Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been award three grants worth more than $1.3 million from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
FAMU was among a select group of land-grant institutions whose proposals were accepted under the grant program.
“For nearly 125 years, [FAMU] has played a vital role in ensuring access to higher education and opportunities for underserved communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These competitively-awarded grants support high-quality research, teaching and extension activities, and support the continued leadership of 1890 institutions in the fields of agriculture, the environment and public health.”
Two of the grants, which together exceed $450,000, were awarded through the 1890 Institution Research, Extension and Teaching Capacity Building Grants Program. The grants will support the university's agricultural science programs while strengthening the linkage between other 1890 land-grant institutions, the USDA and private industry.
The third grant was awarded through the 1890 Facilities Grants Program. More than $900,000 will be provided to FAMU to assist in acquiring and improving food science facilities, equipment and research libraries.
The grant dollars will contribute to the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, and its Cooperative Extension Program's, continued efforts to play a critical role in teaching students to meet the high-quality, innovative research needs that are vital to the well-being of our nation’s food, fuel and fiber.
FAMU Professors Neil James, Ph.D., Mehboob Sheikh, Ph.D., and Muhammad Haseeb, Ph.D., were the principal investigators for the grant proposals.
“The purpose of the grants are to continue capacity training, enhance faculty skills and develop new teaching techniques,” said Sheikh. “We want to be current with developing trends and technologies and with providing training for our students and hands-on learning experience in the laboratory.”