Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices

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with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U. S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

The purpose of VSGP is to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the U.S., which includes insular areas (see Part VIII, D of this RFA for a definition of “insular area”).

Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:
1. Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.

2. Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety and public health.

3. Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technicians.
Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Estimated Funding: $2,880,000





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Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)

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Eligibility Requirements Applicants for the VSGP must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA.

Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award.

For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Applications may only be submitted by the entities listed below if they carry out programs or activities that will: 1) substantially relieve veterinarian shortage situations; or 2) support or facilitate private veterinary practices engaged in public health activities.

Table 4 Eligible Applicants for EET For Education, Extension, and Training Program Area: • a State, national, allied, or regional veterinary organization or specialty board recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association; • a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; • a university research foundation or veterinary medical foundation; • a department of veterinary science or department of comparative medicine accredited by the Department of Education; • a State agricultural experiment station; or Research Farm (1890 institutions) • a State, local, or tribal government agency.

Table 5 Eligible Applicants for RPE A for-profit or nonprofit entity located in the United States that, or individual who, operates a veterinary clinic providing veterinary services, (i) in a rural area, as defined in section 343(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C.

1991(a)), and (ii) is either a current VMLRP awardee from any qualifying year (i.e., those with a current service obligation at the time of this application) and applies with reference to the single shortage area to which they are obligated to serve; or is not a current VMLRP awardee and applies with reference to a current single veterinarian shortage situation (VMLRP shortage map webpage) designated as ‘Open’ under the VMLRP in 2020 or 2021 to correspond with the year of application.

Shortage area designation MUST be included in the proposal title and narrative and in the appropriate field on the form.

Duplicate or Multiple Submissions – duplicate or multiple submissions are not allowed by RPE applicants; however, multiple submissions are allowed by different departments of an eligible institutional applicant for the EET program.

NIFA will disqualify both applications if an RPE applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions.

For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/veterinary-services-grant-program-vsgp

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Date Posted:
2021-01-15

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Archive Date:
2021-05-16




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