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Amendment of the Notice of the Availability of the Fiscal Year 2001 Solicitation for Applications for the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

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AGENCY:

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice of amendment of the notice of the availability of the solicitation for applications for the fiscal year 2001 National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.

SUMMARY:

This notice amends the announcement of the availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2001 solicitation for applications, which is titled the “NRI Program Description,” for the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program published at 65 FR 54989, September 12, 2000.

In accordance with the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2001, which provides less funding for the NRI in FY 2001 than was anticipated at the time the availability of the FY 2001 solicitation for applications was announced, this amendment revises the estimated amounts of funds available in the following research categories (PREVIOUSLY ANTICIPATED FY 2001 funding (PREV) and CURRENTLY ANTICIPATED FY 2001 (CUR) funding, rounded to the $0.1M, follows in parentheses):

  • Natural Resources and the Environment (PREV:$19.1M, CUR:$16.4M)
  • Nutrition, Food Quality, and Health (PREV:$14.9M, CUR:$16.8M)
  • Plant Systems (PREV:$38.2M, CUR:$32.4M)
  • Animal Systems (PREV:$27.0M, CUR:$23.0M)
  • Markets, Trade, and Policy (PREV:$4.3M, CUR:$3.7M)
  • New Products and Processes (PREV:$7.6M, CUR:$6.5M)

As a result the following Program Areas will not be funded, and proposals for these Program Areas should not be submitted:

  • Ecosystem Science (Program Code 23.0)
  • Plant Genome (Program Code 52.1)
  • Animal Genome: Basic Reagents and Tools (Program Code 43.1)

Although the Plant Genome program (52.1) will not be offered this fiscal year, the Plant Genetic Mechanisms program (52.2) will expand its research areas of support to now include functional genomics, quantitative trait loci analysis, comparative mapping, and all renewal applications that could have been submitted to the Plant Genome program.

Additionally, proposals that address the President's Food Safety Initiative (www.foodsafety.gov/​~fsg/​fsiback.html) are encouraged for all the relevant NRI Program Areas.

A fair distribution of resources between research on animal systems and plants is being sought through increased opportunity for animal-related research in the food safety area, and opportunity in other programs relevant to animal systems such as agricultural systems, markets and trade, food characterization/process/product research, water resources, and pest biology.

DATES:

This amendment does not alter the original deadlines for receipt of proposals set forth previously in the Notice of the Availability of the Solicitation for Applications published on September 12, 2000 (65 FR 54989).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

USDA/CSREES/NRI, Stop 2241, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-2241. Phone: (202) 401-5022. E-mail: nricgp@reeusda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

NRI Deadline Dates

The following fixed dates have been established for proposal submission deadlines within the NRI. To be considered for funding in any fiscal year, proposals must be transmitted by the date listed below (as indicated by postmark or date on courier bill of lading). When the deadline date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, transmission must be made by the following business day.

Programs offered in any fiscal year depend on availability of funds and deadlines may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Consult the pertinent NRI notice in the Federal Register, the NRI Program Description, or the NRI home page (www.reeusda.gov/​nri) for up-to-date information.

Postmarked datesProgram codesProgram areas
November 1522.1Plant Responses to the Environment
25.0Soils and Soil Biology
26.0Watershed Processes and Water Resources
31.0Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health
51.9Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants
80.1Research Career Enhancement Awards
80.2Equipment Grants
80.3Seed Grants
100.0Agricultural Systems
December 1552.2Plant Genome Mechanisms
53.0Plant Growth and Development
61.0Markets and Trade
62.0Rural Development
71.1Food Characterization/Process/Product Research
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71.2Non-Food Characterization/Process/Product Research
January 1532.0Food Safety
32.1Epidemiological Approaches for Food Safety
41.0Animal Reproduction
44.0Animal Health and Well-Being
51.2Entomology and Nematology
51.7Biologically Based Pest Management
51.8Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations
73.0Improved Utilization of Wood and Wood Fiber
February 1542.0Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization
43.0Animal Genome and Genetic Mechanisms
54.3Plant Biochemistry
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Done at Washington, D.C., this 31st day of October 2000.

Colien Hefferan,

Administrator, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

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