Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

K-12 and Higher Education Programs

From grade school to graduate school, NIFA funding programs promote education in the food and agricultural sciences.

Ask any agricultural researcher how they became a scientist.  Many will point to a special teacher, who inspired them. Others may remember a great internship that built their skills. Still others will remember being able to work in a cutting-edge laboratory at college or a taking class that made the difference. NIFA knows the value of educators and schools whether they are teaching pre-schoolers about seeds or tenured professors mentoring a post-doctorate student as she conducts research plant genetics. 

  • Grants Promoting K-12 Education: These grants target teachers from primary grades to high school.  They help educators give students a foundation in math and science relating to agriculture.
    • Ag In the Classroom: Promotes science literacy state-by-state
    • Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA): Contains special funding options for K-12 teachers.
    • National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences: Recognizes talented educators who inspire students in agriculture.  
  • Grants Promoting University Education: These grants allow faculty members to give their students the best education possible in agri-science.
    • Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program: Grants for faculty to develop a  creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others.
    • Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program: Supports non-Land-Grant colleges in their efforts to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest.
  • Special Projects: Data Research Programs: NIFA also funds projects to track trends in agricultural workforce and graduate degrees in agriculture.


Program type
Emphasis Area Program
Related Information
Website Survey CTA Image Desktop

Your feedback is important to us.