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Distance Education Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.322
Sponsors
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deadlines
May 13, 2019
Contact

For programmatic or technical questions:
Dr. Joyce Parker, Ph.D.
202.445.5403
joyce.parker@nifa.usda.gov

For grants management or budget questions:
Bruce Mertz
202.401.5062
bmertz@nifa.usda.gov

Purpose

Distance Education Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas provides funding to institutions of higher education in U.S. territories, commonwealth, and freely associated states designed to strengthen the capacity to carry out resident instruction, curriculum, and teaching programs in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences through distance education technology.

Activities may include:

  • Acquire the equipment, instrumentation, networking capability, hardware, software, digital network technology, and infrastructure necessary to teach students and teachers about technology in the classroom
  • Develop and enhance educational services (including faculty development) to prepare students or faculty seeking a degree or certificate that is approved by the state or a regional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of Education
  • Provide teacher education, library and media specialist training, and preschool and teacher aid certification to individuals who seek to acquire or enhance technology skills in order to use technology in the classroom or instructional process
  • Implement a joint project to provide education regarding technology in the classroom with a local educational agency, community-based organization, national nonprofit organization, or business
  • Provide leadership development to administrators, board members, and faculty of eligible institutions with institutional responsibility for technology education

Projects that integrate social and biological sciences to address many of the challenges facing agriculture and rural communities are a priority, such as:

  • Increasing global demand for food production in the face of limited natural resources
  • Improving health and reducing obesity by engaging in healthy lifestyles and consuming healthy diets
  • Alleviating poverty by fostering economic opportunity
Eligibility

Eligible applicants are individual institutions of higher education, branch institutions of a state system, or independent branch campuses. Additional eligibility information is listed in the application instructions. All eligible institutions must demonstrate that they have a significant commitment to higher education programs in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences and to each specific subject area for which grant funds are to be used.

Insular areas include:

  • American Samoa
  • The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • The Federated States of Micronesia
  • Guam
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • The Republic of Palau
  • The Virgin Islands of the United States
Geographic coverage
Atlantic Territory and Commonwealth and the Pacific Territories, Commonwealth, and Freely Associated States
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $150,000
Funding limit per institution: $450,000 (3 awards)
Project period: 24-36 months
Estimated total program funding: $800,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through grants.gov.

Tagged as
Community and economic development · Food security and nutrition · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Obesity and weight control · Poverty · Research methods and resources · American Samoa · Atlantic Territory and Commonwealth · Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands · Federated States of Micronesia · Guam · Pacific Territories, Commonwealth, and Freely Associated States · Puerto Rico · Republic of Palau · Republic of the Marshall Islands · U.S. Virgin Islands



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