Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

To be recognized as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), institutions must have a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) are represented. In addition to the enrollment requirement, a HSACU must have an accredited agriculture-related program and at least 15 percent of the degrees awarded in agriculture over the two most recently completed academic years. The number of total HSIs in the United States is growing as are the number of HSACUs. NIFA’s funding programs for these institutions contribute to the diversity of talented agricultural scientists through enhanced access to education, especially in agriculture and food sciences. HSIs and HSACUs play an important role in NIFA’s education portfolio by supporting many institutions of higher learning in the Southwestern United States.

General Information

NIFA's Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program is competitive. The grant promotes and strengthens HSIs and HSACUs so they can carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, natural resources, and nutrition. Through this grant, these institutions build capacity, establish linkages with businesses and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, conduct outreach to Hispanic/Latino communities, develop new curricula, and meet local and national educational and workforce needs in agriculture.

Webinars

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Collaboration Projects

Projects in which four or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions form a cooperative arrangement to carry out a common project that aims to promote and strengthen their abilities to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, nutrition, and natural resources.  The collaboration between institutions increases the cost effectiveness of the project by achieving economies of scale and strengthening the overall scope and quality of a project’s impact.  These projects must serve a minimum of 50 underrepresented students.  Awards are up to $850,000 per year for a maximum of four years.

 
Year Institution Project Titles
2011-2014 Florida International University Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education and Hispanic Workforce Development
2011-2014 New Mexico State University Preparing Students for Career Paths with the USDA Forest Service
2011-2014 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez UPR-Mayaguez Center for Education and Training in Agricultural and Related Sciences (CETARS): Consolidating the Pipeline in Agriculture and Natural Resource from K-12 to the Field
2011-2014 Texas A&M University, Kingsville STEP UP to USDA Career Success: Science, Technology and Environmental Programs for Undergraduate Preparation to USDA Career Success
2011-2014 University of Texas, El Paso BGREEN - Building a Regional Energy and Education Network: A Partnership to Integrate Efforts and Collaboration to Shape Tomorrow's Hispanic Sustainable Energy Leaders
2011-2014 Texas State University, San Marcos Food Safety and Agroterrorism Training: Educating Our Future Workforce
2011-2014 California State University, San Bernardino Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers

STEAM Projects

Projects in which two to three Hispanic-Serving Institutions form a cooperative arrangement to carry out a common project that aims to promote and strengthen their abilities to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, nutrition, and natural resources.  Awards are up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of four years. These projects must serve a minimum of 20 underrepresented students.

2013-2014 STEAM Cohort I

Project Institution
RISE: Pathways to Diversity in Food Science Careers University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
The LEADERS Program: Learning, Enhancing, and Developing Experiential Research Skills Texas A&M University, Kingsville

2014 STEAM  Cohort II

Project Institution
Cambio: Climate-change Adaptation and Management for Biodiversity to promote Inclusion and Opportunities for Hispanic students in the Fields Humboldt State University
Northern New Mexico Climate Change Project New Mexico State
Southwest Agriculture and Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders for a Safe and Secure U.S. Food Supply System Texas State, San Marcos
Discover Collaborative Integration of USDA-Research in the Advanced Teaching Laboratories of STEAM for Accelerating Discovery and Student University of Texas, El Paso


Regular Projects

Projects in which one or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) are involved in the execution of a project that aims to promote and strengthen their abilities to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, nutrition, and natural resources. Awards are granted on a one-time basis for a total of up to $250,000.

2014 Regular Projects

Project Institution
Improving Student Success in Agriculture-Related Sciences with Academic Support and Career Mentoring California State University, Monterey Bay
STEM Engagement for the Enrichment of Diverse Students (SEEDS) Scholars Program San Diego Community College
Promoting Real Opportunities for Professional Experiential Learning (Project PROPEL) New Mexico Highlands University
Raising the Gates:  Addressing Gaps in Students` Understanding of Math and Chemistry in the Animal and Plant Sciences New Mexico State
Hostos Community College Food Science A.S. Degree Program Hostos Community College

Opportunities for Higher Education and Research

Experience in Renewable Energy and Water Quality to Enable STEM Hispanic Leaders
The University of Texas, San Antonio
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