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1 Shing F. Kwok, Ph.D. National Program Leader Division of Plant Systems – Production Institute of Food Production and Sustainability National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) US Dept. of Agriculture Education Workshop: Crafting Successful Education and Outreach Grant Proposals ASPB - Minneapolis, MN August 7, 2011

2 National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) established by the 2008 Farm Bill Research enables us to develop the knowledge needed to solve many of the issues facing our nation Education strengthens schools and universities to train the next generation of scientists, educators, producers, and citizens Extension brings the knowledge gained through research and education to the people who need it most – in the United States and around the world

3 NIFA is Organized Into Five Institutes/Centers Institute of Food Production and Sustainability Enhancing global food security through productive and sustainable agricultural systems Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment Ensuring energy independence through clean, biobased energy systems Ensuring sustainable and adaptive agro-ecosystems in response to climate change Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Ensuring a safe food supply Improving citizens’ health through nutrition Reducing childhood obesity Improving food quality Institute of Youth and Community Development Enabling vibrant and resilient communities Preparing the next generation of scientists Enhancing science capacity in minority-serving institutions Enhancing youth development Center for International Programs Enhancing agriculture with international partners Development of agricultural programs with other federal agencies (USAID, State Dept.)

4 Program Objectives:  Develop Human Capital & Expertise in Food and Agriculture Sciences (STEM education & workforce development)  Enhance Institution Capacity Building (Domestic (MSIs) & International – Teaching, Research & Extension)  Advance Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) & Underrepresented Students (access &opportunities)  Foster Partnerships & Collaborations

5 NIFA- AFRI R-E-E and Integrated Programs AITC- Ag in the classroom SPECA- Secondary Post Secondary Education and AITC Challenge Award RTP- New Era Rural Technology Program HEC- Higher Education Challenge Award MSP- Multicultural Scholars Program NNF- National Needs Fellowship4H Education Programs at NIFA and the Academic Pipeline AITC MSP NNF NIFA Fellows HEC SPECA RTP Capacity Building Programs for MSIs, Education, and Research Programs (1890, 1994, HSI, ANNH) International Science Education Program Graduate Post-graduate SPECA RTPNIFA Fellows NNF K-8SecondaryPostsecondaryGraduate

6 Competitive Education Programs I. Programs with General Eligibility: A. Challenge Grants 1.AITC Secondary Postsecondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grants - curriculum and faculty development (NPL: Greg Smith, 2.Higher Education Challenge Grants – innovative teaching enhancement (NPL: Greg Smith, B. Scholarships and Fellowships 1.Multicultural Scholarship Program - increase multicultural diversity (NPL: Ray Ali, 2.National Needs Fellowship Program – M.S. and Ph.D. scholarships of national needs (NPL: Irma Lawrence, 3.AFRI- NIFA Fellowship Programs - Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship programs (NPL: Margo Holland,

7 II. Programs for Targeted Groups: A. Rural Areas 1.New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program – community college in rural areas, technology development, applied research and training (NPL: Greg Smith, 2.Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Grants Program – research and extension projects focused on women and minorities in rural areas (NPL: Ray Ali, B. Insular Areas 1.Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas – capacity building programs in teaching and education (NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli, 2.Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Area – capacity building programs for distance learning in insular areas (NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli, Competitive Education Programs Continued…

8 D.1994 Land Grant Institutions Programs 1.Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program –innovative research projects (NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli, 2. Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grant Program – innovative teaching enhancement (Tim Grosser, 3. Tribal Colleges Extension Program - *Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (NPL: Tim Grosser, C.Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program – innovative teaching enhancement (NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli, Education Programs Continued…

9 E. Hispanic Groups Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program – innovative teaching enhancement (NPL: Irma Lawrence, F Grants Programs Facilities Grant Program - enhancing facilities in 1890 institutions (NPL: P.S. Benepal, Institutions Teaching and Research Capacity Building Grants Program – innovative teaching, research, and extension projects (NPL: Ray Ali, Greg Smith, Competitive Education Programs Continued…

10 10 Tips for Successful Grantsmanship 1.Read the Request for Applications (RFA)….then read it again two more times 2.Call the National Program Leader (NPL) managing the program if you have any questions 3.Serve on a panel 4.Assemble an effective team and write the proposal together, define role for each team member 5.Clear goals and objectives 6.Write a meaningful and engaging project summary 7.Write the proposal for reviewers 8.Have a colleague review your proposal 9.Proofread your proposal 10.Submit early

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12 Secondary, 2-Yr. Postsecondary & Ag in K- 12 Classroom Education Challenge CFDA: Innovative Teaching Enhancements Curriculum & faculty development…etc. Improve how faculty deliver academic instruction Emphasis on encouraging students to transfer to higher education institutions and complete advanced degrees Award Range: $25,000 - $300,000 % Funded: 32% Applications Due: January 18, 2011 NPL: P. Gregory Smit h

