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– [Voiceover] Good morning California and good afternoon D.C Once again welcome to the Non-Land Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resource University’s webinar hosted by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture on Competitive Grants Program My name is Mallory Koenings and I will be your host and timekeeper We have great content prepared for you and we will pay strict attention to the clock to make sure that we cover all aspects of NIFA’s Competitive Grants Program We will begin our discussion of Competitive Grants with a five minute introduction on the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, or what we like to call AFRI AFRI is our premier Competitive Grants program In real estate you’ve heard that the mantra is location, location, location In Competitive Grants our mantra is read the RFA, read the RFA, and once you’re done, read the RFA again What you’re looking at now on your screen is a bird’s eye view of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative You will see two halves On the left-hand side are our challenge areas These are programs that NIFA has selected They include Global Food Security, Water for Agriculture, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Food Safety, Sustainable Bioenergy, and Climate Change On the right half of your screen you will see the AFRI Foundational areas These areas come from the 2008 Farm Bill priorities and they were updated with the release of the 2016 Farm Bill As you can see, these priorities include plant health, animal health, food safety, nutrition and health, bioenergy, agricultural systems and technology, as well as agricultural economics Every RFA for an AFRI program will specify which project type and which grant type it is accepting proposals for What you are looking at right now is how a proposal you would submit would be made up of project type options on the left and grant type options on the right I’m going to begin with the project type options A program area may allow you to apply with a Research project, an Education project, an Extension project or an Integrated project In this image you’ll see that the Integrated project is a different color That is to highlight the fact that Integrated projects, their definitions will vary depending on the program that you are applying to You may be applying to a program where an Integrated project could involved two out of the three components of agriculture For example, a Research and Extension project would be an acceptable Integrated project However you may be applying to the Childhood Obesity Prevention challenge area, in which case the only accepted Integrated projects are what we call fully Integrated That means that they must involve all three sections of agriculture Research, Education, and Extension So once again I’m going to encourage you to pay close attention to the RFA if you are applying for an Integrated project Moving to the right half of this slide, grant types are pictured The most common grant is the Standard Grant and it’s what most people think, you propose to complete your project A CAP grant is our nickname for Coordinated Agricultural Project These are multi-center projects of a very large scope that normally have at least a dozen Project Directors involved These funding opportunities come around less often than Standard Grant opportunities Conference Grants are just like they sound They are funds that will support Project Directors

in putting on a conference and bringing people together to discuss science in the areas of Research, Education, and Extension And then at the bottom here we have what we call FASE Grants FASE stands for Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement Grant There are some categories of grants that are only available to those institutions who qualify for FASE funds Two of those are Equipment Grants and Sabbatical Grants This slide right here shows what the requirements are to qualify for the Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement Grant or what you many have heard referred to as Strengthening Grant An institution may have less that 17,500 total students enrolled It may be a minority-serving institution It may be one that is not in the top 100 at receiving research dollars Or it could what we call an EPSCoR state, and that is an AFRI-specific Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Now being determined to be an EPSCoR state means that your state, for example the state of California if it were to qualify, would have to be below the 38th percentile at receiving funds from all of the Agriculture, Food and Research Initiative program I have provided for you on slide nine all of the direct links to these qualifications for FASE funding, and I would also just like to note that NIFA includes our opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral fellowships within the Enhancement or Strengthening award category as well as new investigator supports Those are also parts of the AFRI program and once again, it’ll be specified in the RFA if the program you are interested in applying to will accept those types of grant applications And with that I’m just going to let you know that if you have any specific questions about AFRI, that you you should contact Doctor Mark Mirando And I will now turn it over to Scott Dockum, who will discuss the Small Business Innovation Research program – [Voiceover] Thank you Mallory Good afternoon folks, thank you for attending the webinar today Soon as the slides get up we’ll get started here Are they up yet now, I don’t see ’em on my end There we go Okay while she’s gettin’ the slide show up and running here, the USDA SBIR program, or Small Business Innovation Research program is a program that’s managed by NIFA, the National Food and Agriculture and my name is Scott Dockum, I’m Program Coordinator for the program And today I’m gonna go through a little bit about how this program works If you’re not a small company on the webinar that’s fine This program can benefit universities as well as far as collaboration and working with small companies to move technologies into the marketplace Next slide please Next slide, Mallory There it is, okay So the history of the Small Business Innovation Research program Basically this was created back in 1982 by a gentleman by the name of Roland Tibbetts who worked for the National Science Foundation, and it was signed in as a Federal wide program by Ronald Reagan The SBIR program has awarded over 40 billion dollars in research funding to American small businesses

And over 450,000 engineers and scientists have been involved, resulting in one of the largest STEM talent concentrations in the world In the SBIR program there’s 11 Federal Agencies that participate and so what I’m doing now is talking a little bit about what SBIR is and then I’ll go into the USDA program here in a couple slides So next slide please So what is SBIR? The basic needs of this is to meet Federal research and development needs So each agency has specific things they’re looking for as far as technologies and trying to move them out potentially for their own use or move ’em out into the marketplace The other aspect of SBIR is to increase private-sector commercialization of these innovations and make sure that they are used and not just sittin’ stagnant based on who developed the technology Obviously it’s to stimulate technological innovation and it’s to foster and encourage participation of innovation in entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons So these are small businesses usually owned and operated by those type of groups Next slide So under the SBIR program there’s two programs within So you have an SBIR and you have STTR programs SBIR is basically a program where two point nine percent, and this was based on FY 15 funding, but two point nine percent of any extramural research dollars that Congress appropriates to a Federal Agency has to be set aside for an SBIR program For this year, for 2016, that’s three percent is what’s being set aside And their other program that’s there is called the Small Business Technology Transfer program Now USDA doesn’t have that, I’ll show that in a minute, but this is if Congress allocates over a billion dollars per year for extramural R and D to an agency, they must also have the STTR program So most of the agencies, if you have an agency they all have an SBIR program, some only have the STTR program And the way the programs are operated is SBIR is really driven based on milestones So you have a phase one part of the project, it’s the Feasibility Study This is where a company develops an idea for a technology but they need that early stage seed funding to try to get the technology figured out and see if it’s even something they can do They can apply for a grant for phase one to develop the feasibility or the prototype, up to 150,000 dollars for six months After they’ve demonstrated feasibility the company will then apply for phase two funding, and this is where they actually conduct the full research and development effort to scale up the technology and get it ready for the marketplace Under the program, the Federal program, they can receive up to a million dollars and most grants are typically for 24 months There’s also a phase three and the Federal Agencies don’t participate in this process but the commercialization effort under phase three is where the company works to secure private investment from non-governmental funding and-or they can also, If they’re working with an agency that does contracting they can self-sort the technology back to that agency under a contract and receive funding that way Next slide please So this is a listing of all the 11 agencies that participate in the program and in FY 15 I think the take away message here is there was about two and a half billion dollars that was available for SBIR funding from across all of the 11 Federal Agencies This slide also shows the different budgets that agencies have So at the top you’ll see that agencies with SBIR and STTR programs, you’ll see their budgets are quite huge because they receive quite a bit of money from Congress to run those programs Down at the bottom you’ll see just those that have SBIR, USDA being one of those, and you’ll see what their annual budgets are for FY 15 And those budgets, they fluctuate from year to year depending on allocations received from Congress Okay so next slide please What I’m gonna do now is start to talk a little bit about the USDA program specifically What we do here at USDA is we only award grants, and the reason why we do that is we wanna keep our program fairly broad We want the ideas to be initiated by the investigators These are the folks who’ll have their boots on the ground, they know what the problems are within agriculture and so they’re able to provide us with their best ideas for technology innovation

What we also do is we award these projects based on the scientific and technical merit, we also look at the PI and the company qualifications, and what is the commercial potential? Is this a technology that actually can make it into the marketplace? I showed earlier that phase one grants typically are six months and up to 150,000 dollars, that’s a basis for most agencies Our program operates at eight months and we’ve got a specific ability to do that because agriculture technologies take a little bit longer to develop under feasibility but we also offer it at 100,000 dollars for that phase one grant Phase two grants are two years and they’re up to 600,000 dollars for those And an applicant must receive a phase one grant before you can apply for phase two, so that’s the milestone process of this program Next slide please So history of our funding Just to give you a brief overview, in 2015 we were at 20 million dollars We’ve been kinda steady there for a few years For phase one you can kinda see these are the number of proposals received versus funded So we had 414 proposals received in FY 15 for phase one and we funded 85, that’s roughly about a 20 percent success rate And for phase two we had 51 proposals submitted and we funded 28, which is roughly 50 percent success rate Next slide please So it’s a very highly competitive program that we have What I’m gonna do now is go through our general topic, our 10 topic areas that we have I won’t go through these in great detail, but it’ll give you a nice flare of what we’re asking companies to submit to our program So we have our Forests and Related Resources topic area and this is really looking at technologies that help the diversity, the health and productivity of our nation’s forests and grasslands We have our Plant Production and Protection Biology topic area and this one really focuses on plant breeding methods, developing new foods and non-food plant crops We have our Annual Production and Protection topic area and this one is really focused on our veterinary sciences So we see a lot of ways of helping keep animals, typically agricultural animals healthy and thriving and also for producing them as well Our Air, Water and Soils topic area is exactly that, we’re looking at developing technologies to help protect those three items and ensure that optimal farm operations can be maintained and still protect each of those, air, water and soils Food Science and Nutrition, this is one of our bigger topic areas There’s a lot of proposals here and it’s basically dealing with new, improved processes and technologies for emerging food safety, food processing type of things We also see a lot of nutrition type of proposals come through here So that’s education in nutrition such as childhood diabetes, dealing with those kind of things, so we see a lot of proposals there Next slide please Okay so this slide here, there’s two topic areas that are listed in blue, I’m gonna cover them last So I’ll start with Aquaculture Aquaculture is really fish farming and this is dealing with technologies to help sustain the fish population of fish that you’ll see at the supermarket and also ways to actually produce them and get them to the market so the consumer can enjoy them We have our Biofuels and Biobased Products and the top, we see a lot of proposals in this one area as well dealing with technology to get us away from petroleum-based products and fuel So we see a lot of new fuels from plants and different types of crop sources as well as biobased products like different kinds of plastics and things like that The Plant Production and Protection Engineering topic area is similar to that other one I mentioned earlier which is biology focused, this one’s engineering focused in really dealing with how to get crops out of the field and moving them through the processing and getting them into the supermarket There’s also ways to deal with pests and pathogens during that processing So we see a lot of robotics technologies that come in under this one and it’s also one of our bigger topic areas So last two in blue, which is our Rural and Community Development and our Small and Mid-Size Farms topic areas These are, we’re different in SBIR in that we can take

