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.

Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Prize Competition

The aim of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) I-FAST prize competition (the “I-FAST Competition” or the “Competition”) is to develop and implement the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Pilot Program. USDA NIFA in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) to provide entrepreneurship training to USDA NIFA grantees under this I-FAST program.

Plant Health and Production and Plant Products Program Area

Plant Health and Production and Plant Products (PHPPP) is a program area of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Foundational Program. Plant production, protection and the development of new plant products are critical to the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, and the growth of the nation’s economy. Future improvement of production systems will require a greater understanding of complex, inter-related factors at a wide range of scales. These include investigations of plant biology at molecular, cellular and whole-plant levels as well as innovative and environmentally-sound approaches to improve plants and protect them from biotic and abiotic stresses.

International Science and Education Program

The International Science and Education program provided grants supporting research, extension, and teaching activities that enhanced the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching.

Animal Programs

NIFA funds research, education, and extension activities that address animal health, animal production systems, and animal products.

Pest Management Programs

NIFA funds programs and projects which support research, education, and extension activities that promote pest management in general, and reduced risk pest management through integrated pest management.