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.

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.

Workforce Development

NIFA promotes workforce development and employability through national program leadership, funding for integrated research, education, and extension activities, and strategic partnerships and collaborations.

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.

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of specialty crop growers, processors and consumers by funding projects that integrate research and extension in a systems approach.

National Water Quality Program

The goal of the NIFA National Water Quality Program is to protect and improve the quality of water resources throughout the United States and its territories, particularly in agriculturally managed watersheds. The National Water Quality Program brings university scientists, instructors, and extension educators into more effective and efficient partnerships with federal interagency priority programs to address water quality issues in agriculture. A key emphasis of the program is the integration of extension, research, and education resources to solve water quality problems at the national, regional, state, and local levels.