Four USDA NIFA funding opportunities

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support to Strengthen Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for higher education programs in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences (FANH) at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Funding is made through the HSI Education Grants Program, which aims to strengthen the ability of the institutions to recruit, retain, train, and develop the next generation of scientists, leaders, and highly-skilled workforce.

The purpose of the HSI Education Grants Program is to encourage innovative teaching or education proposals with the potential to impact institutions that serve underrepresented students. Projects supported by this program attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups, prepare them for careers related to the FANH sciences in the U.S., and enhance the quality of postsecondary instruction at institutions within these disciplines. Projects also provide opportunities and access to FANH careers in the public and private sector, and align the efforts of HSIs and other non-profit organizations in support of the academic development and career attainment of underrepresented groups.

The expected funding is approximately $8.8 million for new and continuation projects. In fiscal year 2018, three types of applications are being requested: regular, collaboration, and conference. All regular applications must be received by April 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Collaboration and conference applications must be received by Feb. 21, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. See the HSI program’s funding opportunity for details.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Agricultural Facilities at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support to enhance food, agricultural, natural resource and human science facilities and equipment at 1890 land-grant institutions. Funding is made through NIFA’s 1890 Facilities Grants Program (FGP).

The 1890 FGP facilitates the full participation of 1890 land-grant institutions in the research, extension and education enterprises of the higher education system.

There is $19 million in available funding to support 1890 FGP programming. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. EST, April 6, 2018. Please see the funding opportunity for details.

NIFA Announces $3 Million in Funding Available for Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $3 million in funding for Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving (ANNH) Institutions. This grant is issued through NIFA’s ANNH Institutions Education Competitive Grants program.

The ANNH Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program promotes and strengthens the ability of ANNH Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines.

“NIFA is committed to training the next generation of agricultural scientists,” said NIFA Director Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy. “Through targeted funding, institutions are able to leverage partnerships with their regional networks and provide resources for engaging learners.”

Applications must be received by Mar. 30, 2018. See the funding opportunity for additional information.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment

WASHINGTON, Feb., 1, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of funding to help eligible veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act.

The VLMRP supports NIFA’s Animal Systems portfolio by facilitating professional workforce development in critical agricultural sectors related to animal health and well-being. The program contains three general categories of participation: Mitigation of private practice shortage situations, mitigation of public veterinary practice and specialty veterinary discipline shortage situations, and service in animal health emergencies.

There is $5.7 million in available funding to support VLMRP. The application deadline is Mar. 16, 2018. For more information, see the VLMRP Request for Applications web page.

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