Alaska Native Serving and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Education Grants

 

The purpose of this program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving (ANNH) Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within a broadly defined area of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.228
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 For FY 2016 ANNH award cycle, a total of $3,056,928 was available for awards after deducting legislatively authorized set-asides. Project types are Regular ($150,000 - $450,000) and Consortium Grant ($300,000 - $1,500,000) applications. Each eligible individual institution, independent branch campus, and branch institution of State system may receive, or be a party to, a maximum of two grant awards – one Regular Grant and one Consortium Grant. A total of 3 ANNH applications were received: (1) consortium project of nine (9) institutions in Alaska; (2) consortium project of nine (9) institutions in Hawaii; and, (3) regular application from one institution in Hawaii. As evaluated by a peer review panel, the 3 applications requested a total amount of $3,478,786.68 which exceeded the award balance of $3,056,928 by at least 12%. Hence, the regular application was not funded and referred to the Hawaii consortium project for future potential partnership. The funding ratio for the ANNH Program in FY 2016 is 67%. For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 ANNH award cycle, a total of $3,065,565 was available for awards after deducting legislatively authorized set-asides. Project types were: Regular ($150,000 - $450,000) and Consortium Grant ($300,000 - $1,500,000) applications. Each eligible individual institution, independent branch campus, and branch institution of State system may receive, or be a party to, a maximum of two (2) grant awards – one (1) Regular Grant and one (1) Consortium Grant. A total of 3 ANNH applications were received: (1) consortium project of nine (9) institutions in Alaska; (2) consortium project of nine (9) institutions in Hawaii; and, (3) regular application from one (1) institution in Hawaii. As evaluated by a peer review panel, the 3 applications requested a total amount of $3,478,786.68 which exceeded the award balance of $3,056,928 by at least 12%. Hence, the regular application was not funded and referred to the Hawaii consortium project for future potential partnership. The funding ratio for the ANNH Program in FY 2016 was 67%.
Fiscal Year 2017 For the FY 2017 ANNH award cycle, a total of $3,064,215 was available for awards after deducting legislatively authorized set-asides. Grant types are as follows: • Regular grants ($150,000 - $450,000) • Collaborative grants ($300,000 - $1,500,000) Each eligible individual institution, independent branch campus, and branch institution of State system may receive, or be a party to, a maximum of two (2) grant awards – one (1) Regular Grant and one (1) Collaborative Grant. A total of four (4) ANNH applications were received: 1. collaborative grant for a consortium project of nine (9) institutions in Alaska; 2. collaborative grant of consortium project of nine (9) institutions in Hawaii; 3. regular application from one (1) institution in Hawaii; and, 4. regular application from one (1) institution in Alaska. The peer review panel recommended three (3) of the proposals for funding two (2) collaborative grant applications, one (1) regular grant application). Since the three (3) recommended projects totaled $3,478,215, budget modifications will be made. The available funds of $3,065,340 was awarded in FY 2017. The funding ratio for the ANNH Program in FY 2017 was 75%.
Fiscal Year 2018 For the FY 2018 ANNH award cycle, the consolidated appropriation for ANNH (CFDA 10.228) was $3,194,000. After deductions for legislatively authorized set-asides, a distributed Payment to States amount for ANNH was $3,065,340. Grant types are as follows: • Regular grants ($150,000 - $450,000) • Collaborative grants ($300,000 - $1,000,000) Each eligible individual institution, independent branch campus, and branch institution of State system may receive, or be a party to, a maximum of two (2) grant awards – one (1) Regular Grant and one (1) Collaborative Grant. A total of seven (7) ANNH applications were received: 1. collaborative grant for a consortium project of nine (8) institutions in Alaska; 2. collaborative grant of consortium project of nine (8) institutions in Hawaii; 3. regular application from two (2) institution in Hawaii; and, 4. regular application from three (3) institution in Alaska. The peer review panel recommended four (4) of the proposals for funding two (2) collaborative grant applications, two (2) regular grant application). Since the four (4) recommended projects totaled $2,841,996, budget modifications will be made. It is expected that all available funds of $3,065,340 will be awarded in FY 2018. The anticipated funding ratio for the ANNH Program in FY 2018 is 57%.
