The National Institute of Food and Agriculture presents: Competitive Grants Workshop - Arlington, VA
General Information

The Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) and Virginia Tech University are pleased to host two sessions of a two-day workshop on grant writing:

Session 1: November 30th - December 1st 2010 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA

Session 2: January 25th -26th 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA

The goals of the workshop are to provide an overview of the competitive funding opportunities at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture; present tools and tips to write outstanding grant applications to NIFA; and to develop a better understanding of the level of coordination, planning and management needed to deliver high impact outcomes to US agriculture. A major focus of the workshop will be on developing large multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional grants. Additional time has been built into the workshops to allow the opportunity for participants to interact with program leaders at NIFA as well as to network with a diversity of potential collaborators on future grants.

The workshop focuses on NIFA-USDA Funding Opportunities, which includes the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Higher Education, Multicultural Alliances and International Programs, Integrated Research, Education and Extension Programs, Children Youth and Families at Risk Program, Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP), and Small Business Innovation Research Programs (SBIR). NIFA staff responsible for the administration of the various programs will make presentations.

By attending this workshop, participants will gain a complete understanding of the grant writing process.

The workshop is designed for an audience of researchers, extension specialists, educators, administrators, and small businesses.

We look forward to seeing you on November 30-December 1, 2010 or January 25-26, 2011 in Arlington, VA!

Please notify your faculty and graduate students of this important date. We look forward to your participation. If you have questions, please contact:

Alissa VanDeventer
Outreach Program Development
(540) 231-2014

Travel Grant Application

Download a Travel Grant Application (PDF - 85K)
Deadline: September 30 for Session 1 and November 10 for Session 2.


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