an off-the-shelf technology that’s already been well established, you can find it and use the technology but you’re changing it’s application and you’re using it to help a rural community thrive and survive or you’re helping a small or mid-size farmer maintain profitability So these two topic areas are kinda cool, we get a lot of proposals for ’em But basically the Rural and Community Development is just that, helping rural communities that are not near an urban environment maintain themselves and thrive And then Small and Mid-Size Farms is helping those small and mid-size farmers maintain profitability Next slide please Alright, so how can a university and government scientist be involved in the program? Basically there are several different ways this can be done and the biggest way we see it is through subcontracting to the universities as well as to USDA Labs It’s permitted and we strongly encourage it to happen There’s a few things you gotta consider though if you’re gonna go down that route Scientists may serve as consultants and receive a subcontract or receive a subcontract on an SBIR grant, but there are some rules where under phase one no more than one-third of the grant cost can go towards that consultant or that subcontract And under phase two, half of the grant can go towards the consultant or the subcontract And that would still allow the scientist or the university partner or the lab folks to continue to work full-time at their institution if you went that route A university scientist may serve as the potential investigator on the grant but you have to reduce your employment at your home institution by 49 percent for the duration of the grant So if you’re working for the company that submitted So you need to keep that in mind if you’re gonna try to go that route and last thing, it’s usually not acceptable for university or government scientists to serve as consultants and have all the research done in their lab We like to see some of that work be done by the small company So next slide please – [Voiceover] Sure, Scott this is Mallory, could you sum up please? – [Voiceover] Okay This is our schedule for our solicitation, this’ll be for FY 17 funding So next slide please Okay I’m not gonna go through the success stories slides so I’ll just end it there and be happy to take questions at the end, thanks Mallory – [Voiceover] Thank you Scott, that was very informative This is Bill Hoffman We’re queuing up the next presentation as we speak and Mallory will introduce the speaker – [Voiceover] Yes, this presentation is on NIFA’s bioenergy programs, it’s being presented by William Goldner – [Voiceover] Thank you Mallory Welcome everybody to our webinar I just wanted to brief you about the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and what we perceive is our role in the future of biofuels, biopower, chemicals, and biobased products from our biomass feedstock resources Next slide please Now many of you haven’t really thought about the National Institute of Food and Agriculture but our mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education and investment to catalyze transformative discoveries, education and engagement to address agricultural challenges Next slide please Toward that end we’ve put together a Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts team where we have a number of key players including Daniel Cassidy, Fen Hunt, Rodney Vance, and Jillian Worthen And of course Louie Tupas is our Institute Director I’m Bill Goldner, I’m the acting Division Director for the Sustainable Bioenergy, Bioproducts team Next slide please For the Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts, we actually have a very specific vision and that’s to facilitate the development of sustainable regional production systems for biofuels, biopower, industrial chemicals and biobased products And do this through partnerships and collaboration in hoping to improve rural economic vitality, ecosystems services, and national energy security Next slide please I think it’s important to provide you with a little bit of background Back when we were the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, and boy am I glad that we don’t have to say that again In the time before the National Institute of Food and Agriculture we were investing about 70 million dollars a year in the Ag-Food Research Initiative, AFRI, and most of that was going into cellulosic enzymatic

production of ethanal, cellulosic ethanol However in 2008-2009 when NIFA was born, we were given a much larger role to play And we determined that in support of the Renewable Fuel Standard Two we would go ahead and have a sample bioenergy challenge in the challenge area that Mallory mentioned before, and to come at it in a big way And since that time we’ve been investing close to somewhere between 100 and 200 million dollars a year across all of our programs in biofuels and biobased products The Ag-Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge From 2010 through 2015 we had a number of agricultural projects which I’ll mention in more detail in the next slides We also had an education program, excuse me Back up one slide please Thanks Standard research priorities which range from year to year from anything from a landings change to co-products from conversation to feedstock crop protection to water impacts of bioenergy, et cetera We also have joint program in feedstock genomics with the Office of Science Department of Energy and that’s an ongoing program looking at improving the genetics of cellulosic and all state crop genetics We also have from the Farm Bill a Biomass Research and Development Initiative The Critical Agricultural Materials program and Scott just went through the SBIR program And also we have a program called the Sun Grants which addresses feedstock development and production Next slide please These Coordinated Agricultural Projects are really been very, very important to the portfolio that we have We have, some of these grants have been very large and have involved multiple institutions We focused on non-food feedstocks, and you can see the list that’s right here We’re really looking for a translational and systems approach, and I think that’s really critical Normally different agencies would fund things like conversion or feedstock development or production What we’ve done here is try to basically ratchet up an entire regional supply chain going all the way from feedstock development and production all the way across to feedstock logistics change conversion Change conversion, markets and distribution and also a sustainability analysis Next slide please As I mentioned, sustainability analysis is really critical And we’re not looking just at economic sustainability, which is key to making these production systems come into being, but also environmental sustainability and the impact on the communities that are going to receive new industrial footprints Next slide please These are the seven existing Coordinated Agricultural Projects They range across the country, you can see they cover a wide geographic area and a very diverse sector of feedstocks Forest, refuse and woody biomass is certainly very prevalent They’re sort of the biomass that’s ready to go now but we’ve actually had tremendous work on perennial grasses, energy cane, sorghum and some others Next slide please By the way those seven projects represent a total of a 156 million dollar investment over periods of five years Here looking ahead towards 2016, the way that the circumstances are now with the extremely low oil and natural gas prices, we’re looking to not only address liquid transportation fuels but also industrial chemicals and biobased products One of the issues that’s come up though in the 2014 Farm Bill is that the Biomass Research and Development, which had taken 40 million dollars a year was drastically cut in the Farm Bill to only three million dollars a year So what we’ve been doing is have that go, every two years we’ll have an RFA come out with the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office

The Ag-Food Research Initiative however, we’re gonna have new money in 2016 We’ve been on a hiatus for 2014-2015 where we were pretty much just funding continuation awards But now we’re gonna, for the first time we’re gonna have a role in the foundational area in the Bioenergy and Natural Resources and Environment Foundational program, where we’re gonna have two priorities We’re also expecting to have some key projects come up in the Sustainable Bioenergy challenge area Well, it was always our intent to have more of the quiet agricultural projects than we currently have, and we are hoping that we’ll be able to fund some additional projects And if you think about how we’re refocusing, those projects may not only deal with liquid transportation fuels but also chemicals and biobased products In addition to that we’re gonna be continuing the feedstock genomics program of the Department of Energy Office of Science Next please What things to keep in mind is the role that your institution may play in a much larger enterprise One of the things that’s come about over the past four or five years is an intensification of coordination between Federal Agencies Here’s a couple of these enterprises that are getting off the ground, including an Alternative Jet Fuel research strategic plan, which is sponsored by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and is led by the Federal Aviation Administration We also have the Billion Ton Bioeconomy effort moving forward, and this is a USDA, DOE, EPA, all the Federal Agencies that you could think of, National Science Foundation, really looking to see how we can create a dramatically increasing bioeconomic engine for the country We are now working very closely with the Bioenergy Technology Office’s Department of Energy and have a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Science, the Office of Science, also of the DOE And finally there’s been a considerable effort to get a biomanufacturing or a negative nanocellulosic manufacturing innovation institute through the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institute program The last slide, this is our last slide here Just for folks that might be interested, we’re actually a small division right now but we’re aiming to build up and we currently, within the next few weeks we should have a, solicit a position announcement on the street for an Agricultural Bioproducts National Program Leader And coming later it the year would be Feedstock Logistics and probably Feedstock Development and Production Nation Program Leaders So I’ll be around to take questions at the question break Thank you very much – [Voiceover] Thank you very much Bill, that was very informative I’ll remind people that there is, particularly the speakers, that there is about a two second delay from when we advance the slides until when you and the rest of the participants will see it up on the screen So just keep that in mind as you ask us to advance the slides Mallory is going to be introducing the next speaker – [Voiceover] Our next speaker on Food Safety programs is Jodi Williams – [Voiceover] Hello everyone and thank you for attending this webinar for NIFA I’m gonna talk a little bit about the Division of Food Safety’s Competitive Grant program, and I’ll begin talking about the Agriculture Food Research Initiative program under the Food Safety challenge area and then the Foundational programs are basically fresh programs And then I’ll follow up with other programs, the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance program So the Food Safety challenge area is our Integrated program There were two priorities listed in 2015 and these do tend to change from year to year The first program that we’ll talk about is the Enhancing Food Safety Through Improved Processing Technologies program, which was an eight million dollar program total And there were two projects awarded two million dollars per project per year for four years And the program looked to develop or improve thermal and-or non-thermal processing technologies for effective decontamination and inactivation of pathogens in food and food products The program also looked to develop strategies to prevent cross contamination during processing, packaging, transportation or storage

And as Mallory mentioned earlier, these are challenge areas, this was an Integrated program and so these projects had two of the three components of Research, Education, and-or Extension The success rate for this program was about 15 percent in 2015 Next slide, thank you Mallory The next program I’ll talk about also falls under the Food Safety challenge area and it is also Integrated This was a four million dollar program in 2015 Projects were one million dollar per project total and those projects are four year projects for a total of a million dollars again per project, and there are four awards in those projects This particular program looked at the effective mitigation strategies for antimicrobial resistance Projects were solicited looking to develop novel systems approaches to investigate the ecology of microbial resistance gene reservoirs in the environment, and that could be soil, water, air, or in the storage environment Also looking for those resisting gene reservoirs in animals, in food products or in farm-raised aquaculture products They also solicited, excuse me, also solicited projects that looked at identifying critical control points for mitigating antimicrobial resistance in the pre- and post-harvest food production environment Projects also looked to develop, evaluate, and implement effective and sustainable strategies, techniques, technologies or tools that mitigate the emergence, spread or persistence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens within the agricultural ecosystem in animals, in crops and in food Again, this is an Integrated program so they also looked for projects that developed training, education, and outreach resources, including those resources available on the web that can be adapted by users across the food chain to include policy makers, producers, processors, retailers and consumers They also looked at integrating design and conduct studies that evaluate the impact and efficacy of proposed research, education, and extension outreach intervention on antimicrobial resistance across the food chain The success rate for these particular programs were at 16 percent The individuals to be contacted for the Food Safety challenge areas are Doctor Hongda Chen, he provided leadership to the Processing Technologies program and the information that’s available here And Doctor Mervalin Morant provided leadership to the Antimicrobial Resistant program in 2015 The next program that I’ll talk a little bit about is the AFRI Foundational program It’s a basic research program and then the Food Safety priorities found under the basic research program are found in the Food Safety, Nutrition and Health section of the Foundational Request For Application The Improving Food Quality program was a four point seven million dollar program in 2015, and the program had kind of a two-pronged approach They were looking from the basic science side, looking at the physical, chemical and biological properties of foods and food ingredients These projects should look to improve quality, shelf-life, convenience, nutrient value and-or the sensory attributes of food From the kind of engineering perspective, these projects will be looking to develop innovative food processing and packaging materials and technology Again these technologies should look to promote food quality by reducing post-harvest losses in foods and extend the shelf-life of foods The success rates for these programs, for the Improving Food Quality program in 2015 was about 12 percent, which is typical from year to year The next program that I’ll talk a little bit about is the Improving Food Safety program That is a four point seven million dollar program as well This program looks to develop, and these are basically fresh programs so they tend to be single university and single investigator-funded projects, just to kinda give you some background on that So they are not those large projects, and they’re about 500,000 dollars per project, and that’s for both Improving Food Quality and Improving Food Safety These programs look to develop and validate novel, the Food Safety program is 2015 solicited proposals to develop and validate novel concentration and purification methods for the rapid, low cost, and efficient isolation or capture of viable or infectious pathogens from foods or environmental samples that are related to food production, harvesting and processing Or, so these projects are not “and,” these are all “or.” So the other priorities looked to elucidate physical or molecular mechanisms that allow foodborne hazards to internalize in fresh and fresh-cut produce or nuts They also looked to investigate the fate or dissemination of foodborne hazards in fresh or fresh-cut produce, nuts, or the food contact surfaces that are associated with these particular products during production or processing There was also an Emerging Issues program that looked

