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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Organizations, and Individuals to Increase the Participation of Women and Underrepresented Individuals in STEM

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

10.318

Funding or PIN Number:

USDA-NIFA-WAMS-008782

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

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Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Grant

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #141927

Grant Description

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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Eligibility:

  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

As contained in Section 7204 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246 which amends Section 1672 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5925)), applications may only be submitted by the following eligible applicants: (a) State agricultural experiment stations; (b) colleges and universities; (c) university research foundations; (d) other research institutions and organizations; (e) Federal agencies; (f) national laboratories; (g) private organizations or corporations; and, (h) individuals or any group consisting of two or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (A) through (H). Applicants for the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) program must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process. Duplicate or Multiple Submission – duplicate or multiple submission is not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral focused projects will not be awarded under this grant announcement. Projects with a primary target of four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral studies should consider other NIFA’s workforce development focused programs.

Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. NIFA recognizes research, education, and extension efforts will have the greatest impacts when equity is grounded in the programs. NIFA is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of programs and encourages individuals, institutions, and organizations from underserved communities to apply to funding opportunities as lead, co-lead, or subaward recipient(s), and to engage as leaders in the peer panel review process to support the development of strong networks and collaborations. NIFA encourages applications that engage diverse communities and have broad impacts through research, education, extension, and integrated activities to address current and future challenges.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, FY 2022 March 31st , 2022

Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice (NIFA may not consider comments received after the sixth month)

New Users to Grants.gov must register early with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application (Register at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html).

Cost Sharing or Matching: In accordance with 7 U.S.C. 5925(a)(2) if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions (see Part IV. R&R Budget. 3. for details). For more information, see https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY22-WAMS-RFA-508.pdf#page=12.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$384,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated # of Awards/Fiscal Year: 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award Amount: Approximately $100,000 total

Term of Contract:

Grant Duration: 24-36 Months

Contact Information:

Program Contact:
Carlos Ortiz, PhD
carlos.ortiz@usda.gov
202-445-5594

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