USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced $400,000 is available to support more women and minority representation in the agricultural science workforce. Funding is made through NIFA’s Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS).
“Science must be inclusive to thrive,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Through investments such as the WAMS program, NIFA is creating the opportunity for women and minorities to participate in addressing agricultural challenges.”
The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program supports research and extension activities to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also supported through WAMS.
Eligible applicants include state agricultural experiment stations, colleges and universities, university research foundations, other research institutions and organizations, federal agencies, national laboratories, private organizations or corporations, and individuals.
The application deadline is June 8, 2017.
See the request for applications for details.
Previously funded projects include a Purdue University mentoring program for women and minority graduate students in the College of Agriculture. A Tarleton State University project recruited women and minority students and offered them research and training opportunities in the animal and food sciences.
Source: USDA NIFA