Fiscal Year 2019 For the FY 2019 ANNH award cycle, the consolidated appropriation for ANNH (CFDA 10.228) was $3,194,000. After deductions for legislatively authorized set-asides, a distributed Payment to States amount for ANNH was $3,065,340. Grant types are as follows: • Regular grants ($150,000 - $475,000) • Collaborative grants ($300,000 - $1,000,000) Each eligible individual institution, independent branch campus, and branch institution of State system may receive, or be a party to, a maximum of two (2) grant awards – one (1) Regular Grant and one (1) Collaborative Grant. A total of five (5) ANNH applications were received: 1. collaborative grant for a consortium project of six (6) institutions in Alaska; 2. collaborative grant for a consortium project of two (2) institutions in Alaska; 3. collaborative grant of consortium project of nine 9) institutions in Hawaii; 4. regular application from one (1) institution in Hawaii; and, 5. regular application from one (1) institution in Alaska. The peer review panel recommended four (4) of the proposals for funding two (2) collaborative grant applications, two (2) regular grant application). The anticipated funding ratio for the ANNH Program in FY 2019 is 80%.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is projected that $3,065,340 will be available for similar projects in FY 2020. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.
Authorization
This program is administered under the provisions of section 759 of Public Law 106-78 (7 U.S.C. 3242) which was amended and redesignated as section 1419B of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act (NARETPA) of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3155). As legislatively reauthorized in the Public Law 110-246, the purpose of this program continues to promote and strengthen the ability of eligible Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs within a broadly defined area of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines. In FY 2009, the Secretary will make competitive grant awards to individual eligible institutions or consortia of eligible institutions in Alaska and in Hawaii, with funds awarded equally to each of the states of Alaska and Hawaii., 7 U.S.C. 3242
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Individual public or private, non-profit Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of higher education that meet the definitions of Alaska Native-Serving Institution or Native Hawaiian Serving Institution established in Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1059d.) are eligible institutions under this program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Alaska Native Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions.
Credentials/Documentation
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR SS 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR SS 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 Competitive 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." SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
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. 7613) 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 Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 - Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA's respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Appeals
Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 - Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education
How are proposals selected?
2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to enhance educational equity for under-represented students in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; to strengthen institutional educational capacities, including libraries, curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instruction delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention, in order to respond to identified educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences; and to facilitate activities and cooperative initiatives between AN/NH Serving Institutions, or between AN/NH Serving Institutions and units of State government or the private sector, to maximize the development and use of resources, faculty, facilities, and equipment, to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
Auditing
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F-Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in SS 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, SS 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. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NIFA is transitioning to a new location for Fiscal Year 2020. NIFA's New Mailing Address AFTER September 30, 2019 follows: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 6501 Beacon Drive Kansas City, MO 64133
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 , DC 20250-2250 US
Policy@nifa.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 720-2324
Fax: (202) 720-2030
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/program/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education-competitive-grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1500-0-1-352
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$3,060,121.00; FY 19 est $3,066,240.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$3,065,340.00; FY 16$3,065,565.00; - 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.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alaska-native-serving-and-native-hawaiian-serving-institutions-education
