The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (SLSNCGP) RFA for fiscal year (FY) 2019 to implement applied programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during, and after a disaster.
The goals and objectives of SLSN include supporting quality of life in communities across the United States by addressing disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery in the context of food and agricultural sciences.
The SLSN also seeks to continue to provide information and tools to USDA, stakeholders, and collaborators to improve decision-making in handling disasters.
NIFA is soliciting applications for SLSN national, regional, multi-state, or state projects under the following areas:
- Education and technical assistance through inter-disciplinary disaster/threat training programs and demonstration projects for problem solving, especially those which build upon already existing strengths, that contribute to or expand the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and/or eXtension educational materials related to disaster preparation, mitigation, response and recovery;
- Inter-disciplinary education, training and technical assistance programs and demonstration projects that promote dialogue as a way to address complex issues and cultural understanding;
- Long-range family, farm, and community planning projects that enhance implementation of programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during, and after disasters within impacted states and across impacted regions; and
- Communication delivery of key information that meets end-users’ needs in a timely fashion with consideration of potentially limited communication channels due to disaster/threat situations.
- Applications may only be submitted by 1862 Land-grant Institutions in the 50 states and the U.S. territories, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply, provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. The 1862 land-grant institutions may partner with each other as well as with other land-grant institutions (e.g., 1890s and 1994s), non-land-grant institutions, and non-governmental organizations within their state or their region on joint proposals.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330883