Anyone interested in providing feedback on NIFA’s implementation of the Center of Excellence (COE) provision from the 2014 Farm Bill is invited to join our webinars, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. (EST). For webinar access and call-in information, visit http://nifa.usda.gov/centers-excellence.
The Farm Bill requires that NIFA recognize centers of excellence in research, extension, and education in the food and agricultural sciences. The legislation calls for the agency to give priority in funding to applications from centers of excellence in its research and extension competitive grant programs.
To implement this provision, in fiscal years 2015 and 2016, NIFA allows eligible applicants to request consideration for COE designation as part of their grant applications. Requests for applications for these programs describe the type of applications and the criteria applicants must meet. A fact sheet on the process, including the criteria for COE designation, a list of programs offering COE opportunities in fiscal years 2015 and 2016, and a description of the priority in funding provided to applications that meet the COE criteria is available at http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/centers-excellence-implementation-nifa-competitive-grant-programs.
In July 2014, NIFA held listening sessions and accepted written comments from stakeholders to inform NIFA’s implementation of the centers of excellence provision. Information from the webinars and a summary of the input gathered are available on NIFA’s website at
For more information about the Farm Bill 2014: Implementation of the Center of Excellence Provision, visit nifa.usda.gov/centers-excellence or contact Erin Daly at EDALY@nifa.usda.gov and at (202) 401-3319.