Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program

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Funding Opportunity ID: 320953
Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-CGP-006950
Opportunity Title: Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.217
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Applicants for the HEC must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Applications may be submitted by: (a) U.S. public or private nonprofit colleges and universities offering a baccalaureate or first professional degree in at least one discipline or area of the FANH sciences; (b) land-grant colleges and universities, (including land grant institutions in the Insular Areas); (c) colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences; and (d) other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences. An applicant also must meet the definition of an Eligible Institution/Organization as stated in this RFA (see Appendix III)
Agency Code: USDA-NIFA
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Posted Date: Sep 24, 2019
Close Date: Mar 23, 2020
Last Updated Date: Sep 24, 2019
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Award Floor: $30,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $45,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.
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