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.

National Awards for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Program

Launched in 1992, this program recognizes outstanding college professors of agriculture, natural resources, veterinary and human sciences. A selection committee of nationally recognized teachers and scholars choose two national recipients and two early career awardees. There are also six regional awards. Nominees are evaluated based on their ability as instructors, educational innovation, service to students, professionalism and scholarship. In 2018, a new recognition opportunity will be added: The Teaching and Engagement Award.

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

The Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program provides funding for colleges and universities to support students, from diverse backgrounds, with scholarships, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities in order to complete their bachelor’s degree in the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources or Human Sciences or their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and successfully join the food and agricultural workforce.

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.

National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program Funding Opportunity (NNF)

The Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF) is designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. Functioning collaboratively with eligible higher education institutions, this competitive grants program develops intellectual capital to ensure the preeminence of U.S. food and agricultural systems.