Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

ADVISORY: USDA ANNOUNCES $18 MILLION TO SUPPORT RESEARCH, TEACHING, EXTENSION AT HISTORICALLY BLACK LAND-GRANT UNIVERSITIES

Feb 29, 2016
Press Release

FORT VALLEY, GA— Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced $18 million in grants will be available to strengthen research and teaching at historically black land-grant universities. The grants are available through the 1890 Institution Research, Extension, and Teaching Capacity Building Grants program administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

NIFA provides support to historically black colleges and universities designated as land-grant universities in the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The Capacity Building Grants (CBG) program supports agricultural science programs while strengthening the linkages among the 1890 universities, other education institutions, USDA, and private industry. The program focuses on advancing cultural diversity in the scientific and professional workforce by attracting and educating more students from under-represented groups. Grants are awarded in the categories of research, teaching, and extension with a focus on NIFA’s priority areas of sustainable bioenergy, food security, childhood obesity prevention, climate change, and food safety. Since 2009, NIFA has awarded more than $122 million in grants to support 1890 land-grant universities through the CBG program.

Applications are due March 31, 2016. Please see the request for applications for more information.

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