Programs

NIFA programs are the mechanism by which we pursue our mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool.

Insular Areas

This page is a one-stop place for insular area land-grant recipients to find information of particular interest to insular areas, including webinars, contacts, resources, grantsmanship resources, REEport links, program links, and the competitive RFA's which insular areas are eligible.

Weed Science

NIFA supports research and extension projects designed to provide answers to the many challenges weedy plants pose for agricultural production and managed properties in residential and urban areas.

National Awards for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Program

Launched in 1992, this program recognizes outstanding college professors of agriculture, natural resources, veterinary and human sciences. A selection committee of nationally recognized teachers and scholars choose two national recipients and two early career awardees. There are also six regional awards. Nominees are evaluated based on their ability as instructors, educational innovation, service to students, professionalism and scholarship. In 2018, a new recognition opportunity was added: The Teaching and Student Engagement Award.

Educational Scholarship Programs

Talented science students are the future's agri-science workforce. For that talent to be realized some students need financial support. NIFA has two types of funding options to ensure more talented students can achieve their research career goals in agriculture.

NIFA Tribal Programs

NIFA funds programs that promote learning, opportunity and health in Indian Country. The agency has five grants that specifically target Indian Country. Four of the grants support learning at the 1994 Land-Grants, also known as federally recognized tribal colleges. In addition, the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) supports 1890 and 1862 Land-Grants who provide informal, community-based learning on reservations.