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Image result for NIFA LOGONational Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Mission​​

Invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges.


NIFAs Vision

Catalyze transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges.


NIFAs Goals

Our goals include advancement and application of science and technological tools in order to:

  • Achieve global food security and fight hunger
  • Mitigate climate change impacts on agricultural, forest, and rangeland systems
  • Improve and increase the production of goods and services from working lands while protecting the nation’s natural resource base and environment
  • Contribute to the nation’s energy independence through sustainable production of bioenergy and bio‐based industrial products
  • Combat childhood obesity by ensuring the availability of affordable, nutritious, and safe food and providing individuals and families science‐based nutritional guidance
  • Ensure the development of human capital, communities, and a diverse workforce

More Information About USDA NIFA

Learn how NIFA funded its programs.

Image result for nsf logoThe National Science Foundation (NSF) Statutory Mission

To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense and for other purposes. From The National Science Foundation Act of 1950 (P.I.81-507).


NSFs Vision​

NSF envisions a nation that capitalizes on new concepts in science and engineering and provides global leadership in advancing research and education.  From “Empowering the Nation through discovery and innovation, NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2016.


NSFs Goals

  • Strategic Goal 1: Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering
  • Strategic Goal 2: Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education 
  • Strategic Goal 3: Excel as a Federal Science Agency 

More Information About NSF

Learn how NSF funded programs by State and organization in 2015.

Image result for NIH LOGONational Institutes of Health (NIH) Mission and Goals

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.


NIHs Goals

  • to foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis for ultimately protecting and improving health;
  • to develop, maintain, and renew scientific human and physical resources that will ensure the Nation's capability to prevent disease;
  • to expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation's economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research; and
  • to exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.
More Information About NIH

Search for funding​ success rates at NIH.  

 The link below is NIH’s ‘"Matchmaker" tool. You can copy and paste a brief abstract or keywords and the Matchmaker tool will provide a list of funded grants that are similar to your description. You can use this to help identify the right NIH institute and study section.

The link below is a tool that can help you identify the study sections that are the most appropriate to review your grant proposal. You can copy and past your title, abstract, or specific aims page to help match your project description to the right panel for review.

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