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA's partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA's primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA'S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant's circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 University of Hawaii (UH) Agribusiness Education, Training and Incubation (AETI) Project— The purpose of this project is to: (1) develop and strengthen the local agricultural and food production workforce through education and training and (2) expand local agricultural and food production through more productive agribusinesses. This partnership of 8 UH campuses. the UH’s Agribusiness Incubator Program provides educational programs that target a variety of degree levels, including Associate of Science, and Bachelors of Science. Also, the program emphasizes Student Experiential Learning, and Student Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Equality, with focus on developing student leadership skills, and building capacity among Hawaii’s rural agriculture communities, including a large number of NH and other traditionally underserved minority populations. Project outcomes include a higher number of graduates in agricultural sciences; and increased productivity and profitability of Hawaii agribusinesses. Drumbeats Alaska: Tradition and Science, Year 3 Tradition and Science, Year 3, has two main thrusts—plan for sustainability of indigenous knowledge and usage paired with Western science programs to strengthen career pathways for Alaska Native and rural students. “Subsistence knowledge and usage” is a term based on the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act (ANILCA) and used to refer to those target USDA sciences that assist individuals and communities to better understand and improve food, shelter, transportation and other material aspects of rural/village life. The proposed plan of work continues to build on the accomplishments of earlier funding to deliver coursework and support students in Ethnobotany, Environmental Studies (including sustainable energy), High Latitude Range Management and continued development of new opportunities in tribal natural resource management. Funding will also support the continued development of a coastal resource science program at UAS Ketchikan and a continued marine science career pathway at UAS Sitka. A consortium grant was funded to lead an Agribusiness Incubator Program that provides educational programs. These programs target a variety of degree levels, including Associate of Science, and Bachelors of Science. Also, the program emphasizes Student Experiential Learning, and Student Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Equality, with focus on developing student leadership skills, and building capacity among the state’s rural agriculture communities, including a large number of traditionally underserved minority populations. Project outcomes include a higher number of graduates in agricultural sciences; and increased productivity and profitability of the state’s agribusinesses. A consortium grant was funded to plan for the sustainability of indigenous knowledge and usage paired with Western science programs to strengthen career pathways for the state’s native and rural students. “Subsistence knowledge and usage” is a term used to refer to those targeted USDA sciences that assist individuals and communities to better understand and improve food, shelter, transportation and other material aspects of rural/village life. The proposed plan of work continues to build on the accomplishments of earlier funding to deliver coursework and support students in Ethnobotany, Environmental Studies (including sustainable energy), High Latitude Range Management and continued development of new opportunities in tribal natural resource management. Funding will also support the continued development of a coastal resource science program and a continued marine science career pathway program.
Fiscal Year 2017 A consortium of institutions will be funded to lead a collaborative grant that supports an Agribusiness Incubator Program, which provides educational programs for the state. These programs target a variety of degree levels, including Associate of Science, and Bachelors of Science. Also, the program emphasizes Student Experiential Learning, and Student Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Equality, with focus on developing student leadership skills, and building capacity among the state’s rural agriculture communities, including a large number of traditionally underserved minority populations. Project outcomes include a higher number of graduates in agricultural sciences; and increased productivity and profitability of the state’s agribusinesses. A consortium of institutions will be funded to lead a collaborative grant to plan for the sustainability of indigenous knowledge and usage paired with Western science programs. This grant aims to build on previous work to strengthen career pathways for the state’s native and rural students. “Subsistence knowledge and usage” is a term used to refer to those targeted USDA sciences that assist individuals and communities to better understand and improve food, shelter, transportation, and other material aspects of rural/village life. The proposed plan of work continues to build on the accomplishments of earlier funding to deliver coursework and support students in Ethnobotany, Environmental Studies (including sustainable energy), High Latitude Range Management and continued development of new opportunities in tribal natural resource management. Funding will also support the continued development of a coastal resource science program and a continued marine science career pathway program. A university will lead a regular grant to support the institution’s approach to improve recruitment and retention efforts of underserved populations in the state. Through expanding educational opportunities and teaching resources, the institution seeks to create a well-supported, science-based and culturally-relevant learning pathway for underserved students from regional high schools into the institution’s Sustainable Community Food Systems (SCFS) degree, while providing research, professional experience and leadership skills for their careers in food and agriculture. Goals of the project include: enhancing educational equity and leadership skills for underrepresented students in food system careers; strengthen educational capacities at the institution in the agri-food sciences to respond to state, regional and national needs; increased student enrollment and retention; support undergraduate students from underrepresented groups by partnering with K-12 institutions and providing financial support for students throughout college, and facilitate coalition building between other academic institutions in the state and private and non-profit organizations to improve the teaching of agri-food sciences.
