Capacity Grants

NIFA provides support for research and extension activities at land-grant institutions through grants to the states on the basis of statutory formulas. Eligibility is limited to the cooperating institutions, most of which are 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions. NIFA capacity grants are subject to the same OMB Circulars and Department regulations, with the exceptions identified in the NIFA Regulations.

General Information

2020 Capacity Budget Requirement Draft Implementation Documents available for review and comment!

NIFA OGFM is seeking feedback and comments from land-grant institution stakeholders on its proposed guidance related to implementation of the requirement to submit budgets with 2020 capacity proposals.

2020 Capacity Budget Resource page

Comments are due by 5:00 pm Eastern on December 15, 2018 and may be submitted via email to:

Acknowledgement of Funding

Proper acknowledgement of your public funding in published articles, manuscripts, dissertations, posters, presentations, inventions, patents, and press releases is critical for the success of the agency’s programs. Please use the following language to acknowledge NIFA support in such publications, as appropriate:

This work is/was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, [insert project type, e.g. Hatch/Evans-Allen/McIntire Stennis] project [insert accession number].


This page contains information about capacity grant administrative and fiscal requirements that grantees can use in managing their grants. Find detailed information and resources on the equipment prior approval requirement for capacity grants, time and effort reporting, and other administrative and fiscal issues.

Allocations and Matching

Information about funding levels under the temporary FY 2018 Continuing Resolution (CR).

Data on the amount of funds awarded and matching requirements for 1862 and 1890 capacity grant recipients.


Capacity Award Terms and Conditions


Reporting Contact:

Plan of Work Reporting
Adam Preuter
POW & REEport Business Manager
Planning, Accountability, and Reporting Staff (PARS)

Fiscal/Administrative Contacts:

Brenda Barnett
Branch Chief/Capacity Grants
Awards Management Division (AMD)
Fax number: 202-690-3002

Allison Owens
Team Leader/Capacity Grants
Awards Management Division (AMD)
fax number: 202-690-3002

Program Type:
Grant Program
Policy and Guidelines

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