1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants

 

To build the research and teaching capacities of the 1890 land-grant institutions and Tuskegee University through cooperative programs with Federal and nonfederal entities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.216
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014, approximately $18,166,204 was available for grant awards. A total of 19 institutions representing 18 states submitted 209 applications (50 teaching, 91 research, and 34 extension). The program also introduced a new project type – Professional Development (PD). A total seven PD applications were received. FY 2014 also included applications from a new 1890 land grant university – Central State University.

In May and June 2014, two peer review panels were conducted. The panels included approximately 45 experts in various disciplines within the food and agricultural sciences and comprehensive knowledge of the 1890 university system. Panelists consisted of faculty and administrators from land grant and non‐land grant colleges and universities as well as research scientists from government and private industry.

Approximately 55 applications were funded in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:
The appropriated amount for the 1890 Capacity Building Grant Program was $19,336,000. The funds available to the institutions after Federal administrative deductions were $18,257,122. The 19 Institutions are still in the competitive process and will be awarded funds based on peer reviews. Institutions were not required to provide matching support and matching resources were not factored into the review process as evaluation criteria. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:
Pending appropriations; the President’s budget asks for $20,410,000. Funds will be distributed based on a competitive review process. Institutions will not be required to provide matching support and matching resources will not be factored into the review process as evaluation criteria.
Authorization
Authority for this program is contained in section 1417 (b)(4) of the National Agricultural
Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (NARETPA) [7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(4)]
(b)(4)), 7 U.S.C 3152(b)(4).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The 1890 land-grant institutions and Tuskegee University. The 1890 land-Grant Institutions are: Alabama A&M University; Alcorn State University; University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Delaware State University; Florida A&M University; Fort Valley State University; Kentucky State University; Lincoln University (MO); Langston University; University of Maryland-Eastern Shore; North Carolina A&T State University; Prairie View A&M University; South Carolina State University; Southern University and A&M College; Tennessee State University; Virginia State University; and West Virginia State College.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The seventeen 1890 land-grant institutions and Tuskegee University, non-1890 academic institutions, private industry, and the Department of Agriculture.
Credentials/Documentation
Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM) - each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Applicants must furnish the information required in the request for applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following:

Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an
applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, “Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.”. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with Section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 1613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.

2 CFR Part 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I apply to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Section :094 - Deadlines:
Dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA each fiscal year.
Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below:
http://nifa.usda.gov/
http://www.grants.gov

Section :095 - Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
From 30 to 180 days.
Appeals
2 CFR Part 200 – Subparts D & E apply to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program.
Renewals
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal year.
How are proposals selected?
Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).
How may assistance be used?
For teaching grants, funds may be used in the following targeted areas:
(1) Curricula design and materials development;
(2) faculty preparation and enhancement for teaching;
(3) instruction delivery systems;
(4) scientific instrumentation for teaching;
(5) student experiential learning; and
(6) student recruitment and retention.

For research grants, funds may be used to address high- priority research initiatives in areas where there is a present or anticipated need for increased capabilities and in which it is feasible for applicants to develop programs recognized for their excellence.

Research areas include, but are not limited to:
(1) Studies and experimentation in food and agricultural sciences;
(2) centralized research support systems; and
(3) technology delivery systems. With prior approval, in accordance with the cost principles set forth in OMB Circular No. A-21, some grant funds may be used for minor alterations, or repairs deemed necessary to retrofit
existing teaching or research spaces in order to carry out a funded project. However, requests to use grant funds for such purposes must demonstrate that the alterations, or repairs are incidental to the major purpose for which a grant is issued.

Section 720 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.L. No. 112-55) limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.

Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institution’s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded. Fully discretionary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFA’s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

2 CFR Part 200 - Subpart D applies to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program. Cash reports are not applicable. Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFA’s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

2 CFR Part 200 - Subpart D applies to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program. A final “Financial Status Report” (SF-269) or “Federal Financial Report” (SF-425) is due within 90 days of the expiration date of the grant and should be submitted to:

Awards Management Division
Office of Grants and Financial Management
at the address listed below, in accordance with instructions contained in 2 CFR 3430.55 (also refer to Section 3015.82 of the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations).

