Capacity Building for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA)

To assist the NLGCA Institutions in maintaining and expanding their capacity to conduct education, research, and outreach activities relating to agriculture, renewable resources, and other similar disciplines.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: Strengthen institutional capacity to provide quality, dynamic, and innovative research and outreach in food and agricultural sciences.

The project proposes to conduct research and outreach activities to establish Camelina sativa as a viable bioenergy crop in the region.

Stakeholders include farmers, college faculty, undergraduate students, bioenergy practitioners, policy makers, extension agents, and small business owners in local areas in particular and the emerging regional bioenergy industry in general.

Products from this project include a Camelina Grower Guide, with agronomic information and a crop budget, along with Fact Sheets designed to provide basic and specific information for each of the anticipated end uses.

Scientific publications will describe a high-yielding, transgenic camelina line being developed.

A farmer network and an oilseed cooperative will be established to sustain camelina production beyond the life of this project.



Build a collaborative program to strengthen a grape breeding program and expand the plant science curriculum within the region.

This initiative promises to provide an enlarged pool of educated graduates needed to address the shortage of skilled agricultural educators, researchers and workers in the U.S.

Products envisioned include a new hybrid grapes for breeding new grape varieties and for genetic analysis of agriculturally important traits.

New genetic markers will be shared in the grape breeding community for marker-assisted selection.

Genetic resources including the grape populations, genetic markers and grape varieties will be incorporated into Plant Breeding and Plant Biotechnology courses.

The expanded curriculum will include genetics and breeding principles using both annual monocot grain crop (corn) and perennial woody fruit crop (grape) as models, as well as hands-on and field experience in making crosses, finding molecular markers and learning from field trips.



Create a virtual network of integrated teams to build capacity for the detection and elimination of Salmonella in the food supply.

The project proposes to develop laboratory capacity, and to create and deliver training in detection equipment used to detect and reduce incidences of Salmonella.

Graduate seminar courses will be developed and shared across collaborators and faculty will participate in international field experiences.

The development of quality human capital experience in both field work and human resource management will lead to measurable decreases in Salmonella and ultimately improved human health.



Development of a multidisciplinary baccalaureate program in Food Systems and Technology with a focus on experiential learning.

The new degree program will also serve as a template for outreach programming designed for the region s agricultural producers with the objective of enhancing profitability through improved marketing and land use strategies.



Strengthen institutional capacity to implement a multidisciplinary program with the purpose of addressing global food insecurity and associated natural resource issues by supporting results-oriented, applied research, broadening the student experience both locally and internationally, and providing public outreach regarding program results and food security issues.



Improve energy efficiency and expand sources of renewable energy considered as key elements in developing sustainable energy policies and resources.

Funds will create a multi-faceted model involving a secondary and post secondary education pipeline that enables workforce growth in the sustainable energy sector while expanding the capacity to prepare state-of-the-art technical knowledge and experience for those Agricultural Sciences students pursuing a degree.

Fiscal Year 2013: No Projected Data Available - Peer Review Panel has not met.

Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date.

Fiscal Year 2014: Funding is not anticipated for FY 2014.

No Projected Data Available.

Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: For the FY 2012 award cycle, a total of $4,304,284 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

A total of 26 academic institutions submitted applications requesting $9,157,418. In August 2012, a ten-member peer review panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty members from postsecondary, land grant and non-land grant colleges and universities, as well as practitioners from the food and agricultural sciences community.

Funds were available to support a total of 14 awards in the following Project Types: 1Conference/Planning: $ 27,725; 5 Regular: $815,632; 5 Joint: $1,383,081; and 3 Large-Scale Comprehensive Initiatives (LCI): $2,077,846. Joint and LCI Project Proposals requiring partnerships and sharing of grant funds between two or more institutions.

The funding ratio for this program in FY12 was 54%.

Funded projects should address at least two of the following three, capacity-building program strategies: Education, Research and/or Outreach. Also in 2012, all projects had to address one of five Priority Areas: Global Food Security and Hunger, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Childhood Obesity, and Food Safety. Fiscal Year 2013: For the FY 2013 award cycle, a total of $3,995,528 will be available for project grant awards. However, the panel has not yet met, and so the actual deductions for panel costs have not yet been calculated.

A total of 21 academic institutions submitted applications requesting $9,157,418. In late July, 2013, a ten-member peer review panel will evaluate these applications. The peer panel includes faculty members from postsecondary, land grant and non-land grant colleges and universities, as well as practitioners from the food and agricultural sciences community.

