New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (RTP)

Purpose:
The RTP will make grants available for technology development, applied research, and/or training, with a focus on rural communities, to aid in the development of a workforce for bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, or agriculture-based renewable energy.

Please refer to Part VIII

credit:


(E) of this RFA for definitions relevant to this program.



Priorities:
The RTP shall give preference to eligible entities working in partnership within rural communities:

? to improve information-sharing capacity;

? to maximize the ability to meet the requirements of this RFA;

? to address Evaluation Criteria found in Part V.

B.

of this RFA; and

? to address the following two RTP Program Goals:



1. To increase the number of students encouraged to pursue and complete a 2-year postsecondary degree, or a certificate of completion, within an occupational focus of this grant program; and

2. To assist rural communities by helping students achieve their career goals to develop a viable workforce for bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, or agriculture-based renewable energy.

Related Programs

NEW ERA RURAL TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM

Department of Agriculture


Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: CSREES

Estimated Funding: $750,000





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (RTP) RFA

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Applications may be submitted by either: (1) public or private nonprofit community colleges, or (2) advanced technological centers, either of which must:
a.be located in a rural area (see definition in Part VIII, E.);
b.have been in existence as of June 18, 2008;
c.participate in agricultural or bioenergy research and applied research;
d.have a proven record of development and implementation of programs to meet the needs of students, educators, and business and industry to supply the agriculture-based, renewable energy or pulp and paper manufacturing fields with certified technicians, as determined by the Secretary; and
e.have the ability to leverage existing partnerships and occupational outreach and training programs for secondary schools, 4-year institutions, and relevant nonprofit organizations.


Full Opportunity Web Address:
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/new_era.html

Contact:
CSREES Help Desk Phone: 202-401-5048 Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am -5:00 pm ET,

Agency Email Description:
For questions regarding this RFA.

Agency Email:
electronic@csrees.usda.gov

Date Posted:
2009-06-05

Application Due Date:
2009-07-20

Archive Date:
2010-02-17




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