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Grants to USA agencies, national laboratories, IHEs, research institutions, private corporations and organizations, and individuals for projects that increase the participation of underrepresented individuals and women in STEM fields. Funding is intended to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences.
The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.
Purpose and Priorities
For the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) program, NIFA will support projects with a target audience of K-14 students (kindergarten through twelfth grade plus two years of post-secondary schooling (e.g., vocational technical institutions or community or junior colleges)).
WAMS project activities must support the creation, adaptation, and adoption of learning materials and teaching strategies to operationalize what we know about how students learn. WAMS-funded projects shall also focus on imparting both technical knowledge as well as leadership and interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving, as these are abilities expected by employers.
The purpose of this program is to support education/teaching, and/or extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences.
Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects should improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing education and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations for women and underrepresented minorities. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.
For more information, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY22-WAMS-RFA-508.pdf#page=6.
A proposed project must address one or more Educational Need Areas and/or be an Applied Project that addresses research, outreach and capacity building to benefit the communities served, especially that of their students. For Educational Need Areas, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY22-WAMS-RFA-508.pdf#page=8.
For eligible Project Types, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY22-WAMS-RFA-508.pdf#page=10
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