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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Higher Education Challenge Grants Program

Deadline: March 23, 2020

]The Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program will enable colleges and universities to provide the quality of education necessary to produce baccalaureate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce.

Applications submitted to this grants program must state how the funded project will address the HEC Program Goals: 1. To enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future workforce needs in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences; and 2. To increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the FANH sciences.

HEC projects are expected to:

  • Produce measurable impacts aligned with HEC program goals
  • Promote innovative, educational practices within the FANH sciences that improve how students learn
  • Include a rigorous evaluation component to assess that project outcomes are met

Institutions must demonstrate capacity for, and a significant ongoing commitment to, the teaching of food, agricultural, and human sciences generally, and to the specific need and/or discipline(s) for which a grant is requested. Projects should encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge or opportunity facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community. Additionally, projects should encourage broad participation of students traditionally underrepresented in the FANH sciences.

Amount: Approximately $4,500,000 is available. Maximum award amounts are dependent upon grant type, as follows:

  • Planning Activity – $30,000
  • Standard – $150,000
  • Collaborative 1 – $300,000
  • Collaborative 2 – $750,000

Eligibility: U.S. public or private nonprofit colleges and universities offering a baccalaureate or first professional degree in at least one discipline or area of the FANH sciences; land-grant colleges and universities, including land grant institutions in the Insular Areas; colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences; and other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences.

See funding announcement for further details on eligibility specific to grant type.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320953

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