Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

USDA International Science and Education (ISE) Grants Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The USDA's International Science and Education (ISE) Grants Program supports the internationalization of food, agriculture, and related programs at US universities and colleges. ISE is intended to improve the ability of American students, business people, and community members to compete more effectively in the global world of agriculture, food, and related sectors. In addition, ISE projects must be directed to agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities that enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching.

Proposals should demonstrate how the proposed work responds to specific needs and strengths of the university in addressing one or both of the following areas:

  1. Strengthening the Global Competence of Students, Faculty, and Staff in Agriculture and Related Area—Areas of emphasis may include but are not limited to (a) planning, implementing and evaluating initiatives that enhance the international content of the curriculum; (b) ensuring that US scientists, extension agents, and educators convey the implications of their international findings to others in the United States; or (c) enhancing the capabilities of colleges and universities to conduct collaborative research with other countries on issues relevant to US agricultural performance.
  2. Enhancing Business Performance in International Agriculture and Related Sectors—Through extension, research and/or teaching programs, enhance the ability of American agricultural producers, marketers and others in the agricultural community to operate effectively in the global arena. Supportable activities include but are not limited to (a) enhancing the capabilities of US colleges and universities to provide cooperative extension education that promotes the application of new technology developed in foreign countries to US agriculture; or (b) enhancing the capability of US colleges and universities, in cooperation with federal agencies, to provide leadership and education programs in market identification, international trade policies, new or existing markets, and production efficiencies. Such programs should strengthen the ability of American natural resources and food production, processing, and distribution businesses and industries to compete internationally.

Internationalization of U.S. campus-based programs is the primary focus of the ISE program. Proposals that do not show benefit to the U.S. will not be reviewed. Since the ISE program is an integrated program, proposals should have an integrated approach - focusing on at least 2 of the 3 main components – agricultural research, extension and teaching. Single function proposals will not be reviewed.

Because MU is limited to two applications as the lead institution, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and include a summary of 1) anticipated goals and objectives of the proposed activities, 2) the project's overall approach and any proposed cooperation, 3) a description of the project's potential for contributing to internationalization, and 4) names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $150,000 total for a project period of up to four years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

January 19, 2011


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