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North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Offers New Grant Opportunities

Two new small grant opportunities are available through the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). Land-grant personnel in USDA’s 12-state North Central Region may apply for small grants for teams to conduct innovative research or extension projects, or for a “Virtual Visiting Fellow” grant for an individual. Proposals for these new small seed grants should bridge social and biophysical sciences as well as engage both extension and Agricultural Experiment Station personnel.

Grants may include major funding for a rural development-related research or extension activity from a federal agency or foundation; white papers or blogs on emerging issues of importance to rural areas of the region; conferences and proceedings relevant to rural development; or pilot extension curricula to help deliver educational programming on rural development topics.

Projects should impact the ability of the land-grant institutions to influence economic development, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. The Virtual Visiting Fellow is expected to lead a highly visible program that engages others in the region in an initiative consistent with the goals of the NCRCRD to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the North Central Region.

This new position was created to actively engage with the full range of partner institutions to deliver high quality, relevant, and timely research outputs or extension models. Visit the NERCRD Web site to view the full announcement. Proposals are due September 10, 2009. For further information, contact, Scott Loveridge, NCRCRD transition director, or Sally Maggard, NIFA national program leader for Economic and Community Systems.


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