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USDA – $2.9 million up for grabs – International Science Grants to Colleges

Published on November 18, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE;

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM (ISE)

CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE: This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under 10.305, International Science and Education Grants.

DATES: Applications must be received by Grants.gov by close of business (COB) on

January 19, 2011 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).  Applications received after this deadline will normally not be considered for funding. Comments regarding this request for applications (RFA) are requested within six months from the issuance of this notice. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: NIFA requests applications for the International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program (ISE) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to support research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching.  NIFA anticipates making approximately $2.9 million available for ISE awards.

This notice identifies the objectives for ISE projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an ISE grant. NIFA additionally requests stakeholder input from any interested party for use in the development of the next RFA for this program.

Available Funding

There is no commitment by USDA to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards. Approximately $2.9 million is available to fund applications submitted in response to this RFA.

Eligible Applicants

Applications may be submitted by colleges and universities as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA.  The terms “college” and “university” mean an educational institution in any State which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate, (2) is legally authorized within such State to provide a program of education beyond secondary education,

(3) provides an education program for which a bachelor’s degree or any other higher degree is awarded, (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution, and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association.  Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

For the purposes of this program, the individual branches of a State university or other system of higher education that are separately accredited as degree-granting institutions are treated as separate institutions, and are therefore eligible for ISE Grants Program awards.  Separate branches or campuses of a college or university that are not individually accredited as degree-granting institutions are not treated as separate institutions. An institution eligible to receive an award under this program includes a research foundation maintained by an eligible college or university. Accreditation must be by an agency or association recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/intl_science.html

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