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National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (NIFSI)

The National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (NIFSI) is a component of the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program (IREECGP). The program is administered by NIFA under Title IV, Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U. S. C. 7626). The purpose of the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative is to support competitive projects that address priority issues in food safety that are best solved using an integrated approach.

Integrated food safety programs in NIFA support multistate, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary, and multifunctional research, extension, and education activities. Special emphasis is given to research describing multifunctional activities (for example, research that contains research, education, and extension components).

  • The research component of the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative focuses on applied food safety research.
  • The education component focuses on education and training in a formal classroom setting, which may include elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or graduate education.
  • The extension component addresses education and training outside of the classroom. Where there is no extension program, outreach activities that deliver science-based and informational education to people in a variety of nonformal settings are appropriate.

Among the many food safety topics addressed, NIFSI supports food safety education grants for consumers across the lifespan, including families with young children. Since the Initiative was established in Fiscal Year 2000, numerous grants focusing on this crucial audience have been awarded. Some grants focus specifically on child care and after-school staff and programs.


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