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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Organizations, and Individuals to Increase the Participation of Women and Underrepresented Individuals in STEM

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.318
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-WAMS-009764
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/19/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA agencies, national laboratories, IHEs, research institutions, private corporations and organizations, and individuals for projects that increase the participation of underrepresented individuals and women in STEM fields. Applicants must contact the funding source to assess the organization's readiness to apply. Funding is intended to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences.

The purpose of this program is to support integrated education/teaching and extension/outreach projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends for this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences and their allied disciplines.

Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural enterprise. WAMS-funded projects should improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing education and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations for women and underrepresented minorities. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

For the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) program, NIFA will support projects with a target audience of K-14 students (kindergarten through twelfth grade plus two years of post-secondary schooling (e.g., vocational technical institutions or community or junior colleges)).

WAMS project activities must support the creation, adaptation, and adoption of learning materials and teaching strategies to operationalize what we know about how students learn. WAMS-funded projects shall also focus on imparting both technical knowledge as well as leadership and interpersonal skills, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, as these are abilities expected by employers.

For additional information on program purpose and priorities, see

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
As contained in Section 7204 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246 which amends Section 1672 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5925)), applications may only be submitted by the following eligible applicants: (a) State agricultural experiment stations; (b) colleges and universities; (c) university research foundations; (d) other research institutions and organizations; (e) Federal agencies; (f) national laboratories; (g) private organizations or corporations; and, (h) individuals or any group consisting of two or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (A) through (H).

Four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral focused projects will not be awarded under this grant announcement.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, April 19, 2023

Contact an Authorized Representative (AR) prior to starting an application to assess the organization’s readiness to submit an electronic application.

Applicants must apply to this RFA electronically via; no other method or response is accepted. New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

For FY 2023, an eligible applicant may not submit more than two applications to this program as a lead institution/applicant and no more than one award will be made per lead institution/applicant.

In accordance with 7 U.S.C. 5925(a)(2)(A) the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $200,000 total

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: 24-36 Months

Contact Information
Program Contact:
Carlos Ortiz, PhD

NIFA Support: Support: Online Support:
Telephone support: 800-518-4726
Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
Email support:

National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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