USDA Offers $18M to Expand Research at 1890 Land Grant Universities

February 10th, 2015 by Rebecca Todd

U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard announced Feb. 9 the availability of over $18 million to strengthen the research, teaching, and extension capabilities at 19 historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

The funding will come through the 1890 Institution Research, Extension and Teaching Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The desired outcome of these awards will be to recruit and train students for careers in agriculture.

Full applications are due March 26. 

NIFA is soliciting applications under the areas of 1) Teaching; 2) Research; 3) Extension. Integrated applications must select one of the above areas which most closely represent the major component of the project. The program encourages projects that develop content and programs suitable for delivery through the Cooperative Extension’s eXtension Initiative. Details about how to partner with eXtension can be found here. Partnering entities may include private sector organizations, state government, and federal agencies/offices. Cooperation with a USDA agency in developing a proposal and carrying out a project may also help to strengthen departmental partnerships and linkages with these land-grant institutions.

Eligible institutions can submit up to 12 applications per institution in FY 2015. Additionally, the institutions may also submit up to three Professional Development Applications that do not count as part of the 12 maximum. The maximum fund allocation for single institutions by project type is as follows:

• Teaching – $150,000
• Research – $300,000
• Extension- $250,000

The maximum fund allocation for joint institutions by project type is as follows:

• Teaching – $300,000
• Research – $500,000
• Extension – $350,000

Faculty and students receiving support for developmental activities or educational costs must be either citizens or nationals of the United States. Faculty must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States to serve as a project director.

Review the USDA’s 1890 CBG Program 2015 Request for Applications

The complete list of the 19 eligible institutions can be found on page 27 of the RFA. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is on this list.

For more information, contact Edwin Lewis at or by phone at 202.690.4565.