National Needs Fellowships Stakeholder Feedback
Stakeholder input generally surrounded a need to increase both the funding for and number of new graduate students (master and doctoral levels) within the food and agricultural sciences. This is the intent of the NNF program, with funding appropriated by Congress. Comments also included the opportunity for NNF Fellows to work with industry, while also generally enhancing soft-skills for use in the workplace. Partnerships with industry are indicated as a funding preference within the FY 2018 NNF RFA. In addition, skills necessary for employment, such as leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, are also discussed in the RFA.