Distance Education Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas
ID: 351779Type: Posted


National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)

Award Range

$20K - $200K

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    Posted Jan 11, 2024 12:00 AM
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    Due Mar 20, 2024 12:00 AM

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has posted a grant opportunity titled "Distance Education Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas". This grant program aims to strengthen the capacity of Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas to carry out resident instruction, curriculum, and teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences through distance education technology.

The Distance Education Grants Program (DEG) is a competitive grants program administered by NIFA, focused on improving formal, postsecondary agricultural sciences education. The program does not require cost sharing or matching funds.

The eligible applicants for this grant program are individual institutions of higher education located in insular areas, including public or non-profit 2-year and 4-year accredited institutions that offer certificate/degree programs in food and agricultural sciences. Land-grant colleges and universities, as well as other institutions with land-grant status in insular areas, are automatically eligible for awards.

The eight insular areas eligible for this grant program are:

  1. American Samoa
  2. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  3. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  4. The Federated States of Micronesia
  5. Guam
  6. The Republic of the Marshall Islands
  7. The Republic of Palau
  8. The Virgin Islands of the United States

Individual branches of a state university system or public system of higher education that are separately accredited as degree-granting institutions are also eligible to apply for and receive awards. Independent branch campuses of individual institutions may apply if they satisfy the eligibility criteria.

The grant has an award ceiling of $200,000 and an award floor of $20,000. The estimated total program funding is $800,000, and it is expected that four awards will be granted. The closing date for applications is March 20, 2024, and the archive date is April 19, 2024.

For more information and to apply, interested parties can visit the following website: Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas.

If you have any questions related to preparing application content, you can contact NIFA Support at grantapplicationquestions@usda.gov. NIFA Support is available during business hours, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, except federal holidays.

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