Fiscal Year 2018 A university is creating a unique culturally appropriate tiered approach to engage rural students in science based discovery, highlighting the health benefits of their traditional subsistence lifestyle and promoting their transition to higher education and lifelong community engagement. The program will: 1) Engage with rural communities that are inaccessible by road via a precollege mobile riverboat laboratory to investigate issues pertaining to local food security, community health disparities, and traditional activities that can be integrated into local science curricula and showcased at the Statewide High School Science Symposium; 2) Support continued community engagement and more intensive bioexploration on subsistence health and Arctic resilience by providing university scholarships to promising rural high school researchers who will then act as research mentor for the next round of rural students; and 3) Smooth the transition and integration of students in university life by working with existing initiatives to strengthen academic/research advisories, food storage/sharing resources, and organized traditional activities that celebrate subsistence foods and their positive health impacts. A university will address water-quality concerns through supporting a water analysis laboratory along with the following goals: 1) build a student leadership program; 2) recruit students through summer bridge program and adult learners through online noncredit modules; 3) develop a laboratory technician certificate; and 4) create non-credit water quality testing modules. Furthermore, the student leadership program will empower students through participating in undergraduate research experience and provide community extension education on central water issues. A consortium of institutions will be funded to lead a collaborative grant that provide placed-based programs and distance learning courses that integrate Indigenous knowledge and Western science that promote engagement in the subsistence sciences. The program main goal is to enhance educational equity while strengthening the sustainability and development of rural communities. Objectives include: 1) Advance Indigenous and Western knowledge and its application to food and energy security; 2) Increase leadership in resource stewardship and civics; and 3) Facilitate collaborations to strengthen place-based subsistence knowledge and practice. A consortium of institutions will be funded to lead a collaborative grant that provides workforce training in science, technology, and business to ensure the developing agriculture market is comprised of small, entrepreneurial agricultural entities that produce for the local market. Goals of this program include: 1) developing and strengthening the local agricultural and food production workforce through education and training and 2) expanding local agricultural and food production through more productive agribusinesses. This program prepares students for careers in the food, agricultural, natural resource and human sciences, and develops their leadership abilities.
Fiscal Year 2019 A university will support Education and Teaching through enhancing curricula design, materials development, and library resources, faculty preparation and enhancement for teaching, instructional delivery systems, and student recruitment, retention, and educational equity. Open Education Resources, freely available academic content, can reduce the overall cost of education, increase student enrollment, improve student retention, and promote student success in traditionally underserved student populations. This project will support a single, comprehensive 24-month project, the Alaska Open Education Initiative, to support students through the use of high-quality, low-cost course materials. A university will address the ANNH goals enhancing food, agriculture, natural resource and human sciences education, hands-on learning for students and activities to recruit and retain students. This project proposes to reduce the state of Hawaii’s dependence on imported food and increase food sustainability by offering a low-cost certificate-based, education program to all adult learners who want to pursue careers in agriculture. The project allows the University to reach new populations of non-traditional students, including Native-Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups. The goal of the project is to increase Hawaii’s food security and economy by: 1) increasing the number of sustainable agribusinesses and 2) growing existing agribusinesses. This project will prepare students for careers in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences, and support existing farmers through business consulting. A consortium of institutions will be funded to lead a collaborative grant that is aimed at underrepresented groups, provide education, and agribusiness and market development training, to empower Hawaii residents to break the negative cycle of resource and employment insecurity. Project strategies are designed to support individuals and businesses by ensuring equitable access to the University of Hawaii (UH), state, and federal agribusiness development resources. A consortium of institutions will be funded to lead a collaborative grant that promotes educational equity that strengthens and sustains the development of Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan communities through enhancing capacity for local food and energy security, increasing access to innovative place-based programs in the agriculture sciences, and advancing leadership in resource stewardship and civics.
Fiscal Year 2020 Project data is not yet available. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.