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.

Animal Health and Disease Research Program

The Animal Health and Disease (Section 1433) opportunity is a national-scope capacity program that distributes federal funds on a formula basis to all eligible entities, including all State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) and AVMA accredited US Colleges or Schools of veterinary medicine, for the support of research projects addressing health and disease of agricultural animals.

FERS Retirement Contributions Program

The purpose of this funding is to defray the FERS retirement costs to the 1862 Land-Grant institutions for former Schedule A appointees performing agricultural extension work.

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program

The Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (BRAG) program supports projects that will assist Federal regulatory agencies make science-based decision regarding the environmental effects of introducing genetically engineered (GE) organisms by recombinant nucleic acid techniques.