USDA NIFA FOA: AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area

Preventing Obesity in Children

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking research grant funding applications for projects that focus on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US.

Food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity and USDA has a unique responsibility for the food system in the United States. This program is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. The AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention program supports multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.

Eligible applicants include: 1) State Agricultural Experiment Stations; 2) colleges and universities; 3) university research foundations; 4) other research institutions and organizations; 5) Federal agencies, 6) national laboratories; 7) private organizations or corporations; 8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and others

NIFA anticipates having about $7,000,000 in total available grant funds for the program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

Web site: The May 19, 2016 USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at

The Full Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at
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The May 19, 2016 USDA News Release, titled “USDA Announces $3.8 Million in Grants and Additional $7 Million Available for Critical Research to Prevent Childhood Obesity”, is posted at

Additional information about the USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is available at