Funding Focus: USDA International Science and Education Grants Program

The International Science and Education (ISE) Competitive Grants Program supports the internationalization of food, agriculture, and related programs at U.S. universities and colleges. ISE projects are expected to enhance the international content of curricula; ensure that faculty work beyond the U.S. and bring lessons learned back home; promote international research partnerships; enhance the use of application of foreign technologies in the U.S. and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

Proposals should address one or both of the following areas:

  • Strengthening the Global Competence of Students, Faculty, and Staff in Agriculture and Related Areas
  • Enhancing Business Performance in International Agriculture and Related Sectors

The Division of International Studies can facilitate your connection to international initiatives and centers on campus or around the world, whether to expand support opportunities, establish research collaborations, or develop an internationally focused course. If they are aware of your proposal ideas and current projects they can also help other potential collaborators and potential funding sources find you. Please contact Associate Dean of the Division of International Studies Guido Podesta: 262-5805,

**This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.

The number of proposals UW-Madison may submit as lead institution is limited to two.

Notice of intent is due at the Graduate School on Monday, November 30.
Application is due for internal competition is Wednesday, December 9.
Full proposal is due on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 5pm EST.


Notice of intent for internal competition
Send an email message to with “USDA ISE” by Monday, November 30, 2009 to inform them of your intention to submit a proposal.
Please include the following in your email message:

  • PI name
  • Title of proposal
  • Area to be addressed by proposal (see above)

Applications for internal competition
Send your application for internal competition to with “USDA ISE” by Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:

  • PI Name
  • Title of proposal
  • Brief Proposal Description, including an introduction which states the goals and objectives of the proposed activities, documents needs, describes ongoing related activities and includes relevant data (no more than 3-5 pages)

For the projects selected, the proposals must be submitted using You may review information about campus procedures for on the RSP website.

Heather Daniels – (608) 263-7274 or
Petra Schroeder – (608) 265-4868 or