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

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Media Contact: Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 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.
Applications may only be submitted by HSIs. To be considered an HSI, institutions must have a minimum of 25 percent undergraduate full-time Hispanic enrollment. In 2017, there were a total of 472 HSIs located in 19 states and Puerto Rico. All proposals accepted in NIFA’s competitive grant programs are reviewed through an external peer review process by a panel of experts.
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.
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