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USDA AFRI Education and Workforce Development (HFC)

Date: July 19, 2018

Time: All Day

Contact: Vanity Campbell

Sponsor: Contracts and Grants

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USDA AFRI Education and Workforce Development (HFC)

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006555

Funding Organization's Deadline: June 28; July 11; July 19 (varies by project type) *LIMITED SUBMISSION*

Discipline/Subject Area: workforce development; K-14 educator professional development; undergraduate training/ education

ANR Priority Area(s): HFC

Funding Available($): varies by project type


Description: USDA NIFA requests applications for the AFRI Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Program (formerly the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative, or ELI). The AFRI EWD RFA addresses projected shortfalls of qualified graduates in the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy (Employment Opportunities for College Graduates). Thus, the AFRI EWD has three overarching goals:

  • Enhancing Agricultural Literacy offers institutional grants for in-service training, which will provide K-14 teachers and administrators with increased knowledge of food and agricultural science disciplines and career opportunities, and help them to develop improved curricula to enhance agricultural literacy.
  • Developing Pathways offers undergraduates in agriculture or allied disciplines with the technical and leadership skills required for employment in the agricultural sectors and farming enterprises or in graduate programs. NIFA will award institutional grants that offer internships, externships, practicums, global leadership, study abroad, and/or experiential learning opportunities in research and extension, which will help students develop the critical thinking, problem solving, digital competency, international experiences, and communication skills needed for future employment and/or higher education.
  • Advancing Science supports graduate and post-graduate education in agriculture and related disciplines. NIFA Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships program areas will continue to support pre-and postdoctoral trainees respectively. These Fellowship awards will also enable interested pre and postdoctoral trainees to obtain training in international research on issues relevant to U.S. agriculture.

Program areas supported by the funding opportunity are as follows:

The Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Education Professionals (PD- STEP) program area seeks to increase the number of K-14 teachers and educational professionals trained in the Food and Agricultural Sciences. Participating teachers are expected to develop skills necessary for integrating food and agricultural science concepts in their classes; explore the opportunities available in the food and agricultural science career paths; and forge mentorships with professional and business leaders, and faculty.  PD-STEP grants provide $150,000 total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of up to three years.

The Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) program area promotes research and extension learning experiences for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agricultural workforce with exceptional skills. This initiative will allow colleges and universities to provide fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students, including those from underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged groups, minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and universities. Extension Projects may also include related matters such as certification programs, in-service training, client recruitment and services, curriculum development, instructional materials and equipment, problem identification and program development and delivery, and innovative instructional methodologies appropriate to informal educational programs. REEU grants provide $400,000 or $500,000 total per project (including indirect costs) for project periods of four or five years, respectively. Project costs must be predominantly for student support, including items such as participant stipends, housing, meals, travel, and laboratory use fees. Costs in budget categories outside Participant Support must be modest and reasonable (and may include justified support for the coordination of the program). Projects may provide students opportunities to:

1) Obtain hands-on experience in research and extension to develop skills necessary to join the agricultural workforce or pursue graduate studies in the food and agricultural sciences;

2) Receive a strong mentoring experience required for success in the food and agricultural sciences; and

3) Participate in research and extension projects or programs that deliver science-based knowledge to individuals and communities to develop leadership skills, including communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, necessary to support decision making and planning. Program delivery may include students located at eligible institutions locally or nationally, and may use in-person, electronic, or a combination of both, as methods of communication.

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships program areas help to develop new scientists and professionals to enter research, education, and extension fields within the food and agricultural sciences. The aim of these fellowships is to cultivate future leaders who are able to solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century. Fellowships must not exceed $120,000 total per project (including institutional allowance) for project periods of up to two years.

Limited Submission: The ANR Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) manages the extramural limited submission process. Limited submission programs restrict the number of proposals, applications or nominations an institution can submit to a funding agency. This opportunity permits only three (3) applications per project types each for REEU and PD-STEP program areas. If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, please contact Vanity Campbell at prior to preparing and proceeding with an application to the Sponsor.


OCG Note: Please note any changes to the funding opportunity including deadline dates may not be updated to this calendar. Please visit the Sponsor's website below for additional information.

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