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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Education Grants Program

Deadline: January 28, 2020

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program encourages innovative teaching or education proposals with potential to impact and become models for other institutions that serve underrepresented students at the regional or national level. Projects supported by this program:

  • Attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences in the United States
  • Enhance the quality of postsecondary instruction within the above disciplines
  • Provide opportunities and access to FANH careers in the public and private sector
  • Align the efforts of HSIs and other non-profit organizations to support academic development and career attainment of underrepresented groups

Institutions may propose projects in any discipline(s) or subject matter area(s) of the FANH sciences. The development of leadership skills, knowledge, and qualities is necessary to prepare students for agricultural and related careers in the private sector, government, and academia. HSI Education Grants Program teaching applications must demonstrably incorporate a leadership development component to equip students with technical and leadership abilities upon graduation.

Specific leadership activities may include:

  • Developing practical applications to increase understanding of leadership roles, including critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills; ethics and professionalism; and working in teams
  • Connecting the academic classroom experience with daily leadership roles and organizational activities
  • Providing opportunities for mentoring and shadowing
  • Organizing leadership academies, workshops, trainings, etc.

The HSI grant program will only accept Education/Teaching Projects. Single-function Education/Teaching Projects develop human capital relevant to overall program goals for U.S. agriculture. Projects should focus on developing skills necessary for entry- and mid-level technical employment or for entering graduate programs in FANH sciences. There are three grant types for the HSIs Education Grants Program: Regular, Collaboration, and Conference grants:

  • Regular Grant: The Regular Grants support targeted, original, scientific Education/Teaching Projects. Bridge grants, a subset of regular grants, may be available to enhance institutional capacity with the goal of strengthening the capacity of the applicant’s education programs and the competitiveness of future grant applications.
  • Collaboration Grant: Collaboration Grants for this program must be submitted by a group of two or more HSIs forming a linkage arrangement for the purpose of carrying out common objective(s) on the group’s behalf. The arrangement must be formed in order to promote and strengthen the institutional abilities to carry out higher education programs related to the FANH sciences. Grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new students into careers in high-priority areas of national need.
  • Conference Grants: Conference Grants support scientific meetings that bring together educators to identify research, education/teaching, and/or extension needs; update information; or advance an area of education/teaching.

Amount: A total of $7,800,000 is available to fund new projects. Award ranges are as follows:

  • Regular Grant: Grants will be funded at up to $250,000 total for a period of up to four years. Regular project applicants may request additional funding (up to $25,000) to provide financial assistance to one student beyond his/her participation in the project that will address this purpose for an award total of up to $275,000.
  • Bridge Grants: Grants will be funded at up to $200,000 for a project period of four years.
  • Collaboration Grants: Grants will be funded up to $1,000,000 total for a project period of four years.
  • Conference Grants: Individual conference grants must not exceed $50,000 total for a project period of up to two years.

Eligibility: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). To be considered an HSI, institutions must have a minimum of 25 percent undergraduate full-time Hispanic enrollment.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320800

Note: The January 28, 2020 deadline is for Regular applications only; Collaboration applications will be due on January 29, 2020, and Conference applications will be due on January 30, 2020.

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