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Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN)


Although the nation’s food supply ranks among the safest in the world, the country faces challenges from new and emerging foodborne pathogens, as well as those that are growing resistant to treatment. The Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (NIFA) is the extramural science-funding agency within USDA’s Research, Education and Economics mission area. NIFA invests in and supports initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA provides funding and strategic leadership for programs that ensure groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.


  • Create a sustainable, safe food supply
  • Reduce malnutrition and childhood obesity through education
  • Improve the nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and safety
  • Decrease instances of foodborne illness and death, especially in minority and low-income population

NIFA’s Cross Priority Approach

  • Address knowledge gaps & opportunities
  • Spur innovation & accelerating change
  • Empower individuals and communities
  • Support synergies across diverse priorities
  • Support a diverse WIC & EFNEP Workforce

IFSN Divisions

IFSN Capacity Grant Programs

IFSN Competitive Grant Programs

NIFA Calendar

Related Pages and Resources

Primary Contacts


IFSN Highlights

APHA ASCEND Panelists and REE Team

The ASCEND for Better Health – Community Engagement Summit was held at the American Public Health Association Meetings in November 2023. In the images, the panelists and the REE team. The session was recorded and available on the USDA YouTube channel. ASCEND Nutrition Summit at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting - Watch Bing video

APHA ASCEND Event, Panelists and CJY

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