Awards Management Division
Office of Grants and Financial Management
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
STOP 2271
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2271
Telephone: (202) 401-4986

2 CFR Part 200 - Subpart D applies to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program. Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFA’s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

2 CFR Part 200 - Subpart D applies to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records
2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.


In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Funds are awarded competitively. No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e].

NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for a one (1) to three (3) year period and may receive no-cost extensions of time as appropriate up to maximum of five (5) years.

2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.

2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Community and Education, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-2250 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-2324 Fax: (202) 720-2030.
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/program/1890-land-grant-institutions-programs
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1500-0-1-352.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $18,321,100; FY 15 est $18,257,122; and FY 16 est $19,347,695 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.


This program represents no-year funds.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive project grant or cooperative agreement are established, these will be announced in the annual program announcement or Request for Application (RFA).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The following federal statutes and regulations represent general administrative requirements which apply to NIFA federal assistance programs. These include, but are not limited to the ones listed below.

2 CFR Part 25 - Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration

2 CFR Part 170 - Reporting Subaward and Executive Compensation Information

2 CFR Part 175 - Award Term for Trafficking in Persons

2 CFR Part 180 and Part 417 - OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-Wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and USDA Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 182 - Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 400 – USDA implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 415 - General Program Administrative Regulations

2 CFR Part 416 – USDA General Program Administrative Regulations for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments

2 CFR Part 417 - Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 418 - New Restrictions on Lobbying

2 CFR Part 421 - Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 422—Research Institutions Conducting USDA-Funded Extramural Research; Research Misconduct.

7 CFR Part 1, subpart A—USDA implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and 7 CFR Part 3404, Public Information.

7 CFR Part 1c—USDA Implementation of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

7 CFR Part 3—USDA implementation of OMB Circular No. A-129 regarding debt collection

7 CFR Part 15, subpart A—USDA implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended

7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121—USDA implementation of the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002

7 CFR Part 3407—USDA procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended

7 CFR Part 3418—Stakeholder Input Requirements for Recipients of Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Formula Funds

7 CFR Part 3419—Matching Funds Requirement for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds at 1890 Land–Grant Institutions, Including Tuskegee University, and at 1862 Land–Grant Institutions in Insular Areas

7 CFR Part 3430—Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Financial Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions

7 CFR Part 3434—Hispanic–Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities Certification Process

29 U.S.C. 794 (section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and 7 CFR Part 15b (USDA implementation of statute) —prohibiting discrimination based upon physical or mental handicap in federally-assisted programs

35 U.S.C. 200 et seq. —Bayh Dole Act, controlling allocation of rights to inventions made by employees of small business firms and domestic nonprofit organizations, including universities, in federally-assisted programs (implementing regulations are contained in 37 CFR Part 401)

44 U.S.C. 3551-3558 (Pub. L. 113–283) - Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). Applies to awardees if it will collect, store, process, transmit, or use information on behalf of NIFA.

Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving (Oct. 1, 2009).

NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide—a compendium of basic NIFA policies and procedures that apply to all NIFA awards, unless there are statutory, regulatory, or award-specific requirements to the contrary.

In addition, the following represent Program-Specific requirements:

7 CFR Part 3400 – Special Research Grants Program (for CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3401—Rangeland Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3402—Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (CFDA 10.210).

7 CFR Part 3403—Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.212)

7 CFR Part 3405—Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (CFDA 10.217)

7 CFR Part 3406—1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Program (CFDA 10.216)

7 CFR Part 3415 – Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.219)

7 CFR Part 3431—Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (CFDA 10.313)


Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:
Applications from the 19 eligible 1890 Institutions were awarded funds with which they will implement individual teaching, research and extension projects that address the USDA/NIFA priority areas and critical need areas in the respective states.

