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.

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.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP assists low income families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets as well as contributes to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

Rangelands and Grasslands Programs

Half of the earth's terrestrial surface is classified as rangeland and grassland. Rangeland and grassland ecosystems provide forage for livestock and native herbivores, habitat for native flora and fauna, watersheds for rural and urban uses; ecosystem goods and services; areas for recreation; and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. NIFA seeks to ensure the sustainability of these resources through rangelands and grasslands programs.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is NIFA's flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture.