Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

For FY 2023, an eligible applicant may not submit more than two applications to this program as a lead institution/applicant and no more than one award will be made per lead institution /applicant. Prospective project directors are advised to contact their institutional office of sponsored programs (or similar, if applicable) regarding institutional processes used to select proposals for submission. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: April 19, 2023 


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Eligibility Requirements

As contained in Section 7204 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub.  L. 110-246 which amends Section 1672 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5925)), applications may only be submitted by the following eligible applicants: (a) State agricultural experiment stations; (b) colleges and universities; (c) university research foundations; (d) other research institutions and organizations; (e) Federal agencies; (f) national laboratories; (g) private organizations or corporations; and, (h) individuals or any group consisting of two or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (A) through (H). 

Amount Description

The amount available for the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) program in FY 2023 is approximately $1,800,000. USDA is not committed to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards. 

Funding Type





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

Internal Nomination



External Deadline

April 19, 2023