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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development

General Services Administration Alert

The General Services Administration (GSA)/System for Award Management (SAM) is experiencing delays processing certain private entity registration information for new registrants, updates to existing entity registrations and annual renewals. If you are not able to upload your application in prior to the funding opportunity close date because of issues related to these delays and are still awaiting a response to your pending help desk ticket, then USDA/NIFA will accept your application through the following process. Please note, this process is only valid for the issues noted above and is a one-time occurrence. Additionally, please allow sufficient time for your issue to be resolved prior to using the alternate submission process. Read more

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In 2022, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Education and Workforce Development program areas to support:

1.     professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals;

2.     non-formal education that cultivates food and agricultural interest in youth;

3.     workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges;

4.     training of undergraduate students in research and extension;

5.     fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars; and

6.     special workforce development topics


Dates may vary. Please see RFA for exact details.

1862 Land-Grant Institutions
1890 Land-Grant Institutions
1994 Land-Grant Institutions
For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses
Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments
Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed
Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed
Other or Additional Information (See below)
Small Business
State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
More Information on Eligibility

The list above is abbreviated. Others may be eligible to apply. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Program Area Description in the current AFRI Education and Workforce Development (EWD) RFA for the requested project types. Please review Part III, A of the current AFRI EWD RFA for more specific eligibility requirements. Note that restrictions apply to integrated projects applicants. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Posted Date
For more Information Contact
Closing Date
Contact for Electronic Access Problems
Other Due Date
FY 2022 Youth Innovators Empowering Agriculture Access America (A7703)
FY 2022 Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (A7401)
FY 2022 Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (A7501)
FY 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowships (A7201)
FY 2022 Agricultural Workforce Training at Community Colleges (A7601)
FY 2022 Meat and Poultry Processing - Agricultural Workforce Training (A7602)
FY 2022 Special Workforce Development Topics National Extension Clearinghouse for Industry and the Workforce (A7704)
FY 2022 Predoctoral Fellowships (A7101)
FY 2022 Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education (A7801)
Funding Opportunity Number
Assistance Listing Number
Estimated Total Program Funding
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement
See RFA.
Range of Awards
$0 - $10,000,000
Previous Fiscal Year RFA
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