Grants Overview

NIFA provides resources that may be helpful tools in obtaining a basic understanding of grants and cooperative agreements. The information provided in this resource may be of particular interest to those that do not have Federal financial assistance experience.

Division of Youth and 4-H

The Division of Youth and 4-H (DY4-H) strengthens and promotes healthy youth development to give young people the capacity to act as responsible citizens and agents of community change. By understanding the complex experiences that youth face and promoting high quality youth leadership development, DY4-H helps youth meet the challenges of adolescence and transition to adulthood.

4-H Youth Development Program

4-H offers a youth development experience for youth ages 5-19. 4-H encourages youth to reach their full potential through working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Implementation of the 4-H Program

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 created the Cooperative Extension Service as a partnership between USDA, the land-grant university (LGU) system and local governments. This unique federal-state-local partnership has worked effectively for more than 100 years. 4-H youth development is an important part of the total Cooperative Extension System’s educational program.

Science of Positive Youth Development

Connecting youth to positive experiences and environments is a purposeful process. All youth have the room for positive growth and development. This systems approach to positive youth development uses the ecological model of influencers and strength-based supporters to involve and engage every part of the community—schools, homes, community members and others.

History of USDA EPSCoR States

History of USDA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) States

Advancing U.S. Agriculture Through Global Engagement

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grantees are including international activities as an effective way to help achieve research, education, and extension objectives important to U.S. agriculture. The NIFA-funded projects described here are examples of how U.S. researchers and faculty through international collaborations and activities are achieving results valuable to the U.S. and the world.

SF-425 in ezFedGrants Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning October 1, 2017, all NIFA capacity programs require an SF-425 report to be submitted through the ezFedGrants system.

Meat Traceability Factsheets

These factsheets provide information about meat traceability efforts. This is a publication of the National Whole Chain Traceability Institute. Funding Agency: USDA National Integrated Food Safety Initiative – Project Agreement No. 2011-51110-31044

Time and Effort Reporting - OMB Standards

This Fact Sheet focused on frequent areas of concern around documentation requirements for Compensation - personnel services (time and effort reporting) under OMB Uniform Guidance standards. Updated April 20, 2018.