**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). AMS will competitively award funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. 

Approximately $10 million are available to fund applications under this solicitation. In FY 2021 application cycle, AMS received 81 applications and was able to fund 14 (6%) of the applications. To be competitive, applications must meet all program requirements and be of high quality. 

USDA promotes climate-resilient landscapes and rural economic systems, including tools to support agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities. AMS encourages applicants to consider including goals and activities related to mitigating or adapting to climate change in their project’s design and implementation. 

Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $250,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 80

Application Deadline: December 22, 2023