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The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) established the 1890 Faculty Research Sabbatical Program (FRSP) in 2015 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs). These historically black universities were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890.


ARS is committed to supporting its 1890 LGU partners. The 1890 FRSP mission is to build 1890 LGU research capacity while enhancing the ability of ARS to solve problems of importance to the food and agriculture community.

The 1890 FRSP enables scientists at ARS and 1890 LGUs to enhance current partnerships or establish new ones. 1890 LGU program participants benefit by accessing ARS resources, equipment, and facilities and by learning new research techniques. ARS scientists benefit from working with talented research partners who enhance their research programs and bring diverse perspectives to addressing pressing challenges in food and agriculture. Together, 1890 LGU faculty and ARS scientists are able to develop new synergies and may identify opportunities to develop long-term funding ideas to sustain their research relationships beyond the term of the sabbatical.