to identify and characterize emerging or under-researched foodborne hazards or to look at developing control strategies for known foodborne hazards that have been found on, that are found on previously unrecognized food vehicles So non-traditional pathogen pairs basically is what this program, this particular priority area is looking towards The success rate for the Improving Food Safety program in 2015 was at about 12 percent The contacts, the individuals to contact for these particular programs, for the Foundational area is myself, Jodi Williams for Improving Food Quality And Doctor Isabel Walls for the Improving Food Safety program The last and final type of program I will look at today is the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance program It’s listed in the Congressional language as the Food Safety Outreach program so it’s kinda troubled between those two terms in terms of programming, but the request for application title is the National Food Safety Training, Extension, Education, Outreach, and Technical Assistance program It’s quite a mouthful In 2015 this program solicited for two regional centers to enhance food safety at two point three million dollars total, so it was about one point five million dollars per center The two centers were, we solicited for one in the Southern and Western region We worked collaboratively with the Food and Drug Administration They established a National Coordination Center and they also solicited for two additional regional centers in the Northeast and the Northcentral region so that we could have a full national network of these regional centers coordinated through that National Coordination Center These Food Safety, Education and Training programs or Requests For Applications looked for projects that lead, manage, coordinate, develop and implement food safety education training programs that address the Food Safety Modernization Act’s guidelines They also looked to identify, recruit, and train food safety education trainers within their identified regions to coordinate that curriculum development up through the National Coordination Center so that everything can be nationally coordinated and also make sure that all those different programs adjust their new sitting guidelines We also wanted to ensure that the training reaches the small and medium size farm, beginning farmer, socially-disadvantaged farmer, small food processors and small fruit and vegetable vendors And the program made attempts to make sure that we solicited proposals that would address these hard-to-reach audiences The success rate for that particular program was at 33 percent I also provide leadership, oh thank you Mallory I just want to let you know that I provide leadership to this program as well, so if you have any questions on the National Food Safety, Training, Extension, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance program, I am the contact individual for that program – [Voiceover] Thank you very much Jodi, and while I’m switching out the slides I would like to welcome our next speaker, Rachel Melnick, on Climate program – [Voiceover] Good morning everyone I am Rachel Melnick, I work in the Division of Global Climate Change here as USDA NIFA, which is under the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment So we work closely with the Bioenergy program and I’m going to discuss our climate portfolio Next slide please So in fiscal year 2016 as it has been in the past, our climate portfolio at NIFA is a combination of Capacity Funds, so we have climate-related projects from Hatch Formula dollars as well as McIntire-Stennis forestry money as well as other funding sources We have the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which we have a specific Climate Change challenge area However we will like to mention here and throughout the talk that Climate Change is a cross-cutting initiative across USDA NIFA, so we do not just fund climate change related work simply out of the Climate Change challenge area We have projects right now, we are just starting to undergo an analysis of our portfolio for the past five years, and we have found projects within Food Security, our Water for Agriculture challenge area Programs within Foundational that include the Exploratory Research Program and CARE as well as other programs So our Climate Change challenge area supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon

sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems We see agriculture as not just production, agriculture of crops and animals but also grasslands and forestry And we want to do this to prepare the nation’s agriculture and forests to adapt to a variable climate The long-term outcome is reducing the use of energy, nitrogen and water while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions Next slide please So within our climate portfolio we have our internal programs but we have a history of having joint grant solicitations with other funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and NASA Some of our past programs with NSF have been Water Sustainability and Climate and we’ve had EaSM, which is modeling, a modeling-based program that was joint with both NSF and Department of Energy To continue with this joint inter-agency work we have a new solicitation out called Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems, or INFEWS, and the goal of this program is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary, that is underlined and bold for a reason, research that will transform our scientific understanding of the food, energy and water nexus in order to improve systems functions and management So overall the goal of this is to have interdisciplinary research teams that actually address the interactions between the food, energy and water at the systems level at the nexus The solicitation was released December 22nd, it is 50 million dollars in grants ranging from zero to three million dollars for up to three years, and there are four tracks Modeling. Decision Support Tools, Technological Solutions and an Education track So this is a partnership with the National Science Foundation There is a joint solicitation released through NSF So what does this mean for our applicants that we have a joint solicitation? So what will happen is all applications will come into NSF They will do gathering of the applications and the compliance check of applications However all panels will be jointly arranged by NSF and USDA NIFA through our program officers We will have joint people that we put on the panel, so it won’t just be an NSF panel It’s an NSF and NIFA panel and NIFA-funded projects will be required to, what happens is we choose after the panel which projects we will fund You will resubmit your application to NIFA but you’ve already been reviewed, that’s simply to get it into our system And as we have in the past, we will have joint project investigator or Project Director meetings So that is where solicitations are at now, I tried to keep it short in order to keep up to date with things We will be having a Climate Change challenge area solicitation in fiscal year 2016, that has not been released yet In the past we have had focus areas on small projects such as microbial communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to large coordinated agricultural projects, so we had a wide range of Standard grants and CAP awards and other related projects in that area If you have any questions specifically about INFEWS, I am the NIFA lead for that project so please feel free to contact me, my email is on this screen Or if you have any questions about climate, the climate portfolio in general, please email me and I can direct you to my colleagues within the Division of Global Climate Change and they can answer your questions We tend to switch off who leads our Climate Change challenge area RFA between the years I can direct you to Michael Bowers, who’ll be leading the solicitation this year – [Voiceover] Thank you very much As I change the slide I would like to introduce Matthew Ngouajio, who will be speaking about Food Security programs – [Voiceover] Thank you Mallory, thank you for the introduction and good morning or good afternoon depending on where our attendees are So I will be giving a short presentation on the Food Security Challenge area

Okay the slide is there, so next one As Mallory told you, AFRI in general is what we call our flagship program here at NIFA Next one It looks like we are a little short but just to give you a background on where the Food Security challenge area faces, normally within AFRI we have what we call the Foundational program, we have the fellowships and the challenge area And within those challenge areas we have six of them And the six challenge areas that we have are listed there, but just wanted to make sure you know that Food Security is one of those six challenge areas that we have And we have a working definition here for what we understand by Food Security Since you have the slide, no need to read everything but it’s a situation where all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences And again we all know that the world population is increasing very fast We need to meet the challenges of that growing world population Next one And how do we feed that growing population with minimal footprint on the environment? We know that reducing global poverty and hunger is today recognized by all of us as a national security issue, and many initiatives within the government are on the way including the Feed the Future that is led by USAID But within USDA and NIFA the Food Security portfolio is a major domestic initiative that will address hunger in the world And we need to have new discoveries and technologies for domestic agriculture but also with global implications, and that’s why we think this program, Food Security, has to play a key role in achieving those goals The Food Security challenge area covers all four divisions within our Institute of Food Production and Sustainability So again this is very important to know We covered the Division of Agricultural Systems, Animal Systems, Plants Systems Production and Protection So it’s a challenge area that will cover pretty much everything that we do here at NIFA, and the area is developed in rotation within those four Divisions Just to give you an idea of what has been covered since 2010, which was the first year that this challenge area was offered, these were the priorities Improving feed efficiency in animals, minimizing losses from diseases with major impact, oomycete pathosystems and also looking at the extension in pest monitoring and sustainable food systems 2012, again we have a little more priorities because there was no program in 2011, but again no need to list all those Move to the next one In 2013 we had a smaller, you know the scope was a little bit reduced to reducing crop and livestock losses and food security conferences We have a block of conferences that were founded in 2013 within this program In 2014 the program focused on diseases of crops and livestock 2015, which is last year, very recent We have three major priorities One on agricultural production systems, one on breeding and one on a national strategy So just to go into the details, in 2015 we had about 26.5 million dollars for the program And for the first priority on agricultural systems we were looking at crop management systems, animal management systems, and integrated crop and animal systems A situation where you fully integrate those into a production system The program was funding one to four years per award with up to four million dollars per award Next The second priority on breeding and genomics of crop and livestock We funded projects for one to three years and three million dollars per award, next And the last priority was looking at, really forward looking at developing a national strategy

for sustainable crop and livestock production in the U.S and there we were funding projects between one and two years for 500,000 dollars each project So what is next for 2016? For 2016 at this point, again I told you the RFA is developed within four divisions So I was the leader last year because our Division was taking the lead for this, this year it’s a completely different team So the budget is about 34 million and the priorities at this point we don’t know, It won’t be known until the RFA is released and that RFA will be released sometime between February or March if everything goes well Because it was delayed a little bit this year because of the new Farm Bill Provision on Commodity Board So be ready and like Mallory told you, make sure you read that RFA, that’s the key Make sure you read it and make sure your projects fit within the scope of that RFA Next So again in 2015 I served as the team leader for the AFRI Food Security As the new RFA comes, it’s published, you will have a new contact person for 2016 That will be in that RFA, but in the meantime if you have any questions on the Food Security, I’m willing to answer Thanks – [Voiceover] Thank you very much And as I pull up the next presentation, I have Antonio McLaren here to present on our Education program – [Voiceover] Good afternoon everyone, my name is Antonio McLaren I am the National Program Leader for the Higher Education and Challenge grants program I work in the Division of Community and Education at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and I’m going to cover four separate programs today, one of which is a program that I’m providing leadership for So I’m going to move rather quickly through these four programs So just to cover what I’m gonna be speaking about, I’ll be covering the Multicultural Scholars Grants program, Higher Education Challenge Grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Literacy Initiative which provides support for undergraduate, pre-doctoral, and postdoctoral fellowships PEDI for K through 12 teachers is a new concept that is built into the 2016 program And lastly I will cover the Hispanic-Serving Institution Education Grants program The Multicultural Scholars program has a total appropriation of 990,000 dollars So the range of the awards, it’s 20,000 up to a max of 200,000 dollars The 25 percent funding rate, I provided a link to you so that if you wanted more information about the program, you’re more than welcome to review it This program operates in a sort of a different cycle, so the RFA for 2016 will be released in the summer So if you want more information please visit the link, the 2015 information is still live The Program Leader for this is Doctor Ray Ali and the purpose of the program is, it’s really looking at increasing the multicultural diversity of underrepresented students pursuing the food-ag scientific disciplines and really trying to pipeline them into the workforce The degree types of emphasis include undergraduate and DVM, so a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Eligible institutions includes public and private colleges and universities that offer the Baccalaureate and DVM degrees in the food and ag sciences So here’s the available funding The way it works is that for scholarship support it provides 65 hundred per student per year for up to a max of four years There’s a 25 hundred dollar per student cost-of-education allowance and also there’s a student experiential learning of four grand per scholar And the categories are below, single institution and student experiential learning 200,000 for a single institution and for students looking at student experiential learning opportunities, there is a max of 20 grand I’m transitioning now to the Higher Education Challenge grants program This is the program that I provide leadership for at NIFA Right now we have an appropriation of

four point seven seven million There is a 20 percent funding rate for this program The link there is available if you want more information The RFA is expected to be released next month, so please stay tuned for that Purpose of this program is to improve baccalaureate, masters and DVM degree levels in the food, ag, natural resources and human sciences And there are really three broad educational need areas which are listed there for your information, I’m not gonna read them to you This program has broad eligibility So as you can see all land-grants, Hispanic-serving institutions and public and private institutions of higher education are eligible These are the different project types, there are four Conference, Regular, Joint, and Large-Scale with maximum amounts of 30,000, 150 K, 300 K, and 750,000 respectively Now I’m gonna transition into the Food, Ag, Natural Resources and Human Sciences ELI program, the Education and Literacy Initiative This program, the RFA is actually live so this one is open for applications right now, there are 18 point nine million dollars available in funding It really provides fellowships for undergrad, pre-doctoral, postdoctoral students in the ag sciences, and what’s new for 2016 is professional development for K through 12 teachers The link is there for more information about this program So it does focus on developing opportunities for undergrad students looking to get hands-on experience to join the ag work force, as well as technical and functional competence for pre-doctoral students so that they can have research independence Broad goals is really to promote research and extension experiential learning for undergrads as well as to be able to support them entering the ag work force As well as preparing the next generation of scientists through doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships These are the program priority areas, these you actually have already seen during this webinar So these are also on the website, I’m not gonna read them to you Again these are the AFRI Farm Bill priority areas, I’m not gonna read them to you Broad eligibility for this program I’m not gonna read ’em all to you but as you can see, colleges and universities including junior colleges are eligible for this program In terms of the fellowships we’re really looking at focusing on research and education extension objectives aligned with our challenge and foundational program areas We’re looking to award well-developed academic experiences We’re looking for productive and interactive mentoring as well as appropriate and applicable training activities, so that fellow with be prepared to join the workforce Again this is a new concept that I’d mentioned earlier, there is an information webinar on February eighth at three P.M The deadline for the PD for K through 12 educators program under this initiative is March 18th Again there is broad eligibility including Hispanic-serving institutions, 1994 Land-Grants and 4-year colleges and universities These are all your deadlines Please pay attention to these So they’re all aid out for you, I’m not gonna read them but the soonest ones obviously are the pre-doctoral and postdoctoral for February 11th The last one is March 24th for undergraduate fellowships Last but not least, Hispanic-Serving Institution Education Grants program This one has a max award of up to 500,000 dollars It’s really built to support the teaching of food and ag sciences at Hispanic-serving institutions Six need areas are listed there for your information There are three levels of funding So you have Strengthening, Standard and Collaboration grants Each has different funding ranges which are all listed there for you and the deadlines for these applications are also listed there So this RFA is actually live right now The link is also provided for your information if you would need more information about the program as well as information about the details of the RFA And the last slide I have for you,

