Information about federal capacity funding for research, related forms
Research scientists working as part of a land-grant institution in the U.S., including Texas A&M AgriLife Research, are eligible to compete for capacity funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA-NIFA.
Capacity Funding Programs
AgriLife Research faculty qualify for four types of USDA-NIFA capacity funding.
This funding is based on a five-year plan of work that serves as the umbrella for a faculty member’s full research portfolio. The plan of work aims to fulfill provisions of the Hatch Act of 1887, funding agricultural research at State Agricultural Experiment Stations, SAE.
This is similar to Hatch funding with the additional requirement of including participants from qualifying institutions in other states to solve mutual challenges.
McIntire-Stennis capacity grant
The purpose of this funding is to increase forestry research in the production, utilization, and protection of forestland; to train future forestry scientists; and to involve other disciplines in forestry research.
Animal Health and Disease Research
The purpose of this funding is to promote animal health research at accredited state veterinary schools or colleges or agricultural experiment stations.
Travel and compliance
Faculty and staff traveling as part of a USDA-NIFA multistate project must fill out a travel authorization form prior to travel for reimbursement and record-keeping. Download the multistate travel authorization form, or, for other travel provisions from Texas A&M AgriLife, visit the administrative services office online.
Download multistate travel authorization form