FAEIS-EP116823  Capacity Grants - 1995 Program Summary


Overview of Program

The 1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Program was launched in FY 1990
to achieve three major goals:  to strengthen linkages among the 1890
institutions, other colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, and private industry; to advance cultural diversity of the food
and agricultural scientific and professional work force by attracting and
educating more minority students; and to enhance the quality of teaching and
research programs at the 1890 institutions to more readily establish them as
full partners in the U.S. food and agricultural sciences higher education
system.  It is designed to be a high impact program and is unique in that it is
the only Federal initiative targeted specifically towards strengthening the
quality of programs in the food and agricultural sciences at the historically
black land-grant institutions.

The 1890 land-grant universities are uniquely qualified to contribute to the
cultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional
work force.  Founded to provide mainstream educational opportunities in many
disciplines to the black community while promoting respect for cultural
diversity, these colleges and universities today enroll and educate not only
African-American students, but Asian, Hispanic, and other American and
international students.   Similarly, their faculty represent a diverse array of
ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Now in its sixth year, the Capacity Program has achieved notable success.  It
is cited as a top priority by the Joint Council on Food and Agricultural
Sciences and by the Users Advisory Board -- the two major science and education
policy recommendation bodies reporting to the Secretary of Agriculture.  It is
attributed priority status also by the USDA/1890 Task Force appointed by the
Secretary of Agriculture.

The Capacity Grants Program, administered by the Office of Higher Education
Programs in the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, is
competitive in nature and provides support to the 1890 Institutions and
Tuskegee University for teaching and research projects in targeted high-
priority areas.  It encourages matching support from non-Federal sources and
also requires cooperation with one or more USDA agencies in developing a
proposal and carrying out a project, thereby strengthening departmental
partnerships and linkages with these important minority institutions.

The 216 projects funded during the first five years of the program, 116 in
teaching and 100 in research, are well underway at all of the recipient
institutions.  Research projects are focusing on such areas as biotechnology,
nutrition, aquaculture, plant science, and animal science.  Teaching projects
are addressing innovative student recruitment, educational delivery systems,
and curricula enhancement strategies in such areas as agribusiness management
and marketing, regulatory sciences, plant and soil sciences, and veterinary

FY 1995 Program

In FY 1995, $9,207,000 were appropriated for the sixth year of the program.  Of
the $9,207,000 available, $4,456,466 were allocated to support 27 teaching
projects and $4,354,857 million were allocated to support 18 research projects. 
Targeted need areas for teaching projects included curricula design and
materials development, faculty preparation and enhancement, instruction
delivery systems, student experiential learning, instrumentation for teaching,
and student recruitment and retention within the fields of agriculture, natural
resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, home economics, and closely allied
disciplines.  Research areas included studies and experimentation in the food
and agricultural sciences, establishment of centralized research support
systems, and development of improved technology delivery systems for producers
and consumers in the food and agricultural sciences network.

One hundred and eighty-five proposals were received in FY 1995 representing a
total funding request of $49 million.  These included 119 research proposals
and 66 teaching proposals.  The 185 proposals provided a commitment of almost $ 
million ( percent) in matching funds from State and private sources.

13 different USDA agencies served as project cooperators on the 185 proposals. 
The Agricultural Research Service cooperated on 108 proposals-- 81 in research
and 27 in teaching.  Other USDA agencies cooperated on from 1-25 proposals.

Grant applications were reviewed by a peer review panel comprised of 43 Federal
Government officials who possessed outstanding expertise in the food and
agricultural sciences as well as comprehensive knowledge of the 1890 university

To ensure the highest quality of management in carrying out the Capacity
Building Grants Program, a full-time Program Specialist within the Office of
Higher Education Programs is assigned to manage the program.  The incumbent
serves on the Working Group reporting to the USDA/1890 Task Force. 
Additionally, the program specialist is in constant contact with 
representatives appointed by different USDA agencies to work with the 1890
Institutions and Tuskegee University in developing proposals and in carrying
out funded projects.  The Higher Education Programs staff conducted its fourth
grantsmanship workshop for the 1890 community in St. Louis, Missouri, on
November 15-17, 1994.  Grant applications in FY 1995 revealed that the 1890
institutions have made significant progress in advancing their proposal
development and grantsmanship skills since the previous year.  This is
important as the Department of Agriculture endeavors to assist these
institutions in becoming more competitive with all other colleges and
universities for other sources of support.   

The four tables on the following pages provide detailed information on FY 1995
Capacity Grants. 


HEP CFD Code:  10.216

Source:  Higher Education Programs / Cooperative State Research, Education and 
         Extension Service / Science and Education Resources Development / 
         U.S. Department of Agriculture