Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

NIFA's Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) serves nearly 5 million students and 60,000 teachers annually through workshops, conferences, field trips, farm tours, and other educational activities. AITC programs include working with state AITC activities engaged in a variety of issues relating to agricultural literacy. Other programs emphasized by the NIFA AITC office include:

  • Science literacy
  • Agricultural careers
  • Nutrition
  • Pre-service and professional develop opportunities for teachers.

The disciplines of agriculture and education have been related for much of our nation's history. When most Americans lived on farms or in small towns, students often did farm chores before and after school. Old schoolbooks have numerous agricultural references. As the farming population began to decline, agricultural emphasis decreased in educational materials as well.

A core group of educators and agriculturalists pushed for more youth education about agriculture. They recognized the interlocking role of farming and food and fiber production with environmental quality, which included wildlife habitat, clean water, and the preservation of forests. This group went on to promote the national effort of AITC. Today AITC continues to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society so they will become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.

Institutions may only submit one application.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: March 27, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications may be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research or educational institutions or organizations, Federal and private agencies and organization and individuals.

Amount Description

The anticipated amount available for AITC in FY 2018 is approximately $500,000 for a one year cooperative agreement with noncompetitive renewal using continuation awards for four additional years. FY 2018 funding will support the initial year and subsequent funding, of similar funding levels, will be awarded for the additional four years provided performance has been satisfactory, appropriations are available for this purpose, and continued support is in the best interests of the Federal government and the public. Applications should be submitted for the full five years. There is no commitment by USDA to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

March 27, 2018

External Deadline

May 1, 2018