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

CUAES Research Priorities

(adapted from NIFA priorities)

Agriculture and Food Systems: Support and develop a sustainable NY agriculture industry that produces a safe, reliable, healthy food supply.

Climate Change: Understand the patterns of climate change and its impacts, develop strategies and tools for mitigation and adaptation.

Projects supported with FCF funds managed by CUAES, grouped by priority area

Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainable Energy: Understand the interdependencies of human and natural systems with particular attention paid to sustainable production and use of food, water and energy.

Nutrition and Food: Ensure a safe, healthy and secure food supply and enable nutritious food choices.

Youth and Families: Enable youth to acquire life skills and STEM opportunities. Promote human development and social well-being, good parenting, economic health, and quality of home and work environments.

Community and Economic Vitality: Empower individuals and communities to make sound decisions for the future and support entrepreneurship and workforce development.