USDA Announces Funding Available to Support Education and Ag in the Classroom Projects, Programs
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced more than $850,000 in available funding to support the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program. These grants will help ensure that a competent and qualified workforce will exist to serve the food, agricultural, natural resource, and human (FANH) sciences system.
The purpose of NIFA’s SPECA Challenge Grants Program is to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines.
The goals of this program are to enhance the quality of K-12 instruction in order to help meet current and future FANH sciences workplace needs and to increase the numbers and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a 2- or 4-year degree in the FANH sciences. These projects should encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge or opportunity facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community.
Applications are due March 18. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.
Since 2009, NIFA has invested in and advanced innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs, supporting the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, have resulted user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability, and ensuring food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.