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1890 Institution Teaching and Research Capacity Building Grants Program

Purpose

Launched in 1990, the 1890 Institution Teaching and Research Capacity Building Grants Program strengthens the linkages among the 1890 institutions, other colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry, while improving the quality of academic and research programs at the 1890 institutions. The program focuses on advancing cultural diversity in the scientific and professional workforce by attracting and educating more students from underrepresented groups. It is authorized by section 1417 (b)(4) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977.

Eligibility

Only 1890 land-grant institutions are eligible to receive funds through this program.

Targeted Areas of Support

Teaching proposals must address one or more of the following targeted areas:

  • Curricula design and materials development
  • Faculty preparation and enhancement for teaching
  • Instruction delivery systems
  • Scientific instrumentation for teaching
  • Student experiential learning
  • Student recruitment and retention

Research proposals must address one or more of the following targeted areas:

  • Studies and Experimentation in Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Centralized Research Support Systems
  • Technology Delivery Systems
  • Other Creative Proposals

Awards

For 2006, teaching applications may request up to a maximum of $200,000 (total, not per year) for single institution projects ranging from one- to three-years' duration, and $300,000 for a joint application project. Research applications may request up to a maximum of $300,000 (total, not per year) for single institution projects ranging from one- to three-years' duration, and $500,000 for a joint application project. The program encourages matching support from non-federal sources and also requires cooperation with one or more USDA agencies in developing a proposal and executing a project, thereby strengthening departmental partnerships and linkages. An appropriations history is available.

Funding

The funding for Fiscal Year 2006 is estimated at $12,300,000.

Results and Impacts

Through this program, the 1890 institutions have redesigned curricula and expanded the breadth of students' problem-solving learning experience; innovative degree programs have been developed and many institutions have introduced new instructional technologies; new courses have been revised through team effort, often multi-departmental, and readily incorporated into academic program; teaching equipment has been purchased and teaching facilities have been renovated.

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Contacts

P.S. Benepal, National Program Leader, 1890 Land-Grant Program

 

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