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Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

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

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03/23/22 5:00 PM Eastern


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Grants to USA IHEs and affiliated research institutes to provide scholarships for degree programs in veterinary medicine and the agricultural sciences to students from historically disadvantaged groups. Applicants who are first-time users are required to register early with the online system prior to applying. Scholarships will promote the recruitment, retention, and training of committed, eligible multicultural scholars, resulting in either a bachelor's degree within the food and agricultural science disciplines or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities.

USDA/NIFA administers this federal assistance grant program to recruit and support undergraduate students in order to educate them in national need areas of the food and agricultural sciences, or in rural economic, community, and business development. USDA initiated the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program in FY 1994. This program, functioning collaboratively with eligible higher education institutions, is developing intellectual capital to secure the preeminence of U.S. food and agricultural system.

The goals and objectives of the scholarships are to encourage outstanding students from underrepresented and underserved groups to pursue and complete degrees in these fields that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force. This may or may not include the teaching and preservation of traditional ecological knowledge.

NIFA is soliciting applications for student education that will:

  1. Prepare graduates to meet the demand for highly qualified personnel entering the workforce related to the food and agricultural sciences;
  2. Support more undergraduates in transitioning to graduate education in USDA mission sciences;
  3. Contribute to the reduction of the disparity among underrepresented and underserved populations entering graduate schools to better reflect the demographics of the U.S. and enable higher education to remain globally competitive;
  4. Promote student success within food and agricultural disciplines at the undergraduate/D.V.M. level; and
  5. Focus on social support structure, and professional mentoring to ensure entry into food and agricultural science areas and completion of graduate education or high level of competitiveness for the workforce.

For Project and Grant Types, see p. 9 of the RFA listed in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160554

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Range of Awards: $20,000 - $250,000

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Within the framework of these guidelines, all decisions with respect to the appointment of MSP Scholars will be made by grantees. Scholars must be identified, and scholarships must be awarded within twelve (12) months of the effective start date of a grant. Grantee must notify and obtain approval from the NIFA Program Office if scholarship funds cannot be allocated within this twelve-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only the following are eligible to apply:
Land-Grant Institutions, Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments, other colleges and universities, and Institutes or research foundations maintained by an eligible college or university. Institutions that have not previously applied are especially encouraged to do so. Applicants must be institutions that confer a bachelor’s or D.V.M. degree in at least one of the disciplines in the food and agricultural sciences.

Awards are made to eligible colleges and universities. Individuals are not eligible to apply for these grants.

Project Directors who have received MSP awards in the last five years may also apply. However, the respective proposal must differ substantively in scope and objectives from previously funded MSP projects in the last five years by the same Project Director.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

For eligibility requirements of participating scholars, see p. 12 of the RFA listed in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, March 23, 2022

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice.

There is no limit to the number of applications an eligible institution may submit; however, an institution may only receive support up to a maximum of $250,000 in awards for FY 2022 award cycle.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact person:
Ray A. Ali, Ed.D.

NIFA support: online support:
800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035

National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061

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