National program leaders and other program
managers in NIFA are empowered to carry
out the mission of NIFA--to advance
knowledge for agriculture, the environment,
human health and well-being, and communities.
To accomplish this mission, these senior
staff members perform critical tasks under
the authority of the NIFA Administrator
and report to NIFA Deputy Administrators.
These tasks fall into four general categories:
- Network and collaborate with partners
and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant
problems, opportunities, and issues requiring
federal attention and support;
- Conceive, formulate, and direct programs
and activities to respond to existing
or emerging problems, opportunities,
and issues through the development and
application of science-based knowledge;
- Administer and manage programs and
activities to develop and apply science
and knowledge; and,
- Evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes,
and impacts of these programs.