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Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF) Project Directors Conference

Each year, the NNF program holds a conference for program project directors. The meetings can be in conjunction with a national meeting or specifically to USDA Grants. Objectives span exchange of award administration information and guidance for new awardees in conducting projects, to showcasing progress on funded projects in oral and/or poster sessions. During October 20-21, 2009, we will have a joint meeting for Project Directors and Student Beneficiaries. The meeting website includes information on accommodations, the conference agenda, and abstract/poster information.

Past Conferences

2009 Joint NACTA meeting was held June 17 – 20 at Oklahoma State University.

The 2008 meeting was held June 10-13, 2009 at Utah State University.


In 2007, the NNF project directors conference was held jointly with the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Grants Program (MSP), on October 16-17, at Waterfront Centre, Washington, DC. Among the 75 attendees were 45 project directors or program administrators; 20 students; and10 invited speakers from academia, private sector other USDA agencies.

Meeting goals were to:

  • promote networking and scientific/training/workforce opportunities information exchange through exchanging information, accomplishments and progress made on NNF and MSP grants;

  • improve understanding of the NIFA grant review process to facilitate preparing complete proposal packages;

  • develop rapport with the NIFA staff responsible for grants reviews and approvals to strengthen communications;

  • Discuss congressional mandates related to the timely completion of projects and the reporting tools associated with this process;

  • improve the NIFA post-award management of competitive grants and the federal management of these awards, and;

  • make available information that will challenge all to attain excellence.

The event’s plenary and invited presentations were as follows:



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