this is the contact information for all the programs that I discussed Doctor Ray Ali is the National Program Leader for the AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative I am the National Program Leader for Higher Educational Challenge Grants Program Doctor Ray Ali is also the National Program Leader for the Multicultural Scholars Program, and Doctor Irma Lawrence is the National Program Leader for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program And again, the AFRI RFA and the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grant’s RFA are online, they’re live right now Higher Education Challenge Grants we’ll expect to be live next month Multicultural Scholar Program we expect to be live in the summer, thank you – [Voiceover] Thank you very much And I am now going to advance the slides and invite Saleia Afele-Faamuli to discuss what we call the WAMS program, Women and Minorities in STEM fields – [Voiceover] Thank you I’m here and for these two programs, similar to what my colleague Antonio just alluded to, they should be up and running for fiscal year 2016 pretty soon They’re in the process of review and should be done, we’re almost there so hang in there and like my colleague said I advise to always go to our website to check when they are released, officially released WAMS, an acronym for Women and Minorities in the STEM fields, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Fields program will also be funded or has been funded and approved Congressionally and should be up like I said earlier And of course this program helps increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from And this is great because it gives an opportunity to women and underrepresented minorities to come in The goal of course is to support the programs to further recruit and increase recruitment and retention of these programs that will increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities, some rural areas, to complete their post-secondary education in STEM-related programs or degrees And of course partnerships across academic institutions and employers may come in in terms of enhancing their capacity as well as their idea in terms of how to reach out to this population or populations Eligible institutions of course are like for example, as in your, one page here State agricultural experiment stations, colleges and universities, research foundations, so on and so forth as listed, including individuals And individuals meaning those who are already working or employed in these institutions and also can reach out to partner with other colleagues with similar interests And of course priority will be given to eligible institutions that carry out the continuing programs funded by the Secretary of course Now as you may see that funding is only 400,000 so far, and this year it’s the same and you’ll also note how much will be given to each application The list also gives the examples of selected abstracts that are identified in the WAMS program And even though that the funding may be small, but it’s a very good example of a program in STEM-related fields reaching out to the underrepresented minorities, both men and women in rural areas So I will not go any further into what this may be,

when it will be officially posted but it should be coming out very soon as well We’re almost finished with the review process The other program, Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture, their purpose also is to support these non-land grant colleges to carry out the three-pronged mission as you all know in land-grant colleges, research, education and extension programs, of course in food and agricultural sciences Or in other words, food, agriculture, natural and renewable resources and human sciences to support a sustainable agricultural system nationwide And so for the non-land grant colleges, fortunately the funding has increased tremendously It just came out, there are about four point six five million dollars this year And again as I said earlier, please continue checking into the website so you will see the final dates for your application and make sure that you submit it on time through Grants dot gov As you see, the reason for this program as I mentioned earlier is to support the non-land grant colleges in carrying out the three-pronged mission, education, research and outreach activities in the food and agricultural sciences, and promoting interest in these populations of women and minorities in rural areas So it’ll be great Also while I’m remembering in my mind right now, you’re very welcome to come in if you’re interested in serving on our panels to review these applications Basically all of these programs have similar evaluation processes and also an invitation to stakeholder input because we need to hear from everyone nationwide on their thoughts about these programs on enhancing the programs as we work on it from year to year So here we are with this program Like the rest of our programs we are here to enhance food and agricultural sciences and to promote the interests of individuals, students, everyone in agriculture as well as growing the population of agriculturists or those interested in food and agricultural sciences to reach out and serve in the nation where you are and so forth Again, just not to be redundant, the NLGCA, or Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture institutions may use this funding to successfully compete for funds from Federal governments and other sources And this is again to carry out educational research and outreach activities which will definitely address priority concerns of national, regional, state and local interests And of course to use this funding to disseminate information relating to priority concerns, as we talked about, as well as also to encourage members of agriculture to participate in priority education research outreach by providing matching to leverage grant funds through purchasing, acquiring equipment and-or the infrastructure Mind you what I mean here is not building buildings but to enhance equipment in the lab, for example To teach a class, the infrastructure in the classroom Also for professional growth and development of faculty as well as the development of graduate assistantships So these are all the ideas and what we intend to offer this program for and to also fund so that we can increase interest in food and agricultural sciences

And that’s about it for now, thank you – [Voiceover] Thank you very much Our next speaker is going to be Jill Auburn – [Voiceover] Hello folks I’m going to discuss three programs that have two things in common They’re led by program staff in the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, and probably more important than that is they all address issues in key sectors of the agricultural industry So rather than being government-oriented or disciplinary oriented, they’re really audience-oriented and they cut across the subject lines to address needs in a very interdisciplinary manner So production, marketing, economics, social sciences all come into play in all three of these programs The first one I’ll talk about is one that I co-lead Dennis Ebodaghe, and that’s the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program This program aids to help people get started in agriculture as farmers or ranchers or operators of non-industrial private forest land And also those who are managing those operations but are in their first 10 years of running their own operation to help them be more successful in those first 10 years when they may be more vulnerable Now the eligibility for this program is very, very broad but it requires a collaborative network or a partnership of organizations So a university definitely can be in the lead on one of these proposals A non-profit organization other than a university, a community-based organization can be in the lead on one of these proposals Personally I think the best proposals are where those two types of organizations work together But either way, you cannot go it alone and put in an application for this program, you have to have collaborative partners or members of your network The Standard grants this year were offered for up to 200,000 dollars per year That was down a little, we reduced the amount a little bit from last year somewhat by stakeholder input primarily Our success rate had gone down You can see down in the lower left-hand side that the success rate in 2015 had been only 15 percent, and that’s because the number of applications that we got last year has grown in 2014 and 2015 to be pretty much double what had been submitted in earlier years So the interest in the program is up, the success rate has gone down quite a bit So we trimmed the offer amount just a little bit and also started this year offering smaller Standard grant applications Since we have people putting in smaller proposals to, we wanted to consider on their merits at that level We have, besides Standard grants, which are the ones that actually conduct training, education, mentoring, and technical assistance for new farmers, we have a category where we fund usually just one or two or three projects each year that are called Educational Enhancement Teams And these are proposals that pick a particular topic or audience or region and look across the country and say, “What are the curricular that are out there, what are the methods that are out there that are working?” What do you see, how do we fill the gap and then how do we share the educational curricula and material and methods that we’ve come up with? How do we share that with organizations that can actually do on the ground training? So in a way they are train-the-trainer sorts of projects But most of our proposals and most of what we fund are Standard grants that actually do the training We have just passed our deadline for 2016 last week, so we will be putting a Request For Applications out likely next fall We have funding from the Farm Bill, from the 2014 Ag Act to carry out this program for each of the next two years as well So that’s when I would encourage you to get in touch with myself or Dennis Ebodaghe if you would like to know more about that program The second program that I’m speaking about is the Specialty Crop Research Initiative Now this is not surprisingly, soliciting projects that aim to relieve the needs of the specialty crop industry You help them be more successful And specialty crops for us are fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticultural nursery crops including flowers and horticulture So that’s what we mean by specialty crops and proposals into this program can be of the different types listed

in the slide, but the main thing is they should really be aimed at the needs, the critical needs of the specialty crop industry through financial aid solutions So by developing and disseminating science age tools They can be different sizes as you do see, there are standard projects, larger CAP projects, eXtension projects, which are ones that aim to develop knowledge networks and communities that practice in the eXtension knowledge system Or they can be small planning projects My colleagues Tom Bewick and Dan Schmoldt are the leaders of this program, so they’re the ones to go to with more detailed questions And the SCRI as well call it, is actually made up of two programs It’s a big umbrella program, the SCRI, but a share of it is set aside for the citrus industry So in SCRI the focus should be a systems focus on those horticultural crops that I mentioned You can see that it’s a very competitive program, 13 percent success rate in 2015 And the next RFA will likely come out next fall, in September For the subset of the funds out of this program that go to Citrus Disease Research and Extension, the success rate is 23 percent and the RFA will be coming out this spring Now both of these programs go through a two-step process So there’s a pre-proposal that gets reviewed by industry representatives for relevance and then a second stage review of the proposal by scientific peer review is for technical merit And both of those considerations, both relevancy and technical merit go into the selection of which projects to fund Next slide please Thank you So the third program or set of programs is we call our Integrated Organic Program and it’s also made up of two programs Actually Mat Ngouajio, who was speaking about Food Security programs probably could do a better job of explaining this slide than I, but nevertheless I’ll carry on So there are two programs serving the needs of the organic agriculture industry Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is the larger one and the purpose of that is really to enhance the success of the organic industry, both producers and processors And you can see and that’s why lower tier says work on certified land If you’re looking at organic production you should be certified organic, people who are practicing organic agriculture There’s a deadline in that to collect your applications of March 10th, so that’s out there and circulating So a sister program which is a little bit smaller, is the Organic Transitions program It has a little bit smaller budget but a comparable success rate A little bit smaller project sizes, and the focus there is on both existing but also potentially transitioning organic producers, producers who would want to transition into organic production And the major focus of that of the Request For Applications there is on the environmental services that organic systems offer to society So things like soil conservation and climate change renovation, greenhouse gas reduction, one of the kinds of environmental services that you might look into The deadline for those applications is April 15th, and Mat Ngouajio and Steve Smith are the contacts for that program And then I have one more slide if I may, I think I have just a minute left Mallory said location, location, location I’m going to say, and I absolutely believe location, location, location The RFA is the most important thing for me to look at in the neighborhood So there are a couple of other community visibilities if you go in the RFA neighborhood So I’m showing you a screenshot here of what we call our funding opportunity page, I’m showing the one from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program But really all three of these programs and basically most NIFA programs have a funding opportunity page And what you should look at, I would say even before the RFA, but particularly for those programs where you might be waiting for next year’s RFA I would say first look up at the very beginning of the page there is a link there to what we call our program page And if you go to that program page at that top link, you’ll find a lot of related information about the program that may be very useful background as you are

thinking about what you might want to propose and waiting for the next RFA to come out Then certainly number two, the second thing you want to do is to carefully read the RFA, read it and re-read it, and then click on the button for apply for the grant I’m afraid too many people just go straight to apply and forget to do steps number one and number two So I will stop there and let my colleagues see if there are any questions in the Q and A period, thank you – [Voiceover] Thank you very much Our next speaker is Jane Clary, who will present Nutrition programs – [Voiceover] Okay while we’re waiting for the slide to pop up, welcome Thank you for attending our conference this afternoon I’m Doctor Jane Clary Loveless, I’m in the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition I work with Doctor Denise Eblen, who is our Deputy Director Doctor Dionne Toombs, who is our Nutrition Director Doctor Deirdra Chester, Dr. Helen Chipman, Dr. Jodi Williams, Miss Stephanie Blake, Miss Marliatou Diallo and Doctor Mallory Koenings So welcome, I want to go over with you our nutrition portfolio this afternoon and give you a brief overview of the programs that we manage So our nutrition portfolio sponsors nutrition-related research and partnership with the Cooperative Extension Service, which is very important We work with policymakers in the knowledge to make appropriate policies for our citizens, and we use stakeholder feedback in our RFA and many of the works and research that we do Next Our nutrition mission is that we want to develop a research base for guidance on diet and physical activity, develop and carry out effective educational, behavioral, and environmental strategies to help improve our nation’s health, and we wanna provide strong leadership for research, education and extension Next Our vision for the portfolio is to improve health, improve fitness and improve the well-being of our nation through improved nutrition Next Our goals for the nutrition portfolio include improving the knowledge about behavioral, cultural, and psychosocial factors that influence obesity We wanna develop a successful obesity prevention intervention and develop linkages between consumption of nutrients and other bioactive components found in our food and human health, and we wanna develop those interventions that include dietary guidance and community food programs Next The Division of Nutrition, our goal and our focus is to manage a series of food, nutrition, and obesity prevention programs which will help Americans prevent the major causes of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and certain types of cancer that are related to poor diet and lack of physical activity Next Michelle Obama, our First Lady, has helped us tremendously in focusing on nutrition issues in this country and has championed the reduction of childhood obesity With her Partnership for a Healthier America and our Let’s Move campaign we’ve had a focus on this issue with the United States of childhood obesity For the year that we’ve been working on this we’ve looked at the research, for instance this article that was in Time magazine Then maybe after all we should’ve said “Eat butter.” And that’s when the research came out and said that hydrogenated oils were not healthy And so things that the public needs to be aware of, of course we provide that research and the knowledge through working with Research, Education and Extension But also people need to realize that research is all in what we do is build on the scientific discoveries that were in the previous years, it’s an ongoing process Next Our childhood obesity, this is the first time ever that a generation of children may have a shorter life expectancy at birth than their parents This has been a huge issue across the country Obese children are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and atherosclerosis and they’re twice as like as their normal weight peers to develop certain cancers and may be less likely to survive others Next So obesity in children, the statistics from a 2015

