Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program Education and Workforce Development Program

National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Last date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021
United States

Detailed Description

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program Education and Workforce Development Program 2021 to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In 2021 and 2022, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Education and Workforce Development program areas to support:

  • professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals;
  • non-formal education that cultivates food and agricultural interest in youth;
  • workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges;
  • training of undergraduate students in research and extension,
  • fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars; and
  • agricultural literacy and workforce development evaluation

Program Areas

The AFRI EWD has four overarching goals:

  • Growing Agricultural Literacy and Workforce Development for the Future offers institutional grants to provide K-14 teachers and administrators with increased knowledge of food and agricultural sciences and help them develop improved curricula to train the agricultural workforce for the future.
  • Training or Retraining of Agricultural Workers provides institutional training grants to develop a technology- and data-savvy workforce, ready for the field and industrial jobs.
  • Developing Pathways seeks to support the development of non-formal education activities that cultivate interest and build public confidence in the safe and enhanced use of technology in food and agricultural sciences. Additionally, this RFA offers institutional grants that offer experiential learning for undergraduates in food, agriculture, or allied disciplines, and helps them learn the technical and leadership skills required for employment in the food and agricultural sectors or in graduate programs.
  • Advancing Science supports graduate and post-graduate education in food and agriculture disciplines.

Program Area Priorities

  • Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (PDAL)
  • Agricultural Workforce Training Grants (AWT)
  • Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education (FANE)
  • Civic Engagement Experience for Youth (CEEY)
  • Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)
  • Predoctoral Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Agricultural Literacy and Workforce Development Evaluation

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $45,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
  • Award Floor: $0

Eligible Applicants

Eligibility is linked to the project type as specified below:

Research, Education or Extension Projects:

Eligible applicants for single-function Research, Education or Extension Projects include:

  • State Agricultural Experiment Station;
  • colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher);
  • university research foundations;
  • other research institutions and organizations;
  • Federal agencies;
  • national laboratories;
  • private organizations or corporations;
  • individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and
  • any group consisting of two or more entities identified in a) through h).
  • Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

Integrated Projects

Eligible applicants for Integrated Projects include:

  • colleges and universities;
  • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and
  • Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.

Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement Grants

  • Part II, C(2) of this RFA contains the eligibility details for Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. Note that under FASE program, New Investigator, Strengthening Standard, Strengthening Conference, Seed, Equipment and Sabbatical Grants.


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