Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA)

Program:
Resident Instruction Grants (RIIA) and Distance Education Grants (DEG) for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas

The purpose of this program is 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. By strengthening institutional educational capacities in instruction and curriculum and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning, NIFA intends that this program will help Insular Area Institutions meet their unique needs.  

Eligibility Details

More on Eligibility:
RIIA Eligible institutions include colleges/universities located in an Insular Area conducting teaching/extension programs in at least one discipline/area of food & agricultural sciences. Eligible public or state funded non-land-grant institutions must submit a letter signed by the institution's Authorized Representative certifying that it meets the requirements in this RFA. Land-grant institutions and others that have secured land-grant status through Federal legislation and are located in the Insular Area are automatically eligible. Applications may only be submitted by eligible institutions as described below. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application due date may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award. For the purposes of the RIIA Program, an eligible institution means an institution of higher education, as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1995 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)), that is located in an Insular Area and that has a demonstrable capacity to carry out teaching and extension programs in the FANH sciences. All public or non-profit 2-year and 4-year accredited institutions of higher education that offer certificate/degree programs in the FANH sciences and located in the Insular Area are eligible. For the purposes of the AGFEI Program only individual land-grant colleges and universities, and other institutions that have secured land-grant status through Federal legislation, and which are located in Insular Areas are eligible for awards under this RFA as individual applicants. For the purposes of the RIIA and AGFEI Programs, the individual branches of a Territory university system that are separately accredited as degree-granting institutions are treated as separate, individual institutions eligible to apply for and receive awards, provided they otherwise satisfy the definition of “eligible institution” as specified above. Independent branch campuses of individual institutions may apply for and receive grant awards under this program, provided that they otherwise satisfy the definition of “eligible institution” as specified above. At the time of application, each primary applicant will be required to demonstrate or certify that it is an eligible institution as defined by this RFA. A non-Land-Grant institution must submit a letter signed by the institution’s Authorized Representative (AR) certifying that it meets the requirements of an “eligible institution” as defined above. The AR must also certify the institution, or parent institution in the case of an independent branch campus.

Important Dates

Posted Date:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Closing Date:
Friday, March 23, 2018

Additional Information

For More Information Contact:
Joyce Parker, PhD
Contact for Electronic Access Problems:
electronic@nifa.usda.gov
Funding Opportunity Number:
USDA-NIFA-RIGP-006469
CFDA number:
10.308
Abstracts of Funded Projects:
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Estimated Total Program Funding:
$1,200,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Matching is not required