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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes to Construct and Improve Agricultural Research Facilities

Research Facilities Act Program (RFAP)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.246
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-010063
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/07/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal entities to construct and improve agricultural research facilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to enhance the institution’s long-term research impact and must build on careful strategic planning.

RFAP is designed to provide financial assistance to qualifying institutions for the construction, alteration, acquisition, modernization, renovation, or remodeling of agricultural research facilities to conduct research in the fields of food and agricultural sciences.

Awards may support the purchase of real property or permanent equipment and the design, construction, restoration, or renovation of buildings or sites of agricultural research facilities or other facilities that house agricultural research experimental samples or specimens. Activities may include but are not limited to:

  1. Assessing sites and infrastructure
  2. Planning and conceptual designing for the new, restored, or renovated facility or site
  3. Developing schematics and construction drawings for the new, restored, or renovated facility or site
  4. Constructing, restoring, or renovating of facility or site
  5. Purchasing and installing related permanently affixed equipment for research monitoring and protecting specimens and samples
  6. Purchasing and installing critical building systems, such as electrical, climate control, security, life safety, lighting, utilities, telecommunications, and energy management

Deliverables may include:

  1. Documents determining the feasibility of the planned agricultural research facilities or sites
  2. Completed design and construction, restoration, or renovation drawings
  3. Completed construction, restoration, or renovation
  4. Completed installation of critical building systems

Priority will be given to meritorious projects proposing building, modification, acquisition, modernization, refurbishment, or remodeling of agricultural research facilities that are located at or primarily benefit minority-serving institutions (MSI) when making the award.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications may be submitted by:
1. 1994 Institutions
2. State Agricultural Experiment Stations
3. 1862 Land-Grant Universities
4. Accredited school or college of veterinary medicine or State Agricultural Experiment Station that conducts animal health and disease research in accordance with section with section 1433(c) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3195)
5. 1890 Land-grant Universities
6. Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities as defined in 7 U.S.C. 3103
7. Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) - Institutions satisfying the eligibility requirements for NLGCA designation at
8. Insular Area Institutions-Institution of higher education, as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1995 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a))
9. Institutions eligible for "McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act" (16 U.S.C. 582a et seq.)
10. Other entities eligible to receive funds under a capacity and infrastructure program (as defined in section 6971(f)(1)(C)). See Appendix IV under capacity and infrastructure programs

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, July 7, 2023.

An eligible institution may not submit more than one application to this program as a lead institution.

Applicants must provide at least 100% matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded under the Research Facilities Act Program. The non-Federal share must be paid in cash and may include funding from private sources or from units of State or local government.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $75,000
Maximum Award Amount: Level 1–$75,000; Level II–$150,000; Level III–$500,000

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: 24 - 48 Months

Contact Information
Program Contacts
Solomon Haile
National Program Leader

Cierra Campbell
Program Specialist

For administrative questions related to.
1., see Part IV of this RFA.
2. Other RFA or application questions, please email
3. Awards under this RFA, please email

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