USDA Announced Availability of Funding for Tribal Land-Grant Colleges


Posted July 3, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $1.7 million in funding to improve the capacity of tribal land-grant colleges to undertake food and agriculture research, according to a USDA press release available here.

This funding is made available from the 2014 Farm Bill.

“These grants will help tribal land-grant colleges develop infrastructure and faculty expertise so they can carry out research projects that identify and solve problems within tribal and American Indian communities,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “Projects will also offer students the research experience they need to carry on their educational pursuits or enhance career opportunities in the food and agricultural sciences.”

The Tribal College Research Grant Program (TCRGP) builds “scientific capacity at tribal land-grant colleges, also known as the 1994 land-grant institutions, by creating collaborations with other land-grant institutions.”

TCRGP offers three types of funding options: New Discovery Research for projects involving peer reviewed scientific inquiry; Capacity Building Research to address a specific research concern of the reservation community; and Student Research Experience which allows tribal college students to learn scientific techniques while conducting research projects.

The deadline for applications is July 25, 2014.

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