USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Pilot Projects in Extension at Tribal Colleges

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Media Contact: Scott Elliott, 202-713-8269

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for reservation community needs through projects that address youth, agriculture, economic development, and more. Funding is made through NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Extension Program: Special Emphasis (TCEP-SE).

The purpose of TCEP-SE is to give reservation communities opportunities for enhanced agricultural productivity, community resilience, economic growth, and youth development by extending the reach of innovations in research and technology and enhancing informal, local educational programming. The program supports short-term, two-year pilot projects that allow extension educators to explore new ways to better serve their community.

Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions. Projects that integrate social and biological sciences are encouraged. NIFA reviews all proposals accepted in NIFA’s competitive grant programs through an external peer review process in which a panel of experts from within the respective field in question takes part. Specific details on panel meetings, review formats, and evaluation criteria may vary among programs.

There is approximately $1.15 million in total funding available, with an award range of $45,000 to $85,000 per program, to support TCEP-SE. The deadline for applications is June 6, 2018. See the funding opportunity for details.

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