological Control Research

Effective and affordable pest control that is safe in
terms of human health and the environment is a
cornerstone of sustainable pest management.
Although traditional pest control strategies have
emphasized synthetic chemical control, greater
emphasis is being placed on non-chemical methods.
Biological control, the use of predators, parasites,
pathogens, antagonists, competitors, and other
beneficial organisms to suppress pest populations or to
reduce the incidence or severity of plant diseases, is
a proven technology that has demonstrated economic
and environmental viability. However, biological
control has been underutilized in part because of
difficulties associated with commercialization, with
implementation at the farm and forest level, and with
understanding the biological control and natural









systems. Research specifically in the area of
biological control will aid in overcoming some of
these obstacles. Therefore, the NRICGP will provide
funds to advance the knowledge necessary for
discovery, development and implementation of
successful biological control strategies.

This is a mission-oriented program that will
emphasize research with more near-term applicability.
However, fundamental studies are encouraged in areas
where critical basic knowledge will serve to advance
the field. In this program, the term pests shall
include weeds, insects, mites, nematodes, and plant
pathogens. The systems under study can include pests
occurring in crop lands (including ornamental and
horticultural crops), forests, rangelands, urban
landscapes, and food stored for human and livestock
consumption. Research areas to be considered
include, but are not limited to the following: 1)
Factors that influence effectiveness of biological
control; 2) Systematic, taxonomic, or biogeographical
studies from which discoveries of new biological
control agents can be made. However, support will
not be provided for studies where foreign exploration
is the primary objective although foreign exploration
may be proposed as part of a larger analysis of a
biological control system; 3) Evaluation of biological
control (may include biological, economic or social
aspects or a combination thereof); 4) Mass production
and implementation methodologies; 5) Factors
important to conservation and habitat modification for
enhancement of indigenous biological control agents;
and 6) Fundamental biology of biological control
organisms and their associated pests including multi-
trophic interactions. Multidisciplinary approaches
are encouraged.

A critical aspect of biological control is its integration
into a sustainable pest management system. Thus the
rationale for integration of the proposed work into
integrated pest management (IPM) systems must be
shown in the proposal.

Applicants should note that research on some
fundamental aspects of biological control, as well as
other IPM components such as host plant resistance,
are also supported by the following NRICGP
programs: Entomology (51.2), Nematology (51.3),
Plant Pathology (51.1), Weed Science (51.4), and


Assessing Pest Control Strategies (51.6). Applicants
are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior
to developing a proposal for this program.

51.6 Assessing Pest Control Strategies

Reduction in the use of chemically-based synthetic
pesticides is a goal of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. One way this goal can be realized is by
providing the scientific basis on which sound
decisions can be made regarding pesticide registration
and use. The implementation of alternative pest
control strategies that rely on non-chemically based
approaches, including the use of tillage, crop rotations,
host-plant resistance, and natural enemies for
biological control also is influenced by economic,
social and environmental considerations that must be
studied.

The NRICGP is providing opportunities for research
support in the following areas: 1) Benefits analysis of
traditional and alternative pest control strategies; 2)
Environmental effects including: a) effects of
pesticides on natural enemies, b) environmental effects
of alternatives to pesticides, and c) pesticide fate and
transport studies [studies of fate and movement of
pesticides in soils, surface and ground water should
be submitted to the Water Resources Assessment and
Protection Program (26.0)]; 3) Application
technology and delivery methodologies of pesticides
(both chemical and non-chemical based) and pest
control alternatives (such as biological control agents)
[studies of application technologies that improve
efficiency and safety by reducing contamination of
surface and ground water should be directed to the
Water Resources Assessment and Protection Program
(26.0)]; and 4) Resistance of pests to pest control
tactics and resistance management research.

Applicants should take note of the following NRICGP
programs that support related research: Entomology
(51.2), Nematology (51.3), Plant Pathology (51.1),
Weed Science (51.4), Biological Control Research
(51.5), Soils and Soil Biology, (25.0) Water Resources,
Assessment and Protection (26.0). Prior to
developing a proposal for the Assessing Pest Control
Strategies Program, applicants are urged to call the
Program Director if there are questions.










100.0 Agricultural Systems )

Agriculture encompasses the system that rduces,
processes, and distributes food andr fiberfrom the
farm to the consumer. Agriculture( m(eiludes
aquaculture and forestry and a diversity of supporting
natural resource elements including soils, surface
wat, group ,waer, wildlife, and the atmosphere.
M .hman resources,
institutions, and financial capital needed to support
and manage agricultural systems. It is the
management of all of these diverse and complex
resources within a systems context that determines
how well the agricultural system fulfills societal goals.

