The Federal government established the state Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) network through the Hatch Act of 1887, in an attempt to ensure that agricultural research would be conducted throughout the United States. Experiment stations are part of a total program involving research, Cooperative Extension, and higher education at land-grant universities in every state. The University of Connecticut is the State's 1862 land-grant Institution and its research program is an integral part of AES.
The Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES) operates within UConn's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Research Office. SAES administers funds for research and facility operations that assist in advancing agriculture, health, environmental quality, and natural resource concerns in Connecticut. We also promote research endeavors that will attract external funding.
In 2018, to advance USDA's intent of the Capacity Funds that support research activities at land-grant institutions through federal block grants, we implemented a competitve capacity grant program. The funding priorities continue to be aligned with NIFA priorities, and all projects must adddress one or more of the priorities for U.S. agriculture included in the Farm Bill. Congratulations to the FY19 Capacity Fund projects awarded this year!
Proposals for the FY2020 Competitive Capacity Grant Program are now being accepted. FY2020 Guidelines
Helpful links for capacity grant proposal development: Cover Page, NIMSS website, Instructions to join a multi-state project, Budget worksheet
CAHNR Capacity Fund Research Programs:
CAHNR Capacity Fund Extention programs: