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SPECA  - National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Limited Submission - 1 per institution

  • Internal Letter of Intent Deadline: 
  • Agency Deadline:  

Purpose and Priorities

The purpose of the SPECA program is to award grants to:

1. Enhance the quality of K-14 instruction in order to help meet current and future national food and agricultural sciences workplace needs

2. Increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a 2 or 4-yeardegree in the food and agricultural sciences.

3. Promote and strengthen secondary education and 2-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and

4. Promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, 2-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to promote excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences.

Internal Applications must include the following:

COVER SHEET: (1 page) - please use an 11 point or higher font with one inch margins.

  • Your name, OSU position, home department, email, and OSU contact information
  • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
  • Project Type: Regular, Collaborative Grant Type 1, or Collaborative Grant Type 2)
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project..
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y requested from the agency.  Funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
  • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • Two or three sentences describing why this proposal should be OSU's submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1 page) - please use an 11 point or higher font with one inch margins.

Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of:

  • Research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s);
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • How the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research
  • Optional - List one or two suggested reviewers.


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