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Funding

Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program

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.

Special Notation

HEC Project Summary/Abstract Template

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
  • More Information on Eligibility

    a) U.S. public or private, nonprofit colleges/universities offering baccalaureate or 1st professional degree in at least one discipline/area of food & agricultural sciences; b) land-grant colleges/universities (including those in Insular Areas); c) colleges/universities having significant minority enrollments & demonstrable capacity to teach food & agricultural sciences; & d) colleges/universities having demonstrable capacity to teach food & agricultural sciences.

    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects

    Solicitation Date (Opening) January 24, 2014
    Letter of Intent Due Date None
    Due Date (Closing)
    April 10, 2014
    Estimated Total Program Funding $4,770.00
    Range of Awards $30.00 to $750.00
    Percent of Applications Funded Last Fiscal Year 27%
    Cost Sharing Requirements Required to match 25% of the USDA funds awarded from non-federal sources.
    For More Information Contact Victoria LeBeaux
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NIFA-CGP-004425
    CFDA Number 10.217 HIGHER EDUCATION CHALLENGE GRANTS
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