In 2006, The Instittute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, (formly Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service,CSREES) National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRI) awarded the Buffalo Commons research project $220,387.
The Buffalo Commons and Community Marketing projects focus on the NRI priority of supporting increased economic opportunities and an improved quality of life in rural America.
The National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRI) at the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) is charged with funding research, education, and extension activities to address key problems of national and regional importance in biological, environmental, physical, and social sciences relevant to agriculture, food, the environment, and communities on a peer-reviewed, competitive basis. To address these problems, NRI advances scientific knowledge in support of agriculture, forestry, and related topics. The program also supports the integration of research, education, and extension to generate, translate, and transfer new technology and knowledge into practical applications focused on solving problems of national importance. For more information, visit the NRI Web site.