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NIFA Update — March 14, 2013

NIFA Update, from the Office of the Director, is a biweekly newsletter for research, education, and Extension partners at land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions.


  • NIFA Seeks Candidates for OGFM Assistant Director 
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications



  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to lead U.S. Delegation at the G-8 International Conference
  • Deputy Secretary Meets Tribal Leaders, Hears From Stakeholders in South Dakota



  • 2013 National Urban Extension Conference


  • Next issue of NIFA Update is March 28, 2013

NIFA Seeks Candidates for OGFM Assistant Director 

NIFA is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Director of the Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM). This is a Senior Executive Service position. 

As the Assistant Director of OGFM, the incumbent is responsible for providing national leadership and working with other federal departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, in the formulation and implementation of federal financial assistance policy for extramural research, education, and Extension programs. The incumbent must have knowledge of federal financial assistance programs, financial management systems, laws and regulations governing both formula and competitive grant-making, and the ability to effectively implement the results of interagency initiatives to reduce administrative burdens on recipients. Visit the NIFA website for more information about the agency. A copy of the job announcement (AG-22-2013-0003) is available on the USAJOBS website. All applications must be received by March 28, 2013

NIFA in the News


NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: NIFA Fellowships Grant Program

March 14, 2012

Ray A. Ali

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

March 21, 2013

Shing F. Kwok

Multi-partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research

March 27, 2013

Nancy Cavallaro

Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives (PMAP)

April 1, 2013

Monte Johnson

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy

April 3, 2013

Franklin E. Boteler

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions (ORG)

April 5, 2013

Steven I. Smith

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention

April 11, 2013

Deirdra Chester

AFRI-Climate Variability and Change

April 15, 2013

Michael A. Bowers

Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program (EIPM-CS)

April 16, 2013

Martin A. Draper

Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4)

April 16, 2013

Monte Johnson

Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

April 29, 2013

Bonita Williams

AFRI-Foundational Program: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

May 22, 2013

Robbin Shoemaker

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Carbon Cycle Science

July 31, 2013

Nancy Cavallaro

Water Sustainability and Climate

September 10, 2013

Mary Ann Rozum


NIFA advertises all of its funding opportunities through “Find Grant Opportunities” on the website. This site is searchable and contains summary information on all federal funding opportunities with links to the full announcements. Users can search announcements by topic, funding agency, and date, as well as subscribe to an email notification service based on these parameters.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to lead U.S. Delegation at the G-8 International Conference

WASHINGTON, March 11 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead the U.S. delegation at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. Open access to publicly funded agriculturally-relevant data is critical to increasing global food security.

The U.S. delegation will also include: Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist, USDA; Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development; Jonathan Shrier, Special Representative for Global Food Security, State Department; and representatives from the National Science Foundation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Deputy Secretary Meets Tribal Leaders, Hears From Stakeholders in South Dakota

Brookings, S.D., February 28 – Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan hosted two roundtable meetings in South Dakota to further USDA tribal consultation efforts and to obtain input from stakeholders on education and Cooperative Extension issues. During the meetings, Merrigan said USDA is moving aggressively to promote business development in rural South Dakota and in Indian Country with a goal of creating new, sustainable jobs.

Among those in attendance at the sessions were Cooperative Extension representatives, 4-H youth leaders, representatives of nonprofit corporations, and tribal leaders. USDA is asking for input from tribes on ways to provide greater access to programs for Native American farmers, ranchers, and small business owners. The first roundtable was held at South Dakota State University in Brookings to discuss research, education, and Cooperative Extension programs and then at Ft. Thompson to discuss tribal and economic development opportunities. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.


2013 National Urban Extension Conference 

Urban Extension: Relevant, Reliable, Responsive, and Remarkable is the theme for the 2013 National Urban Extension Conference scheduled for May 6–9, in Overland Park, KS. Kansas State University is the conference host.

Cooperative Extension professionals who work in urban/suburban communities are the target audience for this conference. We also welcome Extension partners from collaborating agencies and organizations, Extension volunteers, local advisory board members, and others with an interest in urban Extension programs.

The pre-conference on May 6–7 is designed for Extension Directors/1890 administrators and other administrative staff, and those who provide program leadership at the national, state, regional, and county levels in metropolitan and urban areas throughout the United States. Visit the conference website for more information and online registration.


The next NIFA issue is planned for March 28, 2013. Submit news items to: by March 21. If you have questions about Update, please contact the Editor: Judy Rude, public affairs specialist, NIFA Communications Staff.

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Sonny Ramaswamy, Director

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Questions? Comments? Last Updated: 3/14/2013