National Integrated Food
Safety Initiative (NIFSI)
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
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