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.

Global Change and Climate Programs

One of the most pressing issues facing plant and animal producers today is the ever-changing conditions and impacts of climate variability. Another critical issue is the need for scientific information that producers can use to plan and make decisions to ensure economic viability while facing these challenges. NIFA-supported global change and climate projects are addressing these issues through research, extension, and education activities.

AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

The AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems.

AFRI Food Security Challenge Area

The AFRI Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food.

AFRI Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program builds a foundation of fundamental and applied knowledge in food and agricultural sciences critical for solving current and future societal challenges.

AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.

The Hatch Act of 1887

The purpose of this funding is to conduct agricultural research programs at State Agricultural Experiment Stations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. insular areas.

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program

The Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (BRAG) program supports projects that will assist Federal regulatory agencies make science-based decision regarding the environmental effects of introducing genetically engineered (GE) organisms by recombinant nucleic acid techniques.

Capacity Grants

NIFA provides support for research and extension activities at land-grant institutions through grants to the states on the basis of statutory formulas. Eligibility is limited to the cooperating institutions, most of which are 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions. NIFA capacity grants are subject to the same OMB Circulars and Department regulations, with the exceptions identified in the NIFA Regulations.