article by Doctor Steven Schwartz state that obesity is our most prevalent nutritional disorder among children and adolescents in the U.S We have approximately 21 to 24 percent of American children and adolescents that are overweight, another 16 to 18 percent that are obese, and the prevalence of obesity is highest among specific ethnic groups Next So therefore our program focus is on the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention program, the AFRI Function and Efficacy of Nutrients, the Community Food Projects, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program, next The Small Business and Innovative Research Program and the joint NIH-USDA Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake and Dietary Exposure So the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, EFNEP, is a formula grant and it is funded through our section 3-D of the Smith-Lever Act And in 1962 our 1862, then our 1890 institutions are all eligible to participate in this program Last year the budget was 67,000,934 dollars Next So the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, they had in 2014 more than a half a million low-income program adult and youth participants that were reached through EFNEP 72 percent of the population is from the minority populations EFNEP has delivered consistent results 95 percent graduate with improved diets including extra fruits and vegetables 86 percent youth and children improved their food choices through the dietary guidelines 44 percent of youth and children improved their physical activity levels or gained knowledge to do so, and 38 percent increased their physical activity Next So our portfolio highlights briefly are the Community Food Program which we had five million in 2014 and with the 2014 Farm Bill we now have nine million for a success rate of 18 to 20 percent So from here on out during this Farm Bill, we capped at nine million A couple highlights, Camden Grows in New Jersey, they had harvested over 1,000 pounds of spring crops from 14 gardens The Food Bank of Delaware, their community-supported agriculture distributed 45,000 pounds of food, and they fund projects that are comprehensive community solutions for the community and so they are relying on their community to help support the program FINI is a new program which started with the funding in 2014-2015 and the importance of this, that it serves the SNAP population so they are able to purchase fruits and vegetables through Incentive Next So the Food Insecurity Nutrition highlight we had for the 2014-2015, 31.5 million and for this next fiscal year we have 16 million 800 We funded 31 projects across 26 states that took four years for 31.5 million and we had 16 FINI Pilot Projects, seven FINI Projects and eight FINI Large Scale So a couple of examples of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive was the Florida Certified Organic Growers and the Fresh Access Bucks that they do there Next The Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers, we have provided out of our AFRI Childhood Obesity fund four million dollars to secure and establish four centers to conduct research on nutrition education and obesity prevention Next SBIR, we had a full program and we had a full discussion on that by Scott so I won’t spend much time on this, but Scott Dockum and Doctor Jodi Williams can provide you SBIR information They do an excellent job in managing these programs and there is a nutrition focus with SBIR For the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention program, Doctor Chester and I worked with this program

and as you can see that we have in 2015 5,886,000 to work with, which was the Standard, Conference and FASE grants And Doctor Koenings covered this quite well, so I won’t spend any additional time on that But we do have 15 publications that came out at the 2013-2014 So some highlights that we’ve integrated, we’ve funded four Integrated projects, two seed grants and conference grants The success rate for the Childhood Obesity is 14 percent and we had an iCook4-H program that did very well in working with researchers and Extension faculty and this was to reduce childhood obesity in rural, low-income populations Next The outcome, this portfolio has also supported Smarter Lunchrooms, this research is being done at Cornell University Brian Wansink does an excellent job and they’re using research techniques to help increase student acceptance of healthful food and to reduce food waste and food loss The AFRI Function and Efficacy of Nutrients Foundational program is run by Doctor Chester and the background of this is to focus on the role of bioactive components, and the justification must be provided for the relationship of the components being studied to human health and outcomes, and the program focuses on a whole food approach And what we’re looking to do is address the health effects of that So for 2015 we had four point six million and we received 68 applications The success rate was 18 percent Next An example is that the ARS folks at the Regional Nutrition Center, they looked at disease risk reduction of researching and eating foods enriched in long-chain omega-three fatty acids, which are strongly associated with the reduction of cardiovascular disease The NIH-USDA Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers, this is also a program Doctor Chester manages We received eight proposals, funded one, and we also have five million committed for 2015, 2016 and 2017 Next So other responsibilities, we work with all these other agencies on grants, proposals, working on the dietary guidelines CNPP is the promoter of the MyPlate We work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we work with NCCOR, which is the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Other key responsibilities include working with committees on the dietary guidelines, we want to synthesize the research findings We prepare reports for Congress, we help set the national Nutrition Research, Education, and Extension agenda and work with our public and private partners Next So to wrap up, we are working to provide a healthy, nourished population We depend on strong research and education programs in human nutrition We partner with the Cooperative Extension Service to deliver community-based nutrition and we work with families, individuals, and communities to make this happen So the psychological health, economic, and social well-being are all important in this process So on the next slide I have the individuals I had mentioned Doctor Helen Chipman runs the EFNEP program, Doctor Jodi Williams is in Food Safety, Doctor Dionne Toombs is our Nutrition Division Director, Doctor Chester works with the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention and Efficacy of Nutrients and the new NIH-USDA program on the Components for Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers So anyway if you have any questions feel free to email us, we’re at your disposal, thank you – [Voiceover] Thank you very much And now I’m gonna invite our moderator back for the question and answer session – [Voiceover] Ladies and gentlemen once again, you can dial pound-two on your telephone keypad to put yourself into the queue You’ll hear a notification when your line is unmuted, at which point you can state your name and your question If your question is answered before we get to you, you can dial pound-two a second time to take yourself out of the queue And we do have a question in queue

Susan, go ahead please – [Voiceover] Hi, this is Pia Gabriel I am helping a P.I. to prepare a proposal for the HSI competition, a Strengthening grant And we’re going through the RFA and the question we have is we are currently receiving McIntire-Stennis funds for cooperative forestry research and the RFA indicates that if an institution is eligible for McIntire-Stennis funds, that that institution would not be required to provide matching funds First question, is that correct? – [Voiceover] Thank you for the question So this is Antonio McLaren, I was the representative who provided the presentation earlier which included the HSI Education Grants Program The best thing that I can give you, because I’m not the National Program Leader for that program, if you would follow up with Doctor Irma Lawrence, she is the the National Program Leader for that program She can be reached at I-Lawrence at NIFA dot USDA dot gov, and she will be able to provide that information concerning your question directly – [Voiceover] Okay, thank you – [Voiceover] You’re welcome – [Voiceover] And we do have another question in queue Linda, please go ahead – [Voiceover] Hello, my name is Melissa Chang and I’m teaching at the Child and Family Development program I am very interested in preventing the childhood obesity So my final goal is how to educate, how to provide better education to serve the healthy, good, fresh food for child So is there anything that I can apply the research fund or program initiate fund for preventing childhood obesity such as the gardening program in our campus, something like that gardening program for the early childhood center, or the children? What kind of research fund is available for that? – [Voiceover] Jane, would you like to take that question? – [Voiceover] Could you repeat it please? It kinda broke up – [Voiceover] She is in the Early Childhood and Family Development Program and is working with early preschool children with a community garden and she wanted to know which, would that be under the Nutrition Program Director, or which program should she go to to focus her RFA and which program would assist her in that endeavor? – [Voiceover] What you might try is looking at the RFA If you Google NIFA Community Food Program, the NIFA Community Food Program is for nonprofit organizations and low-income areas The 2016 RFA is up on the website and the 2017 won’t be out ’till this fall – [Voiceover] Thank you – [Voiceover] And once again, you can dial pound-two And right at the moment I am not seeing any further questions Oh, we just had a hand go up Molly, please go ahead – [Voiceover] Hi, this is Molly Van Wagner I noticed on one of the slides for the Non-Land Grant Capacity Building program, it indicated the competition would open up January 25th, 2016 It’s not currently open, does that mean that it will be opening up very shortly? – [Voiceover] This is Saleia, the National Program Leader for the non-land grant Colleges of Agriculture Program Yes, at least I’m comfortable to say yes because it has been approved for funding and so it’s just a matter of finalizing the review process all the way up to the Secretary of Agriculture But it’s gonna come out real soon so I can’t say enough

about encouraging potential applicants to please go online and check when it’ll be published, thank you very much – [Voiceover] Thank you – [Voiceover] And right at the moment I am not seeing any further questions – [Voiceover] We’re gonna wait and see if any other questions come in in the next few moments – [Voiceover] Sure thing and just a reminder, pound-two on your phone will put you into the queue – [Voiceover] Okay, thank you very much for staying with us everyone We’re going to move right into our next presentation and I’m going to invite Mark Mirando to present – [Voiceover] Good afternoon everyone, or good morning to those of you on the West Coast So I’m going to give a brief presentation on grantsmanship tips for success And I’ll just preface this by saying that I kinda scavenged a few slides from different presentations that I’ve given or colleagues here at NIFA have given or grantsmanship workshops that I’ve attended over the past several years So my perspective in giving this presentation comes not only from having served as Program Leader for at least two programs for the past 15 years and having run about 35 panels, but it also comes from having been an applicant in my past life and a sometimes successful applicant, not always successful But having been a grant awardee and having been a reviewer for about a dozen different Federal and foreign funding agencies and having served on about a half a dozen different panels myself as a reviewer So I’ve titled this presentation Ten Things You Must Do, that you must do in order to improve your chance of success in competing for grants So the first thing you must do is find the right program for you and your idea Looking at the RFA, you wanna find a main purpose of the program or the funding priorities as we call ’em here at NIFA and determine does your idea fit in the mainstream or does it fit on the fringe? Second thing to note is that you don’t wanna waste time applying to the wrong program because square pegs don’t fit in round holes If your proposal doesn’t fit, don’t waste your time trying to make it fit because it’s just not gonna be successful Each program is generally defined pretty well and those priorities are listed in the Request For Applications or the RFA And then you want to determine if you’re eligible and if there’s any eligibility restrictions So various programs, various funding agencies including NIFA will have specific eligibility for the varying programs So the second thing you must do is become a student of the RFA If there’s one thing you take away from my talk is that you need to read the RFA So as I stated on the previous slide,

