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Higher Education Challenge Grants Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.217
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 28, 2023

Solomon Haile

Cierra Campbell

Donaven McLaurin


The Higher Education Challenge Grants Program offers grants to colleges and universities to provide quality education necessary to produce baccalaureate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce.

The program goals are to:

  • Enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master's degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future workforce needs in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences
  • To increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the FANH sciences

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

Eligible applicants include:

  • U.S. public and private nonprofit colleges and universities offering a baccalaureate or first professional degree in at least one discipline or area of the FANH sciences
  • Land-grant colleges and universities, including land grant institutions in the Insular Areas
  • Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences
  • Other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Award floor: $30,000
Estimated total program funding: $4,500,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Community and economic development · Food security and nutrition · Health workforce education and training · Minorities · Obesity and weight control · Poverty · Racial and ethnic groups · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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