New Call for Applications in Aflatoxin Research Grants

October 18, 2023

New Call for Applications in Aflatoxin Research Grants

Oct 18, 2023

Key Issues:Research

Author: Stacey Stiens

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announces a new round of research grants to help farmers manage aflatoxin issues. Proposals from principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and collaborators—and not exceeding the $100,000 per year limit—will be accepted by the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE) no later than Wednesday, November 15, 2023. For more information about the review process, evaluation criteria and program eligibility, click here.


AMCOE’s Competitive Grants Program offers research grants for projects focused on solving profit-robbing aflatoxin issues for farmers. The program was developed by a consortium of southern state corn checkoff boards to provide a unified approach to funding projects affecting growers across the region. NCGA serves as the management structure in order to leverage more dollars for solving aflatoxin issues and to build strong regional teams which would be highly competitive for federal, public, and private funding.


“Corn growers are committed to helping deliver the safest, highest-quality products to consumers," noted Texas grower and AMCOE Committee Chair Charles Ring. "Through the AMCOE’s endeavors, we've gained substantial ground in understanding and mitigating aflatoxin and other mycotoxins. Our competitive grants program is advancing successful aflatoxin research and offering enhanced tools and outcomes for our industry.”


Projects funded through AMCOE’s grant program for 2024 should focus on one of these three priority research areas:

  1. Methodologies and technologies that prevent and/or defend against the presence of aflatoxin
  2. In-field mitigation measures
  3. Post-harvest strategies


While corn farmers in southern states experience aflatoxin challenges every year, these challenges may present themselves in any corn region of the United States when the crop comes under stress. Therefore, the benefits of such research—particularly as outlined in the three priority areas—are truly national in scope. Proposals will be considered regardless of the party’s geographic region. Any state wishing to provide additional funding for AMCOE is encouraged to do so.