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.
None. This is a new program.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funded projects will respond to specific needs and strengths of the university or college that will enable it to strengthen the global competence of students, faculty and staff in agriculture and related areas and enhance business performance in international agriculture and related sectors through extension, research and/or teaching programs.
Applications may be submitted by colleges and universities and defined in section 1404 of NARETPA.
The terms college and university mean an educational institution in any State which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; (2) is legally authorized within such State to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; (3) provides an education program for which a bachelor's degree or any other higher degree is awarded; (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association.
Colleges and universities; pubic or other nonprofit institutions.
None. The program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
All proposal solicitations are published on the Agency's Web site.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Formal proposals are solicited and should be submitted to the Proposal Services Unit, Competitive Programs, CSREES, USDA, as outlined in the guidelines and/or requests for applications. Application procedures are contained in the guidelines or request for applications.
Proposals are reviewed by a peer panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Proposals are funded in order of merit to the extent permitted by available funds.
Specific deadline dates are announced on the Agency's Web site and in the request for applications or guidelines for each fiscal year.
Section 1459 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), as amended 7 U.S.C. 3292b.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Notice of action taken on proposals will generally be within 90 days of final date of submission dateline.
Requests for renewal support must be submitted as new proposals at the announced deadline, and are considered in equal competition wit other applications.
Formula and Matching Requirements
As announced in the request for applications.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
From one to four years.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly financial reports.
Annual progress reports.
Final financial and final summary progress reports.
Audits will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established in the revised OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," and implemented in 7 CFR Part 3052, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations."
Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records must be retained at least three years; records must be retained beyond the three-year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved.
(Grants) FY 07 $950,400; FY 08 est 1,910,400; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations (implementing the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-110); 7 CFR Part 3017, Government wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Government wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); 7 CFR Part 3018, Restrictions on Lobbying; 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform Administrative: Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.
Regional or Local Office
International Programs, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; USDA; STOP 2203; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. 20250-2203; telephone: 202-720-3801.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications are evaluated based on four major criteria: (1) Overall Approach and Collaboration, which includes soundness of proposed approach, procedures, integration with existing programs and realistic time table, cooperation among the lead institution and other partner organizations and institutional commitment; and (2) Potential for Contributing to Internationalization which includes the extent of importance or impact of the project, expected products or results, an adequate evaluation plan, a dissemination plan, and continuation plans; 3) Personnel Resources; and Budget and Cost Effectiveness.
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