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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development (AFRI EWD)

Grants and Fellowships to USA IHEs, Institutions, Agencies, Corporations
and Individuals for Agricultural Education and Workforce Development

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

09/24/20 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time - Receipt for Agricultural Workforce Training Grants

Description:

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Grants and fellowships to USA IHEs, research institutions, laboratories, agencies, corporations, organizations, and individuals for agricultural research and educational programs. Applicants are advised that registrations may take up to two weeks to complete. This program focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.

In FY 2020, EWD invites applications in five areas: professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and a brand new program for agricultural workforce training.

The RFA seeks applications for education and training grants that focus on further enhancing the distinct components of the pipeline for developing the workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. Thus, the AFRI EWD has four overarching goals:

  1. Growing Agricultural Literacy and Workforce Development for the Future offers institutional grants to provide K-14 teachers and administrators with increased knowledge of food and agricultural sciences and help them develop improved curricula to train the agricultural workforce for the future. 
  2. Training or Retraining of Agricultural Workers provides institutional training grants to develop a technology- and data-savvy workforce, ready for the field and industrial jobs. These include opportunities for the development of new workforce training programs, and the expansion, improvement, or renewal of existing workforce training programs and curriculum. 
  3. Developing Pathways offers undergraduates in food, agriculture, or allied disciplines, the technical and leadership skills required for employment in the food and agricultural sectors or in graduate programs. NIFA will award institutional grants that offer experiential learning opportunities, beyond traditional classroom experience or course work that include but are not limited to internships, externships, practicums, global leadership, and study abroad, in research and extension. These opportunities must be designed to help students develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, digital competency, international experiences, and communication skills needed for future employment and/or higher education.
  4. Advancing Science supports graduate and post-graduate education in agriculture and related disciplines. NIFA Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship program areas will continue to support predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees respectively. These Fellowship awards can also enable interested predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees to obtain training in industry and international research on issues relevant to U.S. agriculture. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183747

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$49,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Range of Awards: $0 - $500,000

1. Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy budgets, including indirect costs, for Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants must not exceed $300,000 total per project for project periods of up to four years.
2. Agricultural Workforce Training Grants budgets, including indirect costs, for Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants must not exceed $500,000 total per project for project periods of up to five years.
3. Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) budgets, including indirect costs, for both Standard Grants and Strengthening Standard Grants must not exceed $400,000 total per project for project periods of four years, or $500,000 total per project for project periods of five years.
4. Predoctoral Fellowship requests, including institutional allowance, must not exceed $180,000 total per project for project periods of up to three years. Predoctoral Fellowship Grants are not renewable and are limited to a total of $60,000 per year
5. Postdoctoral Fellowship requests, including institutional allowance, must not exceed $165,000 total per project for project periods of up to two years.
6. Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2): Innovating Formal and NonFormal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing: Proposed Budget Requests:
- Regional Scale Grants must not exceed $1,000,000 total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 2 years.
- National Scale Grants must not exceed $3,000,000 total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is linked to the project type as specified below.
1. Research, Education or Extension Projects
Eligible applicants for single-function Research, Education or Extension Projects include:
a) State Agricultural Experiment Station;
b) Colleges and universities (including junior
colleges offering associate degrees or higher);
c) University research foundations;
d) Other research institutions and organizations;
e) Federal agencies,
f) National laboratories;
g) Private organizations or corporations;
h) Individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and
i) Any group consisting of two or more entities identified in a) through h).
Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

2. Integrated Projects
Eligible applicants for Integrated Projects include:
a) Colleges and universities;
b) 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and
c) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities

3. Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement Grants
Part II, C(2) contains the eligibility details for Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.

Pursuant to Section 7214 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), NIFA will recognize and provide priority in the receipt of funding to applications from “centers of excellence” that carry out research, extension, and education activities that relate to the food and agricultural sciences. For more information, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2020-AFRI-Education-Workforce-Development-Modification-%2007162020.pdf#page=26.

Pre-Application Information:

Agriculture Workforce Training Grants Deadline: Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Limit of two awards per lead institution.

Grants.gov Registration: New users must complete the one-time registration process prior to submitting an application. It can take as long as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible. See
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html for information on registering with Grants.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324869
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact: Dr. Ray Ali at (816) 926-1453 or nifa-education@usda.gov
For contact information for the AFRI Program Office and for Program Area Priority Contacts, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2020-AFRI-Education-Workforce-Development-Modification-%2007162020.pdf#page=34.

Awards Management Division (AMD) Email: awards@usda.gov.

Contact for Electronic Access Problems: electronic@usda.gov

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CFDA Number:

10.310

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NIFA-AFRI-007252

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