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USDA-NIFA – Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development

USDA-NIFA – Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development now includes a NEW Program Area to address the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time.

AFRI - RAPID Response to Novel Coronavirus Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems

This program area priority addresses the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily adoptable strategies across the food and agriculture enterprise in response to COVID-19. These strategies should mitigate urgent threats from the COVID-19 virus and ensure the availability of an accessible, safe, nutritious, and abundant food supply. Proposals may be local, regional, or national in scope and should employ interdisciplinary teams with the capacity to address the range of problems faced by the entire food and agriculture enterprise, from production to consumption.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

 The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.

COVID-19 FAQs

See question 2: In response to the current need for more COVID-19 information, certain NIFA programs will allow submission of COVID-19 relevant projects outside fof their normal deadlines including: AFRI Foundational Applied Science Requests for Applications, SBIR-Phase I RFA.

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