USDA is releasing more than $3 million to enhance international science and education by increasing the international research and teaching capabilities of 23 institutions in 19 states. While making the announcement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the Obama Administration has prioritized efforts to strengthen domestic and international food security, and these projects will promote innovation to prepare the U.S. agriculture industry to meet the global demands of the 21st century.
The projects being supported will enhance the international content of curricula, provide faculty with the opportunity to work outside the United States to bring lessons learned back to the classroom, promote international research partnerships, enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the United States and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.
The overarching goal of the grant program is to strengthen the global competitiveness of students, faculty and staff in agriculture and related areas and enhance business performance in international agriculture. USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service administers the funds through the competitively awarded International Science and Education Grants program.