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NIFA Grants Workshop in Texas — August 26-28, 2015

 

NIFA Grants Workshop in Texas — August 26-28, 2015

Day 1 – August 26

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Networking Meeting at Embassy Suites

  • Introduction by Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean, College of Applied Arts
  • Remarks by Provost Gene Bourgeois, Texas State University

Day 2 – August 27

7:30 - 8:30 am

Conference Registration

8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome and Introduction                                                      T. Jaime Chahin, Ph.D.

                                                                                                Irma Lawrence, Ph.D.

                                                                                                Siva Sureshwaran, Ph.D.

9:00 - 9:15 am

Introduction to NIFA                                                                Sonny Ramaswamy, Ph.D.

9:20 - 9:55 am

Session 1 – Introduction to AFRI                                            Margo Holland, Ph.D.

  • Types of Grants
  • Challenge, Foundational and FASE grants
  • Q & A (5 minutes)

10:00 - 10:35 am

Session 2 – Programs on Nutrition,                                       Jodi Williams, Ph.D.

   Food Safety, and Childhood Obesity                                  Jeanette Thurston, Ph.D.

  • Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Food Safety
  • Q & A (5 minutes)

10:35 - 11:00 am

Morning Break

11:00 am - 11:50 pm

Session 3 – Bioenergy, Climate and the Environment           Ali Mohamed, Ph.D.

  • Water for Agriculture
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
  • Q & A (5 minutes)

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

  • Select your topic of interest

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Session 4 – Education Programs                                          Siva Sureshwaran, Ph.D.

  • Secondary, Post-Secondary Education Grants Program
  • National Needs Fellowships, NIFA Fellows, Multicultural Scholars, Challenge
  • ELI
  • Q & A (5 minutes)

1:50 - 2:30 pm

Session 5 – HSIs Education Grants Program                       Irma Lawrence, Ed.D

                                                                                              Tanner Joseph Machado, Ph.D.

                                                                                              JoAnn Canales, Ph.D.

                                                                                              Douglas Morrish, Ph.D.

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break

2:50 - 3:25 pm

Session 6 – Food Production and Sustainability                   Margo Holland, Ph.D.

  • Global Food Security and Sustainability
  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
  • Specialty Crops (SCRI)
  • Q & A (5 minutes)

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Session 7 – Writing a Proposal                                             Nicole Wagner, Ph.D.

                                                                                              Evy Gonzales

                                                                                              Omar Lopez, Ph.D.

Strategic Pre-Proposal Steps

  • Idea development—importance of developing your research and education agenda
  • Develop a mentorship network
  • Identify potential collaborators
  • Learn how to be competitive
  • Research development resources

Writing Successful Proposals

  • The role of the program leader
  • The importance of understanding the review process
  • Most common mistakes
  • Sections of USDA proposals

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Evaluation & Adjourn

Day 3 – August 28

7:30 - 8:30 am  Registration, USDA Career Event

8:30 - 9:00 am

Remarks by Alfred V. Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety and Inspection Service

9:00 - noon

Employer Browse and Meet-and-Greet