Although agricultural research has most often focused
on individual system elements, the NRICGP seeks to
provide opportunities for integration of these elements
through a systems research program. The objective is
to obtain knowledge that is essential to sustain the
viabili of agriculture. Such research is needed to
/directl3kaddresthe interaction b1the elements /
that comprise the system or parts of the system. ;is
program will support systems research that hs the
potential to aid in the development and/or evaluation
of national, regional, community, and/or farm level
practice that will u in safe and adequate supply
of f produce mental
quality; h man health; and the economic
rural com cities, inpracties

Support will be availa fo innovative systems
research that integ s wledge of the several V
individual system elem ts into larger subsystems or
total frame rks. e ultimate purpose ef--this
framework is to develop practices and identify policies
needed to sustain agricultural viability. he proposed
research should contribute valuable I~owledge for
solutions to problems that may be applied towards
achieving either of the following:

1. Identification and adoption of integrated, resource
efficient, and economical agricultural systems that
simultaneously maintain productivity and
profitability, and safeguard the environment and
human health.


2. Identification of agricultural systems and policies
that strengthen and revitalize rural communities
and regions.

Proposed research should identify and describe
elements and the interactive processes within the
particular system chosen for study. Further guidance
regarding proposal content follows:

1. Proposals should incorporate physical, biological,
environmental, economic, and/or management
strategy aspects relevant to the research topic.
The program expects the use of
multidisciplinary approaches. A clear project
management strategy should be provided that
identifies the contribution and budgetary
requirements of each member of the collaborative
team.

2. Although mathematical modelling (e.g. operational
research systems, linear programming) is likely to
be an integral part of the research procedure,
modelling components are not mandatory.

3. Applicants should integrate elements and their
components (e.g., animal and crop production
systems, pre- and post-harvest processes and
activities, silviculture and wildlife, socioeconomic
and environmental considerations).

4. Research may be of a fundamental nature relevant
to agriculture and/or with applied significance.
Near-term applicability and opportunities for
technology transfer of the research must be clearly
described in the proposal.

Since this is a new program, investigators are urged
to contact Program Directors with questions as to the
scope or budget. It is anticipated that only a small
number of proposals will receive support due to the
limited program funds.









POSTMARK DATES FOR NRICGP PROGRAMS LISTED IN BOTH
PART 1 AND PART 2


To be considered for funding during FY 1994, proposals must be postmarked by the following dates:


Postmarked Program Program Contacts
Dates Codes Areas (202)

November 15, 1993 31.0 Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health 205-0250


November 22, 1993 52.1 Plant Genome 401-1901
52.2 Plant Genetic Mechanisms 401-5042
December 6, 1993 23.0 Forest/Range/Crop/Aquatic Ecosystems 401-4082
51.1 Pathology 401-4310
51.4 Weed Science 401-4310
December 13, 1993 22.1 Plant Responses to the Environment 401-4871
41.0 Enhancing Reproductive Efficiency (Animal) 401-6234
December 20, 1993 54.1 Photosynthesis and Respiration 401-6030
January 10, 1994 51.2 Entomology 401-5114
51.3 Nematology 401-5114
55.0 Alcohol Fuels 401-4310
January 18, 1994 44.0 Sustaining Animal Health and Well-Being 401-6303
51.5 Biological Control Research 401-5114
January 24, 1994 25.0 Soils and Soil Biology 401-4082
71.1 Food Characterization/Process/Product Research 401-1952
71.2 Non-Food Characterization/Process/Product 401-1952
Research
January 31, 1994 51.6 Assessing Pest Control Strategies 401-5114
53.0 Plant Growth and Development 401-5042
February 7, 1994 26.0 Water Resources Assessment and Protection 401-4504
61.0 Markets and Trade 401-4772
62.0 Rural Development 401-4425
February 14, 1994 24.0 Improved Utilization of Wood and Wood Fiber 401-1952
32.0 Ensuring Food Safety 401-4399
54.2 Nitrogen Fixation/Nitrogen Metabolism 401-6030
S DOE/NSF/USDA Program on Collaborative
Research in Plant Biology
99.1 Research Coordination 401-4871
99.2 Research Training 401-4871









Postmarked Program Program Contacts
Dates Codes Areas (202)

February 22, 1994 80.1 Research Career Enhancement Awards 401-6234
80.2 Equipment Grants 401-6234
80.3 Seed Grants 401-6234
100.0 Agricultural Systems 401-1901
March 7, 1994 42.0 Improving Animal Growth and Development 205-0250
43.0 Identifying Genetic Mechanisms and Gene 401-4399
Mapping (Animal)









WHERE TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL MATERIALS


Investigators wishing to submit a proposal must obtain an Application Kit and Part 1 of the solicitation (NRICGP
Program Description and Guidelines for Proposal Preparation and Submission) which contain the required forms
for a proposal and instructions for its preparation. In addition, numerous other related and unrelated programs are
described in Part 1. These materials may be obtained by writing or.phoning:

NRICGP
c/o Proposal Services Branch
AMD/CSRS/USDA
Room 303 Aerospace Center
AG BOX 2245
Washington, D.C. 20250-2245
Telephone: (202) 401-5048

These materials may also be requested via Internet by sending a message with your name, mailing address (not e-
mail), phone number, and list of materials that you are requesting to psb@csrs.esusda.gov. The materials will then
be mailed to you (not e-mailed) as quickly as possible.




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