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ICYMI: Accelerate Your Projects and Programs: A Discussion on the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) Nomination Process for 2020-2021


Yesterday, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk with eXtension Catalyst Team members @Scott Reed@Jimmy Henning, and @Fred Schlutt for an overview of the New Technologies for Ag Extension Nomination process, wrap-around services provided to projects, goals, outcomes, and how eXtension is able to help accelerate projects and programs through NTAE. This opportunity is available to ALL Cooperative Extension professionals, not just those from eXtension member institutions.

Thank you to those that were able to join us and we appreciate all the very thoughtful questions!If you weren't able to join us, a video of this meeting is available here.

Learn more about the nomination process below!

More About The Nomination Process

Requirements of projects/programs to receive accleration services are as follows:

  • Projects must be in early stages of maturity and have a high potential for making a significant local impact and providing a model for adoption by other Extension professionals regionally or nationwide. This means the project is likely to have objectives completed, audiences identified, outcomes identified and has had some early stage of implementation. 
  • Each nomination should identify a lead (a Fellow) for the project that will serve as the primary contact.
  • All nominations must have the support of the Extension Director/Administrator.


All Land Grant Universities are eligible to submit nominations for this opportunity. There is no limit to the number of projects or programs that can be nominated.

Project Period

The period for these projects will be September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021

Wrap-Around Services

  • Selected projects will receive wrap around services from eXtension Foundation to support, accelerate, and amplify the project/program outcomes. Wrap around services include:
    • Project/Program advisory support from a Catalyst (current or past senior program or administrative Cooperative Extension Service (CES) personnel).
    • Support to compose a publication of resources and processes used by the project which might be an eFieldbook or ePub publication.
    • Evaluation support
    • Digital engagement support for digital learning and instructing
    • Leadership support and training for adaptation to a digital environment 
    • Professional engagement and development by encouraging all projects to share their processes and products via
    • Optional Wrap Around Services
      • Marketing efforts with an outside firm 
      • Partnership development assistance 

Key Dates

  • Nominations are due July 20, 2020
  • Review Committee will meet by August 8, 2020
  • Successful nominations will be contacted by August 10, 2020
  • Selected nominations and their director/administrator will receive a call from an eXtension Foundation Catalyst to discuss the nominated project/program including the goal, current status and potential wrap around services. 
  • Selected projects and Fellows will begin on September 1, 2020 and should be completed by July 30, 2021.

Nomination Review Process

Nominations will be reviewed for alignment to the USDA Strategic Goals.  Early stage, high potential projects are desired. This means they should have objectives developed and may have been implemented on a small scale. The purpose of this effort is to amplify and incubate projects aligned with USDA that have high potential for replication, scaling or impact.

Nomination Submission

Nominations for this incubation can be accessed at the following link on on June 15, 2020 at 8:00 am EST. (Note: Link will not be active until June 15, 2020 at 8:00 am est).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

For how your early stage, high potential project fits this nomination process:  

  • Fred Schlutt at
  • Scott Reed at,
  • Jimmy Henning at

For help with technical support:

  • Tira Adelman at

About eXtension Foundation

The United States Cooperative Extension System, with funding from Cooperative Extension directors and administrators, and USDA-NIFA, shares resources and tools through eXtension that enables the Extension workforce to scale up its local and national impact. eXtension is an integral part of the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and is organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization. Its Board of Directors represents the five regions of Cooperative Extension, ECOP, and USDA-NIFA.

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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