The 2014 Farm Bill requires NIFA to establish Centers of Excellence by October 2014 for food and agricultural research, extension, and education. The legislation requires NIFA recognize and give priority to applications from “Centers of Excellence” in all of its research and extension competitive grant programs.
In preparation, NIFA held web-based listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input. This input will help develop a process to set the priorities and scope for the Centers of Excellence. The feedback will also help ensure a process to consistently provide priority consideration for the Centers in competitive research and extension funding.