U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
02/04/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, high schools, and institutions of higher education to improve K-14 science education in eligible disciplines to prepare students for the workforce. Funding is intended to support the preparation of teaching methods and learning materials to encourage increasing numbers of students to pursue degrees in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences.
The purpose of the SPECA program is to award grants to:
SPECA-funded projects encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers to identify and address challenges facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community. Accordingly, SPECA-funded project activities shall support the creation, adaptation, and adoption of learning materials and teaching strategies to operationalize what is known about how students learn.
Program Category. Your project must support academic instruction with a primary focus in at least one of the following three K-14 Grade Levels:
Educational Need Areas. When preparing a SPECA-funded project, the rationale for choosing a particular Educational Need Area below must be explained in the context of how the project can contribute to the development of a cadre of students who will either pursue higher degrees in the FANH sciences or be prepared to enter the FANH sciences workforce.
Educational Need Areas for the SPECA program are:
For more information about the Educational Need Areas, see the following link:
GrantWatch ID#: 180249
- Regular Project: Applicants may request up to $50,000 (total, not per year)
- Collaborative Grant Type 1 (CG1) (Applicant + One or more Partners): Applicants may request up to $150,000 (total, not per year)
- Collaborative Grant Type 2 (CG2) (Applicant + Two or more Partners): Applicants may request up to $300,000 (total, not per year)
Regular and CG1 project periods may range from 24 to 36 months, including time to evaluate the results and report the impacts.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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