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USDA $364k Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS)

Published on March 14, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

Application Deadline: May 10, 2011

NIFA requests applications for the Fiscal Year 2011 Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) to support research and extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Specifically, the purpose of the WAMS grant program is to support research and extension projects that provide STEM knowledge, skills and competencies to women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas with successful placement: (a) in the workforce in STEM fields, or (b) as innovators and entrepreneurs adding value to the STEM fields in areas that have relevancy to the USDA Secretary’s priorities of Sustainable Energy; Climate Change; Food Safety; Nutrition and Childhood Obesity; and Global Food Security.

This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an Appropriations Act for FY 2011.  Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an Appropriation Act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.  It is anticipated that approximately $364,000 will be made available to support the WAMS program.

Eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to develop public-private alliances and advisory groups that allow coordination and access to resources which will ensure successful placement of WAMS participants in STEM fields that address USDA mission science.  Where possible, projects that also contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

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

This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an Appropriations Act for FY 2011.  Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an Appropriation Act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. It is anticipated that approximately $364,000 will be made available to support the WAMS program.

There is no commitment by USDA to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards.

For more info visit: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/wams.html

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