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


Deadline Passed as of 3/28/2018. Deadline for 2019 Unknown. This program supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities identified by the Secretary: (i) Promotion of a safe, sufficient, and nutritious food supply for all Americans and for people around the world; (ii) Sustainable agricultural policies that foster economic viability for small and mid-sized farms and rural businesses, protect natural resources, and promote value-added agriculture; (iii) National leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation; (iv) Building a modern workplace with a modern workforce; and (v) Support for 21st century rural communities.

women, minorities, STEM, rural, food security, sustainability, agriculture, natural resources, climate change mitigation, adaptation
Funding Amount: 
Up to $100,000
Matching Funds: 
100% Match Required


For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Native American Tribal Organizations- not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status
Contact Information: 
Victoria LeBeaux Position/Title:National Program Leader Office:Division of Community and Education Email:victoria.s.lebeaux@nifa.usda.gov (link sends e-mail) Phone Number:(202) 720-2067