Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)  - The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences (FAHNsciences). WAMS-funded projects should improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

For the FY 2021 award cycle, NIFA intends to 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). 4 year undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral focused projects will not be awarded under this grant announcement.

Projects with a primary target of 4-year undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral studies should consider NIFA’s workforce and development focused programs. More information is available here: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-reinforces-agriculturaleducation-pipeline


Limited Submission - 1 per institution, Maximum Award, $100,000 - Agency deadline January 21, 2021, 5 pm eastern time.   Letter of Intent not required for this program.

  • Office for Research Development Internal LOI deadline:  October 1, 2020 -  email research.development@oregonstate.edu
  • USDA Deadline, January 21, 2021 - 5 pm eastern time.

Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

Cover Sheet (1 page)

Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title

Project Summary: 2 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.

Unique Aspects: 2 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.

Key PI/co-PIs: 4 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 being requested from WAMS. WAMS funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION (2 - 3 pages - this is based on WAMS review criteria - A technical review panel will evaluate applications that meet the administrative requirements. We select reviewers based upon their training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, considering the following factors):

  • the level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities;
  • the need to include experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields;
  • the need to include other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess the relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and program needs;
  • the need to include experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and federal agencies, and private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations;
  • the need to maintain a balanced composition with regard to minority and female representation and equitable age distribution; and
  • the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective use of each application to producers and the general public

Email to research.development@oregonstate.edu

Program Code: WAMS Program Code Name: Women and Minorities in STEM CFDA Number 10.318 Project Type: Education/ Teaching, Research, Extension, Integrated Grant Type: Standard Grants Application Deadline

  • FY2020 February 24, 2020
  • FY2021 January 21, 2021
  • Grant Duration: 24-36 Months
  • Anticipated # of Awards/Fiscal Year: 4
  • Maximum Award Amount: $100,000




Thursday, October 1, 2020
Date Open: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Agency Deadline: 
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
email research.development@oregonstate.edu