LGU2U Initiative


NIFA’s relocation to Kansas City, MO created a significant need to strengthen long-term relationships, rebuild shared culture, impart knowledge, and renew essential partnerships between Land-grant Universities (LGUs) and NIFA. NIFA has rapidly restaffed and rebuilt with a workforce that reflects a wide range of prior experience and varying familiarity with LGU’s mission, functions, and administrative procedures. The LGUs are key NIFA stakeholders and partners in the capacity grant and other unique programs. Good working relationships between LGUs and NIFA are extremely valuable to both. Together, the LGUs and NIFA believe an investment to reinvigorate and reimagine this historic partnership will benefit both parties and all stakeholders by synergistically enhancing our missions and catalyzing our capacity to build a better future. Hence, the creation and implementation of the LGU2U Initiative with NIFA.

The LGU2U Initiative will reinforce and enhance the unique relationship between LGUs and NIFA through active learning and engagement resulting in a strengthened and vibrant partnership.

As NIFA rebuilds its staff, processes, and systems, this presents an important opportunity for both partners. As USDA’s premier stakeholder-driven extramural science funding agency, how well NIFA functions and partners with the LGUs is a timely and critically important metric. Initially, the North Central (NC) LGUs, through the LGU2U Initiative, are offering to have their experienced workforce accelerate this rebuilding to improve our partnership with unique opportunities to jointly grow, continuously improve our processes and achieve shared success.

This pilot program is being initiated by the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) and North Central Regional Association (NCRA). It offers virtual sessions led by North Central LGU staff and leaders strategically matching LGU expertise with NIFA’s Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM). The goal of LGU2U is to accelerate the onboarding process and help to restore the agency’s institutional knowledge and capacity to engage with LGUs and other partner institutions. North Central LGUs and NIFA will jointly commit to long-term partnership improvements. As this pilot program is successfully refined, other program and people contacts will occur nationally and would be engaged in future versions of the LGU2U program.

Upcoming Sessions (contact christina.hamilton@wisc.edu for registration information. All sessions will be recorded and posted here for future viewing):




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