The Call

We seek nominations of individuals and teams for the National agInnovation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Awards. These awards recognize the creation or implementation of pluralistic and inclusive efforts at the local, state, regional, or national level—efforts that go beyond meeting EEO/AA program requirements.


Dependent on the pool of nominations, up to two recipients (an individual and a group) may be recognized with these awards. The recipients of the National agInnovation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award will be recognized at the 2024 Annual agInnovation Meeting held in September/October each year with a commemorative plaque and $1,000 cash award from agInnovation. Travel reimbursement to attend the awards event will be provided for the primary recipient. Each recipient will be asked to submit photos and a project summary for the agInnovation website, the NIFA Update and for integration in the Awards Program. The awardees will also be asked to submit an impact statement for the Land-Grant Impacts database which describes research impacts to the public.


The nominee can be an individual, group, team, or organization composed of State Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) or Agricultural Research (ARD) faculty and scientists, staff, students or post-docs. An AES or ARD faculty, scientist, staff person, student, or postdoc is defined as having a clear association with research funded by capacity grants or responsibility for research capacity grant programming.

Criteria for Nominations

Nominations are submitted electronically using this form and can be made by anyone, including self-nominations. When writing nominations, special attention should be given to efforts that have the potential to be sustained over time or can be replicated in other comparable situations.

Four weighted elements will be considered in the review process and should be described clearly in the nomination. These include:

Purpose: What DEI efforts were undertaken and why? How did the efforts by a person, group, or organization to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion in an experiment station project/program (e.g., Hatch, Hatch Multistate, Evans-Allen, McIntire-Stennis.) (35%)

Innovation: Why are these efforts worthy of recognition? What new or innovative strategies were developed or employed? (35%)

Impact: How have efforts led to positive, sustainable programmatic and/or organizational change? What metrics were used to assess change? (20%)

Scope: How broadly did (or likely will) this effort affect the success of the operations of the Agricultural Experiment Stations or Agricultural Research Stations? (10%)

Submission Process

Nominations may be submitted either using the text box below, or by uploading a file into the form below. (File uploads must be in PDF or DOC/DOCX format.) The due date for nominations is June 30, 2024.  The Diversity Catalyst Committee will review nominations and select the recipients based on the above criteria.

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* 2. Is this nomination for an individual or a group?

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* 4. Nomination (the nomination must address each of the four criteria broken down above:  Purpose, Innovation, Impact, Scope)

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