Funding for Research

Federal Capacity Funds support research and improve people's livesCUAES manages Federal Capacity Funds that serve three colleges at Cornell:

The $6 million project portfolio managed by CUAES provides vital support for a broad base of critically important research that addresses local, state and national priorities – from agricultural crop and pest management to community and economic vitality.

Each land-grant university across the United States, including Cornell, receives these funds as an annual allocation from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The majority of funds managed by CUAES help improve people's lives by directly supporting important research projects, compared to most other land-grant universities whose Federal Capacity Funds pay for faculty salaries.

Research funds are allocated to selected projects after a thorough and competitive process that includes reviews from stakeholders, faculty, directors, and finally NIFA. Funds are managed in partnership with the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

In addition to directly addressing a range of important issues facing our region and especially New York State, funded research projects are also intended to enable faculty to be more competitive in applying for additional research funding at a later time.

For Cornell researchers: how to apply

Funds managed by CUAES currently support projects in the following priority areas: