The Farm Bill requires that NIFA recognize centers of excellence in research, extension, and education in the food and agricultural sciences. The legislation calls for the agency to give priority in funding to applications from centers of excellence in its research and extension competitive grant programs.
To implement this provision, NIFA allows eligible applicants to request consideration for Centers of Excellence (COE) designation as part of their grant applications. Requests for applications describe the criteria applicants must meet. A factsheet on the process, including the criteria for COE designation, a list of programs offering COE opportunities, and a description of the priority in funding provided to applications that meet the COE criteria is available below.