7 U.S. Code § 5937 - Natural products research program

§ 5937.
Natural products research program
(a) In general

The Secretary shall establish within the Department a natural products research program.

(b) DutiesIn carrying out the program established under subsection (a), the Secretary shall coordinate research relating to natural products, including—
research to improve human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development, and commercialization of products and agrichemicals from bioactive natural products, including products from plant, marine, and microbial sources;
research to characterize the botanical sources, production, chemistry, and biological properties of plant-derived natural products; and
other research priorities identified by the Secretary.
(c) Peer and merit reviewThe Secretary shall—
determine the relevance and merit of research under this section through a system of peer review established by the Secretary pursuant to section 7613 of this title; and
approve funding for research on the basis of merit, quality, and relevance to advancing the purposes of this section.
(d) Buildings and facilities

Funds made available under this section shall not be used for the construction of a new building or facility or the acquisition, expansion, remodeling, or alteration of an existing building or facility (including site grading and improvement and architect fees).

(e) Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $7,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.


Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234 was repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.

Section was enacted as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, and not as part of subtitle H of title XVI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 which comprises this subchapter.


2014—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 113–79 amended subsec. (e) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as are necessary for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.”

Effective Date

Enactment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 8701 of this title.

Definition of “Secretary”

“Secretary” as meaning the Secretary of Agriculture, see section 8701 of this title.


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