USAIN Research Fellow Award

Funding will be available to one or more USAIN members for financial support for conducting research on agricultural information. Examples of costs that could be covered by the award include (but are not limited to): transcription, travel to an institution for research, student worker support, etc. Funding requests may include up to 50% to be used towards the dissemination of USAIN Fellow research findings via conference fees or open access publishing. This award does not cover indirect costs (facilities infrastructure and administrative cost) to host institutions. 

Calls go out on the listserv in late winter and applications are typically due by May.

As a 501c3 organization, funding awards from USAIN are designed to provide as much of the funding from the award as possible. Up to 5% of the budget’s total direct costs can be applied to indirect costs if your institution charges for these costs.

are not grants and are not able to be processed through Office of Sponsored Programs as such. These are small monetary awards where up to 5% may be charged to overhead, the rest of the funds are designated specifically for the award recipient. 

Previous award recipients


  • Inga Haugen, Virginia Tech: The New Farmers of America Research Guide
  • Maggie Albro, University of Tennessee, and Hanwen Dong, University of Idaho: Using Digital Learning Objects for Instructional Support for Faculty in Agricultural Sciences: A Pilot Study


  • Kiri DeBose, Virginia Tech: Economic Analyses of the Impacts of Seasonal Heat Stress on Dairy Production


  • Erin Eldermire, Cornell University: Closing the gaps in agricultural evidence syntheses: Addressing grey literature, global information, and capacity development needs (project canceled due to job change)


  • Hillary Fox and Tisha Mentnech, NC State: Extending Science Engagement through NC States' Extension Cooperative


  • Inga Haugen, Virginia Tech: Virginia Agriculture Publications Inventory Project
  • Emily Lin, University of California: Agricultural State and Local Literature: Where are the Gaps in Preservation and Access

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