Faculty Exchange Program

The Faculty Exchange Program assists developing countries to improve their university agricultural education, research and extension programs by providing a one semester training program at U.S.

Land Grant Agricultural Universities.

Related Programs10.777 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

No funding is available for unsolicited proposal.

Faculty Exchange Program funds are used to provide participant training at Land Grant Universities in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Faculty Exchange Program solicits proposals from public universities and state cooperative institutions in the United States.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Technical assistance and training provided through these agreements benefit foreign universities and related agricultural institutions in their countries.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notices of Funding Opportunity will be distributed through the USDA/NIFA Office of International Programs and on the USDA ezFedGrants portal at https://grants.fms.usda.gov . They will not be posted on grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists on an ongoing basis, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual request for application to participate in the program.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Act of 1977, as amended, Title XIV, Part I, Section 1458, Public Law 95-113, 91 Stat. 1015, 7 U.S.C 3291.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Extensions may be authorized.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Mentor reports and participant reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Periodic program progress reports are required.

Federal Financial Reports (SF-425), are required quarterly, and a final financial report is required.

Mentor and Participants must submit final reports.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients must maintain all program and financial records for a period of 3 years after their final reports are submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $714,881; FY 17 est $915,000; and FY 18 est $600,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately $10000 - $45000 per participant.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Timothy Sheehan 1400 Independence Ave. SW #3226, Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: tim.sheehan@fas.usda.gov Phone: 202-690-1940

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities developed by the Foreign Agricultural Service's Office of Capacity Building and Development program area (FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposal, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.

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