13 Higher Education Challenge CFDA: Innovative Teaching Enhancements Curriculum & faculty development…etc. Focused on NIFA Strategic Objectives Improve faculty academic instruction and enhance how students learn Collaborations with employers and other academic institutions are encouraged Award Range: $30,000 - $750,000 % Funded: 28% Applications Due: Feb 4, 2011 NPL: P. Gregory Smith

14 Multicultural Scholars CFDA: Scholarships (Undergraduate) to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce Special Experiential Learning Grant supplements to increase activities for current Multicultural Scholars Award Range: $20,000 - $480,000% Funded: 21% Applications Due: TBA (July 2011) NPL: Ray Ali

15 National Needs Graduate Fellowships CFDA: Fellowships for M.S. & Doctoral level students to pursue and complete education and training in areas of specified, national need To meet emerging workforce demands in the food and agricultural sciences International Research/Thesis Travel Allowance Award Range: $4,500 - $258,000 % Funded: 26% Applications Due: TBA (April 2011) NPL: Irma Lawrence

16 NIFA Fellowship Programs CFDA: Fellowships for predoctoral (Ph.D. candidates) and postdoctoral scientists Supports fundamental research, applied research, education, extension, and integrated research, education, and extension projects. Student applies individually with mentor and institutional support. Award Range: $75,000-$130,000 % Funded: TBD Applications Due: TBA NPL: Margo Holland

17 New Era Rural Technology CFDA: Technology development, applied research, and training to increase the Nation's technical, scientific and professional workforce in the fields of bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, and agriculture-based renewable energy resources. Restricted to community colleges in rural areas. Award Range: $10,000 - $300,000% Funded: 42% Applications Due: April 15, 2011 NPL: Greg Smith

18 Women and Minorities in STEM CFDA: Supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities, from rural areas, in science, technology engineering and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities. Award Range: $75,000 - $300,000% Funded: 15% Applications Due: TBA (April 2011) NPL: Ray Ali

19 Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA) CFDA: Capacity-building program to promote and strengthen the ability of Insular Area Institutions to carry out teaching and education programs within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines. Restricted to Insular Area Institutions Award Range: $70,000 - $860,000% Funded: 50% Applications Due: April 8, 2011 NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli

20 Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Area (DEG) CFDA: TBA Capacity-building program to promote and strengthen the ability of Insular Area Institutions to carry out distance education teaching and education programs within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines. Restricted to Insular Area Institutions Award Range: $70,000 - $720,000% Funded: 100% Applications Due: April 8, 2011 NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli

21 Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving (ANNH) Institutions CFDA: Innovative Teaching Enhancements Student, curriculum & faculty development…etc. Increase diversity in food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce Award Range: $150,000 - $1,500,000 % Funded: 100% Applications Due: March 4, 2011 NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli

22 Tribal Colleges Research CFDA: Innovative Research Projects Support investigative and analytical studies in the food and agricultural sciences High significance and priority within tribal community Research requirement: cooperative agreement between 1994 & 1862/1890 Land Grant University. Award Range: $75,000 - $200,000 % Funded: 90% Applications Due: February 4, 2011 NPL: Saleia Afele-Faamuli

23 Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants CFDA: Innovative Teaching Enhancements Curriculum & faculty development…etc. Promote and strengthen higher education instruction in the food and agricultural sciences at the 34 Tribal Colleges designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions. Award Range: $90,000 - $111,400 *% Funded: 100% *This funding is distributed equally among applicants, award size depends in part on applicant pool Applications Due: March 15, 2011 NPL: Tim Grosser

24 Tribal Extension Grant Program CFDA: Build Innovative Extension Capacity: Increase Extension program capacity at 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and Address special needs, take advantage of important opportunities, and/or demonstrate long-term sustained benefits of Extension projects at 1994 Land-Grant Institutions Award Range: $85,000-$100,000 % Funded: 82% Applications Due: February 2011 NPL: Tim Grosse r

25 Hispanic-Serving Institutions – HSI CFDA: Innovative Teaching Enhancements Curriculum & faculty development…etc., Focused on NIFA Strategic Objectives Increase the diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce Collaborations with employers and other academic institutions are encouraged Award Range: $0 - TBD (up to $1.1 million) % Funded: 35% Applications Due: February 2011 NPL: Irma Lawrence

26 1890 Institutions Teaching, Research & Extension Capacity Building CFDA: Innovative Teaching, Research & Extension Curriculum & faculty development…etc. Focused on NIFA Strategic Objectives Collaborations with industry and other academic institutions are encouraged. Award Range: $150,000 - $600,000 % Funded: 35% Applications Due: February 15, 2011 NPL: Edwin Lewis


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