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.

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.

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.