July 23, 2015
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes there are many outstanding contributions that our partners in the Land-grant Universities and other cooperating institutions and organizations have achieved. To recognize these achievements, the Partnership Awards Program was established in 2007.
NIFA invites all Land-grant Universities and cooperating institutions and organizations supported by NIFA to submit nominations for the 2015 NIFA Partnership Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding contributions, aligned with NIFA strategic goals, in support of the USDA mission. Awards for this year will recognize excellence in:
Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension
Innovative Programs and Projects
Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
Program Improvement through Global Engagement
Nominations can be submitted for individuals or teams of up to 20 members. Each institution may submit up to two nominations (combined total across all categories), meaning the entire institution including research, education, and extension functions.
Specific instructions and other information regarding this awards program are attached (2015 NIFA Partnership Awards Criteria). Nominations must be submitted via the NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination Form, also attached. All signed nomination forms must be submitted by August 31, 2015, via email using scanned files that have been saved as .pdf or .jpg files to firstname.lastname@example.org according to instructions in the attached guidelines.
Winning nominations will be recognized at the NIFA Day of Appreciation tentatively scheduled for October 2015. NIFA will pay travel expenses for one person from each winning nomination, whether it is an individual or team award.
Nominations should include only individuals or teams who have performed truly distinguished service. We ask that Deans, Directors, and Administrators thoroughly review each submission for validity of accomplishments before signing his or her approval on the nomination form.
We have many excellent examples of success in these categories across our partnership, and NIFA looks forward to recognizing great accomplishments.
July 23, 2015