Programs

NIFA programs are the mechanism by which we pursue our mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool.

Equipment Grants Program (EGP)

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) is authorized under 7 USC 3310a (Pub. L. 115–334, title VII, §7126, Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4794), which allows the Secretary to make competitive grants for the acquisition of special purpose scientific research equipment for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs of eligible institutions. The 2018 Farm Bill authorized $5 million that may be appropriated annually for 2019 through 2023.

Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture

The 2018 Farm Bill directs NIFA to establish a new competitive grant program to support research, education, and extension activities for facilitating the development of urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production, harvesting, transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution, and markets. The Farm Bill provided $10 million in mandatory funding for the first year and authorized up to $10 million in discretionary funding annually for 2019 through 2023. NIFA plans to collect stakeholder input on program priorities. The request will be posted in the Federal Register, soliciting input on the most urgent research, education and extension needs in support of this Farm Bill Initiative.

Vulnerable Populations

Populations of young people may be identified as vulnerable based on situational characteristics such as early parenthood, disconnection from school and work, homelessness, and involvement in the juvenile justice and foster care systems.

4-H Health and Well-Being

The goal of 4-H Health and Well-Being programming is to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that promote positive health and well-being for youth and their families. 4-H National Headquarters actively contributes to this goal and provides key programmatic resources.

4-H Learning

4-H learning experiences happen through participation in activities, experiences, and through social interaction guided by caring adults and peers.

4-H & PYD Partnerships

The Division of Youth and 4-H partnerships help strengthen and expand support for positive youth development (PYD).

4-H Civic Engagement

4‑H Civic Engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.