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The Partnership Awards Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) knows there are many outstanding contributions that our partners have achieved. To recognize these achievements, the Partnership Awards Program was established in 2007.

NIFA invites all Land-grant Universities and cooperating institutions and organizations supported by NIFA to submit nominations for the 2014 NIFA Partnership Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding contributions, aligned with NIFA strategic goals, in support of the USDA mission.  Awards for this year will recognize excellence in:

  • Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension
  • Multistate Efforts
  • Innovative Programs and Projects
  • Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
  • Program Improvement through Global Engagement



Nominations can be submitted for individuals or teams of up to 20 members.  Each institution may submit up to two nominations (combined total across all categories), meaning the entire institution including research, education, and extension functions.

Nominations must be submitted via the NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination Form.  All signed nomination forms must be submitted by July 15, 2014, via email using scanned files that have been saved as .pdf or .jpg files to performance@ars.usda.gov according to instructions in the document below.



Winning nominations will be recognized at the NIFA Day of Appreciation tentatively scheduled for October 16, 2014.  NIFA will pay travel expenses for one person from each winning nomination.

Nominations should include only individuals or teams who have performed truly distinguished service.  We ask that Deans, Directors, and Administrators thoroughly review each submission for validity of accomplishments before signing his or her approval on the nomination form.

We have many excellent examples of success in these categories across our partnership, and NIFA looks forward to recognizing great accomplishments.