AG2PI Field Day: NIFA research funding opportunities in breeding and genetics of agriculturally important species

NIFA Wants Your Outstanding Plant Breeding Proposals

Supporting Your Program Through AFRI and Other NIFA Initiatives

Several granting agencies and programs fund high-priority research involving plant breeding. From climate-smart agriculture and enhancing human nutrition to development of rural economies, plant breeding is capable of addressing many societal challenges and is worthy of public support. Success will increasingly require both multidisciplinary approaches and coordination networks that feed discoveries into new cultivars.

Join other sorghum breeders, researchers and colleagues on the next Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) Field Day on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time, UTC-5), where Dr. Christian Tobias, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Program Leader, will present some funding opportunities in plant breeding at NIFA and provide thoughts on what makes for outstanding proposals. In addition to the talk by Dr. Tobias, Dr. Frank Siewerdt, NIFA National Program Leader, Division of Animal Systems, will discuss current funding opportunities for animal breeding, funding annotation of animal genomes, welfare and well-being of agricultural animals. Each will also discuss what makes for a good proposal and provide some “best practices” for submitting proposals in these spaces.

Register for this Zoom event at, where you will also find additional information. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting. If you are unable to attend the live session, then you will be able to find a recording at, at a later date. Please note: you do not need to register to view the recording; it is readily available on the AG2PI website soon after the close of the event (generally within 24 hours).

About the presenters:

Dr. Frank Siewerdt leads two Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) programs (“Animal Breeding and Functional Annotation of Genomes” and “Welfare and Well-being of Agricultural Animals”) at NIFA, and is one of the NPL in AG2PI, Biotechnology Risk Assessment, and the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. Prior to joining NIFA, he was part of the broiler genetics industry, a faculty member in two universities, and a livestock genetics officer at the FAO of the United Nations.

Dr. Christian Tobias is co-responsible for NIFA’s AG2PI initiative and the AFRI programs in plant breeding at NIFA. Prior to joining NIFA, he spent 19 years at the USDA-ARS working to genetically dissect switchgrass traits controlling biomass yield and composition.