understand the main goals or priorities of the program and then understand the instructions outlined in the RFA on how to assemble and submit the proposal, including when and where to submit the proposal Again, the take home message here is read the RFA from front to back and go through it with a highlighter Highlight the important passages as you read it and put tabs on the RFA so you can find those as you actually prepare your proposal The third thing you must do is develop a timeline for proposal preparation So it takes about two months of actual time, that is two months of 40 hour weeks to prepare a proposal to be reasonably competitive That’s kind of the standard that we’ve developed based on various calculations So you can’t really prepare a competitive program if you start two months before the deadline So develop a timeline that allows you to complete the proposal four weeks before the submission date So that gives you a lot of wiggle room in preparation and allows you time to get your proposal reviewed by colleagues, which I will talk about subsequently If you rush the preparation of the proposal it will show and the reviewers will notice and they will not be kind during the review of your proposal The fourth thing you must do is understand the criteria for evaluating proposals RFAs or program announcements normally contain the criteria that will be used by reviewers to evaluate your proposal And so they’re included in the RFA so you can understand those review criteria If you understand these review criteria before you begin preparing your proposal, this provides a better understanding of where to put your greatest efforts during the proposal preparation So if the main criteria is scientific merit then that is where you’re gonna put most of your effort into having a strong scientific merit in your project narrative of the proposal, for example The fifth thing you must do is understand the review process and the reviewers So it’s important to understand that the reviewers have a very heavy workload and they may be assigned 10 to 20 proposals to review So they don’t have a lot of time to be re-reading passages in a proposal over and over and over again because it’s not clear They need to be able to read it through once and understand it as they read through it So understand that they’ve got a heavy workload and they’re reviewing a lot of proposals on the panel Following the directions in the RFA helps the reviewers because all the proposals are consistent in the format, and not following the directions makes them work hard If they have to look in various places for critical components of your proposal and it’s different than all the other proposals, you’re making the reviewers work hard So the take home message here is to prepare the proposal logically Preparing a proposal logically and clearly helps the reviewers, it makes it easier for them to understand and it doesn’t make them work hard on reviewing your proposal The sixth thing you must do is to write the proposal logically and clearly So organize the proposal according to the outline in the RFA or the evaluation criteria, whichever is most logical In our RFAs we generally have a listing of items in sequence that you must include in the proposal, and so for most of our RFAs I would say you organize

your proposal according to the outline in the RFA And so again, understanding that following the prescribed format makes the reviewers not work hard It makes ’em more happy and it’ll make ’em more generous when evaluating your proposal Again, making the reviewers work hard to review your proposal hurts you during the review process The seventh thing you must do is prepare the budget with a strong justification So budgets normally, there’s normally an itemized budget for some type of budget in a tabular form along with a budget narrative or budget justification So you wanna make the budget, the items clear and the justification strong as to why those different items need to be funded And this includes salary, it includes fringe benefits, travel, material and supplies, all those items and all of those items should be justified So generally we don’t consider the budget as part of the overall merit evaluation of a proposal But having said that, a budget that is not well-justified and is not really believable does create skeptics within the ranks of the reviewers and they will put this toward the credibility of the applicant So keep the budget reasonable Keep it you know, request what you need to do, everything you need to get the project done, but don’t inflate the budget and don’t under-budget either So and then a second item on this is to keep the budgets within the guidelines in the RFA Most of our RFAs list upper limits to different types of applications and if they exceed that limit they generally will not even be considered for review So I will say that the reviewers do consider budgets for their degree of reasonableness, reasonableness, and they do provide that information to the Program Leaders when they’re evaluating proposals The eighth thing you must do is obtain critical input from experienced and successful colleagues So this is part of the reason you wanna have a timeline that allows you to get a complete proposal at least four weeks prior to the submission date So this leaves you at least a couple of weeks to send it to somebody who can review it for you So when you select somebody, you want someone who talks frankly, bluntly and clearly You don’t want somebody that’s gonna beat around the bush and waste your time in evaluating the proposal You want somebody that has a little sympathy for your ego and you want somebody that has been successful in obtaining grants Basically you want somebody to identify the weaknesses and flaws in your proposal so that you can fix it and remove those weaknesses or flaws in the proposal or address the pitfalls as you do a final revision of your proposal so that it’ll improve the success If a proposal comes back from a reviewer that you’ve selected before you submit and they have no critical comments, they say it looks great and they have no suggestions for change, you probably didn’t get a real good review on that There should be a lot of red ink or a lot of comments and changes to that proposal if you received a good review The ninth thing you must do is to fill out

the forms completely and correctly And then you want to send it to your sponsored project’s office with sufficient time to allow them to apply their intramural administrative requirements so that they can then submit on time, submit the proposal for you on time And this very often, it’s a very fine institution but a lot of times the sponsored project’s office will be responsible for filling out certain forms and if they’re rushed they could get some of those items wrong and it may not even make it into Grants dot gov So the take home message from this is that a deadline is a deadline is a deadline You’re generally not gonna be granted an extension except under very extenuating circumstances such as the blizzard we had this past week in the Northeast that closed most institutions, the universities, Federal Government for two days So that would be the kind of extenuating circumstances “My computer blew up” or “My dog ate it” are not extenuating circumstances and we generally will not grant an extension through a deadline So I have a few other comments that I’ll briefly make For those of you that are resubmitting a proposal, it’s important to carefully evaluate the reviewer comments And I would always suggest that after you get those reviewer comments and read ’em, put ’em in your desk drawer for about two weeks Don’t get right on the phone to call a Program Leader but let them sink in for a little while before you go back and re-read ’em and contact a program officer So carefully evaluate those reviewer comments Consider that the review panel of 10 to 20 highly-regarded experts is very knowledgeable If you think that these reviewers, if your first reaction is the reviewers don’t know what they’re talking about, that is a panel of 10 to 20 experts in your field don’t know what they’re talking about, you’re probably not gonna be very successful in revising and resubmitting that proposal So revise the proposal to emphasize the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses identified in the review So along this line I’ll just tell you something a wise, old, very successful colleague told me when I was a new investigator resubmitting a proposal And I asked him to look at my proposal and he said it was very nice He said “Mark, you probably aught to do what the review panel is telling you to do.” And it turned out he was 100 percent right and I learned from that experience and was successful the next time around So refusal to accept criticism and respond accordingly reduces the likelihood for success The review panel is rarely gonna take a resubmitted proposal where every previous comment is rebutted and the applicant refuses to change the proposal accordingly, and they’re unlikely to consider that the previous panel was wrong and the applicant was right on every single point So accept the criticism, revise the proposal to emphasize the strengths that they identified, eliminate the weaknesses, address all the pitfalls Any of those things that were in the review and then explain how you revised or review And sometimes it’s a matter of the reviewers just simply didn’t understand what you were saying, so it’s a matter of “I have clarified this point that was not clear in the original proposal for the reviewers.” And I bring this comment up about resubmitting proposals

not just cause it’s important but I seem to be encountering a lot, particularly new investigators that just think their first proposal was perfect and it doesn’t need any changes And it seems to be an increasing issue over the years I don’t know why that is but I seem to be experiencing it more and more and I know some of my colleagues here at NIFA have commented on seeing that occur more frequently So I mention in among 10 things that you can do is to learn about the reviewers and the review process So I’m gonna come back to this point and tell you that the best way to learn about the review process is by experience, and that is by serving on panels So if you can volunteer to serve on panels and get on panels, this is the best experience you’re gonna have in terms of learning not only how to write a good proposal but what to exclude, the mistakes not to make Because you’re gonna see lots of proposals where there’s lots of mistakes and you’re gonna see lots of proposals where they’ve done things very well So my suggestion is to review various RFAs that may be applicable to your area of expertise and then identify those programs for which you have specific expertise Once you have identified those programs contact the Program Leader, the NPL directly to volunteer your services And when you do this just send ’em an email with a very brief description, two or three sentences of how your expertise may fit into the program or be valuable in the review process and attach a curriculum vitae along to that email And then recognizing that you may not get invited the first time because there’s a lot of people volunteering and putting together a review panel is actually quite complex I would repeat this process annually as needed, keeping in mind that if you submit a proposal to a program you generally will not be allowed to serve on the panel evaluating that proposal So even though you wouldn’t be evaluating your own proposal in that you would be on that panel so that we would not allow you to be on that panel So just keep repeating, contacting the Program Leaders when you see those RFAs come out and just keep reminding them that you’re available to serve on panel and this will be the best experience you can get at putting together a high-quality competitive proposal So just a piece of advice, final piece of advice for small to mid-size institutions with limited capacity cause I was asked to address this point So my recommendation is to always propose projects that are within your expertise ability and capacity to conduct and complete And then identify and secure collaborations where you may be lacking a little bit of expertise And along these lines you wanna make sure you have that letter of collaboration included in the proposal from that individual And then for the AFRI program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is NIFA’s largest competitive grant program and actually the USDA’s largest competitive grant program, recognize that the AFRI program has Strengthening grants available for which you may be eligible to apply And there’s limited eligibility and these are for, eligibility for AFRI’s strengthening grants is limited to institutions in EPSCoR states, small to mid-size institutions with limited success and minority-serving institutions So the types of grants we have available that are

strengthening in AFRI or are strengthening Standard, Seed, Equipment and Sabbatical grants And we also have for CAP programs, we have Strengthening CAP projects as well So if you’re eligible you should by all means take advantage of this Strengthening program when considering the type of application to submit And the final thought I have in preparing your proposal is to keep in mind that it’s not a mystery novel So get to the point quickly and do so clearly, concisely and logically So the point here is you shouldn’t waste six or seven or eight pages of your project narrative on the background and introduction Get to the point, get to the objective you’re gonna address, your hypothesis, make those points quickly, make ’em clearly, concisely and logically And if you have questions as you’re preparing your proposal by all means contact the program staff Their email address and phone numbers are listed in the Request for Application and they’re listed there for a purpose and that is for you to contact them if you have questions But read the RFA first cause most of the questions are gonna be answered in that RFA And if you still can’t find the RFA after doing an electronic search then by all means contact the program staff Thank you – [Voiceover] Thank you very much I’m going to switch over to the PowerPoint for submitting your proposal through Grants dot gov and this will be presented by Joanna Moore – [Voiceover] Hi, my name is Joanna Moore and I’m a policy specialist in the Office of Grants and Financial Management Policy and Oversight Division policy branch Today I will discuss submitting a proposal through Grants dot gov Things to remember about submitting through Grants dot gov It is very important that you read the NIFA Grants dot gov application guide The application guide will provide important information on what needs to be submitted as part of your application package For example, on page 34 of the application guide it provides instructions on how to submit the felony attack certification form In addition when you’re submitting your applications please use the application package that is tied to your fund opportunity that you want to apply for Those forms are specific for that particular program For example, if you are applying to the AFRI Foundational program you need to use that application packet that is tied to that particular program and not any other program because the forms are specific again, to that particular program If you are a new user to Grants dot gov, it is very important that you register with Grants dot gov Remember that registration can take approximately two weeks for you to complete that and it’s very critical that you get it done as soon as possible because it can tie up you submitting your application If you are new and you wanna know how to register through Grants dot gov, the AR should register by going to the registration button there at the top of the screen with the red arrow where it says register and that’s how you can register your organization to submit in Grants dot gov Accessing the Grants dot gov application package, you must download in the start a version of the Adobe Reader that’s compatible with Grants dot gov You can access and complete and submit applications through this website Use this website to get additional information on how to get the Adobe Reader It is very, very important that you submit

your application early through Grants dot gov Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application As I said before in a previous slide, that if you are new to Grants dot gov you must register and that takes approximately two weeks and that could impact you submitting your application So remember to submit early Applications are due on a certain date by five P.M. Eastern Standard time Also it is important for you to provide your email address on Grants dot gov so that way you would be provided with notifications if the application package is modified Sometimes we may have to extend a due date of an application package, something comes up that’s out of our control where we have to extend it For example the snow storm that we just had is an example of that and Grants dot gov will provide you with notification of us doing a modification to the package to extend the due date or any other modifications within the Request For Application Here are some items that could delay the processing of your application or have it be at risk of not being reviewed here at NIFA It’s important for you to make sure that your program code name and program code are accurate when you enter it into the application package The best way to make sure that it’s accurate is to cut and paste from the RFA Again please submit your application by the due date Make sure you submit all the required forms, that’s the Conflict of Interest and the Current and Pending Support form Also please make sure that if your program that you’re applying to requires matching, that you provide all the matching documentation for that particular program, and all the information on how to submit matching information is in the Request For Application Also there is a page limitation for the project narrative that needs to be followed So if the page limitation’s 18 pages, that’s what you need to provide is 18 pages regardless if it is single or double-spaced Also it’s important that any attachment that you provide, that it is in PDF Grants dot gov does not check to make sure that if you’re submitting a package that it’s in PDF, so it’s on you to make sure that it is in PDF Again, and it’s very important that you read the Request for Application and also the NIFA Grants dot gov application guide thoroughly, and both documents should address any questions that you have regarding submitting an application to us However if you do not, if you still need to have questions addressed you can contact this website, excuse me this email address or you can call us Monday through Friday, seven A.M to five P.M excluding Federal holidays and you’ll be able to get more direction if you need it That’s it for submitting through Grants dot gov, now we’re gonna be open for any questions that you may have – [Voiceover] And once again we’re gonna have our moderator come back and feel free to queue in your questions – [Voiceover] Yes, can you hear me? – [Voiceover] Yes we can – [Voiceover] Okay good, I have a question about the Capacity Building grants I saw when the presentation was being made, they listed a date of January 25th, 2016 as a release date and April 22nd as a closing date But when I look on the actual NIFA grant it says that that’s closed Could you clarify that, what those dates mean? – [Voiceover] Yes, this is Mallory Koenings I’m gonna repeat what Saleia answered this question before So those were projected dates The 2016 RFA has not yet been published It is likely that is was delayed since our Federal offices shut down for the past two days but please be on the lookout for that and know that you can also sign up to receive electronic notifications of when these RFAs are released on Grants dot gov – [Voiceover] Okay, Sorry to repeat a question, I just have not heard that and so, but are you pretty much looking for something like an April or May due date for that, something along those lines? – [Voiceover] The best guidance would come from the documents that Saleia prepared that you should have access to

