United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
05/29/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt
Grants starting at $75,000 to USA and territories veterinary organizations, schools of veterinary medicine, research and medical foundations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit entities for rural veterinary training and service development. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.
Funding is intended to develop, implement and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the United States and U.S. Insular Areas. Applications may only be submitted by the entities listed below if they carry out programs or activities that will: 1) substantially relieve veterinarian shortage situations; or 2) support or facilitate private veterinary practices engaged in public health activities.
Applications will be accepted for two project types: (1) Education, Extension and Training and (2) Rural Practice Enhancement.
The VSGP is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.
Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:
1. Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.
2. Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety and public health.
3. Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety, public health or food animal medicine.
Grants will also be made available to establish, expand and better equip for-profit or nonprofit veterinary practices or individuals operating a veterinary clinic or providing veterinary services in a certain veterinarian shortage situation, as designated through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program, that is situated in a rural area, as defined in section 343(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1991(a)).
For program area priorities and other grant requirements, see pages 7-9 of the RFP: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/19_Veterinary_35.pdf#page=7
GrantWatch ID#: 183547
Education, Extension and Training (EET) Grants: Budgets must be between $75,000 and $250,000, including indirect costs.
Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants: Budgets must be between $75,000 and $125,000.
Education, Extension and Training (EET) Grants are for project periods of 2-4 years.
Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants are for project periods of 3-4 years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For assistance in preparing application forms content, contact:
Business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays
Dr. Robert M. Smith, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Susan Bowman, Awards Management Division, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Telephone: (202) 401-4324
Adriene Woodin, Awards Management Division, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Telephone: (202) 401-4320
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
STOP 2240; 1400
Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2240
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