University of Southern California


NIFA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                             November 20, 2020, noon PT

External Deadline:                            January 21, 2021, 5pm Eastern

Award Type:                                       Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards:     4

Anticipated Amount:                       Approximately $100,000 per year

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: The “Limited Submission” option is at the top of the list.

Materials to submit include:

(1) PDF of Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) PDF of CV – (5 pages maximum)

Purpose:                                              The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences.  Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects should improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

Budgetary Requirements:              In accordance with 7 U.S.C. 5925(a)(2) the if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions.

NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if NIFA determines that: (1) the results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to be applicable to agricultural commodities generally; or (2) the project involves a minor commodity, the project deals with scientifically important research, and the grant recipient is unable to satisfy the matching funds requirement.

For more information, read the PDF of the call: FY21-STEM-WAMS-RFA.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.