I can pull it up if you need me to and otherwise looking at the deadlines for last year is also a good indication – [Voiceover] Okay yeah last year was, deadlines were in July – [Voiceover] The best indication is what’s in the RFA That is always binding and it supersedes any information that may be on any web page – [Voiceover] Okay, okay So just look for that RFA I guess, okay – [Voiceover] Look for that RFA and then look for those due dates cause that will be the due date unless for some reason there’s a change to them – [Voiceover] Okay, alright thank you very much – [Voiceover] Your welcome – [Voiceover] Okay, thank you very much At this time I would like to invite Rochelle McCrea to present on what you would do after you get the coveted award call – [Voiceover] Hello, my name is Rochelle McCrea and I am a team leader in the Awards Management Division and I will be presenting on post-award management Okay, next slide please Next slide please Go to the second slide please Thank you Okay the topics that I will be discussing today are what to expect after the award call, post-award modifications, when is NIFA approval required, award statutory time limitation, and reporting requirements Next slide please What to expect after the award call After you receive the award, proposals are forwarded to the AMD Awards Management Division for a preliminary review AMD Management assigns proposals to grant specialists for a review and you may be contacted if further information is necessary After the specialist completes the review process, the proposal is forwarded to the AMD Management for approval Next please Post-award modifications All post-award modifications require a letter signed by the Authorized Representative and the Project Director The intent of the action should be articulated in the letter and please include the award number because that’s how we track the Actions, and all post-award Actions should be submitted to our Awards mailbox via PDF at Awards at NIFA dot USDA dot gov There are some Actions that require NIFA approval Those are change in key people, fund releases, second or a subsequent No Cost Extension, pre-award costs more than 90 days preceding the start date of the award, changes in the scope or objectives of the project, and subcontracts over 50 percent of the award or to a Federal Agency Next slide please Now for a change in key personnel, that is one action that requires our approval When the key personnel is changed or time commitment changed by 25 percent or more, we need a letter indicating the change with the Authorized Representative’s and the new PD’s signature We also need a new PD resume and a new PD Current and Pending Support form including this project that we have awarded Next slide please We also have to obtain fund releases The first provision on the NIFA Award Face Sheet will provide information on withheld funds and what is needed to release them We will need a signature of the Project Director and the Authorized Representative on a request letter, and if you have any questions please contact the administrative point of contact listed on the Award Face Sheet for clarification

And please be sure to request the release of funds withheld by August 31st of the fifth year of the award and drawdown funds by August 31st of the fifth year of the award Next slide We also have to approve the second or subsequent No Cost Extension and we will scrutinize the request Agency Research Terms and Conditions state normally no single extension may exceed 12 months and only in exceptional cases will more than one extension be considered The grantee must provide a summary of progress to date, justification of exceptional reasons for the additional time, the project timetable to complete the work, and the remaining fund balance and signature of the Authorized Representative and PD Now an exceptional reason could be there was some type of damage to your land and you could not continue your research in an appropriate time period, so you may have to come in to us to request a No Cost Extension for additional time So that would be like an example Now another Action that requires our approval is pre-award costs beyond 90 days You should submit an itemized list of anticipated costs and the start date And the reason why you may have pre-award costs is if the project started September the first and you had to start on the project in March, then that would be 90 days before the start date so you would need to come in to us for an approval and we would need to know like salary for how much and so forth Also change in scope and objectives require our approval You must submit new goals for the National Program Leader approval and subcontracts over 50 percent or more or to a Federal Agency An example of that is if you had an award for 100,000 dollars and you have subcontracts over 50 percent, which would be 50,000 dollars, then you would need to come in to us for approval We would need a Letter of Collaboration, Statement of Work and Budget Narrative from the subcontract Next slide Award statutory time limitations Program authorizing language limits grant period Most projects are limited to five years from the start date of the award The award cannot be extended beyond statutory time limitations and drawdowns when the award is expiring in the fifth year must be drawn down by August 31st And an example is if you received an award in 2010, then you must draw down your funds by August 31st, 2015 That is the fifth year and the last time period that you can draw down funds Annual financial reporting An SF-425 is due within 90 days after the anniversary date of the award, and if your project includes matching that must be included on that document, and no reminders will be sent Post-award requests will not be approved without an annual 425 report Next slide Annual technical reports They’re due within 90 days after the anniversary date of the award and a reminder will be sent by REEport Final financial report The SF-425 is due within 90 days after the grant expiration Notification for submission should be sent electronically 45 days prior to expiration and again 90 days after expiration So you will get a notification from us 90 days after the expiration and 45 days prior to expiration, and you should submit that report to our Awards mailbox at Awards at NIFA dot USDA dot gov The Final Technical Report is also due within 90 days after expiration of the grant You should submit it electronically to the reporting system and a reminder will be sent by REEport and failure to comply will impact future funding The awards terms and conditions NIFA Agency-Specific Terms and Conditions contain Agency-specific information on meals, equipment, and all reporting requirements Sometimes after you receive an award you may have a question about the budget or you may have

a question about a post-award Action A lot of times you can go right into Terms and Conditions and find the information that you’re looking for So we have included the website that you will find the Agency Specific Terms and Conditions Next slide Grant-related questions You should contact the administrative point of contact for your award, and this individual is listed on the award document or you can always contact the Awards Management Division and we have provided our telephone numbers Next slide Thank you, and now I can entertain any questions you may have – [Voiceover] And we do have a question in queue now, Sue go ahead – [Voiceover] Hi, this is Sue Tonik from Cal Poly State University in California and my question is is there a prospect for having the SF-425 included as a module in REEport too, very similar to what we do for the 424s? – [Voiceover] Katelyn, Katelyn will be presenting later so she should probably address that question – [Voiceover] Thank you – [Voiceover] Lemme backtrack on that You said the SF-425, the financial? – [Voiceover] I thought my question was answered, it’s gonna be coming up in a later presentation – [Voiceover] No I was thinking you were talking about the technical report but you said SF-425, so could repeat the question again? – [Voiceover] I was just hoping that we could get the 425 as part of the REEport process so it will parallel what we do with the 424s – [Voiceover] Okay I will take that suggestion back to our management team – [Voiceover] Perfect, thank you – [Voiceover] Your welcome – [Voiceover] Thank you very much And in that case, would you like to continue Rochelle? – [Voiceover] Oh no I’m finished, thank you – [Voiceover] Oh okay. (laughs) My apologies Then I would like to invite our final speaker, Katelyn Sellers to discuss reporting your impacts Please bear with us a moment as our speaker is logging on – [Voiceover] This is Mallory Koenings, feel free to stretch your legs and get a drink of water as Katelyn logs on with us – [Voiceover] Hello everyone, good afternoon I hope I’m heard over the computer – [Voiceover] Hi Katelyn, this is Mallory We can hear you We actually got an interesting question after the end of the last session that we would like to pose to you – [Voiceover] Sure – [Voiceover] The question was are there any plans for the SF-425, the Federal Financial Report, to be integrated into our REEport system where the technical reports are entered? – [Voiceover] The answer is definitely no and I’ll give you a little reason and background why Right now I think some of you on the conference, and I’m not sure if this has been talked about earlier today but NIFA is going through a grants modernization effort and we are replacing our internal grant processing system with a new USDA-wide system and as you know, the SF-425 is a Federal Government-wide financial report that’s required And so this is a report that’s going to be integrated into that system The ultimate vision that NIFA has, and it’s going to take years to get there, but the ultimate vision we have is for this new grant system, it doesn’t have a name yet but this new grants making, reporting-type system if you will will be the one-stop shop So it will have an external portal that basically allows any grantee with NIFA to log in and see the status of any grant that they have with NIFA, be it competitive or capacity and they would be able to see the status of funds that are available, funds that have been drawn down, reports that are coming up due or reports that are overdue And for any report that they may have due, have an easy, quick button to click and then be able to electronically submit that form Now on the background, this new system may be connected to other systems like REEport So if this new system says you have a final technical report

due and you click that link, that link may just redirect you to what you know now as the REEport system Whereas if it says you have an SF-425 due and you click that button, it’ll bring you to another screen And so it may not look and feel exactly like the screen you have for REEport but ultimately you’re still going to this one main system, this one portal to get a snapshot of any reports you have due and to be able to submit them all starting from that same place And so that’s the reason is because the SF-425 is going to be electronically part of this new grant system and this is a USDA-wide decision, it would make no sense for us to integrate it into REEport at this time – [Voiceover] Thank you very much – [Voiceover] Any other questions, or should I get started? – [Voiceover] You can go ahead and get started – [Voiceover] Okay So I hope everyone signed on has had an educational experience so far in learning about kind of the upfront pre-award and middle award grant making process and I’m gonna talk a little bit today about reporting your impact So the post-award process and expectations and requirements for, now that you’ve received a grant from NIFA and you’ve been one, two, three years in on performing that work, what are you impacts? How do you report those to us? And so there’s a couple basic items I’d like to cover first just for those of you who might not be aware or might just want a reminder It’s really important to remember when using the REEport system that not just anyone can enter data or submit project data on behalf of the PD Even if a person is very closely working with the PD, let’s say a co-PD or a researchers assistant, postdoc, et cetera, those types of people, unless they are labeled as either the PD or the Authorized Representative at the Institution they will not have access to enter data on forms in REEport And you’ll see a note here, this doesn’t apply to anyone here but at Land Grant there are site administrators and so this is for non-land grants I understand But basically this means that the PD and Authorized Representative are the only two people with the rules in REEport that have the ability to enter data into REEport And so I just wanted to remind you all of that if there’s ever a situation where someone’s trying to enter and say, “I can’t see the projects, why can’t I see the projects?” And that would be why, next slide Now also a couple just reminders on REEport terminology that I’m gonna use throughout the rest of this presentation Anybody who has a grant with NIFA currently here already knows what a Project Initiation is or should know, because a Project Initiation is the form that we require in the REEport system in order to actually award you the money that we’ve said that you’re going to get and to make a project active And so I’m sure everybody signed on or the colleagues that you’ve worked with that you’re signed on behalf of know what a Project Initiation is and have already submitted one Meanwhile the Progress Report and the Final Report are the two types of reports that we collect in order to collect accomplishment data Throughout this webinar you’re gonna hear, I’ll use the words accomplishments and impacts kind of interchangeably The reason is because it’s pretty open-ended in the REEport system what we’re asking for and the box that it gets put in So I’ll get into that a little bit later but I just wanna kind of upfront tell you, accomplishments or outcomes or impacts, those are kind of all interchangeable a little bit So how are impacts collected? They’re collected as I just said on the Progress Reports and the Final Report And something that we get all the time, “Well what is the due date?” And the due date for any competitive grant is not the same as another grant and that’s because it’s due within a time frame of when the start date is of that grant So basically Progress Reports are due annually within 90 days after the anniversary of the start date of any project, and Final Reports have that same timeline except it’s based on the end date, not the start date So it must be submitted within 90 days after the project end date This really matters, it’s not the anniversary of the start date for Final Reports because let’s say for example, you’ve received a six month No Cost Extension Well that means the 90 days that the Final Report would be due within would be based on that extra

