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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative

Deadline: March 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) under which the Secretary of Agriculture may make competitive grants for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences in six priority areas. The six priority areas include: 1) plant health and production and plant products; 2) animal health and production and animal products; 3) food safety, nutrition, and health; 4) bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; 5) agriculture systems and technology; and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities.

The Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) will provide fellowships to undergraduate students, predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and professional development opportunities for secondary school teachers and educational professionals (PD-STEP). Each of these opportunities has a different deadline date for proposals. The PD-STEP program is detailed below:

The PD-STEP program will support integrated projects that address one or more of
the following Challenge and Foundational Areas, including projects that contain associated elements of the human sciences (e.g. disciplines that address issues challenging individuals, youth, families, and communities):

  1. Projects aligned with one of the six AFRI Challenge Areas: Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change; Childhood Obesity Prevention; Food Safety; Food Security; Sustainable Bioenergy; and Water Resources.
  2. Projects aligned with one of the six AFRI Foundational areas (above, paragraph 1).

Projects should provide immersive learning experiences for secondary school teachers/educational professionals (counselors, administrators, etc.) to create and replicate best practices to improve student success outcomes within the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences.

Amount: Up to $150,000 total for project periods of up to 3 years.

Eligibility: Colleges and universities; 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.

Link: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-food-agriculture-natural-resources-and

Note: Other deadlines included in this funding announcement are: February 11, 2016 (for the Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships Programs), and March 24, 2016 (for the Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduate Fellowships).

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