The following are examples of funded projects:
Teaching Project Example # 1 - This Teaching project aims to train minority undergraduates in Integrative Plant Breeding approaches that translate knowledge and principles of agriculture and food systems to enhance intellectual development of participants. The objectives are: (1) Recruit and train minority students in integrative plant breeding; (2) Develop three series plant breeding application courses; (3) Train and support minority graduates’ thesis research in plant breeding; (4) Provide experiential training.

Teaching Project Example # 2 - This Teaching proposal is a Professional Development initiative. The objectives of the project are to enhance the professional capacity of Dr. Godfrey Ejimakor to develop learner-centered courses and a learner-centered general education course in food and agriculture. The project will enable the applicant to attend workshops, conferences and a sabbatical.

Research Project Example # 1 - This Research project aims to metabolically engineer B.distachyon to simultaneously express thermophilic cellulose and lignin-hydrolyzing enzymes for efficient biomass deconstruction to fermentable sugars, reducing or eliminating the need for pre-treatment and adding microbial cellulotic enzymes during biomass conversion. The specific objectives include: 1) to design and construct constitutive single and multi-gene expression cassettes with codon-optimized, ER targeted heat or manganese inducible genes for degradation of cellulose and lignin; and 2) To transform B.distachyon plants with these cassettes, recover, and evaluate transgenic tissues, and plants for cellulase, laccase or lignin peroxidase expression and corresponding enzymatic activity.

Research Project Example # 2 - The goal of this Research project is the development of aquaculture education, research and outreach in Appalachian Kentucky. Specific objectives are: 1) to develop best management practices for the use of reclaimed water in decommissioned facilities for aquaculture 2) to evaluate filtration systems for live fish holding systems 3) to establish a distribution center for enabling live fish marketing; 4) to develop career opportunities in aquaculture to associate degree students in KCTCS; and, 5) to develop an outreach program for aquaculture training using decommissioned water treatment plants and marketing.

Extension Project Example - The overall goal of this Extension proposal is to enhance the productivity of small farm crops in rural Mississippi through integration of plant disease diagnostics, research demonstrations, training programs and extension efforts. Specifically, the project seeks to: (1) identify major plant diseases and key epidemic components affecting small farm crop production in Southwest Mississippi; (2) establish site-specific demonstrations on extension/research farms and participating farmers’ fields to stimulate hands-on plant pathology education for farmers and other members of the agricultural community; and (3) integrate plant disease diagnosis into extension services, organize and develop plant disease diagnosis training module for diverse groups and provide technical support at Alcorn State University. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:
Applications from the 19 eligible 1890 Institutions remain in the competitive review process and will be awarded funds with which they will implement individual teaching, research and extension projects that address the USDA/NIFA priority areas and critical need areas in the respective states. The program is designed to achieve three (3) major goals:
1. To advance the cultural diversity of the food, agricultural, human science and natural resources scientific and professional work force by attracting and educating more students from underrepresented groups;
2. To strengthen linkages among the 1890 institutions, other colleges and universities, USDA, other federal agencies, and private industry; and
3. To enhance and strengthen the quality of Teaching, Research and Extension programs at the 1890 institutions to more readily establish them as full partners in the U.S. food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences higher education system. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:
It is anticipated that the 19 eligible 1890 Institutions will be awarded funds with which they will implement individual teaching, research and extension projects that address the USDA/NIFA priority areas and critical need areas in the respective states. The program is designed to achieve three (3) major goals:
1. To advance the cultural diversity of the food, agricultural, human science and natural resources scientific and professional work force by attracting and educating more students from underrepresented groups;
2. To strengthen linkages among the 1890 institutions, other colleges and universities, USDA, other federal agencies, and private industry; and
3. To enhance and strengthen the quality of Teaching, Research and Extension programs at the 1890 institutions to more readily establish them as full partners in the U.S. food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences higher education system.