USDA/NIFA has just released the new Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) RFAs. AFRI represents exciting program opportunities for Cooperative Extension and eXtension can help ensure that appropriate teams and multiple institutions are involved. According to program guidelines, funds may be requested, among others, for stand-alone Extension projects and integrated projects. Both of these can be used to establish new and/or enhance existing eXtension Communities of Practice in areas consistent with AFRI program priorities.
With this in mind, please consider encouraging faculty at your institution to involve Communities of Practice either in lead roles or in supporting roles in proposals. Communities of Practice are available due to the investments Cooperative Extension and partners have made and provide a good core of collaborating Extension professionals from multiple states.
A Community of Practice is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary virtual network of subject matter content providers consisting of faculty, professional and para-professional staff, county educators, industry experts, clientele and government agency representatives who share knowledge or competence in a specific content area and are willing to work and learn together over a period of time to further develop and share that knowledge in forms of educational products and programs.
For a list and brief description of eXtension Communities of Practice please visit:
For detailed information on ways to include eXtension in AFRI applications, please visit:
https://www.extension.org/wiki/NIFA_RFA_Information. Please note, several Communities of Practice have posted information sheets describing their interest in competitive proposal collaboration.
To help potential partners learn about the advantages of partnering with eXtension Communities of Practice, the following 1-hour conference calls will be held. Please call: (712) 432-0111, Access Code 517400#.
April 7, 11 a.m. ET
April 9, 11 a.m. ET
April 13, 11 a.m. ET
April 20, 11 a.m. ET
If you have questions or comments, or wish to contact Community of Practice leaders, please contact Craig Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org, 859.323.8472 (office), Ashley Griffin at email@example.com, 859.323.8473 (office) or Dan Cotton at firstname.lastname@example.org, 402.472.8841 (office).