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Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

Purpose

The Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens the ability of Alaska native-serving and native Hawaiian-serving (ANNH) institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences. The ANNH program aims to attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. Projects may involve individual institutions, consortia, or cooperative initiatives between two or more ANNH institutions, or with other colleges and universities, units of government, or the private sector.

Eligibility

Only accredited 2- or 4-year institutions are eligible to apply for grants under this program. An Alaska native-serving institution must have, at the time of the application, an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 20% Alaska Native students (The definition of "Alaska Native" is contained in section 9308 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965). A native Hawaiian-serving institution must have, at the time of application, an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10% Native Hawaiian students (The definition of “Native Hawaiian” is contained in section 9212 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965).

Targeted Areas of Support

Projects should focus on one or more of the following targeted need areas:

  • Curriculum design, materials development, and library resources
  • Faculty preparation and enhancement of teaching
  • Instruction delivery systems
  • Scientific instrumentation for teaching and research
  • Student experiential learning
  • Student recruitment, retention, and educational equity (including the provision of student financial assistance)
  • Applied studies in the food and agricultural sciences
  • Applied research support systems
  • Technology delivery systems
  • Other applied research and community development applications

Disciplines

Projects must identify and select at least one of the following codes that best describes the major academic discipline or subject matter area addressed by the application:

  • General Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Agribusiness Management and Marketing (including Agricultural Economics)
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural Social Sciences (including Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications, and Rural Sociology)
  • Animal Sciences
  • Aquaculture
  • Conservation and Renewable Natural Resources (including Forestry and Ecology/Wetlands)
  • Entomology-Animal
  • Entomology-Plant
  • Environmental Sciences/Management
  • Food Science/Technology and Manufacturing (including Food Safety)
  • Human Nutrition
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (excluding Human Nutrition)
  • International Education/Research
  • Plant Sciences and Horticulture (including Turf Sciences)
  • Related Biological Sciences (including General/Basic Biotechnology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology)
  • Soil Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine/Science
  • Water Science/Water Resources (including Water Quality and Watershed Management)

Awards

Awards for regular grant applications will be in the range of $150,000 to $450,000 each. Awards for consortium grant applications will be in the range of $300,000 to $1,350,000 each. The project period is 12 months to 36 months in duration. Each eligible institution, independent branch campus, and branch institution of a state system may receive, or be a party to, a maximum of two grant awards per year (one regular grant and one consortium grant) under the ANNH program.

Proposal Solicitation

The 2006 RFA will be announced in late 2005. The deadline for receiving proposals will be March 20, 2006.

Funding

The estimated funding for FY 2006 is $3,400,000.

Results and Impacts

The Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Program has promoted multiple partnerships among institutions and with public and private entities to enhance food and agricultural sciences education. It has allowed institutions to attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students that enhance the nation's food and workforce.

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Contacts

Saleia Afele-Faamuli, National Program Leader, ANNH Grants Program

 

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