No Award Data is Available - Peer Review Panel has not met. Fiscal Year 2014: Funding is not anticipated for FY 2014. No Projected Data Available. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To maintain and expand the capacity of the NLGCA Institution to: compete, successfully, for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest;ndisseminate information relating to priority concerns to interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities; the public; and any other interested entity; and encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds.

This can be accomplished through the: purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure; professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and development of graduate assistantships.

Grant funds may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities.



Grant funds may not be used to support the salaries of U. S. government employees.

The purchase of equipment is limited to that which is required for training, teaching, extension demonstration, and other relevant project activities.

Pursuant to Section 720 of the General Provisions in Title VII of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Programs (HR 112-284), indirect costs are limited to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.

Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institution s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only a non-land-grant public college or university (NLGCA) offering a baccalaureate or higher degree in the study of agriculture or forestry.

The terms "NLGCA Institution" and "non-land-grant college of agriculture" do not include - (i) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities; or (ii) any institution designated under - (I) the Act of July 2, 1862 (commonly known as the "First Morrill Act"; 7 U.S.C.

301 et seq.); (II) the Act of August 30, 1890 (commonly known as the "Second Morrill Act") (7 U.S.C.

321 et seq.); (III) the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-382; 7 U.S.C.

301 note); or (IV) Public Law 87-788 (commonly known as the "McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act") (16 U.S.C.

582a et seq.).

Beneficiary Eligibility

A non-land-grant public college or university offering a baccalaureate or higher degree in the study of agriculture or forestry, faculty of NLGCA, students engaged in the study of agriculture or forestry, the public, interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant and interested communities.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. All RFAs are published on the Agency s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 1613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act (7 U.S.C. 3319i) as amended by section 7138 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 , Public Law 110-246, 7 U.S.C 3319i; Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2012, Public Law 112-55.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below:
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/
http://www.grants.gov
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 30 to 180 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. NIFA does not require matching support for this program and matching resources will not be factored into the review process as evaluation criteria. No formula grants are awarded under this authority.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of awards under this grant program may not exceed five (5) years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are to submit initial project information, and annual reports to NIFA"s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects.

The details of these reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

No cash reports are required.

Grantees are required to submit initial project information, and annual summary reports to NIFA s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects.

The details of these reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

An Annual Performance Report must be submitted within 90 days after the completion of the first year of the project, and annually thereafter during the life of the grant.

Generally, the Annual Performance Reports should include a summary of the overall progress toward project objectives, current problems or unusual developments, the next year"s activities, and any other information that is pertinent to the ongoing project or which may be specified in the terms and conditions of the award.

Grantees are to submit initial project information, and annual reports to NIFA" s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects.

The details of these reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

An annual Federal Financial Report (SF-425) must be submitted within 90 days after the completion of the first year of the project, and annually thereafter during the life of the grant to the Awards Management Branch, Office of Grants and Financial Management.

A final Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is due within 90 days of the expiration date of the grant and should be submitted to the Awards Management Branch, Office of Grants and Financial Management at the address listed below, in accordance with instructions contained in 2 CFR 3430.55 (also refer to Section 3015.82 of the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations).


Awards Management Division (AMD)
Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
U.S.

Department of Agriculture
STOP 2271
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2271
Telephone: (202) 401-4986
The details of these reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

Grantees are required to submit initial project information, quarterly, and annual summary reports to NIFA s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects.

The details of these reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established in the revised OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," and implemented in 7 CFR 3052. This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records

In accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations [2 CFR 215, Subpart C, Section 215.53, (OMB Circular A-110)] grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three-year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 12 $4,304,284; FY 13 est $3,992,264; and FY 14 est $0 - NOTES:
This program represents no year funds.

FY 2013 estimated amounts include dollar reductions calculated pursuant to the budget sequestration order issued March 1, 2013.

Funding is not anticipated for FY 2014.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive project grant or cooperative agreement are established, these will be announced in the program announcement or Request for Application (RFA).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR Part 215-Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations; 2 CFR Part 220 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; 7 CFR Part 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance Programs - General Award Administrative Provisions and Program-Specific Administrative Provisions; 7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations; 7 CFR Part 3017, Government wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) ; 7 CFR Part 3018, New Restrictions on Lobbying; 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-profit Organizations; and 7 CFR Part 3021- USDA implementation of Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-free Workplace (Financial Assistance).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2250 , Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Phone: (202) 720-1973

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).



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