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General Guidelines for Applications that include International Partnership

Be sure to use the appropriate Program Name and Program Area Code (from the RFA). Please include a clear statement of international partner’s role in Program Objectives as described in the RFA.

Applicants must:

  • Address the discipline topics of the RFA for which the international partnership application is being prepared.
  • Clearly outline the methods the project team will use to determine the research communities’ highest priority needs for the program area;
  • Describe management and implementation mechanisms.
  • Describe how research results will lead to solutions and desired outcomes in both countries.
  • Describe how the project management structure will connect principal national stakeholders and/or partners with international collaborators.


Information about the International Partner should be included as Supplementary Documents.

This information should include the following, and only the following:

  • Biographical sketches of senior personnel: All biographical sketches must conform to NIFA format. NOTE: NIFA Conflict of interest lists are also required for all senior partnership personnel.
  • Added value of partnership: How is this partnership bringing together complementary expertise in a meaningful intellectual collaboration?
  • Partnership budget: Costs and justification of resources for the international component of the project should be elaborated.
  • Travel budget: If awarded, the researchers will be asked to attend an annual meeting to be held at either the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) or an alternate location. Thus, necessary travel costs for attendance at this meeting should be included in the proposed budget.
  • Letters of collaboration: Letters of collaboration from international scientists are required. These letters must be brief and restricted to a statement of intent to collaborate only. Additional information on the nature of the collaboration and the roles of the investigators should be included in the Project Narrative.
  • Institutional endorsement: A certification of the submission must be provided by the scientist’s institution where the work will be performed.  This certification should be a signed letter from an authorized representative.

Prior to Letter of Intent Submission and Full Application Writing:

  • US applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one of the US Program Area Priority Contacts (PART VII of the RFA) to confirm that the topic meets NIFA’s mission to support high priority issues relevant to US stakeholders.
  • International partners are strongly encouraged to have appropriate institutional agreement in their home country.



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