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NIFA to Invest in Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced it is soliciting proposals for research examining the environmental effects of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including plants, animals, insects and microorganisms. The $3.5 million in grants is available through NIFA's Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program, which supports applied and fundamental research to help federal regulators evaluate the effects of GE organisms on their environment. Proposals can either seek to support standard research projects or conferences that convene stakeholders to discuss and evaluate science-based data relevant to environmental risk assessments or risk management related to biotechnology-developed organisms. Eligible applicants include a broad range of public and private research and educational institutions. Applicants should submit letters of intent by December 21, 2017. Final applications are due to NIFA by February 22, 2018.

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