For guidance on maintaining continuity of research and sponsored program activities during the COVID-19 crisis, please see ORSP’s Keep Discovering page.

USDA 2021 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

The USA recently released a Funding Area Announcement (FOA), with an application window from April 6 through June 4, for its 2021 Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant program.  

This is primarily a program for acquiring equipment to enable distance learning or telemedicine services to rural and economically challenged communities; employee salary support is not an eligible cost. Grants will range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 for project lasting up to three years.

UM individuals who are considering developing proposals to this opportunity are strongly encouraged to watch one of the DLT 2021 Webinars to see if your idea is appropriate for this opportunity. You are also welcome to contact Jason Hale in ORSP Research Development if you would like to discuss your proposal idea and its suitability for this program. Regardless of any communications with Jason or Katie, anyone planning to submit a proposal should notify the appropriate ORSP Pre-Award Research Administrator for their unit, along with any local unit research administrative personnel (if appropriate), as early as possible.

Note that, up to 15 days before the closing date (that is, up until May 21), you may also contact one of the Mississippi Field Representatives to ask questions or request technical assistance.

There is a 15% cost share requirement for this program. Please see the ORSP Request for Cost Share Form and Instructions.

For this year’s competition, the Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will promote equity and economic opportunity in rural America, specifically those that advance the following key priorities:

·      Containing the COVID-19 pandemic;

·      Ensuring racial equity;

·      Rebuilding our rural economy; and

·      Addressing the climate crisis.

There is no limit to the number of proposals UM may submit to this opportunity, either as a lead, sub, or consortium member.