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Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program


The Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program is a competitive grants program intended to assist the 1994 land-grant institutions in conducting agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national, or multistate significance.


Only 1994 land-grant institutions are eligible to receive funds under this program.

Targeted Areas of Support

High priority concerns of tribal, national, or multistate significance.


Funds are awarded on a competitive basis. To be considered for funding, grant applications submitted under this program must certify that the research to be conducted will be performed under a cooperative agreement with at least one 1862 or 1890 land-grant institution. The cooperator requirement does not preclude 1994s from working jointly with each other on projects under this program, as long as the cooperative agreement requirement is met.


The funding for Fiscal Year 2006 is estimated at $1,078,000.

Results and Impacts

The Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program has provided faculty and students at the 1994s with a mechanism for them to engage in research projects of practical value to their tribal communities and national interests. During the short time this program has been in existence, the research has begun to contribute to the resolution of tribal concerns (for example, phytoremediation of soils affected by mining operations, improved dietetics and nutrition, and restoration of native plant communities) and of national concerns (for example, the epidemiology of the mosquito-borne encephalitis, including the highly visible West Nile virus). Additionally, research efforts in such areas as aquaculture and international marketing offer hope for improving the economic basis of Native Americans.


Saleia Afele-Faamuli, National Program Leader


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