six months ending, not the anniversary of the start date Because that would mean, that would give you an extra year when you really only took an extra six months, and so that’s why that matters And we do have a decent amount of No Cost Extensions that are given So why is it so important to submit high-quality impacts to NIFA? First of all, we really really do read them We get asked this a lot and oftentimes unfortunately, and we know that you all and your colleagues have a lot of reporting to do but it’s not just another report and it doesn’t just go into a folder and not get read We really do read them and we use them at the Federal level to demonstrate the public value of the Federal funds We use it in our annual budget justification process, we regularly weekly, if not daily sometimes have to report up to the USDA Secretary’s Office, also up to Congress and to the White House And sometimes these reports are, and what we’re asked to provide for data has a very, very short turnaround time I’d like to say we have weeks for some of them but sometimes it’s even just a day, sometimes just hours And we’re always going to try, we’re never going to not give an answer but sometimes if we can’t quickly and efficiently get to well-written impact statements then we have to kind of ignore what might be a very, very great project with great progress, but we just aren’t able to tease out what the real accomplishments are because of the way that report was written by the PD or whomever And so that’s what I’m going to talk to you about today So in the Progress and Final Reports, if you’re familiar with the system you should recognize this little blue question mark that is one this slide That is the Help Text button Please, please pay attention to the Help Text, it’s there for a reason We try to do a really good job of making sure that that Help Text is as clear and as explanatory as possible to helping you understand what goes in a certain section The button, and I know there’s many systems that we all use where you click that button and it just says “This is where you enter your accomplishment statement.” It goes much further than that Those Help Text boxes, button give you a lot of explanation and guidance in what we’re looking for in certain sections So on those reports the section titles are Participants, Target Audience, Products, Other Projects, Accomplishments and Changes slash Problems And then within each of those sections there are sub-boxes and sections that you have to fill out and next to each of those sub-sections is one of those Help Text items Now on the Accomplishment section, it’s just called Accomplishments and when you open up that page what you see are four open text boxes So there are four questions on that box and normally I would never put a PowerPoint slide together that looks like this one It’s everything not to do for a PowerPoint slide as far as number of words and heavy text and all of that, I do this though to make a point If you look at that second bullet listed there, the critical part of that page is the first question to ask, what did you accomplish under these goals? You recall just a minute ago I was saying that sometimes we have very short turnaround times and even longer ones but no matter what, when we’re trying to answer the question for stakeholders and lawmakers and other decision-makers in the Federal Government, at the state level, at the regional level, we go to this section to say, “What did this project accomplish? What have they done in a year or in three years or in five years? What type of impact are they making on a certain body of knowledge or other, what type of information are they building and providing to other scientists? What type of community impact are they having?” This is the box we’re going to go to You have 8,000 characters including spaces in that box and that’s a decent amount of space In those 8,000 characters we are not asking you to list all of the heavy data from any test you have performed or lab work or anything like that What we’re asking for is a qualitative description in lay terms that helps the general public, someone who probably does not have a scientific background or even understands what extension is the way some of you might understand it to be We’re looking for a layperson’s description of why does this research matter, why does this project or this program matter? Who has it helped, what’s the audience it’s helping? Why should it continue to receive public funding, why should other projects similar to this receive public funding? So that’s what we’re trying to get at and if you click the Help Text box next to that question,

what you’re gonna get, and this is only a portion of it but the very first paragraph is the paragraph that I’ve pasted here And we’re basically saying that you need to describe in one to two paragraphs the impact of your project, you need to describe that upfront When I say one to two paragraphs you can think probably in the range of 1,000 characters or so Which means that after that upfront kind of headline type statement of who it’s helping and what you’re doing, then after that you can get more specific and more in the weeds and use the other 7,000 characters that you still have left to describe some of the more specific results of what your work has accomplished thus far But the part that I wanna read is toward the bottom It says “Please do feel free to use numbers that will be meaningful to non-scientific audiences such as community leaders, politicians, taxpayers and farmers You will need to translate results of your work into lay terms, things that everyday people can relate to.” One of the ways that I usually like to describe this is if you think about if you were to take the one to two paragraphs that you write in this section and it was to be on the front page of your local newspaper let’s say, would that be something that would grab someone’s attention? Would it help someone understand the impact or the importance of your work? Would they be able to understand it in non-scientific terms? If it’s not something that you could imagine being in some type of general public forum like a newspaper or magazine or a public blog or something like that, then you would want to question what you’re putting in that section Next slide So to help you think about and kind of break down what I was just describing, we like to say think about it in three sections or three questions In your impact paragraph or paragraphs, these are the three questions that should be answered Number one, what is the issue targeted, or basically what is your project about? Again, in non-scientific terms In number two, what did you do about it? This gets at just the reporting period, so a Progress Report is only supposed to cover a 12 month reporting period A Final Report is supposed to cover the life of the project and this is clear in the help text in the report system So for number two to say what did you do about it, you should be answering what did you do about it just in that particular reporting period if you’re filling out a Progress Report If you’re filling out a Final Report you should be answering what did you do about it in terms of the life of the project? Whether that project was three years or five years or whatever length of time, you should be giving us the total “what did you do about it” answer And number three is what have been the results of your actions? So basically what have been the benefits? Who has benefited? Think back to what you entered in the report as part of your target audience, and how will your work further other research that may be done or other extension work? How will the information be disseminated to communities of interest, that type of thing So if you basically are in a way answering these three questions then you’ve gotten to what we want to explain to the public as far as public value So the next two slides I have a couple examples of impact and I want to help you understand what it is and how it is that NIFA uses this information No matter what we understand that when we put reports together we of course have to kind of do a little wordsmithing to try to make lots of different reports that come in of lots of different areas of research kind of sound the same depending on the type of report we’re putting together or the audience we’re giving it to But in general we end up with something like what you see here, and so I want to read through it and point out to you how this type of very, very simple paragraph answers the three questions that you just saw on that last slide So this one starts out, “A new system is being developed by the researchers at the University of Missouri that saves up to 50 percent of energy expenses by recycling heat previously wasted.” So right there that basically just says what the work is getting at It doesn’t launch into a whole long history but you can see just in very general terms that it’s an issue that heat can be wasted and also that there’s a way that you can capture or use or recycle that energy And so they came up with the Air Heat Recovery System, which works by capturing the air ventilated from poultry barns The system can save the typical Missouri poultry operation about half of the 7,000 gallons of propane used each year, more than 10,000 dollars in savings at today’s prices

So right there in just one sentence you can see in lay terms how it basically says what that institution, that PD and other co-PDs who were working together, what that institution did about this issue of wanting to save energy expenses by recycling wasted heat And it basically says here’s the system they came up with, and here’s what it’s saving people, the typical Missouri poultry operation It’s saving 7,000 gallons of propane used and it’s giving a quantitative number that really puts a dollar amount in understanding in lay terms of the savings at today’s prices And then it goes on to say that the cost reduction would be even greater in colder regions The recovery system also improved air quality going into the barn, reducing dust, ammonia, carbon dioxide levels This is evidence that improved air quality helps birds gain weight faster, have greater feed conversion and less mortality And so at the end those are more qualitative statements not necessarily backed up by any statistics or quantitative numbers but it’s something again that’s put in lay terms that various audiences can understand And that’s really it, we’re not looking for a huge, long list or a book on answering those three questions It’s basically what is the issue you’re getting at? Here it happens to be about energy cost saving What did you do about it? In this one they developed an Air Heat Recovery System And basically what’s the benefit? And this is showing that it can save one poultry operation more than 10,000 dollars in savings So that’s how basic it is Here’s another example on the next slide So this one gets more at the idea of education and building capacity and this is gonna be an example of something that it doesn’t even give any quantitative numbers or statistics or anything like that But just the same it’s still a very good example of the value of this public funding And this is from a smaller institution The Northwest Indian College in Washington used its Tribal College Research Grant to study manila clams so the tribe can gain insight on why populations of this culturally important aquatic species appear to be declining So right there up front you see what the issue is, is this important aquatic species appears to be declining So what are they going to do about it? With their research partner Oregon State University, the college is seeking to determine how elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide levels in sediment affect the growth rate of manila clams And so again really just upfront and basic, it’s showing so what are they looking to do about it? And here thus far is what they’ve done The college has a working gas chromatograph that will be used to analyze chemical components in the diet of manila clams The college had not used the instrument before now The project will greatly build capacity by increasing the number of students and faculty on campus who can conduct analysis with it It will also increase the chances that students in the project can obtain additional internships or jobs a research field So this is a really, again another example of just a qualitative description of how this project, although it’s a smaller project at a smaller institution, there’s not any crazy numbers in terms of dollar savings or dollars realized or earned but it’s really important to show some of what NIFA’s funds are supposed to do is to help build capacity Help support students and faculty in becoming more advanced in their research and analysis capabilities And again supporting students in projects to obtain additional internships or jobs in research fields, which is something that, an area that NIFA supports as well So we have another example on the next slide So here’s another one where I’ll just start right in Researchers at Alabama A and M University have established that off-bottom oyster farming is economically viable So that’s what they’re working on right there upfront In collaboration with Auburn University and other partners, eight commercial oyster farms have been established in Alabama with more than 12 acres in production Since the aquaculture project began, over one million oysters have gone to market with a wholesale value of at least 500,000 So that quantitative number right there is very important Whenever something, as we’ve already said, can be put into numbers or money savings, earnings, dollar increases or decreases in lay terms that general people can understand, that’s really important cause it shows the return on investment of what these public funds are doing And this is expected to more than double in the coming year Oyster farms have created at least six long-term, part-time jobs So again really simple, pretty much to the point You can see that each of the three examples that I shared range from I think anywhere from five to eight sentences Nothing crazy or extensive but that type of impact statement upfront is really, really important to include in that Accomplishments section that we talked about

And so some of you may be wondering, this is a question that I get a lot but you may be wondering, “Well those sound like really impactful statements and it’s not easy to come up with that in maybe the first year of the project.” And we definitely understand that NIFA, we do not expect that every single project every single year is gonna have something hugely impactful to say, and that’s okay You have an opportunity in your report in the Accomplishments section but also in Changes, Problems section to describe basically maybe why certain outcomes have not yet been realized But at some point we would hope in a multi-year project that one of those reports, whether it’s one of the Progress Reports or ultimately at the Final Report level, you are able to put a paragraph together similar to the examples that I just shared So I hope, we get asked a lot, “What kind of examples can you share? What can you tell us about how you use these data?” I hope what I just shared with you kind of helped answer that I’m absolutely happy to talk to anybody further offline in terms of what further guidance I or someone in my office can provide as far as outcome and impact writing is concerned One thing that I do wanna take the opportunity to do is invite you and ask you to sign yourselves as part of the REEport Listserv I promise we don’t constantly send out spam or anything like that through the Listserv It’s a really great way to get newsletters and notifications on system downtime, new releases of the system, et cetera And it’s really easy to subscribe if you just follow the instructions here and that’s how you’re gonna get the most up-to-date feedback And then also we use that Listserv as an opportunity for us to collect feedback So right now just as an example, we’re going through an update of the system where we are going to enhance what we call the Operational Reports section So that basically means that anybody who has access to the system has this module called Operational Reports where you can go in and search some of the data that’s in REEport And we want to know from you basically well what is the most helpful for you as our partners and as our grantees and so we use that Listserv to send out those types of emails with questions or opportunities to email back feedback So that’s it from me today, I think we have a little bit of time for question and answers If not I guess Mallory will correct me But this also is the REEport webpage just so that you’re aware and I know you have these live so if you ever have any questions or want to get any of the Project Directors guides or training videos, they’re on that website listed here – [Voiceover] Thank you very much Katelyn, and at this time I’ll invite our moderator back and we will take your questions – [Voiceover] At this time we have no other questions online – [Voiceover] Thank you very much Thank you to all of our presenters who donated their time and expertise today, and thank you all for joining us on this webinar As we stated when we began, this is being recorded and it will be posted on our NIFA USDA dot gov web site Thank you very much and have a good day

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