WSU to host Nat’l Institute of Food and Agriculture Workshop

PULLMAN – Washington State University, in partnership with several national agricultural and food organizations, is hosting a one-day, workshop on the preparation and management of competitively awarded, systems-based grant applications. The event will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Partnering with WSU are the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), and the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
These organizations require that grant applicants use a systems approach to meet challenges faced by food and agriculture producers and consumers.
The theme will be similar to last year’s workshop, which was hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca NY. However, because of the technology available for archiving last year’s presentations, we do not plan to repeat any talks from last year.
So, based on the same theme, this conference will feature different topics and new speakers who will provide fresh perspectives and case studies on:
  • stakeholder engagement
  • systems thinking
  • sustainability
  • tightly coupled research and extension
  • presentations on project team building
  • proposal preparation
  • proposal writing and rewriting
  • eXtension Communities of Practice
  • multiinstitutional projects from a sponsored programs office perspective

“It is an honor for WSU to be selected to host the USDA NIFA National Organic, Specialty Crop, and Sustainable Agriculture Grant Workshop,” said Ralph Cavalieri, director of the WSU Agricultural Research Center. “WSU’s faculty have been particularly successful in these grant programs and our participation in the national webcast of this workshop is a recognition of that success.”

The cost is $15. Priority/early faculty registration is now underway. General registration will begin Aug. 23. Registration is not required for those attending via webstream. The webstream link is coming soon, and live chat will be available during the workshop.
For additional information, see the WSU Agricultural Research Center website

The program will be produced live at the Lewis Alumni Centre, on the WSU Pullman, Wash., campus and also will be available via a live webcast, as well as an archived webcast for online viewing.

The webstream will be archived at a later date on the NIFA website.