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 New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (RTP) 


RTP will make grants available to community college(s) and/or advanced technological center(s), located in a rural area, for technology development, applied research, and/or training. Under the RTP grants program, awards will support the fields of:

(i) bioenergy;
(ii) pulp and paper manufacturing; and
(iii) agriculture-based renewable energy resources,

in order to help ensure workforce opportunities critical to rural communities. The RTP was newly authorized by Section 7137 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246). Applications may be submitted by either: (1) public or private nonprofit community colleges, or (2) advanced technological centers, either of which must:

a.) be located in a rural area (see definition in RFA Part VIII, E.);
b.) have been in existence as of June 18, 2008;
c.) participate in agricultural or bioenergy research and applied research;
d.) have a proven record of development and implementation of programs to meet the needs of students, educators, and business and industry to supply the agriculture-based, renewable energy or pulp and paper manufacturing fields with certified technicians, as determined by the Secretary; and
e.) have the ability to leverage existing partnerships and occupational outreach and training programs for secondary schools, 4-year institutions, and relevant nonprofit organizations.

Click here for additional RTP Program Information and Application Submission Guidelines, or contact Gregory Smith at GSMITH@CSREES.USDA.GOV. Applications must be submitted through ( and are due no later than July 20, 2009.

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