Tips on Communicating with Congress
Every Request for Applications contains a request for comments on the next year's RFA content. Sending your comments to the program issuing the grant can impact the focus of the funding progroam. All comments are read and this is a very direct way to make your voice heard.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Grants.gov: Sources of Agricultural Research Funding
National Academies Press issues reports and recommendations on national priorities for agricultural research. They are a good source of information when sending comments and drafting proposals.
National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber, and Natural-Resources Research
Frontiers in Agricultural Research: Food, Health, Environment, and Communities
The Senate and House each have an Agriculture committee and an Agriculture approprations committee. The first sets agricultural policy and the second allocates the limited funds available. Members of these committees have a great deal of power over federally-funded research and are responsive to comments, especially those coming from their constituents.
Senate Agriculture Committee House Agriculture Committee
Senate Appropriations Committee House Appropriations Committee