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Grants to USA Educational and Research Institutions to Study the Environmental Risk of Genetic Engineering

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

GrantWatch ID# 182598
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.219
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-BRAP-009504
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/01/22
Deadline: 01/19/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA public and private educational and research organizations for environmental assessment research addressing genetically engineered organisms in the environment. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for both standard research proposals and conference proposals.

The purpose of the BRAG program Assistance Listing 10.219, is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies [USDA’s – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Biotechnology Regulatory Services (APHIS-BRS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA)] in making science-based decisions about the environmental effects of introducing genetically engineered (GE) organisms by techniques that use recombinant, synthesized, or amplified nucleic acids to modify or create a genome. The organisms include plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, livestock, and other animals these include related wild and agricultural organisms.

The statutory program goals and objectives are to authorize and support environmental assessment research to help identify and analyze environmental effects of biotechnology; and to authorize research to help regulators develop long-term policies concerning the introduction of such technology.

Standard Research Proposals. Address issues related to newly developed GE organisms that are animals, plants, insects, and/or microorganisms. Research proposals can be applied and/or fundamental and must address one of the following five program areas:

  1. Management Practices to Minimize Environmental Risk of GE Organisms
  2. Methods to Monitor and Understand the Dispersal of GE Organisms
  3. Gene Transfer between Genetically Engineered Animals, Plants, and Microorganisms and Related Wild and Agricultural Organisms
  4. Environmental effects of GE relative to Non-GE Organisms in the Context of Production Systems
  5. Other Research Topics Designed to Further the Purposes of this Program

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Information about Conference Proposals can be found at


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

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants for the BRAG are limited to public or private research or educational institutions or organizations and must meet all the requirements discussed in the RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Pre-Application Information
- Application: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, January 19, 2023
- Letter of Intent (LOI): 5:00 P.M. Eastern, December 1, 2022 (LOI encouraged but not required)
- Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice (NIFA may not consider comments received after the sixth month)

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
Average Award Range: $25,000-$650,000

Standard Research Proposals must not exceed $500,000 total (including indirect costs) for project periods up to four years.

Conference Proposals must not exceed $50,000 total.

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: Approximately 24-48 Months

Conference Proposals must occur after August 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Attach the PDF LOI to an e-mail addressed to Summer LaRose (

Program Contacts:
- Dr. John Erickson: (816)-283-6422
- Dr. Frank Siewerdt: (816) 329-9745
- Dr. Kari Perez: (816) 550-8047
- Summer LaRose:

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